Windows 10: Howto Disable Taskbar Button Grouping

The Windows 10 taskbar is a often-used place because it will list all of your applications that are currently active/opened, as well as any applications that you have pinned to it. It also contains the start button, the time, … But it can get busy over there, especially if you have many applications that are … 

 

Howto Auto-Hide the Taskbar in Windows 10

The taskbar in Windows 10 lists your pinned and active applications so you can easily access them. However, the taskbar is also an element that is persisent on your screen and you may want to disable the taskbar in Windows 10. Disabling is a bit drastic, don’t you think? There is another way of freeing … 

 

Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, the known company from RedMond. Together with this newest version of Windows, also comes the well-known Microsoft Updates. As with previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8, you often have to restart your computer so that updates can be installed. … 

 

Windows 10 update/upgrade Error Code 0x8031004a

Recently, I was in my Windows 10 Update menu to update my Windows 10 installation to the latest version so that I have the most recent security fixes and the newest functionalities for my operating system. However, I was greeted with the following error messages that prevented my update to continue/complete: There were problems installing … 

 

Step-by-step: Remove OneDrive from Windows 10

OneDrive is the storage service from Microsoft that comes installed with Windows 10. It also will be started on computer boot, resulting in a slower boot time. So as myself, you may wish to remove OneDrive from Windows 10. With a couple of steps, you can completely disable OneDrive from your Windows installation luckily. Step … 

 

Uninstall Xbox in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes preloaded with a wide range of apps. Some are very useful, but others, such as the Xbox app can take up valuable space. If you are not an Xbox user – or not even a gamer in general – you may wish to remove this app from your Windows 10 computer. But … 

 

Films & TV: Can’t play. Error 0x1010103

While playing a movie file with the default media player on Windows 10, Films & TV, I received the following error message: Can’t play. Choose something else to play. This item is in a format we don’t support. 0xc1010103 Here is a screenshot of the popup I received: Possibly, the file was broken in some … 

 

Is $Windows.~WS safe to delete on Windows 10?

On the C drive, there is a hidden folder called $Windows.~WS. My folder was 5.76 GB in size, containing 1,008 files and 103 folders. This folder contains one file, installx64.esd, that is over 2GB in size. So, is it safe to delete? Well, I would first suggest you to read my blogpost about recovering lost disk space in Windows 10 … 

 

Remove the search icon from the taskbar in Windows 10

By default, you will see there is a search icon in your taskbar, on the right of the start icon . Clicking the search icon will open up a search box, with the title “Start typing to search for apps, files, and settings”. But instead of clicking the search icon in your dock to search for things … 

 

Reinstall default build-in Windows 10 apps

I wrote how you can purge the build-in Windows 10 apps. If you have been a bit too enthusiastic and removed too much apps, here is your rescue. As in my previous post, we will need some PowerShell magic once again. Open up PowerShell with Administrator rights. Then, paste this code into the PowerShell window: … 

 

Remove default Apps from Windows 10

Windows 10 comes preloaded with a lot of default apps. Depending on which version you have1, you will see various apps in your start menu that you don’t want. I previously explained how to uninstall OneNote from Windows 10, but you can actually remove any app you want. The very first thing you should try … 

 

Find your Windows 10 product key

When you upgrade from a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation to Windows 10, you don’t need to enter a key for Windows 10. Because you upgrade your OS with a valid key, Microsoft will automatically make your new Windows 10 copy genuine. In case you want to later on reinstall Windows 10, you … 

 

Remove OneNote app from Windows 10

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with quite some modern Apps. One such example is OneNote, the note-taking app from Microsoft. I like a clean Windows start menu, so I was looking for a way to uninstall OneNote from Windows 10. First open up PowerShell by going to start. Right click on the application and choose Run as … 

 

Regain disk space after installing Windows 10

When you upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer to Windows 10, you might see that you ‘lost’ some disk space. In my case, my laptop has an SSD and space is limited. What happened is: Microsoft kept my old operating system so I could revert back to it if … 

 

Remove OneDrive from Explorer in Windows 10

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud solution and it comes pre-installed on every Windows 10 computer. However, if you don’t use OneDrive (maybe because you already use Dropbox or Google Drive), the OneDrive integration in Windows 10 is something you might want to disable. The icon that shows up every time you open a File Explorer window …