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Windows 11 Getting Weather Widget

The weather widget has been reintroduced by Microsoft.

Windows 10 users are familiar with the ‘News and Interests’ widget. By design, when hovered over on the taskbar, it emphasizes a full weather report. It also shares breaking news and sports coverage, and other random information that may be customized to suit the user’s needs.

On their announcement of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518, Amanda Langowski shares the plan for the widget.

“We are trying out showing the Widgets entry point on the left side of your taskbar with live weather content. You can also open the Widgets board by simply hovering over the entry point.”

Source: Windows Blog
Source: Windows Blog

Note for Windows Insiders: The preview may carry bugs that can affect your device. To become part of the Windows Insiders Program and try out upcoming features before anyone else, sign up here! Be sure to read the Important Notice before agreeing to join, as it adds a variety of risks to your computer.

Voice access is also included in this preview release, allowing you to operate key Windows 11 features with your voice alone.


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How To: Windows 10 System Restore

When computer software issues arise, some users have explained uninstalling or using system restore to help alleviate the problem. Andre Da Costa, an article author, posted an easy and effective way on how to do a system restore on your Windows 10 OS on the Microsoft Community Board.

“Easy Guides are intended to make it easy for users to follow instructions regarding basic tasks in Windows 10,” He states. “Guides are a single info-graphic that you can follow from beginning to end.”

Here’s Andre’s simple breakdown on how to format and construct a System Restore:
  • Press Windows key + R
  • Type: rstrui.exe
  • Hit Enter
  • Click the: ‘system protection’ link
  • Click ‘Configure’
  • Select the ‘Turn on system protection’ radio box.
  • Use the slider to adjust the amount of space you want to allocate to system restore
  • Click Apply then OK
  • Click ‘Create’
  • Enter a name for your system restore point then click ‘Create’
  • Wait while your first system restore point is created.
  • Click ‘Close’ then ‘OK’

He also shares how to complete a system restore by opening up the rstrui.exe program, which opens up the settings. Just choose the restore point and confirm.

Remember that System Restore does require a restart of your computer, so Microsoft urges you to save any necessary open files and close out of any programs you have on your desktop.


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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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Annual Major Update for Windows 10

Big news from Microsoft!!!

Windows 10 will receive significant upgrades once a year rather than every six months. Windows 11 already provides this on the OS.

According to WindowsLatest, “As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 is set to follow an annual update cadence, meaning users will receive major updates just once a year. With version 21H2 (November 2021 Update), Microsoft has confirmed the beginning of a new update cadence for the Windows 10 operating system.”

Traditionally, Microsoft allowed two major updates throughout one year. However, it seems to be better this way for developers.

To better synchronize the release schedule of its previous OS with Windows 11, Windows 10 will receive one significant upgrade every year in the future, and this will remain until 2025.


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The Reason to Use 2-Factor Authentication

When Microsoft introduced two-factor authentication for Windows 10, they encouraged their millions of users to utilize the Passwordless feature as soon as they could.

Two-factor authentication was created to secure accounts in the most effective way possible. This, in turn, shuts down any possible threats attempting to access them. It seems like all Microsoft accounts would be on board with this. However, sources have shown that almost ALL unauthorized access cases were due to those accounts lacking the 2FA.

According to Microsoft, “There are over 300 million fraudulent sign-in attempts to our cloud services every day. Cyberattacks aren’t slowing down, and it’s worth noting that many attacks have been successful without the use of advanced technology. All it takes is one compromised credential or one legacy application to cause a data breach. This underscores how critical it is to ensure password security and strong authentication. Read on to learn about common vulnerabilities and the single action you can take to protect your accounts from attacks.”

You have the ability to two-factor authenticate many of your accounts, which include Apple, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, and more. To avoid hackers stealing personal information, fix it with this amazing security feature.


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Personalize Your Windows Performance

Better Battery or Execution?

AMD and Intel users that use build 1709 – or newer – Windows 10 have quite the handy performance feature included in their system. And it can be customized to their liking.

This Windows power slider allows users to barter performance for better battery life or vice versa. To access the slider, simply click on the battery icon on the lower right-hand side of the screen. From there, you can easily slide the bar back and forth between the best battery life and best performance.

According to Microsoft Docs, users can decide from four available modes:

Battery Saver: Helps conserve power, and prolong battery life, when the system is not connected to a power source. When battery saver is on, some Windows features are disabled, throttled, or behave differently. Screen brightness is also reduced. Battery Saver is only available on DC. To learn more, see Battery Saver.

Better Battery: Delivers longer battery life than the default settings on previous versions of Windows. Available on both AC and DC. In some cases, users will see this mode labeled Recommended, rather than Better Battery, in their slider UI.

Better Performance: Default slider mode that slightly favors performance over battery life and is appropriate for users who want to tradeoff power for better performance of their apps. Available on both AC and DC.

Best Performance: Favors performance over power and is targeted at users who want to tradeoff power for performance and responsiveness. Available on both AC and DC.


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Notepad and Paint can be Uninstalled

With Windows 10 operating systems, Notepad and Paint were on the list of mandatory apps available on the PC. And with that came the impossibility of them being uninstalled. However, Microsoft quickly changed that that.

Early last year, Microsoft included an abundance of improvements, fixes, and more in an update. Optional installations to both Notepad and Paint, among other apps, like Wordpad, are available. Though they may be smaller MB in size than other apps – 6.58 MB for Paint and 6.24 MB for Wordpad – every bit of free space counts.

Microsoft announced back in 2017 that Microsoft Paint (MS Paint) was going to be deprecated and removed in their next Creators Update. However, in 2019, they announced that they reverted back to keeping it and added new features to the popular app.

This ‘optional’ feature is hoping to give Windows 10 users a little more control over what they have on their PC.

To uninstall optional applications, simply go to Settings < Apps < Apps & features < Optional features. From there, click on which ones you’d rather remove and click uninstall.

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Vulnerabilities in Windows Operating System

Microsoft has verified that a major vulnerability has been discovered in all versions of Windows, posing an imminent threat.

Tracked as CVE-2021-34484, the “zero-day” flaw enables hackers to breach all versions of Windows (including Windows 10, Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022) and take control of your computer. And the worst part is the flaw has been known about for some time. 

Source: Forbes

The Windows operating system unfortunately acquired this bug back in August. When the vulnerability was publicly published in October, Microsoft wrongly believed it had fixed it. They promised a new patch of security, but no word on when it will happen.

According to 0patch, however, a patch they created is available until Microsoft gets with the program. They state, “Micropatches for this vulnerability will be free until Microsoft has issued an official fix. If you want to use them, create a free account in 0patch Central, then install and register 0patch Agent from 0patch.com. Everything else will happen automatically. No computer reboots will be needed.”

The video below shows how to install the fix on your Windows OS.


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Programs that Start Routinely at Login

When Windows 10 users log in 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 the 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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Who Still Uses Old Windows Operating Systems?

Although Microsoft’s computer operating system was released in 2009 and will soon be three main versions out of date, many people continue to use it.

Back in January of this year, a survey was conducted by StatCounter:

This report specifically targets Windows users and excludes macOS and Linux from the runnings.

StatCounter gets its numbers by checking visitors to specific websites and taking note of which operating system they used to visit. It’s not a perfect measurement. It doesn’t count computers without an internet connection or ones that never visited the websites StatCounter watched; however, it’s a fairly good estimate of what people are using.

Out of all the Windows operating systems, StatCounter recorded 18.03 percent of them running Windows 7 in December 2020. Surprisingly, this is a great deal more than the people using its predecessor Windows 8.1, which came in at 3.95 percent.

Source: Make Use Of
Why don’t users just upgrade?

Both operating systems have essentially identical hardware requirements, most users can update for free, and Windows 10 will provide a familiar user experience. There’s no particular reason as to why Windows 7 users don’t just upgrade their operating systems.

Simply put: They don’t want to deal with the hassle.

However, with Windows 7’s end of support, not upgrading your PC could potentially cause more harm than good. This leaves open vulnerabilities for hackers to steal any personal information you have on the computer.


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