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How to Disable Change Password Option from the CTRL + ALT + DEL Screen

February 23rd, 2018 by Admin

How to remove the “Change a password” option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen in Windows 10? When pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combination, it will invoke the Windows Security Screen and users can change the login password there. Here’s how you can disable the ability of changing password from the Ctrl+Alt+Delete screen in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, through group policy or registry tweak.

Method 1: Disable Change Password Option from the CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen via Group Policy

  1. Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut, then type gpedit.msc into the Run command box and click OK.

  2. Once the Local Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the following path:
    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Option

    On the right, double-click the Remove Change Password policy.

  3. Select Enabled. Click Apply and reboot your computer.

    The next time you press the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination, you should no longer see the “Change a password” option on the screen.

Method 2: Disable Change Password Option from the CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen via Registry Tweak

  1. Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut, then type regedit into the Run command box and click OK.

  2. In the Registry Editor window, browse to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    If the System key isn’t present, you have to create it. Right-click Policies key on the left, and select New -> Key, then name it System.

  3. Right-click blank area on the right side, select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the key DisableChangePassword and set its value from 0 to 1.

  4. These changes require that you restart your computer. After that, the “Change a password” option will be missing from the screen when you press Ctrl + Alt + Del.

3 Ways to Enable or Disable Touch Feedback in Windows 10

February 21st, 2018 by Admin

When you tap or draw something on a touch screen, a round spot appears under your fingertip if you’ve enabled Touch Feedback in Windows 10. This provides you with visual feedback that your tap was recognized. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to enable or disable Touch Feedback in Windows 10.

Method 1: Enable or Disable Touch Feedback via Settings

  1. Use Windows + I keys on the keyboard to open the Settings, and then click Ease of Access.

  2. Select the “Other options” in the left menu. There you should see a setting for “Show visual feedback when I touch the screen” on the right.

  3. Toggle it off if you want to get rid of the annoying grey touch circle on your screen. Or toggle it on to enable Touch Feedback and optionally turn on “Use darker, larger visual feedback (ideal for presentations)“.

Method 2: Enable or Disable Touch Feedback via Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and click Pen and Touch.

  2. In the Pen and Touch window, click the Touch tab at the top. Check the option “Show visual feedback when touching the screen” to turn on Touch Feedback. If you want darker and larger visual feedback, check the “Optimize visual feedback for projection to an external monitor” box.

  3. If you want to turn off Touch Feedback, uncheck the option “Show visual feedback when touching the screen“. Once you have set the desired options, click Apply and then OK.

Method 3: Enable or Disable Touch Feedback via Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor and browse to the following registry location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors
  2. There you should see two DWORD values “GestureVisualization” and “ContactVisualization” on the right. If you want to disable Touch Feedback, just set both of them to zero. If you want to enable Touch Feedback, set GestureVisualization to 31 in decimal, and set ContactVisualization to 1.

  3. If you to turn on “Darker, Larger Visual Feedback”, keep GestureVisualization as a decimal value 31 and set ContactVisualization to 2.
  4. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Fix: Windows 10 Requires Username and Password When Session is Locked

February 19th, 2018 by Admin

When a Windows 10 session is locked, it requires the username and password to unlock it. Previous versions of Windows only required the password. How can I change it to only ask me for password? Luckily there is easy fix that can get rid of the need to click or enter username, so you can unlock a locked Windows 10 session by entering password only.

Fix: Windows 10 Requires Username and Password When Session is Locked

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type secpol.msc and press Enter.

  2. In the left pane of Local Security Policy Editor, expand Local Policies and click Security Options.

    Next, double-click the Interactive Logon: Display User Information when the session is locked policy in the right pane.

  3. Click the drop-down box to select “User display name, domain and user names“.

  4. Click Apply and then OK. You need to restart the machine for the change to take effect.
  5. After signing into your account, press the Windows + L to lock your session. The lock screen will now show your locked username so you can simply enter your password to unlock it.

If Local Security Policy Editor is not available in your system, you can also fix that issue with a registry hack: How to Hide User Name from Windows Lock Screen.

Fix: Windows 10 Thumbnail Cache Keeps Deleting Itself at Boot

February 4th, 2018 by Admin

When you open a folder containing images or video files, Windows will automatically create the thumbnail images for each file and store them in the cache, so that it can show thumbnails without any delay the next time you open the same folder.

Since Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the thumbnail cache keeps deleting itself after a restart or a shutdown, and the system has to recreate the thumbnails again for the same folder. Luckily, there is registry trick that can stop Windows 10 from automatically deleting the thumbnail cache at boot.

How to Fix: Windows 10 Thumbnail Cache Keeps Deleting Itself at Boot

  1. Press the Windows key + R shortcut to open the Run command box. Type regedit and hit Enter.

  2. Navigate to the following registry location, and then double-click the Autorun DWORD value in the right pane.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Thumbnail Cache

  3. Change the value from 1 to 0, and then click OK. Just close Registry Editor and restart Windows to allow the changes to take effect.

  4. Now you have stopped Windows 10 from auto-deleting the Thumbnail cache on reboot.

How to Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows 10

February 2nd, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 thumbnails messed up? By default, Windows automatically creates thumbnails for every documents, videos and images on your PC, which gives you a preview of a folder/file before you open it. When Windows 10 doesn’t properly display thumbnails or the thumbnails are corrupted, here’s how to clear and rebuild the thumbnail cache in Windows 10.

Where does Windows 10 store the thumbnail cache?

The thumbnail cache is hidden and you can find it in the following location:
C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Here you will see a lot of files like thumbcache_2560.db. If you were to be able to delete them, Windows 10 will automatically re-create new thumbnails when required.

Method 1: Clear the thumbnail cache using Disk Cleanup

  1. Open File Explorer. Right-click on your system partition (C:\) and select Properties from the context menu.
  2. Under the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button.

  3. Locate and check the Thumbnails option, and then click OK to delete / clear the thumbnail cache.

Method 2: Clear the thumbnail cache using Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Before clearing the thumbnail cache, you need to close File Explorer. Open Task Manager and switch to the Details tab, right-click on explorer.exe and select End task.

  3. Get back to the running Command Prompt. Type the following command and press Enter to delete all the thumbnail cache files.
    del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_*.db
    start explorer.exe

  4. Now you should be able to browse files and folders on your computer with thumbnail images showing up correctly.

How to Turn On / Off High Contrast in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

February 1st, 2018 by Admin

How can I remove High Contrast mode? Windows comes with several themes that provide high contrast and make it easier to read screens in bad lighting. This feature is really useful for users with visual impairment. Here are different ways to turn on / off High Contrast in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Turn On / Off High Contrast Using Keyboard Shortcut

This keyboard shortcut (left Shift + left Alt + PrtScn) can be used as a toggle to turn a high-contrast theme on and off. If the keyboard shortcut is not working on your Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and then click Ease of Access Center.

  2. Click the Set up High Contrast icon.

  3. select the “Turn on or off High Contrast when left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN is pressed” check box. Click Apply.

Method 2: Turn On / Off High Contrast from Windows 10 Settings

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, click Ease of Access icon.

  2. Select the Color & high contrast tab. Under Choose a theme, choose a high contrast theme from the drop-down menu, or select None to disable high contrast.

  3. Click Apply.

Method 3: Turn On / Off High Contrast in Windows 8 / 7

  1. Right click on an empty part of the desktop to bring up a menu and then select Personalize.

  2. Scroll down to the “Basic and High Contrast Themes” section and choose the theme of your choice. If you want to turn off high contrast, choose the theme under either “Aero themes” or “Basic themes”.

That’s it!

How To Enable or Disable Night Light in Windows 10

January 23rd, 2018 by Admin

Night Light, also known as “Blue Light”, is a new feature introduced since Windows 10 Creators Update, which makes your display use warmer colors at night to help you sleep better and reduce eyestrain. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable or disable Night Light mode in Windows 10, even when the Night Light setting is greyed out.

How To Enable or Disable Night Light in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app, and then click on the System icon.

  2. Select the Display tab on the left side. You can then toggle the “Night light” button to On to enable it, or Off to disable it.

  3. If you enable the Night Light feature, you can configure it further by clicking the “Night light settings” link under the toggle.

    There, you can adjust the color temperature by dragging the slider, and set Night Light to kick in when the sun sets and it will automatically get disabled during sunrise. When it’s done, you can click the “Turn on now” button to immediately enable the Night Light feature.

Can’t Enable or Disable Night Light?

Night Light settings is greyed out and you can’t disable or enable it? Here is a quick workaround to resolve this issue. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount
  2. Expand the DefaultAccount key, then right-click and delete the following two subkeys:

    $$windows.data.bluelightreduction.bluelightreductionstate
    $$windows.data.bluelightreduction.settings

  3. When you’re done, close Registry Editor and reboot your computer. Open the Settings app and you should then be able to turn Night Light on or off.

How to Change Input Language Using Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 10

January 22nd, 2018 by Admin

Unable to change keyboard language in Window using hotkey? Is there any way to set keyboard shortcuts to quickly change to a different language / keyboard layout? Here’s how to enable a keyboard shortcut for changing the input language in Windows 10.

How to Change Input Language Using Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 10?

  1. Open the Control Panel. Switch it to Large icons view and then click Language.

  2. Click the Advanced settings link on the left sidebar.

  3. In the next window, scroll down to the “Switching input methods” section and click the “Change language bar hot keys” link.

  4. This will bring up the “Text Services and Input Languages” dialogue. Select the “Between input languages” action and click Change Key Sequence.

  5. Select the keyboard combination you would like to use for switching between languages, and click OK.

That’s it!

Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 17th, 2018 by Admin

How can I know whether a disk is a solid-state drive (SSD) or hard disk? Is there a way to check if I have a SSD or HDD without having to open the laptop itself to see what’s inside it? Here are 2 easy methods to find if your drive is SSD or HDD in Windows 10/8/7, without using third-party software.

Method 1: Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD Using Disk Defragmenter

Simply press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box, type dfrgui and press Enter.

When the Disk Defragmenter window is shown, look for the Media type column and you can find out which drive is solid state drive (SSD), and which one is hard disk drive (HDD).

Method 2: Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD Using PowerShell

Open the PowerShell as administrator, and type the following command and press Enter:

Get-PhysicalDisk

The command will list all physical disks connected to your computer. The MediaType parameter can help you identify what type is your disk drive, HDD or SSD.

That’s it!

5 Ways to Open Disk Defragmenter in Windows 10

January 16th, 2018 by Admin

Over time, files on your hard drive get scattered and they are spread to discontinuous clusters. This can increase the time required to read / write files. To have your computer run more efficiently, you can defragment the hard drive that will rearrange the files so that they occupy contiguous clusters. In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 ways to open Disk Defragmenter in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Open Disk Defragmenter via Cortana

Simply type defragment in the Cortana’s search box. You can then click the “Defragment and Optimize Drives” search result to open Disk Defragmenter.

Method 2: Open Open Disk Defragmenter via Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R shortcut to bring up the Run box, type dfrgui and press Enter to launch Disk Defragmenter.

You can also access Disk Defragmenter by running the dfrgui command at Command Prompt.

Method 3: Open Open Disk Defragmenter via Start Menu

Click the Start button, then select All apps -> Windows Administrative Tools. Now choose Defragment and Optimize Drives.

Method 4: Open Open Disk Defragmenter via File Explorer

Open File Explorer. Right-click the drive you want to defragment, and then select Properties. When the Properties dialog opens, select the Tools tab and then click the Optimize button.

Method 5: Open Open Disk Defragmenter via Control Panel

Open the Control Panel in Large icons view. Click Administrative Tools.

You can now click the Defragment and Optimize Drives shortcut to start the Disk Defragmenter utility.