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Microsoft Edge is somehow the default application for opening PDF files in Windows 10 regardless if you install Adobe Reader or not. If you would like to set Windows 10 to open PDF files in Adobe Reader instead then make sure you have Adobe Reader installed ( you can get it from this link if you don’t have it yet) and then Right-click a PDF file saved in your computer and go to Properties  and then on the Open with option click on Change: Then choose Adobe Reader from the list option: Then click on Apply then OK. That should make all your PDF files on your computer open with Adobe Reader   If that doesn’t make all your PDF files open with Adobe Reader by default, then try this. Click on your Start Menu and then go to Settings…

If the menu font size appear too small in Windows 10 for you, here is a quick way to change it. Up until now I’ve been just customizing the display for people that have asked me how to resize the fonts on their computer because the text appears too small: But doing that will also decrease the solution on your screen. to increase the size of the font on menus without changing the resolution on your screen, right-click an empty space on your desktop, and go to Display Settings: Then click on Advance display settings: Then click on Advanced sizing of text and other items: Then under the Change only the text size option, choose Menus from the drop-down list: Choose the font size you want, you can also bold the text on menus if you  need better visibility. Click…

If you need to set a custom interactive log on message for your users using Windows 10 computers for legal or any other purposes there are a couple of ways you can accomplish that. If you only have a few computers in your network you can set the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console, but if you have a large network of computers then doing it through a Group Policy makes more sense. In this tutorial I will show you how you can do both. Using the Local Security Policy To setup the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console go to Control Panel > System  > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy  > Local Policies > Security Options there are two policies you need to change. The first one is the…

As you probably already know, you can enable Bash on Windows 10 by installing the Windows subsystem for Linux using the remove/add features in control panel. That will install a trimmed down version of Ubuntu, but if you just want SSH on your computer without loading a bunch of unnecessary stuff, there is an easier and lighter way of doing that using the OpenSSH client for Windows. Head over to this website and download the latest version of OpenSSH. At the time of this writing the latest version is 7-3-p1-2. Once you have downloaded the package, execute it. Click Next and accept the agreement on the following screen. Uncheck “Server” from the component list on the next screen: Choose the path where you want to install it: Click Next and Next on the following screen, and then Finish. Open the…

Even though Microsoft released Windows 10 more than a year ago to the general public, its adoption rate has been very low especially at the workplace. Based on the latest trend reports Windows 7 is the most popular Windows operating system still. Sooner or later people will have to make the jump to windows 10 though, vendors are not selling computers with Windows 7 preinstalled anymore, so any new Windows computer in the market today has Windows 10 preinstalled and I’m sure corporations are gearing up to roll out Windows 10 to their computer networks if they haven’t already. If you are reading this page because you are just getting started with Windows 10, then you are in the right place. So far I’ve done hundred’s of Windows 10 upgrades and fresh installs at my work, so this is what…

The other day someone was trying to send a PowerPoint presentation over email but our mail server has a send limit of 10mb and the file was bigger than that so obviously our mail server was kicking back her email. She asked me if I knew how to trim down the file size so she could email the thing. Here is how you shrink a PowerPoint presentation almost by half. I believe this works in all PowerPoint versions including Macs. Most likely the size of your presentation is being caused by the images you have inserted, so open the presentation then double-click an image ( any image ) until the “Format” option is selected, then click on “Compress Pictures” and make sure all the options are checked: Automatically perform basic compression on save Delete cropped areas of pictures E-mail (96…

There are many exciting new features in Windows 2016 but one particular feature I want to write about today is Production Checkpoints . I believe Checkpoints or snapshots as they were originally called were introduced in Windows Server 2008 and they are very convenient if you are working in a nonproduction environment or with none transactional servers like SQL or Exchange.  In production environments though, I always have taken Checkpoints in Hyper-V with a grain of salt because of the mess they create with the storage disks, the performance degradation they cause, and other phantom issues that mysteriously come after. Microsoft introduced a new production ready Checkpoints feature in Windows 2016 which basically will get rid of all the Hyper-V checkpoints woes we have had in the past. Based on Microsoft, Production Checkpoints are based on backup technologies inside the…

Most Popular Linux distributions are supported in Hyper-V 2016. Below is the list of all the Linux distributions officially supported by Microsoft in Hyper-V in Server 2016. Red Hat SUSE OpenSUSE CentOS Ubuntu Debian Oracle Linux All features available for Windows guest OSs are available for Linux as well. Features like adding and removing virtual NIC and resizing and and adding disk drives without rebooting, etc.

A few people using Windows 10 at the office complained that File Explorer was crashing when opening. I don’t know if this is a bug in file Explorer or it was something they installed that caused that behavior. If you are having that problem here is how I fixed it. Open Control Panel then under “view by” choose “large icons” Then click on “File Explorer Options” Then under the general tab option “Open File Explorer to”  choose “This PC” Click on Apply and then OK. trying opening File Explorer again and see if it crashes Restarting File Explorer If after doing the above, you still have the problem, try restarting File Explorer. Right-click the taskbar and then choose “Task Manager” Then under the Processes tab, select File Explorer and then choose Restart Conclusion I think this problem is caused by…

Just in case you need to find the product key of your currently installed Windows 10 OS there is a quick PowerShell command you can run to do that. Open PowerShell, and type this command: (Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey that should display the product key