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3 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 3 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.

    update-security

  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.

Option 3: Access UEFI BIOS Setup from Command Prompt

You can also boot your computer into UEFI BIOS Setup by executing a simple command at the Command Prompt. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the elevated Command Prompt, then run the following command:
    shutdown /r /fw

  2. You’ll get a popup that says Windows is about to sign you out. Click Close.

  3. Your PC will now restart directly to UEFI settings.

How to Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen

December 7th, 2012 by Admin

By default, Windows 8 or 10 shows Lock Screen at startup, which displays the date ad well as notifications. You have to click the screen before you can get to the logon screen. This seems like something that makes more sense on a tablet PC.

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If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, you can disable the Lock Screen so the computer will boot up directly to logon screen to choose the user account to log in to Windows 8/10. Fortunately, you can disable the Lock Screen from Local Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

Method 1: Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen Using Group Policy

  1. The first thing you need to do is to open the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows + R key combination to bring up a Run box, then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Now, expand Administrative Templates settings from Computer Configuration, and then navigate to Control Panel –> Personalization. In main window, you will find Do not display the lock screen policy.

    do-not-display-lock-screen

  3. Double-click this policy and tick Enabled checkbox. This will permanently disable Lock Screen. When disabled, users will see the logon screen when they log off or lock out Windows. Similarly, you will be taken to logon screen directly, instead of Lock Screen, at startup.

Method 2: Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows key + R to open the Run box, and then type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

    If you do not see the Personalization key, you have to create it by right-clicking the Windows key above it and selecting New -> Key.

  3. Right-click in the right pane and create a new DWORD value named NoLockScreen, and then set its value to 1.

    disable-lock-screen

    To re-enable the lock screen in the future, either delete the NoLockScreen value from your registry or set it to 0.

  4. Close the registry editor and now you’ve successfully removed the lock screen.

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7

October 8th, 2012 by Admin

Have you ever wished you had an extra hard drive or partition to setup a dual-boot or multi-boot operating system? You can shrink your existing partition to create a new partition but it always carries some risk of data loss. Beginning with Windows 7, you can create a virtual hard drive (VHD) which acts as a separate hard drive in your computer.

The virtual hard drive (VHD) is stored as a .vhd file on your physical disk. By mounting a virtual hard drive, you can easily copy files to and from the virtual disk. Additionally, Windows 10/8/7 can be configured to boot from a VHD. In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps of creating a virtual hard drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7.

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7?

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a Run box, type compmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

  2. The Computer Management dialog opens, click Disk Management in the left pane of the window and wait until you see all currently installed disks in the right pane.
  3. Right-click Disk Management and then select Create VHD.

  4. Click Browse to choose the location where you want your VHD stored, and give it a descriptive name. Choose the size you want it to be, and select dynamic or a fixed. If you want the disk to expand in size as you add files to it, then pick Dynamically expanding. Check Fixed size if you want a specific size and for it to stay that way. Click OK.

  5. You will see the virtual hard drive listed as unallocated space in Disk Management. Right click on the virtual hard drive and select Initialize Disk.

  6. Press OK in the Initialize Disk box.

  7. Now it is time to create a volume by right-clicking the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.

  8. The New Simple Volume Wizard starts up and just press Next until the wizard is complete.

  9. Now the new virtual disk is ready to be used, just like any other disk. You can see the virtual hard drive on your computer.

How to Disable Hibernation in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP

September 26th, 2012 by Admin

Hibernation is a great way to cut down on the computer’s power consumption when it’s not in use. It also helps save battery on the laptops. When the computer is in hibernate it lets you save all the data in RAM to hard drive persistently and switch off the computer. Then you can switch on the computer with exact same settings and opened applications.

When you enable hibernation, it creates a file: hiberfil.sys, located on your root system partition which saved the state of all open documents and files. The file size of hiberfil.sys is about the size of your physical memory. So it would consume lots of hard disk space.

If you never plan to put your computer into hibernation then it’s probably a good idea to disable hibernation and gain all the disk space back. Here we’ll show you how to disable hibernation using Command Prompt in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

How to Disable Hibernation in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP?

  1. Go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator. In Windows 8/10, press Windows + X to open WinX menu, then select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the command: powercfg –h OFF

  3. Press Enter key, this will disable the hibernate feature.
  4. Now restart the computer, you won’t be able to see hibernate.sys file in your system drive. If you can still see it, simply delete it.
  5. Now you have successfully disabled hibernate and free the hard disk space.

If you want to enable hibernation again, you can use the same method above to open an elevated Command Prompt with administrator rights, then type the command: powercfg –h ON to enable the hibernation.