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How to Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

August 16th, 2017 by Admin

How can I restrict access to Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) in Windows 10, 8 and 7. After disabling, you’ll find the Local Users and Groups is missing in Computer Management.

Method 1: Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) Using Group Policy

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run box. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following path on the left side pane of Local Group Policy Editor:

    User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Microsoft Management Console -> Restricted/Permitted snap-ins

  3. Now, on the right side window, double-click on the “Local Users and Groups” setting to modify.

  4. Select the Disabled option. Click Apply and then OK.

  5. The policy setting will take effect immediately. You’ll find Local Users and Groups not showing in computer management. If you try to open Local Users and Groups by using the lusrmgr.msc command, you’ll get this error message: “The snap-in below, referenced in this document, has been restricted by policy. Contact your administrator for details“.

Method 2: Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) Using Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch Run prompt. Enter regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key:

    If the last two keys (MMC, {5D6179C8-17EC-11D1-9AA9-00C04FD8FE93}) don’t exist, you’ll need to create them manually.

  3. On the right side pane, right-click in the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Restrict_Run, and give it a value of 1.

  4. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer for the policy to take effect. If you want to enable Local Users and Groups snap-in again, just change the registry value of Restrict_Run to 0 and you’re done!

Open Local Users and Groups MMC Snap-in in Windows 10

August 15th, 2017 by Admin

Local Users and Groups is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that lets you manage user accounts or groups, like creation/deletion of user accounts, resetting user password etc. In this post we’ll show you how to open Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in in Windows 10. Note: the Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in is not available in the Home edition of Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in from Computer Management

Right-click on This PC icon from your desktop, and then select Manage from the pop-up menu.

This should open Computer Management window. Expand “System Tools” in the left console tree and you can then access Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in.

Method 2: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in via Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, or open the Command Prompt. Next type lusmgr.msc and hit Enter.

This will open the Local Users and Groups snap-in directly.

Method 3: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in in User Accounts

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, type netplwiz and hit Enter.

When the User Accounts dialog box opens up, click the Advanced tab and then click the Advanced button. You now have the Local Users and Groups snap-in open.

Method 4: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in via Cortana

Click the Cortana search box in the lower left of your screen, type lusmgr.msc and click it from the search result.

That’s it!

Set Password to Never Expire for Domain Accounts in Windows Server

August 12th, 2017 by Admin

Can’t change password after domain user password expired? AD password expires while user is away? By default, domain users are required to change their passwords every 42 days, as defined by domain password policy. If you find those password expiry notices annoying, you can set password to never expire for domain accounts in Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003.

Before getting started, you can check when your domain account password is going to expire. Just open the Command Prompt as administrator, type the following command and press Enter.

net user domain_account_name /domain

This will display your account information, including when you last changed your password, and when it expires.

Method 1: Set Domain Account Password to Never Expire via GUI

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R, type dsa.msc and press Enter to open Active Directory Users and Computers Snap-in.
  2. Expand your domain and click Users in the left pane, you’ll see a list of domain accounts on your server. Double-click on the user you would like to update.

  3. In the Properties dialog, click the Account tab and check “Password never expires” under the Account options section.

  4. Click Apply and then OK. Now you’ve successfully disabled the annoying expiration of passwords!

Method 2: Set Domain Account Password to Never Expire via PowerShell

  1. click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell.
  2. After importing Active Directory module in Powershell, you can type the following script to set your domain password to never expire. Replace pcunlocker with the name of your domain account.

    Set-LocalUser -Name "pcunlocker" -PasswordNeverExpires 1

Method 3: Set Domain Account Password to Never Expire via Command Prompt

Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type the following command and press Enter. Note: Replace “pcunlocker” with your account name, and adjust the domain name accordingly.

dsmod user "CN=pcunlocker,CN=Users,DC=corp,DC=top-password,DC=com" -pwdneverexpires yes

This would set the password of the domain account “pcunlocker” to never expire.

If you want to disable the password expiration for all accounts in Active Directory, type:

dsquery user "CN=Users,DC=corp,DC=top-password,DC=com" | dsmod user -pwdneverexpires yes

Method 4: Set Password to Never Expire for All Accounts Using Domain Group Policy

  1. Click the Start button, point to Administrative Tools and then click Group Policy Management.
  2. In the console tree, expand the Forest and then Domains. Select the domain for which the password policies have to be set. Right-click Default Domain Policy and select Edit.

  3. It will open Group Policy Management Editor. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy, then double-click the “Maximum password age” setting in the right pane.

  4. In the Security Policy Setting tab, make sure the “Define this policy setting” option is checked, and specify that passwords never expire by setting the number of days to 0.

  5. Click Apply and then OK.

Actually, there is much simpler way to modify the “Maximum password age” settings for your default domain policy. Just open the Command Prompt as Administrator, and type:

net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited /domain

Now, all the domain accounts won’t be required to change password ever. If you’re locked out of Windows Server and can’t log on with any domain administrator, then you need to use the AD password utility – PCUnlocker. It can help you reset forgotten Active Directory password and unlock a disabled/expired/locked domain account.

5 Ways to Set Password to Never Expire for Windows Local Account

August 10th, 2017 by Admin

My password has expired and now I am completely locked out of my computer? When you log into Windows, you might receive a message that says “Your password has expired and must be changed“. What to do if you forgot your old password or you get the access denied error when you try to change the password? In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 ways to set password to never expired for Windows local account.

Method 1: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using Computer Management

Right-click the My Computer (This PC) icon on your desktop and then select Management from the pop-up menu.

When the Computer Management console launches, go to System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users. Right-click on the user with an expired password in the middle pane and select Properties.

Check the “Password never expires” box and click OK.

When done, close the Computer Management and you can determine when the password of your Windows account will expire. Open a Command Prompt and type:

net user account_name

The output of this command will give you a lot of information about account. Just look for the line beginning with “Password expires” and you can see the password expiration date. In our example, it showed that the password of my account “pcunlocker” will never expire.

Method 2: Set Windows Password to Never Expire from Command Line

Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type the following command and press Enter. Replace “pcunlocker” with the name of your local account:

wmic useraccount where "Name='pcunlocker'" set PasswordExpires=false

Method 3: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using PowerShell

Open the PowerShell as Administrator. You can use the Set-LocalUser cmdlet to modify a local user account and set its password to never expire:

Set-LocalUser -Name "pcunlocker" -PasswordNeverExpires 1

Method 4: Set Password to Never Expire for All Accounts Using Group Policy

Press the WIN + R keys to open the Run command box. Type secpol.msc and press Enter to open the Local Security Policy Editor. Go to Account Policies -> Password Policy, ensure the Maximum password age is set to 0, meaning that passwords never expire.

You can also apply the password expiration policy using command line. Follow these steps:
Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type the following command and hit Enter.

net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited

This will set password to never expire for all your Windows local accounts.

Method 5: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using a Boot CD

If your Windows password is expired and unable to change password on the login screen, you’re completely locked out of your computer and all of the methods above won’t work for your case. Then you have to use a password utility called PCUnlocker, which can reset your forgotten Windows password, as well as setting your password to never expire.

To start, you need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD (or USB drive) from an accessible PC. Next boot your locked computer from the CD. Select the account with an expired password and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove your Windows password and disable password expiration for your account.

Reboot and eject the CD, you can then log into your Windows account with no warning of user password’s about to expire. That’s it!

How to Customize or Reset Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10

August 9th, 2017 by Admin

Quick Access Toolbar is part of the Ribbon interface that is located in the title bar of File Explorer. It provides quick access to commands you use most often. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add or remove any Ribbon command on the Quick Access Toolbar, or reset Quick Access Toolbar to default in Windows 10.

Add Ribbon Commands to Quick Access Toolbar

Right-click on any command/button (such as Format, Cleanup or Optimize) in any Ribbon tab and then select “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” from the pop-up menu.

If the “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” menu is grayed out, it means that this command/button has already been added to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Remove Ribbon Commands from Quick Access Toolbar

Right-click on any command that is present on the Quick Access Toolbar, and then choose “Remove from Quick Access Toolbar“.

Reset Quick Access Toolbar to Default

If you have messed up the Quick Access Toolbar, you can reset it to the default state. To do this, open the Registry Editor and go to the following key:

In the right pane, look for the QatItems value which stores all the settings for the Quick Access Toolbar. Just right-click on QatItems and then select Delete from the pop-up menu.

Restart your computer or sign out of your account. The next time you open File Explorer, the Quick Access Toolbar will contain only three default buttons: one for accessing the properties of the selected file or folder, one for creating new folder, and a down-pointing arrow that opens a menu that you can use to configure the Quick Access Toolbar.

That’s it!

How To Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

July 30th, 2017 by Admin

Windows Ink Workspace is a new feature introduced in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which makes pen input more usable for everyone with a PC. Within Windows Ink Workspace, you can use a digital pen to write sticky notes, doodle in Sketchpad, take a screenshot of your desktop and load it for your sketching.


If you don’t have a digital pen or you want to remove Windows Ink Workspace icon from your taskbar, here are 2 easy ways to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. Navigate to: Computer Configuration ->Administrative Templates ->Windows Components ->Windows Ink Workspace.
  2. In the right side pane, double-click Allow Windows Ink Workspace to open its properties.


  3. Check the Enabled option. Next, select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Options section.


  4. Click on Apply and then OK. Restart your PC to make the changes to take effect.

Method 2: Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 Using Registry Tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:
  2. Right-click the Microsoft key in the left pane, and then select New -> Key. Name the Key as WindowsInkWorkspace.


  3. Now, select the WindowsInkWorkspace key. Right-click empty space in the right pane, select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.


  4. Name the DWORD value as AllowWindowsInkWorkspace. Leave its value data as 0.


  5. Restart your computer. Once signed back in, you should see Windows Ink Workspace disabled.

If you want to enable Windows Ink Workspace again, just follow the steps above and change the DWORD AllowWindowsInkWorkspace value from 0 to 1, and restart your computer.

2 Ways to Hide / Show Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer

July 28th, 2017 by Admin

Navigation pane missing from File Explorer in Windows 10? By default, Windows Explorer will display the navigation pane in the left-hand column, which gives you quick access to the most frequently used items like This PC, Network, Quick access and so on. If you don’t like the navigation pane, it’s very easy to get rid of it. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to hide / show navigation pane in Windows Explorer (or File Explorer).


Method 1: Hide / Show Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer Using Ribbon

  1. Press the Windows key + E hotkey to open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click the View tab, and then click the Navigation pane button in the ribbon. In the drop-down menu, you can click to check or uncheck the “Navigation pane” option. When it’s unchecked, the navigation pane will disappear from Windows Explorer.


Method 2: Hide / Show Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer with Registry Tweak

  1. Download one of the following registry files and save it on your desktop.



  2. Next, right-click on the .reg file and select Merge. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.
  3. Click on Yes to confirm that you want to add the registry keys.


  4. Close all Explorer windows that are currently open, and re-launch Windows Explorer. You’ll see that the navigation pane is shown or hidden in File Explorer as you expected.

How to Check If Your Disk Uses MBR or GPT Partition Style

July 24th, 2017 by Admin

How can I determine if my disk is formatted as GPT or MBR? Since the release of Windows 8, GPT partition style is becoming a popular alternative as newer computers are shipping with UEFI firmware, and Windows 10/8 can only boot from GPT disk on UEFI-based computers. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to find out where your disk uses MBR or GPT partition style in Windows.

Method 1: Check If Your Disk Is MBR or GPT Using Disk Management Tool

  1. Press Windows key + X on your keyboard, and then select Computer Management from the pop-up menu.


  2. Click on Disk Management, which appears in the left-hand side under the heading Storage. Right-click on the hard drive available in the center of the window, then select Properties.


  3. This will bring up the Device Properties window. Click the Volumes tab and you’ll see if the partition style of your disk is GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Master Boot Record (MBR).


Method 2: Check If Your Disk Is MBR or GPT Using Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. At the Command Prompt, type following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each.
    list disk


  3. It will list all disks that are connected to your PC. If a disk uses GPT, you’ll see an asterisk character (*) under the Gpt column. As you can see in the screenshot above, disk 0 is a GPT disk while disk 1 is a MBR disk.

That’s it!

4 Ways to Launch Administrative Tools in Windows 10

July 21st, 2017 by Admin

Administrative Tools is the most commonly used Control Panel applet, which gives you access to a variety of advanced tools in Windows, like Computer Management, Services, Event Viewer, Local Security Policy, etc. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 simple ways to launch Administrative Tools in Windows 10.

Method 1: Access Administrative Tools from Start Menu

Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen. When the Start Menu opens, scroll down and expand Windows Administrative Tools, and you can then click on the administrative tool you want to open.


Method 2: Launch Administrative Tools via Cortana Search

In the Cortana Search box on the taskbar, type “administrative tools” and then click or tap the Administrative Tools search result.


Method 3: Launch Administrative Tools from Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run window. Type control admintools and hit Enter. This will open the Administrative Tools applet immediately.


Another method that works in all Windows operating systems is to type control admintools in the Command Prompt.

Method 4: Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and then choose “Large icons” under the View by option. You can then click Administrative Tools to launch it.


That’s it!

How to Hide Specific Control Panel Items in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

July 21st, 2017 by Admin

Control Panel is the centralized configuration area in Windows. It contains a collection of applets (System Properties, Administrative Tools, Add/Remove Programs, Date/Time, etc) that let you make changes to various settings of your system. If you share a computer with others, you may not want users to access certain applets in Control Panel.


In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to hide specific Control Panel items (applets) and stop others from changing certain settings in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

How to Hide Specific Control Panel Items in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

  1. After logging on, open the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing Windows + R keys and then typing gpedit.msc in the Run box.


  2. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel. Double-click Hide specified Control Panel items in the right pane.


  3. Select Enable and then click the Show button.


  4. Enter the canonical name of the Control Panel item you want to hide, and click OK. For instance, if you want to restrict users from accessing Administrative Tools, enter Microsoft.AdministrativeTools in the Show Contents dialog.


    How to find out the canonical name of a Control Panel applet? Please check the list below.

  5. Close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot your computer. Your specified item /applet will not show up in the Control Panel any longer.
Control Panel Item Canonical Name
Action Center Microsoft.ActionCenter
Administrative Tools Microsoft.AdministrativeTools
AutoPlay Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
Biometric Devices Microsoft.BiometricDevices
BitLocker Drive Encryption Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color Management Microsoft.ColorManagement
Credential Manager Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and Time Microsoft.DateAndTime
Default Location Microsoft.DefaultLocation
Default Programs Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Desktop Gadgets Microsoft.DesktopGadgets
Device Manager Microsoft.DeviceManager
Devices and Printers Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters
Display Microsoft.Display
Ease of Access Center Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
Folder Options Microsoft.FolderOptions
Fonts Microsoft.Fonts
Game Controllers Microsoft.GameControllers
Get Programs Microsoft.GetPrograms
Getting Started Microsoft.GettingStarted
HomeGroup Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Infrared Microsoft.Infrared
Internet Options Microsoft.InternetOptions
iSCSI Initiator Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator
Keyboard Microsoft.Keyboard
Location and Other Sensors Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors
Mouse Microsoft.Mouse
Network and Sharing Center Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Notification Area Icons Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Offline Files Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Parental Controls Microsoft.ParentalControls
Pen and Touch Microsoft.PenAndTouch
People Near Me Microsoft.PeopleNearMe
Performance Information and Tools Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools
Personalization Microsoft.Personalization
Phone and Modem Microsoft.PhoneAndModem
Power Options Microsoft.PowerOptions
Programs and Features Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
Recovery Microsoft.Recovery
Region and Language Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Scanners and Cameras Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras
Sound Microsoft.Sound
Speech Recognition Microsoft.SpeechRecognition
Sync Center Microsoft.SyncCenter
System Microsoft.System
Tablet PC Settings Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Taskbar and Start Menu Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu
Text to Speech Microsoft.TextToSpeech
Troubleshooting Microsoft.Troubleshooting
User Accounts Microsoft.UserAccounts
Windows Anytime Upgrade Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade
Windows CardSpace Microsoft.CardSpace
Windows Defender Microsoft.WindowsDefender
Windows Firewall Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
Windows Mobility Center Microsoft.MobilityCenter
Windows SideShow Microsoft.WindowsSideShow
Windows Update Microsoft.WindowsUpdate