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How to Set CPU Affinity in Windows 10 with Task Manager or System Properties

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For the most part, Microsoft’s latest OS manages its resources very well, but there are certain instances where users are left wondering why their Windows performance is bad. This issue comes up, especially when the computer has a weak processor and an app is particularly intensive. Thankfully, a Task Manager feature that lets you set CPU affinity so you can claw back some resources from other apps.

To be clear, when you set processor affinity in Windows 10, you won’t always notice a substantial difference. It all depends on if resources are being used by other apps on your system, whether your PC meets the recommended specs and various other factors. However, knowing how to use the feature to assign certain CPU cores to specific applications can be very useful in some scenarios.

Additionally, some have success in modifying their processor affinity for gaming. Some very old games, for example, try to spread a single-core workload across a multi-core processor, which can lead to a crash. Manually assigning the application to a single thread solves this. Conversely, those getting lag on Discord or other VoIP applications while playing an intensive game can assign only a portion of their cores to the game to ensure their system has enough resources to handle both at once.

In this tutorial, we’ll be covering how to set CPU/processor affinity for individual apps, as well as how to change the CPU priority to prefer foreground apps.

Contents

  • 1 How to Set CPU Affinity for a Specific App
  • 2 How to Change CPU priority to prefer Windows Background apps or Programs

How to Set CPU Affinity for a Specific App

In most cases, it will be enough to set processor affinity for a specific app that you’d like to have some more resources. When looking at the set affinity in Task Manager, bear in mind that the CPU numbers displayed are core/logical cores. This means you may see 6 on a 4 core processor, or 12 on a 6 core Ryzen 2600, for example. For the most part, all you need to consider is the ratio available of cores your program is getting, not which ones. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Task Manager

    Press the Windows key and type “Task Manager”, clicking the first result, or press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Task Manager

  2. Click “More details”

    Depending on whether you’ve opened Task Manager before, you may not have to do this.

    Windows 10 - Task Manager

  3. Right-click the app you want to modify and click “Go to details”

  4. Right-click the app in the “Details” window and choose “Set affinity”

  5. Select the cores/logical cores you’d like to assign to the program

How to Change CPU priority to prefer Windows Background apps or Programs

As well as designating CPU cores for each application, you can change the way Windows 10 schedules CPU resources generally. This takes two forms: a focus on programs or a focus on background apps, with the former being the default.

  1. Open System Properties

    Press “Windows + R” to open Run and type “sysdm.cpl” and press “Enter”.

  2. Go to the “Advanced” tab of System Properties

    While there, look under the “Performance” tab for “Settings”.

    Windows - Control Panel - System Properties

  3. In Performance Options, change your CPU affinity scheduling to “Programs” or “Background services”

    Once you’re done, press “OK”.

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Unknown Surface Pro Shows Up in Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Plus Benchmark

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While all the conversation has been about Apple making a switch to ARM with its own processors, it is worth remembering Microsoft has been working with ARM-based CPUs for some time. The company’s Windows 10 on ARM movement has been gathering pace in recent years. Now, an unknown Surface Pro has showed up running an ARM-based Qualcomm chip.

And that’s the difference between Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM push and Apple’s embrace of ARM. Specifically, as is the Apple way, Cupertino has taken its own path by developing a proprietary ARM chipset. In contrast, and as is the Microsoft way, the company is working with partners.

Qualcomm has helped to drive Windows 10 on ARM during its early life. Through the Always Connected PC concept, Qualcomm has been Microsoft’s go-to for early ARM-based Windows 10 devices.

However, that has not come without some problems. Underpowered silicon and generally hazy PC performance slowed the early expansion of Windows 10 on ARM machines. Still, Microsoft pressed full steam ahead with the Surface Pro X, it’s first ARM-powered device.

New Surface Pro X?

The Surface Pro X comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx under the hood. However, the chipset is aging since it was launched back in 2018. Qualcomm is known to be working on a successor, known as the Snapdragon 8cx Plus (SC8180XP).

Now an unknown Surface Pro has been listed on Geekbench running this new CPU. It is unclear what exactly this device is, but there are two possibilities:

  • Qualcomm is using an internal Pro X simply for testing its new processor.
  • This is the second-generation Surface Pro X that Microsoft could launch later this year.

Frankly, both of those scenarios are just as likely as the others, so we’ll have to wait and see. As for the Snapdragon 8cx Plus, it has some interesting specs. For example, it has four Kryo 495 cores and will clock at 3.15 GHz. The specific benchmarked device has 16GB or RAM and was running Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit.

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Windows Spotlight Not Working? Fix It with a Reset or Re-Register

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Windows spotlight provides some much-needed variety to the Windows 10 lock screen, downloading daily images from Bing as its background. Unfortunately, though, it’s not without its issues, and many users find that their Windows spotlight is not working or gets stuck.

In the latter scenario, users will notice that their Windows 10 spotlight images are not changing. You can be stuck with the same lock screen image for eternity unless you take action. Others run into more serious issues like a Windows spotlight blue screen or a “Windows spotlight is not available” error.

Thankfully, most of these can fixed by a simple reset or re-register of the feature. There are also a couple of troubleshooting steps that will ensure it’s getting all the data it needs. Let’s get started:

How to Fix Windows Spotlight When It’s Stuck

There are multiple factors that can lead to Windows spotlight not working properly, from incorrect settings permissions to issues with its cache or feature itself. We’ll start with the simplest.

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings

    It’s a good idea to check that it has the permissions it needs, as incorrect configuration can often lead to Windows spotlight images not changing.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Open Windows 10 Privacy”

    Windows 10 - Settings

  3. Click “Background apps”

    Here you should ensure that both Microsoft Edge and the Microsoft Store are set to “On”. If they aren’t, the feature will be unable to download the images it needs for the lock screen.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Privacy - Background apps - activate Edge and Store

  4. Enable Settings background activity

    In the same window, make sure Settings is toggled “On”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Privacy - Background apps - activate Settings

  5. Go to Lock screen settings

    Use the search bar in the Settings app to look for “Lock screen settings”. Click the first result.

    Windows 10 - Settings - open Lock screen settings

  6. Set “Background” to “Picture” or “Slideshow” instead of “Windows spotlight”

    To Reset and Re-Register Windows Spotlight, you first need to deactivate the feature in Windows 10 settings.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Personalization - Background - set to Picture or Slideshow

  7. Open Command Prompt

    Press Start and type “cmd”, clicking the first result. We’ll use this to perform the reset.

    Windows 10 - Run Command Line

  8. Run command to clear Windows Spotlight assets and settings:
    DEL /F /S /Q /A “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets”
    DEL /F /S /Q /A & “%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings”

    Windows 10 - Command Line - Delete Windows Spotlight Assets & Settings

  9. Re-register Windows Spotlight

    Enter this command to launch PowerShell and re-register the feature:

    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

    Restart your PC to apply the changes.

    Windows 10 - Command Line - Re-Register Windows Spotlight

  10. Re-activate Windows Spotlight for Windows 10 Lock Screen

    Due to the reset, your lock screen is likely to set a custom background once more. Open Lock screen settings and change the background to “Windows spotlight” and check to see if the issue is resolved.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Personalization - Background - Activate Spotlight

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How to Disable or Enable F8 Safe Mode (Legacy Advanced Boot Options) in Windows 10

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If you used older versions of Windows for a significant period of time, the F8 key will be burned into your muscle memory as soon as you run into issues. Unfortunately, Microsoft has done away with the hotkey in recent times, leaving many confused. Thankfully, there’s a way to enable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10, which is officially referred to as Legacy Advanced Boot Options.

As well as invoking nostalgia, the simple black screen displayed when you open the Windows 10 boot menu with F8 is easier to navigate. Instead of large icons that can each have sub-options, everything you need is displayed in a simple list. As a result, many feel that, though less modern, the legacy advanced boot options are actually the better choice.

We’ve covered several ways to access advanced startup options in the past. This one takes a little pre-planning but works out much faster in the long run. After all, spamming F8 for safe mode at boot is much easier than manually clicking through interfaces or running PowerShell commands. That said, there are instances where you may want the modern menu, so we’re going to show you how to disable F8 safe mode, too. Let’s get into the tutorial:

How to Disable or Enable F8 in Windows 10 with the displaybootmenu Command

  1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator

    Press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt”. Select the first option under ‘Best match’ and choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Command Prompt as administrator

  2. Enable the Windows 10 F8 boot menu

    In command prompt, type or paste:

    bcdedit/set {bootmgr} Displaybootmenu Yes

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit displaybootmenu yes

  3. Disable the Windows 10 F8 boot menu

    Enter the following command and press “Enter”:

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit displaybootmenu no

How to Disable or Enable F8 Advanced Boot Options with bootmenupolicy

Alternatively, you can use bcdedit to change your boot options if the above doesn’t work.

  1. Open Command Prompt as Admin

    Press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt”. Select the first option under ‘Best match’ and choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Command Prompt as administrator

  2. Type bcdedit

    Find the Windows Boot Manager heading and look for the “default” heading. Note its identifier, in this case, {current}.

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit

  3. Enable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10

    In Command Prompt, enter the command:

    bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Legacy

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit bootmenupolicy legacy

  4. Disable F8 Safe Mode in Windows 10

    To turn legacy advanced boot options off again, enter the command:

    bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Standard

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - bcdedit bootmenupolicy standard

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How to Use Windows 10 Disk Cleanup in Classic and Extended Mode to Free up Space

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It’s smart to buy a small SSD to run your OS, but this can lead to its own problems. All too often, temporary files and deleted items can build up, getting your drive so clogged that it can affect performance. Because of this, Microsoft has created the Windows 10 disk cleanup tool, which you can utilize to free up space on your C: drive or any other drive.

Unfortunately, low disk space notifications don’t tend to direct you to this tool, instead taking you to Windows storage settings. This leads many to wonder where disk clean up is in Windows 10. Though it isn’t displayed prominently in the settings app, you can find it quite easily in Control Panel or via the Start Menu.

Running Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 can free up space by deleting files that you don’t need. The most savings are often found by deleting previous Windows installations and files left in the recycle bin, but it also looks for temporary internet files, thumbnails, error reports, and more. Cleaning up Windows 10 also gives you the option to enable system compression, which can make your windows binaries and program files smaller. Let’s get started on how to use it:

How to Run and Use Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

You can open the regular Windows 10 Disk Cleanup via the Run tool, or proceed to the second heading for advanced disk cleanup.

  1. Open Disk Cleanup

    Press “Windows + R” to open the Run dialogue, type “cleanmgr”, and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - run disk cleanup

  2. Select the items you’d like to delete

    Tick the types of files you want to remove and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup - Select Files to Delete

  3. Confirm your decision

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup - Permanently Delete Confirmation

  4. Clean up system files

    Back in the main Disk Cleanup window, click on “Clean up system files” near the bottom.

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup system files

  5. Choose the system files you’d like to remove and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup - includingsystem files

  6. Accept the permanent deletion

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup - Delete Files

  7. Open Disk Cleanup again as an admin

    In the Start Menu, type “Disk Cleanup”, click the first result, and then the “Run as administrator” option.

    Windows 10 - Search - Disk cleanup - run as administrator

  8. Tick “Downloaded Program Files” and “Temporary Internet Files”

    Then click on “Clean up system files”.

    Windows 10 - Disk leanup as administrator - open clean up system files

  9. Open “More Options”

    Switch to the “More Options” tab and click on “Clean up…”.

    Windows 10 - Disk cleanup - run as administrator - cleanup system files - more options

  10. Uninstall unused programs

    You can now uninstall the programs you use the least by clicking on them and pressing “Uninstall” in the top bar. When you’re done, cross out the window.

    Windows 10 - Control Panel - Uninstall or change a program

  11. Clean up system restore and shadow copies

    Back in the “More Options” screen, look for the “System Restore and Shadow Copies” heading and click “Clean up…”.

    Windows 10 Disk cleanup - more options - clean up system restore points

  12. Confirm the deletion

    Deleting your system restore points will still keep the latest one should you need to revert anything. Press “Delete” to remove all of the ones before that and free up space.

    Windows 10 Disk cleanup - more options - clean up system restore points - confirmation

  13. Wait for the process to complete

    It should only take a couple of minutes.

    Windows 10 - Disk Cleanup - cleaning

How to Open Windows 10 Extended Disk Cleanup via Command Prompt

You can clean up Windows 10 even more via the extended Disk Cleanup tool, which can be accessed via the command line.

  1. Open Command Prompt

    Press the Windows key and type “command prompt”. Select the first entry under ‘Best match’ and choose “Run as administrator”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Command Prompt - Run as Administrator

  2. Run the Cleanmgr command

    In the Command Prompt window, type the following and press “Enter”:

    cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    Disk Cleanup Settings will now launch. Tick the files you’d like to delete – you’ll notice that you have more options than in the regular version, including Chdsk files and Microsoft Defender and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - Command Prompt - cmd.exe cleanmgr

  3. Wait for the process to complete

    Windows will take a little time to remove the files you selected. Make sure Command Prompt stays open while this happens.

    02.3 Windows 10 - Extended Disk Cleanup - deletion

How to run Extended Disk Cleanup via Shortcut

In all likelihood, you’ll need to free up space in Windows 10 more than once. To speed up the Extended Disk Cleanup process, you can create a shortcut on your desktop.

  1. Create a new shortcut

    Right-click on your desktop and select “New > Shortcut”.

    Windows 10 - Desktop - right-click context menu

  2. Enter the CMD command

    In the location field, paste the command we used in the previous step, which is:

    cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    Press “Next”.

    Windows 10 - create new shortcut - add command

  3. Give it a name

    Name your shortcut whatever makes the most sense to you. In our case, that’s “Extreme Disk Cleanup”. Press “Finish”.

    Windows 10 - create new shortcut - name shortcut

  4. Open the shortcut

    Double-click the shortcut to open it. It should automatically open command prompt and then the Advanced Disk Cleanup tool. Use it as normal, ticking the items you’d like to delete and also running the “Clean up system files” tool.

    Windows 10 - Run extreme Disk Cleanup with shortcut

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How to Enable or Disable the Action Center in Windows 10 (aka Notifications Center)

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The Windows 10 Action Center provides quick access to settings and notifications and is generally quite handy. However, those who have disabled notifications or are looking for a barebones experience may be wondering if they can disable the Action Center in Windows 10 entirely.

Though the Action Center has improved over the years, some just find it visually unappealing, don’t like the notification nagging, or hate the space it takes on their taskbar. The good news is that you can enable and disable the Action Center in Windows 10 via the Group Policy Editor or a single registry tweak.

Disabling the Notifications Center by deactivating the Action Center

Naturally, when you turn off Action Center in Windows 10 you’re sacrificing your ability to consult notifications. As a result, you could miss emails, low storage notifications, virus detections, and more if you aren’t at the PC when the notification pops up. That said, the merit of Windows over macOS is its customization, so we’re going to show you how to do it anyway.

  • 1 Windows 10: Disable or Enable the Action Center via Group Policy
  • 2 Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 via Regedit

Windows 10: Disable or Enable the Action Center via Group Policy

Those on Windows 10 Pro or higher don’t need to use the registry to turn off Action Center. Instead, they can use the Group Policy editor, which lets you quickly make changes that Microsoft knows are safe.

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor

    Press “Windows + R”, type “gpedit.msc”, and press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - run - open group policy editor

  2. Navigate to “Start Menu and Taskbar”

    You can find Start Menu and Taskbar policies by navigating to “User Configuration > Administrative Templates” in the left panel.

    Windows 10 - group policy editor

  3. Open the Policy Editor

    Under Start Menu and Taskbar, scroll down until you see an entry named “Remove Notifications and Action Center”. Double click it.

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  4. Enable or Disable the Windows 10 Action Center

    In the editing Window, toggle “Remove Notifications and Action Center” to “Enabled” or “Disabled”. Press “OK”. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

    Windows 10 - Group policy editor - Remove Notifications and Action Center

Enable or Disable Action Center in Windows 10 via Regedit

If you don’t have Windows 10 Pro, you can turn off Action Center via the Registry Editor, with similar steps to re-enable it.

  1. Open Registry Editor

    Press “Windows + R” and type “Regedit”. Press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - run - open registry editor

  2. Go to the Explorer key

    Navigate the to the Explorer key via the left sidebar or by pasting the following into your Registry Editor search bar:

    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    Windows 10 - Registry Editor

  3. Create a new DWORD

    Right-click the empty space in the Explorer folder and select “New>DWORD (32-bit) Value”. Name it “DisableActionCenter”.

    Windows 10 - Registry Editor - New DWORD

  4. Disable or Enable the Windows 10 Action Center

    Double-click on the new DWORD to edit it. Change the “Value data” to “1” to disable the Action Center or “0” to disable it. Click “OK”. Restart your PC so the changes can take effect.

    Windows 10 - Registry Editor - New DWORD - DisableNotificacionCenter

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Windows 10: How to Disable or Enable Core Isolation Memory Integrity

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Core isolation Memory integrity is a relatively recent entry to Windows 10’s security features that can really save your hide. Through the use of virtualization, it can block malicious actors when they try to tamper with high-level system processes. Unfortunately, those who upgraded from Windows 8.1 or 7 may note that they have to enable core isolation memory integrity manually.

Those without Memory integrity disabled can run into errors like ‘Standard hardware security not supported” and “Windows Core isolation not available” when trying to enable it or perform various tasks. We’re going to show you how to enable memory integrity the right way or disable it if you’re running into issues. First, though, a bit about how the technology works and why you’d want to turn it on or off.

What is Core Isolation Memory Integrity?

Virtualization-based security was initially exclusive to Windows 10 Enterprise editions, but come April 2018 Microsoft had seen the error of its way. Windows has long been seen as less secure than competing OSes like macOS and Linux, and support on the hardware side for virtualization was becoming quite common.

Using Intel VT-x, (or AMD-V if you have a Ryzen chip), Core isolation Memory integrity creates a bubble of system memory that’s separate from the rest of the computer. It uses this to run processes it really doesn’t want attackers tampering with, such as security software and important system processes. This means that even if you have a nasty malware infection it won’t be able to touch the most important parts of your system.

As you can imagine, this is a very nice safety net, but the problems arise for those who use virtual machines. As the system’s virtualization is already being ‘used up’ by memory isolation, users will run into errors. As a result, though Core isolation as a whole is often enabled Windows 10 systems, its Memory integrity portion is usually disabled by default on upgrades. On top of this, it has a tendency to disable itself again if it runs into a driver that doesn’t support it.

Now that we’ve covered the use cases of memory integrity, let’s move on to how to turn it on or off. First, though, you should make sure you have Intel VT-x or AMD-V turned on in your PCs BIOS:

How to Enable or Disable Core Isolation Memory Integrity via Windows Security

Unsurprisingly, the easiest route to disable or enable Core isolation Memory integrity is through Microsoft’s security suite, Windows Security.

  1. Open Windows Security

    Press “Start” and type “Windows Security”. Click the first result under ‘best match’.

    Windows 10 - Search - Windows Security

  2. Open Core isolation details

    You can find Core isolation details by clicking on “Device Security” in the left sidebar and then clicking “Core isolation details” under the “Core isolation” heading.

    Windows 10 - Windows-Security - Device Security - Core isolation details

  3. Turn off Core isolation Memory integrity

    Under the “Memory integrity” heading, switch the toggle to “Off”.

    Windows 10 - Windows-Security - Device Security - Core isolation details - Memory integrity OFF

  4. Enable Core isolation Memory integrity

    Alternatively, you can press the toggle to turn Core isolation Memory integrity on.

    Windows 10 - Windows-Security - Device Security - Core isolation details - Memory integrity ON

  5. Accept the UAC prompt

    You’ll need to provide administrator permissions to modify such a security feature. Press “Yes” to the User Account Control confirmation.

    Windows 10 - Windows-Security - Device Security - Core isolation details - Memory integrity ON - UAC confirmation

How to Disable or Enable Core isolation via Registry Editor

If you enabled Core isolation Memory integrity but find it keeps turning itself back off, you may have better luck with the Registry Editor. Just be sure to make a back up first.

  1. Open Registry Editor

    Press the Windows key and type “Regedit”. Click the first result under ‘best match’.

    Windows 10 - Search - regedit

  2. Create a new DWORD

    In the registry editor, navigate to the key

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\DeviceGuard\Scenarios

    Right-click the blank space in the main panel and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

    Windows 10 - regedit - DeviceGuardScenarios - create DWORD

  3. Name the DWORD

    The DWORD must be called “HypervisorEnforcedCodeIntegrity”.

    Windows 10 - regedit - DeviceGuardScenarios - create DWORD HypervisorEnforcedCodeIntegrity

  4. Edit the DWORD

    Double-click your new DWORD to enter the editing interface. To disable Core isolation Memory integrity, enter “0”, and to enable it, type “1”. Press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - regedit - DeviceGuardScenarios - edit DWORD HypervisorEnforcedCodeIntegrity

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How to Configure, Set up, and Connect to a VPN on Windows 10

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Though many VPN providers have their own apps, you can in many cases connect to a VPN in Windows 10 without any third-party software. This is ideal if you have a self-hosted VPN or if you’re using a PC with restricted permissions. We’re going to show you how to connect to a VPN in Windows 10, and will also cover configuration and setup. First, though, a little about what a VPN is.

What is a VPN?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a secure, encrypted tunnel through which all of your PCs traffic is transmitted. It does so by using servers located elsewhere – either those of a VPN provider or one you’ve set up yourself at home.

The benefits of this are twofold: firstly, traffic transmitted from you on a network comes out of your computer as meaningless encrypted letters and numbers. This means that if you’re on a public Wi-Fi network such as hotel, nobody can snoop on your activity. VPN encryption is so strong that it’s basically impossible for someone to decrypt it.

A VPN also hides your PCs unique IP address, which can be used to locate you, from your ISP and other users and services on the internet. Because of this, it can also be used to spoof your location.

You can connect to some VPNs with Windows 10’s in-built functionality, but it depends on the protocol used. Increasingly, providers are using a protocol called OpenVPN, which makes improvements in several areas. However, Windows’ service will work just fine with those that provide options for L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, IKEv2, and PPTP. Let’s jump into how to set up and configure one of those VPNs in Windows 10:

How to Set Up and Configure a VPN

You can configure your VPN connection in Windows 10 in just a few minutes:

  1. Open Settings

    Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu and click the settings cog on the left-hand side.

    Windows 10 - Start - Open Settings

  2. Open Network & Internet settings

    In the Settings window, click on the “Network & Internet” heading.

    Windows 10 - Settings

  3. Add a new VPN connection

    In the sidebar, click on the “VPN” heading, then in the main window, “Add a VPN connection”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - VPN

  4. Choose the VPN provider

    Under the “VPN provider” category, select “Windows (built-in)”.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - VPN provider

  5. Name the connection

    This is entirely for your convenience and doesn’t have to line up with the provider.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - connection name

  6. Type the server name or IP address

    This information should be available in your VPN provider’s control panel, provided they support the relevant protocols.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - Server name or address

  7. Choose the VPN protocol

    Under “VPN type” choose your provider’s protocol, or select “Automatic” if you aren’t sure.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - VPN type

  8. Choose your credential type

    Under “Type of sign-in info”, choose your authentication method. The most common is a username and password.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - Type of sign-in info

  9. Enter your credentials

    In the next boxes, enter your credentials, whether they’re a username and password, smart card, OTP, or certificate. Once you’re done, press “Save”.

    Windows 10 - Settings Add a VPN connection - user name password and save (1)

How to Connect to a VPN on Windows 10

It’s quite trivial to connect to and use your VPN once it’s configured.

  1. Connect to your VPN

    You can connect to your VPN via the Settings menu shown previously, which is found under “Settings > Network & Internet > VPN”. Just click the VPN and press “Connect”.

    Windows 10 - VPN connection - Connect

  2. Disconnect from the VPN

    You can disconnect from your VPN in a similar manner. In the VPN settings window, click “Disconnect”.

    Windows 10 - VPN connection - Disconnect

  3. Edit your advanced options

    There are a few more settings you can configure once your VPN is set up. To access these, click “Advanced options”, next to the Connect/Disconnect button.

    Windows 10 - VPN connection - open Advanced options

  4. Change your network profile or any connection properties

    VPNs in Windows 10 have two profiles: Public and Private. On the public setting, your PC is hidden from other devices on the network and you can’t use it for printer and file sharing. This is what you should use if you’re at a hotel, resturant, or other public location. The private setting is designed for a network that only houses those you trust, and will let you access printer and file sharing if you wish. Underneath these settings, you can also configure your firewall, and lower down you can edit any of the information you entered during the setup.

    Windows 10 - VPN connection - Advanced options

  5. Connect and Disconnect via the Taskbar

    To connect and disconnect faster, you can click the network button on your taskbar and choose “Disconnect”.

    Windows 10 - Networks - VPN connection

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Windows 10 Starts Microsoft Edge Ads to Lure Chrome Users

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Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) to the masses. One of the biggest changes was the company depreciating its legacy Edge web browser, which was built on Microsoft EdgeHTML rendering language. Instead, the new Microsoft Edge based on Google’s Chromium is becoming the default browser on Windows 10.

Now Microsoft is actively pushing users towards using the new Microsoft Edge experience with ad banners in the Windows Search tool. That makes sense from an internal perspective. Microsoft no longer supports the legacy Edge app, so it wants as many Windows users to install the new experience.

However, the company is also clearly pushing users to avoid rival browsers, such as Google’s Chrome. When heading to the Windows Search app, users now see “Try the new browser recommended by Microsoft” alongside a launch button.

It seems that launch button means Microsoft is specifically reaching out to Windows 10 users who may have already downloaded the new Chromium Microsoft Edge experience but have yet to use it. That said, Microsoft has a separate ad for users who may not have downloaded the new browser.

Rival Browsers

For those users, Windows Search will greet them with a banner reading “Get the new Microsoft Edge”. Alongside the banner is a download link. Furthermore, when users search for rival browsers like Chrome and Firefox, Windows shows Edge ads that cannot be removed. Of course, Google uses a similar tactic when advertising on Chromebooks.

It’s easy enough to dismiss the ads, but they raise the question of whether Microsoft should be doing any kind of advertising on Windows 10. Back in 2017, the company brought ad banners to the Microsoft Store. Of course, people expect to see ads in the Store, but what about Windows 10?

A previous experiment to use adds in the Mail and Calendar app did not go well. Microsoft was forced to remove the ads after users reacted to them negatively.

Source Winbuzzer

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Windows Server

How to Add Take Ownership to the Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 10

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Permissions in Windows 10 are vital for safety and security, but they can also be frustrating. Users often run into file permissions errors that stop them from modifying files, sometimes because they were created by a different user, but often because they’re in locations Microsoft doesn’t like you to edit. We’ve already covered how to take ownership in Windows 10 manually, but today we’ll be discussing a much faster method.

With a single registry tweak, it’s possible to add a ‘Take Ownership’ button to the right-click menu that performs all of the necessary actions for you. You’ll gain full access to all possible actions, including deletion, renaming, and more. All files and subfolders will also be under your name.

The Take Ownership context menu will set the currently active user as the owner of the files, though they must also be an administrator. They can then enter the folder or modify the file as they usually would. If you’ve already added it but have little use for it, we’ll show you how to undo the changes. Let’s get started:

Remove or Add Take Ownership to the Right-click Context Menu

First, download Show-Take-Ownership-Context-Menu.zip and extract the included .reg-file to your desktop. You should also download Hide-Take-Ownership-Context-Menu.zip and keep it somewhere safe in case you want to go back in the future.

  1. Add Take Ownership to the right-click context menu

    After extracting the .reg file, double-click it. Windows will ask if you want to continue with the changes, to which you can press “Yes”.

    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu

  2. Remove Take Ownership from the context menu

    To remove it from the context menu, double-click your extracted “Hide-Take-Ownership” reg file. When asked if you’d like to continue, press “Yes”.

    Remove Take Ownership from Context Menu

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