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  • Thursday, February 14, 2019

    • Windows tip of the week

      Kill Internet Explorer and other unwanted features

      by Ed Bott

      If you're still using Internet Explorer, it's time to let go. With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft officially stopped developing new features for its once-flagship browser and is now delivering only security patches intended for use at large organizations with custom apps that require the old browser for compatibility reasons.

      You're much better off choosing a modern browser that works with the Web as it exists today. In Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is the default, but you can install a new browser such as Chrome or Firefox and set it as the default. With that task out of the way, you can then disable Internet Explorer for good.

      To locate that switch, type features in the search box and open the Turn Windows Features On Or Off dialog box from the list of search results. Clear the check box to the left of Internet Explorer 11, click OK, and restart.

      From that same dialog box, you can also eliminate other older bits of Windows 10 that exist only for compatibility reasons, including Windows Media Player and the Windows Fax and Scan feature.

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  • Thursday, February 07, 2019

    • Windows tip of the week

      Edit the Quick Actions buttons

      by Ed Bott

      When something goes wrong with your network, tracking down the problem can be tedious. If you've exhausted the normal troubleshooting steps (including checking physical connections and restarting your cable modem or wireless access point), it's time to call on Windows 10's internal tools.

      You'll find both tools in Settings > Network & Internet > Status. Click Network Troubleshooter to run the Windows Network Diagnostics tool, which checks for common problems and fixes some of them automatically. If it can't detect a problem, the troubleshooter guides you through a quick Q&A to see if it can narrow down the issue. It's particularly helpful for diagnosing issues with shared files, DirectAccess, and Remote Desktop connections.

      If none of those suggestions work, that Status page includes one last-ditch option: Click Network Reset to completely remove and then reinstall all network adapters and change other networking components to their default settings. You might have to reconfigure other network-related features, including VPNs, after the system restarts.

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