Refresh Instead of Reset Windows 10

Windows 10 has a fantastic feature that lets you essentially reinstall Windows 10 on your computer from the ground up, like new—without deleting any of your data files (though you will have to reinstall software and drivers). When your PC is beyond repair, you access it at Settings > Update & Security > Recovery, and click Reset this PC, pick settings like “Keep My Files” or “Remove Everything” and let it rip. You don’t need any separate media, like a copy of Windows 10 on a disc or USB flash drive.

But that can be overkill. Sometimes, Windows just needs a reset that does not eradicate your software and drivers. This is also easy to do, but it does require a copy of Windows 10 on separate media. Don’t have the media, since you probably performed the free Windows 10 upgrade during its first year of life? Get it via here. Run it and install the included ISO file onto a 4GB or larger USB drive you can utilize for the reset now and in the future. Or you can just mount it as a virtual drive in Windows 10.

Double-click the setup on that media/drive’s Setup option, ask to download updates and check “Keep personal files and apps” when it appears. After a few more prompts and waiting, your Windows 10 system will have the refresh it needs.

UPDATE: Problems? Use the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

Got other problems with Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.

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Email Address Encoder

This form will allow you to encode your e-mail address through the use of Character Entities, transforming your ascii email address into its equivalent decimal entity. Simply enter your regular e-mail address in the first text box, click the encode button, and then highlight and copy the resulting code produced in the second text box. This encoded e-mail address can be read and translated back into its original ascii text by almost any web browser without any further action on your part. Just replace all instances of your e-mail address on your pages with the code, and you won’t have to worry (too much) about spam lists.

It may also help you with getting around those pesky automated forum censors, so you can post whatever you bloody well like.

For example

On the visible web page:

“For more information, send email to”

In the source code for the web page, the above should look like this:

“For more information, send email to <a href=”mailto:&#121;&#111;&#117;&#114;&#110;&#097;&#109;&#101;

Note: This technique is not by any means a foolproof solution – high end software such as that used by Google’s™ search engine can still sniff out your email address regardless. But this technique will still certainly go a long way towards minimizing your exposure to less capable automated email harvesters.

Regular E-mail Address:

Encoded E-mail Address:

Original Script Design:

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Removing Spyware from Android

1. Boot your device into safe mode (Please note that entering “safe mode” varies depending on your device). Safe mode boots the device with default settings without running third party apps.

2. Uninstalling spyware from your device requires you to first remove administrator privilege. To do that, go to Settings –> Security –> Device Administrator and select app, then deactivate.

3. Once this is done, you can go to Settings –> Apps –> Uninstall app.

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