Windows 10 Disk Management hang with Connecting to virtual disk service

I have installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on my Surface Pro 4 tablet and then used tweak software to improve SSD longevity. Now when I try to format a new USB flash drive or create and attach VHD files through the disk management, it just shows error messages such as Connecting to Virtual Disk Service, could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS) on Your-computer-name, and never loads. I am able to type diskmgmt.msc to search it but Disk Management does not run at all. Continue reading

How to Enable Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 Creators Update

In previous version, users need to press Win + L keys shortcut to lock their PC at any time, or configure the related setting to do that automatically after a period of idle time. Now the Windows 10 Creators Update comes with the new Dynamic Lock feature which is designed to lock the PC automatically once the system detect you has moved away from the machine by Windows Hello. Instead of logging you in, it offers extra security and is beneficial on PC with sensitive info in enterprise. Continue reading

How to Enable scan compressed files with Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in anti-malware component in Windows 10 and offers the protection to keep your tablet or computer safe from viruses, spyware and malicious software. By default on every process Windows Defender doesn’t scan compressed (archive) files such as .zip, *.rar or .cab files for threats and viruses. To get better security, you’d better turn on such feature on your device. Continue reading

Fix Office Word Shows Compatibility Mode Text in Titlebar

I used Office 2010 previously for a long time and then installed Office 2013 in Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 4 tablet. Now when I create a new Word document or open any existing document, its title bar keeps showing [Compatibility Mode] text and I could not find any option to remove it. But that doesn’t happen with PowerPoint or Excel program. Continue reading

How to setup Ethernet connection as metered in Windows 10 Creators Update

By default many people have unlimited access to the internet using an Ethernet connection, so the Anniversary Update only brings the option to set your Wi-Fi or cellular data connections as metered. But that becomes a big problem for users who don’t have unlimited data plan and they have to modify the registry to resolve it with wired network. Unlike previous version, now Windows 10 Creators Update allows users to set Ethernet connection as metered possibly and switch it anywhere. Continue reading

How to Install Themes from Store on Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft transform from its legacy desktop to the new Universal app model. Now the Windows 10 Creators Update offer a direct way to download and install both free and paid themes from the Windows Store. These are still .themepack file extension regularly, but the .theme format include additional information and can not be installed in Windows 7 OS. Continue reading

SD Card not Recognized After Windows 10 Anniversary Update

After my Surface Pro 3 is installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update with up to date drivers, the SanDisk 32Gb SD card inserted through the internal card reader is not detected and I could not find the related drive showing up in File Explorer. But it can be mounted, read and written on other computer. Any solution to get it working? Continue reading

How to add Sound Equalizer on Windows 10/8.1

As a Music lover and audiophile, I used the hd vdeck software on my Windows 7 computer. Now I have to turn my sound way up because it is not working after upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, so I am looking for a system-wide Sound equalizer to lower the lows or raise the highs with YouTube video and Spotify music. How can I resolve the problem? Continue reading

How to disable/remove All Apps Column in Start Menu after Windows 10 Creators Update

The anniversary update redesigns the Windows 10 Start menu to become more touch-friendly and add a column with all the programs/apps installed on your tablet or computer with other quick access options. Many people would like to have only the metro styled tiles to disappear, now the Creators Update offers the option to remove All Apps Column and show most often used apps. Users can take full control of the Start menu to customize it on your device. Continue reading

How to Use Cortana to find discount coupons in Windows 10 Edge

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update turns the personal digital assistant Cortana to become more smarter than before and it can do lots of tasks, such as set Reminders, perform unit conversions, calculations, find discount coupons, send mails, identify a Song and more. The shopping supported is a cool function and Cortana offers the quick access way to get the context-sensitive information about coupons, without having to visit the many websites around the Internet and search for the related things. Here is the how-to tutorial for that. Continue reading