A Clear Guide to Meltdown and Spectre Patches

aving trouble keeping up and making sense of all the Meltdown and Spectre patches being released? You’re not alone. This guide will help. Ever since news of Meltdown and Spectre — two massive CPU vulnerabilities affecting nearly every operating systems and device — hit, vendors have been racing to release updates to mitigate the flaws. Things haven’t exactly gone smoothly, with several incompatibility muck ups […]

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye

How to Protect Yourself from Petya/GoldenEye Ransomware Recently, a new strain of ransomware attack broke out. Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by the new ransomware called Petya/GoldenEye. It spreads rapidly across the world and is expanding the infection. Here’s what you need to know about Petya/GoldenEye and how to prevent the attack: What Is Petya/GoldenEye? Similar to WannaCry, Petya uses […]

Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers | Cybersecurity | TechNewsWorld

Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them. Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many mitigation techniques in core Windows components and the Microsoft Edge browser, helping protect customers from entire classes of exploits for very recent and even […]

Server 2012: Stuck at “Updating your System 8%”

Server 2012: Stuck at “Updating your System 0%” The Scenario: One of my Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard servers installed a large number of updates +200 all at once (so unfortunately I’ve no idea which one caused this problem). The Problem: After the reboot the server was stuck on the start-up splash screen stating “Updating your system 8%”. I tried the following Waiting several hours Rebooting […]

Top 10 Most Useful Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

In this post I’ll share some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows 10 more efficiently. Keyboard shortcuts are useful because they allow you perform tasks that would otherwise require you to move your hand away from the keyboard. Some of the shortcuts here work in all versions of Windows, while others are unique to Windows 10. The list isn’t by any means […]

Tip 14 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

Old-school task switcherOkay, okay, this won’t cure any headaches, but it’s just plain cool. By this point, most people know the age-old Alt + Tab keyboard command to quickly switch between open programs (and the desktop). But did you know the classic Windows XP-style task switcher is still hidden within even the latest versions of Windows?Just hold one Alt button, press and release the other […]

Tip 13 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

Browse all of the web or all of your PC from your taskbarIf your taskbar isn’t already overflowing with software icons and their associated Jump Lists, you can add even more functionality with toolbars.Right-click on your taskbar once again, select Properties, then open the Toolbars tab. A list of Windows’ available toolbars appears/ Simply check the box next to ones you want to add to […]

Tip 12 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

DIY keyboard shortcutsWindows has a ton of keyboard shortcuts baked right in, but you can roll your own to open the software of your choice lickety-split—no mouse-clicking or launcher-hunting required.Right-click the program’s launch icon and select Properties. Open the Shortcut tab, then click in the “Shortcut key” field and press the key you want to use to launch the program. Windows will assign Ctrl + […]

Tip 11 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

Add new folders to File Explorer’s FavoritesAnother way to quickly open favored folders is, well, by adding them to the Favorites section at the top of File Explorer. The process for doing so isn’t exactly obvious, however.Drag the folder itself onto the Favorites icon in File Explorer’s left-hand pane, or navigate to the chosen folder directly, then right-click the Favorites icon and select Add current […]

Tip 10 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

Increase the number of items in Jump ListsIf you come to lean heavily on Jump Lists (as yours truly does), there may eventually come a time when you have so many files pinned to programs that the default 10-item limit on Jump Lists just won’t cut it. Fortunately, it’s easy to alter the number of files displayed by Jump Lists.Right-click on the taskbar, select Properties, […]