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How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 11 / 10

September 11th, 2023 by Admin

Is it safe to remove the Recovery partition from Windows 11? How can I delete the Recovery partition without affecting the running OS? Recovery partition does the same thing as a USB recovery drive which could be used to refresh or reset your PC, so you can delete all the Recovery partitions without affecting your current operating system, especially useful when two partitions are separated by a Recovery partition. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to delete a Recovery partition in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Before getting started, open the Disk Management and find all the Recovery partitions available in your hard drive. The Recovery partition is hidden from File Explorer and it has no drive letter.

    You need to note down the disk number, partition number and capacity of each Recovery partition. In my example, both partition 1 and partition 6 associated with disk 0 are Recovery partitions.

  2. Next, open Windows Terminal as admin and run the diskpart command.

  3. Type select disk n and press Enter, replacing n with the disk number of the disk where your Recovery partitions are located. Next, run the list partition command to show all partitions on the selected disk.

    You need to check if the partition number and size of each Recovery partition are the same as what are shown in the Disk Management utility. Make sure you’re deleting the correct partitions.

  4. To delete a partition, run the following commands one by one. Replace # with the partition number of your Recovery partition.
    select partition #
    delete partition override

  5. When it’s done, close the Terminal window. Open Disk Management and you can take use of the unallocated space previously occupied by the Recovery partition. For example, expand the existing partition or merge two partitions.


Recovery partition is a special partition which is used to restore the system to factory settings in the event of system issues. You can delete one or two Recovery partitions using the above method or third-party software such as DiskGenius Free, without affecting your current Windows OS.

How to Export and Import a Power Plan in Windows 11 / 10

July 5th, 2023 by Admin

Is there any way to backup power plans before reinstalling Windows 10? How can I apply a custom power plan on multiple PCs at once? In this tutorial we’ll show you an easy way to export a power plan to a .pow file, and then import the .pow file to restore the power plan on Windows 11 / 10.

How to Export and Import a Power Plan in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Before getting started, you need to open an elevated Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell or Windows Terminal. Run the powercfg -list command to display all the power plans available in your system. Each power plan has its own unique GUID.

  2. Execute the following command to export a power plan to the file d:\demo\Balanced.pow. The Your_GUID needs to be replaced with the actual GUID of the power plan you want to export.

    powercfg -export d:\demo\Balanced.pow Your_GUID

  3. Open File Explorer and browse to the location where your .pow file is stored. It’s actually a binary registry file which saves all your power scheme settings such as display, sleep, etc. You can transfer this file to other Windows PCs for restoring your power plan.

  4. To import a power plan, simple type the following command and hit Enter. Replace d:\demo\Balanced.pow with the location where your .pow file is saved.

    powercfg -import d:\demo\Balanced.pow

  5. Once you complete the above step, open Control Panel and go to Power Options, your imported power plan should appear and you can set it as active.

That’s it!

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!

3 Steps to Change the Scrollbar Width in Windows 11 or 10

April 3rd, 2023 by Admin

The vertical scroll bar in Windows 11 is very thin and how can I make the scroll bars wider? For touch screen users, you may want to make the scrollbar bigger so you can operate easier. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the scrollbar width in Windows 11 or 10, without using third-party software.

How to Change the Scrollbar Width in Windows 11 or 10

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to the location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics​. Double-click the DWORD ScrollWidth in the right pane to modify its value data.

  2. The default value of ScrollWidth is -255 and it is based on this formula: -15 multiplied by the width you want in pixels, so you can figure out the default width of the scrollbar is 17 pixels. To make the scrollbar wider, I would like to change it to 20 pixels, so I enter -300 in the Value data field and click OK.

    Note that the value of ScrollWidth should be between -120 and -1500. There is also a similar registry entry called ScrollHeight, which allows you to adjust the height of the scrollbar.

  3. Close Registry Editor. You need to log out of your user account and then log back in to see the changes.

That’s it!

Easy Ways to Find Duplicate Files in Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7

March 16th, 2023 by Admin

How can I find duplicate files or images on my computer? After using the computer for a while, duplicate files may accumulate or clutter up your photo albums. If you are tired of duplicate files, you can use the following methods to quickly find duplicate files in Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7 so you delete them to free up disk space.

Method 1: Find Duplicate Files Using File Explorer

A duplicate file usually has the same name as the original file, but with the word “- Copy” in the file name. Using File Explorer you can easily find such types of duplicate files on your computer.

  1. Open File Explorer and browse to the location (for example, “This PC”) where may contain duplicate files. Enter the keyword “copy” in the Search box in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. Click the “Search options” button in the toolbar, make sure the “File contents” menu is unchecked.

  3. The system will quickly locate all folders and files which contains the keyboard “copy” in the file names. Then you may need to manually verify which files are duplicate.

Method 2: Find Duplicate Files Using Batch

  1. Open Notepad or other text editor, copy and paste the following code, then save the file with .bat extension and close it.

    @echo off
    setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
    rem Group all file names by size
    for /R %%a in (*.*) do (
       set "size[%%~Za]=!size[%%~Za]!,%%~Fa"
    rem Show groups that have more than one element
    for /F "tokens=2,3* delims=[]=," %%a in ('set size[') do (
       if "%%c" neq "" echo [%%a]: %%b,%%c
    echo Press any key to exit
    set /p input=

  2. Move the newly-created .bat file to the location where you would like to scan for duplicate files, and double-click it to run the batch.
  3. It will check each file in the current folder and subfolders by file size. If two or more files have the same size, the batch will treat them as potential duplicate files, and display their file names in the same line but separated by a comma.

Method 3: Find Duplicate Files Using Freeware

If you want to find identical files in one or more directories with 100% accuracy, the freeware SearchMyFiles could be of help. This software is distributed as zip archive.

  1. Download SearchMyFiles from Nirsoft website. After unzipping, double-click the executable file in the extracted directory to launch the program.
  2. When the Search Options dialog box pops up, click the Browse button to add a target folder for finding duplicate files. If you want to scan duplicates across multiple folders or drives, just click the Browse button to add the locations one by one.

  3. Click the Start Search button. It will compare all files with equal size. When it find two or more files with identical content, they are added to the duplicates list in the main window.

  4. If you want to delete duplicate files, just select them and right-click to choose “Delete Selected Files” from the pop-up menu.

That’s it!

How to Hide or Show Drive Space Indicator Bars in Windows 11 / 10

February 22nd, 2023 by Admin

How can I hide the free space indicator bars that are shown for all drives? Disk space usage bar is missing? By default, File Explorer will show each drive with a color bar: blue for normal, and red for low free space warning. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple method to hide or show drive space indicator bars in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Hide or Show Drive Space Indicator Bars in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Drive. In the right pane, double-click the REG_SZ TileInfo to edit its value data.

  2. In order to hide the drive space indicator, set its value data to the following:

    or change the value data to the following for getting back the missing disk space usage bar:

  3. After making the above change, close Registry Editor. Press the F5 key to refresh your File Explorer, and you can check if the disk space usage bar is missing or showing as you expected.

That’s it!

Add a Context Menu to Permanently Delete Files in Windows 11 / 10

November 14th, 2022 by Admin

When you right-click a file and select Delete, or press the Delete key on the keyboard, Windows will move the file to the Recycle Bin by default. To permanently delete that file, you have to empty the Recycle Bin. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add “Permanently delete” to context menu in Windows 11 / 10, which can help you permanently delete files without sending them to Recycle Bin.

How to Add a Context Menu to Permanently Delete Files in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the location: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell. In the left sidebar, right-click the shell key and select New -> Key.

  2. Name the new key Windows.PermanentDelete and select it. In the right pane, right-click the blank area and choose New -> String Value.

  3. Name the new DWORD ExplorerCommandHandler, and then double-click it and set its value data to {E9571AB2-AD92-4ec6-8924-4E5AD33790F5}.

  4. Use the same method to create another three different string values: Icon, Position and CommandStateSync. Set the value data of Icon to shell32.dll,-240. The value data of Position could be Top or Bottom, while leaving the value data of CommandStateSync to be empty.

  5. Close Registry Editor. When you right-click any folder or file, you’ll see the “Permanently delete” option appear in the top or bottom of the context menu.

  6. When you click the “Permanently delete” option, a pop-up dialog will ask you to confirm before permanently deleting your chosen folder or file.

That’s it!

Prevent Windows Update from Asking for BitLocker Recovery Key upon Reboot

October 13th, 2022 by Admin

BitLocker keeps asking for recovery key at startup? After installing a Windows update which updates UEFI or TPM firmware, it may cause your computer to prompt for BitLocker recovery key on the first or second restart. In such situation, there is almost no other choice than to find your BitLocker recovery key.

To save yourself a potential headache, you can prevent Windows update from asking for BitLocker recovery key upon reboot.

How to Prevent Windows Update from Asking for BitLocker Recovery Key

Before installing certain updates (such as KB5012170) which may cause BitLocker issue, you need to temporarily suspend BitLocker by following the below steps. It’s still not late if you’ve installed such update but have not yet restarted your computer.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt. Enter this command and press Enter to suspend BitLocker immediately. BitLocker will automatically resume after two reboots.
    manage-bde -protectors -disable %systemdrive% -rebootcount 2

    If you’re using Windows PowerShell (admin), enter this command instead:
    Suspend-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:" -RebootCount 2

  2. Now, you can install Windows updates to update or flash the BIOS or TPM firmware on your computer, and it should never prompt you to enter BitLocker recovery key during boot. After a reboot, you can open an elevated Command Prompt and run this command to get the number of reboots remaining before automatically resuming BitLocker.
    manage-bde -status %systemdrive%

  3. After the second reboot, BitLocker should automatically be enabled and the protection status is On.

    If you want to manually resume BitLocker to verify that it is enabled, use the following command:
    manage-bde -protectors -enable %systemdrive%

    For Windows PowerShell, run this command:
    Resume-BitLocker -MountPoint "C:"

That’s it!

How to Disable Show Window Contents while Dragging in Windows 11 / 10

August 22nd, 2022 by Admin

How can I make Windows 11 not show the contents of a window while I move it around on the screen? Is there a weird window dragging lag on your PC? By default, Windows will show the full contents of the window when you drag it. In order to reduce CPU/GPU usage, you can configure Windows to show only the frame (a rectangle) while dragging a window.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to disable show window contents while dragging in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Disable Show Window Contents while Dragging in Visual Effects

  1. Press the Windows key and R to bring up the Run box, type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open the System Properties dialog.

  2. Choose the Advanced tab, and then click the Settings button under the Performance section.

  3. Uncheck the “Show window contents while dragging” option and click OK. Note that this change applies to your current Windows account only.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor to Disable Show Window Contents while Dragging

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. In the right pane, double-click the string DragFullWindows.

  2. Set its value to 1 to enable “Show window contents while dragging”. A value data of 0 will disable it.

  3. Close Registry Editor. Reboot your computer to make the change take effect.

That’s it!

How to Mount a Folder as Virtual Drive in Windows 11 / 10

August 16th, 2022 by Admin

Is it possible to mount a directory as a drive in Windows 11? You can use the built-in command subst in Windows to mount any folder as a drive, so you can access the contents of that folder from either the original location or your virtual drive. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to mount a folder as virtual drive in Windows 11 / 10, without using third-party software.

How to Mount a Folder as Virtual Drive in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Right-click the blank area of desktop and choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. In the location box, enter the following command. Replace folder_location with the full path of the folder which you would like to mount and Z: with the letter of the virtual drive.
    subst Z: "folder_location"

  3. Type the shortcut name of your choice, and click Finish.

  4. Double-click the newly-created desktop shortcut, and a virtual drive will appear in File Explorer.

Dismount the Virtual Drive

When you log off your user account or restart the computer, the virtual drive will dismount automatically. The next time you sign into Windows, the virtual drive will not show up and you need to double-click the desktop shortcut you created earlier to mount the folder as a virtual drive.

If you need to dismount the virtual drive immediately, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button in the taskbar and select Windows Terminal.

  2. Execute the following command. Replace Z: with the letter of your virtual drive.
    subst Z: /d

    Note: If you open Windows Terminal as administrator, you’ll get the error message “Invalid parameter” when you run the above command.

That’s it!