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Set up Assigned Access to Restrict Local User to One App in Windows 10

January 15th, 2018 by Admin

Assigned Access is a useful feature in Windows 10 that allows you to restrict a local standard user to use only a single app that you choose. This makes it easy to create an Assigned Access app for use in a kiosk computer scenario. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps of setting up Assigned Access in Windows 10.

How to Set up Assigned Access to Restrict Local User to One App in Windows 10?

This feature is available only in Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise. To set up Assigned Access, you must be logged into Windows 10 using an administrator account.

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Navigate to Accounts > Family & other people. Click the Set up assigned access link at the bottom of the right pane.

  2. When you see the Set Up Assigned Access screen, you’ll be prompted to choose an account and an app. To begin, click Choose an account.

  3. Select the standard account for which you want to set up Assigned Access.

  4. After the user account is selected, click the Choose an app option.

  5. You’ll see a list of built-in apps or third-party apps installed from Windows Store. Just pick a single app for Assigned Access.

  6. When you’re done, restart your computer. After you log in with the Assigned Access account, the app you assigned to that account will start automatically in full-screen mode. You’re unable to switch or close the app. To exit the account, simply press Ctrl + Alt + Del and you’re out.

That’s it! When you no longer need Assigned Access on Widows 10, just bring up the Set Up Assigned Access screen again and click the “Turn off assigned access and sign out the selected account” link.

How would you use Assigned Access? Let us know in the comments section below.

3 Steps to Change DVD Region in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 13th, 2018 by Admin

“I just bought a DVD movie. When I tried to play it on Windows 10, I received a warning that the DVD was purchased in region 2, my computer DVD player was set for region 1, and I needed to change the region. I’ve never come across this before. Please help!”

Most commercial DVDs have a region code that ties the DVD to specific regions of the world, as a measure of copy protection. If a DVD’s region code doesn’t match the current region code of your DVD player, you’ll receive a warning that you need to change regions in order to play the DVD. The following tutorial will show you how to change the region code of your DVD player in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Note: The region code for a DVD player can only be changed five times. The fifth time you change the region, your DVD player is permanently locked to the last region you set.

How to Change DVD Region in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type in devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

  2. When the Device Manager window opens, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on your DVD player and then select Properties.

  3. Click on the DVD Region tab. Select the region in which you want to change to and click OK.

How to Set a Disk or Volume Read-Only in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 11th, 2018 by Admin

How to enable write protection for a disk drive or set your volume read-only? How can I prevent a hard drive from being formatted? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set a particular disk or volume read-only in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, without using any third-party software.

Part 1: Set a Volume Read-Only

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and then run the diskpart command.

  2. Type list volume and press Enter. Next type select volume #, where # is the number of the volume you’re going to lock it as read-only.

  3. To make your selected volume read-only, type attributes volume set readonly and press Enter.

  4. Now, you’ll be unable to delete or modify the files on that volume. When you try to format that volume, you’ll get the error “The disk is write protected“.

If you want to clear ready-only attribute for your volume later, just repeat steps 1 through 2 above and then run this command:

attributes volume clear readonly

Part 2: Set a Disk Read-Only

If you want to set the entire disk read-only, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and then run the diskpart command.
  2. Type list disk and press Enter. Next type select disk #, where # is the number of the disk you want to make read-only.

  3. To set your chosen disk read-only, type attributes disk set readonly and press Enter.

  4. Now your disk is write-protected and all its partitions turn into read-only.

When you want to clear ready-only attribute for your disk, just repeat steps 1 through 2 above and then run this command:

attributes disk clear readonly

That’s it!

How to Remove “Give access to” Context Menu in Windows 10

January 8th, 2018 by Admin

Since Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the old “Share with” option in Windows Explorer’s context menu was renamed to “Give access to”. This option lets you quickly share folders with other users on a network. However, if you never use this feature, you can remove “Give access to” option from the right-click context menu in Windows 10 File Explorer.

How to Remove “Give access to” Context Menu in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows key + R key combination to launch Run dialog box, then type regedit and press Enter.

  2. In the Registry Editor, browse to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions

    Right-click the Shell Extensions key in the left pane, select New -> Key. Name it Blocked.

  3. Select the new key Blocked, and then right-click blank area on the right side, select New -> String Value.

  4. Name the new String {f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6} and leave its data value empty as shown below.

  5. Restart File Explorer or log out and then log in to see the change. Now the “Give access to” option is removed from the right-click context menu in the File Explorer. If you want to restore that option back, just open Registry Editor and delete the Blocked key you created.

How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 3rd, 2018 by Admin

Do you have any trouble with flickering on the monitor when playing games? Most of screen flickering issues can be solved by adjusting the monitor’s refresh rate. The refresh rate refers to how many times per second the screen refreshes the image on it. Increasing the monitor’s refresh rate should reduce screen flicker, which results in less strain on their eyes. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change monitor refresh rate in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Note: The refresh rates that you can set for your monitor are determined by the capabilities of the Graphic card and monitor.

Part 1: Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 10

  1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Display settings.

  2. This should open the Settings app and go to the Display tab. Click Advanced display settings at the bottom of the right pane.

  3. Click Display adapter properties.

  4. This will open the Monitor and graphics card properties. Go to the Monitor tab and you can select a higher or lower refresh rate and click Apply.

Part 2: Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 8 / 7

  1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Screen resolution.

  2. Click on Advanced Settings in the bottom right.

  3. When the Display adapter properties window opens, click the Monitor tab, and then select a Screen Refresh Rate from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Apply. That’s it!

2 Ways to Change or Add Language in Windows 10

December 28th, 2017 by Admin

Non-English text not displaying correctly? How can I change the display language for Windows 10? A language pack needs to be installed on your computer. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to change or add additional language in Windows 10.

Method 1: Change or Add Language from the Settings App

  1. Press Windows + I keys to open the Settings app and then click Time & Language.

  2. Select the Region & language tab on the left, and then click Add a language on the right.

  3. It will show languages that are available to be installed on your PC. Choose the language you want to add.

  4. Click on the particular language based on your region. When this is done, you can then type or read text in the new language.

  5. If you want to display all system text in the new language, go back to the Region & language tab. Select the newly added language and click the Options button.

  6. Click the Download button beneath “Download language pack”.

  7. When the language pack is installed, select the new language and click Set as default.

    Reboot your computer and the new language will be used as the display language for Windows 10.

Method 2: Change or Add Language from Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel, switch it to Large icons view. Click Language.

  2. In the Language window, click the Add a language button.

  3. Select a language you would like to install, and click Open.

  4. Click the language specific to your region, and click Add.

  5. The language that you selected is now added to the list of input languages for your keyboard. If you want to use the new language to display the user interface of Windows 10, click the Options link.

  6. Click Download and install language pack.

    The system will display all text in the new language the next time you sign into Windows 10.

2 Ways to Disable Online Tips for Settings App in Windows 10

December 25th, 2017 by Admin

Since Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Settings app will display online tips on the right side of the currently opened page. The online tips could be general advice, links to online help or video tutorials.

If the tips annoy you, you can easily turn them off using group policy or registry editor.

Method 1: Use Group Policy to Disable Online Tips for Settings App in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key + R together, type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter to access Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Navigate to: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel, and then double-click on the Allow Online Tips policy to edit it.

  3. Select Disabled, click Apply and then OK.

  4. Re-open the Settings app and the online tips should have gone.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor to Disable Online Tips for Settings App in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key + R together, type in regedit and hit Enter to access Registry Editor.

  2. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    Then right-click the empty space in the right pane, select New -> DWORD (32-bit Value).

  3. Name the newly created value as AllowOnlineTips and keep its value at 0.

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

How to Remove Shadow Under Icon Text on Windows 10 Desktop

December 25th, 2017 by Admin

Is there any way to turn off or hide the shadows for desktop icon labels? On Windows 10 desktop, the text under icon text has a drop shadows effect by default, which can make the text illegible. Here’s how to remove shadow under icon text on Windows 10 desktop.

Disabling shadow will make your desktop icons’ text labels easier to read against your background:

How to Remove Shadow Under Icon Text on Windows 10 Desktop?

  1. Right-click the This PC shortcut on your desktop, and select the Properties from the drop-down menu.

  2. In the System window, click Advanced system settings on the left side.

  3. The System Properties window will open the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance.

  4. Under Visual Effects tab, uncheck the box marked “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop“. Click Apply and then OK. If you can’t see the change, restart your PC.

    That’s it!

If you’re a fan of hacking the Windows registry, you can simply remove drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop using Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Double-click the ListViewShadow entry in the right pane, change its value from 1 to 0. Reboot your computer and you should no longer have the drop shadow under icon text on Windows 10 desktop.

How to Block ZIP/RAR Attachments in Outlook 2016 – 2007

December 21st, 2017 by Admin

Is there a way to block ZIP and RAR attachments from being opened or downloaded in MS Outlook? The spam email usually contains a .zip file attachment with virus. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to block ZIP/RAR attachments in Outlook 2016 ~ 2007.

How to Block ZIP/RAR Attachments in Outlook 2016 – 2007?

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run dialog box, type regedit and press Enter.

  2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Security

    Note: If you’re using Outlook 2013, 2010 or 2007, the version number appeared in the above registry location should be 15.0, 14.0 or 12.0.

  3. Right-click the empty space in the right pane, and then select New -> String Value.

  4. Name the new String as Level1Add, and then double-click it to modify. When the Edit String dialog box pops up, enter the file extension of attachment file you want to block, and click OK.

    For example, type .zip;.rar into the Value data box if you want to block all .zip/.rar attachments.

  5. Close Registry Editor and restart Outlook application. The next time you receive an email message that contains a zip or rar attachment, you will get the warning saying “Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments“.

So this is how you can easily configure Outlook to block ZIP/RAR attachments. That’s it!

How to Turn On / Off Color Filters in Windows 10

December 20th, 2017 by Admin

My computer screen goes gray all of a sudden? It’s possible that you accidentally press a key combination that invokes color filters mode. Windows 10 now includes color filters, which lets you change the color of everything on your screen. This makes colors easier to distinguish for those with color blindness. This tutorial will show you 3 ways to turn on or off color filters in Windows 10.

Method 1: Turn On / Off Color Filters Using Keyboard Shortcut

Press the Windows key + Ctrl + C keys together and it will enable color filters and turn everything to shades of gray (greyscale mode). If you want to disable color filters again, just press that keyboard shortcut again.

Method 2: Turn On / Off Color Filters from Settings

  1. Open the Settings app, and then click Ease of Access.

  2. Select Color & high contrast on the left side. To turn on color filters, toggle the “Apply color filter” to On, and then select the desired filter under the “Choose a filter” box.

    If you want to turn off color filters, just toggle the “Apply color filter” to Off and you’re done.

  3. The selected filter will be applied instantly.

Method 3: Turn On / Off Color Filters Using Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering
  2. Right-click the blank area on the right pane and create a DWORD (32-bit) value named Active. Change its value to 1 if you want to enable color filters, or set it to 0 for disabling color filters.
  3. Use the same method to create another DWORD (32-bit) value named FilterType. Set its value depend on which color filter you like best.
    • 0 = Greyscale
    • 1 = Invert
    • 2 = Greyscale Inverted
    • 3 = Deuteranopia
    • 4 = Protanopia
    • 5 = Tritanopia

  4. Close Registry Editor. Log off and then log back in to see the changes.