What To Do If Webpages Are Loading Slowly On Windows 10

The Windows 10 Update made Windows a much faster operating system than Windows 7 and 8.1. It also came with promising new features such as Cortana and Microsoft Edge.

The downside? Along with it, it dragged a headache-inducing issue – slow internet speed. Sadly, there is no 1-click fix for it.

The good news is you don’t have to
call for tech support. You can fix it!

Disable (& Regularly Enable) Windows Update

Disabling Windows Update is the magic solution here. But if you make it permanently, your operating system won’t be up-to-date. Therefore, you’ve just opened the door for bugs and viruses to enter.

So instead, use a workaround. Disable it and re-enable it when you’ll be ready for updates.

  • First, open the Start menu, find the Control Panel, and go to System and Security.
  • Then choose Administrative Tools.
  • Then locate and click on Services.
  • Then scroll down to find Windows Update. Right-click on it to select Properties.
  • On the Startup type field, choose Disabled.
  • Click Apply.

Close Background Apps & Services

It can be boring not to have apps like Spotify running in the background while you’re sweating it out. But if you want to do something about your slow loading webpages, they need to go.

  • First, right-click on your Windows taskbar and launch Task Manager.
  • Then hit the Performance tab.
  • Click Open Resource Monitor at the bottom.
  • Hit the Network tab and check the processes with a high number of Send and Receive requests.
  • The higher the number of requests, the higher they are on the list of apps and services that take up your bandwidth.

If you want to close built-in background apps and services, here’s how you can easily do that:

  • First, go to Start -> Settings -> Privacy.
  • Scroll down to access Background apps.
  • Switch off the function Let apps run in the background.

Close The Peer To Peer Update Process

Did you know that you’re sharing your internet bandwidth with total strangers? This might seem wrong to you, especially because you didn’t give Windows permission to do this.

The upside? You can fix it!

  • First, open the Start menu -> Settings -> Update & Security.
  • Open the Windows Update tab and click Advanced options.
  • Go to Delivery Optimization.
  • Find the section that says Allow downloads from other PCs. Make sure to turn it off.

Disable LSO

LSO stands for Large Send
Offload
. As mentioned earlier, background apps can slow down your
internet. That’s why you should disable them.

But even then, this Windows 10 feature doesn’t see eye to eye. It forces background apps to take up a large amount of internet. So you need to disable it.

  • From the Start menu, go to This PC and right-click on it to show (and then choose) Properties.
  • Open Device Manager.
  • Expand Network adapters.
  • Choose your network card. Then hit the Advanced tab.
  • Choose Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4) and set its value to Disabled.
  • Choose Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6) and set its value to Disabled.

Uninstall Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a cool note-taking app. It works like a bunch of notebooks merged into one massive “master notebook”. If you have something random in mind, you can jot it down using the app. Then you can get back to it later.

It’s useful, without a doubt. But do you actually use it? If not, you need to give it the boot.

  • Launch the Start menu and go to Windows PowerShell.
  • Right-click on this and choose Run as administrator.
  • The Windows PowerShell screen will appear. Paste this command:
Get-AppxPackage
*OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Once you press Enter, you’re good to go.

Update Your Drivers

You should also update your drivers.
It’s possible that they got lost
in the process or they’re outdated. They may also be incompatible
with your current Windows version.

5 Great App Docks For Windows 10

There’s always been a rivalry between Apple’s MacOS and Microsoft Windows. Over the years MacOS has held the reputation for the most user-friendly interface, with Windows considered the more utilitarian system. Modern Windows has come a long way from those early days and really is on par now with what Apple has to offer.

However, after all these years Microsoft still doesn’t provide a Mac-style dock in their operating system. But there are third-party options you can try if you really want a dock on your PC.

RocketDock

RocketDock has been around for a long time now. In fact, the developers who made it haven’t released a new version since 2008! Yet somehow people still love this spunky little app launcher.

RocketDock still looks pretty good despite more than a decade without a facelift. You can however give it different skins, even using ones from other launchers such RK Launcher and Objectdock.

Adding and removing shortcuts is dead easy. It does exactly what you expect a dock to do, without any fuss and bloat. It’s also free under a Creative Commons license, so everyone should try it at least once.

Launchy

Does Launchy really count as a dock? Perhaps not quite, but this smart little application launcher is too good to leave out of a list like this one. Launchy presents itself as a little window with a text-entry box. It indexes your Start Menu as well as documents and folders. You can set up your own shortcuts and launch what you need with a keystroke.

Launchy is free and open source, so anyone can try it without any sort of obligation. There are also skins available to customize its look.

While the software is free, the developer does provide the opportunity for people to donate some cash, which would be a nice gesture.

XWindows Dock

While most docks are inspired by what MacOS has done with the idea, XWindows Dock is a straight-up clone of the Apple software.

Like RocketDock, this dock hasn’t really been updated in a while and doesn’t seem to officially support Windows 10. Saying that, the dock worked quite well on our Windows 10 installation with one small issue. The dock shows up behind the taskbar.

This
is easily fixed by setting the taskbar to auto-hide itself. This has
the added benefit of really giving your desktop that MacOS look, but
some people may be annoyed by this issue.

Since this is a clone of the Mac dock, the way it looks and functions is pretty similar. It has however been 8 years since the last stable release, so a future update may render it non-functional. For now however, this is the closest you’ll get to the classic MacOS dock.

Winstep Nexus

Winstep
Nexus is one of the few dock apps that officially supports Windows
10. There’s a free and paid version. It’s the free version that
we’re referring to here.

This dock is like the basic concept from MacOS, but it gives it a real Windows flavor. It has reflective icons, support for animated icons and of course skins. It really is a very pretty dock with all manner of special effects. It’s also the only dock app with support for Windows 10’s Universal Windows Platform standard.

We also like the support for in-dock widgets and easy placement of the dock itself. Multi-monitor support is excellent, with high-DPI rendering and placement of the dock on any monitor. The Ultimate version does offer quite a bit of extra functionality, but for most users the free personal edition will be more than enough to cover regular use.

Circle Dock

Circle
Dock is the most innovative dock here, with its radial design looking
completely different from anything else we’ve seen. This is also
not a persistent dock. Instead you press a hotkey and then the doc
will appear wherever your mouse pointer is.

It’s an innovative idea and very functional, but the software was never developed to the point where it matched the likes of RocketDock, feature for feature. Still, if you like experimental UI ideas, Circle Dock is well worth trying out.

A Docking Good Time

One of the best thing about Windows is that if you don’t like something about it, you can change it with the right knowledge or tools. While Windows 10 seems to have put a damper on full UI replacements such as the venerable Rainmeter, it’s still possible to make yourself at home in smaller ways.

The Best Windows 10 Video Game Subscription Services

The video game industry is changing. It is now
becoming more affordable to pay a subscription to your favorite publishers and
play their entire game library. In this article, we take a look at the best
Windows 10 video game subscription services and compare them to each other.

We’ll start with the Xbox Games Pass, then
take a look at the other options, including EA Access and Origin Access, later
in the article.

Xbox Games Pass

Subscription Cost: $9.99/month
Free Trial Period: $1 for the first month
Sync with consoles?: Yes, Xbox One Only

Xbox has pushed to make Windows 10 part of
their gaming ecosystem and it means great things for Xbox gamers. Each month,
Xbox adds new games to their Xbox Games Pass, many of which are available on
the PC.

And, if a game is an Xbox One and Windows 10
exclusive, it’s likely it’ll be put into the Games Pass on day one of release.
As an example, Sea of Thieves has been available since day one, and Crackdown 3
and Halo Infinite will also be available.

The selection of games isn’t as big as some
other subscription services, but you do get the added bonus of being able to
play all games between both your Xbox One and your PC for the same price. And,
with Xbox Play Anywhere, you can easily sync your progress in games between
both platforms.

There’s no free trial, but you can get your
first month for just $1. Subsequent months will cost $9.99. Right now, some of
the biggest titles include ARK: Survival Evolved, Sea of Thieves, Gears of War
4, and Halo Wars 2.

Discord Nitro

Subscription Cost: $9.99/month
Free Trial Period: No free trial
Sync with consoles?: No

In an attempt to branch out and compete with
game launchers like Steam and Epic Games Store, Discord now lets players
purchase games from within their own chat app. Discord Nitro, a monthly
subscription service, now also gives you access to a variety of games for free.

The games roster doesn’t have the big
blockbuster titles, like the other options in this article, but you do get a
larger selection of games from smaller indie companies and also some older
titles. If rogue-lites, 8-bit games, strategy games, and older action titles
like Darksiders interest you, Discord Nitro could be the best choice for you.

As Discord Nitro continues to grow, I’m sure
we’ll see more support for a wider variety of game genres, too. There is no
free trial with Discord Nitro, but their monthly $9.99 subscription or yearly
$99.99 packages are competitive.

Discord Nitro is exclusive to PC, too, which
means you can’t play any of the games offered here on the Xbox or PS4 for free.

EA Access and Origin Access

Subscription Cost: $4.99/month or $19.99/month
Free Trial Period: No
Sync with consoles?: No

EA Access is a subscription service available
for Xbox One, and Origin Access is the PC version. Unlike Xbox Game Pass,
you’re essentially forced to pay for both subscription services to access games
on both platforms. EA Access has a single $4.99/month or $29.99/year
subscription package that lets you play older games like Battlefield 1 and
Titanfall 2 for free.

You also get to play EA Sports games, and try
new games like Anthem for 10 hours. A 10% discount on EA games and add-ons is
available, too.

Origin Access is for EA’s PC-only client,
which means it has more features available to those on the platform.
Essentially, there’s a two tier subscription system, one of which is similar to
EA Access, and the other that offers full game access.

First, let’s start with the cheaper tier.  For $4.99/month, or $29.99/year, you can get
the same 10 hour trials on all new games. You also get 10% off any purchases
you make on games, add-ons, or microtransactions. You also get early access to
upcoming games and still get full access to older vaulted titles.

If you pay for the second tier, known as Origin Access Premier, you get all of these features, as well as full limitless access on all new releases, including games like Anthem. This includes early access, too. The 10% Origin purchase discount still applies, and you can often get exclusive extra content, such as free cosmetics and small DLC packs.

Origin Access Premier costs more at $14.99 per month, but at $99.99 per year it essentially works out as cheap as Discord Nitro and the Xbox Games Pass. There are no free trials available for either of the Origin Access tiers available, or for EA Access pass on Xbox One.

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15 New Windows 10 Features You Need to Start Using

Whether you’ve started using Windows 10 since it first came
out, or only recently, you’ve probably noticed just how tremendously different
it is than any previous version of Windows.

However, no matter how long people have been using Windows
10, there are always new features available in the operating system people
don’t realize are there.

The following are 15 amazing features in Windows 10. A few of these have been there since the beginning, but many are new features added to the operating system in just the past year.

1. Windows Launcher Android Integration

If you install the Microsoft Launcher app on your Android phone, it opens up an impressive array of ways you can sync and integrate your Android phone with your Windows 10 computer.

With this app installed, you can:

  • View photos on your phone and drag them into
    your Windows apps.
  • Send text messages from your phone using your
    computer.
  • You can view your Windows 10 timeline from your
    phone.
  • Mirror Android apps right on your Windows 10 PC
  • Send websites directly from your phone to your
    PC.

How To Link Your Android and Your Window 10 PC

To set up this link between your phone and your Windows 10 PC, you just need to install the Windows Launcher app on your Android phone.

Then, on your Windows 10 PC, click the Start menu, type Phone
and click on Link your phone.

If you don’t see your phone already listed, click on Add a phone to link your Android phone.

Next, install the Your Phone app from the Windows Store on
your Windows 10 PC. Once you’ve provided the app on your phone all the
permissions it needs, you can launch the Your Phone app on your computer to
interact with your phone.

You’ll be able to do things like see your recent messages or
send text messages right from your computer.

You can also see photos on your phone and easily transfer
them back and forth.

It’s a very cool way to elevate your mobile experience by
meshing your mobile and Windows 10 productivity into one.

2. Cloud Clipboard

You’re probably already familiar with pressing Ctrl-C to copy selected items to your clipboard. But now you can press Windows Key-V to paste selected items from a cloud clipboard that you an access from any of your other devices.

Enable cloud clipboard by going into Settings, click Clipboard,
and enable both Clipboard and Sync across devices.

To use this feature once enabled, just select the item you want to copy, press Ctrl-C like normal and then press Windows Key-V to see the cloud clipboard when pasting.

Using this clipboard to copy items means that even if you
turn off one Windows 10 computer, you can log into another one using your same
Microsoft account and access the same clipboard items.

3. Snip & Sketch

You’ve probably used Print Screen for years to take
screenshots in Windows 10. But the Snip & Sketch utility takes screen
capture to a whole new level.

You don’t have to enable anything, so long as you’ve updated
your Windows 10 install with the latest updates. Press ShiftWindows KeyS to start your screen capture.

What makes Snip & Sketch special from the traditional Print Screen is that you can capture non-standard areas if you like (choose the freehand tool first), and after taking the screen capture, you can edit it and mark it up with your own sketches or notes.

Installing third-party screen capture software is now a
thing of the past.

4. Type with Your Voice

For years, voice dictation was something you needed to
purchase expensive software for. Now, you only need Windows 10. Speech
recognition and voice typing is now built right into the operating system.

To enable this, just go into Settings, click Speech,
and enable Online speech recognition.

Once this is enabled, any time you have any application that requires text-typing, you can press Windows KeyH and type with your voice instead.

During our testing, we found that the voice recognition was very accurate and didn’t require any voice training time at all.

Using this feature in Microsoft Word works well because Word
automatically capitalizes sentences for you and saying “period” automatically
inserts the correct terminating character.

This feature is also great for quickly dictating emails or
having IM conversations with friends.

5. Share to Skype

If you buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it, you’ll see
that Skype comes prepackaged. Whenever you right-click on any file in Windows
Explorer or click Share This Page in
Edge, you’ll see Skype listed in the options at the bottom of the share window.

You’ll also notice that there are a number of other apps
that display in the share window as well, including the Snip & Sketch tool,
Facebook, Twitter, and OneDrive. Although, those apps need to be installed
separately.

6. Secret Start Menu

One thing that was very annoying about Windows 10 when it
first came out was how hard it was to find those basic areas of Windows that
were so easy to find in the traditional start menu.

You haven’t lost that in Windows 10. It’s actually accessible
via a “secret” start menu by right clicking on the Windows start menu. From
here, you can access frequently accessed areas like:

  • Apps and features
  • System
  • Device Manager
  • Computer Management
  • Task Manager
  • Settings
  • File Explorer

You don’t have to be frustrated anymore. Just right-click.

7. Show or Peek at the Desktop

This feature is especially useful when you have information
stored on the desktop, such as when you’re using desktop widgets to see system
specs.

You can get a peek at the desktop by hovering your mouse on the small vertical sliver of a button at the lower right corner of the taskbar. Just hover to peek at the desktop or click on it to minimize all open windows and switch entirely to the desktop.

Just click it again to bring all the windows back up again.

8. Slide to Shutdown

This is a very cool trick that only works in Windows 10.
It’s a utility that presents a full-screen slide down bar that you can drag
down to the bottom of the screen to shut down your computer.

To set this up, just right click on your desktop and click New and select Shortcut.

Past the following text into the text field.

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

Click Next and Finish.

Now, when you want to shut down the computer, you don’t have
to click around looking for the shutdown option. Just double click the icon and
drag the bar to the bottom of the screen to shut down the PC.

9. Windows 10 God Mode

Just like most video games have a “god mode” that give you
super human powers, Windows 10 comes with a god mode that’ll give you super
human computer skills.

Just right-click on the desktop, select New, and click Folder.
Rename the folder as:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Once you open this folder, you’ll see a long list of
advanced administrative features such as:

  • Manage drives
  • Schedule tasks
  • View Windows event logs
  • Manage devices and printers
  • Customize the File Explorer
  • Much more…

The contents of this folder are a power user’s dream come
true. It’s everything you need at your fingertips.

10. Task View

Even though Task View has been part of Windows 10 for a
while, many users don’t even realize it exists. Those who do have realized some
tremendous productivity boosts.

The Task View icon is on your task bar just to the right of
the Cortana search field. It looks like a film strip.

When you click on it, you’ll see a list of all open
applications, and if you scroll down, you’ll even see all of the files and
applications you had open at some point earlier. You can switch to any open (or
previously open) app or file just by clicking on it in the task view.

11. Virtual Desktops

If you want to take your productivity to a whole new level,
drag any of the open apps up to the New
Desktop
icon at the top of the Task View.

This creates a new virtual desktop session you can switch to and stay focused on the task at hand. This is great for creating one session for your social media or web browsing, and another desktop to stay entirely focused on your work.

Switch between desktops in the Task View window or by using the Ctrl + Windows Key + Left Arrow/Right Arrow keyboard combo.

12. Transparent Command Prompt Window

Using the command prompt window is very common for working on your Windows system. But sometimes the command window itself can get in the way when you want to see the effects of the commands you type.

You can get around this by making the command prompt window
transparent.

  1. Open a new command prompt window by clicking Start, typing command, and selecting Command
    Prompt Desktop App
    .
  2. Right-click the title bar and select Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Colors tab.
  4. Lower the Opacity
    level to around 60%.

You’ll be able to see right through the command window itself
and watch the effects of each command you type.

13. Nearby Sharing

No longer will you need to connect your devices to your
computer via a USB cable. Windows 10 features Nearby sharing, which lets you share content and files to devices
connected to your Wi-Fi network or connected to your computer via Bluetooth.

To enable this feature:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Shared
    Experiences
    .
  3. Enable Nearby
    Sharing
    .

Now, when you select Share
in a Microsoft Word document, or select Share
from right-clicking a file, you’ll see other Windows 10 computers connected to
your network (or via Bluetooth) that you can share the file with. Keep in mind
all computers should have Nearby Sharing
enabled for this feature to work.

14. File Explorer Dark Mode

If you’re tired of the same old look to File Explorer, you
can make things edgy by switching to File Explorer Dark mode.

How to enable File Explorer dark mode:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Colors.
  3. Scroll down to Choose your default app mode.
  4. Select Dark.

Once this is enabled, all system windows (like File
Explorer) will have a dark background. Not only does it look a lot edgier than
the traditional File Explorer, but it’s also a lot easier on the eyes.

15. Notifications Area

Everyone is very accustomed to receiving notifications on
their mobile phone, but many Windows 10 users don’t realize they have access to
a convenient notifications area on their Windows 10 machine as well.

You can access notifications by clicking the comments icon
in the lower right corner of the screen. This pop-up shows notifications from
your apps like your calendar, your mobile notifications if you have your phone
synced, and buttons to quickly enable your Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth, access
Settings, and more.

Windows 10 Features

It’s amazing how easy it is to get accustomed to using Windows 10 a certain way. You get into a certain pattern of doing things and may not realize when Microsoft has introduced some fresh and innovative new features into the Windows 10 operating system.

Take a test drive of all of the new Windows 10 features
listed above and enhance your productivity and overall Windows experience.

4 Simple and Easy Ways to Secure Windows 10

Windows 10 represents three decades of development and as an operating system it’s pretty polished by now. That doesn’t mean, though, that when you boot up a fresh copy of this operating system, it’s perfect in every way.

Windows 10 still needs some tweaking to really offer a good level of security. On top of this, Windows 10 is now also a cloud service, which means that Microsoft now also wants to collect and sell your information.

Unless you do something about it, you’ll be sending oodles of private information to Redmond. Depending on your personal level of comfort, that might be a significant security and privacy issue. Which brings us to our first tip.

Use a Windows 10 Privacy Tool

Microsoft hasn’t made it easy to disable some
of its info-gathering features. There’s plenty to play with in the privacy
settings, but most users don’t even know all the different ways that Windows 10
can spy on users or what happens with that information.

The good news is that there is now a whole
list of specialized tools that only exist to help you tweak privacy settings in
the world’s most widely-used operating system. 
Most of them are free and also let you tweak things Microsoft may not
want you to mess with.

A great example is the delightfully-named O&O ShutUp 10, which bills itself as an “antispy” tool for Windows 10. Whether you consider every toggle it offers an issue or not, it’s certainly a convenient way to take control of the Windows 10 experience.

Ditch Windows Defender

The included antivirus package for Windows 10 is a welcome feature that keeps millions of users who wouldn’t know any better from getting infected with all sorts of nasties. However, if you’d like to take a more active role in your security and would like to catch a wider variety of malware, then a third-party program is your best bet.

There are both free and paid choices. Some tackle everything and others only catch specific types of malware. If you are happy with Windows Defender, but would simply like to supplement it, then something like Malwarebytes is a good choice.

Encrypt Your Hard Drive

Encrypting your hard drive is one of the best security improvements you can make to a Windows 10 PC. It means that if anyone gets their hands on your hard drive, they’ll have no way to actually view the data because it has been strongly encrypted.

In some cases, your hard drive will be automatically encrypted after installing Windows 10, but if not, you can manually enable BitLocker, Microsoft’s native encryption solution. It’s pretty powerful, but you need a motherboard with a TPM module for it to work. If your computer doesn’t have one, you’ll need to use a USB drive to host the decryption key.

If that doesn’t strike your fancy, then a third-party solution such as VeraCrypt will do the job nicely too. Once encrypted, you’ll be sleeping much better at night.

Push UAC To the Max

Windows UAC or User Account Control is a feature of the operating system that warns you whenever a change is made to your computer. For example, when you try to install a new program, UAC will dim the screen and ask you to OK the installation before it runs the software.

By default, UAC will only bug you when you do
something major or when an installed application wants to make a significant
change to your PC. However, there is one higher level of security above the
default, that will warn you for a wider range of changes. This means you’ll
catch hackers and malicious web software that try to hack your machine.

For most people the default setting is just fine, but if you are adventurous, visit all sorts of weird websites and download software to try just for fun, then this is a fast way to protect yourself. All you need to do in order to access the UAC settings is press the Windows Key and search for “UAC”.

Battening Down the Hatches

As it stands today, Windows 10 is an excellent operating system with fantastic security support from Microsoft. However, it’s good to know that you can still control the product you paid for when it comes to how much the developer can poke their nose into your system.

It also never hurts to polish some of the rougher security features against external threats. So here’s to a more secure computing experience for everyone!