HOW TO: Disable Superfetch in Windows 10

Superfetch is another process in Windows with roots as far back as a service called Prefetch in Windows XP, which was replaced by Superfetch in Windows Vista and has been on every consumer version of Windows since. It is designed to improve performance by pre-loading applications that you use frequently into memory so loading it seems snappier. However, Superfetch can sometimes bring mechanical hard drives to their knees for a time after logging in.

Even if its not causing too heavy of a load on my hard drive, my opinion is that any performance increase isn’t worth the initial drag on my systems at login so I generally disable it as part of the initial Windows setup on my machines. I’ve disabled it on all of my personal Windows machines, as well as several client devices with complaints of being slow, and have not experienced any negative side effects. If you want to see if it’ll help boost your PC’s performance, keep reading! Continue reading “HOW TO: Disable Superfetch in Windows 10”

HOW TO: Create a Restore Point in Windows 10

Windows generally auto-creates a restore point when it installs updates and some programs will create one as part of their install process. However, you should manually create one any time you’re changing system settings and aren’t 100% confident of the outcome. Even if you are sure it won’t cause havoc, it’s not a bad idea to create a restore point before making changes to your Windows system anyway.

This post shows how to create a restore point using Windows 10, though the procedure is similar in all current versions of Windows. Keep reading to see how to do it!

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Detective Pikachu Live Action Pokémon Movie?!

Hashtag fake news, bro.

When my brother told me that a live-action Pokemon movie was coming out, that was pretty much my face. What a horrible idea! And Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu? Wha?! No way. Can’t be real. Hashtag fake news, bro.

Then I searched YouTube and…

Jeebus jizz on a crackho, it’s real. And I want to see it.

Pikapool? Deadchu? Whatever. He. Will. Electrocute. You.
Charizard looks badass! And Pikapool is about to become an extra-crispy snack.
Ohgod, they managed to make Mister Mime even creepier. #NightmareFuel

I didn’t realize that I needed this movie. Give me now! I can’t wait.!

Are you going to go see it? Leave a comment or tweet me @AwkwardPrimate!

🐵~Rafe

HOW TO: Disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry in Windows 10

Windows Compatibility Telemetry is frequently the culprit behind a slow Windows 10 experience as it attacks your hard drive and bogs everything down. Here’s a quick fix to disable WCT permanently*.

Create a restore point!

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  1. Open Task Scheduler (in Start, search “Task Scheduler”)
  2. In the left pane, navigate to:
    • Task Scheduler Library
      • Microsoft
        • Windows
          • Application Experience
  3. Right-click on “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”
  4. Left-click on “Disable”

That’s it! Simple! While I’ve done this on all of my personal systems, and several client systems, without trouble, if you suddenly start encountering problems after making this change, you can easily re-enable WCT following the same steps.

* I verified that this fix works as of Windows 10 1803 on 2018-11-13, however Microsoft is constantly “improving” Windows 10 so this fix may not work after future updates. If you encounter any issues with this fix, see any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions in the post, and/or have any other feedback, leave a comment or tweet me @AwkwardPrimate! Thanks!

🐵RL

T-Mobile Customer? Change Your Password!

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T-Mobile announced on Thursday evening that they were the target of a hack that they promptly shut down on August 20th. In the press release, T-Mobile stated that financial information and social security numbers were not stolen, however exposed data “may have included one or more of the following: name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number and account type (prepaid or postpaid).”

While T-Mobile claims that passwords weren’t compromised (only the encrypted hashes), according to this article, the passwords may have been weakly encrypted and potentially discovered with a brute force attack.

Lessons of the past tell us that, even if you weren’t one of the 20 million customers supposedly involved, you should assume that you are. Go to T-Mobile’s website and change your password immediately – and remember, don’t use the same password anywhere else! I highly recommend using a password manager, such as LastPass, to generate and save secure passwords.

When I tried to login to my T-Mobile account, it forced me to update my password before proceeding so it should do that with you as well. Stay safe!