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Skype Gets Icon on Windows Taskbar

Because of the pandemic, tech software companies are searching for the best ways to keep communities safe by enhancing features used most at home.

Only released for testing for now, Microsoft and Skype are working together to bring a “Meet Now” button to the Windows 10 taskbar. This will allow users to video call with just a couple clicks, making remote chatting as simplistic as possible.

According to Gadgets 360, “The new development comes over six months after the Redmond company introduced the Meet Now feature on Skype to let people start a virtual group conversation without requiring any app or sign up. Emerging players including Zoom have seen a significant increase in their adoption during the pandemic. However, Skype hasn’t received any major growth. Microsoft’s latest move is, thus, a strategy to boost Skype usage.”

This feature will also be free and won’t require registration or downloading anything.

It is unsure when this feature will become available, but if the testing is successful, it should come out in a near future update. If you’re in the Windows Insiders Program, you can get involved in the beta testing of this handy feature.

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Install Bulk Apps with Winstall

If you just recently purchased a PC with the new Windows 10 OS, you’ll want to know about this nifty feature.

The Windows Package Manager from Microsoft is a handy software tool to make your life easier. It includes its new Winstall, a GUI (graphic user interface) tool. This allows users to download apps in bulk, and gives them a fast and secure way of acquiring what is needed with their featured selection. Included in their list are gaming, home, entertainment, and more!

To install, Winstall explains it on their website:

To use winstall, you can search for apps on the homepage. Additionally, you can also view all the apps available via Windows Package Manager on this page.

Simply select the apps you want to download and click on the “Generate Script” button at the bottom of the screen. You will then be presented with a command that you can copy and paste into any Windows command-line. Input that into a command line app of your choice, and hit enter to start installing the apps one-by-one using Windows Package Manager. You can also generate a PowerShell script by toggling the “Show Powershell script” option.

Alternatively, you can click on the “Download .bat/.ps1” button which will download a batch file. However, you will likely get a security warning from your browser. In that case, ignore the warning as the batch file is completely secure. Once downloaded, you can double-click the .bat/ file to install the apps using the Windows Package Manager.

Source: Winstall

Windows Package Manager can be downloaded, if you don’t have it yet. It’s open-sourced and part of the GitHub repository.

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Remote Desktop on Windows 10

There are a handful of applications out there to remotely connect to your PC, including Team Viewer. But did you know that Windows 10 has their own app in the Microsoft Store?

Named “Remote Desktop“, once it’s downloaded, it’s quite simple to connect to other PCs. You’ll have to configure it initially. As a minimum operating system requirement, your PC has to have Window 10 16299.0 or higher.

Microsoft Support shares how to connect, stating the following:

Use Remote Desktop on your Windows, Android, or iOS device to connect to a Windows 10 PC from afar. 

  • Set up the PC you want to connect to so it allows remote connections:
    • Make sure you have Windows 10 Pro. To check, go to Start  Settings  System About and look for Edition. For info on how to get it, go to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.
    • When you’re ready, select Start  > Settings  > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.
    • Make note of the name of this PC under How to connect to this PC. You’ll need this later.
  • Use Remote Desktop to connect to the PC you set up:
    • On your local Windows 10 PC: In the search box on the taskbar, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then select Remote Desktop Connection. In Remote Desktop Connection, type the name of the PC you want to connect to (from Step 1), and then select Connect.
    • On your Windows, Android, or iOS device: Open the Remote Desktop app (available for free from Microsoft Store, Google Play, and the Mac App Store), and add the name of the PC that you want to connect to (from Step 1).  Select the remote PC name that you added, and then wait for the connection to complete.

Remotely working is a great tool to utilize from device to device. Download it in the app, and be sure to Enable Remote Desktop in the Settings app.

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Disable Bing Search with Windows Update

There’s a new Windows 10 update available, which allows users the ability to disable Bing Search.

Bing is owned by Microsoft, and was the rebrand of Live Search in 2009. It’s one of the highest search engines worldwide. By disabling it, however, therein lies a perk.

According to Tech Radar, “While the feature provides quick access to a search engine, disabling Bing (and thereby eliminating web pages from the search results) can improve the speed and quality of local searches dramatically – so it’s an important option to have.”

To disable Bing, users will have to the Registry Editor. And while it may improve speed, there’s a possibility that it could add high CPU usage. This, in turn, could destroy the CPU. It’s important to remember that utilizing the Registery Editor is quite risky. Creating a registry backup is highly encouraged to ensure the best way to undo any issues.

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Warning to Those Using Windows 7

If you are a Windows 7 user still, you need to hear this.

Apparently, there’s an e-mail scam going around, stating a free Windows 10 upgrade. These e-mails too often look legit, as they utilize the same logos and signatures. They include a handful of links for the user to click, claiming when you put in your e-mail and password, you’ll be given a free upgrade.

According to Tom’s Guide, “Cofense says that once you input your credentials, the scam site bounces you to a real Microsoft page informing you that, yes indeed, “Support for Windows 7 has ended.” (It ended in January 2020.)”

These e-mail scams are created by hackers to sneak into your credentials to steal any and all personal information.

photo source: Cofense

While there are ways of getting a free Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft will not e-mail you links randomly. Always check the Sender e-mail by clicking on the name. Also, don’t click on links sent by people you do not know.

When in doubt, throw it out.

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Windows 10 Updates Are Optional

Microsoft is constantly busy keeping their Windows 10 operating system up to date with the latest and greatest features. Many of these updates include a handful of security features and improvements, necessary to protect your personal information. However, some of their updates are optional.

Optional updates can be quite handy to acquire for the best kind of experience. However, they’re not always needed for the vitality of your computer. And while they sometimes improve the software, they can also lead to detrimental issues.

Just recently, a Windows 10 update released with optional drivers updates. However, according to Tech Radar, these updates had been, “pushed to certain devices that are not registered with Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.” In fact, they’re outdated.

If installed, these updated have the potential of affecting the functionality of the computer’s hardware. So if you are questioning whether or not you should be installing any optional updates, reach out to your local computer repair service for the best advice.

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Malicious Emails Could Cause Admin Issues

Microsoft Office’s years old defect has allowed hackers to create e-mails which could potentially wreak havoc. If you use Microsoft Office, keep reading!

According to NIST, “Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft Office 2016 allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the current user by failing to properly handle objects in memory, aka “Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability”. This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2017-11884.”

If a certain account has the high admin control, and the hacker receive the privileges, it could be troublesome. That could potentially allow them to delete information, install just about anything, and give them access to any and all private information.

Make sure your antivirus is up to date on your computer to avoid any and all malicious cyber attacks. Also, remember that Windows 10 updates are only pushed through its operating system and not through e-mails.

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Windows 10 Forces Edge Browser

Microsoft is always finding ways to keep Windows 10 up to date on the latest features and security. If you use the updated operating system, you may find their own browser, Edge, installed on your computer.

That’s because Microsoft is working hard to encourage their users to use Edge, instead of other browsers. Google Chrome has them beat, being the most used web browser.

Yes, Microsoft Edge has a handful of benefits when you use it, like importing your bookmarks from other browsers. If you’d rather not have Edge on your computer, you can uninstall it. However, Microsoft doesn’t make it easy. According to LifeHacker, “you can uninstall it from Windows 10 with some simple PowerShell wizardry.” They show you two ways to uninstall Edge.

Windows 10 will not break or mess up if you uninstall Edge, so no worries about that. It’s mostly just a hassle, so if it doesn’t bother you to have the browser on your computer, just leave it be.

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Blue Screen of Death Caused by Intel WIFI Drivers

If you have been experiencing the infamous Blue Screen of Death due to mobile hotspot connection, it may possibly be because of Intel.

Intel’s wireless drivers have caused a number of issues when attempting to watch an online video or when the Windows 10 hotspot is turned on. But thankfully, there is a fix for this issue.

According to MSPoweruser, a Microsoft tech blog, Intel has released an update to remove the bug. You can also find a list of adapters on their post.

“The best way to install the driver is to download Intel® Driver & Support Assistant which will make sure you have the right driver for your hardware, but if you are more hands-on you can download the package directly here.”

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Programs that Start Routinely at Login

When Windows 10 users login to their PC, they may notice a handful of apps that automatically start up. While some of these programs are necessary, others could possibly hinder the performance. This is no problem, however, since the user can be in control of what apps start up at every login.

You can find the list of start up apps by going to the Start Menu – Settings – Apps. Then, click on Startup. There, you’ll find the apps. You can easily disable the apps by using the toggle to turn them off.

Windows 10 Support also shares another way to find those background apps.

“If you don’t see the Startup option in Settings, right-click the Start  button, select Task Manager, then select the Startup tab. (If you don’t see the Startup tab, select More details.) Select the app you want to change, then select Enable to run it at startup or Disable so it doesn’t run.”

Windows Support

Disabling apps are quite easy, as are adding them. Simply go to the Start Menu and right click on an app you want to start up automatically. Then, click on More, and Open file location, and save the shortcut. If Open file location is not listed, Windows Support says that it means it’s not available to be saved to the Startup.

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