Clean install of Windows 10

Re-installing Windows 10 has never been easier!¬† Are you excited!? I sure am ūüôā
Check out this awesome step by step:

  1. Go to the Windows 10 download page: Download Windows 10 page.
  2. Click Download Tool Now
  3. Double-click the file to start the Media Creation Tool.
  4. Click Accept to the licensing agreement.
  5. Click Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option
  6. Click Next
  7. If the files you’re downloading are for this device the PC will select the best options. Otherwise, clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option and fill in your options.¬† you can also select “Both” in the Architecture section to use both 32 and 64 bit installer -useful if you plan to reuse the media on other PCs
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select USB flash drive
  10. Click Next.
  11. Select a removable drive
  12. Click Next
  13. Click Finish.

And there you have new Install media for Windows 10!

Happy creating!

 

Restrict your Data Usage in Windows 10

 

Apps running in the background slow down your PC and steal bandwidth.  FIX THEM !!

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Background apps
  4. Turn off the apps that are allowed to run in the background

Another bandwidth/resource killer is syncing your apps. FIX THEM TOO!!

  1. go to Settings
  2. Then Accounts
  3. Then Sync your settings

Turn off all un-needed synchs

 

 

ARGH!

I didn’t like it with Windows 7. They did it right with Windows 8 and now they are ruining Windows 10.¬† That’s right – I said Windows 8 was the way.

Product versions.  There was a plethora of them in Win7 and it was hard to keep them straight. I like the limited set of OS choices in Win 8-8.1-10.  It was easy and it worked.

Now MS has announced a new SKU for Win 10 РWin 10 Pro for Workstations.  It offers some great tools

ReFS for more resilient file systems
Support for server class CPUs

These are¬†all¬†features the Pro SKU could use – why sell them separately…

Creating a hotspot in Windows 10

This is pretty cool.  Natively Windows 10 supports creating a hotstpot. The only limitation is your hardware

From an elevated command prompt type: NETSH WLAN show drivers

If it says that Hosted Network Supported: Yes you are able to setup a hotspot. Otherwise you will have to buy an external hardware network connection

Now type this: NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Your_SSID key=Your_Passphrase

This actually creates the hotspot.  Change Your SSID to the name you want and change Your_Passphrase to the passphrase you want to use

Open network connections and you will see the connection listed.

Last step is to select the sharing option on the connection and allow other network users to connect through this network connection

Recovering your EFS Key

How to back up your EFS encryption key

  1. Plug in an external device
  2. Go to EFS icon in the system tray.
  3. Click Back up now
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the checkbox beside the Password.
  6. Type your new password in the Password field.
  7. Confirm the password
  8. Click Next the Browse.
  9. Go to  the external drive
  10. Name the file
  11. Click Save then Next then Finish
  12. Click Finish. 

     

    Happy Nerdings!

Encrypting your files

You want protection right!? This day in age it is required. Here is a quick way to encrypt your files

 

  1. First you have to launch File Explorer
  2. Right-click the file/folder in question
  3. Then click Properties.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click the checkbox to Encrypt contents.
  6. Click OK. then Apply

Happy Nerdings!

Saving Sticky Notes!

They save themselves right!?¬† Just don’t power off and they will be there.¬† But what if they aren’t there one day

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe

mark this down somewhere important.

%userprofile% is your user profile – usually c:/users/”your name”

Navigate there in Windows 10

In older versions it is here

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

 

Happy nerdings!