Today, we’re going to delete disk partitions in Windows 10 that appear to be undetectable. These partitions can sometimes be labeled as recovery partitions or OEM partitions, but they all have one thing in common: they’re protected, making them impossible to delete from certain tools in Windows. The symptom is apparent when you look at a disk in the Disk Management utility of Windows. To start the utility, simply right-click the Windows button and choose Disk Management. Let me slide this over so I can show you in this corner of the desktop.

We have two disks, labeled 0 and 1. The partitions I want to delete are on disk 0, which shows five partitions. If I right-click on any one of these, you can see what options are available in the context-sensitive menu. On this first partition, Delete Volume is obviously greyed out. In fact, as I right-click on the subsequent ones, the option to delete doesn’t even show up. The second, third, and fourth partitions have only one selection. The fifth one actually does give me the ability to delete it, so I’ll go ahead and do that. Note that this isn’t my current Windows boot partition, which is on disk 1. This is actually an old Windows disk that I want to erase, so I can use it as a secondary storage disk. It will complain that it’s already in use, but I can go ahead and delete it because it’s just a copy of Windows. In a previously published video, I showed you how to clone a hard drive containing Windows to a bootable SSD drive.

I’m simply deleting the partitions from the hard drive so I can use it as secondary storage. That gives us four remaining partitions which are undetectable from Disk Management. The solution is to use a built-in command line utility in Windows called diskpart. Let’s go to our search bar and type “cmd,” which return the command prompt. I’ll right-click on it and run it as administrator. Let me move this up a little bit so we can see what happens graphically in the Disk Management screen. The first thing to do is execute diskpart, spelled d-i-s-k-p-a-r-t. It’s a command line disk partition utility and by typing “list disk” and then Enter, it gives us a list of all the physical drives in the computer. You can see disks 0 and 1 correspond to the same 0 and 1 in Disk Management. We now need to select the disk that has the partitions that we want to delete. Since the command line doesn’t have a graphical interface, we need to type “select disk 0” to select it. When I “list disk” again, you’ll see a star next to disks 0, indicating that it is selected, and that we’re ready to perform an operation on it.

Now, let’s list the partitions on this disk by typing “list partition.” You can see we have five partitions listed, even though Disk Management shows only four. Partition 2 is the one that’s missing, which means that not only is it undeletable, but it’s also hidden in Disk Management. It’s a small reserved partition that’s created by Windows, but I’d like to delete that also. Again, just like we selected a disk, we need to select a partition. If we list the partitions again, you’ll see the selection with a star. There is a shortcut for the word “partition.” I can type “list part,” and that’s the same as “list partition,” so from this point forward, I’ll use “part” instead of “partition.” Now that partition 1 is selected, we need to delete it. I’ll simply type “delete part” and press Enter. But because it’s a protected partition, the delete fails.

What we’ll need to do is type “delete part” and then add the argument “override,” and hit enter – and that does indeed delete the partition. We can confirm that in Disk Management, where the first partition is now allocated. Let’s list the partitions again, and notice that partition 1 is now gone. Let’s select parts 2, and try deleting that with “delete part.” Again, it fails because it’s protected, so I need to type “delete part override.” Now it’s just a matter of selecting and deleting the remaining partitions with the override flag. Let’s “select parts 3” and “delete part override.” Select the fourth one and delete it. And finally, “select parts 5” and delete the partition. Now when I list my partitions, they’re all gone. If we go to Disk Management, you’ll notice that it’s not responding, because it doesn’t like the fact that we’re trying to delete something from another process. So I’ll need to kill off the application, force close it, and then restart Disk Management. You can see that disk 0 is now clear of all partitions, with an unallocated space of the total hard drive.

At this point, I’m able to create my own volumes and partitions, and format them as I normally would.

Hello, everybody! I am going to show you how to restore data from a computer that will not start, how to create your own bootable USB drive with a set of utilities for data recovery with Windows PE, how to boot a computer with such a USB drive and how to restore data. If you suddenly encounter failures in the work of your operating system and it can’t boot anymore but there are still some important files left on its hard disk – don’t give way to despair – you can try to restore them even if they have been deleted. Using our method, not only you will be able to boot a full-fledged Windows without installing it, but also use various software to check your HDD, search and remove viruses, create new partitions, recover data and so on.

Restoring with AOMEI PE Builder+ Hetman Partition Recovery For starters, you should download a free program called AOMEI PE Builder and a portable version of Hetman Partition Recovery, copy them to a USB drive or disk, boot from there, scan the disks and restore the necessary data. So download AOMEI PE Builder from the official website and the portable version of

– all the links will be in the description. Install AOMEI PE Builder, and then unpack the folder containing Hetman Partition Recovery from the archive. Run AOMEI PE Builder, click Next, check the box next to Create 32-bit version of Windows PE and click Next again. Choose the versions depending on what kind of software you are going to use – 32-bit or 64-bit. In the next window, you can choose what software will be written to this USB drive; if you don’t need any extra programs, uncheck all boxes or open each of the sections and choose the ones you will really need for further work. In order to add your own utilities, click Add Files, then Add Folder and specify the path to the folder containing the program.

It should be a portable version, otherwise it just won’t start, and the bitness of the program should be the same as the system bitness you have chosen. Check the folder with the necessary program and click OK, then click Next again, choose what kind of media you want to use – a USB drive, a disk or a hard disk of the computer. I choose a USB drive, click Next – now there’s a window with a warning that this device will be formatted and all data erased, so click Yes if you agree; it starts the process of creating a bootable USB drive with Windows PE and a set of chosen utilities.

It requires Internet access and the process can take some time, depending on the set of programs and the speed of your Internet connection. When it’s over, you’ll see the Finish button; as soon as you click it, the bootable USB drive with Windows PE is ready to use. Now all you have to do is to connect it to the computer which fails to boot, and turn it on. Insert it into a USB port of the computer and set the PC to boot from the USB drive. You can watch a detailed guide on how to do it in another video on our channel How to Enter BIOS or UEFI and Boot Your PC From a USB Drive (find the link in the description): The system will boot automatically, and you’ll see an interface very similar to Windows 10, and the list of programs you have selected before.

Here, you can open This PC and try to find your data in one of the disks you can see; by the way, the disk letters may not be the same they used to be when your computer was still OK. If you have found your data, just connect another disk or removable media and copy your files there. If a folder containing your information is gone, try restoring it. To do it, run Hetman Partition Recovery, which you can find in the folder User program and scan the disk where your files used to be; for convenience, you can change the language settings. Click on the menu item View, Language and choose the one you need.

Now select the necessary folder and click to recover, and specify the path to the disk where you want to put the recovered files. That’s all – your data is back. Now you see that a bootable disk or USB drive will come in very handy in a situation, when the operating system fails in a computer with important data and reinstallation can result in losing precious information. Windows PE without a shell If you are good enough at using command prompt, you can create a USB drive with Windows PE and try to restore the system with the good old command prompt. To do it, you’ll have to download an ADK software package; I will give the link in the description and install it, checking the boxes for Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) at the beginning.

After installation, type Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment in the Start menu and run it as administrator. In the window that opens, run the command to create a folder containing files of a Windows PE distribution kit for x86 or amd64 version: For x86: copy x86 C:\WinPE_x86 For amd64: copy amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64 Now, you can create an ISO file: For x86: MakeWinPEMedia /ISO C:\WinPE_x86 C:\WinPE_x86\WinPE_x86.iso For amd64: MakeWinPEMedia /ISO C:\WinPE_amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64\WinPE_amd64.iso After that, connect the USB to the computer and run it from the USB drive; the system will boot and you will see a window with the command prompt.

To add your own programs to the Windows PE package before creating the image, type the following command: image /mount C:\WinPE_amd64\media\sources\boot.wim 1 C:\WinPE_to\mount Then copy the programs you need to the folder mount and run the following command: image /unmount /commit C:\WinPE_to\mount After that, run the command to create the ISO image, and then write the image to a disk or USB drive.

https://www.aomeitech.com/pe-builder.html

https://hetmanrecovery.com/hard_drive_recovery/software.htm

How to Reinstall/Clean Install Windows 10

There are a few reasons you may want to reinstall Windows 10. You might be looking to sell your computer or you may just have a load of files on your computer that’s making a mess, and you just want to tidy it all up. Luckily, with Windows 10, Microsoft has made it nice and easy to reinstall Windows back to its original state. I’ll be covering the main two ways to do so. The most simple and easy to do method of reinstalling Windows was introduced in Windows 8 and carried through to Windows 10. What you need to do is go to the Settings app, then go to “Update & Security” and then on the sidebar to go to “Recovery” and then click the “Get Started” button under “Reset this PC”.

Now what you get to do is choose a few options, if you want to keep all your files where they are you can choose the option there, or if you want to get rid of everything you can click the “Remove everything” button. Obviously, if you have any important documents that you want to keep, make sure that they are backed up onto a USB drive or Cloud Storage just to make sure that they’re safe. Here you get some options such as secure wiping or quick wiping. You’ll want to use the second option if you’re going to get rid of the computer because it is more difficult for people to use recovery tools to recover your data. Once you’ve done that the computer will restart and it’ll take around an hour to fully sort everything out. Once it’s done you’ll be able through the Windows setup. Then, once you’ve signed in and created your account and everything you’ll be back on the desktop.

So that’s the easiest way to do it, as you can see the start menu and everything has been reset. But there is another way to do it, which is actually my preferred method. This means that you’ll need a USB drive that’s at least 8GB and you’ll want to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This method is going to be using a USB drive to install Windows from, so actually, we can make sure that nothing from the previous Windows installation gets carried through. So you’ll want to download the Media Creation Tool and now when you’re going through these menu options, click “Create installation media” and then you’ll also want to make sure that you’ve plugged a USB drive into the computer. Here, you’ll want to pick your settings such as language and architecture. If you’re not sure which architecture you actually have you can go to Windows Explorer, go on “This PC”, right click and go to “Properties” and then you can see under the system information the system type. So as you can see mine is a 64-bit operating system, so that’s the option I’m going to pick there and everything else looks alright.

I’m going to choose the option to just write this straight to the USB drive and you’ll obviously want to make sure that nothing is on that drive because this process is going to wipe the USB drive. I’m going to select my USB drive there and I’m going to double check that there’s nothing on it and then I can click next and then it’s going to download Windows 10 and put it onto the USB stick. One thing I do like to do is to just write down the product key somewhere so I use this VisualBasic script, and I just gave this to my desktop and I run it. What this will do is bring up a text box with the product key and I like to do this just in case Windows doesn’t remember the product key. But it should do it because Windows 10 usually automatically activates Windows with the hardware now and it will recognise your computer automatically.

But I like to do this just to be sure. So, when you run the script the product key appears on the screen and you can take a picture of this or write it down somewhere, just in case you need it. So now it’s actually time to install Windows. Plug the USB drive into the computer that you’re going to be reinstalling Windows on, I’d also recommend unplugging any unnecessary USB drives or extra hard drives at this point. Turn it on, and press the boot menu key. If you’re not sure what the boot menu key is a quick Google will help you out but usually it tends to be F12 or something like that. So then you can pick the USB drive as the boot device, this will start the Windows installation wizard. As you can see now, I’m at the Windows setup and I’m just going to click next and Install Now. As you can see the setup is starting.

Now here, it’s going to ask you for your product key, but Windows should automatically activate anyway, so you can just click “I don’t have a product key” as you’re simply just reinstalling Windows. If it asks you for what version of Windows you’re running you can use the System Info screen that you looked at previously for the architecture to double check your Windows version.

Now you just need to accept the license agreement, and then you want to select “Custom” so we can manage partitions. Now you can see there are many different partitions here and you’ll want to make note of the drive numbers and the labels in case you have a secondary drive – you don’t want to delete the partition for that because otherwise, you’ll just lose your data. Drive 0 is my operating system drive on the screen, so I’m going to delete all the partitions that were there so I have a fresh set of Windows partitions made by the installer. Double check your partitions and your drive’s because it’s not my fault if you accidentally wipe everything. Now as you can see, Windows is starting the install process, this usually doesn’t take that long for installing from a USB drive – it should take around 20 minutes. Usually, it tends to be faster than that, it really depends on how fast your computer is. So as you can see it’s now restarting and you can just continue through the Windows setup like before in the video.

So as you can see now, this is the desktop and and as you can see it’s quite small so you might need to double check driver settings and anything like that but if you want to double check your Windows activation you can go to the Settings app and it will say on the bottom of the screen there if you need to type in your product key.

I forgot my Windows 10 password

So you forgot your Windows 10 password don’t worry it’s pretty easy to reset it and I’ll show you how so here’s the deal when you log into Windows 10 you’re probably using your Microsoft account password because that’s what you use to get into all of your microsoft services if you forget that password windows gives you a way to reset it I’ll show you how it works so here I am at the password screen and oh god I forgot my password is it this I don’t know so now Windows 10 is going to tell you your passwords incorrect and it’ll show you a URL that you can use to go and reset your password so I’m pretending that I’m going to another PC so I can go on to this website and reset my password so we’re going to account live.com slash password / reset and here Windows is going to ask you why can’t you sign in and I’m going to say I’m a spazz and I forgot my password sorry hit next and here’s where you recover your account so again Windows is trying to protect your PC from people who are trying to get in and find your current password so you’re never going to get your old password back no big deal you’ve forgotten it anyway right you’re going to have to prove you are who you are so that you can reset your password so here we go I need to enter my Microsoft account and it’s right here and then it’s going to do one of those letter tests so that you can prove that you’re not a bot so I’m going to do this and oh this is a little hard s and go to next yes I passed so now they need to verify your identity in another way and what you’ve hopefully set up in your Windows 10 account already are secondary ways that they can contact you to make sure you are who you are so I’ve set up a way for Windows to contact me via text message or via my phone number to you know warn me of anything that’s going on so that’s what I’m looking at here so how would I like to get my security code I’m going to have you text me and then they want to verify that this is your phone number again they want to make sure you are who you are so I’m going to enter the last four digits of my phone number and then click send code my phone is going to show up with the text which it did and I’m going to enter the code that’s on it and then I hit next and now this is where I reset my password so again your old password gone forever I have to set up a new one and then I have to type it again and hit next so now I’m going to hypothetically go back to my locked system and reenter my new password and see if I can get in so here we go this is it the moment of truth can she remember the password she set two minutes ago success I’m back in so as you can see as long as you have your back up text message and phone number things set up windows makes it really easy for you to recover your password and it makes it very hard for hackers to find out your password if you have more questions about Windows 10 email us at answers at PC world comm

How to block websites on Windows 10 so that they don’t show up if you open them on any browser. So you just want to follow onto what I do on the screen. So first of all you want to open up the file explorer, and then you want to click on This PC. Once you’re here you want to open up disc C://. After that you want to go all the way down to the bottom and then double click on the Windows file.

Once you’ve opened that up, you want to keep scrolling down until you find System32. And you want to open that up. And then once again keep scrolling down until you find drivers. Again, open it up, and then you want to double click on the file that says it. So over here, you can find these files – what you want is this hosts file over here. You want to right click and then click on open with.

They’re going to ask you how do you want to open this file. You want to select notepad, and then click OK. So once you’ve opened the notepad file, you want to scroll all the way to the bottom and add a new line of code over here. So what you want to add is this number: 127.0.0.1 and then click space. And next to it, you want to put in the address of whichever website you’re trying to block. So, let’s say you want to block Facebook because it’s taking up all of your time. So what you want to write is www.facebook.com. And then you want to go to file and click Save. And then you can exit out. Now if you open your web browser and then go to Facebook.com, you can see it says that this site can’t be reached. So, let’s say you want to block another website. Just make your way to this folder again, right click hosts, go to open with, click on notepad, press OK.

Go all the way down to the bottom and then add a new line of code. Once again you want to put in 127.0.0.1. And next to it you want to put in whichever website you want to block again. So, let’s say Instagram – www.instagram.com. You want to save the file again, exit out, and let’s say you want to go to instagram.com. And as you can see, again, you can’t open up the website. So this actually blocks it on all your web browsers, not just Google Chrome. So, let’s say if you go to Facebook again, you can see that you cannot open it. So if you want to revert the changes you did, and let’s say you want to open facebook, again go back to that file, and then simply delete whichever line you want to remove. So, let’s say you want to see facebook again, so remove this line, and then click save. And now if you want to go to Facebook, you can simply log in..

Laptop Repairs Okehampton

So your looking for Laptop Repairs in Okehampton?

I know you get worried when looking for a decent laptop repair person, its only natural seeing as nearly 70% of so called laptop repair specialists are bogus, your bound to have your guards up.

This is why im writing this post to help local Okehampton folk find the best Laptop Repair Specialist in Okehampton.

Lets say you got scammed by those so called Microsoft experts, who say you have many viruses and we can help fix your issues, please give us access to your computer and we will help you fix your problem, little do you realise they are inisde your computer and taking notes of your bank account numbers and all your passwords for your personal accounts. Plus they got plans to hold you to ransom and demand you make payments to them otherwise they will not fix your computer and it will not work again, you then pay them money and they say they will unlock your computer viruses. Some do some dont, some ask for more and more, You feel cheated and humiliated and panic, thinking…

Now who do I call to help ?

Well you would need a really good computer/ laptop repair engineer

You would look in Google type laptop or computer repairs okehampton

You would have a list of people to chose from, who do you pick?

Well remember Google will only show the best relevant trusted companys who have reviews and good websites

Its usually best to pick the Google local map listings that show companys with good reviews, then you know your going to get a good service, or you can just pick the first postion website in Goolge which would be https://laptoprepairsokehampton.co.uk the reason for them being number 1 is purely because they have gained the trust of Google so you have complete piece of mind when choosing a laptop repair company in Okehampton, knowing that Google got your back and you will be in good hands with that company

I hope this guide helps you in quest for a reliable laptop repair specialist

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Hi everyone in this tutorial dedicated to Windows 10 we will talk about setting up privacy options, disabling telemetries so all of those services that communicate your personal information to Microsoft and third parties, then we will set up default apps and remove all the pre-installed apps in the system finally we’ll discuss performance optimization also with regards to system services and hard disk management.

As you can see I set up a virtual machine so I can show you all of the mods in a clean way directly from the stock state of the system.

I advise you to watch the video in full screen and at the highest definition so that you can clearly see all the details and all of the input text.

I’ll prepare a text document which will be linked in the description below, in that text file I will recap all of the operations included in the tutorial, I will also provide useful links as well as all of the text commands so you can copy and paste them in your own terminal.

So we can now get started, we are in the pre-configuration window of Windows 10, the system has just been installed.

In case your system has been set up already you can skip to the next step which will be the first login to the desktop.

My advice is not to set up with Express settings but instead to click customize in fact by clicking customize we’ll have access to the pre configuration mode of Windows 10 privacy settings so that we can mod part of them in advance and then we’ll be able to set up the rest once we login into our system.

Here we have options regarding the communications of your pc usage habits to Microsoft for research purposes and I just advise you to turn them all off, so we’ll turn off system access to contacts and calendars we’ll turn off advertising ID, we’ll also turn off app access to the same contacts and calendars, we’ll turn off position and geotagging services and so on and so forth.

Then we’ll turn off automatic access to any kind of wi-fi network and we’ll also turn off automatic sending of diagnostics.

We’ll also turn off the smart screen filter which will communicate our browsing habits to Microsoft and we’ll also turn off all of the additional browser capabilities.

Another thing we will turn off is peer-to-peer updates which I will later explain you in detail, so this was it for the pre-configuration, we’ll wait for the system to load.

Here we will select that the pc is ours and not business owned or shared, Microsoft will prompt us for the creation of a Microsoft account but we will ignore this and favor the creation of a local account by clicking “skip this step”, so for the sake of this video I will call the user “test” and we can now access our desktop.

The first step will be the continuation of our privacy set up, but first a little premise.

My goal would be to turn the system into a classic desktop system that just uses classic desktop software and not modern apps, so I will deactivate everything regarding modern apps so for instance if you want to use Windows 10‘s integrated email system you must not turn off options regarding the email system itself on the other hand if you use any web mail or any desktop software you’ll be fine.

That being said we will get into start menu, settings and privacy and pretty much turn off anything we don’t feel comfortable about.

we’ll see that part of the settings have been disabled already in fact we did that in the pre configuration phase not long ago and now we’ll just disable the rest so we will disable app access to our camera and our mic, here we will see settings for Cortana and we won’t click “get to know me” so the program won’t start collecting information about us but we will see how to disable Cortana later.

we will then disable app access to our accounts and in addition, to our contacts we will disable app access to our calendar, to our calling history, to our mail, we will deactivate access to our messaging, to the radio and to third party devices.

In the feedback window we will set “never ask for feedback” and “collect basic diagnostics” but we will later see how to disable the feedback function entirely.

In the background apps window we’ll turn off everything because we don’t want any unwanted app to keep working in the background but we just want the software that we actually asked to start to work in the background this also serves to save resources for the system.

so we’re done for this section and we can go backwards.

still in settings we’ll select updates and security > windows updates > advanced options and finally “choose how updates are delivered”.

here we are looking at peer-to-peer updates, the option on which I ran on before.

I personally agree on the option of receiving windows updates automatically but I don’t like the fact that by default my pc would be turned into a peer-to-peer node sending and receiving updates from and to other PCs, sucking up at my bandwidth.

so I kept the option of automatic updates but I turned off peer-to-peer updates.

we can now get back to our desktop and we can see how to first just turn off Cortana but we will see how to actually eradicate and delete the service for good.

we will click on the search bar and select settings but we will see that Cortana is already off because we turned it off in the pre configuration settings but we can still turn off search history and search online.

We’re getting to the step of telemetries blocking, little bit of a disclaimer now.

I’m warning you that we’re going to modify the system registry so proceed at your own risk although I have to clarify that I personally did apply this mods to both of my windows 10 PCs and as well as many other users who did the same, I didn’t run into any kind of problem afterwards so we can move on and if you don’t want to get this mods done you can just skip to the next step.

first thing, we’ll need the command prompt so we’ll search for “cmd” in the search bar and we have to run it as administrator so right click, run as administrator.

we need to enter the command “sc delete diagtrack” and hit enter if we did everything correctly the system will report the service has been deleted and this was the first telemetry service.

as for the second telemetry service we need to type in “sc delete dmwappush service” and hit enter.

this time as well the system should notify the service has been deleted successfully so we can now close the command prompt.

we have an extra step in blocking telemetries which only applies to users of Windows 10 professional edition or enterprise edition so you can skip to the next step if you’re a Windows 10 home user.

we have to look for gpedit.

Msc in the search bar and open it as administrator we then have to look for the key: computer configuration > admin templates > windows components > data collection and preview builds > allow telemetry, we’ll then click on that, hit disable and then apply and ok also if you’re not a onedrive user we can also disable the onedrive service by looking for computer configuration > admin templates > windows components > onedrive and hitting disable, apply and ok.

we will now conclude the telemetry blocking with the setup of the software SpyBot AntiBeacon which automatically blocks the most harmful registry keys associated with telemetries.

spybot antibeacon has been produced by the same producer which designed the popular Spybot Search and Destroy so we’ll now google for spybot antibeacon and set up the latest version.

be careful to leave the option “check immunization after each system restart” ticked, in fact it is always advisable to check spybot at each system update because it is possible that windows would have reactivated all telemetries or even introduced new telemetries and also it is advisable to check spybot yet at the next system restart so we will launch spybot and notice that despite all the modifications we introduced up to now, the greatest part of the telemetries are still working so we’ll hit immunize so the software can block automatically all of the desired registry keys.

additionally, in the optional tab we will be able to block additional services, i personally blocked everything here too but you have to be careful not to block services you actually use for instance I don’t use either onedrive or bing so I blocked both of them i also blocked office even if i do use it and i can assure that every version of office can be safely immunized without getting problems to the use of the software itself, after all spybot just blocks the telemetries associated with the services and not the actual softwares themselves.

we can now close the program but I remind you that it’s a good habit to check spybot at the next system restart from now and also to check it at every system update in fact it is possible that the windows updates could have had unblocked telemetries or introduced new ones.

Our next modding step regards appsm first we’ll enter in settings > system > notification and turn off all notifications except app notifications in fact it is a rumor that specifically notifications regarding windows suggestions can cause system bugs and overloads.

next we’ll be able to set our favorite default apps in the default apps section, we’ll be able to do a macro edit by assigning each specific app to each specific file typology for instance i set up Firefox as a default browser, VLC media player as a default Media Player, the old windows photo viewer software as a photo manager, and so on.

as a little performance optimizer we can get into personalization and deactivate transparencies for both the start menu and the dock bar, we will then be able to customize the content of the start menu and you will set it up as you wish, I personally like to turn off windows suggestions and leave the counter for most frequently used software on to optimize my workflow, we’ll then be able to fine tune all the present or absent menus from the start menu but we will encounter this again later.

the next step will be the removal of all preinstalled apps and we will need windows powershell for that so we’ll look for windows powershell and run it as administrator so right click, run as administrator.

the command we need to enter to remove windows store plus all the pre-installed apps from all users simultaneously and in one single step would be “Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage” and we will enter however in the text file link in the description i will provide several options including commands to remove single apps or commands to remove apps from just one user.

once we enter the command we have to wait for the terminal to completely stop working I have to remind you that windows powershell won’t be able to remove special apps such as edge, microsoft feedback or cortana, in fact we will need appropriate scripts we will be downloading in a while.

at the end of the process we can close powershell and check that all pre-installed apps have been removed excluding traditional system software and the desktop apps we set up ourselves so the list in the start menu should be way less populated than before.

as mentioned before we’re left with those special software we can’t eradicate in any other way than with a dedicated script such as edge, feedback but above all cortana.

so we will now see how to remove those.

to remove those apps we will need specific scripts downloadable for free from the website winaero.

Com.

all the needed links are in the text file linked in the description.

those scripts will come in separate zip files containing self executable scripts we will run as administrator and they will take care of the removal process automatically.

another disclaimer here, about the removal of Cortana: first, removing Cortana will make the service permanently unavailable that means forever so updates won’t bring it back and second removing Cortana will permanently bug both the present search bar and the present windows start menu so they won’t work anymore.

the solution for that which we have to do absolutely before removing Cortana is to download and setup classic shell which is a substitute start menu which includes the search bar that is fully customizable and will accompany us from now on so let’s Google Classic Shell and set it up we’re now in the setup phase and amongst all the software components we can just install classic start which is the extension we actually need, and the updater if you wish at the end of the setup we will notice by clicking start that we won’t get the windows 10 menu anymore but instead Classic Shell pops up with the configuration wizard.

we will be able to fine tune classic shell as we wish, I personally chose the windows 7 style menu with no skin both for aesthetic and performance reasons.

available options are really broad in number and I remind you that from this moment on classic shell has automatically set up to start at every system startup so you won’t need to worry about your Windows 10 start menu anymore.

finally we will be able to safely remove cortana via the script so we’ll have to unzip the content of the folder and run the script as an administrator so right click, run as administrator.

we’ll wait for the script to stop elaborating and as suggested we will need to reboot the system and this will be the procedure for each script.

after rebooting the system we’ll notice that the search bar is now bugged so that’s the sign we correctly removed cortana.

we’re not able to notice that the start menu would also be bugged because we’re already covered by classic shell we can now move on by removing the residual apps the same way so we’ll execute the script as an administrator and at the end of the mods we’ll reboot the system so we’ll do this for edge and feedback.

as for cortana, we will be able to notice that after the removal of edge and the rebooting of the system its icon won’t be responsive any more so that’s the sign we correctly removed the software.

last step will be then the removal of feedback and another reboot.

the next step regards setting up hard disk management and we will need to enter the control panel which is now completely listed at hand in Classic Shell.

we will need to get into power options and select advanced options so that we can set up hard disk management.

we will set up turn off hard disks at least after 20 minutes on battery in fact less than 20 minutes is too much often and can put mechanical stress on our disks and we will select never on plugged in or as you wish.

then we’ll look for usb selective suspend or selective sleep, we’ll surely turn it off for battery and for plugged in as well if you wish.

this will prevent windows from standbying external hard drives when in use, as well as any other USB powered device.

next step of our mods is the optimization of system services so we’ll need the task manager we’ll open the task manager and notice the system is pretty much over loaded now but this happens since i’m on a virtual machine so basically my pc has to bear two OSs at the same time.

we’ll now take care of solving the system bug that puts your hard drive use at one hundred percent for no apparent reason and usually the cpu too.

if you maybe experienced this, this is a system bug caused by Windows 10 on some machines and I personally had this happening on one of my two windows 10 PCs, the solution for this is to selectively turn off and disable some system services that are actually unnecessary and can cause overload to your system.

preliminarly, we’ll step back for a second and check that in settings > system > notifications all notifications have been turned off except for app notifications.

it is a major rumor in fact that the single notification “show suggestions from windows” can cause system bugs and overloads.

we’ll then check back into our task manager and select services so we’ll need task manager > services > open services and we have to check that all system services that are not of our interest or that are linked to the default apps we removed before are disabled and turned off.

a practical example of service disabling can be that of disabling xbox related services so since we removed preinstalled xbox related software before and assuming you won’t need those services, we’ll double-click the service hence opening its properties, we’ll stop it if it’s running and then set disable, apply and ok and we’ll do this for each single service we want to disable.

in case you’re experiencing the previously mentioned bug, the constant a hundred percent usage of your hard drive, we can safely disable these two services: windows search and superfetch.

despite the name disabling the windows search service won’t cause any issue to the use of the windows search function so for the sake of this video we’ll search and disable both services windows search and superfetch.

additionally i have to inform you that in case you’re suffering from this overloading problem and you have an nvidia graphics engine, if you’re not into online gaming and direct streaming you can safely turn off those free services: nvidia streamer service, nvidia streamer Network Service and nvidia streamer user agent.

however i’ll add more information about this the text file linked in the description.

another useful information is that some people have experienced overloading bugs coming from the use of skype and google chrome.

I personally didn’t experience any of that so modifications on skype and google chrome won’t be shown in this tutorial but i’ll provide additional information on this topic in the text file linked in the description as well.

so we now stumble into bits which would stand for “background intelligence transfer service”, some people advised to disable bits in case you are experiencing the hard disk overloading bug but I strongly suggest not to since bits is directly linked with windows update and with the updating process in general so by disabling bits you’ll risk not receiving any more updates or not being able to install them so I heartily recommend not to disable bits.

at the end of the mods on services we’ll notice that in the task manager the hard disk usage is a little better off but before actually checking on that i would suggest rebooting your pc so that the modifications can actually fall into place.

last big step in our modifications regards performance optimization.

first we’ll take care of taking some weight off of our pc’s capabilities by disabling all visual effects.

i personally disabled all of those and to do that we’ll need to go into control panel > system > advanced options and finally hit the performance tab.

once in the performance tab we need to set the system to best performance but leaving the ticks on show thumbnails instead of icons and smooth font edges.

by clicking apply and ok we’ll be left with a system which is now really lightweight in performance but it’s still aesthetically pleasing in fact it won’t look as ugly or empty as windows 98 or windows XP did on the same settings.

we’ll also be able to check that in the Task Manager system performance should be a little better off.

we are getting to the last step of our modifications which is the system cleanup.

we’ll need to open this pc, right click on the system disk, hit properties and then hit disk cleanup.

we’ll wait for the software to elaborate we can also clean up system files, i personally won’t clean up the disk now this was just to show you how to do that and I remind you that you can do the same process with the classic ccleaner software as well.

we have come to the end of our modifications in windows 10 and we can reboot the system but before doing that, as an additional step of optimization you can also defrag your disks by looking for the command defragment and optimize drives, clicking analyze and optimize on your system disk.

we actually concluded our modifications and we can now reboot the system and come back for a last checkup.

if you had any doubts in the procedure feel free to ask me by commenting below.

so the mods have ended and we have to check that all the details have come to the desired result, for instance we can click on Microsoft edge’s icon and check it isn’t active any more so we can remove the icon from the bar.

same, we can remove the search icon which was originally from Cortana and is now replaced by Classic Shell so we’ll hit right click, search and hidden.

then we will quickly check that all the privacy options we set up have remained unchanged, I advise you to do this at each system update in fact it is possible that windows would have changed your privacy settings or introduced new ones for instance here we can notice that edge is still active as a background app but we removed it so we can turn this off with no worries.

as I repeated a few times we’ll check back on spybot anti beacon to see if any telemetry has been re-enabled, so everything’s alright.

at this point all the modifications i suggested are done so the tutorial is over, again if you have any doubts or questions feel free to comment below and we can now turn off our pc.

 

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Installing a SSD or solid state drive in your new Dell notebook or ultrabook PC has many advantages over the older hard disk drives, like faster boot times and longer battery life.

And they are easy to install too, here's how.

But before you begin there are a couple things you need to know.

First, if you're installing an SSD in a new computer, setup will be a breeze, just make sure you have the install discs that came with your computer.

Otherwise, you will need to backup or clone your existing drive.

And before upgrading anything in your computer, it's always a good idea to make sure your system BIOS is up-to-date.

Check Dell's website before you begin.

Next, your work surface should be clean and you should ground yourself first by touching an unpainted metal surface to prevent damage to any components.

And lastly, in many cases, a simple Phillips head screw driver is all you'll need to replace the hard drive in your notebook computer.

With your computer shutdown, remove the power adapter and the battery.

And just to be sure all the remaining power is drained from the computer press the power button after the battery is removed.

Next, find where the hard drive is located.

Usually on the underside of your computer.

If you have trouble finding it, check Dell's website first.

Now, unscrew and remove the cover and you should have a good view of the old hard drive in your computer.

Each model will be slightly different, but carefully remove the screws, to disconnect the SATA and power connector, usually by sliding the drive away from the connection to remove the drive from the computer.

And if you have a supporting bracket, like we do, remove it and set it aside.

When installing the new SSD drive, re-attach any brackets that were used on the old drive to the new SSD drive first.

And it's important the SATA and power connection is securely connected when you slide the SSD into the drive bay.

It'll fit snugly, but don't force it in.

Screw it into place.

Replace the cover and the battery, now flip the computer back over and turn the computer on.

You may be alerted that there's no operating system, just insert the original install discs that came with your computer and restart again and boot from the CD-ROM.

Just follow the prompts to install the operating system and restore from a backup.

And that's it.

If you have any other questions or need additional help installing a SSD in your computer, be sure to visit www.

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Com/support for more information.

Thanks for watching.

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Installing an SSD, or a solid state disk drive in your DELL desktop computer has many benefits over the older hard disk drives, like faster boot times, plus, it's really easy to do.

Here's how.

But before you begin there are a couple things you need to know.

First, if you have the install discs that came with your computer, the setup will be a breeze, otherwise, you will need to backup or clone your old hard drive.

And it's always a good idea to make sure your system BIOS is up-to-date first, so check Dell's website before you begin.

Next, your work surface should be clean and you should ground yourself first by touching an unpainted metal surface to prevent damage to any components.

Start by shutting down your computer and removing all cables from the back.

And it's important to remember where each cable belongs when plugging them back in after you're finished.

If you plan on adding the SSD drive, instead of replacing your old hard drive, you need an available drive bay, which should be easily accessible inside the computer, by removing one of the side panels.

In most cases, you wont need any tools whatsoever to remove the side panel, because several computer manufacturers have switched to easy-to-remove thumbscrews or latches.

Otherwise, consult Dell's website before you begin.

Once you get it open you'll have a clear view of the drive bays, find old hard drive and you'll most likely find another bay nearby.

If you don't have a 2.

5" drive bay available, you'll have to attach a bracket, like this, to the SSD to fit the larger 3.

5" drive bay.

Slide the drive in to place with the SATA and power connector facing outwards where you can access them, and line up the holes to screw it securely into place.

Now, locate an unused power cable inside the computer.

Any one will do, just follow the group of cable coming from the power supply until you find one.

Or, use the existing power cable from your old hard drive and connect it to the SSD.

Next, connect the SATA cable from the motherboard to the SSD.

You can follow the SATA cable from your old hard drive to the motherboard to find and available SATA connectrion or use the existing cable that was connect to your old hard drive if your replacing your old hard drive.

Now, connect the other end to the SSD.

Slide the side panel back on, screw it into place, plug the cables back in, and with that done, now turn on your computer and insert the operating system installation CDs.

And when prompted, boot from the CD-ROM drive.

You can now install the operating system to the new SSD, just be sure that if you left your old hard drive in, that you don't re-install over your old hard drive, or you could lose all your data.

And you might also have to change the boot order from the old hard drive to the new SSD before copying over your files or after you restore from a backup.

And that's it! If you have any other questions or need additional help installing an SSD drive in your computer, be sure to visit www.

Kingston.

Com/support for more information.

Thanks for watching.