Apple recently recommended that all Windows users uninstall QuickTime software from their PCs. If you’re running QuickTime, here’s a quick primer on how to get rid of the program on Windows Vista or later.
Why get rid of QuickTime?
Apple decided to cease support for QuickTime on Windows after a security company discovered two critical flaws that could allow an attacker to run malicious code on PCs running QuickTime. The flaws will not be patched with an update.
Anudeep Gunda wants to install Windows 7 on his Windows 10 PC with a dual boot.
It’s relatively easy to install Windows 7 on a Windows 10 PC, so that you can boot from either operating system. But it won’t be free. You’ll need a copy of Windows 7, and the one you already own probably won’t work.
You might also need an optical drive.
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If you upgraded your current PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, your Windows 7 license expired 30 days after the upgrade. An update version of Windows 7 won’t work either. You need a retail or OEM version that hasn’t been used—or has been thoroughly removed from another computer.
Leonard Llangozi’s PC showed clear signs of a malware infection. “I don’t know what to do.”
Most people write to me about having a “virus,” but have nothing of the kind. Their problems are caused by failing hardware, badly written software, or their own mistakes. But Leonard’s problems, which included overused RAM and mysteriously disabled security programs, suggested something malicious.
In 2014, I wrote about the telltale signs of infection. This time, I’m going into more detail about what to do if you’re getting those telltale signs.
Anil Sood had three apparently unusable partitions on his laptop before upgrading to Windows 10. Now he has four. Can he make use of this seemingly wasted space?
All of those partitions, none of which are accessible in Windows, look like a lot of waste. Some of them are waste. Others are necessary. Upgrading Windows adds another one. None of them are easy to remove.
If you’re willing to take the risk, you can reclaim a few gigabytes by removing some of them—but only if you’re absolutely sure which ones you can safely remove.
Some days I really, really hate the Windows Store in Windows 10. For the past few days I’ve been trying to find a fix to a very specific problem with two apps that refuse to update. I haven’t solved it yet, but during my travels through the interwebs I’ve come across several easy-to-use fixes that have helped others.
If you’re currently finding that the Windows Store is not working as it should, here are three simple fixes to try before doing anything else.
Check your time and date settings
Sometimes the Windows Store won’t update if your time and date settings are incorrect. To make sure they’re right, click on the time and date in the far right corner of the taskbar. In the panel that appears, select Date and time settings, which will open the settings app.
One of the nicest features that Microsoft added to Windows 10 is the revamped Action Center and the new notifications system. Instead of just seeing a bunch of glowing icons on your taskbar, Windows 10 notifications pop out of the bottom-right side of the screen. For some people, however, these notifications might be coming and going too quickly.
By default, Microsoft sets Windows 10 notifications to pop out and stay visible for five seconds before disappearing into the Action Center. That’s a good amount of time for most people, but if you'd prefer that notifications stick around just a little bit longer, you can make that so.