Unless you use the Shift + Delete to bypass the
Recycle Bin every time you delete a file, you’re always going to end up
with a bunch of trash that needs to be taken out once the Bin becomes
too full. But using Task Scheduler, you’ll never have to do this by hand again. Start by opening the Start Menu, searching for Task Scheduler, and launching it.
Once you have the Task Scheduler open: Click Create Basic Task on the right.Name it Recycle Bin Cleanup. Enter a description if you wish.Select a frequency. Monthly or Weekly are probably the best options — you don’t want it to be too frequent.Select the starting date and the day of the week on which you want the task to repeat.When prompted for an action, select Start a program.Under Program/Script, enter cmd.exe and under Add Arguments, enter /c “echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin”Click Finish.
That’s all. Starting now, your Recycle Bin will clear itself on the
date that you set and according to the frequency th…
Your computer’s wallpaper might not be seen often, but it’s still a good
idea to make it something awesome. Whether you have a mega-collection
of wallpapers from your favorite media or feature a picture you took, the right wallpaper makes your computer more personal.
However, no matter your wallpaper, there’s something you can do to improve its quality. Did you know that Windows 10
compresses all wallpaper images to improve performance? Those on low-end
machines benefit from this, but if you’re rocking a powerful rig, you
might want to make your wallpapers display at full clarity.
To change this, open up the Registry editor by typing regedit
into the Start Menu. Remember that making Registry changes can be
dangerous, so be careful while you’re in here. Navigate down to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Once here, right-click on the right side of the window and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it JPEGImportQuality.
Next, double-click this new value and set it t…
A task can be handled in several ways when the computer enters an
idle state. This includes defining an idle trigger or setting the idle
conditions for when the task starts.
Detecting the Idle State
In Windows 7, the Task Scheduler verifies that the computer is in an
idle state every 15 minutes. Task Scheduler checks for an idle state
using two criteria: user absence, and a lack of resource consumption.
The user is considered absent if there is no keyboard or mouse input
during this period of time. The computer is considered idle if all the
processors and all the disks were idle for more than 90% of the last
detection interval. (An exception would be for any presentation type
application that sets the ES_DISPLAY_REQUIRED flag. This flag forces
Task Schedule to not consider the system as being idle, regardless of
user activity or resource consumption.)
In Windows 7, Task Scheduler considers a processor as idle even when low priority threads (thread priority < normal) e…