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Alternative file managers for Windows, Linux, and Mac

The most popular file managers for Windows, Linux, and Mac

A central program on every operating system is the file manager. Whether on Windows, Linux, or macOS – in order to perform file and directory operations conveniently and efficiently, you should rely on a file manager that meets all your requirements. The pre-installed programs like Windows Explorer, Apple’s Finder, or Nautilus on Ubuntu, on the other hand, come with a greatly reduced range of...

Introduction to netstat

What is netstat?

Various computer networks are connected with one another via the internet. In order to build up such connections, both the sending as well as the receiving systems have to provide transfer interfaces, or ports. Netstat allows you to find out which ports are opened by your own system and which active connections exist — all of this helps reduce the risk of undesired access attempts.

Make a bootable USB drive

Make a bootable USB drive and save your computer

Optical installation media are yesterday’s news. A bootable USB drive is not only faster and more practical than a CD-ROM, it can also do a lot more: For example, create a portable operating system with which you can use Windows as well as Linux computers. The most important function, though, is the ability to boot and repair a PC following a serious system problem. To make such a bootable USB...

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...

Windows 10: defragmenting the hard disk

Defragmenting a hard disk in Windows 10: step by step

Defragmenting can speed up your hard disk and boost your computer’s performance – that used to be the case. Modern file systems and SSD data carriers make defragmentation almost superfluous and can even be more harmful than beneficial. Windows 10 takes care of this once time-consuming process automatically in the background, without users noticing any delay.

Resolving 0x80070bc2 Errors

0x80070bc2: How to Resolve the Windows Update Error

Microsoft regularly provides its users with the latest features and security improvements via the Update Centre. What’s more, the update packages also remove known errors and issues. But the update process doesn’t always go without a hitch: For instance, error 0x80070bc2 occurs when an update fails to install. We reveal how you can fix this problem.

Resolving 0x8024200d errors

0x8024200d: The Best Solutions to the Windows Update Error

Windows update errors can often be especially tricky. For instance, if the 0x8024200d error occurs while installing a new patch, even a restart won’t usually help. However, since continuous updates to Windows are vital for stability and security, you may have to fix this problem yourself if necessary.

Resetting Windows 10

Resetting Windows 10 – step-by-step instructions

If your system is causing you problems, it could make sense to reset Windows 10. As of Windows 7, it has been possible to reset or refresh a system without having to start from scratch – you can keep your files and documents despite resetting to Windows 10 factory settings. Luckily, you always have the option to reset your Microsoft operating system with or without losing your files. We reveal how...

Windows won’t boot

Windows 7, 8, 10 will no longer start – causes and solutions

Every Windows user knows: No matter which version you use, the popular Microsoft operating system has its bad days. Sometimes these are so serious that the worst possible outcome happens: Windows won't boot anymore. You might think there’s nothing you can do, but don't panic: Boot problems and bluescreens can be solved quickly in most cases.

Deleting Windows.old

Windows.old: explanation and instructions for deleting the folder

Windows offers a variety of features to ensure that the system functions over the long term. For example, the operating system generates a backup folder called Windows.old during new installations, upgrades or major updates which can be used to restore the system to its previous state. In our article, you will learn about the circumstances in which you can remove Windows.old and how to do so.


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