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How to Hide User Name from Windows Lock Screen

November 1st, 2014 by Admin

It’s a common security practice to lock your Windows desktop screen by pressing Windows + L keys every time you walk away from your computer. This can prevent other people from accessing your computer in your absence. However, did you realize that Windows will display the user name on the screen while your PC is locked? A user name can be just as sensitive as a password in a lot of scenarios. Luckily there is a simple way to hide your user name from Windows lock screen.

How to Hide User Name from Windows Lock Screen?

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously.
  2. Browse down to the following registry key:
  3. On the right-hand side, create a new DWORD 32-bit value named DontDisplayLockedUserId and give it one of these values:
    • 1 = User display name, domain and user names
    • 2 = User display name only
    • 3 = Do not display user information


    If you change this value to 3 then it will remove all user information from your Windows lock screen.

    Note: To prevent the last logged on user to be displayed in the Windows logon screen, also set the dontdisplaylastusername value to 1.

  4. Exit Registry Editor and reboot your computer. The next time you press Windows + L to lock your computer, your user name will not be displayed on the Windows lock screen any longer. User will be required to enter both their user name and password when logging back in from the locked workstation.

This is how it looks like on a Windows 7 machine.






How to Take Screenshots with Freeware Greenshot

October 22nd, 2014 by Admin

There are many programs available for taking screenshots. If you’re looking for a free option, Greenshot is is an excellent and open source screenshot tool for Microsoft Windows. It is free for both personal and commercial use. It’s much easier for a beginner to use than some paid screenshot tools. Here’s how to install Greenshot and use it to take screenshots in Windows 7.

How to Take Screenshots with Freeware Greenshot?

You can grab a free copy of Greenshot from its official website. Compatible with all Windows versions, the downloaded file is sized at nearly 1.3Mb. Double-click the setup file you have downloaded to install it on your computer.

After installation, right-click on the Greenshot icon in the system tray to access the Greenshot menu. Using this menu, you can take different types of screenshots, open an image in the Greenshot editor, set Preferences, and perform several other useful tasks.


As an example, we’re going to take a screenshot of the Skype application. Simple select the Capture window from the Greenshot menu, and you can then pick the Skype window to capture with a single click.


Thankfully, Greenshot also provides a list of keyboard shortcuts that making the jobs easier. If you need to take a screenshot for an active window, simply press the Alt + PrntScr hotkey. While pressing Ctrl + PrntScr you can capture the full screen.


Once a screenshot has been captured, a popup menu will display asking what you want to do with the screenshot. We can choose to save it to a folder, or open it in Greenshot’s image editor to add some enhancements to it.


Greenshot may not be the best screenshot-taking program. But it handles most basic screen capture needs easily. If you don’t need to capture video and don’t mind editing captures in another program, it does everything you are likely to need. In fact, Greenshot has become my screen capture program of choice.

Windows 10 Tip: Switch Between Start Menu and Start Screen

October 18th, 2014 by Admin

With Windows 10 the Start Menu is back. You can expect a unique user interface depending on what you’re running Windows 10 on. On a PC, the Start Menu will be shown by default when you click the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen, while you’ll get the Start Screen by default on a pure touch-screen device, such as tablet.

Start Screen:

Start Menu:

Thankfully, Microsoft has made it simple to switch between the Start Menu and the Start Screen. In just a few mouse clicks, you can switch from Start Screen to Start Menu, or from Start Menu to Start Screen. Here’s how.

How to Switch Between Start Menu and Start Screen?

  1. Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and choose Properties.


  2. At the Taskbar and Start Menu properties window, click the Start Menu tab.


  3. Check or uncheck the “Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen” option. If it’s checked, Windows 10 will use the Windows 7-style Start Menu. If it’s unchecked, Windows 10 will use the Windows 8-style Start Screen.
  4. Click OK. Log out and then log back into Windows 10. Click the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard, it will display the Start Menu or Start Screen as you expected.

How to Customize the Start Menu in Windows 10

October 17th, 2014 by Admin

Windows 10 is basically a combination of Windows 7 and 8 that borrows design elements from each of Microsoft’s two most recent operating systems. If you’re running Windows 10, you may have noticed that the Start Menu is back but it isn’t just the old menu that we have seen in Windows 7 and Vista. The left-hand side of it looks like the Windows 7 Start Menu, with a search bar, links to Documents, Pictures, individual apps, and so on. The right side has all the live tiles and Metro apps. Here’s quick guide to customize it to work the way you want.


Remove Live Tiles

Windows 10 Start Menu gets crowded with too many live tiles. If you want to make the Start Menu look more like Windows 7 Start Menu, you can remove all live tiles from it. To remove a live tile, simply right-click on the tile and choose Unpin from Start.


Resize Start Menu

Want to make the Start Menu larger or smaller? It’s simple to do. Move your mouse to the top of the menu until the mouse pointer turns into a double-headed arrow. Then drag it in the direction where you want it to grow or shrink. If you just want to resize a live tile, right-click on it and select Resize and then pick a size.

Customize Start Menu

There is a new and dedicated customization menu for the Start menu. To access it, right-click on an empty area of Start Menu and select Properties.


In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, select the Start Menu tab, click Customize.


Now you can choose which folders and locations you want to include and exclude from the Start Menu.


Change Start Menu Color

You can change the color of the Start menu easily. Right-click on an empty area of Start Menu and select Personalize. Select a color and apply it. The same color will also be applied to the taskbar and window borders.


PCUnlocker: The First Password Cracking Software with Windows 10 Support

October 4th, 2014 by Admin

Just three days ago Microsoft announced Windows 10 Technical Preview, the successor to Windows 8.1. The download is available through the Windows Insider Program website in both 64-bit and 32-bit flavors, weighing in at around 3-4GB for each edition.

Once you’ve signed up for the Windows Insider Program, you can then download the ISO image of Windows 10 Technical Preview for free. For testing purpose, I installed Windows 10 in a VMware virtual machine and then set up both a local account and a Microsoft account as the login methods. The most exciting thing is that PCUnlocker works flawlessly with Windows 10, which can successfully reset both local account password and Microsoft account password without data loss!

And for now, PCUnlocker v3.2 should be the first password cracking software which supports Windows 10 Technical Preview! If you are a registered user of previous versions of PCUnlocker, just tell us your order number and we’ll send you the latest version v3.2 for absolutely FREE!

Have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Do not hesitate to comment here or contact our customer support team.

3 Options to Disable “Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Log on” in Windows

August 19th, 2014 by Admin

How to bypass the Ctrl+Alt+Del logon prompt? One way of adding an additional layer of security to your computer is by enabling secure logon. By enabling secure logon, users are required to press Ctrl+Alt+Del before they can enter their credentials and log on. However, if you’re tried of pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del every time you turn on the computer, there are 3 easy options to disable the secure logon.

Option 1: Disable Secure Logon in the User Accounts Applet

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type netplwiz or Control Userpasswords2 and press Enter.
  2. When the User Accounts applet opens, click on Advanced tab.


  3. Uncheck the Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete checkbox. Click OK. The next time you start the computer it will boot directly to the login credential dialog box, without prompting your to press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Option 2: Disable Secure Logon through Group Policy

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type secpol.msc and press Enter to open the Local Security Policy Editor.
  2. Navigate to Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options.
  3. In the right pane, double click on Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  4. Select and set the radio button of Enabled.


  5. Save the policy change by clicking OK.

Option 3: Disable Secure Logon through Windows Registry

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:


  3. You should see a DWORD (32-bit) entry named DisableCAD in the right pane. Double-click it and change its value from 0 to 1.


  4. Close Registry Editor and you’re done!

How to Get F8 Key to Work Again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 and 8

June 13th, 2013 by Admin

If you’re running Windows 7/Vista/XP, just press F8 key while your computer is booting up and you can boot into Safe Mode easily. However, the F8 key doesn’t work in Windows 10 and 8. In my previous post I’ve covered another way to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode, but the method is still not as convenient as F8 key. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get F8 key to work again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 and 8.

How to Get F8 Key to Work Again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 / 8?

After getting into Windows 10 / 8, press Windows + X key combinations to bring up the Power User Menu. Click on Command Prompt (Admin) option. It will launch a command prompt which runs with administrator privileges.


To get that classic F8 key to work again we need to restore the legacy boot menu policy. When the command prompt opens, run the following command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

That’s all there is to it. Now restart your computer. Press F8 key during Windows startup, you will see the Advanced Boot Options menu from which you can select Safe Mode.


If you want to disable the legacy boot menu again, simply run this command at the Command Prompt:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

How to Bring Back the Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8 / 10

June 10th, 2013 by Admin

If you’ve moved to Windows 8 or Windows 10, you will soon find out that Windows 8/10 no longer asks you to confirm the deletion of file or folder. When you select a file or folder and hit Delete key, it will be moved to the Recycle Bin right away without any confirmation. This might cause data loss if you accidentally delete some important files. Luckily, there is an easy way to bring Windows 8/10 file/folder delete confirmation dialog box back.

How to Enable the Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8/10?

Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on Desktop, and choose Properties. (If the Recycle Bin icon is hidden from your desktop, right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalize from the pop-up menu. Click the option to change desktop icons. Select the radio box representing the Recycle Bin and click OK.)


In the Recycle Bin Properties window, check the box next to the Display delete confirmation dialog option. Click OK to save the setting. Now, when you delete a file or a folder, the delete confirmation dialog box will appear.

That’s all there is to it, remember if you want to delete something without just sending it to the Recycle Bin you can always use the Shift + Delete key combination.

2 Options to Access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8 / 10

December 30th, 2012 by Admin

On Windows 10 or 8 operating systems that came pre-installed on the computer from the factory, the legacy BIOS has been replaced by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). This will cause the problem that bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 10 / 8 computer. To resolve this problem, you need to switch your BIOS mode from UEFI BIOS to Legacy BIOS. No doing so would prevent the installation of Linux, Windows 7, or any other OS.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to access UEFI BIOS Setup, even if you couldn’t login to Windows 10 or 8.

Option 1: Access UEFI BIOS Setup After Logging in to Windows 10/8

In previous post, we’ve covered how to set Windows 8 PC to boot with legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI mode. Here we’ll show you another option to access UEFI BIOS Setup so long as you can log into Windows 10 / 8. Here are the steps:

  1. In Windows 8/8.1, press the Windows key + C, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open your Charms. Click Settings -> Change PC Settings. In PC Settings, select General.

    If you’re running Windows 10, press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Click Update & Security. Select the Recovery tab on the left pane.


  2. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now. The system will restart and show the boot menu.
  3. In the boot menu, select Troubleshoot.

  4. In the Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options.

  5. In the Advanced options menu, select UEFI Firmware Settings.

  6. Click Restart button to boot into UEFI BIOS Setup screen.

  7. When the computer restarts, the UEFI setup screen will be displayed. You can then disable UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot options, and enable legacy BIOS mode.

Option 2: Access UEFI BIOS Setup without Logging in to Windows 10/8

What to do if you forgot Windows user password and can’t login? Here is how you can access the UEFI BIOS Setup from Windows 10/8 login screen:

  1. From the login screen, click the Power icon in the lower right corner of the screen. While holding the Shift key, select Restart.

  2. The system will not actually restart but go into the boot options. click Troubleshoot.

  3. Afterwards, click Advanced options -> UEFI Firmware Settings -> Restart.
  4. The computer will reboot and take you into the UEFI BIOS setup.