Connected standby mode: Check if your Windows PC supports this mode

We have already seen the different hibernation states available in Windows. While reading about the different sleep states of the system under Windows, we also read about the new sleep state connected in Windows 8/10. This article will show you how to find the different available sleep states supported by your Windows computer and whether your system supports the connected sleep state.

If my Windows PC supports the connected sleep state

To find out, you must open a command prompt window. Type in the boot image search and click Command Prompt. read more

Different system sleep states under Windows 10/8

When a computer is in sleep mode, it does not perform a task and appears to be turned off. However, it does not turn off, but keeps the memory status. S0, S1, S2, S3 and S4 are the four power states, of which S1, S2, S3 and S4 are the three sleep states. Each subsequent sleep state, from S1 to S4, is further turned off from the computer. S5 is the classic stop state.

System sleep state

In this article, we see the different system sleep states in Windows. MSDN explains this quite well.

System Power State S0 – This is the operating state in which your Windows PC is awake. This is not a sleep mode. read more

How to enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10

Wake-on-LAN is a protocol to wake remote computers from a low power mode. When a network adapter detects an Ethernet packet or WOL event, Wake-On-LAN (WOL) wakes a Windows computer from sleep mode. In Windows 10/8, Microsoft has changed the default behavior of how your computer reacts to WOL events.

Wake-on-LAN behavior under Windows 10/8

Wake-on-LAN is not officially supported by the S5 power state in Windows 7. On Windows 7, when the PC turns off, the system is set to S5 and all devices to D3, the state with the lowest performance.

On Windows 10/8, when the computer turns off, the system can be set to S4 Hybrid Shutdown or Hibernate and the devices can be set to D3. Wake-On-LAN is supported by S3 (Sleep) or S4 (Hibernate) under Windows 10/8. read more

Modification or configuration of standard programs and applications under Windows 8.1

One of the most common things we do is to define the standard applications with which we want to open files. We usually repair the standard browser, standard video player and so on. In this article, I will show you how to change the default programs under Windows 8.1. It’s pretty easy to change, I save time by showing where the options are, so it will be much easier to find.

Change the default applications under Windows 8.1

Follow these steps

  • Press the start button and enter the PC settings.
  • Select the parameters PC and in the parameters PC Search & Apps.
  • Under Search & apps, select Defaults.
  • Under Default settings, you will find various options for changing default programs such as web browser, email, music player, video player, photo viewer, etc.
  • Now simply click Select a defect and choose from the available list.

Let’s say you want to change the default file mapping for a particular extension. In this case, you have to scroll down a bit. You will find something called standard applications by file type. read more

Hibernation turns off the computer under Windows PC

I came across a client machine where he put the computer to sleep and turned the machine off. He used to use the Hibernate option first. On return, the computer jammed on the boot screen and shut down the machine, losing all stored data.

So I had an idea of how to approach this problem. First of all, you should check your power plan, because I have already experienced that a damaged power supply can cause strange problems with Windows Sleep, Shutdown, etc.. So I first decided to delete the energy plan, because he was using his own energy plan, which I had created for him. Remember that you cannot delete the default energy plans – you can only reset the plans to the default settings – what you need to do! read more

Creating a system image under Windows 10/8.1 with PowerShell

If you are using the new version Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you may have noticed that Windows 7 File Recovery, which was available under the hood of File History in Windows 8, has been removed in Windows 8.1. That’s why under Windows 8.1 you can’t create backup system images like you could under Windows 7 or Windows 8 – but the good news is that you can still extract backup images created under Windows 8 or Windows 7. read more

Drop shadows for icon labels on the Windows desktop cannot be deleted

We talked earlier about how to optimize visual effects, disable content when dragging objects and disable font smoothing to improve the performance of Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

In this screenshot, you can clearly see how Windows drops a shadow for symbol labels :

It is very easy to enable and disable drop shadows for symbol labels. You must open Performance Options / Visual Effects.

Icon drop shadows cannot be deleted

1 Press the Windows key + R combination, type Regedt32.exe into the Run dialog box and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

2 Navigate to next location: read more

Repair a corrupted Windows image with Error 0x800f0906

If, when running the DISM DISM Error 0x800f0906 tool, the source files could not be downloaded message, then this message may help you. A few days ago, we talked about repairing corrupted Windows images using the DISM (Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management) component repair tool. Today, when I tried the method of our article posted on a computer, I received an error and I could not completely repair a Windows image.

Errors 0x800f0906

Here are the details of the complete scenario I was confronted with after running the Windows component tool: read more

Windows Live Mail Error 0x8DE20003 or Server Error 3204

If you cannot send or receive emails or access while using Windows Live Mail on your Windows 8 or Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro, you should read this article. Microsoft has released one Windows Live Mail Diagnostic Fix It solution to help you solve this problem.

Windows Live Mail Error 0x8DE20003 or Server Error 3204

If you access with Windows Live Mail and use one of the following options :

  1. Error: Server : Windows Live Mail Error ID : 0x8DE20003
  2. It is not possible to connect or access e-mails. (, MSN, and Live Mail)
  3. The e-mail address will be deleted in case of confidentiality or server error: 3204

You can download and apply Microsoft Fix it 9833174 from KB2842520 to your system. The wizard can only be in English, but the automatic correction also works for other language versions of Windows. Once you have downloaded it, simply click on it to run it and follow the wizard. read more

Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1/10

With the release of Windows 8.1,, Microsoft offers many new features and has also removed some useful things from Windows. One of the most important things that some may miss is Windows Experience Index. For those who do not know Windows Experience Index, it is a Microsoft reference tool that determines the performance of your computer. It analyzes your processor calculations per second, memory operations per second – graphics by determining Windows Aero desktop performance and so on.

Microsoft first introduced it in Windows Vista. Microsoft removed the Windows RT Experience Index, but retained it on the original version of Windows 8 in October 2012. read more