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How do you change Windows’ default download path?

I would like to keep my drive paths as clean as possible and C:Downloads is much nicer than C:UsersMynameDownloads. How can I stop Windows 10 from using the user name profile location by default?

1. Open Windows Explorer

2. Create the folder you want to have as your new Downloads folder (i.e. C:Downloads)

3. Under This PC, right-click Downloads

4. Click Properties

5. Select the Location Tab

6. Click Move

7. Select the folder you made in Step 2

8. Once it has finished copying everything to the new folder, click OK to close the Properties Window

It is not Windows itself that downloads files, but rather its applications like web browsers or other network clients. If you are specifically talking about downloading files from the Internet, your web browser has a setting for the default download location. You can even set it to ask you each time where you want to put a file that you are about to download.

Is Bluetooth Faster than Wi-Fi?

The Bluetooth standard’s maximum data rate is, at best, 3 Mbps or about 2.1 after protocol overheads take their cut.

Wi-Fi on the other hand, maxes out anywhere from 54 to 1300+ Mbps depending on whether you have “g”, “n”, or “ac” Wi-Fi plus any enhancements in the adaptors and router support.

So no, Bluetooth is not faster than Wi-Fi. Not even vaguely close.

Bluetooth version 3 and version 4 have higher data rates, but the actual data transfer in those implementations happens over Wi-Fi; Bluetooth is only used to set up and negotiate the connection.

Should I Leave My Laptop Plugged In All The Time?

When your laptop’s battery is 100% charged, should you leave it plugged in so any battery power doesn’t get used, or will that cause overcharging, overheating, etc.? Should the laptop be unplugged when the battery level is 100%?

It won’t make all that much difference. What will shorten battery life is temperature: If it gets hot, it will shorten the battery life. Best thing to do, if you are able, is to remove the battery while you’re at home and keep it somewhere cool.

If it’s a Li-ion battery, then they don’t like to be completely discharged, so make sure you charge them regularly. Wikipedia:

Lithium-ion batteries should not be frequently discharged fully and recharged (“deep-cycled”), but this may be necessary after about every 30th recharge to recalibrate any electronic charge monitor (e.g. a battery meter). This allows the monitoring electronics to more accurately estimate battery charge. This has nothing to do with the memory effect.

What about the “Remove the battery…

How Often Should You Defrag Your Hard Drive?

Deciding how often to defrag your hard drive depends on how you use your computer. If you load, save and add to files on a regular basis, your system might require more frequent defragging than someone who only turns on their computer every few days.

Most people should defrag their hard drives about once a month, but your computer might need it more frequently. Windows users can use the built-in disk defragmenter utility on their computers. Run a system scan, then follow the tool's device. It will tell you whether or not your hard drive requires defragging.

What to Do After a Hard Drive Crash

Computer hard drive crashes can be catastrophic. They can range in scope from a few corrupted files to everything on your computer, including your hardware. The casualty in these disasters is often data you would never be able to replace. In this situation, you could always reach for data recovery software, but luckily there are several options available that should satisfy your data recovery needs, such as:
Data Recovery Step #1: Buy a New Hard Drive
When you lose data during a hard drive crash, it typically means your hard drive—at least in part—is trashed. Moreover, although it’s often possible to get some hard drives working again, it’s best to start fresh with a new, more reliable hard drive, rather than continue risking more data loss. It’s understandable if you want to stick it out with the hard drive you’ve had for quite awhile, but the risk far outweighs the benefits in this situation. A new hard drive will likely have features that can help you stave off furt…

How Does Data Recovery Software Work?

Have you ever accidentally deleted a file on your computer, removed a file from your jump drive or even formatted a camera memory card? Or maybe you can t find your music collection after a system crash or a malware infection compromised your hard drive? Fortunately, the lost files and folders can often be recovered by using the best data recovery software. But how does data recovery software work?

When you delete a file on your computer the first place it goes is to the recycle bin. Emptying the recycle bin makes the file far less accessible, but doesn t actually remove it. What really happens behind the scenes when you delete a file is that the computer s file system removes the path to access that file, and designates the space that the file is using as being available for future use when needed. The ones and zeros that make up the file are still there on your computer, hidden until they are overwritten with another file. Parts of the file may stay on your hard drive…

Wise Disk Cleaner has been updated to 9.29

Wise Disk Cleaner keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:

Fixed the issue of unable to run properly in limited account.Updated various translations.Minor GUI improvements.
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How to use Wise Hotkey? Wise Hotkey Tutorial

Wise Hotkey is a simple and easy- to-use program that can help you improve the efficiency of using computer. It can implement that quick start or quick switch any application, folder or website by using keyboard shortcuts.

Wise Memory Optimizer 3.47 was released

Wise Memory Optimizer keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:

GUI and usability improvements.Improved localization and language support.
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Is Windows Defender Good Enough?

Antivirus is already running out of the box. Windows Defender automatically scans programs you open, downloads new definitions from Windows Update, and provides an interface you can use for in-depth scans.

But how good is this? Well, truth be told, Microsoft’s antivirus is a bit behind the others when it comes to comparative antivirus software tests. We’ve sounded the alarm on this before, and we were particularly worried because we had previously liked Microsoft’s antivirus product so much.

Windows Defender has a lot of advantages. It’s built-in, won’t harass you with pop-ups and requests for money, and is lighter than some competing antivirus solutions. It won’t attempt to harvest your browsing data and make money from it, as some free antivirus programs have started doing in an attempt to make a profit.

Overall, Windows Defender doesn’t provide bad protection, assuming you keep Windows up-to-date, use an up-to-date browser, and avoid potentially dangerous plug-ins like…

Find the Troubleshooters on Windows 10, 8, and 7

To find the troubleshooters, first open the Control Panel. Click “System and Security” and then click “Troubleshoot Common Computer Problems” under Security and Maintenance. On Windows 7, click “Find and Fix Problems” instead. You’ll see a list of the most common troubleshooters you might need.

These aren’t the only available troubleshooters. Click “View All” in the sidebar to view a full list of troubleshooters. As of Windows 10 with the November update — version 1511 — here’s the full list:

    Background Intelligent Transfer Service: Finds and fixes problems with the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, which Windows Update and some other services use for background downloads.
    Hardware and Devices: Checks your computer for issues with hardware devices. If a hardware device–particularly a recently installed one–isn’t working properly, this troubleshooter can find and fix problems with hardware detection and drivers.
    HomeGroup: Looks for problems with your HomeGroup network a…

What is DNS Cache Poisoning?

DNS cache poisoning, also known as DNS spoofing, is a type of attack that exploits vulnerabilities in the domain name system (DNS) to divert Internet traffic away from legitimate servers and towards fake ones. One of the reasons DNS poisoning is so dangerous is because it can spread from DNS server to DNS server.

Whenever your computer contacts a domain name like “,” it must first contact its DNS server. The DNS server responds with one or more IP addresses where your computer can reach Your computer then connects directly to that numerical IP address. DNS converts human-readable addresses like “” to computer-readable IP addresses like “”.

The Internet doesn’t just have a single DNS server, as that would be extremely inefficient. Your Internet service provider runs its own DNS servers, which cache information from other DNS servers. Your home router functions as a DNS server, which caches information from your ISP’s DNS server…

How to Permanently Disable The Touch Keyboard In Windows 8 and 10

This is the first step, and the step that should suffice for the majority of users. The touch keyboard loads as a Windows Service by default. The most direct way to get rid of the annoyance it is to simply disable the service. To do so open up the Services menu by pressing Windows+R on your keyboard and typing “services.msc” in the resulting run dialog box.

In the Services menu that pops up, click on the “Name” column to sort the services by name, and then scroll until you locate the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service”. Double click on the entry.

In the resulting properties menu, look for “Startup type” and, in the drop down menu, change it to “Disabled”. At the bottom of the window, under “Service status”, click “Stop” to halt the service.

Click “OK” and then, upon rebooting your computer next, the change should be permanent. No more annoying icon in the system tray.…

How to Sign in Automatically at Boot

If you’d like to get past the lock screen even when booting your computer, considering having your computer automatically sign in when you boot it up.. Your computer will automatically sign into your user account and you won’t even have to enter a password when it boots.

There’s a potential security risk to logging into your Windows PC automatically, though. Don’t do this unless you have a desktop PC located somewhere secure. If you carry your laptop around with you, you probably don’t want to have that laptop automatically sign into Windows.

The old netplwiz panel will let you enable automatic login on Windows 10. Press Windows+R on your keyboard, type netplwiz , and press Enter. Select the account you want to automatically sign in with, uncheck the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option, click “OK”, and enter the password for your account. Windows will store it in the registry and automatically sign into your computer for you when it boot…

How to Edit the Notification Area of Taskbar

The icons that appear on the far right of the taskbar sit within the notification area. You can adjust which icons appear here, along with their behavior. To do so, right-click an empty space on the taskbar, select Properties and then Customize….

This will open a window that will give you access to a host of options. Of particular note are the two links at the top. First, click Select which icons appear on the taskbar. Here you can turn specific program icons on or off. Turning them off will relegate them to the icon area that opens when you click the upwards arrow on the notification area.

Now go back and select Turn system icons on or off. This time, turning the icons off will remove them completely. Of course, the functions themselves do still exist on the system and are accessible through other routes, they just won’t be on the taskbar.

Which website do you use to book hotels?

I use and I try to stay away from Expedia. I returned a month ago from a three month trip to Europe and I used both sites for booking hotels, apart-hotels, and apartments in Europe. I am very pleased with their service. has a reward program where they will give you a night free after booking 10 nights. rewards members with GENIUS status, where they offer lower rates. I will soon be going to Mexico and have already booked some hotels for November and December on both sites.

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Share a Wired or Wireless Internet Connection in Windows 10

If you’re running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed, then you’re in luck. With that update, Windows now has a single switch for turning any PC with Wi-Fi into a hotspot, and it doesn’t matter whether the Internet connection you want to share is wired or wireless.

First, fire up Settings by pressing Windows+I on your keyboard. On the main Settings page, click “Network & Internet.”

On the Network & Internet page, on the left-hand side, click “Mobile hotspot.”

On the right-hand side, turn on the “Share my Internet connection with other devices” switch. If you want something other than the default network name and password, click the “Edit” button.

In the Edit window, type whatever network name and password you want to use and then click “OK.”

And that’s all you really have to do in Windows 10. It’s one of the best new features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, even though it rolled out with relatively little fanfare.…

Wise Care 365 V4.26 was released

Wise Care 365 keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:

Improved the feature of file shredder in right-click menu. Improved the feature of System Protection.GUI and usability improvements.
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How to Clear Windows Update Cache

The update cache consists of copies of the update installation files. The operating system uses them if you’re ever forced to reapply an update; it saves downloading them again. Although it’s a good idea, they take up a lot of space. Unless you either have a very slow Internet connection or you’re seriously limited with data caps by your ISP, you can safely remove them.

Sadly, the process is not particularly straightforward.

The first step is stopping the Windows Update service. Search for Services, right-click on the top result, and open it as an administrator.

Next, scroll down the list of entries until you find Windows Update. Right-click on it and choose Stop.

Now you’ll need to delete the files. Press Windows key + R to open the run box, then type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ and hit Enter.
You can delete everything within the Downloads folder.

Lastly, you’ll need to head back to services and re-enable Windows Update.…

Wise Hotkey v1.14 was released

Wise Hotkey keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:

Fixed some issues from the users' feedback.GUI and usability improvements.Improved localization and language support.
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How to Schedule Restarts for Updates in Windows 10

You’re working on an important document when Windows updates itself and informs you it’s going to reboot. Instead of getting mad and shouting at your computer that you can’t reboot yet, you can now schedule a more convenient time for the computer to reboot after updates.

Windows 10 now allows you to specify a time for the computer to reboot after updates are installed to finish the installation. To schedule a restart for updates, click the Start menu icon and select “Settings” on the Start menu. On the “Settings” screen, click “Update & Security”.

The “Windows Update” screen displays by default. If you have updates available, Windows will start downloading them and preparing to install. Click the “Advanced options” link. The update process will continue even though you are leaving the main “Windows Update” screen. On the “Advanced Options” screen, select “Notify to schedule restart” from the drop-down list at the top of the screen. Click the left arrow button in the up…