How to disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10 and 7

Automatic maintenance is a number of measures designed to maintain your system in good working condition: diagnose problems, install updates, defragment hard drives, run anti-malware scans, etc, at specified time if you are not using your PC. Otherwise maintenance operations should be rescheduled to another time. In most cases automatic maintenance is really helpful because it keeps your Windows and apps up-to-date and protects against malware. But in some situations you might want to turn it off because it does something wrong. Here is how to disable automatic maintenance in Windows 10 and Windows 7.  Continue reading

Desktop Icons Disappeared on Windows 10. How to restore them?

Desktop icons use to disappear rather often without any reason. You work on your machine and in a moment you discover that all desktop icons are gone and all you can see is your wallpaper on bare desktop. This used to happen on Windows 7 and unfortunately this still happens on Windows 10 as well. Many users have been plagued by this recurring problem for months since switching to Windows 10. By the way, very often desktop icons disappear when a second display is used because of a rare glitch. So, let’s find out how to fix the problem and restore desktop icons on your screen.  Continue reading

System and Compressed Memory Process Causes High Disk and CPU Usage in Windows 10

“System and compressed memory 100% disk usage! Is this normal?” – often ask users on IT forums. Today we are going to discuss the issue and mention all possible solutions on how to stop System and compressed memory cause high disk and CPU usage in Windows 10. Please, note that there is no universal solution or fix. Different solution can work in your case. So you should try each one to fix the issue.  Continue reading

How to Fix Bad Sectors Using HDAT2 Utility on Bootable USB Flash | HDAT2 Tutorial

Bad sector is a sector on your hard drive that cannot be used for storing and reading data. A sector is marked as bad when it provides too slow reading speed or cannot be read at all. We recommend to check HDD for bad sectors presence once a year. If you store some extremely important data on the drive – check it even more frequently.  If you detected a bad sector don’t hurry to throw your HDD away. In many cases it can be fixed and you can use your disk storage again.

HDAT2 is a great utility designed to detect and repair bad and unstable sectors. It can be run from CD/DVD or USB disk. Here is our ultimate step-by-step guide on:

  • how to create a bootable USB flash disk with HDAT2 utility;
  • how to check your hard drive for software and hardware bad sectors;
  • how to fix bad sectors on your HDD;
  • how to upgrade HDAT2 version on your USB stick.

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“The User Name or Password is incorrect. Try again” in Windows 10. How to fix

The User Name or Password is incorrect. Try again

Today we will talk about the error The User Name or Password is incorrect. Try again that happens quite often on Windows 10 at logon. The second confusing thing is when you click OK you see two identical user accounts (yes, with exact same names) on the welcome screen and you don’t know which one you need to select. So here is about the known reason of the problem and how to fix the error “The User Name or Password is incorrect. Try again”.  Continue reading

How to Align a Partition Without Formating and Losing Data in Windows 10, 8 or 7

alignment of the system drive

In you used Windows 7, 8 or 10 to partition your hard drive, your partitions are likely to be already aligned. But this article will be useful for you if you edited partitions in Windows XP or cloned partitions using various third-party software. Here is how to check the alignment of HDD or SSD and align a partition using free utility without formatting and risk of data loss. Continue reading