Check if October 2018 Update is Installed on a Windows 10 PC

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October 2018 update, as every update of such kind, brings some new features to Windows 10 – the constantly developing operating system. It started to roll out on the 3rd of October 2018. Users report that the update process goes quickly and in most cases flawlessly so you can even not notice the update installation. Here is how you can check whether or not your Windows 10 already got the October 2018 Update.  Continue reading

How to Prevent Windows 10 from Deleting the Image Thumbnails Cache

Windows 10 explorer loading thumbnails each time you open the folder

Each time you open the same folder with pictures Windows 10 starts re-creating thumbnails from a scratch. It’s not actually a problem if there is five images in the folder. But if you browse through a huge archive containing tons of pictures in good quality you will waste a lot of time waiting until the thumbnails are ready and your hard drive finally stops making noise.  Continue reading

How to Assign Static IP Address to Windows 10 PC

Nowadays the majority of computers are connected to the Internet. Usually PCs connect to wireless router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and router serves to supply the Internet. In most cases computers are configured to obtain an IP-address automatically because every router has a built-in DHCP server that serves to assign local IP to every device on the local area network (LAN).

But in some cases you might need to assign an IP-address manually. In this case it is also called a static IP-address. The simplest example when you may need to do it – while you are configuring your router or access point itself. And here is how.

We will show the process on Windows 10 version 1803. Be advised that Windows 10 is a constantly changing system. As the time goes on the configuration settings and applets are being migrated from the deprecated Control Panel to the modern Settings app. That’s why the old manually may not work for a newer version of Windows 10 OS.  Continue reading

WiFi Keeps Disconnecting and Reconnecting. How to Fix

Connecting to WiFi Windows 10

Today we will talk about a rather unpleasant problem: WiFi is constantly disconnecting on your laptop, iPhone or Android. Sometimes it reconnects, sometimes it fails and consequently you have no Internet. It goes without saying that on device with such network issue all your downloads will keep failing, all conversations like Skype will keep interrupting and you will get irritated.

When your client device tries to reconnect you will see Connecting… or Checking network requirements (in Windows) or Obtaining IP-address (on Android) under your wireless network name while normally you should see Connected, Secured or Unmetered/Connected respectively. In this article we collected all known solutions that will hopefully help you fix the problem with dropping WiFi and Internet connection on Windows PC, iPhone or Android devices.  Continue reading

Can’t Find the Superfetch Service on Windows 10. Now it is called SysMain

You must have read a lot of articles on the Internet suggesting that you disable the Superfetch service if you have your Windows OS installed on an SSD. A few days ago our reader asked a question “I want to disable the Superfetch service but I can’t find it in the list of services. Where is it?” Well… really, In the latest Windows builds Microsoft decided to change the Display Name from Superfetch to Sysmain. You can disable the service if you like especially if you believe that it is the culprit of high CPU usage. So find SysMain, double-click it, select Disable, click Stop and then click OK:

disable superfetch SysMain Windows 10

Allow Incoming Ping (Echo Request) Without Disabling Windows 10 Firewall

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Echo request (a.k.a. ICMP packets or ping) serves to discover whether or not the network device is present on the network (LAN or WAN). It can be used to ping computers, laptops, servers (including website hosting ones), network printers, routers, etc. However, the ping response should be enabled in advance for the network device to be able to reply. Otherwise, you will get Request timed out instead of response.

Unfortunately the majority of users go and disable Windows Firewall when they want to allow ICMP response to have Ping command working. They forget about the fact that the Firewall protects their PC from hack and malware and it is a must when working in public networks. Here is how to do the right way.  Continue reading