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Fix: Touchscreen not Working in Windows 10

August 20th, 2019 by Admin

Your touchscreen not working after Windows 10 updates? Or touchscreen isn’t as accurate as it used to be? If your Windows 10 touchscreen doesn’t respond or respond inaccurately, just follow this troubleshooting tutorial to fix the issue with ease.

Solution 1: Enable Touchscreen & Update Drivers

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

  2. Expand the “Human Interface Devices” category, right-click on HID-complaint touch screen and select Enable device from the pop-up menu. If the “Enable device” option is not available, continue to the next step.

  3. Now, we need to update the touchscreen driver. Just right-click on HID-complaint touch screen and then choose “Update driver“.

  4. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

  5. If a newer driver package is available, Device Manager will download and install the package automatically. Reboot your computer and tap the screen to see if it responds.

Solution 2: Calibrate Touch Screen

  1. Open the Control Panel with Large icons view, and then click on Tablet PC Settings.

  2. On the Display tab, click on Setup. Follow the on-screen directions to identify your screen as a touch screen.

  3. When you’re back to the “Tablet PC Settings” dialog, click on the Reset button to reset touch calibration to the default settings.

    Another way of resetting touch calibration is to open Command Prompt and execute this command:
    tabcal.exe ClearCal DisplayID=\\.\DISPLAY1

  4. Now, restart Windows 10 and check if your issue got fixed.

Solution 3: Changing Power Management Settings

  1. Open Device Manager and expand the “Human Interface Devices” category. We need to turn off power saving for each device related to touch screen. Right-click on the related device (e.g. “Intel(R) Precise Touch Device“) and select Properties.

  2. Go to the Power Management tab and uncheck the box which says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“. Click OK.

  3. After disabling power saving for each touch device, then restart and see if your problem is resolved.


This can solve a lot of issues you may experience with your computer’s touchscreen. Still having the issue? If your touchscreen experienced a hardware failure, then visit your computer manufacturer’s website and download the hardware diagnostics tools to detect or fix the problem.

How to Fix: Windows 10 Notifications Disappear Too Quickly

August 19th, 2019 by Admin

Windows 10 notifications disappear too quickly from the bottom right of your screen before you can read them? By default, the notifications will pop up for 5 minutes before they are sent off to the Action Center. If you would like the notifications to stay a litter longer, here are 3 ways to change Windows 10 notification duration with ease.

Method 1: Change Windows 10 Notification Duration from Settings App

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

  2. Choose the Display tab on the left side. On the right, click the “Show notifications for” drop down menu and you can change the time duration from the default 5 seconds to 7, 15, 30 seconds or even 5 minutes.

  3. Your notifications will now stay longer on the bottom right of your screen before they disappear.

Method 2: Change Windows 10 Notification Duration from Control Panel

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

  2. Under the “Explorer all settings” section, click on the “Use the computer without a display” link.

  3. Scroll down to the “Adjust time limits and flashing visuals” section, click the drop-down list to specify how long Windows notification dialog boxes should stay open.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Method 3: Change Windows 10 Notification Duration from Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility. Double-click the DWORD MessageDuration on the right pane to modify it.

  2. The Edit DWORD Value window will appear. Set Base to Decimal and enter the time duration in seconds. If you enter 300, notifications will disappear within five minutes.

  3. Close Registry Editor. You have to log off or restart your computer to make the changes take effect.

Turn On / Off Automatically Pause OneDrive Sync on Metered Network

August 13th, 2019 by Admin

By default, OneDrive will automatically pause file syncing if a metered connection is detected. But sometimes you may need to make OneDrive continue to sync files no matter if metered or not. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to turn on or off automatically pause OneDrive sync on metered network in Windows 10.

Method 1: Turn on / off Pause OneDrive Sync on Metered Network via OneDrive Settings

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in your system tray, then click on the More button and choose Settings.

  2. Under the Settings tab, just check or uncheck the option “Automatically pause sync when this device is on a metered connection” and click OK.

  3. Relaunch your OneDrive app to apply your changes.

Method 2: Turn on / off Pause OneDrive Sync on Metered Network via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OneDrive. On the right panel, you have to create a 32-bit DWORD value UserSettingMeteredNetworkEnabled.

  2. In order to make OneDrive automatically pause sync on a metered connection, just double-click on UserSettingMeteredNetworkEnabled and set its value data to 1. Otherwise, change the value to 0 if you would like OneDrive to keep syncing regardless of the connection type.

  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your system to apply.

2 Ways to Hide or Show Desktop Background Image in Windows 10

August 13th, 2019 by Admin

Looking for a way to remove desktop background wallpaper in Windows 10? To avoid the distraction from a wallpaper or a slideshow, you can turn off the background image on your desktop. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 easy ways to hide or show desktop background image in Windows 10.

Method 1: Hide or Show Desktop Background Image via Control Panel

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

  2. Under the “Explore all settings” section, click the “Make the computer easier to see” link.

  3. Scroll down to the “Make things on the screen easier to see” section, check the “Remove background images (where available)” box and click OK. You’ll get a black desktop background. Or uncheck that box to make the desktop background image show up again.

  4. When your desktop background image is turned off, all the desktop background settings are locked down and the Settings app will display a warning message “Your background is currently turned off by Ease of Access settings“.

Method 2: Hide or Show Desktop Background Image via the Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app and click on the Ease of Access category.

  2. Select Display from the left-side menu. On the right, you can toggle on/off the setting called “Show desktop background image“.


If you’re using a picture or a slideshow as your background, turning off desktop background image will give you a black desktop background. When you prefer to use a different color other than black, just set your desired solid color as your background before turning off desktop background image.

How to Save Spotlight Images Appeared on your Windows 10 Lock Screen

August 5th, 2019 by Admin

Spotlight is a new feature included in Windows 10 which automatically downloads beautiful images and display them on your lock screen. If you find the Spotlight images are really nice, you may want to save them for later use. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest way to save Spotlight images appeared on your Windows 10 lock screen.

How to Save Spotlight Images Appeared on Windows 10 Lock Screen

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type the Spotlight images location and hit Enter:

    Sometimes, the Spotlight images might be saved in a different location:

  2. It will open a new File Explorer window and you’ll see a bunch of files, all with with meaningless file names and no extensions. Just select all of these files and copy them to a new folder where you can easily find them.
  3. After that, hold down the SHIFT key and right-click the blank space of the new folder, then select Open PowerShell window here.

  4. In order to add the .jpg extension to all these files, run the following command in the PowerShell window:
    Dir | rename-item -newname { $_.Name +".jpg" }

    If you’re at the Command Prompt window, type this command instead:
    Ren *.* *.jpg

  5. Right-click inside the new folder and select View -> Large Icons. You should be able view all the images used by Windows Spotlight. Delete any images you don’t want.

That’s it!

Fix “Something happened and your PIN isn’t available” in Windows 10

August 2nd, 2019 by Admin

Unable to login to your computer as it is saying “Something happened and your PIN isn’t available” or “Your PIN is no longer available due to a change in the security settings on this device“? Windows Hello PIN is backed by a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, so any changes with the TPM chip will result in the above error. If you see such error message while signing in to Windows 10, then you can follow this tutorial to resolve it.

How to Fix “Something happened and your PIN isn’t available” in Windows 10

To get started, just click on the Sign-in options beneath the error message “Something happened and your PIN isn’t available. Choose another sign-in option and set up your PIN again by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options“.

Next, click on the key icon and try to log in to your local account or Microsoft account with a password. If you’ve forgotten your Windows 10 password, PCUnlocker Live CD can help.

After logging into Windows 10, open the Settings app and navigate to Accounts -> Sign-in options. Just select the Windows Hello PIN option and click on Remove.

Click on Remove again to confirm.

Enter your current password and click OK. This will remove your current PIN sign-in option immediately.

Reboot your computer. The next time you sign into Windows 10, just open the Settings app again and add a new PIN. The PIN sign-in option should be working now.

That’s it!

Easy Ways to Fix “Enter Network Credentials” Error in Windows 10

July 31st, 2019 by Admin

Can’t access shared resources on the network and the “Enter Network Credentials” dialog keeps saying the username or password is incorrect? If you are having problems entering network credentials in Windows 10, here are easy ways to fix it.

Method 1: Add Network Credentials to Credential Manager

Open the Control Panel and set View by option to Large icons, then click on Credential Manager.

Make sure that Windows Credentials is highlighted, and click on Add a Windows credential.

Fill in the IP address, user name and password of the network computer which you’re trying to access. Click OK to save your credentials. Note: You need to enter both IP address (or PC name) and the user name in the User name text box.

Now you should be able to access the shared resources from the network computer without being prompted to enter network credentials.

Method 2: Turn off Password Protected Sharing

Sometimes you might be able to fix the “Enter network credentials error” by turning off password protected sharing on your network computer. When you’re in a safe network environment, you can disable password protected sharing so that anyone on the local network will be able to access your shared resources without entering network credentials.

Method 3: Network Reset & Change Network to Private

If none of the above methods work, a network reset might fix the “Enter network credentials error”. Check out the following article and you can reset the network settings to default with different ways.

How to Reset or Reinstall Network Adapter in Windows 10

Or change your network connection type from Public to Private, and see if it works.

3 Ways to Change Network Location to Public or Private in Windows 10

That’s all.

3 Methods to Hide All Desktop Icons in Windows 10

July 23rd, 2019 by Admin

When you need to give a presentation or capture screenshots, it’s good idea to temporarily hide all desktop items so others can’t see what’s on your desktop. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 easy ways to hide all shortcuts, folders and files from your desktop in Windows 10.

Method 1: Hide All Desktop Icons via Desktop’s Context Menu

Right-click any blank area on your desktop, and choose View from the resulting context menu, then uncheck Show desktop icons. This will hide all icons, folders and files from your desktop immediately.

Method 2: Hide All Desktop Icons via Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop. On the right panel, double-click on the policy called Hide and disable all items on the desktop.

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

  3. After rebooting your PC, all the desktop icons will disappear and you’re unable to right-click on the desktop any longer. If you need to unhide the desktop icons later, just change the group policy setting back to Not Configured.

Method 3: Hide All Desktop Icons via Registry Tweak

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to the following key:

    If the Explorer key doesn’t key, you have to create it manually.

  2. Next, right-click on the Explorer key in the left-side panel, and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Name the DWORD NoDesktop and set its value to 1.

  4. Finally, close Registry Editor and reboot Windows 10 to apply the changes.


Using the above methods you can hide everything on your Windows 10 desktop with ease. If you need to hide certain desktop shortcuts, files or folders but allow others to remain visible on the desktop, try the third-party program – Protect My Folders, which lets you hide any confidential stuff on your desktop with a password.

How to Enable Focus Assist to Avoid Distracting Notifications in Windows 10

July 15th, 2019 by Admin

Focus Assist (previously known as Quiet hours) is designed to suppress distracting notifications in Windows 10 so you can use your PC without getting disturbed. In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to turn on Focus Assist to avoid distracting notifications in Windows 10.

Method 1: Enable Focus Assist Using Action Center

Right-click the Action Center icon located on the right-hand side of the taskbar, and then select Focus assist. It lets you choose one of the following modes:

  • Off — Disable the Focus Assist feature, and you’ll get all notifications from apps and contacts.
  • Priority only — See only notifications from the priority list. The rest will go straight to action center.
  • Alarms only — Suppress all notifications, except for alarms.

Additionally, you can also enable Focus Assist by left-clicking the Action Center icon on the taskbar. When the Action Center panel pops up, you can click the Focus Assist button (small half-moon icon) to toggle between Off, Priority Only and Alarms Only.

If you don’t see that button, just click on the Expand link at the bottom.

Method 2: Enable Focus Assist Using the Settings App

Open the Settings app and navigate to System -> Focus assist. On the right pane, you can enable Focus Assist by selecting either Priority only or Alarms only.

Scroll down to the Automatic rules section, you can select the times and activities during which you don’t want to be bothered, and the Focus Assist feature will kick in automatically.

  • During these times – Choose to automatically turn on Focus Assist at certain times of day.
  • When I’m duplicating my display – Enable Focus Assist when you’re giving a presentation or sharing your screen.
  • When I’m playing a game – Enable Focus Assist when you’re playing a DirectX game on full screen.
  • When I’m using an app in full screen mode – Enable Focus Assist when you’re using a program in full screen, e.g. watching a movie.

That’s it!

3 Ways to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 10

July 13th, 2019 by Admin

My screen keeps rotating automatically and it’s really annoying? If your tablet or laptop is equipped with gyroscope sensors, Windows 10 will automatically rotate the desktop to landscape or portrait mode automatically depending on the physical orientation of the screen. To lock the screen into your preferred orientation, here are 3 ways to disable screen auto-rotation in Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable Screen Auto-Rotation Using Action Center

To get started, you need to open the Action Center by either clicking the Action Center icon from the lower-right corner of the taskbar or pressing the Windows key + A shortcut.

When the Action Center pane appears, you can click the Rotation lock icon to lock your screen into its current orientation. Now your device won’t automatically rotate the screen any longer.

Method 2: Disable Screen Auto-Rotation Using Settings App

Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, navigate to System -> Display.

On the right pane, scroll down to find the option named “Rotation lock“. Just toggle it to On to disable screen auto-rotation. If you don’t see the option, it’s possible that your device doesn’t support the screen rotate feature at all.

Method 3: Disable Screen Auto-Rotation Using Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor and browse to the following key:

Look for the DWORD Enable in the right pane, then double-click it and set the value to 0. This will disable screen auto-rotation and prevent the screen from rotating automatically.

Close Registry Editor and reboot Windows 10 to apply your changes. If you need to enable screen auto-rotation again, just change the value of Enable to 1 and you’re done.