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How to Import Passwords into Chrome from Firefox in Windows 10

January 18th, 2019 by Admin

When you start moving to Chrome as your primary web browser, the first thing to do is to move all your passwords and bookmarks from the old browser to the new one. Since Chrome 66, it makes password importing & exporting much easier for inexperienced users. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to import passwords into Chrome from Firefox in Windows 10.

How to Import Passwords into Chrome from Firefox in Windows 10

  1. Open Chrome and click the three dots menu button appeared in the upper right corner, then select Bookmarks -> Import bookmarks and settings.

  2. The following pop-up will appear. You can select Mozilla Firefox from the drop-down list and click on Import. Make sure the “Saved passwords” is checked.

  3. After a while, the migration process will be completed.

This method works only if both Chrome and Firefox are installed on the same computer. If you need to export Firefox saved password from an old PC, and then import them into Chrome on a new PC, a third-party software like Password Recovery Bundle can help you keep track of your passwords saved in different web browsers.

How to Recover or Export Passwords from Firefox Quantum

January 10th, 2019 by Admin

How can I export the user names and passwords stored in Firefox Quantum? Firefox offers to store the passwords and then auto-fill the login forms whenever you access a specific website. It seems that the passwords are no longer needed, but anyway, the moment will come when you need to reinstall Windows or export the passwords to a new computer. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to recover or export passwords from Firefox Quantum.

Starting from Firefox 57 Quantum, your passwords are stored in the key4.db and logins.json files and the old Firefox password exporter add-ons doesn’t work any longer. But you can still rescue your saved passwords with the third-party software – Firefox Password Recovery.

Part 1: Export Passwords from Your Current Firefox Installation

To get started, download and install the Firefox Password Recovery program on your local PC. After the program is launched, click on Start Recovery.

It displays a list of supported applications you can recover passwords from. Just select the “Recover Firefox Password” option.

The program will locate all profiles for your current Firefox installation and decrypt the stored passwords. If one of your Firefox profiles is secured with a master password, the following pop-up will appear and you have to enter the master password.

Just about a few seconds later, you’ll see all passwords saved in Firefox Quantum along with username and URL.

Now, you can export / save the list of passwords to a plain text file.

Part 2: Recover Passwords from Old Firefox Profile

How do I recover Firefox saved passwords from old hard drive? If you have a backup copy of your previous Firefox profile directory, it’s super easy to extract passwords from it. Follow these steps:

Open up the Firefox Password Recovery program and click on Recover From File.

You’ll see the following pop-up window. Click on Browse to locate your old Firefox profile folder and click OK. By default, the profile is in this location: C:\Users\{Windows_account_name}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.

All your Firefox saved passwords will be shown immediately. If your Firefox profile is protected using master password, you’ll be prompted to enter it first.

How To Stop Firefox Quantum from Updating Automatically

January 8th, 2019 by Admin

How can I disable automatic updates in Firefox Quantum? It could be frustrating for Firefox to push the update notifications and interrupt what you’re reading.

Starting with Firefox version 63, Mozilla has removed the ability to disable updates completely. When you click on the Menu button at the top right corner and select Options.

Scroll down to the Firefox Updates section, you’re left with two options: Automatically install updates, Check for updates but let you choose to install them. The option “Never check for updates” is no longer available.

If you don’t like Firefox frequently installing the updates, here is a simple way to prevent Firefox Quantum from updating the version automatically in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Part 1: Stop Firefox Quantum from Updating Automatically

  1. Open Windows Explorer and type %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profile in the address bar and press Enter.

  2. The name of your default profile folder should start with eight random characters and end with .default. Just open the Firefox profile folder, then right-click on the prefs.js file and select Edit.

  3. Add the following line to the file and save your changes.
    user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);

  4. Now, Firefox Quantum should never download and install updates automatically.

Part 2: Install Firefox Updates Manually

After disabling automatic updates in Firefox Quantum, you can decide how often and when you want Firefox to install updates. Here’s how to install Firefox updates manually:

  1. Open up Firefox and click on the Menu button in the upper right hand corner, and then select Help from the drop-down menu.

  2. Click on About Firefox.

  3. You can see the exact version number of Firefox you’re running. If a new version of Firefox is available, you can click on the “Check for updates” button to download and install it.

That’s it!

2 Ways to Find Your Firefox Profile Location in Windows

January 7th, 2019 by Admin

Firefox stores all your settings (including home page, bookmarks and passwords) in a profile folder that keeps your personal information separate from the Firefox program. When Firefox keeps crashing or your PC can’t boot, your information won’t be lost (at least your Firefox saved passwords could be recovered). In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to find your Firefox profile location in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Find Your Profile Folder When Firefox is Running

  1. After opening Firefox, click on the Menu button (the icon with three lines) in the upper right side of the address bar, and then select Help.

  2. Select Troubleshooting Information.

  3. When the Troubleshooting Information tab appears, click on the Open Folder button under the Application Basics section.

  4. This will launch Windows Explorer and display your current Firefox profile directory.

Method 2: Find Your Profile Folder without Opening Firefox

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command. Type the following and press Enter.
    %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox

  2. After Windows Explorer opens to that directory, double-click on the profile.ini file to open it with Notepad or other text editor.

  3. You can view the relative or absolute path for all your Firefox profiles. But there is only one default profile. In my example, the default profile is located under the directory: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\einxo22v.default.

That’s it

3 Ways to Enable or Disable Cortana on Windows 10 Lock Screen

January 3rd, 2019 by Admin

By default, Cortana is available on the lock screen in Windows 10, so you can chat with Cortana without first unlocking your computer. If you want to improve the security level, it’s better to turn off Cortana as needed. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to enable or disable Cortana on Windows 10 lock screen.

Method 1: Enable or Disable Cortana on Lock Screen from Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app, then click on Cortana.

  2. Select the Talk to Cortana tab, and turn on or off the “Use Cortana even when my device is locked” option.

  3. If you allow Cortana to access your personal information, you can check the box for “Let Cortana access my calendar, email, messages, and Power BI data when my device is locked“.

Method 2: Enable or Disable Cortana on Lock Screen Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Preferences
  2. Double-click on the VoiceActivationEnableAboveLockscreen entry in the right pane, and set its value data to 1 or 0. 1: enable Cortana on lock screen; 0: disable Cortana on lock screen.

  3. Close Registry Editor and you’re done.

Method 3: Enable or Disable Cortana on Lock Screen Using Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to:
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search

    Next, double-click on “Allow Cortana above lock screen” policy to edit it.

  2. Select Enabled to put Cortana on the lock screen for all Windows accounts. If you don’t like Cortana on the lock screen, choose Disabled to get rid of it.

  3. Close Local Group Policy Editor and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

3 Ways to Disable or Turn off Storage Sense in Windows 10

December 29th, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 comes with a new feature called “Storage Sense”, which will automatically delete temporary files created by apps and erase old files that have been in the Downloads folder or Recycle bin for over 30 days. If you’re not satisfied with this feature, you can disabled it permanently. This tutorial will show you 3 simple ways to turn off Storage Sense in Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable Storage Sense in Windows 10 from Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app and then click the System category on the main page.

  2. Click the Storage in the left navigation menu. You can then turn off the Storage Sense on the right side.

  3. Since Storage Sense is turned off, it will not automatically delete temporary files to free up disk space.

Method 2: Disable Storage Sense in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to:

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Storage Sense

    Next, double-click on the Allow Storage Sense policy on the right pane to edit it.

  2. Select Disabled and click OK.

  3. Now you’ve successfully disabled Storage Sense on your Windows 10 PC. This method will also prevent users from turning on Storage Sense from the Settings app.

Method 3: Disable Storage Sense in Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\StorageSense

    Right-click on any blank area in the right pane, and then select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  2. Name the new DWORD as AllowStorageSenseGlobal, and leave its value data to 0. (0: disable Storage Sense, 1: enable Storage Sense)

  3. After completing these steps, Restart Windows 10 to apply your changes immediately.

How to Convert FAT32 / FAT to NTFS in Windows 10 without Data Loss

December 27th, 2018 by Admin

How can I convert a FAT32 volume to NTFS without losing data? Both FAT and FAT32 are legacy file systems and Windows only supports FAT32 partition up to a size of 32 GB. When you try to copy a single file larger than 4GB to a FAT32 drive, you might also get the error “The file is too large for the destination file system“. To fix this issue, you have to convert the file system over to NTFS. This tutorial will show you an easy way to convert a partition or volume from FAT32 / FAT to NTFS in Windows 10 without data loss.

How to Convert FAT32 / FAT to NTFS in Windows 10 without Data Loss

  1. To begin, you need to open an elevated Command Prompt. In Windows 10, just type cmd in the Cortana Search box. Right-click on Command Prompt in the search result and select “Run as administrator“.

  2. Type the command below, and press Enter. You must replace drive_letter with the actual drive letter of the FAT32 / FAT volume you want to convert to NTFS.

    convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

  3. Before converting the file system, you might be asked for the current volume label of the volume that is going to be converted. The volume label is the name of your drive displayed in File Explorer.
  4. When finished, close Command Prompt and you can right-click on that drive to access Properties and check if the file system is already converted to NTFS.

Conclusion

So this is how you can use the built-in Convert.exe command in Windows 10 to convert a hard disk or USB drive from FAT32 / FAT to NTFS. Note that this command doesn’t support converting NTFS to FAT32. In order to change the file system of your drive to FAT32, you can move the files elsewhere, then format the drive as FAT32 and move them back.

2 Ways to Set Default Tab for Task Manager in Windows 10

December 26th, 2018 by Admin

Task Manager lets you gain access to the essential information regarding the running processes and the real-time performance in Windows. Whenever you launch Task Manager, it will open to the Process tab by default. Starting with Windows 10 19H1, you can change the default tab for Task Manager according to your usage habits.

Method 1: Set Default Tab for Task Manager from GUI

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and select Task Manager.

  2. In the Task Manager UI, click on Options on the menu bar and choose “Set default tab“. There should be a check mark next to your current default tab, and you can change it to other tab like “Details”.

  3. The next time you open Task Manager, it will open to the new default tab you set.

Method 2: Set Default Tab for Task Manager via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager

    In the right pane, double-click on the DWORD named StartUpTab to modify it.

  2. Enter one of the following values and click OK. If you want to set the “Details” tab as the default tab, just change its value data to 5.
    • 0: Processes tab
    • 1: Performance tab
    • 2: App history tab
    • 3: Startup tab
    • 4: Users tab
    • 5: Details tab
    • 6: Services tab
  3. Close Registry Editor. Relaunch Task Manager and you can see the change immediately.

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December 25th, 2018 by Admin

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Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts in Windows 10

December 25th, 2018 by Admin

Adding security questions for a local account will provide an extra way to restore PC access if you forget your Windows 10 password. If you think this feature is neither secure nor reliable, you can remove security questions using a registry tweak. Since Windows 10 build 18237, there is a new group policy that lets you disable / prevent the use of security questions for local accounts in Windows 10.

The following methods will prevent users from changing or adding security questions to local accounts. If your security questions are already set up, you’ll be unable to reset forgotten Windows login password by answering the security questions.

Method 1: Prevent Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts via Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to:
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Credential User Interface

    In the right pane, double-click on the “Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts” policy.

  2. Select Enabled and click OK.

  3. To make this group policy to take effect, you need to restart Windows 10.

Method 2: Prevent Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

    On the right panel, right-click any blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Note: if the System key doesn’t exist, you have to create it first.

  2. Name the new value as NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions. To disable the Security Questions feature, set its value data to 1.

  3. Close the Registry editor. Restart your computer to make the changes take effect.