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How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

December 14th, 2017 by Admin

If you’ve turned on BitLocker encryption on a fixed or removable drive, you can choose to unlock the drive with a BitLocker password. When your BitLocker password is compromised, changing the password should be a top priority. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to change BitLocker password in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Change BitLocker Password from Windows Explorer

  1. Right-click on the BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows Explorer, and select Change BitLocker password from the context menu.

    Note: if the encrypted drive shows a gold lock on the icon, then you can’t see the “Change Bitlocker password” option in the context menu, and you need to unlock the BitLocker drive firstly.

  2. Enter the old password, followed by the new password (entered twice), and then click Change password.

  3. You would be shown a message that the password has been changed successfully in the same window.

Method 2: Change BitLocker Password from Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel and select Large icons in the View by drop-down menu. Click BitLocker Drive Encryption.

  2. Expand the drive for which you want to change the BitLocker password, and click Change password from the list of options.

  3. When the Change Password window appears, type your old password and new password. Click Change password.

  4. Now you’ve changed your BitLocker password.

Method 3: Change BitLocker Password Using Command Line

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Assuming you’re going to change Bitlocker password for drive D:, type the following command and hit Enter.
    manage-bde -changepassword d:

  3. You’ll be prompted to enter the new password twice. Note: your password won’t be shown while you’re typing.
  4. When the password has been successfully changed, you can close Command Prompt. Every time you boot into Windows, you can unlock the BitLocker drive with the new password.

Manually Lock / Unlock BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows

December 13th, 2017 by Admin

Hot to lock the BitLocker encrypted drive without restarting system? By default, Windows will automatically unlock your BitLocker drive when you sign in to your account. If you’ve turned off auto-lock for BitLocker drive, you have to manually unlock it when your computer starts up. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to manually lock or unlock BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Part 1: Manually Lock a BitLocker Drive

Before you can manually lock a BitLocker drive, make sure you’ve set up a BitLocker password for your hard drive and turn off the auto-lock feature. When your system is shut down, the drive will lock itself automatically.

If you want to manually lock a BitLocker drive, you have to do this through Command Prompt:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and hit Enter. Note: substitute d: in the command below with the drive letter of BitLocker drive you want to lock.
    manage-bde -lock d: -forcedismount

  3. Close Command Prompt. Your BitLocker drive is now locked and you’re unable to access it without providing your BitLocker password.

Part 2: Manually Unlock a BitLocker Drive

Unlocking a BitLocker drive is much easier than locking it. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on the BitLocker encrypted drive, and then choose Unlock Drive from the context menu.

  2. You’ll get a popup in the upper right corner that asking for BitLocker password. Enter your password and click Unlock.

  3. The drive is now unlocked and you can access the files on it.

Of course, you can also unlock a BitLocker drive from an elevated Command Prompt. Just type this command and press Enter.
manage-bde -unlock d: -password

When prompted, type the BitLocker password for this drive and hit Enter. It will unlock your drive immediately.

How to Enable Windows Mobility Center on Desktop PC

December 1st, 2017 by Admin

Windows Mobility Center is a Control Panel item that lets you change laptop-related settings all in one place, from volume, screen brightness, power options to Wi‐Fi and Bluetooth settings. However, Windows Mobility Center is available only on laptops/tablets, and it is disabled on desktop computers by default.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable Windows Mobility Center on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 desktop computers.

How to Enable Windows Mobility Center on Desktop PC?

Open the Command Prompt as administrator. Type the following two commands and press Enter.
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\AdaptableSettings /v SkipBatteryCheck /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\MobilityCenter /v RunOnDesktop /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Now, you can access the Windows Mobility Center on your desktop computer. To do this, press the Windows + R hotkey on your keyboard and type mblctr in the Run dialog box.

If you want to disable Windows Mobility Center on your desktop PC again, just open the elevated Command Prompt and run the following commands to restore your registry changes.

reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\AdaptableSettings /v SkipBatteryCheck /f
reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MobilePC\MobilityCenter /v RunOnDesktop /f

That’s it!

How to Disable Windows Mobility Center in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

November 29th, 2017 by Admin

Windows Mobility Center keeps popping up? Is there a registry hack that could prevent Windows Mobility Center from popping up? The Windows Mobility Center is very convenient for laptop / tablet users, but it could also be annoying if it pops up uninvited. This tutorial will show you 2 different ways to disable Windows Mobility Center in Windows 10, 8, 7.

Method 1: Disable Windows Mobility Center Using Group Policy

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.

  2. Once the Local Group Policy Editor opens, expand to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Mobility Center. In the right pane, double-click on the Turn off Windows Mobility Center policy to edit it.

  3. Select the Enabled option and click OK.

  4. Reboot your computer and you’ll be unable to open Windows Mobility Center using any methods described in this tutorial: 5 Ways to Open Mobility Center in Windows 10.

Method 2: Disable Windows Mobility Center Using Registry Editor

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and press Enter.

  2. Once in the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\MobilityCenter

    If the MobilityCenter key doesn’t exist, right-click the Policies key in the left-hand pane and create a new key called MobilityCenter.

  3. Next, right-click blank area in the right-hand pane to create a DWORD (32-bit Value) entry called NoMobilityCenter and give it a value of 1.

  4. Close the Registry Editor window and restart your computer. The user can not invoke Windows Mobility Center any more. If you want to re-enable the Windows Mobility Center, just change the Value data of NoMobilityCenter to 0.

How to Prompt User to Change Windows Password Before Expiration

November 27th, 2017 by Admin

Before your Windows password expires, you may receive password expiration notification every time you log on to local account or domain user.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set the number of days prior to password expiration, during which to begin displaying password expiry notice to prompt user to change Windows password.

Tips: If you want to disable password expiry notice, you can set Windows password to never expire by following these tutorials:

Part 1: Prompt Local Users to Change Password Before Expiration

Here’s how you can prompt local users to change password before expiration in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP:

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Local Policies\Security Options.

    Next, double-click the “Interactive Logon: Prompt user to change password before expiration” policy on the right pane.

  2. Enter the number of days prior to password expiration that you want to notify users, and click OK.

  3. Reboot your computer for the policy to take effect.

If you’re unable to access Local Group Policy Editor, use the following registry tweak to change password expiry notice period:

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

    Double-click the PasswordExpiryWarning value on the right pane.

  2. Click the Decimal radio button and enter the number of days before password expires that you want to notify users, and click OK.

  3. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

Part 2: Prompt Domain Users to Change Password Before Expiration

If you’re running Windows Server 2016 / 2014 / 2012 / 2008 domain controller, use this method to prompt domain users to change password before expiration:

  1. Click the Start button, select Administrative Tools and then click Group Policy Management.
  2. In the console tree, expand the Forest -> Domains -> your domain. Right-click the domain policy you want to work with, and then select Edit.
  3. When the Group Policy Management Editor window appears, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options.

    Then double-click the “Interactive Logon: Prompt user to change password before expiration” setting in the right pane.

  4. In the Security Policy Setting tab, check the “Define this policy setting” option, and enter the number of days in advance users are warned that their passwords are about to expire.

  5. Click Apply and then OK. Reboot your server.

How to Delete Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

November 21st, 2017 by Admin

How can I clear out all old Wi-Fi profiles on Windows 7? Look for a way to remove wireless networks that no longer worked because their passwords have been changed? In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to delete wireless network profiles in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, using System Tray, Command Prompt or Registry Editor.

Method 1: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using System Tray

Click the wireless network icon in the system tray from the bottom-right corner, and you’ll see a list of wireless networks. Right-click on the network you want to delete, and then select Forget from the pop-up menu.

Now the system will forget the selected network, and it not be able to connect to that Wi-Fi network.

Method 2: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using Command Prompt

Open the Command Prompt as administrator and run the following command to get the list of all wireless network profiles stored on your local PC:
netsh wlan show profiles

Find the name of the wireless network profile you want to delete, then type the following command to remove it:
netsh wlan delete profile name="profile name"

If you want to remove all the wireless network profiles, simply type:
netsh wlan delete profile name=*

Method 3: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
  2. Click each subkey under Profiles, and check the ProfileName value on the right to see if that is the wireless network connection you want to remove. Once you find the subkey, right-click on it and select Delete.

  3. Now, your selected network profile is deleted successfully.

Fix: Windows Computer Won’t Wake Up from Sleep Mode

November 16th, 2017 by Admin

Computer won’t wake up from sleep mode? When your computer goes sleep, you’re supposed to wake it up by pressing a key or moving your mouse. However, there are many reasons that can cause Windows stuck in sleep mode, including improper BIOS / device / power settings. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you troubleshoot the issue of computer not waking up from sleep mode in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

Step 1: Find Which Device can Wake up Your Computer

Can’t get your computer come out of sleep mode? To fix this problem, you have to find out which device can wake up your computer. Open the Command Prompt and run the following command:

powercfg -devicequery wake_armed

It will show you the list of devices that are configured to wake your computer up. If your keyboard or mouse is not listed, you need to enable the “Allow this device to wake the computer” setting in your computer. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Device Manager. Expand the Keyboards category, then right-click on your keyboard device and choose Properties.

  2. Click the Power Management tab and check the Allow this device to wake the computer box. Click OK to save your change.

  3. Repeat the same steps above for your mouse, which can be found under the “Mice and Other Pointing Devices” category in the device list.

Step 2: Stop Windows from Powering Off USB Devices

Windows is set to shut down your USB devices in sleep mode to save power by default, sometimes it won’t be able to power it back up. So you should follow this tutorial to stop Windows from disabling power to USB ports when your computer is in sleep mode.

Step 3: Enable USB Wakeup in Your Computer’s BIOS

While turning on your computer, press a certain key (F2, DEL, F12, ESC, etc.) to access the BIOS Setup. Look around the BIOS settings and find the option like “USB Wake Up”, “Wake up by USB KB/Mouse”, “USB Wake Support”. Make sure it is enabled.

Conclusion

Once you complete the steps above, you should be able to bring your computer out of sleep mode using keyboard or mouse. If those still don’t help, try to restore the power plan to default settings in Windows, or update the BIOS of your computer.

2 Ways to Change MAC Address on Windows 10 / 8 / 7

November 11th, 2017 by Admin

MAC address is used to identify a computer on a network, and every network card has a unique MAC address assigned during manufacturing. However, most network cards also allow you to set a custom MAC address from their device properties on Windows. This is useful when you want to test or bypass the MAC filtering settings on firewall or router. Here are 2 simple ways to change MAC address on Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Change MAC Address on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 from Device Manager

  1. To get started, you need to open Device Manager. Just press Windows key + R on your keyboard and then type devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box. Hit Enter.

  2. Expand Network adapters, right-click your Ethernet or Wireless adapter and then select Properties.

  3. Click the Advanced tab. Within the Property list, scroll down until you find the “Network Address” or “Locally Administered Address” property. Select the Value radio box and enter your new MAC address.

  4. Click OK to apply. To confirm your change, open the Command Prompt and type ipconfig /all and hit Enter. You should see the new MAC address show up in the line starting with “Physical Address“.

Method 2: Change MAC Address on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 from Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  2. You should see several subkeys with names such as 0000, 0001, etc. You have to click each subkey to check the DriverDesc value that matches with your network card. In my example, I got the key in 002.
  3. Look for the registry entry NetworkAddress in the right pane, and change the value as your new MAC Address. If that entry doesn’t exist, right-click blank area to create a String value with the name NetworkAddress.

  4. Close Registry Editor. Disable your network adapter and enable it again. The new Mac address will apply immediately.

That’s it!

Add Devices and Printers To My Computer in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

November 6th, 2017 by Admin

How can I find Devices and Printers in Windows 10? Devices and Printers lets you easily view and manage peripheral devices in one place, such as printers, webcams, external storage devices and monitors. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add Devices and Printers to My Computer (or “This PC”) in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

How to Add Devices and Printers To My Computer?

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Copy-paste the following command and press Enter.

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}

  3. Once pressing Enter, open the Windows Explorer again and you can see the “Devices and Printers” shortcut appear in My Computer (or “This PC”).

If you want to remove Devices and Printers from My Computer (or “This PC”) again, just copy-paste the following command instead:

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A} /f

It’s that simple!

Print a List of Currently Running Processes in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

October 30th, 2017 by Admin

How can I list out all the running processes on a Windows machine? You can use Task Manager to view a list of processes running on your computer, but it doesn’t provide you an option to print or save the processes list. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to print a list of currently running processes in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Print the List of Running Processes Using Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Run the following command and it will save the list of running processes in a file named processes.txt.

    tasklist > C:\processes.txt

  3. Open the output text file in NotePad which allows you to print the processes list.

Method 2: Print the List of Running Processes Using PowerShell

  1. Open the Windows PowerShell.
  2. In order to save the list of running processes in a file named processes.txt, on your C:\ drive, type the following command and press Enter.

    Get-Process | Out-File C:\processes.txt

  3. The output text file is formatted as shown below.

Conclusion

Of course, you can also find other ways to print out the list of the processes that are running in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. For example, you can run the following command at Command Prompt:

wmic /output:C:\process.txt process

Or use the third-party freeware PsList that is developed by Sysinternals.