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How to Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

August 16th, 2017 by Admin

How can I restrict access to Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) in Windows 10, 8 and 7. After disabling, you’ll find the Local Users and Groups is missing in Computer Management.

Method 1: Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) Using Group Policy

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run box. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following path on the left side pane of Local Group Policy Editor:

    User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Microsoft Management Console -> Restricted/Permitted snap-ins

  3. Now, on the right side window, double-click on the “Local Users and Groups” setting to modify.

  4. Select the Disabled option. Click Apply and then OK.

  5. The policy setting will take effect immediately. You’ll find Local Users and Groups not showing in computer management. If you try to open Local Users and Groups by using the lusrmgr.msc command, you’ll get this error message: “The snap-in below, referenced in this document, has been restricted by policy. Contact your administrator for details“.

Method 2: Disable Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) Using Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch Run prompt. Enter regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC\{5D6179C8-17EC-11D1-9AA9-00C04FD8FE93}

    If the last two keys (MMC, {5D6179C8-17EC-11D1-9AA9-00C04FD8FE93}) don’t exist, you’ll need to create them manually.

  3. On the right side pane, right-click in the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Restrict_Run, and give it a value of 1.

  4. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer for the policy to take effect. If you want to enable Local Users and Groups snap-in again, just change the registry value of Restrict_Run to 0 and you’re done!

Open Local Users and Groups MMC Snap-in in Windows 10

August 15th, 2017 by Admin

Local Users and Groups is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that lets you manage user accounts or groups, like creation/deletion of user accounts, resetting user password etc. In this post we’ll show you how to open Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in in Windows 10. Note: the Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in is not available in the Home edition of Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in from Computer Management

Right-click on This PC icon from your desktop, and then select Manage from the pop-up menu.

This should open Computer Management window. Expand “System Tools” in the left console tree and you can then access Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in.

Method 2: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in via Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, or open the Command Prompt. Next type lusmgr.msc and hit Enter.

This will open the Local Users and Groups snap-in directly.

Method 3: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in in User Accounts

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, type netplwiz and hit Enter.

When the User Accounts dialog box opens up, click the Advanced tab and then click the Advanced button. You now have the Local Users and Groups snap-in open.

Method 4: Open Local Users and Groups Snap-in via Cortana

Click the Cortana search box in the lower left of your screen, type lusmgr.msc and click it from the search result.

That’s it!

5 Ways to Set Password to Never Expire for Windows Local Account

August 10th, 2017 by Admin

My password has expired and now I am completely locked out of my computer? When you log into Windows, you might receive a message that says “Your password has expired and must be changed“. What to do if you forgot your old password or you get the access denied error when you try to change the password? In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 ways to set password to never expired for Windows local account.

Method 1: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using Computer Management

Right-click the My Computer (This PC) icon on your desktop and then select Management from the pop-up menu.

When the Computer Management console launches, go to System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users. Right-click on the user with an expired password in the middle pane and select Properties.

Check the “Password never expires” box and click OK.

When done, close the Computer Management and you can determine when the password of your Windows account will expire. Open a Command Prompt and type:

net user account_name

The output of this command will give you a lot of information about account. Just look for the line beginning with “Password expires” and you can see the password expiration date. In our example, it showed that the password of my account “pcunlocker” will never expire.

Method 2: Set Windows Password to Never Expire from Command Line

Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type the following command and press Enter. Replace “pcunlocker” with the name of your local account:

wmic useraccount where "Name='pcunlocker'" set PasswordExpires=false

Method 3: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using PowerShell

Open the PowerShell as Administrator. You can use the Set-LocalUser cmdlet to modify a local user account and set its password to never expire:

Set-LocalUser -Name "pcunlocker" -PasswordNeverExpires 1

Method 4: Set Password to Never Expire for All Accounts Using Group Policy

Press the WIN + R keys to open the Run command box. Type secpol.msc and press Enter to open the Local Security Policy Editor. Go to Account Policies -> Password Policy, ensure the Maximum password age is set to 0, meaning that passwords never expire.

You can also apply the password expiration policy using command line. Follow these steps:
Open the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type the following command and hit Enter.

net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited

This will set password to never expire for all your Windows local accounts.

Method 5: Set Windows Password to Never Expire Using a Boot CD

If your Windows password is expired and unable to change password on the login screen, you’re completely locked out of your computer and all of the methods above won’t work for your case. Then you have to use a password utility called PCUnlocker, which can reset your forgotten Windows password, as well as setting your password to never expire.

To start, you need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD (or USB drive) from an accessible PC. Next boot your locked computer from the CD. Select the account with an expired password and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove your Windows password and disable password expiration for your account.

Reboot and eject the CD, you can then log into your Windows account with no warning of user password’s about to expire. That’s it!

How to Customize or Reset Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10

August 9th, 2017 by Admin

Quick Access Toolbar is part of the Ribbon interface that is located in the title bar of File Explorer. It provides quick access to commands you use most often. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add or remove any Ribbon command on the Quick Access Toolbar, or reset Quick Access Toolbar to default in Windows 10.

Add Ribbon Commands to Quick Access Toolbar

Right-click on any command/button (such as Format, Cleanup or Optimize) in any Ribbon tab and then select “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” from the pop-up menu.

If the “Add to Quick Access Toolbar” menu is grayed out, it means that this command/button has already been added to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Remove Ribbon Commands from Quick Access Toolbar

Right-click on any command that is present on the Quick Access Toolbar, and then choose “Remove from Quick Access Toolbar“.

Reset Quick Access Toolbar to Default

If you have messed up the Quick Access Toolbar, you can reset it to the default state. To do this, open the Registry Editor and go to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Ribbon

In the right pane, look for the QatItems value which stores all the settings for the Quick Access Toolbar. Just right-click on QatItems and then select Delete from the pop-up menu.

Restart your computer or sign out of your account. The next time you open File Explorer, the Quick Access Toolbar will contain only three default buttons: one for accessing the properties of the selected file or folder, one for creating new folder, and a down-pointing arrow that opens a menu that you can use to configure the Quick Access Toolbar.

That’s it!

How to Crack Windows 10, 8 and 7 Password with John the Ripper

August 7th, 2017 by Admin

Forgot the password to your Windows admin account? There are a lot of different reasons why one would want to hack a Windows password. This tutorial will show you how to use John the Ripper to crack Windows 10, 8 and 7 password on your own PC.

Step 1: Extract Hashes from Windows

Security Account Manager (SAM) is a database file in Windows 10/8/7/XP that stores user passwords in encrypted form, which could be located in the following directory:
C:\Windows\system32\config

The first thing we need to do is grab the password hashes from the SAM file. Just download the freeware PwDump7 and unzip it on your local PC.

Open a Command Prompt. Navigate to the folder where you extract the PwDump7 app, and then type the following command:
PwDump7.exe > d:\hash.txt

extract-windows-password-hashes

Once you press Enter, PwDump7 will grab the password hashes from your current system and save it into the file d:\hash.txt.

Step 2: Cracking Passwords with John the Ripper

As you can see the password hashes are still unreadable, and we need to crack them using John the Ripper. John the Ripper is one of the most popular password cracking tools available that can run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Just download the Windows binaries of John the Ripper, and unzip it.

Open a Command Prompt and change into the directory where John the Ripper is located, then type:
john --format=LM d:\hash.txt

crack-password-with-john-the-ripper

It will start cracking your Windows password. In my example, you can clearly see that John the Ripper has cracked the password within matter of seconds.

Final Words

John the Ripper is probably the world’s best known password cracking tool. But its lack of a GUI interface makes a bit more challenging to use. Don’t use it for illegal purposes.

Add / Remove OneDrive Icon from Windows 10 Desktop

August 7th, 2017 by Admin

How can I delete OneDrive icon from the desktop? The OneDrive app is preinstalled and tightly integrated with Windows 10, and Microsoft doesn’t provide an easy way to add or delete OneDrive desktop icon. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use a registry hack to add or remove OneDrive icon from the desktop in Windows 10.

How to Add / Remove OneDrive Icon from Windows 10 Desktop?

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run box. Type regedit and hit Enter.

    regedit

  2. When the Registry Editor app launches, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
  3. On the right pane of the window, right-click on the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    NewStartPanel

  4. Give this newly created DWORD value a name {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}. Let its value data as 0 if you want to add OneDrive icon to your desktop, or set its data to 1 if you want to remove OneDrive icon from the desktop.

    add-onedrive-icon-to-windows-10-desktop

  5. When you press F5 or right-click on your Windows desktop and select Refresh, the OneDrive icon will be shown or hidden immediately depend on your registry settings.

    onedrive-desktop-icon

    That’s it!

Fix: OneDrive Icon Missing from Windows 10 Taskbar

August 6th, 2017 by Admin

OneDrive icon is missing from the system tray in Windows 10? After upgrading to Windows 10 you find the OneDrive icon disappeared? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to restore the missing OneDrive icon back to your taskbar notification area in Windows 10.

Method 1: Set OneDrive Icon to Appear on the Taskbar

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, and then click on Personalization.

    Personalization

  2. Click on the Taskbar option from the left column. On the right side of the window, click the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” link.

    select-icon-appear-on-taskbar

  3. As you can see from the screenshot below, all the system icons are listed and you can set the “Microsoft OneDrive” switch to On.

    show-onedrive-icon-on-notification-area

  4. Now you should see the white cloud OneDrive icon in your taskbar notification area.

Method 2: Reinstall OneDrive

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Copy and paste the following code and press Enter.

    %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update\OneDriveSetup.exe

    OneDriveSetup

  2. A window of Microsoft OneDrive Setup will appear on the screen and it starts to initialize OneDrive for first use.

    install-onedrive

  3. It will ask you to sign in with your Microsoft account. After that OneDrive icon will be available again in the system tray. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and then select Settings.

    onedrive-settings

  4. In the Settings tab, check “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” and click OK. Windows 10 will automatically launch OneDrive at startup.

    start-onedrive-automatically

    That’s it!

How To Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

July 30th, 2017 by Admin

Windows Ink Workspace is a new feature introduced in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which makes pen input more usable for everyone with a PC. Within Windows Ink Workspace, you can use a digital pen to write sticky notes, doodle in Sketchpad, take a screenshot of your desktop and load it for your sketching.

windows-ink-workspace

If you don’t have a digital pen or you want to remove Windows Ink Workspace icon from your taskbar, here are 2 easy ways to disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 Using Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. Navigate to: Computer Configuration ->Administrative Templates ->Windows Components ->Windows Ink Workspace.
  2. In the right side pane, double-click Allow Windows Ink Workspace to open its properties.

    allow-windows-ink-workspace

  3. Check the Enabled option. Next, select Disabled from the drop-down menu under Options section.

    disable-windows-ink-workspace

  4. Click on Apply and then OK. Restart your PC to make the changes to take effect.

Method 2: Disable Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 Using Registry Tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft
  2. Right-click the Microsoft key in the left pane, and then select New -> Key. Name the Key as WindowsInkWorkspace.

    new-WindowsInkWorkspace-key

  3. Now, select the WindowsInkWorkspace key. Right-click empty space in the right pane, select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    new-AllowWindowsInkWorkspace-value

  4. Name the DWORD value as AllowWindowsInkWorkspace. Leave its value data as 0.

    AllowWindowsInkWorkspace

  5. Restart your computer. Once signed back in, you should see Windows Ink Workspace disabled.

If you want to enable Windows Ink Workspace again, just follow the steps above and change the DWORD AllowWindowsInkWorkspace value from 0 to 1, and restart your computer.

Enable / Disable Sharing Tab in Folder Properties on Windows 10

July 29th, 2017 by Admin

Sharing tab missing in Folder Properties on Windows 10? If you want to share a folder with other users, just right-click on the folder and select Properties, and then go to the Sharing tab in the Folder Properties window. Sometimes you might find the Sharing tab goes missing. In this tutorial we’ll enable or disable Sharing tab in Folder Properties for all users on Windows 10.

sharing-tab-in-folder-properties

Part 1: Disable Sharing Tab in Folder Properties

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

    regedit

  2. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Sharing
  3. Right-click on the Sharing key in the left pane, and then select Delete.

    disable-sharing-tab-in-folder-properties

  4. Now, bring up the Folder Properties dialog and you’ll find the Sharing tab is disappearing.

Part 2: Enable Sharing Tab in Folder Properties

  1. Press Windows + R keys together, type regedit in the Run dialog box and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Sharing

    If the Sharing key doesn’t exist, right-click on the parent key and select New -> Key to create it.

  3. Highlight the Sharing key and go to its right pane. Double-click on Default string with type REG_SZ.

    double-click-default-string

  4. Copy and paste the following value into the Value data box, and click OK.

    {f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6}

    change-sharing-value

  5. Close Registry Editor and open the Folder Properties dialog, it should restore the missing Sharing tab.