August Surface firmware update rolls out with processor throttling problems significantly degrading the performance of Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices. Microsoft also began the rollout of the August 2019 update for Windows 10 version 1903 and older versions with several fixes and security improvements. The end of life for Windows 7 is coming in January 2020, and if you’re still running the OS, here’s all you need to know to stay current and supported. (You can also check the lifecycle information about Windows 10, in this guide.) If you’re planning to build a Network Attached Storage (NAS) or upgrade the storage on your computer, this guide, we’ll help to understand the difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM hard drives. In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Explore Beekeeping to refresh your desktop.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned a number of tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to reset your device keeping your files. We looked at the steps to edit the “hosts” file to manually map hostnames to IP addresses on Windows 10. You know now the steps to set assign a static Internet Protocol (IP) address configuration automatically using your router, instead of modifying the Windows 10 networking settings. If you’re looking to create a test environment to build a website or web application, you can use these steps to install and properly configure the XAMPP solution, which is the simplest way to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. The guide with all the changes and features for the Windows 10 20H1 update has been revised to include all the improvements up to build 18963. As part of the FreeNAS guide series, this week, we looked into the steps to install and set up the Plex Media Server plugin to stream media content across your home. In addition, you now know the steps to backup and restore the config files of your FreeNAS server. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.