How To Update Your NVIDIA Drivers Without Using GeForce Experience

I like to keep my systems as clean from clutter as possible, and I also like to keep my drivers updated, especially on a gaming rig. However, I find software like NVIDIA’s own GeForce experience unnecessary and overblown if all you are interested in is simply keeping your graphics card’s drivers up-to-date. In addition to this, apparently now you need an account even if you want to simply keep your drivers updated, which is something that I find absurd.

Therefore, it looks like you have two options if you want to update your GPU’s drivers:

  • Either you accept this and use the massive GeForce Experience software;
  • Or you just let Windows take care of installing and updating the drivers for you.

The second option is the lightest and easiest one, but unfortunately Windows doesn’t always include the latest version of the drivers for your peripherals, so if you want to keep your GPU always up-to-date, that’s not the best solution.

Luckily, there is an alternative solution that allows you to always use the latest NVIDIA drivers even without using GeForce experience. Let’s see how to do it.

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How To Build The Nylas N1 Email Client On Windows 10

After my post which explained how to build the Nylas N1 email client on macOS, here is the second post in the series which focuses on Windows 10 instead.

I had no shortage of issues and error messages trying to build N1 on Windows (and I wasn’t the only one, as the issues I opened in GitHub were often reproduced by others as well), but they all happened because I was trying to use an unsupported version of Visual Studio (2015 Community Edition, in my case) so here is all you need to do to be able to successfully build Nylas N1 on Windows 10.

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Laptop Extremely Slow After Upgrading to Windows 10

This one was a real head-scratcher, it took me a lot of time to find out what was wrong and how to fix it. As usual, the final fix was extremely simple, but as it is unfortunately often the case when it comes to performance issues, this might or might not be the definitive solution for you.

The symptoms were these: an Acer E15 laptop had become extremely slow after upgrading to Windows 10 using the built-in updater provided by Microsoft (it was previously running Windows 8.1 with no particular performance issues, even if the CPU on this series of laptops is definitely not among the best in the market). So at least this was a pretty clear clue that something went wrong with the update itself.

I am talking about really bad performance: up to 10 minutes for a reboot and up to a couple of minutes to launch any application. Even writing something in the search bar took several seconds.

Looking at the Task Manager, I could also see that the disk usage was at 100%. The application using most of the disk was usually Windows Defender, although sometimes some other application would take this spot, so it wasn’t completely consistent.

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How To Reboot Into Recovery Mode From The Windows 8 Lock Screen

Today I’ve found this cool little trick to boot into recovery mode from a Windows 8/8.1 lock screen. Well, you might say, what’s the point of doing so when you can do it from several other places once you are logged into the machine? Well, that’s exactly the point, what if you don’t have the credentials to login to that machine anymore? Perhaps it’s an old computer that you haven’t used for a while and now that you have found a new use for it, you can’t access Windows anymore.

Well, in this case, press Shift while you click on Reboot from the lock screen. If you keep your Shift key pressed for a while, you will find yourself in front of the Windows 8 Recovery screen.

I know, this is something that won’t be used over and over again, but still, I think it deserved a quick mention.

Force Emptying the Clipboard in Windows

This is admittedly a simple one, and something you are likely not going to run into on a daily basis. Today I had an issue with the clipboard whereby a new Ctrl-C would not overwrite the existing clipboard contents (even multiple attempts to overwrite the clipboard would fail). I have no idea why this happened – I only know I was jumping in and out of RDP, perhaps something went wrong in there – but the fix is very easy:

  1. Open cmd
  2. Type echo on | clip

(echo off | clip would also work).

Why does this work? echo, with the on and off parameters, is a command that does not print anything to the standard output; clip is a command line util that, from its official description (clip /?),

Redirects output of command line tools to the Windows clipboard.

Consequently, if you pipe an empty output to clip, you are effectively piping an empty output to the Windows clipboard, erasing its previous content.

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