Archive for September, 2016

How to Change Lock Screen Timeout in Windows 10 / 8

September 8th, 2016 by Admin

The lock screen appears as a background image that is displayed when a user locks the PC. You need to tap any key or click the lock screen before you reach the login prompt.


By default, the lock screen will automatically turn off the display after one minute of idle time. You might want to increase the idle time to make the lock screen stay longer, or set your PC to never turn off monitor. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the lock screen timeout in Windows 10 / 8.

Part 1: Add Lock Screen Timeout Setting to Power Options

To add the lock screen timeout setting to Power Options, you need to change the registry setting. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type regedit and hit Enter.
  2. After the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key:
  3. In the right-hand pane, double-click the Attributes entry and change its value from 1 to 2 (Or set it back to 1 if you want to hide the lock screen timeout settings later).


  4. Immediately after editing the registry, you will see a new option (Console lock display off timeout) to adjust in the advanced power settings for your power plan.

If you want to quickly make the registry changes without opening Registry Editor, simply open Notepad and copy / paste the following lines, save as any name with .reg extension.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Then right-click on the .reg file and select “Open with” -> “Registry Editor” from the context menu. This will import your registry settings immediately.

Part 2: Change Lock Screen Timeout in Power Options

  1. Open Control Panel in large or small icons view. Click on Power Options.


  2. From the settings on the left-hand side, select Choose when to turn off the display.


  3. Click Change advanced power settings.


  4. Now, scroll down to Display, and expand it. You’ll see the new setting “Console lock display off timeout” that is only available after we’ve made the registry change above. As you can see, the lock screen timeout is set to 1 minute by default.


  5. You can adjust the timeout for however many minutes you want, or set it to 0 so the lock screen will never time out and turn off the monitor.


    Click Apply and then OK. Now you’ve successfully changed the lock screen timeout settings in Windows 10/8.

Recover Unbootable Windows 10 or 8 with Restore Point

September 7th, 2016 by Admin

What to do if your Windows computer has become corrupt, unusable or unstable? Most of the time, it’s very difficult to find out the exact cause of the problem and we’re suggested to roll back all recent changes to the operating system. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to recover unbootable Windows 10 or 8 system with your previously-created restore point.

How to Recover Unbootable Windows 10 or 8 with Restore Point?

When your computer is crashed, unbootable or it’s not working as you expected, you can use System Restore to restore your computer to the latest restore point. Follow these steps:

  1. Boot your computer with Windows 10/8 installation DVD. If you don’t have a install disc, you can use a working PC to download the ISO file from Microsoft and create a bootable USB drive for Windows Setup.
  2. Once booted to the Windows Setup screen, you’re prompted to select language and keyboard layout. Click Next.


  3. Click Repair your computer at the bottom.


  4. Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.


  5. Click Advanced options.


  6. Click System Restore.


  7. Click on the operating system you’re going to perform a system restore on.


  8. When the System Restore wizard opens, click Next.


  9. You’ll be presented with a list of previously created restore points. Select the restore point you want to restore to and click Next.


  10. Confirm the restore point and click Finish.


  11. A dialog box will pop up to ensure you really want to perform a system restore. It can’t be undone. If you’re sure, click Yes. This starts your system restore.


  12. Your PC will restart and begin the system restore process. This may take a few minutes to revert back to the selected restore point.


  13. After successful restoration, you’ll have a message saying system restore completed successfully.


    Click on Restart and your computer should boot successfully into Windows. You’ll still have all of your documents, but might be missing a couple of programs that you’ll just need to reinstall again.

How to Create System Restore Point in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

September 7th, 2016 by Admin

System Restore has been around since Windows 7. It’s very useful feature of Windows that helps you to restore your computer to previous working condition. If your computer gets messed up, corrupted or becomes unbootable, you can revert the operating system back to the recent restore point created. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable system restore and create a system restore point in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

How to Create System Restore Point in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

  1. Right-click on This PC (or My Computer) icon on your desktop and then select Properties from the context menu. For Windows 10, you might need to configure Windows 10 to display This PC icon on the desktop.


  2. Click the Advanced system settings link on the left side of the screen.


  3. Click System Protection tab. Make sure Protection is turned on for your system drive (most of the time it’s C:\ drive).


    If protection is turned off, select the system drive and click Configure, next select Turn on system protection option in the resulting dialog.


  4. To create a restore point manually, click on the Create button.


  5. Enter a name or description for your new restore point, and then click Create button again.


  6. Restore point creation are fast, it shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.


    Once the restore point is created, you will see the “Restore point was created successfully” message.

The above process is very simple to create a restore point in Windows 10, 8 and 7. Afterwards, you can use System Restore to restore Windows to your created restore point when your computer becomes damaged in future.

How to Turn Off Safe Mode without Logging into Windows

September 5th, 2016 by Admin

“I tried to restart my computer into Safe Mode using msconfig without thinking. Now I can’t log in because I couldn’t remember the Administrator password. How can I disable Safe Mode and start my PC normally?”

Stuck at Windows login screen but your computer keeps booting into Safe Mode? Is there a way to turn off Safe Mode without logging into Windows? If you could log into Windows, you can easily disable Safe Mode using Msconfig or Command Prompt. What to do if you forgot the Safe Mode administrator password? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to turn off Safe Mode by booting your PC with Windows installation disc.

How to Turn Off Safe Mode without Logging into Windows?

  1. Boot your computer from Windows installation disc and press any key when prompted. If your computer still boots into Safe Mode, you need to enter into BIOS and change the boot sequence to CD/DVD first.
  2. When you see Windows Setup, press the Shift + F10 keys to open a Command Prompt.


  3. Type the following command and press Enter to turn off Safe Mode:

    bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot


  4. When it’s done, close the Command Prompt and stop Windows Setup.


    Reboot without installation disc, and your computer should boot in normal mode by default. This method works with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista.

4 Ways to Uninstall Updates in Windows 10

September 4th, 2016 by Admin

If you installed an update that is causing severe issues with your PC, you probably want to uninstall or remove it. So here we’ll show you 4 ways to remove & uninstall updates in Windows 10.

Method 1: Uninstall Windows 10 Updates from Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and then click Programs and Features.


  2. Click View installed updates in the left pane.


  3. This displays all updates installed on the system. Select the update that you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.


Method 2: Uninstall Windows 10 Updates from Settings

  1. Open Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I hotkey, or clicking Settings from the Start Menu.
  2. Click Update and security.


  3. Click Windows Update on the left side, and click on the Advanced options link on the right side.


  4. Click the View your update history link to see all updates installed on your Windows 10 PC.


  5. Click the Uninstall updates link.


  6. This opens the Installed Updates window of Control Panel. Locate the problematic update and click Uninstall.


Method 3: Uninstall Windows 10 Updates Using Command Prompt

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by pressing WIN + X keys and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the Quick Access menu.
  2. At the Command Prompt, type the following command to view all installed updates:
    wmic qfe list brief /format:table


  3. To uninstall an update, you can use WUSA (a built-in Windows utility for managing Windows updates). For example, to uninstall the update KB3172729, you can type this command line and press Enter.
    wusa /uninstall /kb:3172729


  4. When you see the Windows Update Standalone Installer dialog box, click Yes to confirm and it will uninstall your selected update.


Method 4: Uninstall Windows 10 Updates Using a Batch File

If you want to uninstall multiple updates silently, you can create a batch script (.bat) to run the WUSA commands in the background, by adding /quiet and /norestart option. Change the KB number as needed.

@echo off
wusa /uninstall /kb:3172729 /quiet /norestart
wusa /uninstall /kb:3074686 /quiet /norestart

This will run the uninstall without any open windows, and will not prompt for a reboot. After all updates have been removed, you can restart the system manually, or set your computer to reboot automatically by adding the shutdown -r command to the end of the batch file.

Revert Windows 10 Updates by Going Back to Previous Build

September 2nd, 2016 by Admin

Windows 10 keeps freezing after installing the Anniversary Update? Just upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and the login screen doesn’t accept your original password? If you face new issues with your PC’s hardware or software, you can roll back to a previous build of Windows. This tutorial will show you how to revert Windows 10 updates and go back to previous build from Windows 10 login screen.

How to Revert Windows 10 Updates by Going Back to Previous Build?

From Windows 10 sign-in screen, click on the Power button at the bottom right. Hold down the SHIFT key and select the Restart option.


When the blue Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot.


At the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options.


Click Go back to the previous build.


Select the Administrator account that you use and know the password of.


Enter the password for the selected account and then click Continue.


Click on Go back to previous build.


The computer begins restoring your previous build of Windows. The roll-back process can take as short as a few minutes to about half an hour depending on the speed of your computer.


When it’s done, you can check the build number of Windows by pressing the Windows key + R and typing winver in the Run box. In my example, the build number changed from 10.0.14393 to 10.0.10240.


Note that once rolled back, you might have to reinstall some apps, and some of the settings may also be lost.