August 2018: How To Link Up Your Android Smartphone With Windows 10

How To Add Your Phone To Windows 10

To begin with, let’s look at how you can get your phone connected to your Windows 10 PC. Start by following the steps listed below.

  • Press the Windows Key or click the Windows Start menu button.
  • Next, search for Settings or click on the gear icon and open the Settings app.
  • Click the Phone option within the Settings app.

  • After that, click the Add a phone option.
  • You will be prompted to enter your phone number.
  • Once you’ve entered your phone number, you’ll receive a text message on your device.
  • Open the text message and click the link to be taken to the Microsoft Launcher app.
  • Install the app and then open it.

  • Once the app is installed on your Android smartphone, tap Get Started.
  • Go through the customization options.
  • Finally, sign into the Microsoft account you also use on your PC.
  • You should now see your phone appear on your PC in the Your Phone area in the settings menu.

How To Use A Linked Phone On Windows 10

Once your Android smartphone has been linked to your Windows 10 PC, there are a number of things you can do. We’ve taken a look at some of these features below.

How to Get Android Notifications on Windows 10

The easiest way to get most basic smartphone notifications on your Windows 10 PC is to install the Microsoft Cortana app from the Google Play Store. Follow the steps to install Cortana and setup notifications.

  • Open the Google Play Store app on your phone.
  • Search for Cortana.
  • Install Microsoft Cortana.
  • Once installed, open Cortana
  • Tap the three-menu button in the top right, then tap Settings

  • Once in the settings menu, tap Cross Device.
  • Next, tap to turn on notifications for missed call, incoming messages, low battery.
  • You can also tap App Notification Sync to get app notifications from all of your apps.
  • You must then give Cortana notification access.

After that, tap the back button and then choose which apps you’d like to sync your notifications for.

All of your chosen app notifications will now be synced to your PC.

How To Use Microsoft Apps On Android And PC

If you want to seamlessly use apps between your Android phone and your Windows PC, one of the best things you can do is use the Microsoft Apps application from the Google Play Store.

If you download Microsoft Apps, you’ll see a list of apps that are cross-compatible with your Windows 10 PC and Android smartphone. Apps include Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, OneDrive, and other Microsoft based apps.

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July 2018: Failed To Enumerate Objects In The Container, Access Is Denied

Generally in Windows, permissions helps us to keep content private or public. Thus it is very easy for us that we assign such permissions to our files and folders, such that others may invoke or not, according to the requirement. The permissions for folders/files can be changed with right click on a folders/files and selecting Properties. From here by switching to Security tab, we can configure the permissions.

Failed to enumerate objects in the container

However, sometimes due to clash of permissions or incorrect settings, you may not able to changes permissions and face error while doing so. In such scenarios, the following error is most common:

Failed to enumerate objects in the container, Access is denied.

You’re more likely to face this error when you’re not the owner of the content, whose permissions you’re changing about. Thus in such cases, following are the exact steps you should take to avoid the error:

1. Firstly, right click over the folder/file whose permissions you’ve to change. Select Properties.

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2. Next, in the Properties windows, switch to Security and hit Advanced option there.

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3. Moving on, in the below shown screen, you have to click number-wise to follow sequence. That is, first click Changelink for Owner in the Advanced Security Settings window. Then click Advanced option in Select User or Group window, and then click Find Now in the another window so opened. Here you need to select your user account under the Search Results so listed. Then click OK -> OK -> Apply -> OK.

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4. Previous step takes you back to window shown in step 2, hence click Advanced option there. Now in the Advanced Security Settings, you must check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and Replace all child object permissions entries with inheritable permission entries from this object. Click Apply followed by OK.

Failed To Enumerate Objects In The Container

Thus finally, you can change permissions the window shown in step 2. No error would be encountered by you now.

Do note that when you change Permissions, it does make your PC a ‘bit less secure’.

Verified by the Technical Department WOUGNET and for more details on this please read here

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June 2018: Troubleshoot a Failed Hard Drive


If you get a BSOD or other random error with the Windows operating system, it is usually assumed to be because of a virus, malware or other software error. If you’ve gone through all of the proper troubleshooting steps regarding PC viruses and other Windows software, but still are getting an error with the operating system, it may be due to a failing or erroneous hard drive.

If any PC part is to fail, or at least cause errors within the Windows OS, it’s most likely the hard drive. Sometimes, PC parts can fail without notice, leaving Windows in a non-functional state or with poor performance or random errors. In today’s article, we will review some ways that you can troubleshoot a basic hard drive.

Hard Drives

Hard drives are one of the most common computer parts that fail without notice. Additionally, hard drive errors can cause many types of Windows errors.

Checking a Hard Drive for Errors

If you can boot into Windows, you can use the built-in CHKDSK function to help troubleshoot a failing hard drive or hard drive with errors.

Begin by launching the Start Menu and selecting Computer. This will queue the Computer window, which lists all of the PC’s active drives.

Windows Computer Pane

In most cases, the internal and primary hard drive for a PC will be the Local Disk (C:) drive. However, it may be different depending on your PC’s drive setup. From the Computer pane, locate the PC’s hard drive and right-click it. From the context menu, select the option Properties.

This will launch the Properties dialog for the specific drive.

Local Disk Properties

Click the Tools tab and select the Check now option to check the hard drive for errors.

Windows Error Checking

Can’t Boot Into Windows

If you cannot boot into Windows, then you also have the option of running the CHKDSK function (mentioned above), from Windows Recovery Console. You will need a functional PC with Windows to create a System Repair Disc. As Microsoft notes, creating a System Repair Disc can be done using the following steps:

System Repair Disc

Upon booting from the system repair disc, you can run CHKDSK, but additionally, the disc has a few other utilities that can help repair and troubleshoot a Windows operating system that will not boot. Remember, for failed or erroneous hard drives, the objective is to be able to boot into Windows so that you can backup any important files or data from the drive.

Data Recovery

If none of the above options are suitable, then you can also attempt data recovery, if the hard drive has important files or data that you absolutely need. Data recovery is a bit more work, but it can be worth it in some situations.

Data recovery is complex, and can involve advanced drive troubleshooting using fdisk and commonly, specialty recovery software. If the hard drive has errors, is completely corrupt and won’t boot into Windows, you may be able to recover files simply by removing the drive from the PC and using a hard drive enclosure to connect the drive externally to an existing Windows PC. From there, you may be able to use specialty software to manually browse the Windows based disk using file structure, and manually move important files or data to another drive.

Additionally, to learn more about hard drives and complex data recovery options, you may want to check out PCStats Beginner’s Guide to Hard Drive Recovery.

Complete Reformat and Erase

In a scenario where Windows won’t boot and even the System Repair option fails to fix the hard drive, you should consider performing a complete reformat and erase, before considering the drive to be a vegetable and throwing it to the garbage. In some cases, such as a complex rootkit virus, Windows may have system level errors, in which a hard drive format is the best option.

To completely format and erase an internal PC hard drive, you can create a bootable formatting disc. For this, you may want to check out DBAN, or Darik’s Boot and Nuke. Upon booting from a DBAN disc, you can wipe the primary PC hard drive using some basic command line.

A Failed Hard Drive

Worst case scenario is a completely failed hard drive that may have a failed spindle, arm or platter.

Hard Drive Components

In a case where the actuator/arm or other mechanical component has failed, you may want to consider the drive to be done with. However, if you have extremely important data on the drive, and the platters are still intact and undamaged, you may be able to swap the platters to an identical drive and repair the drive, which would ultimately give you the option to recover your PC data.

This requires an advanced technical understanding of hard drives, calibration and more. So, in most cases, it would be better to have a tech or data recovery specialist do this, rather than attempt it yourself.

Those are a few ways that you can troubleshoot, recover, diagnose and fix hard drive errors and failed hard drives. Enjoy!

Compiled by the Tech Support department from the Help Desk Geek  

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April 2018: What’s The Difference Between PC And Mac RAM?

Put a Mac-specific RAM stick next to a PC-specific stick and they look nearly identical, so what’s the difference? The difference is that picking out proper Mac memory is determined by model while on a PC it’s determined by motherboard.

If you built your PC yourself, you shop for memory based on what the motherboard supports. If the mobo’s documentation states it will run DDR3 of either 800, 1066, 1333 or 2200, you’ll most likely go with middle-of-the-road (as most people do) 1333 memory, install it and that’s that.

You can’t buy a logic board independently for any new or currently-produced Mac computer, so the way memory is bought for those systems is by model, such as "for iMac", "for Mac Pro" and so on.

The "forgiveness" of PC memory

PCs are "more forgiving" when it comes to memory than Macs are. For example if you put in mixed DDR3 memory in a PC, such as one 1066 stick and one 1333 stick, as long as the motherboard supports it, both sticks will simply run at the "lower" stick speed, in this case 1066.

Disclaimer before continuing: Don’t use mixed memory in your PC. Use the same speed for all your RAM sticks, and if possible same-brand as well.

If you try to do the mixed memory thing on a Mac, OS X either won’t "like it" very much, or the Mac simply won’t boot. Some Macs are very particular almost to a fault when it comes to RAM speed; that’s the way Apple designs their computers.

Could you put PC RAM in a Mac and have it work?

In some instances you can, but more often than not the answer is no. Some will say they’ve done it and their Mac runs great, while others will say all the machine did on power-up is show a blinking power LED on the front, no picture, and no boot until they used "all-correct" memory.

The general rule of thumb is to always use Mac-specific memory for your Mac. That doesn’t mean you have to buy it from Apple specifically, but it does mean the memory must be listed as being compatible with your specific Apple system. If not, you’re just figuratively rolling the dice, you’ll probably lose, and your Mac won’t work.

Does Mac memory cost more?

Yes, and this is usually because a Mac requires fully buffered ECC (error-correcting) memory as a hardware system requirement.

However..

The price difference between Mac and PC memory isn’t nearly as wide as one would think.

8GB of Kingston PC2 5300 fully buffered Mac memory at the time of this writing is $259.99.

8GB of like-type Crucial PC2 5300 memory for PC is $225.99.

When you go with a different type of PC memory, such as PC3 12800, that’s only 80 bucks for 8GB.

What you pay for memory directly depends on what type it is. Why does PC2 5300 cost so much on the PC side? I honestly have no idea, but you will spend over $200 to get that 8GB.

If you participate in seriously tired and old Mac vs. PC argument concerning cost of memory, the like-to-like type cost difference here was only 34 dollars. PC2 5300 costs a ton for a reason. I don’t know what that reason is especially considering the Crucial has no ECC and is unbuffered, but it busts over $200 while the PC3 12800 sits well under $100.

Maybe someone out there knows why PC2 5300 memory sticks cost so much?

Therefore, before you change or upgrade your RAM or swap your RAM consider what is best suitable for your computer and use the right hardware. For mroe information read it here

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March 2018: Best Search Tricks of Windows 10 that You Missed

Majority of Windows 10 users are ignorant of many of its features. One such feature is Search feature in Windows 10. Windows 10 has a very powerful search tool and that can be used in various ways to find out any data within a short time.

The search feature of Windows 10 can make finding stuff in Windows much easier, all you need is to learn and practice these tricks a couple of time. Here you will learn about such search tricks for Windows 10, which you would wish that you knew it earlier.

Cortana Search Filtering

It hasn’t been long since Cortana was introduced to Windows 10, but it has improved a lot since then. Cortana search aka taskbar search has made finding things in Windows 10 so much easier. You can search for files, apps, settings and so on using taskbar search. But one thing went unnoticed in Cortana search is the Filters feature.

Windows 10 Taskbar Search Filters

When you search for something in taskbar search at the top of the search wizard you can see three icons which are filters for apps, documents, and web. Clicking on them gives the results for your search term belonging to that specific section.

Apart from this three filters you can access more filters from the Filters menu, placed next to the three icons. The Filters menu offers folders, music, photos, settings and videos filters apart from the already mentioned three filters.

Search Results for Settings App & Control Panel

Being a mixture of Windows XP and Windows 8, Windows 10 has confused many users since its first release. As the time passed we got used to most of it. But there are things which are not figured out yet. One such thing is the distribution of settings in Settings app and Control panel. Microsoft is moving more and more settings to Settings app on each update and we can hope every setting will come under Settings App one day. But for the time being, we have to deal with scattered settings in Control panel and Settings App.

Settings Icon For Control Panel and Settings App
Control Panel                                                               Settings App

There is a trick to identify which setting is in which, while performing a search in the taskbar. The search results show settings either with a black and white icon or a color icon. The settings in Settings app will have black and white icon while the control panel settings will have colored icon. Remember this “decipher” key next time you search for settings.

Quick Calculation in Taskbar Search

Unlike old versions of Windows, you can find calculator app in a snap in Windows 10 using search. But there is an even easier way to do your calculations that too without opening your calculator app.

Windows 10 Quick Calculation

If you want to do a basic calculation quickly, type in the equation to the taskbar search. You will be presented not only with the result for the problem but a bing calculator to perform some more calculations.

Search in File Explorer

Windows 10 File Explorer comes with a search box. File Explorer search box can help you to search for files and folders without leaving the explorer. All you have to do is type in the name of the file/folder you need to find. If you are searching for a specific file this works fine, but when searching large directories you may feel the sluggishness.

Windows10 File Explorer SearchBox

If you find yourself searching the same thing over and over again, you can use yet another feature in file explorer. Save search is a feature in file explorer which would help to save your searches for future needs.

Windows 10 File Explorer Search Menu

To save a search first type in the search term to file explorer search box. Select the  Search option from the Search Tool ribbon at the top of the explorer window. If you feel like tweaking some search parameters you can do so from the Refine section. You can fiddle with parameters like date of modification, kind, size and other properties.

Windows 10 Search Folder

After that click on the Save search option. Give a name for your search and hit save button. If you haven’t selected any specific folder to save to, by default it will be saved in the search folder. Next time you need not type in the search term but just double click the saved search.

Wildcards Search on Windows 10

Wildcards are some filler characters used to guess words. So when we use wildcards in our search terms the possible combinations of words are used to get the search results.

Let’s get familiarized with some of the wildcard characters.

*(asterisks): Asterisk is a wildcard character which replaces either none, one or more characters in the search term. Suppose we type in a word bea*, we get words starting with bea, which can be anything like beans, bear, beard, beauty and so on.

?(question mark): This wildcard helps to replace only one character in our search term. For example, searching for ad?pt gives us words such as adopt, adapt, adept and so on.

#(hashtag or pound): Hashtag/pound is a wildcard used to replace a numeric character. Search for 5#3, which would give you results such as 513,573 or any number in between 5 and 3.

Use File Properties to Search

Suppose you don’t know the name of a file but know some details about the same and you need to find that file, what to do!!! No worries since Windows 10 has the ability to find files/folders using the properties/metadata/details of the files in file explorer search.

Windows 10 Properties Search

You can perform your search based on properties such as date, file type, author and so on.

Search with Metadata

How to search using metadata! Let’s see one by one. To search using metadata we can use a key-value pair. For the file, name key will be ‘name’. After entering the key put a colon(:) and then the value(name: guitar or name: tutorial).

Similarly to search as per file kind/type we use the key ‘kind’. This helps to search for specific type of file like audio, documents and so on. Type in the key followed by the colon and then the value(kind: document or kind: video).

Tags are metadata that helps to search file as per the description of the file. Key value pair for which would look like tags: office or tags: must read.

If you need to search based on the author of the file using the key ‘author’(author: James).

Search using Boolean Filters

Boolean filters help you to combine multiple search terms. Let’s jump into different boolean filters right away.

Windows 10 Boolean AND Search

AND is a Boolean filter combine two search terms and show results with both the words. Suppose you searched ‘guitar AND tutorial’ you would get results such as ‘guitar tutorial.doc’ or ‘guitar basic tutorial.mp4’.

Windows 10 Boolean OR Search

To type in two words and get back results with either of these words you can use OR filter. Search for ‘stock OR market’ and you will get results such as ‘stock.xlxs’ , ’market list.txt’ and so on.

Windows 10 Boolean NOT Search

If you want to get files without a specific term you could use NOT filter. ‘NOT tutorial’ can bring up results like ‘guitar.mp3’, ‘guitar basic.txt’ and so on.

Windows 10 Boolean Quote Search

Quote your search term to get files with exactly that words. To quote a search term enclose it inside “”. “guitar basic tutorial” will give you files with that exact name.

Windows 10 Boolean Parantheses Search

Parentheses is a filter which would get the result with all the words in the search query but not only in that exact order. ‘(guitar basic tutorial)’ results ‘tutorial guitar basic’, ‘basic tutorial guitar’, ‘guitar tutorial basic’ etc.

To search for greater/more than or later than some value you can use greater than(>) filter. If you want to search for a file after a date, say 1st Jan 2018’, search ‘date:>01/01/2018’.

Similar to greater than filter we also have lesser than(<) filter, which would give you results lesser/earlier than a value. ‘size:<10MB’ gives you files with size less than 10MB.

Now you are aware of search tricks for Windows 10. Do try them out and these are going to save tons of your time while using Windows and searching for a file or data. Hope these tricks will make your Windows 10 experience smoother.

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