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How to convert Windows installations to virtual machine images

There are quite a few use cases for wanting to convert a Windows installation to a virtual machine image; maybe you want to run tests on the virtual image afterwards, for instance to run an update to see how it goes. Or, you want to use the image as an option to access data from an old machine that you won't use anymore after the conversion.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic review

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic is a free program for Windows by the German software company Paragon Software that combines several of the company's single-purpose tools in a single interface.

Paragon discontinued the free editions of Partition Manager, Backup & Recovery, and Rescue Kit Free, but instead of just shutting down the products, the company created Hard Disk Manager 16 Basic which includes the functionality.

The software program has a size of about 150 Megabytes, and can be downloaded as a 32-bit and 64-bit version for Microsoft Windows systems.

Analyze Service Host high CPU usage

High CPU usage of a process on Windows can slow down other operations to snail like pace. While that is sometimes caused by user run programs, say a taxing computer game or video rendering program, it may sometimes be caused by Windows processes such as Service Host.

Service Host is a svchost.exe process; Recent versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system separate services that are run by it while older versions of Windows lumped them together which made identification more complicated.

Chrome 62 for Android shows passwords (finally)

Google Chrome 62 for Android comes with a set of new features that Google announced on the official Chrome releases blog a couple of days ago.

The most important feature of the set, if you ask me, is the ability to view and copy passwords that users saved using the mobile web browser.

Google feeds users local results in Maps and Search

Google announced a change yesterday that affects which version of the company's Maps and Search services users get.

The change affects mobile and desktop searches and Maps access, and returns local results to users regardless of top level domain they have accessed.

Google tests new perma-silence feature for sites in Chrome

Google tests a new feature in Chrome Canary currently that gives you options to silence websites in Chrome permanently so that they are blocked from playing audio.

Audio is an important part of the Internet, especially when it comes to multimedia content and entertainment in general.

Audio can be annoying as well, for instance when sites play video ads with audio, play videos with audio, or play audio to notify the user. Basically, any playback of audio that is not user initiated is problematic from a usability point of view.

Explore Space with NASA’s Eyes

NASA's Eyes is a free software program and mobile application to explore earth, the solar system, the universe and spacecraft exploring them.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology created the application. Note that the app requires an active Internet connection as it retrieves data from NASA servers when you run it.

Add your favorite websites to the Windows 10 Taskbar

If you want quick access to your favorite websites on Windows 10, you may add links to them to the Windows 10 taskbar to launch them with a tap or click on the icon.

While some browsers provide you with built-in tools to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar, others don't. Chrome and Microsoft Edge are in the first group of browsers, Firefox in the second.

This guide provides you with instructions on how to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and practically any other browser.

How to add a table of contents to a Word 2016 document

Adding a table of contents to a Microsoft Word 2016 document is not a complicated process. Still, if it is your first time doing so you may find it helpful if the process is laid out to you in clear words.

A table of contents lists chapters and other segments of a book or document. Most scientific books and many magazines display the table of contents on the first couple of pages of the document.

The table helps with the orientation but also highlights the logical structure of the document to the reader.

34% of Windows 10 devices still not updated to Creators Update version

The next feature update of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, is just weeks away. It appears though however that over 35% of Windows 10 devices are not running the last feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update.


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