Archive for October, 2018

3 Ways to Backup BitLocker Recovery Key on Windows 10

October 11th, 2018 by Admin

After turning on BitLocker to encrypt your hard drive, it’s important to save a copy of the BitLocker recovery key in case you need it. If you’ve lost the recovery key created when you initially set up BitLocker, you can make a new copy of the key as long as you can sign into Windows 10. This tutorial explains 3 simple ways to backup the BitLocker recovery key on Windows 10.

Method 1: Backup BitLocker Recovery Key Using Control Panel

  1. To start, type BitLocker in the Cortana search box on the taskbar, and then click Manage BitLocker from the result to open the BitLocker Drive Encryption control panel.

  2. Click on the link stating “Back up your recovery key” next to the encrypted drive.

  3. It will prompt you to choose how to store the recovery key. You can save the key on a USB drive, a file on unencrypted drive or print it out.

    But I would recommend you save the key to your online Microsoft account, so you can retrieve it from any computer by signing into this page:

Method 2: Backup BitLocker Recovery Key Using Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and run the following command and press Enter. Replacing C: with the letter of your BitLocker-encrypted drive.
    manage-bde -protectors C: -get

  2. You can find a 48 digit recovery key at the end. Note it down on a piece of paper or save it to somewhere secure and accessible.

Method 3: Backup BitLocker Recovery Keys for All Drives Using PowerShell

This method works by creating a PowerShell script, so you can backup BitLocker recovery keys for all drives at once. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Notepad and paste the following script in it. Save the file with the .ps1 extension.

    # Export the BitLocker recovery keys for all drives and display them at the Command Prompt.
    $BitlockerVolumers = Get-BitLockerVolume
    $BitlockerVolumers |
    ForEach-Object {
    $MountPoint = $_.MountPoint
    $RecoveryKey = [string]($_.KeyProtector).RecoveryPassword
    if ($RecoveryKey.Length -gt 5) {
    Write-Output ("The drive $MountPoint has a BitLocker recovery key $RecoveryKey.")

  2. Right-click on the Start button and then select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” from the WinX Menu.

  3. From the PowerShell console, you can execute the .ps1 script you’ve created previously.

    The screen will display the recovery keys for every BitLocker drive found on your computer. If you’re restricted from running PowerShell script, you may have to adjust the PowerShell execution policy.

That’s it! Whenever your computer won’t start or you can’t sign into your Windows account, you can still access your files by decrypting the encrypted drive with your BitLocker recovery key.

Make a Desktop Shortcut to Switch User Accounts in Windows 10

October 9th, 2018 by Admin

Looking for a straightforward way to switch user accounts? Normally we can switch between users by clicking the user name icon on the top left of Start Menu and then selecting another account from the list. But this method is not quite effective.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a desktop shortcut for quickly switching user account in Windows 10, saving you a click or two along the way.

Make a Desktop Shortcut to Switch User Accounts in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on any empty spot of your desktop, and then select New -> Shortcut.
  2. When the Create Shortcut wizard opens, enter the full path of the Session Disconnection Utility (C:\Windows\System32\tsdiscon.exe) into the location box, and click on Next.

  3. Name the shortcut “Switch User”, and click on Finish.

  4. Next, right-click on the new shortcut you created, and then select Properties.

  5. Go to the the Shortcut tab and click on Change Icon.

  6. By default, tsdiscon.exe contains no icons. So pick the icon of your choice and click OK.

  7. Now, double-clicking the “Switch User” desktop shortcut will take you directly to the User Selection screen, in case you have disabled the Lock screen.

That’s it!

How to Set up Windows Hello to Log into Windows 10

October 8th, 2018 by Admin

Windows Hello is a new sign-in option that lets you log into Windows 10 using facial recognition, without having to enter a password. If your Windows 10 laptop or tablet has a built-in camera, you can set up Windows Hello in just a few simple steps.

How to Set up Windows Hello to Log into Windows 10

  1. Press Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. Click on Accounts and then select Sign-in options in the left sidebar. Scroll down to the Windows Hello section and click on Set up.

  2. At the bottom of the Windows Hello setup page, click on Get started. The camera will scan your face and you need to keep looking directly at the camera for several seconds.

  3. Once it completes, you’ll be asked to set up a PIN as an alternative sign-in option in case Windows 10 has trouble recognizing your face. Click on Set up PIN.

  4. You’ll be asked to enter the current Windows 10 password to verify your identity.

  5. Once verified, you can create a PIN code to use in place of Windows Hello.

  6. You’re all done! Whenever you get to the Windows 10 sign-in screen, you will see a small eye and text saying it is looking for you. Just look at your camera and it will log you in automatically.

Setting up PIN is mandatory for using Windows Hello in Windows 10. If you remove the PIN login later, the system will turn off Windows Hello automatically.

Fix: “Open with” Missing from Windows 10 Right-Click Context Menu

October 2nd, 2018 by Admin

How can I restore “Open With” context menu in Windows 10? The “Open With” option lets you open files with any program of your choice, especially useful if the file extension is unknown or it’s associated to a program that doesn’t exist. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add the missing “Open With” option back to Windows 10 right-click context menu.

Fix: “Open with” Missing from Windows 10 Right-Click Context Menu

  1. Open the Run by pressing Windows key + R. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

  2. Navigate to the following key:

    Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers and select New -> Key from the popup menu.

  3. Name the new key as Open With and then highlight it. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane.

  4. Copy and paste the following text into the Value data edit box, and click OK.

  5. Close Registry Editor. Now you’ve successfully added “Open with Notepad” to right-click context menu for all file types.