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4 Ways to Make Your Program Always Run as Administrator

July 18th, 2018 by Admin

Could I force a program to always run as an administrator? Is it possible to automatically open a batch file as admin when you double-click on it? Many old programs need to be run as administrator in order to function properly on Windows 10 / 8 / 7. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 methods to make your program always run as administrator by default.

Method 1: Always Run as Administrator from Program Shortcut

  1. Right-click on the shortcut of your program, and then select Properties from the context menu.
  2. In the Properties window, select the Shortcut tab, and click on the Advanced button.

  3. Check the box next to Run as administrator and click OK.

  4. Every time you double-click the shortcut it will always run your program as administrator by default.

Method 2: Always Run as Administrator in Compatibility Mode

  1. Right-click on your application or its shortcut, and then select Properties in the context menu.
  2. Under the Compatibility tab, check the “Run this program as an administrator” box and click OK.

  3. From now on, double-click on your application or shortcut and it should automatically run as administrator.

Method 3: Always Run as Administrator Using Registry Hack

  1. Open the Registry Editor and browse to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers

    Right-click blank area in the right pane, and then select New -> String Value.

  2. Rename the String value to the full path of the program you want to always run as administrator, and then double-click it to modify.

  3. Type ~ RUNASADMIN in the “Value data” field and click OK.

  4. Close Registry Editor. The program will now open in administrator mode when you double-click it.

Method 4: Create a Batch to Always Run Program as Administrator

  1. Open Notepad (or your favorite text editor), copy and paste the following batch script:
    @echo off :: BatchGotAdmin :------------------------------------- REM --> Check for permissions >nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system" REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin. if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' ( echo Requesting administrative privileges... goto UACPrompt ) else ( goto gotAdmin ) :UACPrompt echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" set params = %*:"="" echo UAC.ShellExecute "C:\Program Files (x86)\Top Password\ISO2Disc.exe", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" exit /B :gotAdmin pushd "%CD%" CD /D "%~dp0" :--------------------------------------

    The above script will make the ISO2Disc utility to always run as administrator. You need to replace the full path of ISO2Disc with your desired application.

  2. Next, save the file by clicking File -> Save. Give it any name you like, but replace the default .txt file extension with the .bat extension.

  3. Now, double-click the batch file and it will then launch your program as administrator.

2 Ways to Enable Remote Assistance in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

July 5th, 2018 by Admin

How do I enable Remote Assistance from the command line? Windows Remote Assistance allows someone else to temporarily take control of your PC over the Internet in order to fix a problem for you. This tutorial will show you how to enable Remote Assistance and allow it through firewall in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Enable Remote Assistance in System Properties

  1. Right-click on the “This PC” ( or “My Computer”) icon on your desktop and then click Properties.

  2. On the left side of the System window, click Remote settings.

  3. In the “System Properties” window, go to the Remote tab and make sure the “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer” check box is checked. Next, click Advanced.

  4. If you clear the “Allow this computer to be controlled remotely” checkbox, the helpers can see your screen, but not take control of your PC.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Method 2: Enable Remote Assistance Using Registry Editor or Command Line

  1. Open the Registry Editor and browse to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance
  2. In order to enable Remote Assistance, double-click the DWORD entry fAllowToGetHelp in the right pane, and set its value data to 1. If you want to disable Remote Assistance, just change it to 0.
  3. Next, double-click the DWORD entry fAllowFullControl and set its value to 1 if you want to allow the person offering the assistance to take full control of this PC.

  4. When you’re done, close Registry Editor.

If you want to make the same registry changes with Command Prompt, just run the following commands to enable Windows Remote Assistance:

reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance" /v fAllowToGetHelp /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance" /v fAllowFullControl /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Allow Remote Assistance Through Firewall

What port should I open to allow Windows Remote Assistance? Enabling Remote Assistance using the above methods will not configure Windows Firewall with the appropriate ports to allow remote connections. In order to allow Remote Assistance through Windows Firewall, type the following into an elevated Command Prompt:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote assistance" new enable=Yes

That’s it!

How to Open Remote Assistance in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

July 4th, 2018 by Admin

Windows Remote Assistance allows someone (or helper) you trust to take over your PC and provide remote technical support. It’s something similar to TeamViewer or UltraVNC. This tutorial will show you different ways to open Remote Assistance in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Windows Remote Assistance from Run Command

Press the Windows key and the R key at the same time to open the Run command box, type in msra and hit Enter.

This should open up Windows Remote Assistance in no time.

Method 2: Open Windows Remote Assistance via Search

Just click the Start button and directly type “remote assistance“. The search box will show up and deliver the results. Click the option “Invite someone to connect to your PC and help you, or offer to help someone” to launch Windows Remote Assistance.

Method 3: Open Windows Remote Assistance from Control Panel
Open the Control Panel. Type “remote” into the Search box in the upper right corner of the window, and then click the link labelled “Invite someone to connect to your PC and help you, or offer to help someone else“.

Method 4: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Start Windows Remote Assistance

If you need to provide remote technical support to your customers frequently, it’s a good idea to create a desktop shortcut to start Windows Remote Assistance. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click an empty area on your desktop, and select New -> Shortcut from the context menu.

  2. Type “%windir%\system32\msra.exe” into the location box, and click Next.

  3. Give the shortcut a name, and click Finish.

A new shortcut appears on your desktop. Double-click or tap it, and it will open the Windows Remote Assistance app immediately.

How to Open Color Management in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

June 28th, 2018 by Admin

Colors on your monitor look weird or is it darker than normal? If your monitor’s color and brightness are messed up, you can use the Color Management to calibrate your monitor by installing the proper color profile to help get more accurate colors. In this tutorial we’ll show you quick ways to open Color Management in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

Method 1: Open Color Management via Search

Click the Start button and then type “color management“, click on the Color Management shortcut that appears as the first result.

Method 2: Open Color Management via Run

Press the Windows key + R together to get to the Run dialog box. Type colorcpl and press Enter to launch Color Management.

Method 3: Open Color Management from Control Panel

Open the Control Panel. Select Large icons from the “View by” drop-down menu on the upper-right corner, and you can then access the Color Management utility directly.

Method 4: Open Color Management from Command Prompt or PowerShell

When you’re at the Command Prompt, type colorcpl and hit Enter. This will open the Color Management window immediately.

Another similar way is to run the same command in Windows PowerShell console.

Conclusion

Calibrating your monitor is a simple task to help you make sure colors look as accurate as possible on your computer’s screen. If you need to switch the color profile as often as you want, it’s necessary to create a desktop shortcut to access the Color Management utility (c:\windows\system32\colorcpl.exe).

3 Quick Ways to Minimize Open Windows / Applications in Windows

June 21st, 2018 by Admin

Is there a shortcut to minimize all currently open windows at once? Of course, you can minimize each windows individually until all are minimized but this method is quite inefficient. This tutorial will show you 3 quick way to minimize all open windows / applications running in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Using Win + D Keyboard Shortcut

Simply press the Windows key and the D key simultaneously on your keyboard. This will minimize all the currently open windows at once. To restore minimized windows, press the Windows + D keyboard shortcut again.

If you want to minimize all open windows except the one that’s currently active on your desktop, click on title bar of the window that you want to keep in the foreground, hold down your left mouse button and shake it (move left and to right very fast).

Method 2: Using the “Show Desktop” Button

The Show Desktop button is a small rectangular sectioned area on the far right side of Windows taskbar. Clicking the Show Desktop button will show you the desktop immediately, with all currently open windows minimized. When you click that button again, it will restore all the windows back onto the screen.

Method 3: Using Windows Taskbar

Just right-click an empty area in the taskbar and select the “Show the desktop” option from the context menu, it will minimize all open windows and and show the desktop.

If you want to restore all minimized Windows to their original location, right-click on the taskbar again and this time you have to click the “Show open windows” option.

That’s it!

How to Enable Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10, 8 or 7

June 20th, 2018 by Admin

Quick Launch is a small toolbar that resides in your Windows taskbar that allows you to quickly launch programs that you place in it. Since Windows 7, Quick Launch toolbar was removed from the taskbar but you can get it back. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 10/8/7, add your favorite programs to it, and move the Quick Launch toolbar to the left of taskbar.

Enable Quick Launch Toolbar

Simply right-click an empty space on the Windows taskbar, and then select Toolbars -> New toolbar.

When the “New Toolbar – Choose a folder” window appears, paste the following path into the Folder field and press Enter. Then click Select Folder.
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Now, Quick Launch toolbar will appear on the far right of the taskbar.

Add Programs to Quick Launch Toolbar

If you want to add the applications you use the most to the Quick Launch toolbar, do the following:

Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog box. Type the following path and press Enter.
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Windows Explorer will open the Quick Launch folder. Now you can drag your favorite applications or shortcuts and drop them here.

When you’re done, your application icons will appear in the Quick Launch toolbar for quick access.

Move Quick Launch Toolbar to Left

If you want to move the Quick Launch toolbar to the left, right-click the taskbar and uncheck “Lock the Taskbar” from the popup menu. Click on the left edge (two vertical dotted lines) of the Quick Launch toolbar, and drag it over to the left as far as it will go.

Remove the Quick Launch Toolbar

If you don’t want to use the Quick Launch toolbar any more, right-click an empty space on the taskbar, select Toolbars and click on Quick Launch to uncheck it.

Now you’ve successfully removed Quick Launch toolbar from Windows taskbar.

How to Copy and Paste in Command Prompt on Windows 10 / 8 / 7

June 14th, 2018 by Admin

How can I paste the text from the clipboard into Command Prompt? To avoid type a lengthy command, you may prefer to use copy and paste to put it into Command Prompt. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to copy and paste in Command Prompt on Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Quick Edit Mode:

Quick Edit Mode lets you use the cursor to directly select the text in the Command Prompt.

To turn on Quick Edit mode, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the title bar of Command Prompt and select Properties.

  2. Then go to the Options tab and check “Quick Edit Mode” and click OK.

How to copy the text out of Command Prompt when Quick Edit Mode is turned off? Each time you need to select or copy the text from the Command Prompt, an additional step is required: Right-click the title bar, select Edit on the menu, and then click Mark.

Part 1: Copy and Paste in the Windows 8 / 7 Command Prompt

In Windows 8 or Windows 7, there is not a direct keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + C / V) to copy and paste the text in the Command Prompt. If you’ve enabled Quick Edit Mode, here’s how you can copy and paste text in the Command Prompt:

  1. Use the left mouse button to highlight the text you want to copy from the Command Prompt.
  2. Now, you can copy the selected text by pressing the right mouse button.
  3. To paste it anywhere in the Command Prompt, find the line where you want to paste it, and press the right mouse button again. Of course, you can also paste the text by right-clicking on the title bar and then select Edit -> Paste.

Part 2: Copy and Paste in the Windows 10 Command Prompt

  1. Right-click on the Command Prompt’s title bar, choose Properties.
  2. Check “Enable Ctrl key shortcuts“. You’ll probably have to check the “Use legacy console (requires relaunch)” checkbox first though.

  3. Click OK to save the changes and relaunch the Command Prompt.
  4. Now, you can use the cursor to select the text, press the right mouse button or press Ctrl + C to copy the text. Afterwards, press the right mouse button or press Ctrl + V to paste it.

How to Check and Repair Bad Sectors for USB Drive

June 12th, 2018 by Admin

There are two types of bad sectors – hard and soft. Hard bad sector is a cluster of storage on the hard drive that’s physically damaged, while soft bad sector is the result of software or data error. When copying files, it might stop at bad sectors saying “can’t read from the source file or disk“, “Location is not available” or “A disk read error occurred“.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to check and repair bad sectors for USB drive in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, without using third-party software.

Method 1: Check and Repair Bad Sectors Using Windows Error Checking Tool

  1. Open Windows Explorer. Right-click on the USB drive you want to repair, and then select Properties from the context menu that appears.
  2. In the Properties dialog box, go to the Tools tab and then click on Check now.

  3. A new dialog box will appear, check both options: “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors“, and then click on Start.

  4. It will scan the disk for errors, fix logical errors, detect and mark bad sectors. The process could take a significant amount of time to complete, and lots of system resources are required for the task.

Method 2: Check and Repair Bad Sectors Using Chkdsk Command Line

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box. Type cmd and press Enter.
  2. At the Command Prompt, run the following command to check and repair bad sectors found on your drive. Replace F: with the drive letter of the USB drive you want to repair.

    chkdsk /f /R F:

  3. It will locate bad sectors and recover readable information from your USB drive. When chkdsk can’t obtain exclusive access to your drive, it will prompt you to schedule this task to run just on the next reboot.

Disable Right-Click Context Menu on Taskbar in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

May 28th, 2018 by Admin

Is there a way to disable the right-click context menu on the Windows 10 taskbar using group policy? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to disable right-click context menu on the taskbar in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. This is really useful if you want to prevent inexperienced users to delete or add any apps in your taskbar.

Method 1: Disable Right-Click Context Menu on Taskbar Using Group Policy

  1. Press Windows + R hotkey to open Run Command. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter key.

  2. In the left side of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar, then double-click the “Remove access to the context menu for the taskbar” policy in the right side.

  3. Select the Enable radio button. Click Apply and then OK.

    Now you have successfully disabled taskbar right-click context menu in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 2: Disable Right-Click Context Menu on Taskbar Using Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows + R hotkey to open Run Command. Type regedit and press Enter key.

  2. Navigate to the following key in the Registry Editor window:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    If the Explorer subkey is not available, right-click on Policies key and select New -> Key, then name the new key as “Explorer”.

  3. Now right-click on blank area in the right pane, and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  4. Give it the name NoTrayContextMenu and click OK. Then double-click the name and set the value data as 1.

  5. Log off or reboot for these changes to take effect. The next time you right-click on the taskbar, it won’t show up the context menu any longer.

Remove Logoff or Sign out Option from Start Menu in Windows

May 22nd, 2018 by Admin

How can I remove “Sign out” from the Start Menu in Windows 10? Is there a way to prevent users from logging off a public computer? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to remove Logoff or Sign out option from the Start Menu in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Remove Logoff or Sign out Option from Start Menu Using GPO

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:
    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

    Then double-click on the “Remove Logoff on the Start Menu” policy in the right side panel.

  2. Select Enabled and click Apply.

  3. Restart your computer and the “Log off” or “Sign out” option should have been removed from the Start Menu.

Method 2: Remove Logoff or Sign out Option from Start Menu Using Registry Editor

  1. Start the Registry Editor window, and then navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer

    If the Explorer subkey doesn’t exist, create it (from the Edit menu, select New -> Key and type “Explorer” without the quotes) and navigate to that subkey.

  2. Right-click the blank area in the right pane, and then select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Name the created value StartMenuLogoff, and then set it to 1 to disable Logoff or Sign out option in the Start Menu.

  4. Restart you computer and Logoff or Sign out option is no longer available in the Start Menu.