The correct way to make Windows 10 boot more reliable..

Okay, you’ve bought or built yourself a nice new shiny computer system..
Now, how do you go about protecting yourself from any losing data, music, pictures, or videos?

That’s right, you make backups. Of the data. Of the family photos..
(Please make backups!)

But what do you do when your Windows 10 gets corrupted and won’t even boot?
That’s easy.. just boot into the other Windows 10 you installed on another drive!

What?

Okay, when you build (or buy) a new computer, spend a few more dollars and buy a second drive or two. A single 1 TB drive is easily less than $50 these days. However many drives you want to add into your shiny new system (and that computer is capable of connecting drives). You can even install and run Windows from a USB external drive.

And install your legit Windows 10 onto each drive. That’s right, install once per drive.

You don’t have to play games on these drives, or run any software you don’t need. You just want the basic Windows 10 Operating System. Oh, and maybe let each OS run Windows Update every few weeks. Just not all on the same day or week, lol.

What this does is adds more options to the Windows Boot Menu screen. (You can set your “real” OS to boot by default with a timer, btw.)

And what this allows you to do is still access your files, documents, or anything you have stored on each drive.

Even if the “real” OS fails out on you. Have fun with your newfound resiliency!

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Windows 10 Task Manager – Disk Transfer Rate Suggestion

I use Window 10’s builtin task manger a lot. Any time I hear a drive spin up, or a file transfer slowing down, or something just doesn’t feel right with the computer.. I open up the Task Manager. Lol.. it probably runs more than most applications on my computer.

Now, while seeing the Disk Active Time can be useful for diagnosticating issues, there are times when I would like to see the Disk Transfer Rate on the little graphing windows.

Shouldn’t be too hard to add in another option, eh Microsoft? Please?

[Fix] Search Results defaults to Content View in Windows 10

Thank you so much for this fix! Windows 10 was driving me crazy with every search!

Here is the text to save as “details.reg” (or use whatever name works for you, as long as the extension is “.reg”).

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Fixes search results defaults to Content view.
;Sets Details view as default search results view for Generic folders.

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

;Generic Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7fde1a1e-8b31-49a5-93b8-6be14cfa4943}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Pictures Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{4dcafe13-e6a7-4c28-be02-ca8c2126280d}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Music Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{71689ac1-cc88-45d0-8a22-2943c3e7dfb3}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Documents Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{36011842-dccc-40fe-aa3d-6177ea401788}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

;Videos Search Results
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{ea25fbd7-3bf7-409e-b97f-3352240903f4}]
"LogicalViewMode"=dword:00000001
"Mode"=dword:00000004

Really helpful, Windows 10. Really.

 

Browsing stackoverflow and other programming websites like crazy (only 60 Chrome processes running.. ) tonight with Pandora running in the background, when my sound cuts out?!
So, I check the internet connection and it’s fine..
So, I check the browser (Google’s Chrome) and it’s fine..
So, I glance over at Windows 10 spiffy new taskbar sound volume icon.. realize it’s got a tiny red x on it. (And, at 4K it’s a really tiny x!)

So I click on it. Got this helpful message box. Grr.. really?

Time to reboot, and try try again.
Probably will have to uninstall device drivers, and usb devices.. grumble grumble..

[Update: No reboot yet, but YouTube still plays video with audio!]

How to remove Amazon Drive from Windows 10 File Explorer

Do you like Amazon Drive, but don’t like the fact that it sticks its own folder at the root of your Windows file explorer?

I don’t like it, so here is a link below to a page that describes more in detail about how to remove Amazon Drive from showing in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Remove Amazon Drive from the File Explorer navigation pane » Winhelponline.com

And here is a mirror for the registry file to merge. (Click the link to download & merge)

My new software domain!

Hey, hello there! I’ve just started a new course in life! Promoting Software written by me! (Among other useful software/information I find!)

Head on over to Protiguous.Software to check it out!

Yes, I know I used too many exclamation marks in the previous paragraph. I’m just so excited to do this.. I’ve been using computers since Third Grade and writing software since Sixth Grade.

It’s about time I start sharing my gift with other people on the Internets!

If you have any ideas, or a task you would like to automate on your Windows 10 computer, just let me know!

Thanks!

Solved: Fix Windows 10 intermittently dropping connection on Intel Ethernet in 8 Steps.

So out of the blue, my Intel Ethernet started dropping the connection under Windows 10.

I did the usual checks: cable, router, stapled wires, cat chewed wires, etc.. Nothing was broken. The connection would just stall out then give up and then after ~2 minutes it would start working again all by itself. Very annoying.

The fix for my computer was to simply change the Adaptive-Inter-Frame Spacing to “disabled” and Interrupt Moderation Rate to “Adaptive”. Works like a charm now!

Windows 10 Solution/Fix in 8 Simple Steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Intel Ethernet driver installed. I’m using version 12.17.8.7 as of 3/3/2018.
  2. Go to your Device Manager.
  3. Go to Properties on your Ethernet card.
  4. Go to Advanced Adapter Settings.
  5. Scroll down to Performance Options.
  6. Change “Adaptive-Inter-Frame Spacing” to “disabled”.
  7. Change Interrupt Moderation Rate to “Adaptive”.
  8. Click OK.

All done! Enjoy your Internetting!

How to disable the pagefile in Windows 10 [You can, but DON’T DO IT]

Um… this site mentions “it is not recommended to disable the paging file”.
And then next they state, “How to disable the paging file in Windows 10”.

Some people.. lol. Turning off the page file to gain performance is a myth.

Don’t disable the pagefile.

Windows needs it to reliably run, especially when you start multitasking on the computer.

No matter how much RAM your computer has, Windows will still occasionally swap memory out to disk.

If you really want a performance boost, set the Minimum and Maximum values to the same value to avoid fragmenting the pagefile even more. Or better yet, upgrade to an internal SSD (Solid State Drive)!

Here is what I recommend (having personally tried them):

Amazon.com has a few SSD for sale at a decent price: Search for “Internal Solid State Drives“. The Samsung SSD (sata III) are really nice drives at a nice price.

If your computer’s motherboard has an NVMe slot, then buy a Samsung M.2 NVMe drive (2280 is the most common length). PCIe adapters are also available for NVMe drives. These drives are extremely fast. Like GB/s fast.

Good luck and happy hunting! If you have any questions, please comment below.