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Enable, Disable AutoPlay in Windows 10/8

In this post we will see how to disable AutoPlay in Windows 8 using the Control Panel, Group Policy or the Registry Editor. But before that, let us see what is AutoPlay and AutoRun in Windows. Then we will see how to […]

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Make Windows Talk To You

This tip may not have much practical use for day-to-day Windows home users, except for impressing your kids or playing a prank, but for software developers, the use of the Microsoft Speech API can be pretty useful, to make their […]

WinSxS folder cleanup in Windows 10/8.1/8

Not many of you may know this, nor has this been blogged anywhere – yet; but Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 lets you safely cleanup the WinSxS folder. In fact you can even automate WinSxS folder cleanup using the […]

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Analyze Windows Component Store or WinSxS in Windows 8.1

The WinSxS folder is the location for Windows Component Store files. The Windows Component Store is used to support the functions needed for installation,  customization and updating of the Windows operating system. It is used during installing, updating, upgrading, uninstalling, […]


Error 0x80070005 While Updating Windows Store Apps

So far we’ve seen that different Windows Stre errors require a different kind of treatment for the same error message in Windows 10/8. We’ve discussed this point in many of our previous Windows Store error fix up articles. Now, today […]

Create Live Tiles for pinned websites in Windows 8.1

You may have read our earlier post on how to create & pin your website’s Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen. Windows 8.1 adds a new feature. It lets to pin website tiles which are live! The live tile will get […]

Why Windows 8.1 is perfect for enterprise

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 for TechNet & MSDN subscribers and declared its GA on 18th October. With Windows 8.1 GA being around the corner, there has been a lot of buzz around lately that it has been developed to cater to […]

How To Disable Font Smoothing In Windows 7/8/10

From Windows XP to Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the way Windows displays fonts. The smooth fonts introduced in Windows 7  – also continued in Windows 10/8, having an appealing and smart look. However, there are some folks who are not satisfied […]

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Different System Sleep States in Windows 10/8

When a computer is in a Sleep state, it is not performing any task and may appear to be off. But it is not shut down but retains the memory state. S0,  S1, S2, S3, and S4 are the four power states, of which S1, […]

How to track User Activity in WorkGroup Mode on Windows 10/8/7

Multi-user functionality in Windows has enabled us to use it conveniently in public places like school, colleges, offices, etc. At these places, there is generally an administrator, who manages to keep an eye on the activities of users working therein. […]


WinSxS Folder in Windows 10/8/7 explained

Most of you may have noticed the WinSxS folder in Windows 7/8/10 and been surprised at its size. For those who have not, the folder is situated at C:\Windows\Winsxs and has a whopping size ! Mine is almost 5 GB and […]