File History is an awesome tool included in all versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It allows for easy automated backups of your data and it works with a number of devices on which data can be stored. As you will see from this guide, it is very easy to set up and use, because it needs very few resources and it knows how to store multiple versions of your files so that you can easily revert to the version you need, when you need it. In this guide to File History, you will learn how to find it, enable it and change the way it works.
How to recover Windows from crashes and malfunctions
In Windows 10, Microsoft has tried to improve the way you control system settings by introducing a redesigned, touch optimized, Settings app. The new Settings app seems to have an increasingly more important role in basic computer configuration and tweaking. One of its interesting improvements is related to the way you can backup data with File History.The new Backup area of the Settings app offers a better way of personalizing your experience with File History, that bypasses the need to use the legacy Control Panel. In this tutorial, we will try to show you how to use the Settings app to control the way File History works.
If you've used Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for a while, you might have noticed that the "old ways" of booting into Safe Mode no longer work. By that, we mean trying things like pressing the F8 or Shift + F8 keys on your keyboard while booting. These methods stopped working in normal cases because the boot procedure became faster than ever before. The same is true when we're talking about Windows 10. Such actions don't work. But that doesn't mean Windows 10 has no Safe Mode. It's just that to get to it, you have to follow other procedures. Let's take a closer look and see how you can get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.
There are certain situations where you need to backup your contacts or messages, like a system reset or switching to another Windows Phone. Windows Phone didn't have a built-in function that could restore your contacts and messages until now, when Microsoft released it in the form of a free application called Contact+Message Backup. The process is simple: the application creates backup for all your contacts and messages to your SD card. You can use this backup for a later restore on the same Windows Phone or another Windows Phone device. In this tutorial you will learn how to install the Contact+Message Backup app and how to use it. Let's go:
When you have problems with your computer, Windows system files may become corrupted or go missing. This might be caused by all kinds of issues like sudden power drops, hardware malfunctions, a hard disk approaching its "death" and so on. If Windows reports that it cannot start because some of its files are corrupted or missing, you should use the System File Checker (SFC) tool in the Command Prompt. You should do the same when Windows starts to Blue Screen on you with weird corruption related errors. SFC scans all the Windows system files on your computer, identifies those that are corrupt or missing and tries to fix the problems it find. Here's how to use it:
You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way like, for example, when your computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works:
If you created a password reset disk in Windows as soon as you set up your computer or device, can be a lifesaver if you actually manage to forget your password later on. As you will see from this guide, using the Password Reset Wizard is very easy and anyone can reset the Windows password in a matter of seconds. Here's how it works:
The human memory is fantastic. You can encode, store and retrieve information when needed very quickly but, unlike your computer's memory, it is not perfect. It lacks a basic feature: it doesn't have permanent storage. Unfortunately, passwords make no exceptions and you might be in a situation when you don't remember your Windows password. Don't worry, Windows comes to your rescue. If you forget your Windows password, you can use a password reset disk to create a new one, so you don't lose access to your apps and files. Obviously, the password reset disk must be created before you forget the password, otherwise the tool is useless.
System Restore is a great tool that allows you to revert Windows and its settings to a previous state. This is useful when you encounter problems with drivers that destabilize the system or software that malfunctions. However, at times, some of the changes you make may impact your system so badly that you can no longer log into Windows. What can you do in such scenarios? How do you start System Restore and use it to repair your Windows installation? Read this guide and find out:
While having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or part of their partitions. Others may want to change how much space it is used for System Store. To help you out, we have created this guide that shares how to configure in detail how System Store works, how much space it uses and how to enable it or disable it for a partition or another.
Do you want to learn about System Restore, what it is and what it does? Also, do you want to know what restore points are and how to create them? The answers to these questions are all shared in this tutorial about using System Restore in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Sometimes, what seems like a problem with one thing is actually caused by another. One source of odd problems in all kinds of computers is misbehaving memory modules. Fortunately, Windows supplies a very useful tool for diagnosing these things, and it may save you a lot of frustration poking around in your computer's insides. The Windows Memory Diagnostic tool works the same way in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Let's get started and see how it works.