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Solved: Windows 10 not shutting down after dual booting Linux

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 Sometimes after dual booting Linux, Windows 10 will fail to shutdown. Clicking on shutdown will show the shutdown animation, turn off the screen but the system will still be on just locked. This is an issue caused due to the Fast start-up feature in Windows. It is a feature that allows Windows to boot faster but it messes with the dual boot a lot. Turning off this feature solves this issue. Here is how you disable the fast start-up feature Open the Settings app or press Win + I . Go to System -> Power & Sleep. In the right hand side, under the related settings you will see a link to "Additional Power Settings". Click on it. In the Settings windows that open, click on the setting "Choose what the power buttons do" In the following screen, you will find the option to enable/disable fast start-up. Disable the fast start-up and restart Windows.

How to turn off ads in DuckDuckGo without adblockers?

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Almost every website in the internet has ads (including this blog). It is not a big surprise that DuckDuckGo the privacy oriented search engine also has adverts. But unlike many other website out there, DuckDuckGo allows users to choose whether or not to see ads. Go to DuckDuckGo settings page . Navigate to the General tab. Go to the Advertisements setting and turn it off. Yes, it is that simple. But before you turn the ads off, remember that DuckDuckGo does not personalize your ads. As far as I have seen, they were no animated or video ads that consume your data. They are mostly text based ads. So why should you turn them off? The ads look like search results. If you are setting DuckDuckGo as the default search engine for your parent or relative who might mistake an Ad for search result, you could turn it off. You don't like ads ion general. However in this case it is likely that you already have an adblocker in your browser.

How to fix your unresponsive Android Widgets?

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In low end Android mobiles, you can run into the issue of widgets turning unresponsive. For example, a Microsoft ToDo widget might display a blank white page without showing tasks, or a calendar widgets will show a blank page without the events. Any clicks on the widget will not work. But when you open the app or recreate the widget it will work for sometime before going unresponsive again. The main reason for this issue is that the application is closed in the background due to battery optimization. You can set this app to be not battery optimized by Android. Go to Settings. Open the App Info for the particular app you want to optimize. Click on Battery -> Battery Optimization. In the list of app, click on your app and select Don't optimize. If you are using a third party launcher, exempting your launcher from Battery Optimization might also help.

How to change your WiFi password in JioFi 4

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It is always safe to change your default Wi-Fi password of your router or hotspot. Here is how you can change the default password for your JioFi 4 device. Connect your phone or computer to JioFi. Open the URL:  http://jiofi.local.html/ Click on the Login link in the top right corner. The default username and password is "administrator" and "administrator". It is better to change the "administrator" password too. In the Settings tab, go to User Management You can change the Username and Password here. Now navigate to the Wi-Fi  section. The Wi-Fi password is located in the Security Key field. Change the Security Key and Save the settings.

How to set DuckDuckGo to not save searches in browser history?

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No I am not taking about the Incognito mode. There is a way to not save your search query to your browser history, if your search engine is DuckDuckGo. Here is how you do it, Go to the DuckDuckGo's Settings page and navigate to the Privacy tab. Alternatively you can click go to the link:  https://duckduckgo.com/settings#privacy Turn off the GET requests setting. That's all. So how it works? As you can see from the screenshot above there are two types of requests here, GET and POST. In simple terms, the GET type of requests send your search query through URL which is then saved by the browser. The data sent by POST requests are not saved by the browser. So why isn't it used by default? First, it causes some inconvenience to the user. For example, when you open a webpage from search result and then go back you will not go to the search result page. You will have to type the search query again for that. Second, it only protects the data from being saved on your own computer

How to turn off popups and prompts in DuckDuckGo?

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When you search in DuckDuckGo you might have noticed popups like the one below, that prompt you to install add-on or signup for a newsletter, etc... Here is how to turn off these prompts in DuckDuckGo Go to DuckDuckGo website . Click on the Hamburger menu on the top right corner. A new sidebar will open. Now click on the Other Settings option. In the General tab, turn off options under Install DuckDuckGo  (Popup & Homepage) Privacy Newsletter (Popup & Homepage) Homepage Privacy Tips (in Homepage) Help Improve DuckDuckGo (it is a popup for feedback,  not telemetry ) Click on the Save button to save your changes. Not only have we disabled the popups but the homepage also looks a lot cleaner. The below picture shows how the webpage looks before and after the settings change.

How to speedup your Windows 10 PC

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Windows can get really slow when you are running it on a budget computer. There are certain things & tweaks than can slightly boost the speed on your PC. Disable unwanted startup programs Programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, Spotify, etc.. start in along with Windows and run in the background. Even some built-in apps like OneDrive. Cortana, Skype do this. They all occupy your precious RAM and consume data. To disable the startup programs,  Open Task Manager Go to the Start-up tab. Right click on the program you want to disable and click disable. Turning off background apps This only works for apps that are installed via Microsoft Store. You can turn off background activities of an app to conserve power and improve performance. Open Settings. Go to Privacy -> Background Apps You can turn off background activity for apps on a case by case basis or in total. We recommend for doing it on a case by case basis. Sacrificing UI for performance Certain elements and fancy animations in UI

Reducing telemetry data in Windows 10

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Windows 10 collects a lot of telemetry data about you and your computer. Here is how to reduce all the telemetry data in Windows 10. Diagnostics Data Open Settings app. Go to Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback . Change the Diagnostic Data to Basic . Turn off the Tailored Experiences . Ad tracking Open  Settings  app. Go to  Privacy > General . Turn off the toggle " Let apps use advertising ID " and " Allow Windows to track app launches ".

How to turn off Indexing in Windows 10

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Windows indexes files and contents that allows you to search for a file in the windows search. For example, you can search for a file in your music library and it will show up in the start menu as libraries are indexed by default. However, if you have a organized folder structure and don't usually search for files, you can disable indexing. Disabling indexing does reduce disk usage. Disabling indexing of file contents Open This PC Right click on a drive and go to Properties. Uncheck the "Allow files on this drive to have its contents indexed in addition to file properties". Removing locations from indexing Search for Indexing Options in the start menu and open it. Click on Modify in the Index Options Windows. Click on "Show all locations" Now uncheck the locations that you don't want to be indexed. I leave the Start menu folder to be indexed as all the program shortcuts are there.