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.
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...
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.
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.
It’s not uncommon that with time Windows may take way too much time to start up. One of the reasons for bad startup performance are the applications that are launched during boot up.
UAC (User Account Control) is an extra layer of security introduced in Windows Vista. It suspends any application you want to run: a dialog box pops up asking for an explicit permission to run the app. While offering extra security, UAC certainly complicates remote support because you lose control over the remote machine in some cases.
But let's see what other options we have here. All workarounds suggested are for Windows 7 but they also should work in Vista and Windows 8.
Working on-the-go is a good way to spend your time in a more efficient manner. Remote access is best done from a netbook/ultrabook or a tablet PC, although you might try using it on a smartphone (4” or a larger screen is recommended).
By far, malware problems are the most frequent support case out there. You hunt and remove the buggers on regular maintenance sessions. New customers would often call you, asking to fix a machine that’s strangely behaving, the screen is locking up, etc.