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18th July 2016

Launch Applications Directly from the Taskbar

The taskbar at the bottom of your desktop allows you to quickly switch between open applications but enabling a hidden feature allows you to quickly open new applications too. To enable this feature: Right-click on a blank area of the taskbar. Select Toolbars...

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18th July 2016

Tackle the Latest Virus Threats to Windows

A few years ago, if you got a virus on your PC you probably had to endure a few annoying pop-up windows, or perhaps your browser home page was redirected to a website controlled by hackers. Oh to be back in those days – things were easy then! All you would need to do w...

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18th July 2016

Fix the Icon Cache in Windows 10

Microsoft may have renamed Windows Explorer as File Explorer in Windows 10 but the same problems remain. One of the biggest problems faced by users of Windows 7 and earlier systems is the desktop icons becoming corrupt and not displaying properly. This is caused by the icon ...

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18th July 2016

The Windows 10 Countdown is On: Only 5 Months Remain to Get Windows 10 for Free

Microsoft's unprecedented offer – for users of Windows 8.1 and 7 to get a completely free upgrade to the new Windows 10 operating system – expires on 29th July 2016. And it is an offer that Microsoft are keen for you to take – they're even pushing out the Windows 1...

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18th July 2016

Increase Hard Drive Data Write Speeds

The exact speed that data is written to your hard drive depends to a great extent on the drive itself, however, part of the performance is controlled by a Windows 8.1/7 setting too. If Windows is set to assign more cache memory to your hard drive, it will automatically s...

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18th July 2016

End of the Road for Adobe Flash

I have been reading back over some of the Windows Secrets email newsletters that have been sent out over the past few years and there was one topic that kept coming up again and again: Adobe Flash and, in particular, its security problems. For a long time, Adobe Flash wa...

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