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Windows 10 Activation

What is Windows 10 Activation?

Activation serves to protect the Windows system from unauthorized use or copying of the system. If you are using Windows 10 without activation, some features are not available, such as:

  • A watermark indicating Windows activation is displayed at the bottom right of the screen.
  • A window requesting activation is displayed frequently.
  • Custom settings such as desktop background, screen saver, and theme cannot be changed.
  • The operating system update is blocked.
  • Without the update, it is not possible to fix Windows system errors in the shortest time. As a result, your computer becomes fragile and it can be attacked by viruses. Besides, you cannot take advantage of the latest functions of the Windows system.
  • Microsoft services and some functions of Windows cannot be used.
    On Windows 10 not activated, you cannot use the online services of One Drive, Xbox Live, Microsoft Store and other services.
  • So, the unactivated Windows 10 system prohibits functions, which can lead to Windows crash or crashes. Unless special reasons, it is always recommended to activate Windows 10 system. Below are free methods to activate Windows 10.

Windows 10 Activation

Methods to activate Windows 10 for free

1. Use shared activation keys

With the help of an activation code generator or the activation keys shared on the site, you can activate and crack Windows 10. But there are limits on the use of codes. In addition, these unofficial keys can become invalid after excessive use or deletion by Microsoft. It is the least recommended to use this method to activate Windows 10.

Activate Windows 10 with the KMS server

What is the KMS?

For the days of Windows XP, the best method to install the operating system without activation is to install the MSDN or VOL version of the Windows system. After installation, there is no need to activate the operating system with a license. Just run an appropriate script program. One can thus obtain the complete version of Windows XP. But why is it possible to circumvent activation with a license? Because the MSDN version is used by Microsoft enterprise developers and the VOL version is used by enterprises. So these two versions do not require activation. Nevertheless, the piracy of Windows XP spreads very quickly after the disclosure of these versions. Since Windows Vista, Microsoft launches the VL version with the KMS to replace the VOL version.

How does the KMS work?

Windows VL allows you to activate the Windows system by volume. So, the KMS service requires a KMS server to connect all the computers under the same local network by offering an activation key valid for 180 days. Once connected to the KMS service, all PCs are automatically activated. For security, the computer must connect to the KMS server to take advantage of the automatic renewal. Therefore, with the help of the KMS service, businesses and organizations can activate computers under the same local network and prevent illegal activation. In case the computer does not connect to the KMS server, the license will expire in 180 days.

How to use KMS for individual users?

Even though the KMS service is designed for the activation of Windows systems among an enterprise, individual users can build the KMS server to activate the Windows system. Around the world there are volunteers who have already established many KMS servers. In order to make Windows in activated state, all you have to do is connect your computer to the KMS server. This kind of activation is for Windows Vista and later versions with KMS protocol. In addition, unlike license codes, the KMS service uses the GVLK key which allows rapid activation and without limit on the number of activations for Windows installation or update.

How to write the script for KMS activation?

In order to activate Windows with the KMS service, run the following commands with the command prompt as administrator.
slmgr.vbs -upk # Perform original license deletion
slmgr / ipk system license key #Install the appropriate GVLK key for the current Windows system. Find the license keys for various Windows in this table
slmgr / skms KMS server address # This is the KMS server domain or the IP. Find out the KMS server addresses in this table .
slmgr / ato # Perform KMS activation
slmgr.vbs –dlv

But why can KMS service crack Windows 10? In fact, we create a vlmcsd emulator with the C language and establish a virtual KMS server with which we can trick the Windows 10 authentication service. This is how the computer connected to the KMS server can complete the Windows 10 activation.

How to activate Windows 10 with the script for KMS activation?

  1. Click on the “Start”icon and then on “Windows PowerShell (admin)”.
  2. Type the commands below.

Common commands for Windows 10 activation Note: Windows activation with KMS service cannot be applied to the home version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Professional

slmgr.vbs -upk

slmgr.vbs -ipk W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

slmgr.vbs -skms

slmgr.vbs -ato

slmgr.vbs -dlv

Windows 10 Education

slmgr.vbs -upk

slmgr.vbs -ipk NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2

slmgr.vbs -skms

slmgr.vbs -ato

slmgr.vbs -dlv

Windows 10 January Update Details – Big Update Hopefully good

As you know, the next public preview build of Windows 10 with the number 9926 did not receive a new name of its own, although many assumed that it would be a Consumer Preview. Meanwhile, it was presented with a certain fanfare, which is reflected in previous publications on our website, and undoubtedly deserves a separate review, even though it remains crude and incomplete.

Illustration of release after Windows 10

But first, it should be noted that the development process of Windows 10 is continuous, is determined by the modern concept of “quick” releases and, apparently, will be extended to the final version of the OS. An illustration of this is the release after Windows 10 Technical Preview (9841) of two more public assemblies with numbers 9860 and 9878, each of which brought its own changes.

The first was distributed through Windows Update but it was in it that the mechanism for updating assemblies was improved. Looking ahead a bit, this is what it looks like today:

As you can see, there are fast and slow channels, in the last of them the assemblies arrive after some running-in. So far, we are talking about preliminary versions, but it is possible that in some form this mechanism will remain in the final one – enterprises rarely chase after IT innovations, so “quick” releases are unlikely to be received with enthusiasm. Or there will be some kind of containment in Windows Update.

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Windows 10 – smartphones , tablets and PCs.

In the same assembly, the notification center was launched for the first time, and also new sections of the Data Sense and Battery Saver system settings appeared, similar to those in Windows Phone – as promised, Microsoft is building an end-to-end Windows 10 platform that should look and behave as much as possible on smartphones , tablets and PCs.

Build 9878 was already distributed through the mentioned channels – at first through the fast one, after a while through the slow one. It now supports MKV, three-finger gestures on touchpads, Snap Assist on multiple monitors, as well as the ability to remove the Search and Task View buttons from the taskbar and some other little things.

Two novelties, however, are quite significant. First, there are floating dialog boxes in Metro apps. Now additional requests and messages.

The change is completely logical, since the tape across the entire screen in desktop mode certainly looks nonsense. One could argue: are Metro apps really needed on the desktop? Apparently, they may and will be needed – details below.

Second, the OneDrive client has changed dramatically. Full synchronization of storage, as in Windows 8.1, with the ability to store not only files, but also special shortcuts (with an explicit indication of local and online availability), was again replaced by selective, in which the synchronized files are completely copied, and the shortcuts disappeared as such:

Microsoft Growing popularly online

Microsoft explains this change by the fact that with the current pace of development and growing popularity of online storage, even some shortcuts can take up an unacceptable amount of space (especially on budget devices with small drives, the size of which can be as little as 16 GB ), so let the user choose what it needs it locally and what it doesn’t.

This decision looks controversial, although Microsoft has tried to mitigate the effect somewhat at the expense of other features. Perhaps it would be worth keeping both principles, and the choice between them would be made by the user or even automatically, depending on the size of the local storage. However, it is worth getting to know OneDrive in more detail, so let’s move on to Build 9926 itself.

Consumer gizmos

Home users in general are an important audience for Microsoft, and even more so in the context of promoting Windows to tablets. It is with this aspect that the expectations of the Consumer Preview were connected. However, Build 9926 gives us some insight.

Formally, Xbox is a regular Metro application, but it will be bundled for the OS, like Mail and others. In addition, a whole ecosystem develops behind the application itself, in fact, a separate social network. You can read more in our special material .

Windows 10 developers

Not much can be said about the application itself. At the first launch, the developers warn that it is in a phase of active development and will be regularly updated. At the moment, here you can make friends, share achievements in games and write messages.

Perhaps the most interesting part of it so far is the opportunity to watch the search for the right design of Metro-applications, equally suitable for window and full-screen modes. So, for example, the Xbox has a separate Settings button (in the lower left corner), and the settings themselves are displayed in the main window.

At the same time, the standard call to Settings is carried out through the control menu, which is hidden under the button in the left corner of the title bar (there used to be three dots, now there are three dashes, which are sometimes called “sandwich”). The settings are visualized in a special panel, which now fits into the application window, and was previously drawn from the right edge of the screen.

Moreover, this is accompanied by rather strange visual effects: the panel jumps out from behind the nearest (that is, not necessarily the right) edge of the screen and disappears, respectively, in the opposite direction. Sometimes, when a group of parameters is selected, the main panel is replaced in the same way with a “nested” one.

If you exclude special effects, then a uniform placement of settings in a standard place within the application window seems to be the right decision. However, as you can see, the creative search continues at Microsoft. In addition to the Xbox, the current build also has a new type of applications.

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Hidden features of Windows 10 1803 April Update

Many have already written about the new features of Windows 10 1803 update. And most users already know about the ability to view diagnostic data and about the timeline, but some of the possibilities have remained behind the scenes in most publications. It is about them – further.

  1. Run as administrator in the Run window. By pressing the Win + R keys and entering any command or path to the program there, you run it as an ordinary user. However, now it is possible to run as administrator: just hold down the Ctrl + Shift keys while clicking “OK” in the “Run” window.
  2. Limiting Internet bandwidth for downloading updates. Go to Settings – Update & Security – Advanced Options – Delivery Optimization – Advanced Options. In this section, you can limit the bandwidth for downloading updates in the background, in the foreground, and for “distributing” updates to other computers.
  3. Limiting traffic for Internet connections. Go to Settings – Network & Internet – Data Usage. Select a connection and click the “Set limit” button.
  4. Shows data usage by the connection. If you right-click on “Data Usage” in the “Network & Internet” section and then select “Pin to Start”, a tile will appear in the Start menu, showing the traffic usage by various connections.

Next – about the various secrets of Windows 10 of previous versions (many of which work in the latest update) that you might not know about.

Protection against ransomware viruses (Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update and newer)

The latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduced a new feature – Controlled Access to Folders, designed to protect against unauthorized changes to the contents of these folders by ransomware and other malware. In the April Update, the feature was renamed to Anti-Ransomware.

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Hidden Explorer (Windows 10 1703 Creators Update)

In Windows 10, version 1703, an explorer with a new interface is present in the C: \ Windows \ SystemApps \ Microsoft.Windows.FileExplorer_cw5n1h2txyewy folder. However, if you run explorer.exe in that folder, nothing happens.

To launch a new explorer, you can press Win + R keys and enter the following command

explorer shell: AppsFolder \ c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy! App

The second way to launch is to create a shortcut and specify

explorer.exe “shell: AppsFolder \ c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy! App”

The new explorer window looks like very nice.

It is much less functional than the usual Windows 10 update Explorer, however, I admit that it may be convenient for tablet owners and in the future this function will no longer be “secret”.

Several partitions on a USB flash drive

Starting with Windows 10 update 1703, the system supports full (almost) work with removable USB drives that have several partitions (previously, for flash drives, defined as “removable storage” containing several partitions, only the first of them was visible).

Automatic clean install of Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 have offered options from the start to automatically reinstall the system (reset) from a recovery image. However, if you use this method on a computer or laptop with Windows 10 preinstalled by the manufacturer, then after the reset, all programs preinstalled by the manufacturer (often unnecessary) are returned.

Windows 10 version 1703 introduces a new automatic clean install feature that, in the same scenario (or, for example, if you use this option right after purchasing a laptop), will completely reinstall the OS, but the manufacturer’s utilities will disappear.

Windows 10 game mode

Another innovation in the Windows 10 Creators Update is Game Mode (or Game Mode, as specified in the options), designed to unload unused processes and thereby increase FPS and generally improve game performance.

To use Windows 10 Gaming Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Options – Games and in the “Game Mode” section enable the “Use Game Mode” item.
  2. Then, start the game for which you want to enable game mode, then press the Win + G keys (Win is the key with the OS logo) and select the settings button on the game panel that opens.
  3. Check the box next to “Use Game Mode for this game.”

Reviews about the game mode are ambiguous – some tests suggest that it can really add a few FPS, in some the effect is not noticeable or even the opposite of what was expected. But it’s worth a try.

Update (August 2016) : Windows 10 update 1607 includes the following subtle features

Shortcuts on the left side of the Start menu

In the updated version of Windows 10 1607 Anniversary Update, you may have noticed shortcuts located on the left side of the Start menu, as in the screenshot.

If you wish, you can add additional shortcuts from those presented in the “Settings” section (keys Win + I) – “Personalization” – “Start” – “Select which folders will be displayed in the Start menu.”

There is one “secret” (works only in version 1607), which allows you to change the system shortcuts to your own (does not work in newer OS versions). To do this, go to the C: \ ProgramData \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu Places folder. In it, you will find the very shortcuts that are enabled and disabled in the above settings section.

Going into the properties of the shortcut, you can change the “Object” field so that it launches what you need. And by renaming the shortcut and restarting the explorer (or computer), you will see that the signature for the shortcut has also changed. Unfortunately, you cannot change the icons.

Console login

Another interesting thing is that logging into Windows 10 update is not through the graphical interface, but through the command line. The benefits are dubious, but for some it may be interesting.

To enable console login, start the registry editor (Win + R, enter regedit) and navigate to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Authentication \ LogonUI \ TestHooks and create (by right-clicking on the right side of the registry editor) the parameter DWORD named ConsoleMode, then set it to 1.

On the next reboot, you will be logged into Windows 10 using a command prompt dialog.

Windows 10 secret dark theme

Update: Starting with Windows 10 version 1607, the dark theme is not hidden. Now it can be found in Settings – Personalization – Colors – Select the application mode (light and dark).

You won’t be able to notice this feature on your own, but Windows 10 has a hidden dark theme that is applied to apps from the store, settings windows and some other system elements.

You can activate the “secret” theme through the registry editor. To launch it, press the Win + R keys (where Win is the OS logo key) on your keyboard, and then type regedit in the Run box (or you can just type regedit in the Windows 10 search box).

In Registry Editor navigate to (Left Folders) HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Themes \ Personalize \

After that, right-click on the right side of the Registry Editor and select New – 32-bit DWORD Value and name it AppsUseLightTheme. By default, its value will be 0 (zero), and leave this value. Close Registry Editor and log out, then log back in (or restart your computer) – Windows 10 dark theme will be activated.

By the way, in the Microsoft Edge browser, you can also enable the dark theme through the options button in the upper right corner (the first item of settings).

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How to Disable Windows 10 Message centre | How to turn off the service

Message Center: What it is, how to turn off the service

Read instructions on how to turn off messaging in Windows 10, remove the notification center icon from the notification area, or configure the messaging operating system. Windows 10 has a built-in feature for displaying messages from installed applications and system components.

Messages are displayed on the computer desktop by clicking on the message centre icon located in the notification area at the bottom right of the desktop. Messages are displayed on the operating system through the Windows 10 Message Center.

Windows Message Centre displays messages and actions from installed programs, applications, and Windows components from the operating system. Any important message coming from the app or system displayed in the notification center reminds the user of the need to perform a certain action, or displays information about the operation performed.

For example, when the operating system downloads Windows Update in the background (for information on how to disable Windows 10 updates, read on), a notification message will appear in the notification center and a suggestion to restart the computer to use the update in the operating system.

The antivirus operation clicked on the dangerous link, information about it will appear in the notification center.

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The program has performed some operation, the message centre will be added to the message. Not all programs communicate with the messaging centre, from there you can remove signals from unnecessary programs and perform so-called. Configure “Quick Actions”.

I think receiving messages is a useful feature of Windows, but some users are annoyed by receiving such messages. Therefore, I will talk about how I configure to receive messages and how to disable the message center in the operating system.

Configure Windows Message Center

It is better to configure receiving notifications than to completely disable the notification center in Windows 10.

To open and configure message centre settings in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the “Start” menu, click “Settings”.
  2. In the Settings window, select the System section.
  3. In the list of options, click the “Messages and Actions” button.

Select the desired settings.

Here you can arrange banners for quick action, which are displayed at the bottom of the sidebar of the message center opening. Quick Actions helps the user to quickly get certain system settings.

If necessary, change the banners for specific quick actions, using the left mouse button to click on their place.

In the “Messages” section you can configure more details about receiving messages in the operating system.

If necessary, turn off unnecessary settings:

  • Receive messages from applications and other sender.
  • Display messages on the lock screen.
  • Display reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the screen.
  • Hide messages while duplicating my screen.
  • Display the Windows Welcome screen after updates and occasional logins to be notified of new features and offers.
  • Get tips, tricks, and tricks when using Windows.

In the “Receive messages from these senders” section, users can flexibly configure receiving messages from specific applications.

To turn off notifications, switch to the “Off” position opposite the desired program.

In order to receive messages from certain programs on the contrary, the switch must be in the “enabled” state.

To complete a specific program, left-click on it, then open a window to change the required settings.

How to Disable Windows 10 Message Center

You can disable receiving messages from the Windows Messaging Centre directly from the notification area on your desktop. To do this, right-click on the message center icon located in the system tray.

Choose the option you want or several options:

  1. Turn on do not disturb.
  2. Do not show application icons.
  3. Do not show the number of new messages.

How to Remove Windows 10 Message Center from Message Zone

You can simply remove the message centre icon from the notification area by changing the operating system settings. There will be no icon – messages from the notification center will not be displayed.

  1. Go to the Start menu, then to Settings.
  2. In the “Windows Settings” window, open the “Personalization” section.
  3. Click the “Work Card” section.
  4. In the “Message area” setting, select “Enable or disable system icons.”
  5. In the on / off system icons, drag the switch to off, opposite the message center.

After that, the Windows Message Centre icon will disappear from the notification area.

To enable the display of the Windows 10 Message Center icon in the notification area, perform a similar operation, at the end of which, drag the switch to the “On” position.

How to Disable Windows 10 Message Center Command Line Online Forever

Using the command line, the user can disable messages in the operating system and delete the Windows 10 Message Centre icon.

Follow these sequential steps:

  1. Press “Win” + “R”.
  2. In the “Run” window, enter the phrase: “regedit” (without citation) in the “Open” field, then click “OK”. After that, the Registry Editor window will open.
  3. Navigate to the Registry Editor window:

There may not be an Explorer section in this registry branch. So create this section. To do this, right-click in the Registry Editor window. In the context menu, select “Create” \ u003d \ u003e “Section”. Name the Explorer section (without quotes). \ U003e

  1. In the “Explorer” section, click the empty space button and select “Create” \ u003d \ u003e “DWORD setting (32-bit)”.
  2. Name the parameter “DisableNotificationCenter” (without quotes).
  3. Right-click on the “DisableNotificationCenter” option, select “Change …” in the context menu.
  4. In the “Change DWORD (32-bit)” window, enter “1” (without quotes) in the “Value” field, and then click “OK”.
  5. Restart the computer.

After that, the message center icon will disappear from the notification area.

How to enable Message Center in Windows 10, Registry Editor

To enable Windows Message Centre in Registry Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Enter Registry Editor, follow the path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \\ Program \\ Policy \\ Microsoft \\ Windows \\ Explorer

  1. Click the “DisableNotificationCenter” option and select “Change …” in the context menu.
  2. In the “Change DWORD (32-bit)” window, enter “0” (without quotes) in the “Value” field, and then click “OK”.
  3. Restart the computer.

Windows 10 Message Centre will still appear in the notification area.

Disable the notification center in the local group policy editor

Note that only older versions of the operating system in Windows 10 have access to the local group policy editor: Professional (Pro) and Corporate (Enterprise). Therefore, users of younger versions of the operating system will have to use command line or OS settings to turn off the signals.

To turn off Windows 10 Message Center in the Local Group Policy Editor, do the following:

  1. Press the arrow keys “Win” + “R”.
  2. In the “Run” window, enter the phrase: “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) in the “Open” field, then click “OK”.
  3. In “Local Computer Policy”, enter the section “User Configuration”, then “Administrative Templates”.
  4. Double-click the left mouse button to “Start menu” and “Message area”.
  5. Find the “Delete Messages and Messages Icon” item by double-clicking on it with the left mouse button.
  6. In the “Delete messages and message centre icon” window, activate the “On” value and then click “OK”.
  7. Restart the computer.

The Windows 10 Message Centre icon will disappear from the notification area.

If you need to re-enable the message centre icon screen in the notification area, do the same in the Local Group Policy Editor window. Select the value “Not specified”, click “OK”, restart the computer.


Change folder icon in windows 10 for Cool Appearance

In the Windows 10 operating system, the icons of almost all folders are the same, and you can partially change their appearance only by changing the themes. In general, this is enough for most users, but there are those who prefer to customize the system interface in more detail, including changing the icons of certain (or all) directories. Let’s see how this can be done in the top ten. First you need to find and download the desired icon (set of icons), which we want to replace the standard one (file format – “ico”). For example, search engines on the Internet can help us with this.

windows 10 new icons

After we have found what we were looking for, we do the following:

  1. Right-click on the folder whose icon we want to change. In the context menu that opens, select the “Properties” item. Go to folder properties in Windows ten
  2. In the properties that appear, go to the “Settings” tab, where we click on the “Change icon” button. Change folder icon in Windows Ten
  3. We can select an icon from the proposed library (SHELL32.dll) or by clicking the “Browse” button, go to the selection of the previously downloaded icon. In our case, we choose the last option. Selecting an icon for a folder in Windows Ten
  4. A window will open in which you need to go to the folder in which the desired icon is stored. After selecting it, click “Open”. Selecting an icon for a folder in Windows Ten
  5. You will be returned to the previous window, where we confirm the selection by pressing the OK button. Confirming folder icon change in Windows Ten
  6. And again click OK to exit the folder properties and save the changes. Confirming changes made to folder properties in Windows Ten
  7. The folder icon should change to the selected one. In some cases, you may need to press the F5 key to refresh the state of Explorer. Folder with changed icon in Windows 10

Note: To restore the default icon, in the selection window, click on the “Restore default values” button.

Restore default value when changing folder icon in Windows ten

In addition to downloading ready-made icons, users have the ability to create their own, for example, through the IcoFX app. Read more about this in the 4th section of our article – “How to change icons on the Windows Ten desktop”.

Change the icons of all folders

The easiest and safest way is to make changes through the Registry Editor. You can also edit the resources of the SHELL32.dll system library, however, this is a more complicated and risky method, so we will not consider it.

Note: before making any changes to the system registry, we recommend that you create a restore point to which you can roll back the system in case of possible problems.

So, the algorithm of actions is as follows:

Press the key combination Win + R. In the “Run” window that opens, type the command “regedit” and press Enter (or OK).Launching Registry Editor through the Run window in Windows 10

In the Editor window, follow the path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ExplorerExplorer folder in

Windows Ten Registry Editor

Open the contents of the “Explorer” folder and select the “Shell Icons” section. If there is no such section, right-click on the “Explorer” folder, in the menu that opens, select the “New” – “Section” command.

Creating a new key in Windows Ten Registry Editor

Give the desired name to the new section (“Shell Icons”) and click Enter. Creating a new key in

Registry Editor

In the same way, create a string parameter named “4”. New string options in Windows Ten Registry Editor

Double-click to open the properties of both parameters in turn, specify the path to our icon as values, and then click OK. Adjusting the value of a string parameter in the Windows 10 Registry Editor The location of the file can be found in its properties, which are opened via the context menu.

File location in Windows 10

As a result, the content of the section looks as follows. String parameters in Windows Ten Registry Editor

Launch the Task Manager. This can be done, for example, through the Search line. Launching Task Manager via the Search bar in Windows Ten

Right-click on the “Explorer” line and select the “Restart” command in the menu that opens. Restarting File Explorer in Windows 10 Task Manager

Note: With the selected icon, the catalogues will be shown only if they are displayed as small icons, a list or a table.

  • Changed folder icons in Windows Ten Explorer
  • In other cases – only if the folder is empty.
  • Tile view mode in Windows Ten Explorer
  • To fix this, in any open folder in Explorer, go to the “View” tab, where we click on the “Options” button.

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Go to folder options in Windows Ten

In the window that opens, switch to the “View” tab, in the additional parameters of files and folders, put a check mark next to the item “Always display icons, not thumbnails. ” When ready, click OK.

Enabling folder icons to always appear instead of thumbnails in Windows 10. Now all folders, regardless of which display option is selected, will be shown with the icon that we have chosen. Tile view mode in Windows 10 Explorer

Set the main catalogue picture

In accordance with the standard settings, Explorer in the display modes “content”, “tile”, “regular / large / huge icons” shows in the folder icon up to the first 4 pictures that are in it.

Display Mode Large Icons in Windows ten Explorer

But we can manually select the desired image:

  1. Create or download a picture, then go to the folder in which it is located. Switch to the “View” tab, in which we enable the display of file extensions. Enabling file extension display in Windows ten
  2. Right-click on the image file, in the menu that opens, select the “Rename” command (or by selecting the file, just press the F2 key ). Renaming a file via the context menu in Windows Ten
  3. Change the name and extension to “Folder.gif”, press Enter, and then confirm the change by pressing the “Yes” button. Confirming extension change when renaming a file in Windows 10
  4. Copy / move the file to the folder for which we want to set this image as a preview. Moving a file from one folder to another in Windows 10
  5. Now we see exactly our picture as a preview of the contents of the folder. Folder with content display in Windows 10

Alternative method

  • Go to the folder properties via the context menu. Go to folder properties in Windows 10
  • In the “Settings” tab, click the “Select file” button. Selecting a file as a folder image in Windows Ten
  • In the window that opens, specify the path to our image and click “Open”. Selecting a file as a folder image in Windows ten
  • We save the changes by clicking OK. Confirming changes to folder properties in Windows Ten.


Thus, users of the “dozens” have the opportunity to change the icon for a specific or for all folders using standard operating system tools, as well as select an image that will be shown as a preview of the content in certain display modes.

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What services to disable in Windows 10 to utilize less resources

The question of disabling Windows 10 services and for which of them you can safely change the startup type are usually interested in in order to improve system performance. While this may indeed slightly speed up the performance of your computer or laptop, I do not recommend disabling services for those users who do not know how to independently solve the problems that could theoretically arise after this. Actually, I generally don’t recommend disabling Windows 10 system services.

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Below is a list of services that can be disabled in Windows 10, information on how to do this, as well as some explanations for individual items. Again, do this only if you know what you are doing. If in this way you just want to remove the “brakes” that are already in the system, then disabling services most likely will not work, it is better to pay attention to what is described in the instructions How to speed up Windows 10 , as well as to install the official drivers for your hardware. The first two sections of the guide describe how to manually disable Windows 10 services, and also contain a list of those that are safe to disable in most cases. The third section is about a free program that can automatically disable “unnecessary” services, and also return all settings to their default values if something goes wrong. And at the end of the video there is an instruction, which shows everything described above.

How to disable services in Windows 10

Let’s start by looking at how services are disabled. This can be done in several ways, of which the recommended one is to enter “Services” by pressing Win + R on the keyboard and enter services.msc or through the item in the control panel “Administrative Tools” – “Services” (the second way is to enter msconfig on the “Services “). As a result, a window is launched with a list of Windows 10 services, their status and startup type. By double-clicking on any of them, you can stop or start the service, as well as change the startup type. Startup types are: Automatic (and deferred option) – starting the service when you log on to Windows 10, manually – starting the service at the moment when it was needed by the OS or some program, disabled – the service cannot be started.

In addition, I note that the service settings affect all Windows 10 users. The default settings themselves are located in the registry branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ services \ – you can pre-export this section using the registry editor to be able to quickly restore the values by default. Better yet, create a Windows 10 restore point first , in which case you can use it from Safe Mode.
And one more note: you can not only disable some of the services, but also remove them by removing the Windows 10 components you do not need. You can do this through the control panel (you can enter it through the right click on start) – programs and components – enable or disable Windows components.

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Windows 10 Services that can be disabled

Below is a list of Windows 10 services that you can disable No harm to Pc.
Also for individual services, I have provided additional notes that can help you decide whether to disable a particular service.

• Fax
• NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver Service (for NVidia graphics cards if you are not using 3D stereo images)
• Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service
• Working folders
• AllJoyn Router Service
• Application Identity
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service
• Bluetooth support service (if you are not using Bluetooth)
• Client License Service (Clip SVC, Windows 10 Store apps may not work properly after disconnection)
• Computer browser
• Dmwappush service
• Geographic location service
• Communications Service (Hyper-V). It only makes sense to disable Hyper-V services
• Guest Shutdown Service (Hyper-V)
• Heart Rate Service (Hyper-V)
• Hyper-V Virtual Machine Session Service
• Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service
• Communications Service (Hyper-V)
• Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service
• Sensor monitoring service
• Sensor data service
• Sensor service
• Connected user functionality and telemetry (This is one of the items to turn off Windows 10 tracking )
• Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Provided that you are not using Internet sharing features such as sharing Wi-Fi from a laptop .
• Xbox Live Networking Service
• Superfetch (assuming you are using an SSD)
• Print Manager (unless you’re using print features, including Windows 10 built-in PDF printing)
• Windows biometric service
• Remote registry
• Secondary login (assuming you are not using it)

If you are not a stranger to English, then perhaps the most complete information about Windows 10 services in different editions, their default startup parameters and safe values.

Windows 10 Easy Service Optimizer shutdown software

And now about the free program for optimizing the start-up parameters of Windows 10 services – Easy Service Optimizer, which allows you to easily disable unused OS services according to three pre-installed scenarios: Safe, Optimal and Extreme. Attention: I highly recommend creating a restore point before using the program.

I can’t vouch, but perhaps using such a program for a novice user will be a safer option than manually disabling services (or even better for a beginner not to touch anything in the service settings), since it makes returning to the original settings easier.

The Easy Service Optimizer interface is in Russian (if it has not turned on automatically, go to Options – Languages) and the program does not require installation. After starting, you will see a list of services, their current state and startup parameters.

At the bottom there are four buttons that allow you to enable the default state of services, a safe option for disabling services, optimal and extreme. The planned changes are immediately displayed in the window, and by clicking the upper left icon (or by choosing “File” – “Apply settings” in the menu), the parameters are applied.

By double-clicking on any of the services, you can see its name, startup type and safe startup values that will be applied by the program when choosing its various settings. Among other things, through the context menu by right-clicking on any service, you can delete it (I do not recommend it).