"Reformat and Reinstall" is one of the best ways to resolve a plethora of problems with Windows. Unfortunately it comes at a high cost: it erases everything including installed programs, settings, and your data. Sometimes it's worth it, but it still hurts.
This week's featured article -- Five Steps to Repair Windows 10 Without Losing Programs lists a variety of steps you can try first, from simply running a cleanup & checking utility all the way to an almost but not quite complete reinstall.
If you're fighting with Windows and contemplating a reformat and reinstall, it'll give you a few things to try first.
Other articles this week
Gray text is the bane of many an online reader, but when that "grayness" makes its way to paper, things can get even worse. How Do I Print an Email in Black Instead of Gray in Outlook.com? addresses one scenario.
The answer is "yes", but what does that really mean if you're trying to protect your online activity? Can My ISP See I'm Using a VPN or a Proxy? covers the scenario, and clarifies some important terminology.
Perhaps surprising to many people, the answer is also "yes", but what do you do about it? Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In? looks at the issue.
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Five Steps to Repair Windows 10 Without Losing Programs
The big gun to repairing a Windows 10 installation is to reformat and reinstall. The problem, of course, is that doing so erases everything on your hard drive, forcing you to reinstall your applications and restore your data from backups.
If your copy of Windows is acting up in some fashion, there are a number of things worth trying before resorting to that extreme measure.
Continue Reading: Five Steps to Repair Windows 10 Without Losing Programs
This Week's Articles
How Do I Print an Email in Black Instead of Gray in Outlook.com?
The short answer is, you may not be able to.
In fact, the problem is much worse than you think.
Continue Reading: How Do I Print an Email in Black Instead of Gray in Outlook.com?
Can My ISP See I'm Using a VPN or a Proxy?
This is an interesting question, particularly when it comes to understanding “IP-changing” services.
First, I need to clear up some terminology to be sure we're talking about the same thing.
Continue Reading: Can My ISP See I'm Using a VPN or a Proxy?
Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?
The short answer is yes, absolutely. I think you're right to be concerned.
I also think there's an important lesson here for everyone.
Continue Reading: Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?
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