Archive for December, 2012

How to Turn Off App Notification in Windows 8

December 31st, 2012 by Admin

Windows 8 displays app notifications in the Metro-style Start Screen for installed apps, Calendar events, new email, and other app events. But you might not be interested in getting notifications for all apps, in such cases you can configure which apps can sent out notifications for you. In this article we’ll show you how to turn off app notifications in Windows 8.

How to Turn Off App Notification in Windows 8?

  1. Access the Charms bar by pressing Windows + C or moving your mouse to the bottom right of the screen and slowly moving the mouse up. When the Charms bar appears, click on the Settings.
  2. Click on More PC Settings link at the bottom of the sidebar.
  3. In the PC Settings screen, navigate to Notifications section in the left pane.
  4. In the right pane, there are ‘Show app notifications’, ‘Show app notifications on the Lock Screen’ and ‘Play notification sounds’ toggles. In order to complete turn off notifications for all apps, just turn off the Show app Notifications option.

  5. Other than turning off notifications for all installed apps, you can do so selectively as well. The lower part of the Notifications settings screen allows you to turn off notifications for individual apps of your choice.

How to Export Passwords from Google Chrome

December 30th, 2012 by Admin

Is there any program, or any way to export passwords from Google Chrome? I need this fast, as I am going to reformat, so I don’t want to lose all my passwords.

Google Chrome browser allows you import bookmarks, browsing history, and other settings from Internet Explorer or Firefox browser in a jiffy. But the only problem is it doesn’t have an option to export or backup stored passwords. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to export passwords from Google Chrome using Password Recovery Bundle.

How to Export Passwords from Google Chrome?

1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on your computer.

2. Run Password Recovery Bundle, then click on the Start Recovery button. It will bring up a drop-down menu that shows all supported password recovery options.

3. Select the Chrome Password option.

4. The Chrome saved logins and passwords will be revealed instantly.

Now you can copy the recovered login details to the clipboard and save them to a text file. Password Recovery Bundle can be used to export passwords from Google Chrome on any Windows platform including Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, 8.

2 Options to Access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8 / 10

December 30th, 2012 by Admin

On Windows 10 or 8 operating systems that came pre-installed on the computer from the factory, the legacy BIOS has been replaced by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). This will cause the problem that bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 10 / 8 computer. To resolve this problem, you need to switch your BIOS mode from UEFI BIOS to Legacy BIOS. No doing so would prevent the installation of Linux, Windows 7, or any other OS.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to access UEFI BIOS Setup, even if you couldn’t login to Windows 10 or 8.

Option 1: Access UEFI BIOS Setup After Logging in to Windows 10/8

In previous post, we’ve covered how to set Windows 8 PC to boot with legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI mode. Here we’ll show you another option to access UEFI BIOS Setup so long as you can log into Windows 10 / 8. Here are the steps:

  1. In Windows 8/8.1, press the Windows key + C, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open your Charms. Click Settings -> Change PC Settings. In PC Settings, select General.

    If you’re running Windows 10, press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Click Update & Security. Select the Recovery tab on the left pane.

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  2. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now. The system will restart and show the boot menu.
  3. In the boot menu, select Troubleshoot.

  4. In the Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options.

  5. In the Advanced options menu, select UEFI Firmware Settings.

  6. Click Restart button to boot into UEFI BIOS Setup screen.

  7. When the computer restarts, the UEFI setup screen will be displayed. You can then disable UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot options, and enable legacy BIOS mode.

Option 2: Access UEFI BIOS Setup without Logging in to Windows 10/8

What to do if you forgot Windows user password and can’t login? Here is how you can access the UEFI BIOS Setup from Windows 10/8 login screen:

  1. From the login screen, click the Power icon in the lower right corner of the screen. While holding the Shift key, select Restart.

  2. The system will not actually restart but go into the boot options. click Troubleshoot.

  3. Afterwards, click Advanced options -> UEFI Firmware Settings -> Restart.
  4. The computer will reboot and take you into the UEFI BIOS setup.

How to Set Windows 8 PC to Boot with Legacy BIOS Mode Instead of UEFI Mode

December 29th, 2012 by Admin

I just got a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. As I hate Windows 8 I decided to make a clean install with Windows 7. I got my Windows 7 installation on a bootable USB (it works with my other computers running Windows 7/Vista/XP), plugged it in, went into the BIOS and changed the boot priority to USB as primary. But it still doesn’t boot from the USB, and just boots right back into Windows 8. I have tried the same thing with a Windows 7 DVD and still can’t boot from the CD.

I spent entire last night trying to figure out this issue and eventually I found the solution. All you got to do is to disable the UEFI mode and turn off the Secure Boot option in BIOS, which allows the EFI-based PC to operate in a legacy BIOS mode. Fortunately, nearly all modern EFI-based computers include a feature known as the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) that enables them to boot with legacy BIOS mode.

One of Microsoft’s new rules for Windows 8 is that any manufacturer that ships a windows 8 computer must enable UEFI secure boot by default. The UEFI BIOS is created for Windows 8 and if you need to use other system like Windows 7, Linux or any other OS, you have to disable the UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot options.

How to Set Windows 8 PC to Boot with Legacy BIOS Mode Instead of UEFI Mode?

When your computer is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility. If you don’t know how to access your BIOS (UEFI) Setup, please check out this article: How to Set Your Computer to Boot from CD or USB Drive.

In the BIOS Setup Utility, change the boot mode from UEFI mode to legacy BIOS mode (or CSM boot mode), and disable the Secure Boot option. Here are steps of disabling UEFI secure boot in Toshiba laptop:

  1. Power on the system and while the “TOSHIBA” logo appears, press F2 key to enter the BIOS Setup Menu.
  2. Select Security tab and set the Secure Boot to Disabled.
  3. Select Advanced tab and go to System Configuration.
  4. Set the Boot Mode to CSM Boot.
  5. Press F10 key to save and exit.
  6. Press F12 key at “TOSHIBA” logo screen to toggle between the bootable devices and choose the medium which you want to boot from.

Note: Once you are finished and you want to return back to normal operation you need to revert the BIOS settings. The installed Windows 8 OS will not boot up, if you do not revert the BIOS settings!

The exact menu option in your motherboard’s BIOS may differ but look for phrases like “Boot Mode”, “Boot List Option”, “UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority”, “UEFI Boot”, etc. For example, in ASUS desktop or laptop computers, you need to enable the “Launch CSM” option and disable the “Secure Boot Control” or “Fast Boot” option.

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What to Do If You Forgot Windows 8 Picture Password

December 27th, 2012 by Admin

For Windows 8 users on a tablet or touchscreen computer, picture password is a great way to secure your computer without having to break out the keyboard every time you want to log in. By having the system memorize a few gestures over a picture, you can log in a lot faster and more efficiently than you could otherwise. But it may also cause you trouble if you forgot your picture password.

What to do if you forgot Windows 8 picture password? There are plenty of password cracking software which are available on the internet free of charge, but none of them support the recovery of picture password. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to log on back to your computer when you forgot Windows 8 picture password.

After forgetting your picture password, you can always choose to login using some other sign-in options such as traditional text password or Windows Live ID. Once you’ve gotten into Windows 8, you can reset or change your picture password easily. Now you may continue to ask what to do if both the text password and Windows Live password are also lost or forgotten? Luckily there is a professional password recovery utility – Password Recovery Bundle, which allows you to reset forgotten Windows 8 local account password and Microsoft account password easily.

The first thing you’ll need to do is use your friend’s computer to download and install Password Recovery Bundle. The software allows you to create a bootable Windows password reset CD/USB. After creating such a disc, bring it to boot your locked Windows 8 system. The computer will load the mini operating system inside the disc and start the Reset Windows Password program. Choose your administrator account and click on Reset Password button, it will remove your login password immediately.

Next restart the computer and remove the password reset CD/USB, you can then sign in to Windows 8 local account or Microsoft account using a blank password. Once you’re in Windows 8 with administrator privileges, you are granted to remove/change/reset your forgotten picture password easily.

How to Run an Application as Administrator in Windows 8

December 26th, 2012 by Admin

In the previous post, we’ve covered several methods to run a program with administrator rights on Windows 7/Vista/XP. The methods still work on Windows 8. This tutorial will show you some other options to run an application as administrator with full unrestricted elevated rights and privileges in Windows 8.

Option 1: Run an Application as Administrator from Start Screen

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen, click the Search icon.
  2. Type the program’s name that you want to run as administrator in the Search box.
  3. Right-click on your desired application on the top-left of the search result page. A tick sign appears on the icon.
  4. Click on the Run as Administrator icon from the bottom options.

Option 2: Run an Application as Administrator from Task Manager

  1. Simply hit Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard (that starts the Task Manager) and then click on File -> New Task.
  2. A new dialog box will open. Type the name of your desired program, check the Create this task with administrative privileges box, and click OK.

Note: If you forgot the password for your administrator account in Windows 8, you can use the Reset Windows Password bootdisk to remove your password quickly and easily.

Locked Out of Windows 7 by Forgotten Password

December 24th, 2012 by Admin

My laptop was installed with Windows 7 with only one account, but no reset disk was created. Now I had forgotten my password and don’t know how to reset it. Had tried Ophcrack to burn its ISO into a CD, but failed to boot my laptop. Is there any way to reset my password without formatting my whole system disk?

Locked out of Windows 7 by forgotten password? Probably 90% of the Windows 7 users never know about an effective way to reset a forgotten Windows 7 password. Actually, password resetting is the fastest and the most secure option to regain access to your system in case the login password is lost or forgotten. So here’s how to do it the easiest way, from scratch in 10 minutes.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 7 Password?

You need an alternative computer with CD burner and a blank CD in order to make a bootable Windows 7 password reset disk. To do that download the Reset Windows Password utility, unzip the download file and you’ll get an ISO image. Burn the ISO image to a CD using your favorite CD burning software. If you don’t have a CD burner, let’s say you have a netbook PC, then you can do a Windows 7 password reset USB instead.

After you have created a bootable Windows 7 password reset disk or USB as mentioned above, go and boot the PC you want to reset its password with this reset disk or USB. Once the PC starts to boot, it will load the operating system inside the password reset disk and launch the Reset Windows Password program.

Choose the user account whose password you want to reset, then click on Reset Password button. It will reset your forgotten Windows 7 password and unlock the user account in no time.

Now take out the password reset disk and restart the computer. You can then log in to Windows 7 without being asked for a password. You’ll find that all files on your hard drive stay intact. No need to reinstall Windows and run the risk of losing your data when you are locked out of Windows 7 by forgotten password.

Forgot Windows 8 Password for Your Laptop?

December 23rd, 2012 by Admin

I have tried everything to get into my Windows 8 laptop. The password I had set up will not work for some reason. Is there anyway I can bypass this and get into my laptop.

Forgot Windows 8 password for your laptop? It is troublesome when you forgot windows 8 password especially your system contains important data. Though re-installing Windows 8 will help you remove Windows 8 password, it also erase your important data on computer. Many computer newbies don’t have any idea about password reset disc and other methods to reset the password in Windows 8. Here I’ll show you the easiest way to reset Windows 8 password using a bootable password reset disc.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8 Password for Your Laptop?

Reset Windows Password utility is one of the best Windows password recovery software which can help you unlock administrator password easily on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP.

You have to boot into this program off a CD or USB drive, so it downloads as an .iso image file. Double-click that file and Windows just might start a program that burns the disc. If it doesn’t, download and install ISO2Disc, then try again. Simply copying the .iso file to a CD won’t work.

When you boot the Windows password reset disc, the computer will load the mini operating system inside the disc and finally start the Reset Windows Password program. The program automatically finds the Windows SAM database and retrieves the user accounts existing in your Windows 8 installation.

Simply select the user account whose password you want to reset, then click on Reset Password button. It will delete the forgotten/unknown password in no time.

Finally remove the CD and reboot the computer. It will boot Windows into the logon screen. Choose your user account and left the password field as blank, you can log in to Windows 8 without any hassle.

Automatically Delete Browsing History When Browser Exits

December 22nd, 2012 by Admin

All Web browsers keep a log of Web pages that you have visited in the past, defined as browsing history. If you’re concerned about your privacy and don’t want others to know what sites you have visited, it’s a good idea to configure your browser to automatically delete browsing history upon exit.

This tutorial will show you how to configure your Web browsers to automatically delete your browsing history every time you exit your browser.

1. Firefox

To begin, select Options from the Firefox menu. On the Options dialog box, click Privacy on the toolbar at the top. Select Use custom settings for history from the Firefox will drop-down list. To automatically clear your web history when you close Firefox, select the Clear history when Firefox closes check box.

Next click on Settings button to customize the type of history that you want cleared when you close Firefox.

2. Internet Explorer

With Internet Explorer open, click on the Tools > Internet Options. Click on the Advanced tab in the Internet Options dialog box and scroll down until you reach the Security section, make sure to check the Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed option. Click OK.

Conclusion

Now, you don’t have to worry about clearing your browsing history, such as downloads and cookies. Once you close the Firefox or Internet Explorer browser, the web history will be deleted by your browser automatically.