Hardware and Sound

Tutorials and how-to guides about managing hardware and sound devices in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Simple Questions: What Is Firmware & What Does It Do?

FirmwareFirmware… you've probably heard about it at some point. It sounds like a weird german name, doesn't it? What is firmware? What does it do? Why was it event it? Surely, it's purpose is not just to confuse you. Well, it isn't and firmware is quite important when it comes to hardware devices of all kinds. To clear things out and make you feel more knowledgeable, in this article we will explain all the important stuff you need to know about it. Let's get started:

How To Save Battery Power While Browsing The Web In Internet Explorer

Internet ExplorerOne of the great features of Internet Explorer is its ability to save battery time while browsing the Internet. All you have to do is adjust a setting from your active power plan in order to make this web browser use less power. In this article we will show you how this is done and we'll also share with you a rough estimate about the performance impact it has on your browsing experience.

How To Use & Configure Battery Saver In Windows 10

quick, actions, Windows 10We all want to use our mobile devices without worrying about the battery life. But, because this is not possible we need to use the electricity conservation technologies provided by our operating systems. So, if you are using a mobile device with Windows 10, and you don't want to run out of battery unexpectedly, then read this article in order to learn how to use and configure the Battery Saver mode.

13 Ways To Save Power By Tweaking Power Plans In Windows

power plansWhen you use a mobile device, spending energy as efficiently as possible is a must, so that you can use it as long as possible. This is why in modern versions of Windows, you can configure lots of advanced settings to get the best balance between performance and power saving. Read this article and learn 13 advanced ways to configure power plans in Windows, so that you can save as much power as possible:

How To Customize Basic Power Plan Settings In Windows

power plansOne of the great things about Windows is that it allows you to customize almost everything you want about it. This includes modifying the default power plans found in Windows, so that they better suit your needs. Here's how to customize all the basic settings of any Windows power plan and how to revert to its default settings when you are not satisfied with the end result:

How To Create Or Delete Your Own Custom Power Plans In Windows

power plansAll modern Windows operating systems allow users to create their own custom power plans and use one of the default plans as the starting point. The procedure for creating them is not very complex and it allows you to configure in detail all the settings that are related to power plans. Here's how to create your own power plan in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:

How To Add Hibernate To The Power Options Available In Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

hibernateOne of the changes related to power options in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is that the Hibernate option is not available by default on the Power menu. In order to use this feature, you have to activate it manually. That's why, in this tutorial, we will share step-by-step information on how to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, so that it is displayed in the Power menu. Here's how it is done:

What Power Plans Are & How To Switch Between Them In Windows

power plansUsing a mobile device is very handy, especially if you travel a lot, but these devices are limited by the amount of energy their battery can provide. For this reason, paying attention to the power plan you are using and its settings, can make a huge difference in how much battery time you have available. Fortunately, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 provide us with the necessary tools to see which power plans are available, what's the active power plan and easy ways to switch between power plans. Here's how it all works:

How To Configure Your Touchpad In Windows 10

Windows 10, touchpadWhether you use a laptop, a 2-in-1 device or any other kind of mobile computer, you are also probably using a touchpad. And if you're on the go, you might not want to always use the touchscreen or have the time to connect a mouse to make it easier to use your device. It's likely that you'd prefer using the touchpad, so it's quite important that you set it up to work the way you want. With Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Microsoft brought new configuration options for the touchpad. We now have options for handling simple settings like delaying the touchpad clicks when typing or advanced settings like touchpad gestures that trigger different actions. Of course, these depend on the specific hardware that you have and its drivers. Today, we'll talk about how you can configure the way your touchpad works in Windows 10. Let's get started:

7 Ways To Shut Down Or Restart A Windows 10 PC Or Device

shutdown, Windows 10So, you've had enough of Windows 10 already? Well, probably not, but you need to turn off that computer and do some other things every once in a while. Or maybe you just need to get to a fresh start after installing some new software, or you need to pack up your computer or device to take it with you. No matter the reason, we'll show you seven different ways you can shut down your Windows 10 PC or device. Don't worry, the number of options doesn't mean that this is a tricky task, there are a number of simple ways to shut down a Windows 10 PC or device. Let's see them!

How To Block Unwanted Windows & Driver Updates From Windows 10

Windows 10, block updatesMicrosoft changed its policy when it comes to the way we receive Windows and driver updates in Windows 10. They are now all automatically downloaded and installed on our systems, and there's little we can do to prevent that. However, Microsoft also released a small tool that we can use to block updates from being installed. It's not a solution to completely block all the updates you'll receive in the future, but it can prove quite useful when one update package causes problems you want to avoid. If you want to find out where to get this tool and how to use it to block unwanted updated for Windows 10, read this article:

How To Configure The Mouse In Windows 10

Windows 10, mouseWhether you use a laptop or a desktop PC, you surely rely on your mouse or touchpad every day, as working with Windows essentially implies the use of one of these devices. Even when you use a tablet you can sometimes connect a mouse to it, if that makes things easier for you, so it is important to configure your mouse just the way you like it. Let's see how can you do this.