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Microsoft's Start Menu Repair Tool Fixes Common Windows 10 Start Menu Annoyances

Windows: The Start Menu in Windows 10 is useful, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes tiles go missing, or it won’t open at all when you click it or press the Windows key. Other times the tiles don’t refresh, or Cortana doesn’t respond. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Start Menu Repair Tool is here to help, and it’s free.


The Drops Of Clarity Desktop

Reader ravenclawwit is no stranger to our featured desktop series, and submitted this beautiful setup to our Desktop Showcase a few weeks ago. It looks great, from top to bottom, and is pretty heavily personalised. It also has a little secret.


Change The Location (And Shortcut) For The Download Folder In Windows

Tweaking Windows’ built-in functionality usually involves a trip to the Registry, but sometimes you get lucky. Take the venerable Downloads folder and its shortcut in Windows Explorer — it’s extremely simple to change.


Slow Windows 7 Update Process Has Been Patched By Microsoft

Plenty of people are still kicking along with Windows 7 and will likely stick with it for the foreseeable future. If you’ve noticed that the update procedure for the OS takes forever — or never finishes at all — your salvation is at hand. Microsoft has released a patch that should sort out Windows 7’s slow patching process.


Set Up Your SSD+HDD Combo To Make The Best Use Of Space On Each With This Video

Video: SSDs are a clearly superior drive format, but they’re more expensive per gigabyte than their platter-based hard disk drives. The natural middle ground is to get an SSD for your Windows installation and an HDD for all your stuff. This video shows you how to setup both to make them work well together.


The Departure Songs Desktop

We’ve seen some simple desktops and some busy ones, but this one from reader Peregerine, walks the line pretty well. It keeps a lot of the space in the center clear so you have plenty of room to work, but also adds some widgets and tools around the periphery that are useful and informative.


Microsoft Releases Dedicated Bloatware Removal Tool For Windows 10

What’s the first thing you do with a shiny new Windows notebook? The only answer to this question is “format and reinstall the OS”. It’d be nice if you could just, you know, use the gadget you bought, minus the vendor-installed and mostly useless software. Windows 10 might be Microsoft’s first OS to make this possible.


Ask LH: How Do I Stop My Laptop's Wi-Fi Connection From Timing Out?

Dear Lifehacker, Ever since I bought my laptop there has always been trouble connecting to my home Wi-Fi. If the computer goes to sleep (set to 30 minutes of inactivity), then when it wakes up, the Wi-Fi won’t reconnect. The only way to get it working is to reboot the computer entirely. My siblings also have laptops on the same Wi-Fi, but there’s work fine, so I think it must be my machine. Right now I have to reboot a few times a day – could this harm my laptop, and how do I fix it?


Microsoft's New Xbox Play Anywhere Lets You Buy Games Once, Play Across Windows 10 And Xbox One

During their E3 press event , Microsoft had a nice surprise for people looking to save money on the latest video games: Xbox Play Anywhere, which will let you buy select titles once, and play them on both Xbox One and Windows 10.


The Edge Of The World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customise your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.


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