Disable Thumbnail Previews in Windows 7

If you want to speed up browsing around in explorer, you might think about disabling thumbnail previews in folders.
To make this change, go to Start -> Computer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options
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Click the View tab, and then check the Always show icons, never thumbnails checkbox.
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Click OK, and you’re done.

Windows 10 Disable WiFi Sense

How to disable Windows 10’s WiFi Sense password sharing

WiFi Sense in Windows 10 takes the headache out of managing WiFi networks, but some people have security and privacy concerns.

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How to disable WiFi Sense in Windows 10

First, open the Start menu and head to Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > Manage WiFi settings. In here, you basically want to disable every option you see, as well as tell Windows 10 to forget any WiFi networks you’ve signed into in the past.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Disable WiFi Sense

That’s easy, and all well and good. But what if you don’t want your friends sharing the information about your network’s password with their friends? That takes some additional tinkering, and it’s not obvious. There isn’t a mere option toggle in Windows 10 itself.

Instead, you need to dive into your actual router’s settings and give your network a new name with “_optout” at the end. For example, a network called “WiFiSenseUgh_optout” wouldn’t be stored by WiFi Sense, while one that’s just called “WiFiSenseUgh” would be usable with Microsoft’s sharing feature.

You will need to add “_optout” to your network if you want to stay out of Microsoft’s WiFi Sense database, you’ll need to manually enter your password on your friends’ devices when they pop by your house and make sure to uncheck Windows 10’s “Share network with my contacts” box when you do so.

Network Adapter get disabled after resuming from sleep mode

Does your network adapter get disabled after resuming from sleep mode (wake up from sleep)? If yes, then we have a solution for you. Here is the quick rundown of the problem and its solution. By default Windows 7 will disable a network device to save power, all you need to do is to tell Windows to mind it’s own business. Go to Device Manager, right-click the network adapter (that keeps getting turned off), and select Properties.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Disabled Network Adaptor

Now head over to the Power Management tab, uncheck the option that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”, and Hit OK.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Disabled Network Adaptor

Create a Recovery USB Windows 8 or 10

Valley Computer System 206.730.1111 Create a Recovery USB Windows 8 10

Windows 8 or 10 allows you to create a recovery drive (USB) or system repair disc (CD or DVD) that can be used to troubleshoot and restore your computer. Each type of recovery media gives you access to Windows’ advanced startup options.

You can also copy your computer’s recovery partition to the drive, creating a backup copy. After you create the backup copy, Windows will allow you to remove the recovery partition from your computer, freeing up gigabytes of space.

Creating a Recovery Drive (USB)

To open the recovery drive creation tool, press the Windows key and type recovery drive. Click or tap the Settings category and launch the Create a recovery drive application. In Windows 10 you’ll search the Start Menu for the same thing.

Valley Computer System 206.730.1111 Create a Recovery USB Windows 8 10

The Recovery Media Creator opens on your desktop. If your computer came with a recovery partition, you can copy it to the recovery drive. Of course, this will use much more space, so you’ll need a large enough USB drive. After copying the recovery partition, Windows will ask you if you want to delete the recovery partition on the hard drive. On the Surface with Windows RT, Microsoft claims that this can save you about 3.5 GB of hard disk space.

Valley Computer System 206.730.1111 Create a Recovery USB Windows 8 10

Click the Next option and you’ll be prompted to select a connected USB drive. Click the Create button and the files will by copied to your USB drive.

Valley Computer System 206.730.1111 Create a Recovery USB Windows 8 10

After the process is complete, you’ll be asked if you want to delete the recovery partition. If you do delete the recovery partition, you’ll need the drive to Refresh and Reset your PC in the future.


Scheduling Windows 10 Update Reboots

Microsoft will not support manual updates on Windows 10 Home PCs. Instead, all updates are automatically downloaded to your machine and then scheduled to install when your PC is idle. There are some exceptions and workarounds to that, but for most of us updates are a mandatory. The one thing that Microsoft will let you do, however, is decide when your system actually restarts to install the updates.

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Scheduling restarts

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Windows 10 Schedule Restart

Step 1, Click the Settings app in the Windows 10 Start menu.

Step 2, Click Update & security

Step 3, Click Windows Update

As you can see on the screen above there’s already an option to select a restart time to finish installing an update. But we want to make sure we get notified every time the system requires a reboot. That we don’t have to constantly check-in with the Settings app to see if an update is ready for installation.

Step 4, Click on Advanced options at the bottom of the Windows Update screen. At the top of the next screen you’ll see a drop down menu under Choose how updates are installed.

Step 5, Click the drop down and select Notify to schedule restart.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Windows 10 Schedule Restart

Windows Update’s advanced options make the OS notify you in order to schedule a restart.

Step 6, Click the back button in the upper left corner of the Settings app to return to the previous screen.

Step 7, Click the Select a restart time radio button and adjust the fields to your liking. You can choose any time in the next week to restart your system. If you’d rather restart right away there’s a Restart now button towards the bottom of the screen.

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Delete Wi-Fi Networks in Windows from the Command Line

Microsoft has removed the ability to delete Wi-Fi networks from the network list if the network isn’t in range. Manage Wireless Networks is also gone from the control panel. If you want to better manage Wi-Fi networks in Windows 8 / 10, you’ll need to head to the command line.

Forget this network doesn’t appear if the network is not in range. To delete old profiles, you’ll need to use the netsh command line utility.

To see stored wireless profiles, type:
netsh wlan show profiles
This will show a list of saved profiles of your connected WLAN devices. Then you’ll need to write/save/memorize the profile name that you want to change.

To see the stored key (WPA/WEP/etc) of a specific profile:
netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear
You’ll find the key content under security settings.

To delete a stored profile:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]
This will delete the stored profile of every WLAN interface.

If you want to delete the profile of a specific WLAN interface, you need to use the following:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name] interface=[interface name]

To set network priority
netsh wlan set profileorder name=”network_name” interface=”interface_name” priority

Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Windows usually connects to networks in this order – Ethernet, Wi?Fi and then Mobile broadband. Whenever you connect to a new Wi?Fi network, it’s added and stored in the list of profiles by Windows. The details stored in the profile could include its name, password, encryption method used, SSID, etc. Over a period of time this list of profiles can increase. At such a time, or to preserve your privacy, you may want to delete or remove the profiles. In this post we will see how you can remove, delete or forget Wireless Network Profiles using Windows 10 Settings app.

Delete, remove or forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Press Win+I to open the Settings app. Select Network & Internet. Next click on Wi-Fi in the left panel. There you will see a link Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Click on it.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Forget Wireless Network Profiles Windows 10

In the window which opens, you will see two settings – Wi-Fi Sense and Manage known networks. Under Manage known networks, select the network, and you will see two options – Share and Forget.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Forget Wireless Network Profiles Windows 10

Click on Forget. This will delete the Wireless Network’s profile and connection details.

GMAIL considers Outlook a LESS than Secure APP

When you try to add a new Gmail account in Microsoft Outlook, you encounter the following symptoms:
•You are prompted for authentication, and your credentials are not accepted.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

•You receive the following error message in Outlook:
Your IMAP server wants to alert you to the following: Please log in via your web browser:
http://support.google.com/mail/accounts/bing/answer.py?answer=78754 (Failure)

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

This is what it took to get it fixed
Log into your Gmail account on the web,
Then open a second tab to: admin.google.com
Click on the Security

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

Click on Basic Settings

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

Click on Go to Settings for Less Secure Apps

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

Make sure check box is check to Allow access for less secure apps

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

Now go back to your web email window
Open a second tab to: myaccount.google.com
Click on Sign-in & Security
Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

Make sure the slider is pushed to the Right (Turned ON) Allow less secure apps

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 GMail considers Outlook a less than secure app

That should fix it!!

 

 

Why people who call ad blockers extortionists have got it WRONG

The internet went nuts last week after many people discovered that not only does Adblock Plus — one of the most popular ad blockers — not block all ads, but that it charges internet advertising companies and publishers to get themselves on its whitelist.

Adblock has actually been charging companies for a placement on its “Acceptable Ads” list — which means the ads abide by a policy that stipulates they must not be intrusive to the user experience.

The company won’t confirm how much it charges customers as it has individual, confidential contracts with each of the 70 or so companies it accepts payment from. Earlier this year, The Financial Times reported companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon were paying Adblock a fee of “30% of the additional ad revenues” they would have made were their ads unblocked.

On one hand, you can see why the publisher and advertising community might be annoyed. Adblock has essentially erected toll booths on the internet, and the only way to prevent Adblock from siphoning off revenue is to pay at the gate.

But many people fail to look at what Adblock is doing from the polar opposite view.

The view of an Adblock Plus customer

A top executive at a company that helps publishers make money from ads, which pays a “significant” amount to Adblock each year told Business Insider it is “happy” with the partnership.

Ultimately, he thinks the benefits outweigh the costs

“Our customers asked us over the years: ‘what can we do to to help monetize blocked traffic?’ So when we were approved as part of Adblock Acceptable Ads agreement, we felt fortunate that we were adding a service. If we can provide incremental revenue because some of our customers’ ads were being blocked, then believed we were doing what we’re supposed to be doing. We’re providing value to the publishers and the users. You pay because the alternative is zero,” said the executive, who asked for neither him nor his company to be

We also asked whether he sympathized with those people who accuse Adblock of extortion because it’s charging companies to remove something that wouldn’t even be a problem if Adblock didn’t exist.

He thinks those people need to look beyond blocking and realize what Adblock has done to actually benefit (yes, benefit!) the advertising sector: “We think that Adblock helped spark a conversation about what is a good ad experience, between pop-ups, privacy, tracking, and more — which is a good thing.”

Change your Windows 10 Screen Saver

By default, Windows 10 Screen Saver will start displaying saved pictures that are on your computer, some users may not want this default.

Step 1: Open Settings app. To open it, open Start and then click Settings. The Settings app can also be launched with the help of Windows + I keyboard shortcut.

 

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Step 2: Click on Personalization category to navigate to the same.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Windows 10 Screen Saver

Step 3: On the left-side, click Lock screen to see Lock screen related settings on the right-side.
Step 4: Scroll down to see Screen Saver Settings link. Click on Screen Saver Settings link to open the classic Screen Saver Settings dialog.

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