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Change Mouse Pointer Size and Color in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 18th, 2018 by Admin

Mouse cursor is too small? How can I change the color of mouse pointer to make it easier to see? When you’re playing a game, you may find the mouse cursor is way too small for your screen. Here are 3 simple ways to change mouse pointer size and color in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Change Mouse Pointer Size and Color from Settings (Windows 10 Only)

Press the Windows + I key combination to open the Settings app, and then click Ease of Access.

Select the Mouse tab. On the right side of the window, there are three different sizes and colors you can choose from for your mouse pointer. Click on one to select it.

Method 2: Change Mouse Pointer Size and Color from Ease of Access Center

Open the Control Panel in Category view, and then click Ease of Access.

On the next screen, click on the link that says “Change how your mouse works“.

Under the Mouse pointers section, you can check the option for the size and color of the mouse pointer that you want to use. Click OK to apply your changes.

Method 3: Change Mouse Pointer Size and Color from Mouse Properties

Open the Control Panel and switch to Large icons view. Click Mouse.

When the Mouse Properties window opens, select the Pointers tab. Select a mouse pointer scheme from the drop-down box. Click Apply and then OK.

If you want to restore the original mouse pointer scheme, click the Use Default button at the bottom.
That’s it!

Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 17th, 2018 by Admin

How can I know whether a disk is a solid-state drive (SSD) or hard disk? Is there a way to check if I have a SSD or HDD without having to open the laptop itself to see what’s inside it? Here are 2 easy methods to find if your drive is SSD or HDD in Windows 10/8/7, without using third-party software.

Method 1: Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD Using Disk Defragmenter

Simply press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box, type dfrgui and press Enter.

When the Disk Defragmenter window is shown, look for the Media type column and you can find out which drive is solid state drive (SSD), and which one is hard disk drive (HDD).

Method 2: Find If Your Drive is SSD or HDD Using PowerShell

Open the PowerShell as administrator, and type the following command and press Enter:

Get-PhysicalDisk

The command will list all physical disks connected to your computer. The MediaType parameter can help you identify what type is your disk drive, HDD or SSD.

That’s it!

3 Steps to Change DVD Region in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 13th, 2018 by Admin

“I just bought a DVD movie. When I tried to play it on Windows 10, I received a warning that the DVD was purchased in region 2, my computer DVD player was set for region 1, and I needed to change the region. I’ve never come across this before. Please help!”

Most commercial DVDs have a region code that ties the DVD to specific regions of the world, as a measure of copy protection. If a DVD’s region code doesn’t match the current region code of your DVD player, you’ll receive a warning that you need to change regions in order to play the DVD. The following tutorial will show you how to change the region code of your DVD player in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Note: The region code for a DVD player can only be changed five times. The fifth time you change the region, your DVD player is permanently locked to the last region you set.

How to Change DVD Region in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

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

  2. When the Device Manager window opens, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on your DVD player and then select Properties.

  3. Click on the DVD Region tab. Select the region in which you want to change to and click OK.

How to Set a Disk or Volume Read-Only in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 11th, 2018 by Admin

How to enable write protection for a disk drive or set your volume read-only? How can I prevent a hard drive from being formatted? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set a particular disk or volume read-only in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, without using any third-party software.

Part 1: Set a Volume Read-Only

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and then run the diskpart command.

  2. Type list volume and press Enter. Next type select volume #, where # is the number of the volume you’re going to lock it as read-only.

  3. To make your selected volume read-only, type attributes volume set readonly and press Enter.

  4. Now, you’ll be unable to delete or modify the files on that volume. When you try to format that volume, you’ll get the error “The disk is write protected“.

If you want to clear ready-only attribute for your volume later, just repeat steps 1 through 2 above and then run this command:

attributes volume clear readonly

Part 2: Set a Disk Read-Only

If you want to set the entire disk read-only, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and then run the diskpart command.
  2. Type list disk and press Enter. Next type select disk #, where # is the number of the disk you want to make read-only.

  3. To set your chosen disk read-only, type attributes disk set readonly and press Enter.

  4. Now your disk is write-protected and all its partitions turn into read-only.

When you want to clear ready-only attribute for your disk, just repeat steps 1 through 2 above and then run this command:

attributes disk clear readonly

That’s it!

How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

January 3rd, 2018 by Admin

Do you have any trouble with flickering on the monitor when playing games? Most of screen flickering issues can be solved by adjusting the monitor’s refresh rate. The refresh rate refers to how many times per second the screen refreshes the image on it. Increasing the monitor’s refresh rate should reduce screen flicker, which results in less strain on their eyes. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change monitor refresh rate in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Note: The refresh rates that you can set for your monitor are determined by the capabilities of the Graphic card and monitor.

Part 1: Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 10

  1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Display settings.

  2. This should open the Settings app and go to the Display tab. Click Advanced display settings at the bottom of the right pane.

  3. Click Display adapter properties.

  4. This will open the Monitor and graphics card properties. Go to the Monitor tab and you can select a higher or lower refresh rate and click Apply.

Part 2: Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows 8 / 7

  1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Screen resolution.

  2. Click on Advanced Settings in the bottom right.

  3. When the Display adapter properties window opens, click the Monitor tab, and then select a Screen Refresh Rate from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Apply. That’s it!

How to Stop Standard Users from Changing BitLocker Password

December 18th, 2017 by Admin

If you want to configure BitLocker in Windows 10 / 8, you have to log in as administrator. However, standard users are allowed to change BitLocker password by default. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to stop standard users from changing BitLocker password in Windows 10 / 8.

Method 1: Prevent Standard Users from Changing BitLocker Password via Group Policy

  1. Press the WIN + R keys to open the Run box. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

  2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\BitLocker Drive Encryption\Operating System Drives.

    Next, double-click on the Disallow standard users from changing the PIN or password policy in the right pane.

  3. Select the Enabled option, click Apply and then OK.

  4. When the standard users try to change BitLocker password on a fixed drive, the UAC will prompt to enter an administrator’s password firstly.

Method 2: Prevent Standard Users from Changing BitLocker Password via Registry Editor

  1. Press the WIN + R keys to open the Run box. Type regedit and hit Enter.

  2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\FVE. If the FVE key doesn’t exist, right-click the Microsoft key and create a subkey named FVE.
  3. While the FVE key is selected, right-click blank area in the right pane and create a DWORD (32-bit) value named DisallowStandardUserPINReset, set its value data to 1.

  4. Close Registry Editor.

If you want to allow standard users to change BitLocker password, just change the value data of DisallowStandardUserPINReset to 0 and you’re done.

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.