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What You Can Do if Windows Updates are Too Slow

 

Windows Update is known as a relatively reliable way for installing updates for most Microsoft products. Normally, it can be done automatically with minimum intervention by user. However, the number of updates has grown, and as of now Windows 7 needs more than 200 updates to be installed. 

RE: Windows 10, so eager to get to your PC. Again

 

We traditionally welcome the new mildly obtrusive offer from Microsoft. This time, of course, we are urged to upgrade to Windows 10. Not only are we urged, but rather Windows 10 makes broadband haste to our PCs, without much ado (or permission).

 

We couldn’t let this pass unattended, so here’s a quick how-to on removing the unwelcome guest.

Making Internet Access Safer: DNS Security

 

No doubt Internet has dramatically changed the way people live and work. All this has been made possible by a set of different technologies. But nothing is perfect. Those technologies are not an exception. One of the core parts of the Internet is the Domain Name System. DNS does have certain issues but the respective organizations are working hard to continuously improve it. Below we’ll explain what DNSCrypt is and how it helps users, and we’ll provide instructions how to set it up.

Setting Up Wake On LAN (Also On Macs)

Do you often need to remotely access a powered off machine? Even if it’s a rare occasion, it’s often “you get remote access or you drive 80 miles”. That’s why you rely on Wake on LAN. WOL certainly requires some setup, depending on the OS, and it has certain caveats that we explore in this guide.

Setting Up Ultra Budget Video Surveillance in No Time

Video surveillance is ubiquitous and – more interestingly – comes handy in IT maintenance and diagnostics. Also, watching your rigs, boxes and wires properly blinking/hanging is a pure delight! Let’s see how we can setup simple video surveillance in no time, and on a very tight budget. 

Privacy In Windows 8.1 – How To Disable Telemetry Data Collection

In our previous guides we explained how to get rid of Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade offers and how to disable telemetry data connection in Windows 7. In addition, we provided a list of updates that track user activity and send telemetry to Microsoft. Naturally, some Windwos 8.1 users may want to disallow telemetry data sending as well.

Privacy In Windows 7 – How To Disable Telemetry Data Collection

Windows 10 has tons of nice features. Still, some people stick to Windows 7 or 8.1 for the sake of privacy. However, this kind of conservatism doesn't make much sense. While the problem isn't that big, it’s still there on Windows 7 and 8.1.

We have already described which updates can be removed from Windows 7 and 8.1 for privacy concerns in a separate guide. This guide will explain how to disable some system options to prevent certain data collection by Microsoft.

Turning Your Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Normally, we don't use laptop's Wi-Fi to create an access point. Still, it might come handy if we want to quickly create a hotspot and share an Internet connection with our friends and family.

If we have friends hungry for Wi-Fi Internet access and there’s a wired Internet connection, then we can start...

Remote Access to a Headless System: 10 Things to Consider

Headless of course means no physical display is attached to the machine. “Headless” naturally also applies to machines in the cloud. In this illustrated guide we’ll show that when it comes to no-display boxes, there are pitfalls and best practices worth keeping in mind.

How to Disable Windows 10 Update Offers in Windows 7

Microsoft is sending updates urging to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Obviously, not every person wants those. Also, Microsoft is pushing updates that enable user activity tracking.

Simply put, these updates don't bring security fixes or any additional functionality. You could as well skip or uninstall them without compromising security.

We’ll explain how to get rid of such updates and stop Windows Update Manager from offering them again.