Useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts/hotkeys

The Windows 10 operating system comes with many new features, such as Cortana assistant, Xbox streaming, traditional start menu, Task View multitasking interface, and snap points for managing running applications. That require users to use new keyboard shortcuts, but they are modifications of existing functionality so you should feel comfortable with. If you are get ready to have a free upgrade from Windows 8/7 or make a clean installation directly, have a look at a full list below to save valuable time. Continue reading

How to Hide full Taskbar Search Box in Windows 10

The Taskbar Search Box is one of the new features in Windows 10 Technical Preview. It stays between the Start button and pinned app items in taskbar, and offers a simply way to search right from there, access Cortana interface and other Web searches quickly. However, it might take a amount of space on lower resolutions or smaller screens. Continue reading

How to enable Hey Cortana voice assistant on Windows 10

Hey Cortana is an intelligent hands-free personal assistant on Lumia Phone and now is also available in Windows 10 January Technical Preview. With the feature. you are able to easily use your voice to take commands for inquiries, requests or actions. By default it is disabled by system and you could try the method to turn it on. Continue reading

Microsoft Surface Hub 84-Inch 4K multi-touch display

Microsoft has announced a powerful team collaboration device designed to showcase Windows 10. It is Surface Hub which comes with the ability for multiple users to work together naturally on documents and video conferencing. The whole new tool is available in 55-inch 1080p and 84-inch 4K resolution display at a whopping 120Hz refresh rate. Continue reading

Volume system icon greyed out in Windows 8.1 Control Panel

Everything worked fine since I installed the latest major update on my Windows 8.1 computer. The audio functioned correctly but the speaker icon has disappeared in taskbar. When I accessed notification Area Icons in Control Panel and tried to toggle it to show up as active, I got the “This notification icon is not currently active” error message. Using Restore default icon behaviors didn’t take any effects. How can I fix the issues? Continue reading

How to uninstall RealPlayer Cloud device in Windows 8.1 File Explorer

I have installed RealPlayer video player on my Windows 8.1 computer. However, when I access the hard disk drives in File Explorer, I notice that the RealPlayer Cloud listed as a separate device over there. It seems to be no way to delete it in the system and I can not figure out how to get rid of such system folder. Continue reading

Restore Windows 7 file backup in Windows 8.1

I had backed up my documents, music, pictures files in Windows 7 by built-in function and it created the MediaID.bin with an array of zip files. After I performed a clean install to Windows 8.1 completly, it deleted the previous partitions and now there is no way to restore these existed files apparently. How can I access or recover a few specific files without another computer? Continue reading

Greyed out New Contact Group in Outlook 2013

I had created a group of people in Windows Live Mail and could select it from my list of contacts to email all of them. However, I get the problem after installing Office 2013 in my Surface Pro 3 and using with an Outlook.com account. When I click on the Home tab in the ribbon then People option, I notice that the New Contacts Group button is greyed out and can’t figure out how to resolve it. Continue reading

Fix windows defender error 577/0x80073b01 in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 provide the built-in Windows Defender free software to speed up performance and protect against viruses, spyware and malware attacks. However, if it runs into corrupt files data or misconfigured files, you might be unable to enable it and get error 577 or Code 0x80073b01. To avoid that, here are the methods to resolve the issues. Continue reading

Thumbnail Handler Extraction Host processes looping in Windows 8.1 update

I had applied all patched via automatic update on my Windows 8.1 tablet. After I rebooted the device and logged into my primary account, the system loaded and opened the modern interface with purple background and flashed in a continuous loop. Then I launched task manager via cntrl+alt+del and noticed that each flash kept creating Thumbnail Handler Extraction Host process. Continue reading