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How to Show Weather on the Lock Screen in Windows 11

April 9th, 2024 by Admin

Can I configure Windows 11 to show weather forecasts on the Lock Screen? No matter which personalization option you select (Windows spotlight, Picture or Slideshow) for the Lock screen, only the “Calendar” and “Mail” options are available in the “Lock screen status” setting. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to add the Weather option so you can then check the live weather information from the Lock Screen in Windows 11.

How to Show Weather on the Lock Screen in Windows 11

  1. Open the Microsoft Store app. Search for the “MSN Weather” app and then install it on your local computer.

  2. Press the Windows key + I together to access the Settings app. Click Personalization in the left navigation pane, and then click Lock screen in the right side.

  3. In order to get live weather updates on the Lock screen, choose the Weather option from the “Lock screen status” setting.

    The “Mail” option allows you to see the email notifications on the Lock Screen, while the “Calendar” option shows the calendar time and date. If you want to prevent any apps from showing detailed status on the Lock Screen, just change it to “None“.

That’s it!

How to Enable Super Drag and Drop for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

March 29th, 2024 by Admin

Most web browsers allow you to drag a link or text on a web page, then drop it on the address bar or title bar to open the link or search page in a new tab.

To improve your productivity, Microsoft Edge comes with a new feature called “Super Drag Drop”, which lets you drag or drop the link or text anywhere on the same page to open it a new tab. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to enable Super Drag Drop for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11.

How to Enable Super Drag and Drop for Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge. Type edge://flags in the URL address bar and press Enter. Next, search for the “Microsoft Edge Super Drag Drop” flag, change its setting from “Default” to “Enabled“.

  2. When prompted, restart Microsoft Edge to apply your changes.

  3. When you’re back to Microsoft Edge, type edge://settings/appearance in the URL address bar and press Enter. Scroll down to the “Customize browser” section, turn on “Enable Super Drag and Drop” and then click the “Configure Super Drag and Drop” option underneath.

  4. Click the “Open mode” drop-down list and you can change whether the link or search page should open in a new tab in the background or foreground.

  5. Now you can start enjoying the “Super Drag Drop” feature.

    Whenever you need to disable this feature, just follow the Step 1 above to set the “Microsoft Edge Super Drag Drop” flag to “Default“.

That’s it!

2 Ways to Remove Gallery from Windows 11 File Explorer

March 11th, 2024 by Admin

How do I remove the Gallery shortcut from File Explorer’s side panel? If you click the Gallery shortcut, it allows you to access your photo collection, including all pictures which you can see in the Photos app. However, if you find that the Gallery folder is of no use, here are 2 ways to remove it from File Explorer navigation bar in Windows 11.

Method 1: Remove Gallery from Windows 11 File Explorer for Current User

  1. Open Registry Editor and go to the location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID. Right-click the CLSID key and select New -> Key.

  2. Name the new key as {e88865ea-0e1c-4e20-9aa6-edcd0212c87c}, and then right-click it to choose New -> (32-bit) DWORD Value.

  3. Name the DWORD as System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and set its value data to 0.

  4. Close Registry Editor and relaunch File Explorer, you’ll find the Gallery button will no longer show up in the navigation pane of File Explorer. Whenever you want to restore the Gallery button, just set the value data of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree to 1.

Method 2: Remove Gallery from Windows 11 File Explorer for All User

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace_41040327\{e88865ea-0e1c-4e20-9aa6-edcd0212c87c}. Right-click the {e88865ea-0e1c-4e20-9aa6-edcd0212c87c} key and choose Delete.

  2. When asked for confirmation, click Yes.

  3. Close Registry Editor. Reopen the File Explorer and the Gallery item should be missing from the File Explorer left panel. If you want to add Gallery back to File Explorer, you need to recreate the key {e88865ea-0e1c-4e20-9aa6-edcd0212c87c} which you’ve deleted in the step 1 above.

That’s it!

Fix: Downloads are Blocked from Running in Windows 11

March 4th, 2024 by Admin

Whenever I download an app off the Internet, double-click it to run but nothing happens.

Eventually I found out that Windows 11 blocks the downloads from running if they’re not digitally signed. If you right-click the downloaded program in File Explorer and select Properties from the context menu, you’ll see the security warning “This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer.

To allow that file to run, you need to check the “Unblock” box and click OK. You can repeat this procedure to manually unblock each program you’ve downloaded. To permanently fix the problems of blocking your downloads, simply follow this tutorial to configure Windows 11 not to mark your downloaded files with zone information.

How to Fix: Downloads are Blocked from Running in Windows 11

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Attachment Manager. On the right pane, double-click the policy called “Do not preserve zone information in file attachments“.

  2. Choose the Enabled option. Click Apply and then OK.

  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Now Windows 11 will no longer block your downloaded files from running. If the Local Group Policy Editor is not available on your PC, you can open Registry Editor and go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies, create a subkey Attachments and select it. On the right pane, create a 32-bit DWORD SaveZoneInformation and set the value data to 1.

No matter you use the group policy or Registry Editor to unlock your downloads in Windows 11, the changes will take effect immediately. No need to reboot or log off your computer.

Forgot PDF Permissions Password but I Know User Password?

February 23rd, 2024 by Admin

My PDF document is protected by a user password which I know, but I forgot the permissions password? How can I retrieve the PDF security permissions password? Adobe Acrobat may demand a permissions password when you try to edit, add or remove a PDF page. If you’ve tried every password to no avail, you can take use of the PDF Password Recovery software. This step-by-step tutorial can help walk you through the process of how to remove a forgotten PDF permissions password when you can still remember the document open password.

Forgot PDF Permissions Password but I Know User Password?

  1. To get started, download the PDF Password Recovery application. Follow the simple instructions in the installation wizard to complete the installation.
  2. After starting the program, click the button to choose your password protected PDF document, and then select the “Remove Owner Password” option. Click Next.

  3. You will be prompted for a user password (also known as document open password) when it detects your PDF document has both an open password and a modify password. Type the password and click OK.

  4. A decrypted copy of your document will be created in a short time. Click the “Go to folder” button and you can quickly navigate to the location where the decrypted document is saved.

  5. If you open the decrypted copy, it will no longer prompt you for the document open password. When you try to edit or add a page, no permissions password is required as well.

That’s it!

Tutorial: How to Search for Large Files in Windows 11

February 6th, 2024 by Admin

How to search for files based on size in File Explorer? A good way to free up storage space is to find large files on your system, then delete or move them elsewhere. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to search for large files in Windows 11, without using third-party software.

How to Search for Large Files in Windows 11

Open File Explorer. Type * in the search box in the top right corner.

Then “Search options” button will appear in the toolbox, and you can click it to select the size of the files you’d like to find, ranging from Empty to Gigantic.

If the above search criteria don’t meet your needs, you can manually specify the minimum size of large files to filter. For example, when you’re looking for files larges than 1GB (about 1000 Mb), simply type size:>1000mb in the search box.

Once the large files are found, you need to determine if they can be deleted or moved to external hard drive. Deleting the system pagefile or hibernate file straightforward may cause system failure, but you can shrink their file size with the following proper methods:

That’s it!

2 Methods to Disable or Enable Reserved Storage in Windows 11

January 23rd, 2024 by Admin

How can I reduce or turn off reserved storage in Windows 11? Disabling the reserved storage won’t affect the hibernation or virtual memory page file, and you can reclaim the reserved storage when your PC is running low on disk space. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to disable or enable reserved storage in Windows 11.

Method 1: Disable or Enable Reserved Storage via Windows Terminal

  1. Before getting started, open the Windows Terminal as administrator and then run the following command to check whether the reserved storage is already enabled or disabled on your system.
    DISM /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState

  2. To disable reserved storage, simply execute this command:
    Dism /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled

    If you want to enable reserved storage later, run this command:
    DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled

  3. After disabling reserved storage, your PC will perform smoothly as long as it has enough disk space to download and install Windows updates. If you open the Settings app and go to: Storage -> System & reserved, the “Reserved storage” section will no longer show up.

Method 2: Disable or Enable Reserved Storage via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ReserveManager. Next, we need to change the values for the DWORD MiscPolicyInfo and PassedPolicy on the right-side pane.

  2. In order to turn off reserved storage, just set MiscPolicyInfo to 2 and set PassedPolicy to 0. Whenever you need to turn on reserved storage, set the values of both MiscPolicyInfo and PassedPolicy to 1.

  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer to see the changes.

That’s it!

2 Ways to View Reserved Storage Size in Windows 11

January 16th, 2024 by Admin

Reserved Storage is a portion of storage space which is used by Windows 11 to save temporary files for system processes like Windows Update, so you’ll no longer experience Windows Update issue because of low disk space. Note that reserved storage is completely different from system reserved partition, it should be some special folders which can be accessed only by Windows Update or other processes. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to view and find the current size of the reserved storage on your Windows 11 computer.

Method 1: View Reserved Storage Size from Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app. Select System from the left-hand menu and then click Storage on the right pane.

  2. Click the “Show more categories” link.

  3. Click the System & reserved option.

  4. Under the Reserved storage section, you can see how much storage Windows reserves to facilitate proper performance and successful updates of your device.

Method 2: View Reserved Storage Size from Windows Terminal

  1. Open Windows Terminal as administrator, and then run the following command:
    fsutil storagereserve query C:
  2. It will give you the details of each reserved space. Just add the sizes of each Space Guarantee and you can find out how much disk space is allocated for reserved storage.

    If reserved storage is disabled on your Windows 11 PC, all the sizes of Space Guarantee should be zero.

That’s all!

How to Check Hard Drive Health in Windows 11 with Ease

January 5th, 2024 by Admin

Is my hard drive still healthy? When should I replace my SSD? If there is a way to predict when a hard drive is about to die, we can take preventative actions before disk failure. Luckily, Windows 11 comes with a built-in feature to monitor the hard drive health, so you can get an estimated remaining life and temperature about your hard drive. Currently, this option is only available for NVM SSD. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps of checking hard drive health in Windows 11.

How to Check Hard Drive Health in Windows 11 with Ease

  1. Open the Settings app. Choose the System category in the left-side pane and then click Storage on the right.

  2. Under the “Storage management” section, click the “Advanced storage settings” option.

  3. Click the “Disks & volumes” setting underneath.

  4. Click the Properties button next to your hard drive, not volumes.

  5. Scroll down to the “Drive health” section, you can see the current temperature and estimated remaining life about your disk.

    It might be able to help you catch a failing drive. You’ll get a warning when significant media-related errors or an internal error to the NVM subsystem is detected.


That’s how you can use the built-in feature in Windows 11 to check your hard drive status. However, it doesn’t work with SATA SSD or hard disk drives (HDD). If you need to perform a health check for USB, Intel RAID and NVMe, the freeware CrystalDiskInfo might be your good choice.