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How to Open Elevated Command Prompt from Standard User in Windows

October 25th, 2018 by Admin

Is it possible to run an elevated Command Prompt from standard account? Though Standard account has limited privileges as opposed to administrator account, most people still like to use it for everyday computer use in order to lower the risk of being infected with malware. When an administrative task needs to be performed, they would do it from an elevated Command Prompt. In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to open elevated Command Prompt from standard user in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Standard User via Run or Command Line

Use the Windows key + R keyboard combination to open the Run dialog box. Type the following and press Enter.
powershell -Command "Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs

Or run the above command in a Command Prompt window that has already been opened with normal privileges.

A pop-up window will appear asking to enter your administrator password.

Once you’ve entered the correct password and click Yes. It will run an elevated Command Prompt immediately.

In addition, the command “runas /user:Administrator cmd” can also let you run Command Prompt using an administrator profile, but note that the cmd is still running without elevated privileges.

Method 2: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Standard User via Windows Search

Click on the Start button and then type “cmd” in the search box that appears. Right-click on the Command Prompt in the result and select “Run as administrator“.

You will see a UAC pop-up window asking you to type the administrator password before opening up the elevated Command Prompt.

Method 3: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Standard User via Start Menu

Click on the Start button. In the Start Menu, scroll down to the “Windows System” folder and expand it. There you can right-click on the Command Prompt shortcut, and select More -> Run as administrator.

These are all the methods we know of running elevated Command Prompt from standard user. If you need to access elevated Command Prompt frequently, it’s a good idea to pin the Administrator Command Prompt to the Windows taskbar. That’s it!

Automatically Log off Idle Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

October 24th, 2018 by Admin

How can I force the server to log off idle RDP session automatically? An idle or inactive session will also consume precious CPU resources and memory. When the number of concurrent connections has reached the limit, your best bet is to kick out idle users. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use group policy to configure Windows to automatically log off idle remote desktop sessions.

Automatically Log off Idle Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Session Time Limits

    In the right panel, double-click the “Set time limit for active but idle Remote Desktop Services sessions” policy.

  2. Change it to Enabled, then set the desired amount of time in the drop-down list right below. Click Apply and then OK. Reboot your computer to put the policy into effect.

  3. When any RDP user is idle for the group policy specified amount of time, they will receive the following warning:

    “Session has been idle over its time limit. It will be disconnected in 2 minutes. Press any key now to continue session.”

    You have the chance to click OK to extend the session. Otherwise, the idle session will log off automatically two minutes later.

That’s it!

Reset Forgotten MateBook Laptop Password with Bootable USB

October 22nd, 2018 by Admin

Forgot your Windows 10 password on Huawei MateBook X Pro? If you find yourself in a situation in which you can’t remember your MateBook password, then you’re in the right place. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset forgotten MateBook laptop password with a bootable USB.

Part 1: Create a Bootable USB with PCUnlocker

Since UEFI is required for booting MateBook to a USB, we’ll choose the Windows password recovery utility – PCUnlocker Enterprise. After you’ve got a copy of PCUnlocker ISO image, download a third-party utility Rufus – which allows you to transfer an ISO image to USB and make the USB drive bootable.

Prepare a USB flash drive that’s at least 1 GB and plug it into your PC. Open up Rufus and click the Select button to locate the downloaded ISO file. Make sure the Partition scheme is set to GPT. Finally click on Start.

Part 2: Change Boot Order on MateBook Laptop

Once you have created a bootable USB with PCUnlocker, you have to boot it. When you turn on your MateBook laptop, press the F2 key to access the UEFI menu. If you don’t have a keyboard, hold down the volume-up button while powering on the MateBook, this will also take you to UEFI.

In the UEFI screen, select the “Boot Order” and hit Enter to choose “USB -> SSD“. Save your changes and exit. Now your laptop will boot from USB.

Part 3: Reset Forgotten MateBook Password

After loading a very light copy of Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), you’ll get to the PCUnlocker utility. Just select one of the user accounts found on your MateBook laptop, and click on Reset Password.

The program will get rid of your forgotten password in seconds. Reboot and you can access your MateBook laptop without entering a password.


So this is how you can boot MateBook laptop with USB and reset your forgotten password conveniently and securely. However, if you don’t mind losing all files on your system, factory reset is a good alternative way to erase your lost Windows password. Just hold down the F10 key when powering on your computer to access the system recovery screen. From there, you can start the factory reset process.

How to Hide / Remove the “All apps” List in Windows 10 Start Menu

October 18th, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 has changed the Start Menu layout, and you can access the list of installed apps on the left and the tiles on the right. As I almost never use the list of all apps, I prefer to have the list collapsed. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to hide the All apps list from Windows 10 Start Menu, or even disable the “All apps” button as well.

Method 1: Hide All Apps List from Start Menu via the Settings

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, click the Personalization category and then select the Start tab in the left sidebar.
  2. You’ll see the “Show app list in Start menu” option in the right-side pane. If you turn it off, you’ll see only live tiles in the Start Menu.

  3. However, you can still click the “All apps” button at the top left of the Start Menu to expand the apps list you’ve hidden.

Method 2: Using GPO to Hide or Disable All Apps List in Start Menu

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to:
    User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar

    Then, double-click on the policy “Remove All Programs list from the Start menu” appearing in the right pane.

  2. Click the Enabled option. Under the “Choose one of the following actions” drop-down list, you can choose:
    • None
    • Collapse
    • Collapse and disable setting
    • Remove and disable setting

    The “Collapse” option is equivalent to turn off the “Show app list in Start menu” in the Settings app. If you’ve selected the “Collapse and disable setting” option, the “Show app list in Start menu” in the Settings app will be greyed out as well.

    If you’ve chosen the “Remove and disable setting” option, it will also disable the “All apps” button so you have no option to access the apps list from the Start Menu.

That’s it!

How to Open Notepad as Administrator in Windows 10

October 17th, 2018 by Admin

When you open a system file with Notepad, make few changes and try saving it, you may get the following error message:

“You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission”

To fix this permission issue, you have to run Notepad as an administrator. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to open Notepad as administrator in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Notepad as Administrator via Cortana Search

  1. Type “notepad” in the Cortana search box on the taskbar. Right-click on the program that appears in the search results, and select “Run as administrator“.

  2. When the User Account Control dialog appears, click Yes. It will launch Notepad as administrator rights.

Method 2: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Always Open Notepad as Administrator

  1. Right-click on the empty space on the desktop, and select New -> Shortcut.
  2. In the Create Shortcut wizard, type in the full path of the Notepad executable file, and click Next.

  3. Give a descriptive name for the new shortcut and click Finish.

  4. Right-click the newly created shortcut on the desktop and select Properties.

  5. In the Shortcut tab, click Advanced.

  6. Check the “Run as administrator” box and click OK.

  7. Just double-click the Notepad desktop shortcut and it will open it always as administrator.

Method 3: Add “Open Notepad as Admin” to Right-click Context Menu

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

    Right-click on the shell key in the left pane, and select New -> Key from the pop-up menu.

  2. Name the new key runas.

  3. Select the runas key, and then double-click on “(Default)” in the right pane and change its value to “Open with NotePad (Admin)“.

  4. Right-click on the runas key and create a new subkey named command. Next, double-click on “(Default)” in the right pane and set it to “notepad %1“.

  5. Close Registry Editor. When you right-click any file in Windows Explorer, you’ll see a new option to open Notepad as admin from the context menu.

That’s it!

How to Open Phone Dialer on Windows 10 / 8 / 7

October 15th, 2018 by Admin

The Phone Dialer is a built-in app in Windows that lets you use a modem to dial people on the Internet. By default Phone Dialer is not added to the Start Menu and you’re unable to access it easily. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 quick ways to open Phone Dialer on Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Windows Phone Dialer from the Run Command

Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run command, type dialer and press Enter. This will launch Windows Phone Dialer immediately.

Of course, you can also open Phone Dialer by running the above command at Command Prompt or PowerShell.

Method 2: Open Windows Phone Dialer via Search

In Windows 10, type dialer into the Cortana Search box next to the Start button, and you can launch the Phone Dialer utility from the result.

If you’re running Windows 8 or Windows 7, just click the Start button and type dialer in the search box to access Phone Dialer.

Method 3: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Open Phone Dialer

Right-click any blank place on the Desktop, and choose New -> Shortcut.

Type the following in the box marked Type the location of the item, and click Next.

Give the shortcut a name, and click Finish.

A new shortcut will appear on your desktop. You can double-click it to open Windows Phone Dialer every time you need to access it.

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.