Some more Windows 10 tips

Tip #1: Start menu scrolling

The Windows 10 Start menu includes a handy scrolling list of all the apps and desktop programs you’ve installed. It also offers a hidden alphabetical index. To jump to a specific spot in the list, tap any of the lettered headings. That collapses the list to an index, with highlighted letters. Tap any letter to jump to that spot in the list and scroll up or down.

Tip #2: Temporarily disabling updates

As you know, Microsoft’s history of updates both security and non-security are sketchy at best. So why not delay them from getting pushed.

The fix below will delay getting “quality” updates for Windows 10 [defined as security & non-security updates] for the number of days you want.

The last line [in hex] determines how many days it will check for updates. Below is set to 30. The maximum is 35, the minimum is 1.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

“DisableOSUpgrade”=dword:00000001

“DeferQualityUpdates”=dword:00000001

“DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays”=dword:0000001e

After applying, reboot. Search the Internet for DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays if you want more information. When the fix is applied, it will show no updates available even though some have been released.

Note: As usual, use at your own risk when editing the registry.

Tip #3: Changing Cortana’s search behavior

If you want to change Cortana’s search behavior, you can limit the parameters of the search itself. For example, Cortana can be told not to search the Internet at all.

Click the Cortana search box in the Taskbar and then navigate to the Cortana settings screen. At the bottom should be a setting that says Search Online And Include Web Results. Switch that to Off and Cortana won’t display any more web results no matter which search engine is the default.

 

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Computer tip: Resetting Internet Explorer

Either by malware or some crappy toolbar, something will take over your home page and/or search engine in Internet Explorer. Sometimes you feel that things aren’t quite normal but you don’t suspect malware or anything.

The following procedure will reset Internet explorer by removing certain settings. It will disable just about every add-on and toolbar. So you will need to enable the ones that are required such as Adobe Flash Player [listed as Shockwave Flash Object], maybe Java, etc.

Note: Once the reset begins, you can’t go back!

Note: Try the procedure below. If it doesn’t work, then try what is mentioned in the last paragraph. The reason I say this is that the last paragraph will do a more serious job and may be unnecessary in some cases.

  1. Click on the Tools menu in Internet Explorer.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of that menu and click on Internet Options.
  3. Select the Advanced tab [last in the window].
  4. Click in the Reset… button at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click on Reset. Don’t check the box next to Delete personal settings in the window.
  6. When done, exit Internet Explorer and then open it up. You will have to change your home page and other settings. When asked, choose the express settings.

If this doesn’t work, follow the same procedure above except at #5, check the box next to Delete personal settings in the window. This does a more complete reset as if you used IE for the first time.

Yahoo fails to break search deal with Microsoft

Since becoming Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer has tried and failed in attempts to end a 10-year search agreement between Yahoo and Microsoft that was started in 2010.

Mayer has been eyeing a potential deal with Google but contractual restraints due to the Yahoo’s deal with Microsoft may temporarily kills any deal for now. Yahoo and Google have agreed on an alternative search deal should the collaboration with Microsoft end.

Mayer is a former Google executive. I’m wondering if her closeness with some of the Google executives may make a future deal a bit lopsided [in Google’s favor]. In February, Mayer admitted that the 10-year agreement has not resulted in either the market share or revenue that Yahoo wanted to achieve.

The pact expires in 2020 but there is an option in 2015, where either company can back out of the deal or if the Bing engine is sold off. So Mayer has to wait probably up to 2.5 years to kill the pact. [I’m sure Microsoft won’t kill it.]

The previous Yahoo management made the deal. Mayer is stuck with it. Unsure if there is an option to exit the pact [aside from the 2015 date], but if they were smart [clearly not], there should of been a wait to break the deal if [for example] certain levels weren’t achieved or even just a generic buyout clause.

Meyer should face it – she has a huge uphill battle. Even switching to Google’s search engine won’t help. Yahoo has other problems with other Yahoo areas such as the account hacking and the number of spam that comes from Yahoo’s mail server. They should make it harder to send out spam such as restrict the number of BCC/CC/To addresses that can be sent out [at least initially].