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Why You Should NOT Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Yet

1. Wait Until It’s Your Turn Though the update has technically launched, Microsoft isn’t rolling it out to every Window 10 system at the same time. Not only would that strain Microsoft’s servers, but it’s rolled out progressively to systems that are compatible for it. If there’s a known bug with your hardware, you theoretically shouldn’t get the update until there’s a fix. You have a specific place in the queue for a reason and jumping that is risky.

If your turn comes around and you still wish to delay, have no fear. Those running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise can push the brakes for four months. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Update & security > Advanced options and tick Defer Feature Updates. This will move your system into the Business update branch; you’ll only receive the update once Microsoft has deemed it suitable for its Enterprise audience.

For more information on delaying, see our guide on how to temporarily turn off Windows Update.

2. Do…

Windows 10 Tip: Set active hours so your PC won’t restart while you’re working

Once in a while, your PC may need to restart to finish installing an update. Did you know there’s a feature you can use to keep restarts from happening when you’re working? It’s called active hours. Active hours are a time range you can set to let your PC know when you’re usually using your device, so it won’t restart automatically during those times. Here’s how to set up active hours: Select the Start button and select Settings (or use Windows key + I), then “Update & security” and select “Change active hours.” Choose the start time and end time, and then select “Save.”

Wise JetSearch 2.32 is released

Wise JetSearch keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Fixed the issue of choosing disk drop-down list can't record the selection status.Fixed some File size display errors.Updated various translations.
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How to Make Windows Troubleshoot Your PC’s Problems for You

Windows includes a variety of “troubleshooters” designed to quickly diagnose and automatically solve various computer problems. Troubleshooters can’t fix everything, but they’re a great place to start if you encounter a problem with your computer.
Troubleshooters are built into the Control Panel on Windows 10, 8, and 7, so practically all Windows users can take advantage of them. On Windows 10’s Creators Update, most troubleshooters are now available through the Settings app.

Windows 10 If you’ve installed Windows 10’s Creators Update, you’ll find these in Settings. Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

As of the Creators Update, the following troubleshooters are available here: Blue Screen, Bluetooth, Hardware and Devices, HomeGroup, Incoming Connections, Internet Connections, Keyboard, Network Adapter, Printer, Playing Audio, Power, Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, Recording Audio, Search and Indexing, Shared Folders, Speech, Video Playb…

Wise Folder Hider Pro 4.16 was Released

Wise Folder Hider Pro keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Fixed the issue of failing to load driver.Optimized the function of Encrypt File.Improved the compatibility with older version.Minor bug fixes.Updated various translations.
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Resize a Partition for Free in Windows 7, 8.x, 10, or Vista

Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and Vista include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. No more 3rd party utilities needed! It’s worth noting that many third-party utilities will be more feature-rich, but you can do the very basic stuff in Windows without adding anything new. To get to this utility, open up Control Panel, and type in partition into the search box.. you’ll immediately see the link show up: If you are in Windows 8 or 8.1 you’ll need to use the Start Screen search. If you are in Windows 10, just use the Start Menu or the Control Panel search. Either way, the same thing will come up. How to Shrink a Partition In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select “Shrink Volume” from the menu. In the Shrink dialog, you will want to enter the amount you want to shrink by, not the new size. For example, if you want to shrink your 50gb partition by roughly 10gb so that it will now be roughly…

Do You Need to Upgrade to DDR4 RAM?

For the time being: not really.

In the case of gaming, the improvements DDR4 makes over its predecessor are minimal, at best (so far). It seems there simply aren’t enough AAA-titles out there that are primed to take full advantage out of what DDR4 can do right now. However, for professionals working with design programs like Photoshop, the decreased latency and response times could offer a visible improvement over the now-aging DDR3 and DDR3L standards.

If the main concern when building your next PC is making it as future-proof as possible, there aren’t many clear reasons why you wouldn’t opt for DDR4 over DDR3 in a Skylake-based configuration. That said, if you’ve recently built a PC with DDR3 or DDR3L using Haswell — or you’re looking to save some money on a new build — the increased cost of the other components may not be worth the effort.

How to Rebuild a Broken Icon Cache in Windows 10

Close and save anything that you are working on before proceeding. Open File Explorer and go to the following folder: C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer (Replace <your username> with the actual login name for your Windows account.) Press and hold the “Shift” key and right-click on the Explorer folder. Select “Open command window here.” A command prompt window will open at that path: To make sure the command prompt is in the correct folder, type the dir command. You should see the iconcache and thumbcache files we discussed earlier appear. Right-click on the Windows taskbar and choose “Task Manager” from the shortcut menu. Right-click on “Windows Explorer” in the list and choose “End task” from the shortcut menu. The Explorer and desktop will disappear. Exit Task Manager and make sure that no other application is running except for the command prompt window. In the command prompt window type the following command: del iconcache* Press Enter. Th…

Wise Care 365 V4.61 was updated

Wise Care 365 keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Optimized the function of Disk Eraser.Improved the feature of Advanced Cleaner.Updated various translations.Minor bug fixes and improvements.
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How to Prevent Windows 10 Restarts When You’re Actively Using It

Imagine that you’re in the deep state of flow on an important paper or project. You can feel all the jigsaw pieces falling into place. And, just then…
Windows decides to restart.
This isn’t random. Your Windows 10 machine is installing the latest updates and restarts because it needs to finish the process. And while it’s necessary, it can be extremely irritating because you wanted to get that important project finished right now. Fortunately, there’s a solution. A feature in Windows 10, called Active Hours, gives you more control over when the operating system will consider it “okay” to restart.
With the help of Active Hours, you can prevent Windows from restarting when you’re working. As the name suggests, Active Hours is a block of time that you can set to let your PC know you’re using your device, so it won’t restart automatically during those times.
Setup only requires three simple steps.
Click the Start button and select Settings. Alternatively, use Windows key + I. Sele…

Wise Auto Shutdown 1.61 was updated

Wise Auto Shutdown keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Fixed the issue of WAS icon unexpectedly disappeared in system notification area.Fixed the issue of system hibernation during task execution.Updated various translations.Minor bug fixes.More about Wise Auto Shutdown
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How to Prevent Deleted Files from Being Recovered

When we delete a file, it isn’t really erased and still exists on your hard disk, even after you empty it from the Recycle Bin. This allows you and other people to recover files you have deleted. So how to prevent it?
If you have confidential, private data on your computer, you should be careful because someone else can recover your deleted files, especially when you are selling a computer or a hard drive. Wise Care 365 have a feature “Disk Eraser” that can wipe your hard drive’s free space automatically. By writing other data over the free space on your hard drive, all deleted files will be erased. You can simply select the disk which you want to erase and how many passes you want to erase. More passes will be more secure, but it will take longer. Since disk erasing takes a long time, you can schedule an automatic shut down after disk erasing.
Another feature is “File Shredder”. This feature can let you select certain files and folders to shred. It is very fast, but takes longer than de…

Wise Video Downloader v2.53 was updated

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

1. Fixed the issue of failing to parse a small part of search result.
2. Minor GUI improvements.

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Why Deleted Files Aren’t Erased Immediately

If you’re wondering why your computer doesn’t just erase files when you delete them, it’s actually pretty simple. Deleting a file’s pointer and marking its space as available is an extremely fast operation. In contrast, actually erasing a file by overwriting its data takes significantly longer. For example, if you’re deleting a 10 GB file, that would be near-instantaneous. To actually erase the file’s contents, it may take several minutes – just as long as if you were writing 10 gigabytes of data to your hard drive. To increase performance and save time, Windows and other operating systems don’t erase a file’s contents when it’s deleted. If you want to erase a file’s contents when it’s deleted, you can use a “file-shredding” tool – see the last section for more information. Solid-State Drives Work Differently: None of this applies to solid state drives (SSDs). When you use a TRIM-enabled SSD (all modern SSDs support TRIM), deleted files are removed immediately and can’t be recovered. …

Wise Hotkey v1.18 was released

Wise Hotkey keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Fixed the issue of unable to save the configuration in some cases.Fixed some issues from the users' feedback.Updated various translations.
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Wise Disk Cleaner 9.46 was released

Wise Disk Cleaner keeps on its improvements, and the newly released notes are as follows:
Improved the feature of the advanced cleaner.Improved some existed language packs.Other minor improvements.
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How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

Take Quick Screenshots with Print Screen (PrtScn) The Print Screen button on your keyboard can take a screenshot and save it as a file, take a screenshot without saving it as a file, or take a screenshot of only one window (instead of the whole screen). The print screen button may be labeled as “PrtScn,” “PrntScrn,” “Print Scr,” or something similar. On most keyboards, the button is usually found between F12 and Scroll Lock. On laptop keyboards, you may have to press the “Function” or “Fn” key to access the Print Screen feature. When you press the key, it will look like nothing happened, but the screenshot has been saved to your clipboard. To Save Your Screenshot as a File Press the “Windows logo key + PrtScn.” If you’re using a tablet, press the “Windows logo button + volume down button.” On some laptops and other devices, you may need to press the “Windows logo key + Ctrl + PrtScn” or “Windows logo key + Fn + PrtScn” keys instead. Check your laptop’s manual for more information. Th…

How Do You Disable a Computer’s Hard Drive LED Light?

It is very bothersome to work with my Windows 10 laptop (a Dell Inspiron 5000 Series with an Intel Core i5) when there is a constant light flashing in my face. Is there a way to either edit the registry or the BIOS to stop the hard drive activity light from flashing? Tape over it. Disregarding whether that is a good idea or not, the easiest way to disable the LED light is most likely opening your laptop case up and unplugging the LED ribbon cable. Barring that as a possibility, the next most practical solution would be placing tape (or an aesthetically pleasing sticker) over the LED light. While it may be theoretically possible to modify chip firmware somewhere on your motherboard, there will not be an easy way to do so in a software setting because the engineers designing computers (for various reasons) believe that is a bad idea. Source:Notebook Review Forums