Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.
One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.
Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.
Meter your WiFi connection. This will tell Windows that your data is limited. And Windows won’t let you update with an unstable or limited connection.
Prevent maintenance from proceeding if the installation hasn’t started yet. Otherwise, don’t. It can harm your computer.
You can also choose to toggle off Windows Updates service.
You can do the same thing for Group Policy.
It can be frustrating sometimes when your computer is having a Windows 10 update while in the middle of a task or two. Everything slows and lags like there’s no tomorrow. But we always have to keep in mind that our PCs and laptops need these updates. And we can always delay them. If your hard drives matter to you, keep them in good health. If you run into problems, seek expert help. They can always aid you.
How To Prevent Windows 10 Updates was initially published on HDRG
In a recent blog post, Irvine, California's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses tips and tricks to free up disk space in Windows 10. A second blog post discusses the Family safety parental controls in Windows 10, a common way to restrict children from reading or viewing adult material. These posts and others demonstrate the company's dedication to customer education particularly when it comes to the Windows 10 operating system, which remains the most popular OS for laptops and desktop computers across North America.
In the post, "Steps On How To Manually Free Some Space In Your Windows 10", HDRG talks about some simple searches any user can do to determine where there are storage shortfalls in the system, which lessens the need for data recovery. By "sorting files by size", as an example, it is quite simple for the average Windows user to simply delete excessively large files, such as video or large photos, and free up a good amount of disk space.
"While using File Explorer is extremely common for heavier Windows 10 users, many folks do not understand that it is the most powerful and transparent way to look at a hard drive available," said Maureen Davies, spokeperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "This is really not that advanced of an application, and it provides more information about a file system that simply is not available elsewhere."
HDRG also references another space-freeing technique in the post, namely to attempt to eliminate programs and games that are rarely or never used. Applications tend to fill the majority of space on a typical Windows drive, and many are installed as a batch or attachment to other programs. As a result, many people do not see how many apps are actually installed and are taking up space. Video games with high definition graphics tend to take up the largest amount of space in this category.
"While a lot of apps are not longer that big of a deal in an era of multi-terabyte hard disk drives, one of the major space hogs tends to be high end video games," said Davies. "Some of these games can install hundreds of gigabytes of space, so if they are not being played commonly, they can virtually take over a hard disk drive."
In a second post entitled "Protect Your Family With Windows 10", Hard Drive Recovery Group describes how to set up parental controls on a Windows 10 machine by setting up individual users. Once individual users are set up, including the "child users", it is very simple to set up controls over access to the web or specific files.
"Although the need to sign into a Microsoft-specific account does create a variety of privacy issues, the exchange is of course that a child will be blocked from viewing adult oriented material," said Davies. "Most parents tend to think that the reward is worth the risk, particularly as children need this protection."
Another excellent feature of Windows 10 enables a parent to limit the amount of screen time a user can have on a machine per day. This is particularly important in a world where children constantly move from smart phone to tablet to PC while avoiding physical activities.
The "recent activities" area of the Family Safety Center provides a great way for parents to monitor exactly what web pages, apps and activities their children are seeing. It's a great way to understand a child's computer usage on a specific level.
"Windows 10's parental features can be particularly key for parents that are not always around," said Davies. "In a society where both parents generally have to work, it's nice to know that Windows is watching your children's computer activities."
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Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.
Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still annoying especially if you are busy with working on a task or several. Getting us informed is well-appreciated. But definitely not when we are sent a ton of notifications.
Thankfully, you can disable them in your browser. Here is a guide to help you go through the process.
For Chrome, the most widely used browser, click the three vertical dots located under the X or close button of the browser.
Once you have a website that you want specifically blocked, locate it in the Allow column, and choose to Block it or Remove it.
For Mozilla Firefox, click the three vertical dots to start.
For Microsoft Edge, first, you need to open the browser and go to the Menu. Unlike Chrome and Mozilla, the menu is signified by three horizontal dots, not vertical.
For Safari, open the browser and open Safari.
Push notifications are good for websites. But for us users, they can be simply distracting. Fortunately, there are ways to manage them in our browsers. However, if you are experiencing issues or problems with your computer, better consult with a professional. Our experts at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/server-recovery/ can help you with all things hard drive and recovery. You may click this link as well, for more info.
The blog post How To Deactivate Push Notifications In Your Browsers is republished from www.harddriverecovery.org
Notifications are there for a reason and that is to let us know of meetings, upcoming events, new emails, installed applications, updates, and more. They help you get more organized and up-to-date. However, if you have been using Windows 10, you’ll know that the notifications can sometimes be overwhelming and distracting.
If you get a lot of emails every day and you have of apps, tendency is that you’ll get a lot of notifications as well. Even clicking an ad through a web page will prompt your anti-virus or web security to tell you not to proceed. Fortunately, notifications can be turned off or managed in the settings.
To turn off notifications, open the Windows Settings.
Click on Notifications and Actions option.
Click the same option under System.
Editing the Quick Actions will let you edit your Action Center. You can remove or add an icon according to your liking.
Turn on or off the toggles that you’ll see in the Notifications.
If there are notifications you don’t want turned off, you can always mute them instead with the help of Focus Assist.
You will see the crescent moon icon that says Focus Assist.
Here you can prioritize, set alarms, and be more specific with time.
Prioritization, organization, and customization can be key to a smooth workflow. Don’t let other issues like storage and hard drive problems get in the way. Visit https://www.harddriverecovery.org/repair-hard-drive.html to know more. This site can also assist you.
How To Turn Off or Mute Your Windows Notifications is courtesy of Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog
In two of its recent blog posts, Irvine, CA's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses the interesting developments with the USB OTG (or On The Go) flash drive specification as well as how to create a powerful Microsoft account. The posts demonstrate Hard Drive Recovery Group's dedication to customer education, and points out the value of the new USB OTG drive, which can be very helpful to both Android and iOS phone users looking to increase the functionality of their device.
In the post, "Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive", the company discusses how the USB OTG factor supports interconnection between devices, making it a far more powerful version of the USB specification, which typically only had up until now allowed connections via a USB port.
In fact, instead of enabling a single connection, USB OTG does enable the user to connect an unlimited number of peripheral devices when used, including keywords, mouse devices and game pads. This is a virtual game changer for smart phone users.
"With USB OTG, we are finally beginning to see that the desktop computer may be coming to the end as a computing platform, as peripheral use was really one of its final strengths," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group, which does offer USB and flash drive data recovery. "Seeing as smart phone and tablet use seems to increase monthly in the face of desktop use decline, we see this as an acceleration of the trend."
Using a "host" and "slave" system much like older desktop computers using the IDE disk specification, the USB OTG setup allows for any number of peripheral connections. However, it also works as a basic flash drive and can be set up as a host for regular USB flash drives. Additionally, USB OTG drives can typically hold a charge, which enables them to act as an additional battery fail safe for smart phones, which are notorious for running out of battery right when it is most required.
"The USB OTG spec is a truly fascinating one, and certainly is a major advance for USB, especially considering most new benefits tended to be data transfer-speed based," said Davies. "This is still an early adopter product, to be sure, but will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as it matures."
A second blog post entitled "How To Set Up A Microsoft Account", shows more novice users that signing up for a Microsoft Account can provide a reasonable amount of peace of mind, while at least enabling a decent amount of security on Windows devices.
"While this blog post is not going to offer a lot of new information for more advance users, a surprise for many will be that a Windows username and password can be configured on a variety of devices, meaning a user doesn't have to set up an account for each device," said Davies. "This is very convenient, but may create privacy issues for many."
The privacy issues that tend to concern many Windows users were first reported when Windows 10 was first offered. While the operating system was offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8, it does have some rather sinister under-the-hood apps that track computer and web usage. Fortunately, a wide variety of free tools are available on the web to stop these privacy breaches. They can be easily found with a Google Search for "windows spying removal tool".
"While certainly having a Microsoft Account does have some benefits in terms of convenience, a smart user must always remember that in today's Internet world, there is no such thing as 'free'," said Davies. "Always be suspicious if a product is free; it may, like Windows 10, be tracking your every move and violating your privacy on a daily basis."
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When you get a new computer, be it a desktop computer or a laptop, everything runs at lightning speed. All smooth, all fast. After a few months of usage, you observe that its performance is starting to slow. What could have caused it?
Several factors can cause slow computer performance. What your computer is made of and the maintenance you do are major factors. But you have to remember that a computer is a machine. It is made of parts that can eventually wear out. Damage caused by infiltrating viruses and malware can also cause adverse changes in the system and in your files.
Hard Disks. These guys store all the files and data of your computer. ALL of them. It affects computer efficiency through its read/write speeds.
A computer’s processor can identify if your computer can run fast or not.
Video Processors. One computer has a different video processor from the other especially location-wise which affects its quality.
Last but not least, maintenance. Every computer needs it. And you shouldn’t forgo without updating your computer and programs for long periods of time. Bugs, errors, viruses, temporary files – all these can slow down your computer. But all you have to do is do regular updates and your computer will be good to go.
All components of a computer are crucial, including its operating system and programs. Keeping them updated, repaired (when needed), maintained, and cleaned will boost computer performance. For problems with your hard drive, visit https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html. Click here to know more.
The article What Influences Computer Efficiency? is courtesy of www.harddriverecovery.org
Taking down notes is vital because first, ideas are important. And if you are one of those who easily forget things, then a note is perfect for you. Second, it helps with organization. It also helps illustrate, describe, or narrate what we have seen, heard, or read. This is especially true in meetings, school lectures, and other discussions. If you have a lot to write down, wouldn’t it be just great if you can access your notes all in one place?
When it comes to taking notes, there are a lot of apps to choose from. Take for instance Google Drive. Yes, you read it right. But how?
To start using Google Drive, you need to consider organizing. Yes, Google can search your note for you, but it still pays to organize your notes.
What makes Google great especially if you are a student is it allows you to do actual-time edit a file together with another Google Drive user you shared the file with.
Add some tables to your notes.
Research Tool is an outstanding tool to use when you are using articles.
Google Drive isn’t just great for backing up your files. It works as an excellent note-taker as well.
Keep your files safe. For problems with your hard drive, professionals at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery-service.html are of assistance. Click here for other information.
Why Use Google Drive When Taking Notes was first published to www.harddriverecovery.org
Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Group (HDRG) recently published a blog post exploring iOS 13, the long-awaited refresh to Apple’s native phone software. Succeeding iOS 12, iOS 13 was made available to all iPhone users for free on September 19, 2019. As avid tech enthusiasts, HDRG has taken their time delving into the new OS, or Operating System, and all it has to offer. Their readers may catch up on any articles they missed by reading their previous release and more on the company’s blog.
According to the article, “Although Android has the upper hand when it comes to newer features like 5G, iPhones are being built better than they were. Apple continues to work on what they’re good at: cameras and apps. And the new iOS 13 will make it even better.” Android is an operating system that is used almost universally by other cell phone manufacturers, and is considered the main competitor to Apple’s iOS. Those deciding between one or the other should be aware that not all Android phones are created equal, and manufacturers often modify the base Android OS to their own preferences and specifications.
However, the article only explores iOS 13, so it continues by covering a list of features that Hard Drive Recovery Group found within, beginning with the ability to block unknown callers and prevent them from calling the number again in the future. With the feature turned on, an iPhone with iOS 13 will now allow only callers from the user’s contacts to get through (including those stored in Mail and Messages). All other callers will be instantly redirected to voicemail.
Next, long time iOS users may be aware that they had to navigate through their Settings menu to toggle their Wifi. With the new update, however, they can now switch Wifi networks with much less hassle. Conveniently, it can now be reached quickly through the phone’s Control Center, and users can lookup available networks right away. While some users may not see much difference, this feature gives people who frequently need to switch Wifi networks some much needed relief from constantly having to open their Settings, such as those who travel often. Find more information on HDRG's MyBusiness site.
Adding to the theme of increased user functionality, Apple has also adopted a feature that has long been a standard on Android devices: Swipe to type. Dubbed ‘QuickPath Typing’ by Apple, a user may now run their finger along the entirety of the keyboard, between letters, and never lift their finger while typing. This allows better one-handed use, especially with Apple’s larger phones, because the user can now maintain their grip better while typing. However, some users’ mileage may vary, since the system also relies on predictive text to decide what the user is trying to type in. Notably, this feature should also get better with extended use as the user becomes more comfortable with the technology and the phone learns which words they tend to use more frequently.
Additionally, those who are in the habit of using their phones in bed, or who simply enjoy darker themes, will be pleased to see that iOS 13 includes a dedicated Dark Mode by default, an alternative to their Night Shift feature. Instead of lessening blue light output from the phone’s display, all light screens in the phone’s core apps are now replaced with dark versions. This applies to the calendar, music, photo apps, and so on.
Apple has also taken measures to upgrade their phone’s security suite. iPhone users will now be able to ‘Sign in with Apple,’ a feature that excludes the necessity for a user to input their email address when they sign in to accounts and apps. According to Apple, this means that users will be afforded extra protection since third party apps will now have a much harder time tracking them and their activities.
HDRG invites iPhone users to read the full blog post over on their website, where they often share articles on a variety of subjects in the tech world. Those interested may reach out to Maureen Davies of Hard Drive Recovery Group as well to follow up on any further inquiries. Additionally, more information can be found here.
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There’s a reason why electronic devices are being upgraded almost on the regular. It’s because they don’t last forever. This means your TV, air conditioner, smartphones, computers, and others. It’s one thing when you are neglecting them. It’s another when you are aiding them in getting damaged.
Computers can last a significant amount of time, provided that you take good care of them. This includes keeping them clean, safe, and well-maintained not just inside but outside as well. Remember that computers, especially laptops, are highly sensitive. There are parts inside that once damaged, can be hard to fix. Repairs to the shop can cost you a lot of money. If you want to save your money and more importantly your computer, better avoid the things that can cause harm to your computer and your files before it’s too late. Your computer is what’s helping you get your work done. Do it a favor and help it as well.
Heat is not a friend. It causes your computer and the components inside to wear out faster than they should if always in contact with heat.
Because of its portability and rather light (for some) weight, laptops can be easily mishandled. Although you can, you shouldn’t open or close the laptop at only one side, nor should you leave it in your bag along with other things way too long. You shouldn’t bump your bag containing your laptop as much as possible.
Computers can burn. And if you’re not using the correct power to supply it, then it can definitely burn. Or perhaps your charger.
Are You Destroying Your Computer? was initially seen on http://www.harddriverecovery.org
Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.
Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.
Next, set up an account for your child.
Create another Microsoft account if there isn’t an existing one.
Setup Family Safety settings.
You will definitely want to restrict web use.
Limit your child’s use.
Prevent the use of inappropriate apps for them.
View recent activities.
Family safety and security in Windows can make a big difference. So is data security. If you have issues with data storage or data loss, data recovery can be a great help. You may also visit this page.
Protect Your Family With Windows 10 See more on: The Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog
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