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Fix “Create Password Reset Disk Link Not Working” in Windows 10

September 30th, 2015 by Admin

Just like previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 allows you to create a password reset disk from within the Control Panel. But when you try to click on the “Create a password reset disk” link, you might find out nothing happens. No wizard. No response at all. Doesn’t matter if I have a USB drive plugged in or not.

After searching online we find out this is really a bug in Windows 10. Here’s how do I troubleshoot this problem.

Actually, after clicking the “Create a password reset disk” link, the Forgotten Password Wizard will appear in the task switcher window (Press Alt+Tab keys together lets you open the task switcher window for switching between your running apps). But when I tab over to that task and let go of the keys nothing displays.

Now you need to close the Forgotten Password Wizard process. Here’re two ways to close it:

Method 1: Move your mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the Forgotten Password Wizard in the task switcher window, it will display the X button. Just click on X to close the process.


Method 2: Press the key combination CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open the Task Manager directly. Find out the process named “Forgotten Password Wizard”. Select it and click on End task.


After close the Forgotten Password Wizard process. Re-click on the “Create a password reset disk” from within the Control Panel, it will open the Forgotten Password Wizard successfully.

How to Turn On or Off Fast Startup Missing in Windows 10

September 30th, 2015 by Admin

How to enable / disable fast startup in Windows 10? The “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option is missing from the Power Options? Fast Startup is a new feature of Windows 10/8, that allows a computer to boot faster than before. This article will explain how the Fast Startup works and walk you through the steps to turn on / off Fast Startup missing in Windows 10.

How Fast Startup Works?

When you shutdown a PC with Fast Startup turned on, Windows saves the current system state and the contents of memory to a file called hiberfil.sys and then it shuts down the computer. Later, when you turn on the computer, rather than performing a full load of the entire system, Windows reads only the contents of the hiberfil.sys and then restores the system state and memory to the exact same condition they were in. This restoration operation can occur much faster than a computer can boot up from a complete shut down.

How to Turn On or Off Fast Startup Missing in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows logo key + X on your keyboard and then select Control Panel from the drop-down menu.
  2. When you go to the control panel it shows up as the “Category” view option by default. Switch it to “Large icons” then click Power Options.


  3. Click on the “Choose what the power button does” link on the left side.


  4. By default, the Shutdown settings options are greyed out. Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” to unlock the greyed out options.


  5. Now you can check / uncheck the “Turn on fast startup option” to enable / disable the fast startup feature.


  6. Click Save changes button. Done!

Fast Startup Missing from the Power Options window?

If the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option is missing in the Shutdown Settings, then you have to enable Hibernation on your computer as a big part of Fast Boot builds upon the Hibernate feature. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + X on your keyboard and then select “Command Prompt (Admin)“.
  2. At the command box type the following command and press Enter to enable hibernation:
    powercfg /hibernate on


  3. Close the Command Prompt window and then re-open the Control Panel. Fast Startup should be there now.

Auto Shutdown Windows 10 / 8 As You Expect

September 25th, 2015 by Admin

Sometimes you might want to schedule Windows to shutdown automatically after a specified amount of time. For example, let’s say you’re downloading a big file at night. You know it will take about one hour for it to be complete, but it’s too late and you must sleep now. You don’t want to leave your laptop running overnight.

Here I’ll show you 2 methods to set up auto shutdown in Windows 10 and 8, and instruct your computer to automatically shutdown after a given amount of time, or at a specified time.

Method 1: Auto Shutdown Windows 10/8 After a Certain Amount of Time

  1. Press the Windows key + X opens the Quick Access Menu. Click on Command Prompt (Admin).


  2. Using the shutdown command you can set your computer to automatically shutdown after the amount of time you specified. For example, if you want to shutdown computer exactly after 120 seconds, type the command as follow:
    shutdown /s /t 120


  3. Once you execute the command above, the system will force close all running applications and shutdown after 2 minutes.

Method 2: Auto Shutdown Windows 10/8 At a Specified Time

But sometimes you might want to schedule your Windows computer to shutdown at a specified time. For example, if you have a habit of listening music on your laptop before bed, you might have the tendency to fall asleep but forgot to turn off your computer. To avoid this, you can configure your PC to shutdown automatically at midnight. Here’s how:

  1. You’ll need to open up Task Scheduler to create a schedule task. Press the Windows key + R and type taskschd.msc in the Run box.
  2. The Task Scheduler window will come up. Select Create Basic Task from the Actions panel on the right.


  3. Enter a meaningful name and description of the task you are going to create, and then click on Next.


  4. Select the radio button “Daily” and click on Next to continue.


  5. Now enter the starting date and time. Also, make sure that you are choosing for the task to reoccur every day.


  6. Select the radio button “Start a program” and click on Next.


  7. Click on Browse button to locate shutdown.exe under the system folder c:\windows\system32. Enter /s as the application argument which forces your Windows computer to shut down.


  8. Go through the summary, and if everything is fine, click on Finish.


    Now you have successfully configured the automatic shutdown at night.

How to Reset or Remove Windows 10 PIN If You Forgot It

September 21st, 2015 by Admin

Have you set up a PIN login on your computer but forgot the PIN code? PIN is a convenient way for tablet users to log into Windows 10 without typing complicated password. This is really helpful especially if your tablet is not connected to a keyboard. If you’ve forgotten Windows 10 PIN, you can reset / remove it easily so long as you can log on with an alternative sign-in option – local account or Microsoft account.

Note: If you’re completely locked out of your Windows 10 PC and can’t login with any sign-in option, try to use PCUnlocker to reset your forgotten passwords of local / Microsoft account.

How to Reset or Remove Forgotten PIN in Windows 10?

  1. Click on the Windows icon in the left-hand corner of your screen, you’ll open up the Start menu. Next click on Settings.
  2. When the Settings app opens, click on Accounts.


  3. Click on Sign-in options on the left pane. Under the PIN section, click on the “I forgot my PIN” link.


  4. The password reset procedures differ between Microsoft account and local account.

    For Local Account:

    1. If you’re using a local account, Windows will prompt you to verify your local account password. Enter your password and click OK.


    2. You’re now prompted to set up PIN again. Enter 4 digit number for your new PIN login and click OK. If you want to remove and disable the PIN, click Cancel.


    For Microsoft Account:

    1. If you PIN is for a Microsoft account, you’ll see this confirmation dialog. Click Continue to confirm that you really forgot your PIN.


    2. Microsoft will send you a security code to validate that you are the owner of the Microsoft account. Enter the recovery email address for verification and click on Next.


    3. Check your email account and look for a message from Microsoft account team. Copy the security code from the mail and paste it in the Code text box. Click on Next.


    4. Now you can either set up a new PIN or click Cancel to disable/remove the PIN login completely.


Hide the Search and Task View Buttons from Windows 10 Taskbar

August 23rd, 2015 by Admin

In older preview builds of Windows 10, the Search and Task View buttons in the taskbar couldn’t be removed natively and the only way to get rid of it is using this registry trick. Luckily the official release of Windows 10 comes an option to hide the buttons. Here’s how:

Part 1: Hide the Search button from Windows 10 Taskbar

  1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Taskbar.
  2. Tap or hover to Search.
  3. You’ll see the following options:
    • Hidden – Remove Search button display on the Taskbar completely
    • Show search icon – Show a Search icon on the Taskbar that when clicked will bring up the Search bar.
    • Show search box – Display the large search box on the Taskbar which you can type directly into.


  4. Click Hidden. The Search button will disappear from the taskbar immediately

Part 2: Hide the Task View button from Windows 10 Taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar and in the context menu, uncheck the “Show Task View Button” option. The Task View button will disappear immediately.


For tablet users though, the Task View button is pretty important. In the absence of a physical keyboard, that button is the easiest way to switch between apps. Hiding it is likely to result in a downgraded experience so tablet users are better off keeping it visible.

Password Protect A Folder in Windows 10

August 14th, 2015 by Admin

We all have sensitive files we’d like to keep secret from the world. Just like the older versions, Windows 10 also doesn’t come with a native utility specifically designed for password protecting folders. Thankfully, there is a handy folder lock program – Protect My Folders, which can hide and password protect any folders/files with ease. Here’s how to use it to password protect a folder in Windows 10.

How to Password Protect A Folder in Windows 10?

  1. Download and install Protect My Folders. The first time you launch the program, it will prompt you to set a master password. This is the only password that will be used in this tool to protect your folders, so don’t ever forget it or you will be unable to access protected folders.


  2. After you enter the password and click OK, the main interface will open where you can lock or unlock folders or change the lock settings.


  3. Open the folder which you want to lock. This folder could have files, subfolders, videos, presentations, or any sorts of data you want to protect.


  4. To lock the folder you wish to password protect, just drag and drop it from Windows Explorer to the Protect My Folders program. Or click on “Add/Lock” button to select your desired folder. Repeat the same process to add more folders and lock them as well.


  5. The protected folder will be vanished immediately! If you try to access the protected folder from Windows Explorer or Command Prompt, you’ll get the error message “Access denied” or “Windows can’t find the folder“. Your protected folders will remain lock even if you’ve closed the Protect My Folders program.


  6. To unlock a folder, launch the program and enter the master password. Just select the folder you want to unlock, and then click Unlock. Your protected folder will be back and you can open it in Windows Explorer.
  7. If you just need to lock your folder but keep it visible, click on Settings from within the Protect My Folders program. When the Settings dialog appears, uncheck the Hide option.


    From there you can also change the master password or uninstall the program. After it is uninstalled, all your locked folders are automatically unlocked, thus eliminating the risk of losing your data.

2 Options to Add a User to Local Administrators Group

July 13th, 2015 by Admin

Only an administrator can perform the administration tasks such as installing a driver or an application. If you have an existing standard or limited account, you can grant it administrator privileges by adding it to the built-in Administrators group. Here are two options to add a user to the local Administrators group in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP.

Option 1: Computer Management

The easier way to add a user to the local Administrators group is to use the Computer Management app. Here’s how:

  1. To open the Computer Management, right-click on My Computer icon on your desktop and then select Manage. Another method is to press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run box, then type compmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  2. When the Computer Management window opens, expand Local Users And Groups in the left pane, and click on Users (Please skip to the option 2 below if you don’t see Local Users and Groups.)


  3. Double-click your desired user account in the right hand side.
  4. In the User Properties window, click the Add button.


  5. In the Select Groups dialog, type the name of your administrators group. Click Check Names, and then click OK.


    If you don’t know the name of your administrator group, click Advanced and next click Find Now.

Option 2: Command Prompt

However, not every edition of Windows have the Local Users and Groups entry in the Computer Management (for example, Windows 8 Home and domain controller). This method will work on all editions of Windows.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt. In Windows 10 or 8, press the Windows key + X and then click “Command Prompt (Admin)“. In Windows 7 or Vista, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories, then right-click on Command Prompt shortcut and select “Run as Administrator“.
  2. To see a list of local groups available, just type:
    net localgroup
  3. You can add a user to the built-in Administrators group by running the following command:

    net localgroup Administrators [username] /add

    For example, add a user named test to the administrators group, we can run the below command.
    net localgroup Administrators test /add