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How to Delete One or More System Restore Points in Windows 10

September 26th, 2018 by Admin

By default, Windows 10 will automatically create a restore point when you install a device driver or Windows update, so you can later reverse system changes if Windows 10 becomes unstable.

Restore points could take up a lot of disk space, so if your PC is running well, there’s not much sense in keeping many old restore points. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to delete one or more system restore points to save disk space in Windows 10.

Method 1: Delete All System Restore Points in System Protection

Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command. Type SystemPropertiesProtection and press Enter.

This will open the System Protection page in the System Properties window. Now select a drive you want to delete all old restore points from, and click on Configure.

Click on the Delete button. When the warning dialog pops up, click Continue to confirm.

Method 2: Delete All But the Most Recent Restore Point via Disk Cleanup

Right-click on a local drive and then select Properties from the context menu.

Under the General tab, click on Disk Cleanup.

Next, click on Clean up system files.

Go to the the More Options tab, click on the Clean up button under the “System Restore and Shadow Copies” section.

When the Disk Cleanup confirmation box opens, click on Delete and Windows 10 will delete all your restore points while keeping the most recent one.

Method 3: Delete Individual System Restore Point via Command Line

Open the Administrative Command Prompt. Execute the following command to list all system restore points created for all drives on your computer. Keep an eye on the creation date and shadow copy ID for each system restore point.
vssadmin list shadows

To delete a specific restore point, type the following command and press Enter.
vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={shadow copy ID}

If you want to delete all restore points for all your drives, just run this command instead:
vssadmin delete shadows /all

That’s it!

Easy Ways to Open System Properties in Windows 10

September 25th, 2018 by Admin

The System Properties window is commonly used to configure options such as your computer name, system restore, remote desktop and so on. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 easy ways to open System Properties in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open System Properties by Right-clicking This PC Icon

Right-click the This PC icon on your desktop and then select Properties.

Click Advanced system settings in the left menu.

Windows 10 will immediately open the System Properties window.

Method 2: Open System Properties via Cortana Search

On the Windows 10 taskbar, enter “advanced system” inside the Cortana search box. When the search results are loaded, click on “View advanced system settings“.

Method 3: Open System Properties via Run or Command Line

Press Windows + R keys together, type the command “sysdm.cpl” in the Run dialog box and press Enter. Alternatively, you can open Command Prompt and type the same command to open System Properties.

If you want to directly open any specific tabs in the System Properties window, just type one of the following commands:

  • SystemPropertiesComputerName
  • SystemPropertiesHardware
  • SystemPropertiesAdvanced
  • SystemPropertiesProtection
  • SystemPropertiesRemote

For example, if you execute the command “SystemPropertiesAdvanced” via Run or Command Prompt, it will open the Advanced tab in System Properties.

That’s it!

3 Ways to Fix Camera App Not Working in Windows 10

September 21st, 2018 by Admin

Can’t find or start the Camera app after Windows 10 update? If the Camera app stops working or there is something wrong, here are 3 simple ways to fix it and get the Camera app back to working.

Method 1: Change Privacy Settings for Camera App

If the Camera app is not working any more, you have to check out the privacy settings that might block the Camera app from accessing your webcam.

To do so, open the Settings app and click on the Privacy category. Select Camera under the App permissions section on the left. On the right panel, you have to turn on the setting “Allow apps to access your camera“. Scroll down to locate the Camera app and grant permission for it to access the webcam.

Method 2: Reinstall Camera App

Reinstalling the Camera app can restore anything to its initial state, and this may be the most effective way to fix the issue of Camera not working. To uninstall the Camera app, right-click on the Start button and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin). Enter the following command:
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.WindowsCamera* | Remove-AppxPackage

Once you’ve done this, re-download the Windows Camera app from the Store and see if it’s fixed.

Method 3: Roll Back or Update Webcam Driver

Incompatible or outdated driver could also cause the Camera app to not function. If the problem started after recent Windows 10 upgrade, try to roll back your webcam driver to the previous version:

  1. Just open the Device Manager, right-click on your webcam device and select Properties.

  2. Go to the Driver tab and then click on Roll Back Driver.

  3. Select the appropriate reason why you want to roll back to old drivers, and click Yes.

  4. Reboot your computer and check if the Camera app is working or not.

If rolling back doesn’t work, try to install the latest driver for your webcam. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the webcam in the Device Manager, and then select Update driver.

  2. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

  3. It will download the latest version of the driver available and install it automatically. After completing the above steps, open the Camera app and hopefully this time it starts successfully.

That’s it!

4 Ways to Open the Camera App in Windows 10

September 20th, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 has a built-in app called Camera that lets you use your webcam to take pictures and record videos. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 easy ways to open the built-in Windows Camera app in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Windows 10 Camera App via Cortana Search

Click on the Cortana search box from the taskbar and type in the word camera. You can then access the Camera app from the result.

Method 2: Open Windows 10 Camera App from Start Menu

Click the Start button to open the Start Menu. Scroll down the list of apps to the letter C and you can find the Camera app.

Method 3: Open Windows 10 Camera App via Run

Press the Windows key + R at the same time to bring up the Run command. Type and press Enter.

This will open the built-in Camera app immediately.

Method 4: Open Windows 10 Camera App from Command Prompt

If you’re at the Command Prompt, just type the following command and hit Enter to launch the Camera app.

Still Can’t Find or Start Camera App

If you’re unable to open the Camera app using the above methods, it’s possible that the Camera app was uninstalled from your computer. In that case, you then need to install a fresh copy from Windows Store.

That’s it!

3 Ways to Change PowerShell Execution Policy in Windows 10

September 19th, 2018 by Admin

PowerShell script cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system? By default, Windows restricts running PowerShell scripts, as a security mechanism. To verify the PowerShell execution policy on your computer, you can use the Get-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet.

If the execution policy is displayed as Restricted, you can change it to other settings as shown below.

  • Restricted – No scripts can be run. Windows PowerShell can be used only in interactive mode.
  • AllSigned – Only scripts signed by a trusted publisher can be run.
  • RemoteSigned – Downloaded scripts must be signed by a trusted publisher before they can be run.
  • Unrestricted – No restrictions. All PowerShell scripts can be run.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change PowerShell execution policy in Windows 10 using command line, group policy or registry tweak.

Method 1: Change PowerShell Execution Policy with Command Line

Open the PowerShell as administrator. You can use the Set-ExecutionPolicy command to set the PowerShell execution policy as per your requirement.

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

Method 2: Change PowerShell Execution Policy with Group Policy

Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows PowerShell. Double-click a setting called “Turn on Script Execution” on the right pane.

Select the Enabled option. Beneath it, you can click the drop-down list to set the execution policy to “Allow all scripts“. Click OK to save your changes.

Method 3: Change PowerShell Execution Policy with Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor and browse to the following registry key by copying and pasting it in the address bar and pressing Enter. Next, double-click the string ExecutionPolicy on the right pane.


Set the value data to one of the following values: Restricted, AllSigned, RemoteSigned, Unrestricted, Undefined. Click OK and then close Registry Editor.

That’s it!

How to Disable PowerShell with Software Restriction Policies GPO

September 18th, 2018 by Admin

Is there a way to block PowerShell from running through group policy? Windows PowerShell comes pre-installed in Windows 10 and it’s a command-line shell designed especially for programmers and IT professionals. If you’re a standard Windows user, you may want to get rid of it. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable PowerShell for all user accounts in Windows 10, using Software Restriction Policies GPO.

Part 1: Find the PowerShell Executable Program

  1. After launching Windows PowerShell, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys simultaneously to bring up the Task Manager window. Go to the Details tab, scroll down to find the process called powershell.exe. Right-click on it and select “Open file location“.

  2. Windows Explorer will open the folder where the powershell.exe file is located. Note down the full path as we’ll need it later.

Part 2: Disable PowerShell with Software Restriction Policies

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to:
    Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Software Restriction Policies

    Right-click on Software Restriction Policies on the left console tree, and then select New Software Restriction Policies.

  2. Select the newly-created “Additional Rules” node. Right-click any empty space in the right pane and choose “New Hash Rule“.

  3. Click the Browse button to select the powershell.exe file we’ve located previously, and set the Security level to Disallowed. Click OK.

  4. If you also want to block the Windows PowerShell ISE from running, just repeat the above steps to add a new rule to block powershell_ise.exe.
  5. Reboot your computer for the policies to take effect. When you try to run PowerShell you should receive the following error message “This app has been blocked by your system administrator“.

    Renaming the PowerShell executable file couldn’t bypass the above message as well.

How to Find Apps by Alphabet in Windows 10 Start Menu

September 17th, 2018 by Admin

Start Menu in Windows 10 is completely different from the earlier versions. All the apps shown in the Start Menu are sorted with alphabets, so you can quickly find your desired app by clicking the first letter in Windows 10 Start Menu.

Find Apps by Alphabet in Windows 10 Start Menu

The following steps will demonstrate how to locate the built-in Camera app in Windows 10.

  1. Click the Start button to bring up the Start menu. You’ll see a long list of apps installed on your computer. Just click any letter (for example ‘A‘) to display the alphabet list.

  2. Next, click the letter that the name of the desired app begins with. Since the name of the “Camera” app starts with the letter ‘C’, we choose ‘C‘ in this case.

  3. You’ll be directed to a list of all programs that start with the letter you selected. From there you can launch your desired app with ease.

Adjust the Position of Any App in the Start Menu

If you want to bring your most used app to the top of the list in the Start Menu, here’s how to adjust its position:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard combination to open the Run box, paste the following path and pass Enter to open the start menu folder.
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  2. Locate the shortcut of your most used app, rename it by adding the letter ‘A‘ to the beginning of the shortcut name.
  3. When you’re done, open the Start Menu and you should see the most used app shown in the top of the app list.

Show Encrypted or Compressed NTFS files in Color on Windows 10

September 16th, 2018 by Admin

By default, Windows displays all folders and files names in black letters. To help you identify an EFS or compressed folder or file, you can turn on “Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color” for your account in Windows 10. EFS encrypted files will show its name in green, while compressed NTFS files will show the name in blue.

Method 1: Show Encrypted or Compressed NTFS files in Color via Folder Options

  1. Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer. Select the View tab from the File Explorer Ribbon and then click on Options.

  2. When the Folder Options window opens, click the View tab and check the option named “Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color“.

  3. Click Apply followed by OK. Now Windows 10 will show compressed or encrypted folders or files names in blue or green color.

Method 2: Show Encrypted or Compressed NTFS files in Color via Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

    Next, double-click the 32-bit DWORD ShowEncryptCompressedColor in the right pane.

  2. Set the value data to 1 and click OK.

  3. Close Registry Editor. Windows 10 makes the file names colorful in order to help you identify the encrypted or compressed file and folder easily.

Different Ways to Open Programs and Features in Windows 10

September 13th, 2018 by Admin

If you want to get installed programs list or uninstall an application, you have to access the Programs and Features panel. In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to quickly open Programs and Features in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Programs and Features from Control Panel

Launch the Control Panel and set the display to Large icons, then click Programs and Features.

Method 2: Open Programs and Features via Run

Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to launch the Run box. Type appwiz.cpl and click OK to open Programs and Features.

Method 3: Open Programs and Features from Command Prompt

If you’re running a Command Prompt or PowerShell, just execute the appwiz.cpl command. This will get you the Programs and Features window.

Method 4: Open Programs and Features from Win+X Menu

Right-click on the Start button or press the Windows key + X keyboard combination. When the WinX menu opens, select Apps and Features.

This will open the Apps & Features pane in the new Settings app. On the right panel, look for the “Related settings” section and you can click the “Programs and Features” link to access the traditional Uninstall Programs window.

Method 5: Create a Programs and Features Shortcut on the Desktop

If you want to open Programs and Features with just a single click, follow these steps to create a desktop shortcut for quick access:

  1. Right-click any vacant area in the desktop, and select New -> Shortcut.

  2. Copy-paste the following command into the “Type the location of the item” field, and click Next.

  3. Name the shortcut “Programs and Features” or whatever you like, and then click Finish.

  4. Now, you can double-click the new shortcut on your desktop to access Programs and Features easily, or assign a keyboard shortcut to launch it.

Quick Ways to Open Game Controllers Settings in Windows 10

September 13th, 2018 by Admin

If you want to install a game controller or calibrate your joystick, you have to access the Game Controllers Settings. In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to open Game Controllers Settings in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Game Controllers Settings via Run Command

press the Windows key and R to bring up the Run command, type joy.cpl and press Enter. This will launch the Game Controllers window immediately.

Method 2: Open Game Controllers Settings via Windows 10 Search

Click the Cortana Search box in the taskbar, enter “game controller” and you can then click the “Set up USB game controller” option from the search result.

Method 3: Open Game Controllers Settings via Control Panel

Open the Control Panel in Large icons, click on Devices and Printers.

Locate your joystick. Right-click on it and select “Game controller settings” from the popup menu.

It will display the Game Controllers Settings dialog.

Method 4: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Open Game Controllers Settings

If you need to access the Game Controllers Settings regularly, follow the step-by-step instructions to create a desktop shortcut on Windows 10:

Right click any blank area on the desktop, then select New -> Shortcut from the context menu.

Copy and paste the following path into the location box, and click Next.

Give a name for your Game Controllers shortcut.

Click Finish and you’re done!