How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10

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Sorry, Cortana — not everyone likes you. =)

  1. Launch the group policy editor by pressing Windows + R, typing gpedit.msc into the box, and pressing Enter.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
  3. Locate the Allow Cortana setting in the right pane and double-click it.
  4. Choose Disable and click OK
  5. Reboot

Optionally, without rebooting:

  1. Press Windows +R and type gpupdate /force into the box and press Enter
  2. Press Windows +R and type taskkill /f /im cortana.exe into the box and press Enter

How to fix Windows 10 Explorer “Working on it…” slowness

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This is caused by Windows Search / Indexing that times out waiting for old or stale network resources.  To resolve this you can delete the cache files:

%AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecentAutomaticDestinations

Delete all *.automaticDestinations-ms in that folder and the issue should be resolved.

NVIDIA Web Helper.exe – there is no disk in the drive

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Seems there is a bug in the NVIDIA Experience application.  I have a GTX 1050 mini installed on my home PC and have been experiencing the same issue.

As of 12/17 latest update to NVIDIA Experience, the bug is still there.  Simply click Continue – but you’ll see it every reboot or launch of the NVIDIA Experience application.

There are a few workarounds, I’ll highlight below, that I found on the NVIDIA forums regarding this error.

Workaround 1 – Disk Management

  1. Press Win+R and type diskmgmt.msc – hit enter
  2. Right click on the removable disk (most likely labeled D) and change drive letter to F or whatever available letter.
  3. Reboot

Workaround 2 – Registry

Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and modify errormode and set the value to 2.

Note:  Make sure you revert this back to its default value when/if NVIDIA updates their software to resolve this issue.

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlWindowserrormode

 

Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Direct Download Links

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Direct download links for Internet Explorer versions 7 through 11 on Microsoft’s site.

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 7 (IE7):

IE7 for Windows XP SP2

Windows Server 2003 32-bit

Windows Server 2003 64-bit

Windows Server 2003 ia64-bit

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 8 (IE8):

IE8 for Windows XP

IE8 for Windows Server 2003 32-bit

IE8 for Windows Server 2003 64-bit

IE8 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 32-bit

IE8 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit

 

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 9 (IE9):

IE9 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 32-bit

IE9 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit

IE9 for Windows 7 32-bit

IE9 for Windows 7 64-bit

 

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 10 (IE10):

IE10 for Windows 7 32-bit

IE10 for Windows 7 64-bit

IE10 for Windows Server 2008 64-bit

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11):

IE11 offline installers