How to Shrink a Volume or Partition in Windows 10

In Windows, you can decrease the space used by primary partitions and logical drives by shrinking them into adjacent, contiguous unallocated space on the same disk. This unallocated space could then be used to create a new simple volume (partition) on the disk.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to shrink a volume or partition on a disk in Windows 10.

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How to Format a Disk or Drive in Windows 10

Format is the process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, or USB flash drive for initial use to accept Windows files.

You can select to use a FAT, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, or REFS file system when formatting.

You can select to do a quick or full format.

  • Full format – Files are removed (not overwritten) from the volume that you are formatting and the drive is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is the reason why the Full format takes twice as long as the Quick format.
  • Quick format – Files are removed (not overwritten) from the volume that you are formatting, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to format a disk or drive in Windows 10.

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How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana you’re using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isn’t available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

If Cortana is not working, then reinstalling the app package for Cortana and re-registering Cortana may help fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to reinstalling and re-registering Cortana for only your account (current user) or all users in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Allow Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10

By default, Windows Update in Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, Windows Update will automatically download only those updates requited to keep Windows running smoothly.

If wanted, you are able to allow Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered data connections (charges may apply).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered data connections in Windows 10.

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How to View Configured Update Policies in Windows 10

When you see red “Some settings are managed by your organization” text displayed on Windows Update, it typically means a policy has been configured for Windows Update.

This tutorial will show you how to view configured update policies when you see Some settings are managed by your organization on Windows Update in Windows 10.

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How to Re-register Start Menu in Windows 10

Apps, settings, and files can all be found on the Start menu.

If the Start menu is not working, then re-registering the Start menu may help fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to re-register the Start menu for only your account (current user) or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly downgrade from Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro without losing anything, having to clean install, or restart the computer.

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List of Generic Product Keys to Install Windows 10 Editions

Generic keys (aka: “default keys”) for Windows 10 from Microsoft will allow you to install a specific Windows 10 edition you want, but won’t activate it.

Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install a specific Windows 10 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don’t have your genuine product key currently available and will activate later when you do.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMS generic keys (default keys) for all editions of Windows 10.

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How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations without losing anything or having to clean install.

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How to Upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations without losing anything, having to clean install, or restart the computer.

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How to Dock or Undock Touch Keyboard in Windows 10

You can use different keyboards with Windows to fit your needs. The most common is a physical, external keyboard that you plug into your PC. Windows 10 includes a touch keyboard for PCs.

You can have the touch keyboard docked or undocked to the bottom of your screen when opened.

  • When the touch keyboard is undocked, you are free to move the touch keyboard to where you want on the display.
  • When the touch keyboard is docked, it will remain opened across the bottom of your screen, and cannot be moved.

This tutorial will show you how to dock and undock the touch keyboard on demand for your account in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove Maximum Processor Frequency in Windows 10 Power Options

Processor frequency specifies the operating frequency of the CPU’s core(s) in MHz. The higher the frequency is for a CPU, the faster the processor is.

You can specify the approximate maximum frequency (in MHz) of your processor from within Windows 10 to limit the frequency if needed. For example, to save energy or the CPU is running too hot at a higher frequency. By default, the maximum processor frequency is set to 0 for unlimited allowing the processor to run as high as what is capable of.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Maximum processor frequency setting in Power Options for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Change Maximum Processor Frequency in Windows 10

Processor frequency specifies the operating frequency of the CPU’s core(s) in MHz. The higher the frequency is for a CPU, the faster the processor is.

You can specify the approximate maximum frequency (in MHz) of your processor from within Windows 10 to limit the frequency if needed. For example, to save energy or the CPU is running too hot at a higher frequency. By default, the maximum processor frequency is set to 0 for unlimited allowing the processor to run as high as what is capable of.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum processor frequency setting in Power Options to what you want in Windows 10.

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How to Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, new video playback settings have been added. Microsoft also added some battery settings for you to decide whether you would prefer to optimize video streaming for battery usage or video quality.

Some apps use the video platform that’s built into Windows 10. These include Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that come with Windows 10, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Windows Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu). For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change the video settings for apps that use the video playback platform that is built into Windows 10.

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How to Clear Recent Colors History in Windows 10

To change your accent color in Windows 10, you can either select from Windows colors, custom color, or let Windows automatically pick an accent color from your background.

Starting in Windows 10 build 15002, a Recent colors history feature was added for you to be able to see and select from your last five color choices.

If you like, you can clear your recent colors history without changing your current accent color.

This tutorial will show you how to clear your recent colors history to reset it back to default for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Prevent Themes to Change Mouse Pointers in Windows 10

In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more personal. Themes change the desktop background, colors, sounds, screen saver, and pointers on your PC all at once, and you can switch between themes as often as you like.

This tutorial will show you how to prevent or allow themes to change mouse pointers for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

If you have more than one user account on your PC, Fast User Switching is an easy way for you to switch between accounts or for another user to sign in to Windows without signing you out or closing your apps and files.

If you like, you can disable Fast User Switching to hide the Switch user interface (entry points) for all users.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable all Fast User Switching entry points for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Change Cursor Thickness in Windows 10

The cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing in Windows.

If you have a high screen resolution or your vision is not as good as it used to be, then you may find it harder to see the cursor with a default of 2 pixels wide.

This tutorial will show you how to change the cursor thickness to what you want for your account in Windows 10.

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