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Fix: Your power plan information isn’t available in Windows 11

July 4th, 2023 by Admin

When you try to edit or create a power plan from the Control Panel, you may receive the error message “Your power plan information isn’t available. Why can’t Windows retrieve this information?

In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple method to quickly fix the error “Your power plan information isn’t available” in Windows 11.

How to Fix: Your power plan information isn’t available in Windows 11

  1. Right-click the Start button on the taskbar, and then select Terminal (Admin) from the WinX menu. Next, click Yes when the User Account Control dialog box opens.

  2. Execute the following command to restore the default power plans in Windows 11.
    powercfg –restoredefaultschemes

  3. Close the Terminal window. Now you can open the Control Panel to create a new power plan or edit the existing ones without experiencing the error “Your power plan information isn’t available“.

That’s it!

5 Quick Ways to Open the Services Applet in Windows 11

June 27th, 2023 by Admin

How do I access the Service Manager in Windows 11? The Services applet is a centralized place to start, stop, enable or disable any services installed on your Windows system. In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 quick ways to open the Services applet in Windows 11.

Method 1: Open the Services Applet via the Run Dialog

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to launch the Run dialog box, type services.msc in the text field and press Enter.

  2. This should be the most common and fastest way to access the Services tool in Windows.

Method 2: Open the Services Applet via Windows Terminal

  1. Once you’ve launched Windows Terminal, enter the services.msc command and hit Enter.

  2. It will quickly open the Services tool.

Method 3: Open the Services Applet via Search

  1. Type services in the Search box on the taskbar. Next, click the Services app which appears under the “Best match” section.

  2. The Services Manager tool will launch immediately.

Method 4: Open the Services Applet via Computer Management

  1. Right-click the Start button on the taskbar, and then choose Computer Management from the pop-up menu.

  2. In the left pane, expand the “Services and Applications” folder and then click on Services.

  3. You’ll see a list of services installed on your computer.

Method 5: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Open the Services Applet

  1. Right-click the blank space on your desktop and then choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. Type services.msc in the shortcut location box and click Next.

  3. Enter a name for this shortcut and click Finish.

  4. Whenever you want to open Windows Services, you can double-click the desktop shortcut to quickly access it.

That’s it!

2 Methods to Reset Windows Terminal to Default Settings

June 26th, 2023 by Admin

How do I reset Terminal to initial settings in Windows 11? Windows Terminal lets you customize color schemes, fonts and profiles for Command Prompt and PowreShell. If you’ve played around with Windows Terminal settings and messed it up, here are 2 easy methods to reset Windows Terminal to default settings in Windows 11.

Method 1: Reset Windows Terminal to Default Settings via Terminal

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose “Terminal (Admin)“.

  2. When the Windows Terminal opens up, click the down-arrow icon in the title bar and select Settings from the drop-down list.

  3. Click the “Open JSON file” option at the bottom of the left navigation pane.

  4. Select the Notepad app to open the JSON file. Next, press Ctrl + A to select all the content in the JSON file, right-click them and choose Delete.

  5. Click the File menu and choose Save. Close Notepad. Windows Terminal will immediately regenerate the JSON file with default settings.

Method 2: Reset Windows Terminal to Default Settings via File Explorer

  1. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run box, type the following path and press Enter.
    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

  2. File Explorer will open and take you to the location where the settings.json file is stored. Just delete the settings.json file and it will reset Windows Terminal back to its default settings.

  3. The next time you open Windows Terminal, a fresh copy of the settings.json file will be created with all the default settings.

That’s it!

3 Methods to Disable Automatic Map Updates in Windows 11

June 25th, 2023 by Admin

How can I stop Windows 11 from automatically updating offline maps? By default, Windows will automatically update the offline maps when plugged in and on Wi-Fi. This may have an impact on the internet speed when you’re attending online class or meeting. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 methods to disable automatic map updates in Windows 11 to boost your internet speed.

Method 1: Disable Automatic Map Updates in Windows 11 via Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I to launch the Settings app. Select the Apps category in the left, and then click on Offline maps.

  2. click on Maps updates to expand the settings. Next, uncheck the “Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi” option.

  3. This will prevent Windows 11 from automatically updating the offline maps. But you can still click on the “Check now” button underneath to update the offline maps manually.

Method 2: Disable Automatic Map Updates in Windows 11 via Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the location: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Maps​. Double-click the “Turn off Automatic Download and Update of Map Data” policy in the right pane.

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

  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. You’ll find that the “Update automatically when plugged in and on Wi-Fi” option under the “Maps updates” section in the Settings app is greyed out.

Method 3: Disable Automatic Map Updates in Windows 11 via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Right-click the Windows key in the left sidebar and choose New -> Key.

  2. Name the new key as Maps, and select it. Next, right-click the blank area in the right pane and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Name the DWORD as AutoDownloadAndUpdateMapData, and leave the data value as 0.

  4. Close Registry Editor and restart your system to apply the changes.

That’s it.

2 Methods to Make Task Manager Always on Top in Windows 11

June 12th, 2023 by Admin

Is there a way to keep Task Manager always stay on top of other windows? Task Manager comes with a built-in option which can make it show on top, without using third-party software such as AutoHotkey. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to make Task Manager always on top in Windows 11.

Method 1: Make Task Manager Always on Top via Task Manager Settings

  1. After opening Task Manager, click the Settings icon in the lower-left corner.

  2. Under the “Window management” section, check the “Always on top” option.

  3. The current Task Manager window will stay on the top. The next time you bring up Task Manager, it will launch and stay on top of all other windows by default.

Method 2: Make Task Manager Always on Top via System Tray

  1. When the Task Manager application is running, click the small upward arrow icon next to the Notification area. You’ll see all hidden icons for apps.

  2. Right-click the hidden Task Manager icon and choose “Always on top” from the pop-up menu.

  3. A check mark will appear beside the “Always on top” menu item. This will turn on “Always on top” for Task Manager in Windows 11.

That’s it!

How to Enable Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

June 3rd, 2023 by Admin

How do I keep my children safe online while I’m away? Kids Mode is a nice feature available in Microsoft Edge, which allows you to prevent your kids from stumbling across harmful or inappropriate websites. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge on Windows 11/10, so children can only access approved websites.

Part 1: Set up a Whitelist in Kids Mode

Parents can create a whitelist of websites that the children are allowed to visit. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and type the following in the address bar and press Enter. Next, click the “Manage allowed sites in Kids Mode” option.
    edge://settings/family

  2. Click the “Add website” button.

  3. Enter the URL of a website you allow children to access, and click Add.

    Repeat this to add more websites to the list. Note that Kids Mode blocks all websites that are not on this list.

Part 2: Enable Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

  1. After opening up Microsoft Edge, click the Profile icon in the top right corner.

  2. Choose “Browse in Kids Mode” from the drop-down list.

  3. The Welcome pop-up window will appear. Click “Get Started“.

  4. Kids Mode opens in full-screen and now you can let your child to enjoy the kid-friendly browsing experience.

  5. When the child tries to access a website which is not in the whitelist, the action will be blocked but with the option to ask for permission.

  6. If you allow your child to temporarily access a blocked website, click the “Get permission” button and enter your Windows administrator password.

  7. To leave Kids Mode, click the Kids Mode banner at the top-right and then click the “Exit Kids Mode window” button. Next, enter your Windows admin password to confirm.

Conclusion

Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge can keep your kids away from harmful websites. The major drawback is that children can press the Windows logo key or hit the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to bypass the Kids Mode, and use other web browsers to surf the internet.

3 Steps to Make Windows 11 Show Seconds in System Tray Clock

May 29th, 2023 by Admin

How do I get the taskbar clock to show seconds? The “Show seconds in system tray clock” option is missing? Previously we’ve covered a registry trick which can set Windows 10 to display seconds on the taskbar, and that method also works with Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22621.1778, there is a new option available in the Settings app, which allows you to easily make Windows 11 show seconds in the system tray clock.

How to Make Windows 11 Show Seconds in System Tray Clock

  1. Right-click any blank area in the taskbar and choose “Taskbar settings” from the pop-up menu.

  2. When the Settings app opens to Personalization -> Taskbar, click the “Taskbar behaviors” section in the right pane to expand it.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom and check the “Show seconds in system tray clock (uses more power)” option. The clock on the taskbar will show seconds immediately.

That’s it!

Tutorial: Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2022

May 23rd, 2023 by Admin

How can I set up a domain controller for small office? If you want to install Active Directory on Windows Server Core, you need to prepare a PowerShell script and it’s a bit challenging. For Windows Server with desktop experience (GUI), the setup procedure is much easier. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to install Active Directory in Windows Server 2022, and promote it to domain controller.

Part 1: Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2022

Before getting started, give your server a static IP address instead of letting DHCP assign the IP address automatically. Once logged in with the local administrator account, you can install Active Directory by following these steps:

  1. Click the Start button, and then click the “Server Manager” shortcut which should appear in the Start Menu and Live Tiles.

  2. Click the “Add roles and features” option.

  3. When the wizard starts, click Next.

  4. Choose the “Role-based or feature-based installation” type, click Next.

  5. Select the local server where the Active Directory role will be installed, and click Next.

  6. On the Server Roles page, check the “Active Directory Domain Services” role from the list.

  7. When a pop-up window prompts you to include all the necessary tools, click the Add Features button.

  8. You should now see a tickmark next to the “Active Directory Domain Services” role, click Next.

  9. On the Features page, the basic features for required role are already selected by default. Just click Next.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Click Install to confirm and begin the role features installation.

Part 2: Promote Windows Server 2022 to Domain Controller

  1. After the AD DS role is installed, open Server Manager again and you will see a notification flag next to the Manage menu. From there you need to click “Promote this server to a domain controller“.

  2. Choose the “Add a new forest” option, type a root domain name and click Next.

  3. Set up the DSRM password and click Next. DSRM password is used only when you need to boot the server into Directory Services Restore Mode to perform maintenance tasks.

  4. On the DNS Options page, click Next.

  5. The NetBIOS name is generated automatically based on your domain name. Just click Next.

  6. You’ll see the default paths for database, log files and SYSVOL folders. Click Next.

  7. Review your selections and click Next.

  8. A prerequisite check will be performed. If no error is detected, you can click Install to promote your server as domain controller. You server will restart automatically once the installation is complete.

That’s it!

How to Enable Inline AutoComplete in File Explorer and Run Dialog in Windows 11

May 22nd, 2023 by Admin

Inline AutoComplete is a useful feature which can help fill in the Run dialog or the address bar of File Explorer with less effort. While typing in the Run dialog box, inline AutoComplete will automatically append the rest of the command based on your history, and the auto-fill data is highlighted in light blue.

If the inline AutoComplete feature is disabled, the Run dialog box will not auto fill the rest of the command for you.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to enable inline AutoComplete in File Explorer and Run Dialog in Windows 11. These methods also work with Windows 10/8/7.

Method 1: Enable Inline AutoComplete in Windows 11 via Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel and set the View by option to Large icons, then click Internet Options.

  2. Select the Advanced tab. Scroll down to Browsing section, and check the “Use inline AutoComplete” option.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. Open a new Run dialog or File Explorer window, and you should be able to use inline AutoComplete to type.

Method 2: Enable Inline AutoComplete in Windows 11 via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete. Double-click the string “Append Completion” on the right pane.

  2. Change the value data from “no” to “yes“, and click OK. It will turn on the inline AutoComplete feature immediately.

  3. Close Registry Editor. Reopen the Run dialog box or File Explorer, and you can now enjoy the inline AutoComplete feature.

Conclusion

Inline AutoComplete is turned off by default, and you can turn it on using the above methods. However, if you’ve deleted or disabled the Run command history, the inline AutoComplete feature will not automatically fill the data for you, even if it’s enabled actually.

3 Ways to Open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode on Windows 11 / 10

May 20th, 2023 by Admin

MS word keeps crashing when saving a document? Always get the error message “There was a problem with Microsoft Word and your recent work might be lost” when opening any Word document? When you encounter these problems, you can start Office Word in Safe Mode which can help you identify the problem. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 simple ways to open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode on Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode via Run Command

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to bring up the Run dialog box, type winword /safe and press Enter.

  2. It will immediately launch Microsoft Word in Safe Mode, without loading any add-ins or extensions.

Method 2: Open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode via Holding the CTRL key

  1. Press and hold down the CTRL key, then double-click the Word shortcut on your desktop, or click its shortcut which appears in the Start Menu or taskbar.

  2. When you see a pop-up dialog which says “You’re holding down the CTRL key. Do you want to start Word in safe mode?“, release the CTRL key and click Yes.

  3. The Microsoft Word application will start in Safe Mode.

Method 3: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Always Open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode

If you need to open Microsoft Word in Safe Mode regularly, just make a few changes with the Word shortcut on your desktop and you can set it to start in Safe Mode by default.

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Word shortcut on the desktop, and then select Properties from the pop-up menu.

  2. Click inside the Target text box, place the cursor after the last quotation mark, add a blank space follow by the parameter /safe.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. Double-click the shortcut and it will always start Word in Safe Mode.

That’s it!