Screen brightness settings in Windows

Adjusting the screen brightness in Windows

While you’re working on your computer, the background lighting in your environment will vary. To protect your eyes and prevent headaches, you should adapt the screen brightness to these changing conditions. The brightness settings on laptops are different from those on a PC with a separate monitor, but don’t worry – we’re here to take you through the various options step by step.

Retrieve Windows 10 product key

Retrieve your Windows 10 product key: when is it necessary and how does it work

If you’re planning to update your computer or reinstall Windows 10, you need to retrieve your Windows 10 key – also referred to as a product licencing key. In 2016, Microsoft changed the way it licences products and issued digital licences for codes to be automatically transferred during a reinstallation. But there are some situations when it may be necessary to find your Windows key and enter it...

Mac folder password

Password protecting a Mac folder – here’s how

Protect sensitive or private data from prying eyes by finding out how to lock folders on your Mac. Simply put, you just have to collect all your important files into a single folder, create an image file, and protect the folder with a password. To learn exactly how to password protect a folder on your Mac, however, see the step-by-step instructions below.

Fixing error 0x800f081f

0x800f081f: Strategies for fixing this Windows update error

The purpose of a Windows update is to implement new features and fix existing issues, but the update process itself can often become a potential source of errors. In such cases, the system may respond with an error code like 0x800f081f, for example. More often than not, the error occurs because an essential update file is missing. We’ll show you the best strategies for troubleshooting this...

Fixing error 0x800f0954

0x800f0954: How to fix this Windows error

Error 0x800f0954 occurs when you install the .NET Framework or its individual components. In most cases, the accompanying error message looks like this: “The following feature couldn’t be installed: .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 und 3.0).” One way to resolve the error is to reinstall the framework from the original Windows installation media.

How to back up Windows 7 computers

Data backups on Windows 7

What happens when all your data is suddenly lost? By regularly creating backups, you won’t have to worry about that. But many users underestimate the importance of this. At the same time, backups on Windows are straightforward. It’s also easy to create backups on Windows 7. You only need to change a few settings.

Task Manager Mac

How to open the Task Manager on Mac and monitor load

As in Windows, there is a shortcut that opens the Apple Task Manager. However, unlike the Windows version, the Mac Task Manager only lets you close programs. It doesn’t show you CPU load or energy usage. If you want to check these stats, you need to access the Mac Activity Monitor instead.

How to open task manager

How to open Task Manager in Windows

Using several programs at the same time has a noticeable impact on your computer’s performance. Many invisible processes run in the background that you may not know of. The Windows Task Manager provides an overview of all active applications and the option to end them. We show you the different options for opening the Task Manager.

Shutdown Commands via CMD

Shutdown via CMD: An overview of windows shutdown commands

In Windows, you can adapt frequently required shutdown routines to your individual needs in many different ways. For this, Windows provides an appropriate tool in the command line, which is also referred to as the prompt – CMD or cmd.exe. We introduce shutdowns via CMD, which can handle efficient, simple, but also more complex shutdown routines.

Windows SMB

Enable and disable SMB1 in Windows 10: A step-by-step guide

Various network features like data sharing are regulated by the SMB protocol in Windows. For maximum compatibility, Windows 10 still supports communication via the first version of this protocol – known as SMBv1, SMB 1.0 or CIFS. Since using this protocol is inadvisable for security reasons, this article explains how to disable SMB1 in Windows 10.


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