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How to Determine RAM Configuration in Windows 10

Sometimes you may need to know the speed, memory type of the RAM you have installed in your system. It's relatively easy if you can open the case yourself without any professional help but if you can't then there are plenty of easier options available in Windows 10.

How to Determine RAM Configuration in Windows 10
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The easiest option to determine your system memory type is to check via Task Manager. But in few cases, the Task Manager may fail to determine your system's RAM configuration. In that case, you can use Command Prompt or a third party program.

This tutorial will show you three different ways to determine your systems' RAM configuration. Continue reading to know more:

To Determine RAM Configuration via Task Manager
It's the easiest options of the three. Follow the following simple steps.
  • Open Task Manager in More Details view.
  • Click on the Performance tab, and then click on Memory.
How to Determine RAM Configuration in Windows 10
  • You can see the RAM size and its type in the top right corner of the window.
  • In the bottom row, you will see the speed, and the number of slots used.
In some cases, the Task Manager will not show the RAM type of your PC/Laptop. You can use the command line to determine it. Follow the following steps to check it via Command Prompt.

To Determine RAM Configuration via Command Prompt
  • Open a Command Prompt window.
How to Determine RAM Configuration in Windows 10

Tip: To open a Command Prompt window: Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win + R, then type cmd.exe and click OK.
  • Enter the command given below to know the full details:
wmic MemoryChip get BankLabel, Capacity, MemoryType, Speed, Tag
  •  You can now see the details of your Memory Type. See the image attached above. 
The table given below shows the value and the memory types it denotes.

Type of Memory
0 Unknown
1 Other
3 Synchronous DRAM
4 Cache DRAM
10 ROM
11 Flash
16 3DRAM
20 DDR
21 DDR2
24 DDR3
25 FBD2
26 DDR4

The above table instructs the value, and each value determine different type of RAM. In the Command Prompt, after applying the above command, you'll see the above value in the Memory Type table. The speed tab determine the RAM speed -in MHz.
If for some reason, the Command Prompt fails to determine your system Memory Type or if it shows the value as 0 then you can use CPU-Z.

To Determine RAM Configuration via CPU-Z
If you prefer GUI then try using CPU-Z. You can download the application from here. Download the ZIP file if you prefer using a portable version.
How to Determine RAM Configuration in Windows 10
  • Open the app and move to the SPD tab.
That's it!

How to Enable Authentication Icon for Verified Senders in GMail

Spammers can spoof a message to make it look like it's sent by a company you might trust. Recently, hackers tried to access Google Accounts of Gmail users through a fake Google Docs file! The scam was very convincing and it attempted to persuade users to open a document, and the users who tried to open the doc was redirected to a legitimate Google Sign-in page to grant permissions to a fraud app.

Authentication Icon for Verified Senders in GMail

Managing emails, if you receive a lot of it in a day can be a very difficult task, and there are times when we may unknowingly follow a spoofed email. Today, I will provide a super short tip for Gmail power users among you who tend to receive hundreds of emails in a day.

To help you protect from hackers, most email providers tries to verify the real sender using email authentication. As an additional security measure, Gmail allows us to enable "Authentication Icon for Verified Senders" through labs. Follow the following simple steps to enable it now:
  • Open GMail.
Authentication Icon for Verified Senders in GMail
  • Go to Settings > Labs.
  • Scroll down and find the "Authentication Icon for Verified Senders" in the list (it's near the top).
Authentication Icon for Verified Senders in GMail
  • Click on the radio button next to "Enable" in order to select it.
  • Hit the Save Changes button (it's located in the top and bottom of the page).
That's all! The tab will reload, and you'll start seeing authentication icon next to the verified senders address. Visit Google Support Page to know more about this feature.

Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10

From last few years Microsoft has been replacing old programs with modern UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps. Now, Photos app is used in place of Windows Photo Viewer, Settings app in place of Control Panel, and new Calculator app is used in place of the old one etc.

Today, I'll introduce you with a secret File Explorer app. It's a Universal Windows Platform app hidden in the Creators Update or newer versions of Windows 10. The app is currently in development and lacks many important features.

Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10

If you're curious, follow the following easy steps to access it.
  • Press Win + R key together to launch Run Dialog Box.
Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10
  • Copy the command given below, paste in the Run Dialog Box and press Enter.
explorer shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App
  • That's it!
Tip: Pin the app in the Taskbar to access it instantly. A desktop shortcut for this can also be created using the above command. Follow the following steps if you would like to create a desktop shorcut and pin it to Start Menu.
  • Go to Desktop, right click and select New > Shortcut.
  • Paste the above command in the location placeholder and click Next.
Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10
  • Type a name for this shortcut in the next step and click Finish.
Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10
  • Done! 
Tip: Right click on the desktop shortcut and select Pin to Start to pin it to Start Menu.

Access Secret File Explorer App in Windows 10

Please note that you need to double click on folder or files to open it in the UWP File Explorer. The app is currently unstable & buggy and it can't be put to use for regular tasks. We might see some improvements in the next Windows 10 upgrade though.

Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android

Many modern apps now-a-days keep commonly used actions on the bottom of the screen. It's very reasonable for the users who uses large phones. There is a flag on Chrome for Android that moves the address bar to the bottom of the screen. This option is available from a year, but it wasn't quite stable. There aren't any improvements on the stable version of the app, however, if you use the developer or canary version of the web browser then you'll love the new design.

Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android

The address bar now works perfectly and beautifully shows URLs and search suggestions as you type. You can also pull the address bar to reveal the suggested articles, recent downloads, recent bookmarks, etc.

Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android

One of the most interesting features for the chrome home is the new bottom tab UI. It now shows four shortcuts to Home, Downloads, Bookmarks, and History. If you want to try this, then follow the steps written below:
  • Open Chrome and type chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home on the address bar.
Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android
  • Move to the highlighted select menu and tap enable option.
Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android
  • Relaunch the browser.
  • That's it!
Try Redesigned Chrome Home On Your Android

If you aren't able to click on the Relaunch Now button after enabling Chrome Home on the stable version of the web browser then just select "default" or "disabled" option from the select menu and close the browser.

Tip: You can swipe left/right on the address bar to quickly switch between the open tabs.

Customize Progress Bar Animation on Chrome for Android

There are two secret flags on chrome for android that allows us to tweak the progress bar animation. I tested all of them, and they work quite smooth. Take a look at these flags and see if you like any animations other than the default.

Customize Progress Bar Animation on Chrome for Android

The first flag allows to choose the animation. There are six different options available:

Customize Progress Bar Animation on Chrome for Android

  1. Default: It has a little to animation.
  2. Disabled: As the name suggest. Choosing this option will disable the progress animation.
  3. Linear: It shows the progress smoothly in a single series as the page loads.
  4. Smooth: It is actually similar to the default animation, but with a little higher frame rate.
  5. Smooth Indeterminate: It is similar to fourth animation but shows lite animations when page stops loading.
  6. Fast Start: Choosing this option will make the progress bar to load faster in the first portion of the site and slower as it finishes.
The second flag allows to choose page progress bar completion time. There are five different options available. See the image given below.

Customize Progress Bar Animation on Chrome for Android

If you would like to change the progress animations then follow the following steps:
  • Open chrome on your android smartphone and open flags page. Type chrome://flags on URL bar to open the flags page.
  • Scroll down to Progress Bar Animation flag and choose your desired option. Tip: Search for  progress-bar-animation using the Find in page option from the menu.
Customize Progress Bar Animation on Chrome for Android
  • Click on the relaunch now button to save your new setting.

Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows(and Mac)

Windows and Mac has several high quality wallpapers for us to choose. It is one of the most important part of an operating system. We spend several minutes on different websites to get a wallpaper that perfectly blends with the widgets.

Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows(and Mac)

Windows 10 has a feature called Spotlight that regularly updates the the desktop wallpaper with new and vibrant photographs of places and geometrical figures. However, if you don't use Windows 10 or if you have different taste in photographs, for example: Paintings! Then try Artpip. It is similar to the Google Wallpaper Art extension for Chrome browser, however it doesn't choose the arts from Google Cultural Institute.

Artpip has plethora of paintings to choose from. It has various customization settings. You can select how frequently your desktop wallpaper will be updated. There is also an option to choose the category for the artwork. It can easily be disabled to start at login! If you're interested, follow the following steps to get started.
  • Go to this link and download the Artpip application for your Windows or Mac.
  • Install and run the application, the wallpaper will be automatically updated after launching the program.
Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows(and Mac)
  • To customize the duration of the update or if you want to change category, launch Artpip and click on the customize button. You can then select the custom option and tweak the settings according to your desire and save it.
Tip: You can also customize "which century the artwork will be from".
  • Click on the Settings icon on the left sidebar to change start-up and notification setting.
Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper on Windows(and Mac)

They also allow to order a reproduction of the art, anyhow I haven't tried it yet.

Best New Android Games for Killing Time

Google Play has huge number of games in their store, and new ones are released almost every week. But not all of them are interesting, many times some of the games are the rip-off of the old game, and few are just a store house for ads!

There are many popular console-quality games available for high-end android smart phones, however majority of the people prefer time killers over them. I personally prefer time passing games and these are my favorite games.

Note: Click on the title of the game to download it via Play Store.

The first game in my collection is Blackies! They are tiny furry creatures who loves solving puzzles. In the game, you'll be playing as Blackies, and their aim is to reach the box which contains a flag.

Best New Android Games for Killing Time
Tiny Furry

The game will become very difficult to play as you reach the higher level and with the progress, the blackies will develop many new interesting moves and skills.

Infinity Loop
It's a simple game and the objective is to rotate the pieces skillfully, so that there are no open ends. The puzzles are developed by fans, and the interesting ones are selected by the developer. It has a free version, too.

Best New Android Games for Killing Time

Grab the free version from this link (Play Store).

Mars: Mars
MarsCorp has taken the first group of volunteers to mars. There are many stations on the planet and the astronauts have to explore them, and they can skip few station (if they can!).

Your aim in the game is to jump from one station to another using the thrusters.

Alto's Adventure
It's a old game but you'll love it if you haven't already tried it. It's a endless running game and you can only control when to jump, nevertheless you can perform many tricks mid-air.

Best New Android Games for Killing Time

There are 180 objectives and you'll have to complete three objective in one level. Also, every 10 level, you'll unlock new character. Have you already tried it?

It's an awesomely designed puzzle game.  I love puzzle games and this is one of the best puzzle game I have ever played. Beautiful graphics, simple yet difficult to play.

Your aim in the game is to help a tiny robot to reach the destination. The game requires you to think out the box and challenges your organizational skills.

Some other games you might like:

2-bit Cowboy
It's a great game. A little similar to the classic Super Mario, but more adventurous. You can ride horses, bulls, minecarts. Tip: It's free now.

Best New Android Games for Killing Time

True Skate
It's  a street league skateboarding mobile game. It has only one skate park, however other parks are can be added by in-app purchases.

There are many other addictive games but these are my new favorite? What are your favorite time killing game?

Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

In the Windows 10 OS, some of you might have noticed, when you apply a new wallpaper to your desktop, then the wallpapers' quality is automatically reduced to save memory. It can be useful for many users, especially, if you have a cheap CPU.

Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

When you change the desktop wallpaper, the system compress and save it as "TranscodedWallpaper" file in "AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\" directory. The "TranscodedWallpaper" file is actually the compressed image file.

Note: Windows only compresses JPEG files. The other file types such as PNG will remain unchanged.

Some of you might not like this feature, and you will prefer quality over little improvements in performance, this tutorial will help you to keep the image in its original form. Today, in this post I will show an easy registry tweak to disable the automatic compression of JPEG image files. Follow the following steps carefully.
  • Open RUN dialog box, then type regedit and press enter key.
Tip: You can press Win+R key combinations to open the RUN dialog box.
  • Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" key.
  • In the right side panel, create a new DWORD JPEGImportQuality and set its value to 100 in decimals.
Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10
  • Save and restart you PC for the changes to take affect.
  • The quality of the old desktop wallpaper will not be changed. You can re-apply the previous wallpaper though.
Tip: If you set the DWORD value to 100 then the compression will be completely disabled. By default, Windows set the value to 85%, but you can change the value as per your liking.

That's it for today. Keep visiting for more Windows tweaks.

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