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When you install Windows on a PC, or purchase a new PC it will have an obscure name such as Desktop-DS0VFGI which might not cause any problems if you only have a single PC, but if you need to manage multiple devices on a network, or…

One of the most common problems people have on PCs is having their computer set to the correct speaker, headphone, and microphone options when they need them.  I have written about how you can easily manage audio devices from the Taskbar, but sometimes you need…

Adverts online can be annoying, especially auto-play videos, and so adblockers such as the hugely popular Adblock Plus have grown in popularity significantly in recent years.  Unfortunately this also means that an ever increasing number of websites are blocking your access if you have an…

Sometimes when you’re using virtual machines in Hyper-V, you don’t always have to create your own virtual environment as Microsoft provide some pre-configured environments for development and deployment in Windows and Ubuntu Linux.  From the main Hyper-V panel, click Quick Create in the top right corner of…

Sometime you need to install a driver in Windows that’s not strictly compatible with Windows.  This could be for some older, or legacy hardware that you still really need to use, but the only driver available is for Windows 7, or perhaps even Windows XP.  You…

Sometimes a network connection can drop out suddenly, and you’re just left with a “can’t connect” planet icon in the System Tray.  The usual solution would be to restart the PC, but you might have something open on the desktop that will be lost if…

If you get annoyed by the frequency and intrusiveness of popup notifications on the Windows desktop, it’s easy to control them or silence them altogether.  When a notification arrives, either as a popup on the desktop, or within the action centre, mouse over it and…

Did you know that Windows 10 lets you add appointments to your calendar right from the desktop.  If you click on the clock on the right side of the Taskbar, up pops the time, a monthly calendar, and any appointments you have on that day;…

Websites can be messy with different menus, options, panels and adverts scattered across your screen, and even moving in the background, causing distraction.  Fortunately Microsoft’s Edge web browser includes an Immersive Reader feature that can make them much easier to see and read.  You can access…

If you use the default search home page in Microsoft’s Edge web browser you can easily change its look and feel.  Click the (cog) Settings icon near the top right corner of the page to display different options.  The first, Focused presents a clean page with quick…