You can prevent Windows from automatically installing or updating a specific device or driver using the “Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device IDs” Group Policy, but what if you’re using Windows 10 Home and don’t have Group Policy Editor? You can do the same thing using Registry Editor.
- For convenience, we can edit this template REG file to our needs and install it, instead of manually creating each registry in Registry Editor.
- Once you’ve downloaded the REG file, right click on it and Edit. We’re going to replace the Device ID in the template with the correct Device ID of your device.
This is the AutoHotkey script I use to type common special characters, including Spanish accented letters, superscripts, math and science symbols. I’ve also included shortcuts to simulate the media control keys.
You can copy and paste the script, or download a precompiled version that doesn’t require AutoHotkey to run.
You can put it in %username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup to have it automatically run at Windows startup.
(‘!’ means Alt, ‘+’ means Shift, ‘^’ means Control so !a means pressing ‘Alt’ and ‘A’ together.)
If your CPU frequency is being reduced under load, even at low temperatures, you’re probably experiencing power throttling. On many laptops, you can get rid of it by disabling the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework and then setting a higher power limit in the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility.
Your laptop may have an option to disable DPTF in the BIOS menu. If not:
- Install NoDPTF.reg to prevent Windows from automatically reinstalling DPTF.
- In Device Manager, find all the devices whose names start with “Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework”. They may be in the “System devices” list. Right click on each and “Uninstall device”. Check “Delete the driver software for this device” whenever available.
- Now you can use ThrottleStop or Intel XTU to raise the power limits.
Warning: if your computer can’t cool its CPU VRM properly, then raising the power limits may cause it to suddenly shut down. If that’s the case, you need to give the VRM more cooling like I did here.
If any DPTF devices are still present, please tell me their hardware IDs in the comments. (To check hardware ID: right click on the device, Properties, Details, select “Hardware Ids” in the drop-down menu.)
A lot of laptops have further Power Limits controlled by the EC, which is much harder if not impossible to change.
These laptops include:
- Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB
- Razer Blade Stealth (2019)
By the way, I’m using NetSpeedMonitor to show my network throughput.
If you want to show CPU or GPU stats like usage, frequency, power and temperature in the Taskbar’s Notification Area/system tray, like iStat Menus in Mac OS, you can do it using MSI Afterburner.
Here’s how you can extract a PNG image from a PDF in Acrobat DC while preserving its transparency.
Equalizer APO is not taking any effect in Windows 10.
- Open the Configurator program by searching for it in Start.
- Select your device and check “Troubleshooting options“.
- Choose “Install as SFX/EFX (experimental)“.
- Restart Windows.
The “How do you want to open this file” prompt keeps popping up even though you specified the program to open your AHK files.
You’re probably using AutoHotkey v2.
The bottom of the Huawei MateBook X Pro makes a creaking or squeaking noise when you lift the laptop by a bottom corner.
The noise is not caused by the laptop’s body but by the crinkling of the battery’s wrapping. You are exerting pressure on the battery area, slightly bending the bottom panel and pressing the battery.
When setting up Windows Hello, you can’t get past the first prompt to touch the fingerprint sensor.
The MateBook X Pro has some of the best speakers on any ultrabook. Unlike most laptops, it has 4 speakers instead of 2: there are a pair of up-facing tweeters under the speaker grill and a pair of down-facing woofers on the laptop’s bottom corners. The crisp up-firing tweeters greatly enhance soundstage and imaging. Nevertheless, these speakers are not perfect, and here’s some ways we can improve them.
Analysis in Stock Form
You can refer to this graph to adjust your equalizer setting in the Dolby app, but to get much better sound, read on.