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Create Windows Updates Shortcut On Desktop

To help keep your system safe and secure with the latest hotfixes & security patches, the Windows Update feature takes care of this, by automatically downloading and Installing them on your PC. If however, you're on a metered connection or simply wish to check for updates yourself, this must be performed manually. To make this easier for you, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Windows Update shortcut on your desktop.

Restrict Access To Control Panel Features

The Windows Control Panel, Is a native utility that contains an array of settings and features. It allows you to perform a variety of tasks such as creating user accounts, personalizing your operating system, adding & removing programs, and the list goes on. Whilst this Is extremely useful for legit purposes, anyone with malicious Intent can cause significant damage. In this tutorial, I will show you how to restrict access to the Programs and Features option.

Securely Erase A Drive Using Diskpart

A very powerful utility native to the Windows platform since the early days of Windows 2000, Is named "Diskpart", which works via a command line Interface- similar to that of the Command Prompt. This tool allows you to create partitions & volumes, format disks and so forth. In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to "securely" wipe a disk (HDD, flash drive or otherwise) by overwriting every sector on the disk to zero.

How To Remove The Local User Account Password

The local user account password In Windows 10 (and below), Is simply used to prevent unauthorized access to the PC on which It's created on. Once applied, this means that every time you reboot your system, switch users or log off & log on, a password Is required to access the Windows environment. If you've changed your mind and wish to remove the password altogether, I'll show you exactly how It's done with Incredible ease.

Using The Malicious Software Removal Tool

A very cool built-In utility on the Windows platform that not too many users are aware of, Is called the "Malicious Software Removal Tool". So what exactly Is this you ask? Simply put, It helps remove malicious software and the like from your PC with only a few clicks of the mouse. Believe It or not, this tool has actually been around since Windows XP, but for the purpose of this tutorial, I will demonstrate It's usage using my Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

Create Desktop Icon Settings Shortcut

On the Windows 10 platform, Inclusive of previous versions, the Desktop Icon Settings feature, allows you to add or remove a few native Icons from your PC's desktop. Such Icons are "This PC (Computer), User's Files, Network, Recycle Bin and Control Panel". These are not applied by default, but In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create a Desktop Icon Settings shortcut, thereby you can access the feature with a click of the mouse.

Disable Access To USB Devices

Nowadays, USB devices such as a flash drive, external hard disk, USB keyboard etc are used almost on a daily basis. It's definitely the case with myself, namely performing backups to my external HDD. Whilst they serve their purpose well for legit reasons, anyone with malicious Intent who has physical access to your PC, can Inject a payload by simply plugging In the device. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to prevent access to all USB ports on your computer, thus any USB device that's plugged In, will not function.

Add Custom Message To The Login Screen

When you create a local user account password on your PC and reboot your system, or switch from one user to the next, the Windows 10 login screen Is the first thing you see prior to entering the Windows environment. Implementing a password Is one thing to help prevent unauthorized access, but setting a deterrent Is just as effective. The deterrent In this case, Is applying a custom message at the login screen, and I will walk you through the process with a step-by-step tutorial.

Enable USB Write Protection Via The Registry

The Windows Registry, Is a very powerful tool to perform an array of edits and tweaks dedicated to the device on which It's applied. One of these tweaks that I'll cover In this tutorial, Is to enable write protection on all USB ports. Essentially, the contents of any USB device that's plugged Into the computer, will be "read only", meaning all stored data cannot be edited or deleted. Any attempt to do so, will be denied by the operating system.

Prevent Users From Changing Their Password

Whilst It's certainly good practice to protect sensitive data by setting a password on your computer, depending on the nature of the users who utilize your PC, you may wish to restrict them from changing It- such as your child's account, or perhaps Guest accounts that you've set up. Thankfully, Windows does have a native feature to prevent password changes and In this tutorial, I will demonstrate exactly how It's done.

Add Control Panel To The Context Menu

The Windows Control Panel, Is a very beneficial utility containing an array of options and features. Everything from troubleshooting your PC, to applying security settings, accessing Installed programs, personalizing the OS- they're all situated In one central location. Whilst It's not difficult accessing the Control Panel, wouldn't It be nice If It were available by simply right-clicking the mouse on your desktop? In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply this with Incredible ease.

Register OCX Files The Easy Way

When executing a particular tool, I'd say It's quite safe to assume that you've experienced the good old "Component comdlg32.ocx or one of Its dependencies not correctly registered: a file Is missing or Invalid" (or some variant) error message at some point during your computing tasks. Ultimately, the tool will not run without the OCX file and the only way to get It working, Is to register the file on your PC. I will show you how to do just that, the easy way.

Add Windows Defender To Control Panel

Windows Defender, Is the default antivirus application that's built-In and shipped with all Windows 10 Editions, such as Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education. In my experience, It has significantly Improved over the years with It's overall detection & removal of malicious content. In some Windows 10 releases however, the feature Is missing In Control Panel, hence cannot be accessed via that gateway. Wouldn't It be nice to have It back there again? Well, I'll show you how It's done with a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Change Any Drive Icon

Whether It be the main hard disk, a partition or a removable device Icon, I'd say It's safe to assume that you'll agree It's pretty boring at It's default state. Windows does not (and never did) have a native feature to change the appearance of a given drive Icon, but by no means does It prevent you from doing so. If you're like myself and wish to change It to something more appealing, then you've come to the right place.

Disable Right Click On Desktop & Explorer

When you right-click anywhere on your computer, the context menu displays an array of options to work with. For Instance, right-clicking on the desktop allows you to arrange Icons, sort them by name and so forth. Essentially, this means that any user can utilize these options and do as they please. In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable the right-click altogether on the desktop and In the Windows Explorer environment- without touching any of the mouse settings.

Add Windows Update To Control Panel

Since the official launch of Windows 10 back In 2015, many changes were experienced by every user who had the pleasure to use the OS. One major change however, that was not (and still Isn't) appreciated, Is the missing "Windows Update" option In Control Panel. Wouldn't It be great If It was located there once again? Well, I will make this a reality, by documenting a tutorial on how to place the Windows Update feature back In Control Panel.

Customize The Windows 10 Command Prompt

The Windows Command Prompt, Is a very beneficial tool to perform a variety of tasks within the windows environment. From navigating to directories, to registering OCX or DLL files, It's certainly a tool I cannot do without. In fact, I tend to use It on a daily basis, hence keep It minimized at all times. Did you know that you can actually change It's appearance natively, without any third-party tools? I will demonstrate exactly how with a step-by-step tutorial.

Turn Off Battery Usage By Apps

If you own a laptop and carry It around from one place to the next, obviously you'll need to maximize the duration of the battery. You may find that on some occasions, the battery dies quickly whilst It's just sitting there In Idle mode. That's because every program or app that's running In the background, consumes power- In this case, your "battery". Well, you can control exactly which apps can run In the background, and I'll show you how It's done.

Activate Any Edition Of Windows 10

Those who have downloaded Windows 10 via sources other than the manufacturer's website In It's raw state without the product key, may find It somewhat difficult to activate the OS. Sure, there are many methods available on the net, such as applying the activation via the command prompt but the question Is, do they work? I can confidently say that most guides you come across, are In fact useless. Rest assured, I will show you how It's done using a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Boot With Microsoft DaRT

In short and generally speaking, DaRT Is used to boot Into a PC that has Issues starting up as per It's normal process. In other words, If your Windows 10 OS fails to start, you can use DaRT to boot Into It, and perform a variety of diagnostic tasks, reset the local user account password, recover and delete files, crash analysis and a lot more. In this guide, I will demonstrate how to boot with Microsoft DaRT and access It's tools thereafter.

Disable Windows Updates Manually

Whilst Windows Updates tends to serve It's purpose well In keeping your PC safe and secure with the very latest security patches and fixes, not everyone enjoys the Inconvenience of having to shutdown their system, thus losing active user-sessions In the process. Despite the fact that the Windows Update feature In Control Panel Is no longer available In Windows 10, fortunately, there Is a very simplistic method to disable updates altogether manually via user Intervention.

Disable Windows Defender Using The GPE

I've already posted a tutorial on how to permanently disable Windows Defender via the Registry, but those who're not comfortable with that, there's an easier method using the "GPE"- Group Policy Editor. Both the Registry & GPE serve the same purpose, but the latter Is very user-friendly and will suit even those with very little experience on the Windows platform. Do note that the GPE Is not available In all editions of Windows 10.

Create A Bootable USB Flash Drive

If you have a Bootable ISO Image file of the Windows operating system, obviously the Intention Is to burn It to disc and boot from your PC thereafter. However, optical drives are slowly being phased out In manufacturing & shipping of new computers, so what do you do from here? The alternative Is to create a bootable USB flash drive, and I will show you exactly how It's done. The process Is quite simple, yet a lot of users fail to grasp the concept.