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2 Methods to Prevent Users from Changing Proxy Settings in Windows 11 / 10

June 27th, 2022 by Admin

How can I disable changing of proxy settings in Windows 11? Proxy settings are used when your PC needs to access internet anonymously and the proxy server can retrieve web data for you. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to prevent users from changing proxy settings in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Prevent Changing Proxy Settings by Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer. On the right side, double-click the “Prevent changing proxy settings” policy.

  2. Changes its setting from Not Configured to Enabled.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. If you open Settings app and browse to: Network & internet -> Proxy, you’ll find all proxy settings are locked down and we’re unable to change it.

Method 2: Prevent Changing Proxy Settings by Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft. Right-click the “Microsoft” key in the left sidebar and add a subkey named “Internet Explorer“. Next, right-click the “Internet Explorer” key and create a subkey named “Control Panel

  2. When the “Control Panel” key is selected, right-click the blank area in the right pane and create a new DWORD Proxy, and set its value data to 1.

  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer. It will prevent users from changing the proxy settings using the Settings app or through the Internet Options.

That’s it!

3 Ways to Open Credential Manager in Windows 11 / 10

June 14th, 2022 by Admin

Credential Manager is the built-in password manager utility in Windows which lets you store usernames and passwords for accessing websites, network resources and apps. You can also use it to view, delete or backup your saved credentials. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 easy methods to open Credential Manager in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Open Credential Manager from Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run box, type one of the following commands and press Enter. It will launch Credential Manager immediately.

control.exe keymgr.dll
control.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

You can also execute the above commands from Command Prompt to access Credential Manager, or create a desktop shortcut for quick access.

Method 2: Open Credential Manager from Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and set the View by option to Large icons. You can then click the “Credential Manager” icon to start the Credential Manager utility.

Method 3: Open Credential Manager Using Windows Search

Click the Search button on your taskbar and type in “credential manager“. From the search results, you can click the “Credential Manager” shortcut to open the Credential Manager in the Control Panel window.

That’s it!

4 Ways to Force Close an Unresponsive Program in Windows 11 / 10

June 6th, 2022 by Admin

How to force quit an unresponsive program or window when it freezes? When a program stops responding, you’ll see the words “not responding” appear on its title bar. You can then choose to wait for the program to respond or force close it. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 fast and easy methods to force close an unresponsive program in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Force an Unresponsive Program to Quit Using ALT + F4

Use Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut to bring your unresponsive program to the front, and then press Alt + F4 keys at the same time to force the program to quit.

Method 2: Force an Unresponsive Program to Quit Using Task Manager

Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut to open Task Manager. Go to the Processes or Details tab, right-click on the unresponsive program you want to quit and select End task.

Method 3: Force an Unresponsive Program to Quit Using Windows Terminal

Open Windows Terminal as administrator, and then run the tasklist command to view a list of programs and services running on your system. You need to write down the name of the application which isn’t responding.

Next, execute the below command to force the unresponsive program to close. Make sure you replace “yourprogram.exe” with the actual name of the program you want to force quit.
taskkill/im yourprogram.exe /f

After a while, you’ll get a message saying that the process has been terminated successfully.

Method 4: Create Desktop Shortcut to Force Close Unresponsive programs

To force close a program without Task Manager or Command Prompt, you can create a desktop shortcut which can accurately detect unresponsive programs and quit them with ease. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click any blank area in your desktop, and then choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. Type the following command in the text box, and click Next.
    taskkill /f /fi "status eq not responding"

  3. Give a name to your shortcut and click Finish.

  4. Whenever you have an application that doesn’t respond or becomes stuck, just double-click this desktop shortcut and it will automatically find and quit your unresponsive programs.

That’s it!

How to Stop Folders from Opening in New Window on Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7

June 1st, 2022 by Admin

Folders always open in new window? File Explorer opens every folder in its own folder window? This can be quite annoying because you may get too many new windows after navigating through some folders. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to stop folders from opening in new window on Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7.

Part 1: Use Folder Options to Set Folders to Open in New Window

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to bring up the Run dialog box, enter the below command and press Enter to launch File Explorer Options.
    control.exe folders

  2. Under the “Browse folders” section, select the “Open each folder in the same window” option.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. You can now double-click a folder in Windows Explorer and see if it opens in the same window.

Part 2: Reset the Default Double-click Action

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell. Look for the “(Default)” entry in the right pane. If its value data is not empty, double-click it.

  2. In the Edit String dialog box, remove anything from the Value data field and click OK.

  3. Next, browse to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open. If the LaunchExplorerFlags entry appears in the right pane, just right-click it and select Delete.

  4. Close Registry Editor. Every time you double-click on a folder, it should no longer open in a new window.

That’s it!

3 Methods to Restart Start Menu in Windows 11 / 10

May 30th, 2022 by Admin

What to do if Start Menu stops working all of a sudden? Starting with Windows 10, Start Menu has been moved out of File Explorer, and it appears as a standalone process (StartMenuExperienceHost.exe). If the Start Menu freezes up or becomes unresponsive, here are 3 simple methods to restart Start Menu in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Restart Start Menu Using Task Manager

Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together to bring up Task Manager. Select the Users tab, and then click the small arrow next to your account.

Choose the “Start” process from the list, and click End task.

The Start Menu process will stop and then start automatically.

Method 2: Restart Start Menu Using Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell as administrator, and then execute the below command:
Stop-Process -Name "StartMenuExperienceHost" -Force

The Start Menu process will exit and restart automatically.

Method 3: Restart Start Menu Using Command Prompt

Launch Command Prompt as administrator, and run the following command:
taskkill /f /im StartMenuExperienceHost.exe

You’ll get the message that says the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process has been terminated. After a very short time, the Start Menu process will start on its own.

How to Show Drive Letter Before Drive Name in Windows 11 / 10

May 26th, 2022 by Admin

How can I make the drive letter appear before drive label in File Explorer? By default, File Explorer puts drive letters after drive names when listing the drives on the computer.

If you want to reverse the order and make File Explorer show drive letter first, here is a simple method to show drive letter before drive name in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Show Drive Letter Before Drive Name in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. Right-click the Explorer key in the left pane, then choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  2. Name the new DWORD ShowDriveLettersFirst, and then double-click it to modify.

  3. A small window will pop up. Enter 4 in the Value data box to make Windows show all drive letters before drive labels, and click OK.

    • 0 = (Default) Show all drive letters after drive labels
    • 1 = Show only network drive letters before drive labels
    • 2 = Hide all drive letters
    • 4 = Show all drive letters before drive labels
  4. Close Registry Editor. Restart File Explorer and you’ll see it show drive letters first.

That’s it!

4 Methods to Disable File Compression in Windows 11 / 10

May 24th, 2022 by Admin

Windows 11 keeps compressing files in the C: drive? How do I stop Windows from automatically compressing files? This problem usually happens when your PC is running out of disk space. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 methods to disable file compression in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Disable File Compression Using Group Policy

Open Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Filesystem\NTFS. On the right pane, double-click the policy “Do not allow compression on all NTFS volumes“.

Select the Enabled option. Click Apply and then OK.

Reboot your computer to make the changes take effect. The next time you try to enable file compression, you’ll get the error message “Compression is disabled for this volume“.

Method 2: Disable File Compression Using Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Policies. In the right pane, right-click the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name the newly-created DWORD NtfsDisableCompression, and then change its value data to 1 for turning off automatic file compression.

Close Registry Editor and restart your computer to apply the changes.

Method 3: Disable File Compression Using Command Prompt

Open the Command Prompt as administrator and then run this command to disable file compression:
fsutil behavior set disablecompression 1

A reboot is required for this change to take effect. Whenever you need to enable file compression again, execute the following command:
fsutil behavior set disablecompression 0

Method 4: Uncompress Your Files in File Explorer

Right-click a compressed folder or file in File Explorer, and then select Properties from the context menu.

Under the General tab, click the Advanced button.

In the Advanced Attributes dialog, uncheck the box which says “Compress content to save disk space“. Click OK.

When you’re back to the Properties dialog, click Apply. A pop-up will appear, and you can choose “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files” and click OK.

After uncompressing, two blue arrows will no longer show up in the icons of your folders or files.

How to Change Wi-Fi Password in Windows 11 / 10

May 16th, 2022 by Admin

How do I update password on saved Wi-Fi connection? Looking for a way to change the Wi-Fi password on your router to improve the network security? In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to change Wi-Fi password from your Windows 11 / 10 computer or router.

Part 1: Change Saved Wi-Fi Password on Windows 11

  1. Press Win + R key combination to open the Run command box. Type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter.

  2. It will launch the Network Connections window listing all the available network adapters. Right-click your wireless network adapter and choose Status from the pop-up menu.

  3. Click the Wireless Properties button.

  4. Go to the Security tab. Enter your new Wi-Fi password in the Network security key field and click OK. Of course, you can tick the “Show characters” checkbox to view the old saved password before changing it.

Additionally, you can also choose to delete the saved Wi-Fi networks so it will ask you to enter new password before connecting.

Part 2: Change Wi-Fi Password on Your Router

Before getting started, make sure your current device is connected to your router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. By default, the router’s IP address is 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1 or the default gateway which you can find out using the ipconfig command.

  1. Open your Web browser and enter the IP address of your router in the address bar, press Enter to access the router’s web-based management page. You need to login with your router password.

    You can locate the default username, default password and router’s IP address on the bottom of the router itself. If you’ve changed the router password but forgot it, you can reset your router to the factory. With the power switched on, use a pin to press and hold the Reset button on the side panel of your router for 10 seconds.

  2. Look for a section like “Wireless” or “WLAN”. From there you should be able to see the current SSID and Wi-Fi password, and set a new password. If you are using a dual-band router, you can click 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz to set a separate password for each network.

  3. After changing your Wi-Fi password, you need to restart the router to apply the changes.

2 Methods to Change Drive Icon in Windows 11 / 10

April 26th, 2022 by Admin

Can I set a custom icon for a drive in File Explorer? Windows allows you to change individual folder icons with ease, but it doesn’t give you similar options to customize the drive icons. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple methods to change drive icon for local disk or external USB drive in Windows 11 / 10.

Method 1: Change Drive Icon Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons. Right-click the DriveIcons key and select New -> Key.

  2. Rename the new key to the drive letter of your desired local drive. In our example, we named the key to ‘D‘ as we’re going to set a custom icon for the D: drive.

  3. When the drive letter key is selected, use the similar method to create a subkey named DefaultIcon. Next, double-click the (Default) entry in the right pane.

  4. Click inside the “Value data” box, type the full path (surrounded by quotes) of the .ico file you want to use as your new drive icon. Click OK.

  5. Close Registry Editor. You’ll immediately see the new drive icon in File Explorer. If you want to reverse the changes, just delete the DriveIcons key and the default drive icon will come back.

Method 2: Change Drive Icon Using autorun.inf File

  1. Before getting started, you need to prepare or create an .ico file, and then copy that .ico file to the root of the drive where you want to use it as drive icon.
  2. Next, press the Windows key + R to launch the Run box. Type notepad and then press the CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER keyboard shortcut to open NotePad as administrator.

  3. Enter the following lines. Remember to replace drive.ico with the actual name of the .ico file that you’ve saved in the root of your target drive, and substitute drive_name with the actual new name.
    [Autorun]
    Icon=drive.ico
    Label=drive_name

  4. When finished, click the File menu and select Save. Next, browse to the root of your target drive, change the “Save as type” to “All files“, and enter autorun.inf in the “File name” box, click Save.

  5. You need to restart your computer to make the changes take effect. If the method doesn’t work with your computer, try to restore the local group policy to defaults.

Conclusion

If the Autoplay feature is disabled using group policy, then the second method doesn’t work. But the second method is a better choice if you want to change drive icon for external USB drive.

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.