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How to Prevent Windows Users from Changing Date and Time

May 21st, 2018 by Admin

How to block access to changing the time for Windows 10? Is there a way to lock the system date and time on a public or shared computer? Here’s how to use group policy to prevent users from changing date and time in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.

How to Prevent Windows Users from Changing Date and Time?

By default, only administrative accounts are able to change the system time. Follow these steps to prevent specific user or even administrators from changing date and time in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run command. Type secpol.msc and hit Enter to open the Local Security Policy window.

  2. On the left-hand side, drill down to Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment. On the right, double-click the “Change the system time” setting to modify.

  3. In the Properties window, select any specific user or group that you want to block from changing the system date / time, and click on Remove.

  4. Click Apply and then OK. Restart your computer for this policy to take effect. The next time you try to change the date and time from Control Panel, you’ll get the error message “Unable to continue. You do not have permission to perform this task.

    This setting will also prevent you from changing the system date/time using the Settings app in Windows 10. If you’re running Windows 10 Home, you have to add Local Group Policy Editor to Windows 10 Home before running the secpol.msc command.

How to Clear Saved Credentials for Network Share or Remote Desktop Connection

May 9th, 2018 by Admin

When you try to access protected file shares on the network or launch RDP sessions, you’ll be prompted to save the passwords. If you checked the option to remember your credentials, Windows will store your passwords for the next connection.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to clear saved credentials for network share, remote desktop connection or mapped drive in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Clear Network Saved Credentials Using Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel and select Large icons in the View by menu. Click User Accounts.

  2. Click the “Manage your credentials” option at the top left.

  3. Select the Windows Credentials type and you’ll see the list of credentials you have saved for network share, remote desktop connection or mapped drive.

  4. Click one of the entries in the list and expand it, you can then click the Remove option to clear it.

Method 2: Clear Network Saved Credentials Using the Run Command

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run box. Type the following command and hit Enter.
    rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

  2. You’ll see the Stored Usernames and Passwords window. To remove a saved network credential you can select one of the entries and click Remove.

That’s it!

How to Find Your Computer Name in Windows and Mac OS X

May 8th, 2018 by Admin

Do you need help locating your computer name? PCs on the same network need unique names so they can identify and communicate with each other. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to easily find your computer name in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 and Mac OS X.

Part 1: Find Computer Name in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

Simply right-click on the My Computer (or This PC) shortcut on the desktop, and then select Properties.

Under the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” section, you will find the computer name listed. If your PC is connected to a domain, the full computer name will include the domain name.

Another way of finding computer name is using the Command Prompt. Just type hostname into the Command Prompt and hit Enter, you’ll see your computer name immediately.

Part 2: Find Computer Name in Mac OS X

Click the Apple logo in the top left corner, and then select System Preferences from the Apple Menu.

Click on the Sharing icon.

Your computer name will be listed at the top of the window that opens in the Computer Name field.

That’s it!

How to Check if I Have Windows Administrator Rights?

May 7th, 2018 by Admin

Do I have local admin rights? Before you can make system-wide changes to the system, such as install software or run elevated command prompt, you’ll need to log into Windows as a user with administrative rights. Here’s how to quickly check if a user account is an administrator or not in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.

Method 1: Check for Administrator Rights Using Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and then click User Accounts.

  2. Click the Manage another account link.

  3. You should see all the accounts on your computer. If your account has admin rights, you can see the word “Administrator” under your account name.

    As you can see from the screenshot above, pcunlocker is an administrator while david is a standard/limited user.

Method 2: Check for Administrator Rights Using Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows key + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run box. Type cmd and press Enter.

  2. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and hit Enter.
    net user account_name

  3. You’ll get a list of attributes of your account. Look for the “Local Group Memberships” entry. If your account belongs to the “Administrators” group, it should have admin rights.

That’s it!

Quick Ways to Open Internet Options in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

May 3rd, 2018 by Admin

Where do I find Internet Options in Windows 10? Internet Options is a Control Panel applet which lets you manage browser security level, control your privacy, block or allow specific websites and so on. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 quick ways to open Internet Options in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Internet Options from Internet Explorer

Open up the Internet Explorer. Click the Settings icon in the upper-right corner, or click the Tools menu.

Select Internet options from the drop down menu, you can then access Internet Options immediately.

Method 2: Open Internet Options via Run Command Box

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command box. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter.

You can now get to Internet Options.

Method 3: Open Internet Options from Control Panel

Open the Control Panel, and change it to the Large icons view.

Click Internet Options.

Method 4: Open Internet Options via Search

In Windows 10, type “internet options” in the Cortana Search box and you can then access Internet Options from the search result.

If you’re running Windows 7, click the Start button and type “internet options” in the Search box. Click its shortcut and it will open Internet Options quickly.

Disable Beep Sound When Plugging / Unplugging Laptop Charger

May 2nd, 2018 by Admin

Disabling annoying power cord beep? When plugging in or plugging out the power adapter, there will be an annoying beep sound. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to disable beep sound when plugging or unplugging laptop charger.

Method 1: Disable Beep Sound When Plugging / Unplugging Laptop Charger via Device Manager

If you’re running Windows 7:

  1. Press the WIN + R keys together to open the Run box. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

  2. When the Device Manager window opens, click the View menu and then select Show hidden devices.
  3. In the left pane, click on Non-Plug and Play Drivers to expand it, then double-click the Beep device.

  4. Switch to the Driver tab. Set Startup type as Disabled.

    Click Apply and reboot your computer.

If you’re running Windows 10 or Windows 8, you have to disable the System Speaker device instead:

  1. Press the WIN + R keys together to open the Run box. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
  2. In the left pane of the Device Manager window, Expand “System Devices“. Right-click on System Speaker and select Disable.
  3. Reboot your computer.

Method 2: Disable Beep Sound When Plugging / Unplugging Laptop Charger via BIOS

  1. Press a specific key (F2, F12, DEL, ESC, etc) repeatedly after restarting your laptop to access the BIOS Setup utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to navigate through BIOS settings to look for “Power Beep“, “Power Control Beep” or a similar option, and set it to Disabled.

  3. Save your changes and exit BIOS.

How to Stop Laptop from Sleeping / Shutdown When Lid is Closed

April 25th, 2018 by Admin

how do I stop my Windows laptop from shutting down when I close the lid? By default, Windows will go into sleep mode when you close your laptop’s lid. If you want Windows to keep running even when your laptop’s lid is closed, here’s how to customize the default action to take when you close the lid.

How to Stop Laptop from Sleeping / Shutdown When Lid is Closed?

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view. Click Power Options.

  2. Click the “Choose what closing the lid does” link in the left side panel.

  3. If the options are grayed out, you have to click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link at the top.

  4. Open the drop-down list next to the “When I close the lid” option. Select “Do nothing” under both “On battery” and “Plugged in“.

  5. Click Save changes. Now, when you close the laptop lid, Windows will still keep running, without losing any unsaved work or suspending your downloads.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Any Windows Application

April 8th, 2018 by Admin

Is there a way to create your own keyboard shortcut to launch the apps you use most often? This feature is built into Windows for quite a long time, but many people don’t even know it existed. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create custom keyboard shortcuts to launch any application in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, without using third-party programs.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Any Windows Application

  1. Right-click on the shortcut to the app you need a keyboard shortcut for, and then select Properties.

    If you can’t find a shortcut, right-click on the relevant executable file and choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. In the Properties window, go to the Shortcut tab. Click in the Shortcut key box and type a letter or number. This character is appended to Ctrl+Alt, so you’ll end up with something like Ctrl+Alt+F.

  3. Click OK to save your change. When asked for administrator permissions, click on Continue.

    You can then launch your application using the keyboard combination: CTRL + ALT + a letter / number. That’s it!

If you want to delete the keyboard shortcut later, just open the Properties window again and click in the Shortcut key box and press the Backspace key to delete the shortcut.

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

March 29th, 2018 by Admin

Print Management missing from Windows 10 Administrative Tools? Print Management is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that enables you to install, view, and manage the printers. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest ways to open Print Management in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Print Management via Run Command

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command box, type printmanagement.msc and hit Enter.

This will launch the Print Management console immediately. Expand the Print Servers node on the left, you can add / delete the printers and drivers, view printer queue, configure the printer port, print test page, etc.

Method 2: Open Print Management via Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and select Large icons under the View by drop-down list. Click Administrative Tools.

You can find the Print Management shortcut.

Can’t Find Print Management in Windows 10/8/7 Home?

Print Management is not available in the Home edition of Windows. However, you can find an alternative Control Panel applet that can help manage the printers connected to your computer. Follow these steps:

Open the Control Panel in Large icons view. Click Devices and Printers.

In the Devices and Printers window, you can see the connected printers, scanners, Bluetooth and other external devices. Right-click on your printer and you can see how many documents are in the printing queue, set the default paper size for printing, manage the printer properties.

Click the “Print server properties” in the toolbar area and it lets you configure available printer forms and printer ports, add and remove printer drivers, etc. That’s it!

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity and Pointer Speed in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

March 27th, 2018 by Admin

Mouse cursor moving extremely slow? The cursor lag could make you mad especially when you’re playing games. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to change mouse sensitivity and pointer speed in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity and Pointer Speed in Windows

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, click the Mouse option.

  2. In the Mouse Properties window, go to the Pointer Options tab. Under the Motion section, move the slider toward Slow or Fast until you achieve the desired mouse sensitivity.

  3. To make the pointer work more accurately when you’re moving the mouse slowly, select the Enhance pointer precision check box as well.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

If you are a gamer with a gaming mouse, you might know what the DPI is. DPI is the standard used to measure the mouse sensitivity, expressed as the number of DPIs (dots per linear inch) that a device can detect. You can often change the DPI settings with the software created by your mouse’s manufacturer.