Archive for May, 2016

Fix “Windows Taskbar and Start Button Disappeared”

May 28th, 2016 by Admin

“I don’t know what happened but the taskbar (usually on the bottom of the screen) is missing. Without the taskbar, I couldn’t get to the Start Menu and ultimately launch any program. How do I get it back? Please help!”

There are 3 reasons why your taskbar or Start button disappeared on the computer screen:

  • The taskbar is set to auto-hide.
  • The explorer.exe process has crashed and the taskbar is completely gone.
  • The display resolution or main display changed and caused the taskbar to go off the screen.

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to troubleshoot this problem and get your Windows taskbar and Start button back to your screen.

Method 1: Unhide Taskbar

Some users reported the Auto-hide feature is buggy. Disable the Auto-hide option and your Windows taskbar might be back again. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del on your keyboard. This will take you to the lock screen. From there, you can click Task Manager.

  2. When the Task Manager opens, click More details button at the bottom of the window.

    task-manager

  3. Click the File menu and select Run new task.

    run-new-task

  4. Type control panel and click OK.

    launch-control-panel

  5. In Control Panel, set the View by option to Large icons, and then click on “Taskbar and Navigation“.

    control-panel

  6. Click the Taskbar tab, clear the Auto-hide the taskbar check box, and then click OK.

    auto-hide-taskbar

Method 2: Restart Explorer

There is a chance that your Windows Explorer is crashed or an infected program might have terminated it. If that is the case, then your desktop icons and taskbar must also be missing. If that is the case, restart the Explorer process should fix your problem.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard and Task Manager will open up.
  2. The Task Manager in Windows 10/8 shows fewer details by default. Simply click More details at the bottom to access the full Task Manager.

    task-manager

  3. Click the Details tab and select the explorer.exe process, click End task.

    kill-explorer

  4. Click the File menu and select Run new task.

    run-new-task

  5. Type in explorer and press OK. This will restart the explorer process and hopefully get your taskbar back.

    launch-explorer

Method 3: Change Display

If the presentation display was changed, the taskbar may have moved off of the visible screen. To bring the taskbar back, you have to exit the presentation mode:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + P on your keyboard to launch External Display selection screen.
  2. You’ll get a pop-up dialog with a couple of choices like PC screen only ( or Computer Only), Duplicate, Extend, etc. Make sure it is set to PC screen only.

    display-switcher

Reset Lost Windows 10 Password with Sticky Keys Method

May 26th, 2016 by Admin

Forgot Windows 10 user password? The first thing a normal user tries to do a fresh re-installation of Windows or take the PC to a repair shop. There’s lots of softwares to reset a forgotten password, but here we’ll show you a simple hack to reset forgotten Windows 10 password using the sticky keys method.

How Does This Hacking Method Work?

Sticky Keys is part of Windows Ease of Access features that allows a user to tap the Shift, Ctrl, Alt or Windows key once to achieve the same effect as holding the key down. If you press the SHIFT key 5 times in a row at Windows login screen, the Sticky Keys application (sethc.exe) will launch and ask if you want to enable sticky keys feature.

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This hacking method works by replacing the sethc.exe file with cmd.exe. When you boots to Windows login screen, pressing the SHIFT keys 5 times will launch an elevated Command Prompt. From the Command Prompt, you have sufficient privileges to reset a lost password without knowing your current password. This method works flawlessly with all versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

Part 1: Replace Sticky Keys application with Command Prompt

When you’re locked out of Windows 10 or lose admin access to your computer, it’s impossible to replace the sethc.exe file from within Windows. To achieve this, you have to boot from a WinPE or Linux-based disc. Here we’ll use a Windows 10 installation DVD to demonstrate how to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe. Follow these steps:

  1. Boot your locked computer using your Windows 10 installation DVD. If your computer doesn’t boot from it, you might need to change the boot order and disable UEFI secure boot.

    press-key-boot-from-cd

  2. After loading the installation files from the DVD, you’ll be shown the language setup screen. Just press SHIFT + F10 key combinations to launch the Command Prompt.

    windows-10-setup

  3. Use the dir command to find the drive letter of your Windows installation. Note that when you boot into a Live CD, the drive letter for your Windows installation may not be the same. In my example, Windows 10 was installed on C:\ drive but it’s now mounted as D:\, and C:\ is assigned to the System Reserved partition.

    find-os-partition

  4. Enter the following two commands one by one, press Enter after each. Replace d:\ with the correct drive letter if Windows is not mounted on d:.
    copy d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe d:\
    copy /y d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

    The first command backs up the sethc.exe file, and the second replaces it with the cmd.exe.

    replace-sethc-with-cmd

  5. Now close everything and cancel Windows Setup. Remove the installation disc and reboot.

    exit-windows-setup

Part 2: Reset Windows 10 Password from Login Screen

  1. Once you get back to Windows 10 login screen, press the SHIFT key 5 times in a row, it will open the Command Prompt in administrator mode.

    windows-10-login

  2. Enter the following command to reset your lost Windows 10 password. Substitute the name of the account to reset and a new password as appropriate. If you don’t know your account name, just type net user to list the available user names.

    net user user_name new_password

    reset-windows-password-at-logon

  3. Close the Command Prompt and you can now login with your new password. After logging in, remember to restore the sethc.exe file we overwrote in step 4. Enjoy!

Conclusion

This sticky keys method is quite well known and could be used to break into any Windows-based computer as long as you have physical access. So you might ask how can I prevent someone from hacking my Windows password? Just set a BIOS password to lock the boot sequence so others can’t boot from CD/USB.

7 Ways to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

May 24th, 2016 by Admin

Command Prompt is a nice feature of Windows that geeks and IT professionals used most. In this tutorial we’ll show you 7 ways to open Command Prompt as administrator or non-administrator in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Command Prompt from the Run box

This should be the most common way to open a non-elevated Command Prompt. Just press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type cmd and press Enter. This opens the Command Prompt without administrator rights.

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Method 2: Open Command Prompt from WinX Menu

This should be the simplest & quickest way to launch Command Prompt in Windows 10. Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft has implemented the WinX menu, which contains many useful items like Command Prompt, Control Panel, Network Connections and so on.

Press the Windows key + X to bring up the WinX menu. From the pop-up menu, you can select “Command Prompt” to open Command Prompt as non-administrator mode, or select “Command Prompt (Admin)” to open it in administrator mode.

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Method 3: Open Command Prompt Using Cortana Search

Click the Cortana Search box in the taskbar, and then type cmd. Click Command Prompt from the search result to launch a non-elevated Command Prompt.

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If you want to open an elevated Command Prompt, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result, and then select “Run as administrator“.

Method 4: Open Command Window Here in File Explorer

This method allows you to open a non-elevated Command Prompt from any folder in Windows Explorer.

To start off, open the folder in the File Explorer from where you want to open the Command Prompt. While press and hold down the Shift key, right-click on a folder or empty space in File Explorer. From the context menu, select “Open command window here“. The prompt takes the path of the folder from where it is opened.

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Method 5: Open Command Prompt from File Explorer’s Menu

Open File Explorer, browse to the folder where you want to open the Command Prompt from. Click on the File menu, and select “Open command prompt“. You’ll have two options to launch Command Prompt:

  • Open command prompt — Open a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with standard permissions.
  • Open command prompt as administrator — Open a Command Prompt within the currently selected folder with administrator permissions.

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Method 6: Open Command Prompt from Start Menu

Click on the Start button, and then click All apps at the bottom of the Start Menu.

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Scroll down and expand the Windows System folder, you’ll see the Command Prompt shortcut. You can click on it to launch Command Prompt in normal mode, or right-click on it and select “Run as administrator” to launch Command Prompt in administrator mode.

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Method 7: Open Command Prompt from Task Manager

Open Task Manager with more details. Click on the File and then select Run new task.

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Type cmd in the Open box, and click OK to open up a regular Command Prompt. You can also check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” box to open the Command Prompt as administrator.

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How to Change Taskbar & Desktop Icon Size in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

May 23rd, 2016 by Admin

Desktop icons are too big or too small? How can I resize the desktop icon size? In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can simply change the taskbar & desktop icon size in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

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Part 1: Change Desktop Icon Size

To change the size of desktop icons, right-click on an empty space on the desktop, and then click on View, and then select the size of the icons, either Large, Medium or Small icons. The default is Medium icons.

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But what if you want to make the desktop icons smaller than the default small icon, or larger than the default large icon? Using the mouse wheel button you can set the icon size to any size you want:

To get started, make sure the desktop has the focus, this can be done by just clicking any empty space of the desktop. Press and hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, and then using your mouse wheel, roll it upward to make the icons size larger, or downward to set the icon size smaller.

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Part 2: Change Taskbar Icon Size

The taskbar icons are really small? How can I make them appear larger? To do this, right-click on an empty space in the taskbar and then select Properties.

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On the Taskbar tab, uncheck the “Use small taskbar buttons” box in Windows 10/8. If you’re running Windows 7, uncheck the “Use small icons” box. Click OK.

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7 Ways to Access Event Viewer in Windows 10

May 23rd, 2016 by Admin

Event Viewer can be extremely helpful for system administrator to troubleshoot problems or errors. From there, you can find important information about logon events, policy changes, system and application events. In this article we’ll show you 7 ways to access Event Viewer in Windows 10.

Method 1: Access Event Viewer in Computer Management

  1. Right-click on This PC icon on your desktop. Select Manage from the drop-down menu.

    manage-this-pc

  2. In the Computer Management window, expand the System Tools and then select Event Viewer to display the event logs.

    event-viewer

Method 2: Access Event Viewer via Run

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box.
  2. Type eventvwr and hit Enter. This will open the Event Viewer immediately.

    open-event-via-run

Method 3: Access Event Viewer via Cortana Search Box

  1. Click the Cortana search box (right beside the Start button) located in the taskbar.
  2. Type event in the search box and click Event Viewer from the search results.

    cortana-search-event

Method 4: Access Event Viewer via Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel. There is a search box in the top right-hand corner of the Control Panel window. Type event and press Enter.
  2. Click the View event logs link from the search result.

    search-event-in-control-panel

Method 5: Access Event Viewer via Settings Charm

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings charm, or click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Type event in the search box at the top right corner of the Settings screen.
  3. Click View event logs from the search result.

    search-event-in-settings

Method 6: Access Event Viewer via Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt in Windows 10.
  2. Type eventvwr and press Enter.

    open-event-via-cmd

Method 7: Access Event Viewer via PowerShell

  1. Open the PowerShell in Windows 10.
  2. Type eventvwr and press Enter.

    open-event-in-powershell

7 Ways to Restart or Shut down Windows 10

May 22nd, 2016 by Admin

How to quickly shut down or restart Windows 10 computer? It’s not as straightforward as you might think. In this article we’ll show you 7 simple ways to restart or shut down Windows 10 computers.

Method 1: Restart or Shut Down Using the Start Menu

This should be the simplest way of restarting or shutting down Windows 10 computer. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu by clicking the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on the Power button from the Start Menu, and then select Shut down or Restart.

    start-menu

Method 2: Restart or Shut Down Using the WinX Menu

  1. Press the Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu (also known as Power User menu, WinX menu).
  2. Select Shut down or sign out, and then select Shut down or Restart on the pop-up menu.

    win-x

Method 3: Restart or Shut Down Using Alt + F4

  1. Click on your desktop to make it the current focused (active) window, and press the Alt+F4 keys. This will open the Shut Down Windows dialog.
  2. Select Shut down or Restart from the drop-down menu, and then click OK.

    alt-f4

Method 4: Restart or Shut Down from Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows key + X to open the WinX menu, and then select “Command Prompt“.
  2. If you want to shut down your PC, type shutdown -s at the Command Prompt and press Enter.

    command-prompt

    If you want to restart your PC, type shutdown -r instead.

  3. You’ll get a popup stating that “You’re about to be signed out. Windows will shut down in less than a minute“.

    pc-will-shutdown

  4. Click Close or leave the popup open. The computer will automatically perform a shutdown soon.

Method 5: Restart or Shut Down Using the Run box

If you don’t like the Command Prompt interface, you can issue the shutdown command from the Run box. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box.
  2. At the Run box, type the shutdown -s command and press Enter to shut down your computer. Or type shutdown -r and press Enter to restart your PC.

    run-box

Method 6: Restart or Shut Down from Windows Login Screen

  1. Just sign out your current account and Windows will take you to the login screen. You can also access Windows login screen by pressing the Windows key + L, or press Ctrl + Alt + Del key combinations.
  2. At the login screen, click the Power icon at the bottom right corner. You can then select Shut down or Restart from the pop-up menu.

    login-screen

Method 7: Physical Shut down or Restart

Every Windows 10 computer comes with a Power button on your computer case or the edge of your laptop. Press the Power button once and wait for the computer to shut down. Press the Power button again to turn the computer back on. If your computer is frozen, press and hold the power button for five seconds to shut the computer off.

2 Ways to Recover Firefox Password on Mac OS X

May 20th, 2016 by Admin

Is there any way to retrieve saved passwords from a non-working Firefox? Where are Firefox passwords stored on Mac OS X? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to recover forgotten Firefox password on Mac OS X.

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Method 1: Recover Password Using Firefox’s Built-in Option

If you can still access the Firefox browser, it’s quite easy to view the saved website passwords by following these steps:

  1. Click the hamburger button (three horozontal lines) in the top-right corner of your Firefox browser, then select Preferences.

    firefox-preferences

  2. In the Preferences window, click on the Security tab and then click the Saved Logins button.

    firefox-security-tab

  3. Now you will see list of website and username which has been saved in Firefox browser. Passwords are hidden for security reasons, you can click the Show Passwords button to reveal the saved passwords.

    firefox-saved-logins

Method 2: Recover Firefox Password Using Password Recovery Tool

If your Firefox browse stops working or you need to recover passwords from an old hard drive, you can use the Firefox Password Recovery program. Here’s how to recover passwords from Firefox profile on Mac OS X:

  1. From the OS X desktop or a Finder window, simply press Command(⌘) + Shift + G to bring up the Go to Folder dialog. Type the following path and press Enter.
    ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox

    go-to-folder

  2. It will open your specified folder in the Finder window. From there you can see the Profiles folder which is used by Firefox to stored passwords and bookmarks.

    mac-firefox-profile

    As the Firefox Password Recovery program can run in Windows only, you need to copy the whole profile folder to a USB flash drive, and then transfer it to a Windows-based computer.

  3. Now download and install the Firefox Password Recovery program on your Windows-based computer. After installing, launch the program and click on the Recover From File button.

    firefox-password-recovery

  4. In the pop-up dialog box, click on Browse button to select the Firefox profile folder stored in your USB flash drive. Once it’s done, click OK.

    select-firefox-profile

  5. The program will quickly decrypt the Firefox profile and display the login URLs, usernames and passwords for all saved login credentials.

    recover-firefox-password

How to Add Group Policy Editor to Windows 10 Home

May 12th, 2016 by Admin

Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 10 Home edition. When you run the gpedit.msc command, you might get the error message “Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

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Luckily there is a free third-party patch originally created by the enthusiast “davehc“, which can enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home and Windows 8. But it also works well on Windows 10, here we’ll walk you through the steps of adding Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) to Windows 10 Home.

Note: This utility has been shared for the sake of knowledge sharing. Patching system files using 3rd party software might be dangerous for your system. Use it at your own risk.

How to Add Group Policy Editor to Windows 10 Home?

  1. Before getting started, download the free patch from jwills876’s DeviantArt page. After you downloaded the patch, right-click on it and select “Extract All“.

    extract-zip

  2. After extracting, you can see the installer file: setup.exe. Right-click on it and select “Run as administrator“.

    run-setup-as-admin

  3. A setup wizard will launch. Keep clicking Next to finish the patching process. When prompted to install .NET Framework, just click “Skip this installation“.

    skip-net-framework-install

  4. When it’s done, go to the temporary folder created by the patch: C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit, and you’ll see two batch files: x86.bat and x64.bat. Right-click on x86.bat (or x64.bat if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows Home), and choose Open With > Notepad.
  5. You’ll find a total of 6 lines containing the string %username%:f in the file. Edit those lines and make sure %username% is in quotes.

    modify-bat

  6. Now, just save the file, and run it as Administrator.

    run-bat-as-admin

  7. Restart you computer and you should be able to access the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home.