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How to Disable or Enable Memory Compression in Windows 11 / 10

January 18th, 2022 by Admin

Memory compression is a new feature introduced in Windows 10, which can store more data in your RAM than it otherwise could, by storing part of the memory pages in RAM in a compressed form. For example, if your applications need to store 4 GB of data in the RAM at the same time, Windows might have 3 GB of uncompressed data and 0.5 GB of compressed data that actually takes up 1 GB in RAM.

With memory compression, Windows can compress a fraction of the memory in order to reduce page swap out. This is very useful when your PC doesn’t have enough physical memory. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable or enable memory compression in Windows 11 / 10.

Part 1: Check if Memory Compression is Enabled

Open up Task Manager. Go to the Performance tab and select Memory on the left sidebar. You will see how much memory is compressed under the “In use (Compressed)” section. As you can see in the following screenshot, 2.3 GB of memory is in use, and of that 80.9 MB is compressed.

If the compressed memory is shown as 0 MB, it’s likely that the memory compression feature is disabled on your system.

Part 2: Disable or Enable Memory Compression

  1. Right-click on the Start button in the taskbar and select Windows Terminal (Admin). If you’re running Windows 10, open Windows PowerShell as administrator.

  2. Then run the Disable-MMAgent -mc command to disable memory compression, and afterwards execute the command Get-MMagent to check if memory compression is disabled successfully.

  3. If you need to turn on or enable memory compression, enter this command and press Enter.
    Enable-MMAgent -mc

  4. Reboot your computer to apply the changes. The next time you log in to your system, you can launch Task Manager and check if memory compression is running or not.

How to Use the Microsoft Remote Desktop App to Access Remote PC

January 11th, 2022 by Admin

When you need to access a remote Windows computer, the first tool that comes to mind should be the built-in Terminal Services Client (mstsc.exe).

Starting with Windows 10, you can download a modern app called “Microsoft Remote Desktop” which allows you to connect to a remote Windows PC from Mac, PC, your iPhone or Android device. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps of using the Microsoft Remote Desktop app to access your remote Windows PC.

How to Use the Microsoft Remote Desktop App to Access Remote PC

Before getting started, make sure you’ve turned on the Remote Desktop feature on your remote computer. So you can then start a remote connection from your local PC using the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.

  1. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from Microsoft Store, Apple’s App Store or Microsoft’s official website, and then install it on your local device.
  2. Open the Remote Desktop app, click the Add button in the top-right corner, and then choose the “PCs” option from the pop-up menu.

  3. Enter the IP address of the remote computer you want to connect to, and click on Save.

    If you would like to save the login credentials, click the plus (+) icon next to the “User account” field. It will let you enter the username and password that you use to connect to the remote computer.

  4. Under the “Saved Desktops” section, click the icon for the remote PC to start a remote desktop connection.

  5. You’ll be prompted to enter your username and password if your login credentials are not saved by the Remote Desktop app.

  6. Tick the “Don’t ask about this certificate again” checkbox and click on “Connect anyway“.

  7. You’re now connected to the remote PC. The magnifier icon at the top-middle toolbar lets you zoom in and out, while the three-dotted button allows you to terminate the session, or switch between full screen and window mode.

That’s it!

Create a Folder Starting with a Dot(.) in Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7

December 28th, 2021 by Admin

When you try to create a folder/file on Windows 7 that starts with a dot, like .htaccess, you may get the error message “You have to enter a filename“. To resolve this issue, you need to do it with Command Prompt. Since Windows 11, File Explorer allows to create and rename a folder whose name starts with a dot. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to create a folder starting with a dot(.) in Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7.

Part 1: Create a Folder Starting with Dot Using Command Prompt

Before getting started, open Command Prompt in the directory where you want to create a folder. You can then use the mkdir command to create a folder starting with a dot. For example, I can create a folder named .pcunlocker by executing this command:
mkdir .pcunlocker

or create an empty file named .tutorial.txt by running this command:
echo.>.tutorial.txt

This method works with all versions of Windows, including Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Part 2: Create a Folder Starting with Dot Using File Explorer

If you’re using Windows 11, you can create a folder starting with dot without using Command Prompt. Just open File Explorer and browse to your target location, right-click the blank area and select New -> Folder, and then type in a new name that starts with a dot.

File Explorer also lets you rename any existing folder by adding a dot in the front of its name.

How to Change Default Drag and Drop Action in Windows 11 / 10

November 30th, 2021 by Admin

How can I change default file drag-and-drop action to copy instead of move? In Windows 11 / 10, when you drag a file and drop it to a folder on a different drive, File Explorer will perform the copy action. If you drag a file and drop it to a folder on the same drive, the default action is move.

Actually, you can let Windows perform the same action for every drag-and-drop operation, regardless of whether you’re dragging files to the same or different drive. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple method to change the default drag and drop action in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Change Default Drag and Drop Action in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Open Registry Editor. In the left pane, expand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key and right-click the * sub-key and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  2. Name the value DefaultDropEffect. Next, double-click it to modify its value data.

  3. Change the value data to one of the following values, depending on which type of drag and drop behavior you would like to apply.
    • Default action (0): Let Windows decide to copy or move files/folders when you drag and drop it into place.
    • Always copy (1): A copy of the file/folder will always be placed at the destination.
    • Always move (2): The file/folder will move to the destination.
    • Always create a shortcut (4): A link to the original file/folder will always be placed at the destination.
  4. Next, navigate to another sub-key AllFilesystemObjects and use the same method to create a new 32-bit DWORD value DefaultDropEffect with the same value data.

  5. Close Registry Editor. The new setting of drag and drop behavior will take effect immediately. If you’ve set DefaultDropEffect to 1, Windows will perform the copy action when you drag a file and drop it to a folder on the same drive.

    To undo the changes later, just delete the DefaultDropEffect value from both keys and you’re done.

That’s it!

Easy Way to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 / 10

September 26th, 2021 by Admin

Microsoft Edge comes preinstalled as the default web browser in Windows 11 and Windows 10. When you try to uninstall Microsoft Edge using either Control Panel or the Settings app, you will find the Uninstall option is missing or greyed out. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Right-click on the Microsoft Edge shortcut on your desktop and then select “Open file location” from the context menu.

  2. File Explorer will open to the folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application. Simple double-click the folder which is named with the version number of your Microsoft Edge. In my case, it is 94.0.992.31.

  3. Next, double-click and open the Installer folder.

  4. We’ll later use the setup.exe file for uninstalling Microsoft Edge. To open an elevated PowerShell at this location, click the File menu in the top-left corner.

  5. select Open Windows PowerShell, and then Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. Click Yes if the UAC dialog appears.

  6. When a PowerShell window opens up, type the following command and press Enter. After a while, Microsoft Edge will be removed and uninstalled from your system.

    .\setup.exe -uninstall -system-level -verbose-logging -force-uninstall

    Whenever you need to install Microsoft Edge later, you can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge.

That’s it!

Fix: The parameter is incorrect when changing drive letter in Windows 10

September 22nd, 2021 by Admin

Recently when I attempted to change drive letter using Disk Management, it kept giving out the error message “The parameter is incorrect” even though the new drive letter is unused.

It turns out that this problem happens with only drives which are holding page files. To fix the “The parameter is incorrect” issue in Windows 10, you need to temporarily disable paging files on the drive which you want to change the drive letter for.

How to Fix: The parameter is incorrect when changing drive letter

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

  2. When the System Properties window opens, select the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under the Performance section.

  3. Go to the Advanced tab and click the Change button.

  4. Make sure the “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option is unchecked.

  5. Select the drive which you want to change the drive letter for. Choose the “No paging file” radio button and click the Set button.

  6. Click OK. Restart your computer and Windows will delete the paging file automatically. The next time you log back in to Windows 10, you should be able to change the drive letter successfully using Disk Management.

After changing drive letter, you can enable paging file again on your original drive if necessary. That’s it!

How to Block Chrome from Popping up Notifications in Windows 10 Taskbar

September 15th, 2021 by Admin

How can I stop Chrome from popping up annoying notifications in the lower right-hand corner of my screen? When visiting a new website, you may receive a pop-up saying “this website wants to show notifications“.

If you click on Allow unintentionally, that website’s ads or news will automatically pop up in Windows 10 notification area.

In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to block Chrome from popping up notifications in Windows 10 taskbar.

How to Block Chrome from Popping up Notifications in Windows 10 Taskbar

  1. Open your Chrome browser, type chrome://settings/privacy in the address bar and hit Enter. Next, click Site Settings under the Privacy and security section.

  2. Click Notifications under the Permissions section.

  3. In order to prevent websites from asking permission to send you notifications, change the default behavior from “Sites can ask to send notifications” to “Don’t allow sites to send notifications“.

  4. Scroll down to the “Customized behaviors” section, you can remove any specific website from allowed list. Just click the more icon (three vertical dots) next to your target website, and select Remove from the pop-up menu.

That’s it!

How to Hide Only Shut down or Restart Option from Windows 10 Sign-in Screen

September 6th, 2021 by Admin

Is there a way to remove the ‘Restart‘ option from Windows 10 login screen? How can I disable ‘Shut down‘ option but keep ‘Restart‘? To prevent accidentally shutdown or restart, you can use a simple registry trick to hide only Shut down or Restart option from Windows 10 sign-in screen, as well as the Start Menu.

How to Hide Only Shut down or Restart Option from Windows 10 Sign-in Screen

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to one of the following paths, depend on which option you want to hide from Windows 10 sign-in screen. Next, double-click the “value” item in the right pane to edit it.

    Hide Shut down option:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Start\HideShutDown

    Hide Restart option:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Start\HideRestart

    Hide Sleep option:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Start\HideSleep

    Hide the Power button completely:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Start\HidePowerButton

  2. Change the value data from 0 to 1, and click OK.

    Note: whenever you need to restore the hidden Shut down/Restart or other options, just change the value data back to 0.

  3. Close Registry Editor. You’ll find your desired option is already removed from the Start Menu, Windows sign-in screen as well as the ALT + CTRL + DEL screen, but other options are still there.

How to Disable the Power Button in Windows 10 Start Menu

August 27th, 2021 by Admin

When you click the Power button in the Start Menu, it will list all actions you can perform: Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate. If you want to prevent access to all those commands, here are two simple ways to disable the Power button in the Start Menu on Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable the Power Button in Windows 10 Start Menu via Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar. Double-click the “Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands” policy in the right pane.

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

  3. Restart your system to apply the changes. The next time you click the Power button in the Start Menu, it will display the error message “There are currently no power options available”.

    The Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate options will also been removed from the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen.

Method 2: Disable the Power Button in Windows 10 Start Menu via Group Policy

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. In the right pane, right-click the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    Note: if the Explorer key doesn’t exist, you need to create it first.

  2. Name the new DWORD as NoClose. Next, double-click it and change its value data to 1.

  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your PC. It will disable Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate in the Start Menu, as well as the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen.

How to Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

August 15th, 2021 by Admin

How can I turn off printing in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge? Microsoft Edge allows users to print web pages, PDF files, or any other content with the “Print” context menu. If you don’t allow others to print from Microsoft Edge, here is a simple registry trick to disable printing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

How to Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft. In the left side, right-click on the Microsoft key and select New -> Key.

  2. Name the new key as Edge. Next, right-click it and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Name the new DWORD as PrintingEnabled and leave the Value data at 0. A value of 0 indicates that printing is disabled. A value of 1 allows printing.

  4. Close Registry Editor and relaunch Microsoft Edge. You’ll find the “Print” context menu is greyed out in your Edge browser.

That’s it!