How to Create Soft and Hard Symbolic Links in Windows

A symbolic link is a file-system object (file or directory) that points to another file system object (file or directory). The object being pointed to is called the target.

There are two type of symbolic links: hard and soft.

A soft link is referenced as a symbolic link and works similarly to a standard shortcut. Soft links will have a shortcut arrow icon on them. For example, when you open a soft link to a folder, you will be redirected to the folder where the files are stored.

A hard link makes it appear as though the file or folder actually exists at the location of the symbolic link, and your app won’t know any better. That can make hard symbolic links more useful in most situations. Hard links to a file will not have a shortcut arrow icon on them.

A symbolic link can be helpful if say you wanted to sync a folder for a program. For example, if you have a program that must have its files stored at C:\Program Files and you want them stored at D:\My Location instead. You could move the original directory from C:\Program Files to D:\My Location, and create a symbolic link (soft or hard) at C:\Program Files (link) pointing to D:\My Location (target).

This tutorial will show you how to create soft and hard symbolic links (symlinks) pointing to a file or folder in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Mail app Notification Sound in Windows 10

The Mail and Calendar app included with Windows 10 help you stay up to date on your email, manage your schedule and stay in touch with people you care about the most. Designed for both work and home, these apps help you communicate quickly and focus on what’s important across all your accounts. Supports Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo! and other popular accounts.

By default, the Windows Notify Email.wav file is played when you get a new email message in the Mail app when you have notifications and play a sound turned on for the Mail app.

If you like, you can change the Mail app notification sound to use any .wav file you want played when you get a new email message.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Mail app notification sound for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Show Taskbar in Full Screen mode in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

While in full screen (F11) mode, nothing on the screen will show other than the app.

This tutorial will show you how to show the taskbar while in full screen mode in Windows 10.

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How to Find BitLocker Recovery Key in Windows 10

You can use BitLocker to encrypt the operating system drive (drive Windows is installed on0, fixed data drive (internal hard drive) or removable data drive (external hard drive or USB flash drive).

If you lost or don’t know your BitLocker key (ex: password, PIN, USB) but you have your BitLocker recovery key for an encrypted OS, fixed, or removable drive, you can use that recovery key to unlock your drive. The BitLocker recovery key is a 48-digit number stored in your computer.

You have the following options to select from when you back up your BitLocker recovery key:

  • Save to your Microsoft account
  • Save to a USB flash drive
  • Save to a file
  • Print the recovery key

This tutorial will show you how to find your BitLocker recovery key for a drive in Windows 10.

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How to Find Motherboard Manufacturer, Model, Serial Number, and Version in Windows

A motherboard is the main printed circuit board (PCB) used to connect all the parts of a computer together. The CPU, memory, hard drives, and other ports and expansion cards all connect to the motherboard directly or via cables.

You need to know the brand (manufacturer) and model (product) of the motherboard to look up its specs for what components it supports.

Also knowing the motherboard version number can be helpful when looking for BIOS firmware updates from the manufacturer’s support site.

A serial number allows the manufacturer to identify a product and get additional information about it, for registration, replacement, or as a means of finding compatible parts.

You can open the computer case and read the brand, model, and serial number directly from the motherboard, but it would be much easier to get this information from within Windows instead.

This tutorial will show you how to find the manufacturer, model, serial number, and version of the motherboard in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Generate a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) in Windows

GUID (or UUID) is an acronym for ‘Globally Unique Identifier’ (or ‘Universally Unique Identifier’). The term GUID is generally used by developers working with Microsoft technologies, while UUID is used everywhere else.

GUIDs identify objects such as interfaces, manager entry-point vectors (EPVs), and class objects. A GUID is a 128-bit value consisting of one group of 8 hexadecimal digits, followed by three groups of 4 hexadecimal digits each, followed by one group of 12 hexadecimal digits. The following example GUID shows the groupings of hexadecimal digits in a GUID: 6B29FC40-CA47-1067-B31D-00DD010662DA

It’s nearly impossible for the numbers generated for the GUID to have two numbers repeated making them unique.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly generate a new Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Compact OS Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes tools to help you use less drive space. You can now compress the files for the entire operating system, including your preloaded desktop applications. Compact OS lets you run the operating system from compressed files (similar to WIMBoot in Windows 8.1 Update 1), and single-instancing helps you run your pre-loaded Windows desktop applications in compressed files. The new processes helps maintain a small footprint over time by using individual files, rather than combining them in a WIM file.

Windows 10 can efficiently compress system files. That gives back approximately 1.5GB of storage for 32-bit and 2.6GB of storage for 64-bit Windows.

Compact OS is supported on both UEFI-based and Legacy BIOS-based Windows 10 installations.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Compact OS desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10.

The Compact OS context menu allows users to quickly query the current Compact state, and allows administrators to quickly compress or uncompress the OS as needed.

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How to Find and List Compressed Files and Folders in Windows 10

Windows 10 supports compression for individual files and folders on NTFS volumes using NTFS compression.

While NTFS file system compression can save disk space, compressing data can adversely affect performance. NTFS compression has the following performance characteristics. When you copy or move a compressed NTFS file to a different folder, NTFS decompresses the file, copies or moves the file to the new location, and then recompresses the file. This behavior occurs even when the file is copied or moved between folders on the same computer. Compressed files are also expanded before copying over the network, so NTFS compression does not save network bandwidth.

Files or folders saved into an existing compressed folder will automatically be compressed.

NTFS compressed files and folders will have double blue arrows overlay on their icon at the top right corner to indicate that they are compressed. However, you can also scan to find and list compressed files and folders.

This tutorial will show you how to find and list files and folders compressed with NTFS Compression in Windows 10.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout approach

While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback that the Windows update process itself can be disruptive, particularly that Windows users would like more control over when updates happen. Today we are excited to announce significant changes in the Windows update process, changes designed to improve the experience, put the user in more control, and improve the quality of Windows updates.

In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience. Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update. We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs. When Windows 10 devices are at, or will soon reach, end of service, Windows update will continue to automatically initiate a feature update; keeping machines supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health. We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. In fact, all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they “check for updates” or to pause updates for up to 35 days.

We are taking further steps to be confident in the quality of the May 2019 Update. We will increase the amount of time that the May 2019 Update spends in the Release Preview phase, and we will work closely with ecosystem partners during this phase to proactively obtain more early feedback about this release. This will give us additional signals to detect issues before broader deployment. We are also continuing to make significant new investments in machine learning (ML) technology to both detect high-impact issues efficiently at scale and further evolve how we intelligently select devices that will have a smooth update experience.

I’m pleased to announce that the Windows 10 May 2019 Update will start to be available next week in the Release Preview Ring for those in the Windows Insider Program. We will begin broader availability in late May for commercial customers, users who choose the new May 2019 Update for their Windows 10 PC via “check for updates,” and customers whose devices are nearing the end of support on a given release.

I’d now like to share the details of our new update controls and the enhancements to our approach to transparency and quality coming with the May 2019 Update.

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How to Share Feedback from Feedback Hub in Windows 10

You can use the Feedback Hub app to help Microsoft make Windows better! Provide feedback about Windows and apps by sharing your suggestions or problems.

After you submit feedback, you will be able to share your submission with other Insiders. They might be experiencing the same issue as you or want the same feature/change that you’re suggesting. You may also be asked to share a link to your feedback if you are communicating directly with a Microsoft engineer.

Sharing feedback is a good way to help have others upvote it.

This tutorial will show you how to share a link of submitted feedback from the Feedback Hub app in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Deny Apps Access to Use Voice Activation in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 April 2019 Update version 1903, a new voice activation privacy setting will let you choose whether apps can listen for a voice keyword and then continue listening to the microphone after a keyword is detected.

This tutorial will show you how to change Privacy settings to allow or deny apps to use voice activation for all users or only your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Touch Screen in Windows 10

A touchscreen, or touch screen, is an input device that enables you to interact directly with what is displayed, rather than using a mouse, touchpad, or other such devices (other than a stylus, which is optional for most modern touchscreens).

If your device has a touch screen, you may want to disable and enable it as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the touch screen in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Create a Pagefile in Windows 10

Paging is a memory management scheme by which a PC stores and retrieves data from secondary storage for use in main memory. In this scheme, the operating system retrieves data from secondary storage in same-size blocks called pages. Paging is an important part of virtual memory implementations in modern operating systems, using secondary storage to let programs exceed the size of available physical memory.

For simplicity, main memory is called “RAM” (abbreviated from “random-access memory”) and secondary storage is called “disk” (a shorthand for “hard disk drive”), but the concepts do not depend on whether these terms apply literally to a specific computer system.

Virtual memory is a memory management technique that is implemented using both hardware and software. It maps memory addresses used by a program, called virtual addresses, into physical addresses in computer memory. Main storage as seen by a process or task appears as a contiguous address space or collection of contiguous segments. Windows manages virtual address spaces and the assignment of real memory to virtual memory. Address translation hardware in the CPU, often referred to as a memory management unit or MMU, automatically translates virtual addresses to physical addresses. Software within Windows may extend these capabilities to provide a virtual address space that can exceed the capacity of real memory and thus reference more memory than is physically present in the computer.

The primary benefits of virtual memory include freeing applications from having to manage a shared memory space, increased security due to memory isolation, and being able to conceptually use more memory than might be physically available, using the technique of paging.

Basically, a paging file is an area on the hard disk that Windows uses as if it were RAM when you run out of available RAM.

By default, only Administrators are allowed to create a pagefile.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups to create a pagefile in Windows 10.

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How to Deny Users and Groups to Log on with Remote Desktop in Windows 10

You can use the Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) or Microsoft Remote Desktop app to connect to and control your Windows 10 PC from a remote device. When you allow remote desktop connections to your PC, you can use another device to connect to your PC and have access to all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting at your desk.

By default, administrators and added Remote Desktop Users are allowed to connect (log on) remotely to your computer through Remote Desktop Services.

This tutorial will show you how to deny specific users and groups to log on with a Remote Desktop connection in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Log on with Remote Desktop in Windows 10

You can use the Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) or Microsoft Remote Desktop app to connect to and control your Windows 10 PC from a remote device. When you allow remote desktop connections to your PC, you can use another device to connect to your PC and have access to all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting at your desk.

By default, administrators and added Remote Desktop Users are allowed to connect (log on) remotely to your computer through Remote Desktop Services.

You will need to enable Remote Desktop on a PC to allow remote desktop connections to the PC.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups to log on with a Remote Desktop connection in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time Zone in Windows 10

Your PC’s clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC. You can change the clock’s time and time zone.

A time zone is a region that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Time zones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time.

By default, accounts in the Administrators and, Users groups are able to change the time zone in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to change the time zone in Windows 10.

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