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Configuration and Settings to Snooze Windows 10 Updates

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In the past, it was not possible to snooze Windows 10 updates. Windows devices used to be automatically restarted to complete the installation of some changes.

This was certainly frustrating not only for domestic consumers but also for businesses.

Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has implemented a method that no longer requires forced restarts to install or upgrade certain system components. It is also currently possible to snooze Windows 10 updates.

One of Microsoft’s great promises with Windows 10 is to keep the system always up-to-date and secure. The problem is that these updates do not always emerge at the right time.

In many cases it may seem like Windows updates demand restarts exactly when you are in the middle of important work. As a result, in such cases updates end the normal operation of your computer. You could rarely do something about it.

How to snooze Windows 10 updates

Microsoft introduced a feature called ‘Snooze’ that makes it possible for users to delay a specific update. You can pause updates for a maximum of 3 days at a time. This allows you to find the most appropriate time to install the update.

If you do choose to update and restart, once you turn on the computer, the first thing you see is a message that says “Updating… this could take a few minutes.” This can be frustrating as those minutes soon become an hour.

You may lose a meeting on Skype or cause a delay in a project in which you have just the right time to finish and deliver.

Once the Windows 10 Creators Update has been installed, your computer will no longer display small, easy-to-ignore reminders about an upcoming update. Windows 10 will no longer snatch control of your machine when it’s time to install.

Instead, you will be presented with a complete screen, impossible to ignore, that will present you with three options: “Restart now“, “Select a time” or “Snooze“.

Why does Windows do this? Well, the updates are to improve security, that’s all we know.

What few people know is that there are new settings to manage the Windows update behavior, perhaps one of the most important functions of Windows 10 Creators Update.

This is the Settings menu that allows you to configure when you want the updates.

Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update, you have different options available to manage the installation times of the updates. You can decide when you want the computer to restart so that the new version is installed.

You also have the option, as before, of ‘Active Hours’. Periods of daily time during which you do not want to know anything about updates. If you have not already configured it on your computer, you should do so.

During active hours, Windows will not restart your computer to install updates without asking you first.

In the Windows Update section, click Choose Activity Hours. By factory setting, the activity hours are programmed for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you can adjust them according to your most productive times. Your hours of activity can be up to 18 hours.

Another feature that has been added with Creators Update is the ability to check at a glance whether our computer has the latest updates installed.

This is really useful if you want your computer to be safe and also have all the new functions and bug fixes.

Windows 10 Update and Security  – Reset Options

Under the Choose Active Hours option, are the ‘Restart’ options. These settings allow you to override the hours of activity to install an update.

If there is an update ready to install and you will be away for several hours, you can schedule your PC to restart and install the update while you are away.

This is a function that can be scheduled to only occur once and does not alter the settings of other updates.

You can also install an update immediately available by clicking “Restart Now“.

Advanced options to snooze Windows 10 updates

If you are using Windows 10 Pro, you will find a link for Advanced Options below Restart Options in the Windows Update section. Here you will find three drop-down menus to choose when you want the updates to be installed.

The first menu gives you an option between Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel (for Business).

The Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) option issues updates once Microsoft makes them available.

The Semi-Annual Channel option adds a four-month delay for large-scale installations (large companies and businesses), which ensures that the upgrade is as stable as possible.

Must have Windows 10 Store games for PC that you need to try

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Before we start, there is something that needs to be clarified. This list is not a historical examination of the most groundbreaking PC games that exist.

It is well-known that Final Fantasy 7 defined an entire generation with its storytelling. Metroid is one of the best action games ever created. Forza Horizon 3 is the ultimate open-world race games.

Everyone knows these facts and agrees on them. This list is simply a collection of excellent games that are being offered by Windows 10 Store.

Creating this list was hard.

Windows 10 store provides a lot of options, which is something not a lot of people know. The reason why Windows Store does not get enough attention is due to Steam. Valve’s Steam Store is still one of the biggest online game providers in the world.

Hence, what this list will do is showcase several major games that are available on the Windows 10 Store from each genre. Each game listed here is available, right now, at the Windows Store.

Without any further ado, here is the list of must-have games available in the Windows Store.

Action Games

Batman: Arkham Knight

The Batman series is Rocksteady Studios’ crown jewel. The only way to describe this game is by saying: You are Batman. The controls are easy to use. The storyline is superbly written, and the graphics are what you expect from a big-budget game. Rocksteady Studios borrowed everything that worked in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to the third instalment of the series. Packed with enough goon-busting fun to satisfy any action addict, Batman: Arkham Knight will not disappoint anyone.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider sees young Lara Croft face a group of fanatical zealots who pursue immortality. The game features magnificent set pieces with jaw-dropping views. It also contains an excellent combat mechanic and challenging puzzles. Overall, the game lives to the outstanding reputation that the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot created. Rise Tom Raider provides non-stop action that will leave you exhausted.

Adventure Games

Game of Thrones

Telltale’s Game of Thrones follows the exploits and adventures of the characters on the HBO show with the same name. Now, some bookworms might wish the game focused more on the book narrative instead of the TV show. Regardless, Telltale’s Game of Thrones is phenomenal representation Westeros’ cruel and harsh realm. So get ready to play the game of thrones, but remember: All men must die.

The Walking Dead

Another amazing gem created by Telltale, The Walking Dead combines the horrors of the zombie apocalypse with fantastic storytelling. Get ready to play as Lee, an ex-convict who finds himself in charge of Clementine, an orphaned kid. The game is filled with memorable characters and emotional moments that will make you fear the living more than the dead.

Fighting Games

Mortal Kombat XL

There is a soft spot in all of us for this game. Mortal Kombat has kept generations horrified and addicted to the gore and violence it displays. Unfortunately, when Mortal Kombat X came out for PC, it did not receive the support its console version counterpart got. In comes Mortal Kombat XL. This update offers PC gamers with all the new fighters, stages, costumes, and gore that we have come to love and appreciated from the MK franchise.

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition

From one classic franchise to another, Rare’s Killer Instinct is back for console user after being available exclusively for consoles. The Definitive Edition includes all 26 characters and all the content featured in the Supreme Edition bundle. Additionally, the game contains a story line and arcade mode that allows you to learn more about the characters or simply challenge your friends and perform a c-c-c-combo breaker.

Horror Games

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is the game all Alien fans deserve. Creative Assembly drew inspiration from Ridley Scott’s original 1979 film instead of Jame Cameron’s action-filled movie. And this new take on an Alien game completely works. Alien: Isolation is all about subterfuge and evasion. The lack of weapons to defend yourself or a companion to help you, makes you feel vulnerable and isolated. You have beat the game and avoid the alien threat by using your wits, environment, and tools crafted. Alien: Isolation is the dark, oppressive, and smart world we deserve.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

It could be argued the Resident Evil series lost its ways after a while. The game became a 3rd person shooting game instead of terrifying and nightmare-inducing. All that changed with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom chose to go back to its roots by slowing down the action and changing character’s motivation. The dread and horror this decision generates, rivals the fear gamers felt when the original Resident Evil came out in 1996. So grab a copy of this game and get ready to explore one of the best horror games to come out in a while.

Racing & Sports Games

Forza Horizon 3

The debut of Forza Horizon on PC is also the best time for Playground Games to create a racing masterpiece. Forza Horizon 3 is an incredibly addictive racing game set in Australia. There are some frame-rate hiccups, but otherwise, the fast cars and open-world exploration will make you want to drive forever. The rugged landscape is the perfect setting to create a game that celebrates car culture as well as the festival energy that surrounds racing. Forza Horizon 3 is a game not racing enthusiast will regret purchasing. But it is a game people will regret not having played.

Rocket League

Staying with the racing genre, Rocket League is a game that is straightforward about its premise. The game blends the joy of RC racing with the confrontational nature of soccer or football, for those not living in North America. Rocket League is a fun game regardless of how many times you play it. Every match is completely different, and that makes its simplicity so brilliant. If you ever want to play a simple game, with over-the-top spectacle, then Rocket League is for you.

RPG & Roguelike Games

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect is one of those series that changed the way players interact and react with their digital environment. Every decision you made carried over to the next instalment of the franchise, adding gravitas and consequences to your decisions. It was BioWare’s masterpiece, and it redefined the RPG genre. Mass Effect: Andromeda builds upon what made Mass Effect so strong. This time you are not Commander Shepard. Instead, you are part of an initiative to colonise Andromeda. Mass Effect: Andromeda is an exciting game that will keep you immersed in the Mass Effect universe.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The good news is that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lives up to the standard set the previous The Witcher games. The bad news is that this is the last game of the series. CD Projekt Red’s action-RPG is as fun and engaging as the previous games. Do not expect The Witcher 3 to be just like the other two games. CD Projekt Red changed the formula by intruding an open world filled with monsters and quest. The game also improved in the alchemy and fighting system. However, it is the story that still drives the game.

Shooter Games

Far Cry 4

There are very few shooters that are as fun as Far Cry. The sandbox game allows players to explore freely while finding missions and collectables. Far Cry 4 does not add much new to the franchise, but it still an incredibly fun, enjoyable, and beautiful game to play. You will spend dozens of hours running through the jungle and having never-ending fun.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

There is nothing to say about Halo. It is the game that brought Bungie to the forefront. Halo: The Master Chief Collection combines all the Halo games for you to play again. It also offers all the multiplayer options that made Halo so much fun. So replay the story of John-117, as he fights the Covenant with the help of Cortana. Find the truth behind those who constructed Halo, and repel the Flood. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the ultimate Halo collection.

Sim & World-Building Games

Minecraft

Microsoft’s biggest game outside of Halo, Minecraft is a blocky sandbox game that lets you explore the limits of your imagination. Minecraft revolves around exploring the world and surviving the monsters that attack you at night. But the game is so much more than that. Players can enjoy creating anything they want, and push the boundaries of what can be possible. The integration with VR shortly will serve to increase the game’s enjoyment.

Cities: Skyline

SimCity 4 left a lot of player with a sour taste in their mouth. Luckily, Cities: Skyline come out soon after to the delight of city planners across the globe. Skyline is a stunning game with an AI that makes you feel the struggles of sustaining a metropolis as it keeps devouring resources. And with the latest expansion pack, you have now the ability handle disasters as well as dealing with tourism, pollution, weather, crime, and traffic. It is the city simulation game to buy, and the size of the maps allows you to create towns in the same play area.

Stealth Games

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Law enforcer Adam Jensen returns to the stealth-based shooting game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is the latest entry in the cyberpunk series. Square Enix’s creation tells the story of a world where augmented people are treated as second-class citizens. The game contains several side quests, while also providing the same level of stealth, with, cunning, and hacking expected from Deus Ex.

Dishonored

Dishonored is a fantastic FPS that sets you in a universe packed with murder, stealth, and intrigued. Arkane Studio managed to create an extraordinary fantasy world filled with a rich background and supernatural happenings. It is not as quite open-world as Deus Ex, but it makes up for it in storytelling and drama. The stealth mechanics also make it extra challenging and adds replayability.

Strategy Games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

You cannot talk about strategy games without mentioning XCOM. 2K Games and Firaxis brought back the classic franchise with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The turn-based game is reminiscent of the 1994 X-COM: UFO Defense. Enemy Unknown feels like the successor X-COM: Enforcer should have been. XCOM: Enemy Unknown contains streamlined gameplay, challenging combat, and an original story. It is a must have.

Best Windows 10 Apps for September 2017 – Back to Basics!

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Not everyone knows that Windows has an app store! The latest Windows OS lets you install apps that can run across the entire Microsoft ecosystem.

Everyone is more familiar with Apple’s iTunes Store. However, this Win Store is one of the best features that Window 10 inherited from its predecessor, Windows 8.

Furthermore, the apps in the Windows 10 store are lightweight, touch-friendly, and can run full-screen on windowed. Moreover, the apps are automatically updated and installed in multiple devices once purchased.

However, not all apps are equal. Some apps take more advantage of Windows 10 than others. Universal apps are especially better to use than even some traditional PC programs. That is because these type of apps have the ability to communicate with Windows 10 built-in notification system.

Universal apps present live information in the start menu. That is important for things like weather forecast, sport event scores, or even social media messages. Additionally, because these universal apps have to interact with OS, they are vetted to provide quality, security, and software stability.

Best Windows 10 Apps

 

This following list will not include PC games. Games are increasing in numbers in the Windows Store. The range of games extends from casual games like Crossy Road to more graphic demanding games, like Forza, Gears of War, and Quantum Break.

There is also Microsoft-owned Minecraft is available. Moreover, that is because the Windows Store is scheduled to merge with the XBOX Store. Ergo, games deserve a list of their own. The quality content that is being distributed in gaming is too large to put it on this list.

Lastly, this top best Windows 10 apps list will also avoid mentioning apps like OneNote, Skype, Outlook Mail, Calendars and many other Windows native apps. This list is to showcase the best of the rest.

The third-party apps that will change how you interact with your operating system. With all that said, here are the best Windows 10 apps of 2017.

Dropbox – Free or a subscription fee for extra storage

Even though OneDrive is Windows native, Dropbox is still a useful app to have. You can use the universal app across all Windows devices. Moreover, this cloud storage system still excels at synchronization when updating or modifying files stored.

Additionally, Dropbox allows you to view photos and archives in-app, as well as mark your favorites. Lastly, the app brings an auto-uploader option that allows you to upload any photos shot on any device that has Dropbox installed.

Duolingo – Free

The best free language-learning app, according to PCMag, is available at the Windows Store as a universal app. The app produces the same exercises you are accustomed seeing on the browser version.

Moreover, the app comes with 16 languages to chose from for English speakers. The same challenging but rewarding difficulty is still there along with the fun progression system. From just connecting an image to a word in a foreign language to pronouncing a foreign language, Duolingo will help you learn while keeping you engaged.

eBay – Free

The most recognisable online auction site offers a universal app that allows you to keep track of your bids in real time. You can also search, sell or buy items through its filtering option. The interface is pretty simple and inviting.

Any requests or notifications come through the Windows Action Center, which means that this is the app to have if you are an avid eBay user.

FourSquare – Free

Yelp’s rival, FourSquare became the first to release a universal app that takes advantage of the Win10 system. The app allows you to use it without an account, but you could benefit from having one anyway.

The system will learn your taste as you use it so that it can make positive recommendations. Moreover, it allows you to save your favourite places, leave commentaries about them, and like or dislike the different shops you visit.

Lastly, the app is incredibly easy to use and integrated with Bing Maps, which guarantees that you’ll never have any trouble finding the latest “it” place in town.

Facebook Messenger – Free

If you are an FB user and want to have your FB messages on all your devices, it is hard to do better than Facebook Messenger. The app is available for iOS, Android, Web, and Windows.

The Windows app features a stable platform with easy navigation. Furthermore, the app offers you to share photos, voice notes, and GIFs.

As with all the other apps integrated with Windows 10, it contains notification option that will guarantee you never miss a conversation. However, the app still lacks to option to video-call or voice-call.

Fresh Paint – Free, with in-app purchases

Paint may be the most recognised Windows OS app, but if you want to take your skills to the next level, Fresh Paint is the option for you. This app supports multi touch function, as well as realistic paint, watercolour, and pencil textures.

The basic Fun Pack is completely free. But if you want a bit more variety, the Variety Pack cost $1.49 as an in-app purchase. Fresh Paint also offers the Adventure Pack and Friends Pack for $1.99 each. This app will not replace Adobe Photoshop’s power.

But if you are looking for a simple, highly polished app with dozen canvas, paper textures, and multiple brushes this is the app for you. Once you are done creating a masterpiece, you can save it as a PNG file and send it to all your friends and art critics.

Netflix – Free

What can be said about Netflix that has not been said already? Netflix recognition is unrivalled.

The app released by the company can be used in all devices and allows you to flip between devices seamlessly as you move screens. Search for your favourite titles or just browse through genres with the easy to use interface. The app is free, but the subscription starts at $7.99 per month.

PicsArt -Free, with in-app purchases

PicsArt offers a photoshop-style selection of option regarding the editing of digital images.

You can work on pictures from your camera roll or even from an online account. The app contains a, virtually, endless effects for photos and it also allows you to create a drawing from scratch. One PicsArt strength is the collage option. But if you are more into filters and noise reduction, the app will please you beyond your imagination.

PicsArt is the app to use to change and edit photos as you wish.

Polarr – Free; Pro version $19.99

Staying in the realm of photography, Polarr is another photography-related app to consider. This app offers a raw camera file that allows you to adjust lighting and colour. Polarr also comes with a clear and touch friendly interface that boasts with effect filters.

The app contains a guide mode that will help you show how to use the app and improve photos. The free version will satisfy most users. But if you want to upgrade to the pro version, you can create your filters on top of multiple other options.

The Weather Channel -Free

The native Windows Weather App is good enough if all you care is glancing at the weather. But if you want a more precise knowledge of what might happen during the day, the Weather Channel app is the one for you.

The app can notify you if there is a severe weather watch, tornado alert, rain, or breaking news that might be relevant for your weekend plans.

Lastly, the Weather Channel app takes full advantage of Cortana voice control.That means you can ask the app to show you the forecast or how the weather will be at the place you are planning to visit.

Twitter – Free

Twitter is the place where conversation flows freely between thousands of users at a time.

The Windows 10 app supports everything you may want from the microblogging service. That includes access to multiple accounts, video uploads, pictures uploads (and you can tag people on them), and location share.

Moreover, you can save drafts, edit your profile, and switch between the light and dark themes. The app will notify you according to your notification settings.

Telegram – Free

A somewhat underrated app service in the western world, Telegram is quite popular in Eastern Europe and multiple other places across the planet. The biggest advantage of the app relies on its end-to-end encryption, which is something Whatsapp is still struggling to offer.

The app provides the ability to share images, GIFs, videos, files, and watch links in-app. The mobile version also permits users to send video messages and do encrypted phone calls, so you know a third party is not hearing your conversations.

Lastly, Telegram offers the option of creating self-destruct conversations, IFTT integration, and create groups of 1,000 people or more.

WolframAlpha – $2.99

The best investment you can do if you are in the fields of mathematics, geology, astronomy, or biology. The app allows you to compare areas, masses, and dimensions using its vast databank.

There is also information about music, health, nutrition, transportation, and multiple other topics that might interest you. Moreover, that massive number of statistics and quotable sources found in this app makes it perfect for students looking to simplify their workload.

Wunderlist – Free. Pro version $4.99/month or $49.99/year

Wunderlist is the app for those who want to keep track of their task across all devices. Wunderlist is easy to use.

You can enter all the items you need to complete and prioritise them as you see fit. The interface is customizable, allowing you to switch between 16 different backgrounds. The app also allows you to create Smart List, which showcases the tasks that need to be done this week, today, or that have started already.

Because Wunderlist is a universal app, everything you add in the app will be synchronised to the calendar. Never lose track of what you have to do with Wunderlist.

jv16 PowerTools 2017 Update Released – Version 4.1.0.1758

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An updated version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. The latest version number is 4.1.0.1758.

Here is a quick to-do list if you wish to update to the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 and discuss it with our community:

  1. To update right now, you should download the latest version from our website and install it from scratch or even on top of any already installed version of jv16 PowerTools 2017.
  2. To participate in the public discussion about the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017, please join our forum.

Change Log – What’s New

(compared to jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 4.1.0.1753)

Here is a complete list of bug fixes and improvements that we did since jv16 PowerTools 2017 – Version 4.1.0.1753 was released on Thursday, August 7, 2017:

Bug Fixes

  • Fix: It is not possible to use the My Account or Find My License tools to license the product under Windows XP systems.
  • Fix: The software can display an “Access Violation” error when the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer is started.
  • Fix: Running the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer many times in a row could cause it to always show a different number of found temporary files.
  • Fix: In some system configurations, the Initial Setup or Clean And SpeedUp My Computer can take a very long time to complete.

Feature Improvements

  • Improvement: New complete Handbook released. Step by step instructions for all program features. Download with product or go to: https://www.macecraft.com/handbooks/ to explore latest jv16 PowerTools 2017 Handbook.
  • Improvement: Improved the smoothness of the user interface.
  • Improvement: Increased the accuracy of temp file detection.

Most common questions:

  1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  5. How can I subscribe to your mailing-list?
  6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing-list?
  7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?
  8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you own a license for jv16 PowerTools 2017 or you own a Platinum VIP license, you can update by following these steps:

  • Download the free trial version of jv16 PowerTools 2017. Click here to download it if you haven’t done so already.
  • Install jv16 PowerTools 2017
  • Open jv16 PowerTools 2017 and access the My Account tool
  • Enter your name and email address into the My Account tool. Be sure to use the same information you used with your order!

After you have entered your information, the My Account tool will automatically download and install your license, and convert the trial version to the full version.

2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you are unsure what license you own, please use the Find My Licenses tool from within jv16 PowerTools, after installing the latest version of the product.

The tool lists all your previous orders and tells you about your licensing options.

3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

You can update to jv16 PowerTools 2017 for free if you are our Plainum VIP customer or if you have bought jv16 PowerTools X in the August of 2016 or later.

If you contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign 3 years ago, you may be entitled for a free update as well.

In such case, you should submit a request with your contribution payment details (the name and email address used with the contribution) and we will issue you the correct license.

4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?

Thank you for being one of our existing customers!

A discount of 20% for existing customers is now available and will be applied to the grand total price of your next order! All you need to do is visit the checkout page and enter you full name and e-mail address, as used in any of your past valid orders.

You can buy a license from: https://www.macecraft.com/checkout/

5. How can I subscribe to your mailing list?

To signup to our newsletter, all you need to do is go to https://www.macecraft.com/download/ and input your e-mail address, click to download the product (if you haven’t already done so).

If you already have jv16 PowerTools 2017 installed, click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing list?

You can unsubscribe from our mailing list by using the unsubscribe link provided inside every newsletter sent out.

7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?

When you install jv16 PowerTools 2017, you must choose from the setup program which languages you wish to install.

If you didn’t see this option, you can get all the translations to jv16 PowerTools 2017 either by re-installing the software (if you don’t uninstall first, you won’t lose any of your settings or backups).

You can also download individual translations from the Download Translations page.

8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

We are currently developing jv16 PowerTools 2018 and there are no plans of going open source. If you contributed money to the crowdfunding campaign but for one reason or another didn’t receive your jv16 PowerTools license, please feel free to open a new support ticket and we will sort it out.

If you do, please include in your message the full name and email address you used when you made the contribution, as well as any receipt for the contribution if possible.

Complete details about the 2014 crowdfunding campaign to go open source have been published on our website. If there are still any questions or concerns relating to the campaign, please feel free to ask us.

If your question hasn’t yet been answered in any of the most common ones listed above, please open a new support ticket and we will be glad to assist!

New users:

How to install jv16 PowerTools 2017

Simply download and run the software’s installation file to install jv16 PowerTools to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be fine!

All new users of jv16 PowerTools 2017 will receive a fully functional, 60 day trial version of the product. It contains no bundled software, no adware, no nonsense!

By entering your full name and e-mail address during product setup, you will be subscribed to our periodic newsletter. That’s all we ask: to stay in touch! We honestly value your privacy and offer a trust guarantee.

Technical details

Compatible with: Any PC running any version of Windows XP or newer, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Fully supports 64 bit systems.

Ships with translations: English, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Finnish, Français, Deutsch, Dutch, Polski, Português (Brasileiro), Русский, Español, Svensk.

To use the software with any of these translations, simply download the software and when running the installer in your computer, choose to install the translations you want to use. There are no separate installation files to be downloaded for translations.

jv16 PowerTools 2017 Update Released – Version 4.1.0.1753

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An updated version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. The latest version number is 4.1.0.1753.

Here is a quick to-do list if you wish to update to the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 and discuss it with our community:

  1. To update right now, you should download the latest version from our website and install it from scratch or even on top of any already installed version of jv16 PowerTools 2017.
  2. To participate in the public discussion about the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017, please join our forum.

Change Log – What’s New

(compared to jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 4.1.0.1747)

Here is a complete list of bug fixes and improvements that we did since jv16 PowerTools 2017 – Version 4.1.0.1747 was released on Thursday, July 31h, 2017:

Bug Fixes

  • Fix: The Initial Setup or the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer can display a “Not Responding” error when started.
  • Fix: The software can display “Internal Error CAFF-3”.
  • Fix: The software can display an “Access Violation” error when started.
  • Fix: The software can display error “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.”

Feature Improvements

  • Improvement: Reduced screen flickering while the software is working.
  • Improvement: The user interface now responds faster and has smoother feel to it.
  • Improvement: The software automatically creates registry keys to test it has full access to the registry. These keys are automatically deleted by the software but sometimes there can be a long delay with this process. The delay has now been shortened.

Most common questions:

  1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  5. How can I subscribe to your mailing-list?
  6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing-list?
  7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?
  8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you own a license for jv16 PowerTools 2017 or you own a Platinum VIP license, you can update by following these steps:

  • Download the free trial version of jv16 PowerTools 2017. Click here to download it if you haven’t done so already.
  • Install jv16 PowerTools 2017
  • Open jv16 PowerTools 2017 and access the My Account tool
  • Enter your name and email address into the My Account tool. Be sure to use the same information you used with your order!

After you have entered your information, the My Account tool will automatically download and install your license, and convert the trial version to the full version.

2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you are unsure what license you own, please use the Find My Licenses tool from within jv16 PowerTools, after installing the latest version of the product.

The tool lists all your previous orders and tells you about your licensing options.

3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

You can update to jv16 PowerTools 2017 for free if you are our Plainum VIP customer or if you have bought jv16 PowerTools X in the August of 2016 or later.

If you contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign 3 years ago, you may be entitled for a free update as well.

In such case, you should submit a request with your contribution payment details (the name and email address used with the contribution) and we will issue you the correct license.

4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?

Thank you for being one of our existing customers!

A discount of 20% for existing customers is now available and will be applied to the grand total price of your next order! All you need to do is visit the checkout page and enter you full name and e-mail address, as used in any of your past valid orders.

You can buy a license from: https://www.macecraft.com/checkout/

5. How can I subscribe to your mailing list?

To signup to our newsletter, all you need to do is go to https://www.macecraft.com/download/ and input your e-mail address, click to download the product (if you haven’t already done so).

If you already have jv16 PowerTools 2017 installed, click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing list?

You can unsubscribe from our mailing list by using the unsubscribe link provided inside every newsletter sent out.

7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?

When you install jv16 PowerTools 2017, you must choose from the setup program which languages you wish to install.

If you didn’t see this option, you can get all the translations to jv16 PowerTools 2017 either by re-installing the software (if you don’t uninstall first, you won’t lose any of your settings or backups).

You can also download individual translations from the Download Translations page.

8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

We are currently developing jv16 PowerTools 2018 and there are no plans of going open source. If you contributed money to the crowdfunding campaign but for one reason or another didn’t receive your jv16 PowerTools license, please feel free to open a new support ticket and we will sort it out.

If you do, please include in your message the full name and email address you used when you made the contribution, as well as any receipt for the contribution if possible.

Complete details about the 2014 crowdfunding campaign to go open source have been published on our website. If there are still any questions or concerns relating to the campaign, please feel free to ask us.

If your question hasn’t yet been answered in any of the most common ones listed above, please open a new support ticket and we will be glad to assist!

New users:

How to install jv16 PowerTools 2017

Simply download and run the software’s installation file to install jv16 PowerTools to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be fine!

All new users of jv16 PowerTools 2017 will receive a fully functional, 60 day trial version of the product. It contains no bundled software, no adware, no nonsense!

By entering your full name and e-mail address during product setup, you will be subscribed to our periodic newsletter. That’s all we ask: to stay in touch! We honestly value your privacy and offer a trust guarantee.

Technical details

Compatible with: Any PC running any version of Windows XP or newer, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Fully supports 64 bit systems.

Ships with translations: English, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Finnish, Français, Deutsch, Dutch, Polski, Português (Brasileiro), Русский, Español, Svensk.

To use the software with any of these translations, simply download the software and when running the installer in your computer, choose to install the translations you want to use. There are no separate installation files to be downloaded for translations.

jv16 PowerTools 2017 Update Released – Version 4.1.0.1747

By | news

An updated version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. The latest version number is 4.1.0.1747.

Here is a quick to-do list if you wish to update to the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 and discuss it with our community:

  1. To update right now, you should download the latest version from our website and install it from scratch or even on top of any already installed version of jv16 PowerTools 2017.
  2. To participate in the public discussion about the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017, please join our forum.

Change Log – What’s New

(compared to jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 4.1.0.1738)

Here is a complete list of bug fixes and improvements that we did since jv16 PowerTools 2017 – Version 4.1.0.1738 was released on Thursday, July 27th, 2017:

Bug Fixes

  • Fix: The Clean and SpeedUp My Computer can display a “Not Responding” error when started.
  • Fix: The Clean and Speedup My Computer can now find more errors to fix.
  • Fix: The software can display an Access Violation relating to module FilenameExtractor.
  • Fix: The software can display error about it not being run with administrator rights, even if it is.

Feature Improvements

  • Improvement: The user interface now responds faster and has a smoother feel to it.

Most common questions:

  1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  5. How can I subscribe to your mailing-list?
  6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing-list?
  7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?
  8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you own a license for jv16 PowerTools 2017 or you own a Platinum VIP license, you can update by following these steps:

  • Download the free trial version of jv16 PowerTools 2017. Click here to download it if you haven’t done so already.
  • Install jv16 PowerTools 2017
  • Open jv16 PowerTools 2017 and access the My Account tool
  • Enter your name and email address into the My Account tool. Be sure to use the same information you used with your order!

After you have entered your information, the My Account tool will automatically download and install your license, and convert the trial version to the full version.

2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you are unsure what license you own, please use the Find My Licenses tool from within jv16 PowerTools, after installing the latest version of the product.

The tool lists all your previous orders and tells you about your licensing options.

3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

You can update to jv16 PowerTools 2017 for free if you are our Plainum VIP customer or if you have bought jv16 PowerTools X in the August of 2016 or later.

If you contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign 3 years ago, you may be entitled for a free update as well.

In such case, you should submit a request with your contribution payment details (the name and email address used with the contribution) and we will issue you the correct license.

4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?

Thank you for being one of our existing customers!

A discount of 20% for existing customers is now available and will be applied to the grand total price of your next order! All you need to do is visit the checkout page and enter you full name and e-mail address, as used in any of your past valid orders.

You can buy a license from: https://www.macecraft.com/checkout/

5. How can I subscribe to your mailing list?

To signup to our newsletter, all you need to do is go to https://www.macecraft.com/download/ and input your e-mail address, click to download the product (if you haven’t already done so).

If you already have jv16 PowerTools 2017 installed, click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing list?

You can unsubscribe from our mailing list by using the unsubscribe link provided inside every newsletter sent out.

7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?

When you install jv16 PowerTools 2017, you must choose from the setup program which languages you wish to install.

If you didn’t see this option, you can get all the translations to jv16 PowerTools 2017 either by re-installing the software (if you don’t uninstall first, you won’t lose any of your settings or backups).

You can also download individual translations from the Download Translations page.

8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

We are currently developing jv16 PowerTools 2018 and there are no plans of going open source. If you contributed money to the crowdfunding campaign but for one reason or another didn’t receive your jv16 PowerTools license, please feel free to open a new support ticket and we will sort it out.

If you do, please include in your message the full name and email address you used when you made the contribution, as well as any receipt for the contribution if possible.

Complete details about the 2014 crowdfunding campaign to go open source have been published on our website. If there are still any questions or concerns relating to the campaign, please feel free to ask us.

If your question hasn’t yet been answered in any of the most common ones listed above, please open a new support ticket and we will be glad to assist!

New users:

How to install jv16 PowerTools 2017

Simply download and run the software’s installation file to install jv16 PowerTools to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be fine!

All new users of jv16 PowerTools 2017 will receive a fully functional, 60 day trial version of the product. It contains no bundled software, no adware, no nonsense!

By entering your full name and e-mail address during product setup, you will be subscribed to our periodic newsletter. That’s all we ask: to stay in touch! We honestly value your privacy and offer a trust guarantee.

Technical details

Compatible with: Any PC running any version of Windows XP or newer, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Fully supports 64 bit systems.

Ships with translations: English, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Finnish, Français, Deutsch, Dutch, Polski, Português (Brasileiro), Русский, Español, Svensk.

To use the software with any of these translations, simply download the software and when running the installer in your computer, choose to install the translations you want to use. There are no separate installation files to be downloaded for translations.

jv16 PowerTools 2017 Update Released – Version 4.1.0.1738

By | news

An updated version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. The latest version number is 4.1.0.1738.

Here is a quick to-do list if you wish to update to the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 and discuss it with our community:

  1. To update right now, you should download the latest version from our website and install it from scratch or even on top of any already installed version of jv16 PowerTools 2017.
  2. To participate in the public discussion about the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017, please join our forum.

Change Log – What’s New

(compared to jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 4.1.0.1728)

Here is a complete list of bug fixes and improvements that we did since jv16 PowerTools 2017 – Version 4.1.0.1728 was released on Friday, June 2nd, 2017:

Bug Fixes

  • Fix: The Clean And SpeedUp My Computer as well as the Registry Finder can fail to delete certain types of registry keys from the registry.
  • Fix: Starting the software can in some systems show error “You are currently running this program without full Administrator privileges. “
  • Fix: The Help > About window can show an incorrect number of licensed computers (the My Account and Find My License tools show the correct number of licensed computers).
  • Fix: The software can show a warning message of “Removing or modifying this key can be dangerous, are you sure you want to proceed?” for registry keys that are safe to remove.
  • Fix: With some two year licenses, the software could still say it will expire in one year. This was a simple user interface problem, the licenses are valid, only the expiry date was displayed incorrectly.
  • Fix: The PowerTools background processes can be ran using more instances than is indeed.

Feature Improvements

  • Improvement: The software will now automatically add itself to the Windows Control Panel / Programs and Features list for easy access and uninstallation. Before, this was an optional feature.
  • Improvement: Software Uninstaller will now find more installed software and left-over traces.
  • Improvement: Added an option to make PowerTools automatically clean all the automatically generated debug data from its Backups folder. To enable this feature, please edit the line “5=AutoCleanPTDebugFiles=False” to “4=AutoCleanPTDebugFiles=True” under “[Maintenance]” section in the Settings\Misc.dat. If the “False” line does not exist, simply add the “True” line as a new line under the maintenance section. We cannot add an option to turn this on and off from the user interface, because that would require an update to every translated version of the software. This feature does not completely remove all automatically generated debug data but greatly limits the amount of the stored data.

Most common questions:

  1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?
  5. How can I subscribe to your mailing-list?
  6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing-list?
  7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?
  8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

1. How can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you own a license for jv16 PowerTools 2017 or you own a Platinum VIP license, you can update by following these steps:

  • Download the free trial version of jv16 PowerTools 2017. Click here to download it if you haven’t done so already.
  • Install jv16 PowerTools 2017
  • Open jv16 PowerTools 2017 and access the My Account tool
  • Enter your name and email address into the My Account tool. Be sure to use the same information you used with your order!

After you have entered your information, the My Account tool will automatically download and install your license, and convert the trial version to the full version.

2. What license do I own? Can I update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

If you are unsure what license you own, please use the Find My Licenses tool from within jv16 PowerTools, after installing the latest version of the product.

The tool lists all your previous orders and tells you about your licensing options.

3. Who is entitled for a free update to jv16 PowerTools 2017?

You can update to jv16 PowerTools 2017 for free if you are our Plainum VIP customer or if you have bought jv16 PowerTools X in the August of 2016 or later.

If you contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign 3 years ago, you may be entitled for a free update as well.

In such case, you should submit a request with your contribution payment details (the name and email address used with the contribution) and we will issue you the correct license.

4. What is the update price of jv16 PowerTools 2017?

Thank you for being one of our existing customers!

A discount of 20% for existing customers is now available and will be applied to the grand total price of your next order! All you need to do is visit the checkout page and enter you full name and e-mail address, as used in any of your past valid orders.

You can buy a license from: https://www.macecraft.com/checkout/

5. How can I subscribe to your mailing list?

To signup to our newsletter, all you need to do is go to https://www.macecraft.com/download/ and input your e-mail address, click to download the product (if you haven’t already done so).

If you already have jv16 PowerTools 2017 installed, click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

6. How can I unsubscribe from your mailing list?

You can unsubscribe from our mailing list by using the unsubscribe link provided inside every newsletter sent out.

7. Where can I download the translation files for jv16 PowerTools?

When you install jv16 PowerTools 2017, you must choose from the setup program which languages you wish to install.

If you didn’t see this option, you can get all the translations to jv16 PowerTools 2017 either by re-installing the software (if you don’t uninstall first, you won’t lose any of your settings or backups).

You can also download individual translations from the Download Translations page.

8. I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign in 2014, how do I get my reward?

We are currently developing jv16 PowerTools 2018 and there are no plans of going open source. If you contributed money to the crowdfunding campaign but for one reason or another didn’t receive your jv16 PowerTools license, please feel free to open a new support ticket and we will sort it out.

If you do, please include in your message the full name and email address you used when you made the contribution, as well as any receipt for the contribution if possible.

Complete details about the 2014 crowdfunding campaign to go open source have been published on our website. If there are still any questions or concerns relating to the campaign, please feel free to ask us.

If your question hasn’t yet been answered in any of the most common ones listed above, please open a new support ticket and we will be glad to assist!

New users:

How to install jv16 PowerTools 2017

Simply download and run the software’s installation file to install jv16 PowerTools to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be fine!

All new users of jv16 PowerTools 2017 will receive a fully functional, 60 day trial version of the product. It contains no bundled software, no adware, no nonsense!

By entering your full name and e-mail address during product setup, you will be subscribed to our periodic newsletter. That’s all we ask: to stay in touch! We honestly value your privacy and offer a trust guarantee.

Technical details

Compatible with: Any PC running any version of Windows XP or newer, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Fully supports 64 bit systems.

Ships with translations: English, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Finnish, Français, Deutsch, Dutch, Polski, Português (Brasileiro), Русский, Español, Svensk.

To use the software with any of these translations, simply download the software and when running the installer in your computer, choose to install the translations you want to use. There are no separate installation files to be downloaded for translations.

Scan Speed Benchmark – Software Testing Weekly #5

By | blog, pc optimization expert

Scan speed benchmark of the latest versions

This scan speed benchmark test case came to mind after the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 has been released. We then decided to test the actual scan speed versus number of errors found for the latest three public versions of the Clean and SpeedUp My Computer tool.

Why this test now?

On the occasion of releasing jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.1.0.1728 it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fill a Windows 10 virtual machine with residual registry and file system data, then compare the performance of our latest three publicly released scanner versions.

Using this scan speed benchmark, we hope to show the differences in terms of scanner speed (the latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 is very fast) and how we managed to obtain it (faster speed most of the times means lower accuracy).

The “crap.reg” registry file imported to the test system contains over 10000 unique registry and file system orphaned entries and other errors of various severity levels.

We use such test data to ensure the fact that the latest version of our scanner does not have any false positives. This will be the subject of an upcoming quality testing report as part of the weekly test routines.

Tested jv16 PowerTools versions

The following jv16 PowerTools 2017 versions have been tested:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1689
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1703
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 version 4.10.1728

To download the latest version of jv16 PowerTools, always go to: https://www.macecraft.com/download/

Test Cases

The objective of this one-off test case was set to:

  • Test Case #1: Compare the volume of Registry Errors, Temp Files and History Data found versus the overall Clean and SpeedUp My Computer scanner speed between latest three publicly released versions.

The information on which this test case relies is provided by the ML_CSMC_Scan log file, which can be found in the ‘Backups’ folder of your jv16 PowerTools 2017 installation path.

Test Environment

The current benchmark test was performed using an Oracle VirtualBox (version: 5.1.22 r115126) virtual environment running Windows 10 with 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM assigned.

Said virtual machine was run on a host computer running Ubuntu Linux 17.04 LTS (64 bit) with an Intel-i5 processor, 20 GB of DDR3 virtual memory and a SSD system disk.

Such an ordinary test environment was created and used in order to simulate the easiest conditions that can be reproduced by any software consumer to verify the validity of these tests.

Verifiability

All of the past and current test results are accompanied by screenshots and/or video recordings which have been saved during various testing phases in order to address some of the most common test result credibility concerns for this type of studies.

Test Case #1: Summary

→ scan speed for the latest versions of jv16 PowerTools

Below you can find the actual scan speed benchmark scores recorded by each of the tested jv16 PowerTools versions:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1689 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 160 seconds
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1703 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 244 seconds
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1728 completed scanning using Clean and SpeedUp My Computer in 95 seconds

The latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 (version 4.1.0.1728) completed scan of the entire system much faster than any of the other two latest public versions.

→ number of errors found using the latest versions of jv16 PowerTools

Below you can find the total number of errors found by each of the tested jv16 PowerTools versions:

  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1689 found a total of 12235 system issues
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1703 found a total of 12281 system issues
  • jv16 PowerTools 2017 build 1728 found a total of 12174 system issues

Scan Speed Benchmark: conclusions

The latest version of jv16 PowerTools 2017 – build 1728 found only 0.87% less system issues than the previous public version while it is more than twice as fast.

Related weekly benchmark test reports:

Wider benchmark test reports:

Since February of 2009 (when the first test of this kind was done in our lab), Macecraft Software has published a total of seven registry cleaner product comparison studies: