How to disable the “Get Windows 10” icon in the notification area?

The “Get Windows 10” icon in the tray has been installed as part of the KB3035583 Windows update.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3035583

To remove that icon permanently uninstall this update in the windows software center. The Windows update function might offer this update again in future, so don't forget to hide it in Windows update so that it does not come back.

If you still see the icon after uninstalling and a reboot, then check if there are still files of the update in C:\Windows\System32\GWX. If that's the case, delete this directory.

How to visualize file system usage on Windows

You like to get a clear view of your filesystem to find the files and folders that take up all the space on the hard drive? Then WinDirStat is the right tool for you, it is a free (OpenSource) program that has been originally developed under the name KDirStat for the Linux KDE Desktop.
Continue reading How to visualize file system usage on Windows

Enable virtualization on Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3 motherboard BIOS

To enable virtualization on a machine with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard run the BIOS by hitting Del while booting the computer.

Once inside click on the BIOS Features tab and look for the Intel Virtualization Technology entry. If it's set on Disabled, set it on Enabled. Afterwards save the changes made to your settings and quit the BIOS using the last tab from the main tab-line.

Virtualbox: VT-X is not available

In some cases when you try to get a virtual machine running with Virtualbox or similar virtualization software you will get an error stating that 'VT-X is not available'. This relates to BIOS settings which, depending on your processor, determine whether your computer is able to virtualize stuff. These settings are not set automatically however, so it's worth a look into your BIOS whether you can actually change the setting and if your processor allows it.

The keyword to look for in the settings is 'Virtualization', it's probably placed in some advanced tab if there are some of those in your BIOS.

To see how it's done with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard by Gigabyte see this post: Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3

Use the SkyDrive desktop app to access your SkyDrive from Win 7, 8 and Mac OS X

While SkyDrive needed complex folder mapping to be accessed from your computer's file system in the past it is now possible to download a desktop app from the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download

Scroll down and click the Download the desktop app button to start downlowding. Install it afterwards by double-clicking the executable:

skydrive1After the installation your SkyDrive folder will be placed in your User's folder by default:

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How to change Windows 7’s default fonts

Windows 7 has hidden away some features and options pretty neatly but nonetheless they still exist. Such as the option to change the system fonts. To get there try searching for Change window colors and metrics in the Start menu (metrics is also sufficient).

Hit enter if you have found it and you will be guided right to the fonts window where you can change the font and size of all the Windows fonts. And since we all love Comic Sans, why not use that on every option?

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How to disable network file-sharing on Windows

By default Windows computers participate in file-sharing of local networks - it recognizes other devices in that network such as other computers and printers and shares all data in the folders set to do so.

If you want to turn this feature off at all or partly you can do so through the Control Panel. Open it from the Start menu and head to Control Panel > Network and InternetNetwork and Sharing CenterChange advanced sharing settings.

Here you find two drop-down-menus where you can decide over public- as well as home-network specifics:

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Save changes afterwards!

Reveal hidden files and folders in Windows

Windows hides certain files and folders by default to prevent the unexperienced users from messing with them.  In some situations however it is necessary to view them, e.g. to backup some data from the hidden App Data folder.

So to make hidden files visible, open the Control Center and head to Appearance and PersonalizationFolder Options. Open the View tab and under Advanced Settings check the Show hidden files, folders and drives checkbox. Confirm with Apply or OK and every hidden file and folder will be visible as transparent item in the explorer from now on.

View a list of all shared folders on Windows

With preferences you make concerning single files and folders it's easy to lose track of which files you have currently set as whatever you needed them to be. This is especially important for shared files and folders since you don't always want them to be shared with everyone.

Good thing there is a list with all shared files hidden on your system - to get to it search for Computer Management in the Start menu.

On the left pane of the CM window, browse for Computer Management (Local)System ToolsShared FoldersShared:

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You'll get a list of items here that are shared by your computer with path and description given.