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3 Methods to Check Your Motherboard Model in Windows 10

October 17th, 2019 by Admin

Is there a way to identify the motherboard (mainboard) so I can update my BIOS or upgrade the RAM? How could I find my motherboard model without opening the case? In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 simple ways to check the motherboard model on your Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Check Motherboard Model Using Command Prompt

Open the Command Prompt and type the following command:
wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber

Press Enter and you will get all the basic information about your motherboard, such as manufacturer name, model number, serial number (if available) and version.

Method 2: Check Motherboard Model Using Microsoft’s System Information Tool

Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box, then type msinfo32 and hit Enter to launch Microsoft’s System Information Tool.

In the System Summary section, look for the the “BaseBoard” entries and they will give you the manufacturer name, model number and version for the motherboard.

Method 3: Check Motherboard Model Using Third-Party Software

There are also many third-party softwares which can help you check the motherboard model on your Windows PC, one of the best and popular ones is CPU-Z. When launching the program, it will take a while to gather all the details about the hardware of your system. You can click on the “Mainboard” tab to view your motherboard’s model.

That’s it!

3 Ways to Log off Another User in Windows 10

October 14th, 2019 by Admin

How do I sign out other user accounts without restarting the computer? When someone forgets to log out of a public or shared PC, their account still consumes RAM in the background. To free up the resources being used by other logged-in accounts, you can log them off using Task Manager, Command Prompt and PowerShell.

Method 1: Log Off Another User Using Task Manager

Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut to launch Task Manager. Go to the Users tab, it will list all users that are currently signed in to your system. Right-click on the user you want to log off and select the Sign off option.

You will get a warning that says the user’s unsaved data might be lost. Click on Sign out user when you need to proceed.

Method 2: Log Off Another User Using Command Prompt

Open the Command Prompt with administrative rights, run the query session command to see all users currently logged into the computer. Take note of the session ID of the user you want to sign out.

Next, run the following command to log off your desired account by specifying the session ID.
logoff ID

This method doesn’t give you any alert or confirmation that the user you’re signing out will lose unsaved work.

Method 3: Log Off Another User Using PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell with administrative rights, and type the following commands. Replace “Server01” with your computer’s name and substitute “pcunlocker” with the name of the account you want to log out.
$server = 'Server01'
$username = 'pcunlocker'
$sessionId = ((quser /server:$server | Where-Object { $_ -match $userName }) -split ' +')[2]
logoff $sessionId /server:$server

Once logged off, the user account is no longer listed in Task Manager. Signing a user out this way has the same risk of losing all unsaved data as the above method.

Fix: Windows 10 Keeps Going to Sleep After 2 Minutes

October 12th, 2019 by Admin

Windows 10 keeps going to sleep after approximately 1-2 minutes idle? This problem may happen even if an affected user changes all the display and sleep settings to “Never”.

To fix such sleep mode problem, you have to tweak a hidden system setting in the Power Options called “System unattended sleep timeout”.

How to Fix: Windows 10 Keeps Going to Sleep After 2 Minutes

  1. Press the Windows + R keys together, type regedit in the Run box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

  2. Copy the following registry location and paste it in the address bar of the Registry Editor, and pressing Enter will take you to that location. In the right pane, double-click on the DWORD Attributes.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20\7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0

  3. Change the value from 1 to 2 and click OK. This will make the “System unattended sleep timeout” setting appear in the Power Options control panel.

  4. Close Registry Editor. Open the advanced settings of your current power plan, the “System unattended sleep timeout” setting should appear under the Sleep option. By default, it’s set to 2 minutes. You can change this to a longer period of time or 0 (Never idle to sleep).

That’s it!

The Easy Way to Disable or Enable Guest Browsing Mode in Chrome

October 8th, 2019 by Admin

Chrome’s guest mode is a nice feature that lets you surf the web without leaving any browsing history or cookies on the computer. You can download files as usual in guest mode, but you cannot add bookmarks or install extensions. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable or enable guest browsing mode in Chrome for Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

How to Disable or Enable Guest Browsing Mode in Chrome

  1. Press the Windows key + R keyboard combination to open the Run dialog box. Type in regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

  2. In the left-hand pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome. By default, both the “Google” and “Chrome” keys don’t exist. You have to create them manually.
  3. While the “Chrome” key is selected, right-click on the blank area in the right-hand pane, and create a 32-bit DWORD BrowserGuestModeEnabled and leave its value data to 0.

  4. Now, you’ve successfully turned off guest mode in Chrome. Relaunch your Chrome browser and you’ll unable to open a Guest windows any longer.

  5. Whenever you need to force Chrome to always start in guest mode, just open the same registry key and change the value of BrowserGuestModeEnabled to 1.

If you don’t want to manage the guest mode settings later, just delete the DWORD BrowserGuestModeEnabled and you’re done.

2 Ways to Open Chrome in Guest Browsing Mode on Windows 10

October 6th, 2019 by Admin

Chrome browser can be started in guest mode so you don’t leave any traces like cookies, cache or browsing activities on the computer. This is useful when you need to use a public computer for private browsing. In this tutorial we’ll show 2 different ways to launch Chrome in guest browsing mode on Windows 10.

Method 1: Open a Guest Window from within Chrome

Launch the Chrome browser. Click on the Profile icon in the top right corner and then select Open Guest window.

A new window will pop up in guest mode and you can browse privately.

Method 2: Create a Shortcut to Always Start Chrome in Guest Mode

The above method requires so many steps to open a guest window. If you need to use guest mode frequently, it’s a good idea to create a desktop shortcut for launching Chrome in guest mode by default. Follow these steps:

Right-click on the Chrome desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.

Switch to the Shortcut tab. Add “ --guest” at the end of the string present in the Target text box, and then click Apply.

When Chrome asks for administrator permission, click on Continue.

Now, double-click on the Chrome desktop shortcut and it will open a guest window directly.

Easy Ways to Enable Telnet Client in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

September 29th, 2019 by Admin

Telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command on Windows 10? Starting with Windows 7, telnet is not enabled by default and you have to install it manually. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to enable telnet client in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Enable Telnet Client Using Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel with Large icons view, and click on Programs and Features.

  2. Click the “Turn Windows features on or off” option in the left pane.

  3. In the Windows Features window, check the checkbox for Telnet Client and click OK.

  4. When complete, you’ll see the “Windows completed the requested changes” message.

  5. Now, you can start using the telnet command from the Command Prompt or PowerShell.

Method 2: Enable Telnet Client Using PowerShell or Command Prompt

  1. Open Windows PowerShell (or Command Prompt) as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and hit Enter. It will take a while to install telnet on your computer.
    dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

    Whenever you need to disable or uninstall telnet, run the below command:
    dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

That’s it!

How to Enable Remote Desktop with Registry, PowerShell or Command Prompt

September 19th, 2019 by Admin

Is there a script to remotely enable remote desktop on Windows Server 2016? Previously we’ve covered how to turn on remote desktop protocol (RDP) using the GUI interface, but those methods don’t work in some scenarios where you do not have physical access to the computer on which you want to enable RDP. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable remote desktop remotely using Registry, PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Method 1: Enable Remote Desktop Using Registry Tweak

Once you are connected to the remote machine’s registry, navigate to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server. In the right pane, double-click the DWORD fDenyTSConnections and change its value from 1 to 0.

Reboot your machine and remote desktop should now be accessible. If you need to disable remote desktop in future, just set the value of fDenyTSConnections to 1.

Method 2: Enable Remote Desktop Using PowerShell

Before getting started, you need to establish a session with the remote computer using PowerShell. Once connected, run the following PowerShell commands to enable remote desktop:

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server'-name "fDenyTSConnections" -Value 0
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop"

The first command will turn on remote desktop, while the second command will activate the firewall rules that allow remote desktop connections.

When you need to disable remote desktop later, run the following commands instead:

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server'-name "fDenyTSConnections" -Value 1
Disable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop"

Method 3: Enable Remote Desktop Using Command Prompt

If you can open a remote Command Prompt window via SSH, PsExec or WinRS, run the following commands to enable remote desktop and configure Windows Firewall to allow remote desktop connections:

reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=yes

To disable remote desktop, execute the below commands:

reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=No

That’s all!

How to Speed Up Windows 10 Menu Animations with Ease

September 16th, 2019 by Admin

When you hover over an item in a menu, there is a delay for the submenu to pop up with an animation effect. To reduce that delay, you can use a registry tweak to speed up menu animations and make your Windows 10 apps more responsive.

How to Speed Up Windows 10 Menu Animations

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

  2. Navigate to the location below. In the right pane, double-click on MenuShowDelay to modify it.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

  3. By default, the menu animations duration is set to 400 millisecond (1000 milliseconds = 1 second). In order to speed up the animation, you can change this value to a lower number such as 200. Setting the “MenuShowDelay” value to 0 will make the submenu pop up without any delay.

  4. When you are done editing, close Registry Editor and restart your computer. When you right-click any program or file on your desktop and hover over a context menu item with a right arrow, the submenu should pop up much faster than before.

Windows 10 also includes many other visual effects and animations that give you a smoother and a more modern interface. If you want to disable all animations to get a performance boost, please check out this article: 3 Ways to Turn off Visual Animations in Windows 10.

3 Ways to Turn off Visual Animations in Windows 10

September 10th, 2019 by Admin

Windows 10 comes with lots of animation effects to give you a more attractive and user-friendly feel, such as fading effects, when you maximize/minimize a window or open/close a menu. If you find these animations slow down your computer or you don’t like them at all, here are 3 ways to turn off visual animations in Windows 10 to boost performance.

Method 1: Turn off Visual Animations Using the Settings App

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

  2. From the left pane, select the Display category. In the right-side pane, slide the “Show animations in Windows” button to the left to disable the animations altogether.

Method 2: Turn off Visual Animations Using Control Panel

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

  2. Scroll down to the “Explore all settings” section, click on “Make the computer easier to see“.

  3. Check the option “Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)” and click OK.

Method 3: Turn off Visual Animations Using System Properties

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog, type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open the System Properties window.

  2. Select the Advanced tab. Click on the Settings button under the Performance section.

  3. In the Performance Options dialog, you’ll see a long list of checkbox options which let you tweak your system’s visual effects. To disable animations, we recommend unchecking the following options:

    • Animate controls and elements inside windows
    • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Smooth-scroll list boxes

  4. When done, click OK and then Apply to make the changes take effect.