I recently discovered that all the Microsoft branded apps that came with my brand new surface had incorrect location data. I first noticed it on my lock screen – it had Virginia Beach, VA weather information! I used to live there but currently I do not. So after numerous google searches I found my self right back where I started with the same incorrect weather information.
I found the the first part of my solution on Microsoft’s account management page.
Sign into your Microsoft account and scroll down to the privacy section and click on “Activity History“. Sign in again for the security Prompt and once your in select “Locations” under Filter by data type tree. From here you can either delete individual locations or clear all locations for your account by clicking on Clear Activity. I opted to clear all.
Now for the second part. In your windows settings menu select the Privacy Menu. Next select Location in the left column. Now scroll until you see the Location history section and simply click the Clear button.
For the Microsoft Weather app that is included with windows go into the settings menu by clicking on the gear icon. Under the General tab toggle Launch Location from or to Default Location and then back to Always detect my location. In the grayed out box it should now display your actual location. On a final note, if you get any prompts asking your to merge data – just click No.
If you have any problems or comments please share them with me.
Nothing returned from your search term? I recently had the same problem! So I did some tinkering and looked into services.msc to see if maybe windows search was not running, but it was in fact running. Next, I looked into “Change folder and search options” under the file menu. Navigated to the search tab and decided to check the box for “Don’t use the index when searching in file folders for system files (searches might take longer)” and also checked the box for “Always search file names and contents (this might take several minutes)“. I clicked “Apply” and then “OK“. Finally, I attempted my search term again and voila! It worked!
Internet Service Providers have marketed their speeds in Mbps or Megabits Per Second for years. It’s important to know the difference between Megabit and Megabyte, as they are two completely different metrics. Megabit is a lot smaller than a Megabyte. If you want to calculate your actual download or upload speeds – you need to multiply the speed you’re getting by “.125“. So, for example, if you’re getting 300 Mbps download speed from your ISP – you’re actually only getting 37.5 MBps Download speed. This is a huge misconception with a lot of people thinking they are actually getting the 300 MBps speed! To put it in perspective a SATA 3 (6 GBps) hard disk transfers data at a rate between 70 MBps to 120 MBps. A USB 3.0 Thumb Drive will transfer data around 80 MBps to 130 MBps. So in short, keep this in mind when you are shopping for an Internet service provider or upgrading your service.
Here is a chart so you can see how download rates compare to transfer rates.
Large Send Offload or “LSO” is a Property for your Network Adapter. It is supposed to reduce CPU usage and increase network performance. It doesn’t really help at all. Disabling it can substantially increase file transfer rates on your local network.
You can get to Large Send Offload by going to Device Manager which is in your computers control panel. (Administrator Privileges are required)
Press Start and in the search box type “Device Manager“. Select it from the list that populates.
Expand the list for Network Adapters and double click on your GBE Family Controller. You can also right click and select Properties.
Select Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4) and change the value to Disabled.
Select Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6) and change the value to Disabled.
You should restart your computer to see the change in speed.
If you do not see any difference in transfer rates, you should reset your network connection.
Open Command Prompt by pressing start and typing CMD.exe Right click on the option that populates and select Run As Administrator.
Type netsh winsock reset and pressEnter.
Type netsh int ip reset and pressEnter.
Type ipconfig /release and pressEnter.
Type ipconfig /renew and pressEnter.
Type ipconfig /flushdns and pressEnter.
Once you have completed these steps you should notice a huge difference in file transfer rates over your local area network connection. On my computer a file transfer rate increased from about 50 MB/s to 111 MB/s while transferring a file form my NAS to my desktop.
Everyone wants to make life easier, but I still watch co-workers, friends and family peck away at keys or doing things the long way around. Utilizing these short-cuts will make your life a whole lot easier and you can accomplish your task more efficiently! So without any further ado here are a few of my favorites!
Select all Ctrl + A
Cut selection or item(s) Ctrl + X
Copy selection or item(s): Ctrl + C
Paste selection or item(s): Ctrl + V
Switch between windows Alt + Tab
Scroll between windows Win+ Tab
Find Ctrl + F
Maximize Current window Win + ↑
Minimize Current Window Win + ↓
Snap Window to the Left Win + ←
Snap Window to the Right Win + →
Dual Monitor Snap Window to the Left Win + Shift + ←
Dual Monitor Snap Window to the Right Win + Shift + →