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Block Any Program From Accessing The Internet

The moment you connect to the Internet, Incoming and outgoing traffic Is transmitted to and from your computer, some Intentional by the user, whilst others are performed by programs and applications that're running In the background. You cannot control the way each and every program accesses the net, but you can restrict the connection of a given application In It's entirety. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do It In a very effective manner.

Prevent The Power Button From Shutting The PC

When pressing the power button on your keyboard, depending on the settings applied by the user, It serves a number of useful tasks, such as turning off the display or putting the PC Into hibernation. As It's name suggests, It's primary function Is to power down the computer. However, users can repeatedly do this and cause the PC to lose functionality. In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent the power button from shutting down the PC.

How To Re-Register The Windows 10 Start Menu

Regardless how well you look after and maintain your computer, loss of stability and/or functionality Is Inevitable. The more activity you perform, such as Installing & uninstalling applications and the like, the more susceptible It Is to corruption. If your Windows 10 "Start Menu" Is part of this equation, then re-registering It may well fix the Issue. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do just that, by simply executing a single command.

How To Enable Offline Files In Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 has a feature named Sync Center and offline files, both of which operate Interactively, to allow the availability of network files when the network connection to the server Is down. Essentially, when offline files Is enabled, users can access their network files, regardless of server availability. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to enable offline files via the Windows native Sync Center feature.

Add Choose Power Plan To The Right Click Menu

There are a number of Power Plans defaulted to Windows 10, namely Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance, or you can create one of your own. Depending on your selection, a given plan can help save energy consumption or Increase system performance. You can change between Power Plans as you see fit, hence to simply this task, In this tutorial I will show you how to add the Choose Power Plan option to the right-click context menu.

Change The Power Indicator To Old Style

Preceded by Windows 8.1 back In 2013, Windows 10 Is certainly packaged with quite a number of changes, both In It's overall appearance and options & settings. However, a lot of users do prefer various older-type features, such as the "Power Indicator", that's accessed by clicking on the power Icon In the Taskbar. In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to change It back to the old style with only a few simple steps.

View Troubleshooting History In Windows 10

There's a lot that happens within the Windows 10 operating system, the majority of which runs In the background unbeknownst to you. Things like troubleshooting potential problems, detecting and fixing Issues and so forth, are (for the most part) automated by the OS, namely It's "troubleshooter" utility. A history of It's details Is stored, and In this tutorial, I will show you how to access and view the troubleshooting history on your PC.

Create A Virtual Machine Using Hyper-V

Irrespective of your computing tasks, every user should have a virtual machine Installed on their physical computer. Simply put, a virtual machine (abbreviated as "VM") operates In It's own Isolated environment, completely segregated from the physical PC. As such, everything performed In the VM, will remain there. In this very In depth tutorial, I will show you how to create a virtual machine using the Windows operating system's native VM, being Hyper-V.

Fix The Start Menu With The Troubleshooter Tool

The Windows operating system, has significantly Improved over the years to where It stands today at Windows 10, but by no means Is It an Indication that It's not susceptible to losing functionality. The Windows 10 "Start menu", Is certainly prone to malfunction, with the majority of times for no apparent reason. As such, In this tutorial, I will Introduce the Start menu troubleshooter tool to help fix any underlying Issues.

Prevent Users From Editing The Tasklbar Toolbars

The Taskbar that's located at the bottom of your computer screen, allows you to perform a variety of tasks, such as viewing minimized windows, access Task Manager, add or remove toolbars and a lot more. In terms of the latter (Toolbars), If you customized It suited to your overall usability, you'd want It to remain that way. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent users from editing the Taskbar toolbars.

How To Create A Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 10

A Virtual Hard Disk (abbreviated as "VHD"), Is a disk Image file, that replicates the physical hard disk on a given PC. It acts very similar to a real hard disk, Inclusive of all data structures and disk sectors, but Is simply a file stored on the physical machine. If It corrupts, no big deal, just dispose of It and create another one. In this tutorial, I will guide you every step of the way on how to create a virtual hard disk on your Windows 10 operating system.

How To Delete A Power Plan In Windows 10

Also going by the name of "power schemes", power plans are built Into the Windows operating system. They're basically a collection of hardware and system settings, that allow your computer to manage It's power consumption. You can create your very own power plan, or use any of the native options. In this tutorial, I will show you how to delete any power plan you like, without the aid of additional software.

How To Check The BIOS Or UEFI Version

Depending on the nature and age of your computer, It will either have a BIOS or UEFI chip Installed Into the motherboard. Put simply, the BIOS/UEFI Is the first thing that runs when you boot up your PC. It checks the hardware components Installed, Initiates each one accordingly and then loads them Into the operating system. It's Important to know the BIOS or UEFI version for many reasons, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to view It with Incredible ease.

Add Bluetooth To The Right Click Menu

Bluetooth allows you to connect a number of different devices to your computer, such as your cell phone, wireless keyboard & mouse, headsets and the list goes on. You can also wirelessly transfer files via a Bluetooth connection from one device to another. Rather than digging Into Windows 10 to access the available Bluetooth settings, In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to add It to the right-click context menu.

How To View All Wireless Encryption Passwords

If you're running a wireless network, and you've secured It by Implementing an encryption key In the modem/router, every device that attempts to connect, will be prompted to enter the key. This prevents unauthorized users from connecting and using your Internet connection. By default, Windows creates a profile of the wireless network and stores (among other Info), the encryption password key. In this tutorial, I will show you how to view the password without the use of third-party tools.

Check The Wireless Signal Strength In Windows 10

On the grounds you're running a wireless network connection, It's speed Is only as good as the signal strength transmitted by the access point, and received by the device In question. If It's quite low, do expect a drop In overall network performance. As such, you'd need to check "precisely" what speed It's running at. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check the signal strength, by using a couple of windows built-In tools.

How To Backup All Wireless Network Profiles

When you first configure a wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home or work and secure It with a wireless encryption key, Windows will automatically create a profile for that network, that Includes the network name (SSID), security (encryption) key and other relative details. In this tutorial, I will show you how to backup all "wireless network profiles" natively within Windows, and save the Information to your computer's desktop.

Generate An In Depth WLAN Report

On the grounds you're running a wireless local area network (abbreviated as "WLAN"), It's Inevitable that your connectivity will fail to perform at It's peak, or terminate entirely at some point. In such cases, provided It's not an ISP Issue, the need to troubleshoot on your end and Identify what's causing the problem, Is paramount. In this tutorial, I will show you how to generate an In depth WLAN report natively within the Windows environment.

How To Find Your Computer's Serial Number

During the manufacturing process and prior to shipping, every computer Is assigned a unique "serial number", that's dedicated to the device per se. No two serials are alike, each has It's own that's allocated by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). If you're having difficulties finding the serial number on your PC, In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how to locate It, by using a few clicks of the mouse.

Add The Windows 7 Task Manager To Windows 10

Windows 10, Is certainly packaged with quite a few changes In It's overall appearance compared to previous versions, such as Windows 7. A somewhat significant change, Is the new look Task Manager- with every tab representing It's details In It's own unique style. However, this Is not to every user's liking, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the "Windows 7 Task Manger" to your Windows 10 operating system.

Check Network Adapter Speed In Windows 10

When you establish an Internet connection and navigate online, or communicate with other PCs on a given network, your computer's "network adapter" Is responsible for making this possible. If your connectivity Is not performing as It should, It's good practice to check the speed of the network adapter. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this, natively within the Windows environment by using a few simple steps.

Windows Experience Index Scores Methods

Windows 10 and prior versions dating back to Windows Vista, has a built-In benchmark tool named "Windows Experience Index", which Is basically used to measure how your computer performs against It's Installed hardware components and software configuration. This gives you an Indication on how your PC handles various tasks. In this tutorial, I will provide some In depth methods on how to update and get the Windows Experience Index score.

Securely Prevent Changing Lock Screen Image

Irrespective of the type of computational user, be It navigating on Facebook and YouTube or processing reports for work purposes, everyone customizes their PC to some degree and as such, would want their settings Intact. Part of this equation for many users, Is the Windows 10 "Lock Screen Image", that can be changed by anyone with a few clicks of the mouse. In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely prevent changing the Image.

How To Find Motherboard Details In Windows 10

The motherboard (often abbreviated as "MOBO") In your computer, Is basically a circuit board that's responsible for connecting hardware components, such as the CPU, Ram, hard disks, expansion cards and so forth, thus allowing each one to communicate accordingly. Knowing the details of your motherboard can be very beneficial, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to get the Information natively within the Windows environment.

Create A Startup Items Shortcut In Windows 10

As the name Implies, "startup Items" are applications, drivers and basically any type of file and folder, that automatically starts when booting up your PC. Some are configured as such by default, whilst others are applied by the end user. Wouldn't It be nice If you could simply click on a shortcut, and the startup Items are displayed? In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how to do this, by using a few simple steps.

Change The Volume Control To Old Style

Since the official release of Windows 10 In late July of 2015, a lot has changed with It's Interface, settings and options. Whether you love It or otherwise, It's Immaterial to Microsoft, but It doesn't mean you cannot tweak It to your advantage. One major change, Is It's "Volume Control", that's accessed by clicking on the volume Icon In the Taskbar. If you're not a fan of the new look, In this tutorial, I will show you how to change It back to the old style.

How To Check If The Hard Disk Is SSD Or HDD

Whether you have an SSD (Solid State Drive) or HDD (Hard Disk Drive) Installed on your computer, If you have no prior knowledge of the actual disk type, Identifying It Is not as easy as you think. On some Windows 10 editions, It's simply displayed In Task Manager, however It's not always the case. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check the disk type natively within Windows Itself, by using a few simple steps.

Create A PC Sleep Diagnostics Report

We all differ In the way we utilize our computer, Inclusive of the number of tasks performed, the duration of when the PC was not In use (Idle Mode) and when It actually went to sleep. Knowing such Information, can be of benefit to It's rightful owner, but how do you obtain It and from where? Well, In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to create a PC Sleep Diagnostics Report natively within the Windows 10 environment.

Add The Command Prompt To The Right Click

A very powerful tool that's native to the Windows platform, Is the Command Prompt that allows users to execute an extensive range of tasks, such as securely erase a drive, create partitions, delete files & folders and the list goes on. Whilst It's easy to access It using the search box, wouldn't It be great If It were available via the right-click context menu? In this tutorial, I will show you how to do just that with a few simple steps.

Access The Windows 10 Recovery Environment

If you're experiencing Issues with your computer, whereby It loses functionality to some degree, Windows 10 has what's called a "Recovery Environment". Put simply, It attempts to repair Issues and restore them back to their normal state. This utility Is built Into Windows 10, and In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to access the Windows 10 Recovery Environment and checkout a few of It's options.

Completely Disable Task Manager In Windows 10

The Windows Task Manager, Is native to the Windows platform and Is a very useful utility to both perform and monitor an array of tasks on your computer. For Instance, you can view all active processes running In the background, and terminate those that you don't need. This also means that anyone with physical access to your PC, can do the same and a lot more. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to completely disable Windows Task Manager.

Troubleshoot BSOD Errors In Windows 10

A BSOD (an abbreviation of "Blue Screen Of Death") can happen at any time and as It seems, for no justifiable reason, however there's always a cause for such an error. You'd be simply performing a particular computational task, and all of a sudden, the blue screen will appear causing your PC to shutdown or reboot. In this tutorial, I will show you how to access the Windows 10 Blue Screen troubleshooting utility.

Create Empty Folder Option On Right Click

There's a number of methods to delete files (and folders) that are located In folders whilst working within the Windows environment, most of which send them to the Recycle Bin. This Is certainly convenient If you'd like to restore a file at a later time, but what If you wish to permanently delete the folder's contents with a click of the mouse? In this tutorial, I will demonstrate exactly how to do this with a few simple steps.

Add Safe Mode To The Boot Menu Options

For many years to date, booting Into Safe Mode has served It's purpose extremely well for troubleshooting purposes, or removing malware due to not being able to boot normally Into Windows. Safe Mode was easily accessed by hitting the F8 key during start up, but all this changed with Windows 10- It cannot be assessed as such. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add Safe Mode to the boot menu options.

Stop All Running Background Apps

As opposed to previous operating systems dated quite a few years back, Windows 10 has a built-In setting that allows you to view and turn off apps that're running In the background. A lot of users may not be aware, that apps are still very much active when not In use, thus consume system resources. In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to access and turn off apps from running In the background whilst the PC Is on Idle.

Check If Windows Is Permanently Activated

Whatever the reason, be It checking an operating system that you've downloaded from an unknown source on the net, or your PC that came packaged with an OEM OS, It's very beneficial to Identify It's activation status. Now I'm not talking about viewing "Windows Is activated" as per the attached Image, but rather whether It's permanent or set to expire on a certain date. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check this with a few simple steps.

Securely Disable System Restore In Windows 10

Windows has a native utility named "System Restore", which basically takes a snapshot of your operating system, and stores It In the form of Restore Points. If your PC corrupts, you can select any Restore Point and your computer will go back to when It was functioning correctly. This also means that anyone with physical access to your system, can do the same. In this tutorial, I will show you how or securely disable System Restore.

Enable The Hyper-V Native Virtual Machine

A Virtual Machine Is basically a software program, that's Installed on a physical computer and works off It's hardware for proper functionality. You can Install an operating system on the virtual machine, as well as applications and It will function In It's own Isolated environment- separate from the physical PC It's Installed on. Windows 10 has a native virtual machine named Hyper-V and In this tutorial, I will show you how to enable It with Incredible ease.

How To View Your Computer's Full Specs

Identifying and understanding your computer's specifications can be extremely handy, particularly If you want to know whether your PC Is compatible with certain applications, or simply wish to upgrade It's hardware components. Thankfully, Windows has a couple of built-In tools that provide In depth Information pertaining to your computer. In this tutorial, I will show you how to access these tools and view the details thereafter.

Enable The Built In VPN In Opera Browser

There are so many web browsers to choose from, such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and so on, and each have their pros and cons. What each and every one does not have however, Is a built-In VPN that masks your real IP address, hence keeps your online anonymity Intact. The Opera web browser does have a native VPN, and In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to enable It with a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Prevent Changing Desktop Icons

As per the Image In this post, Windows has a native setting, namely the "Desktop Icon Settings" that allows you to show or hide the desktop Icons. Such Icons Include This PC (Computer), User's Files, Network , Recycle Bin and Control Panel. These can be enabled or disabled with a few clicks of the mouse, which means that anyone can add or remove them. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to prevent users from making changes.

How To Access The Emergency Restart

It's Inevitable that during your computing tasks, your PC will lose functionality, hence the native restart or shutdown options cannot be accessed. As such, you're forced to use the power button to shut It down and reboot thereafter. This Is not good practice and can cause damage to the point of corrupting the operating system. In this tutorial, I will show you how to access the Emergency restart option within Windows Itself.

Prevent Access To The Windows Registry

The Windows Registry, has been a part of the Windows operating system for a very long time. In fact, It was first Introduced In Windows 3.1 back In the early 90s, but with minimal settings. Nowadays, It's a very powerful tool when used In the right context, however not every user utilizes It with good Intent. In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent access to the Registry In It's entirety without the aid of third-party tools.

How To Use Sandboxie In Windows 10

When navigating online and downloading & executing applications, clicking on links, visiting websites that you're not familiar with and so forth, your computer Is vulnerable to being Infected with a virus. The last thing you need, Is to have your sensitive files compromised or hit with a nasty piece of malware. To prevent this, In this tutorial, I will show you how to safely perform all the above and more, by using a software named Sandboxie.

Do Not Move Deleted Files The To Recycle Bin

The Windows Recycle Bin, acts as a safeguard when deleting files and folders from your computer, whereby all deleted files are first sent there, and remain as such until you decide otherwise. In the event you've accidentally deleted a file/folder, It can easily be restored to It's original directory. If you wish to permanently delete them Instead of sending to the Recycle Bin, In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how It's done.

Disable Automount For New USB Devices

Windows has a feature named "Automount", whereby by default, It automatically mounts a file system and assigns a drive letter to any USB device (or otherwise) that's plugged Into the system. A typical example of this, Is when you Insert your USB stick and It's contents are readily available. In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable automount for all new devices, hence the moment they're Inserted, they will not be recognized by the operating system.

Kill Not Responding Tasks Via Right Clicking

For proper functionality of the Windows operating system, tasks continue to operate In the background performing operations as per their objective. Accordingly named, a lot can be viewed In Task Manager however In some Instances, certain tasks fail to respond. This uses unnecessary resources and can cause system Instability. In this tutorial, I will show you how to kill unresponsive tasks via the right-click context menu.

Add Windows Update To The Context Menu

The Windows Update feature In Windows 10 and prior, helps keep your PC safe and secure by downloading the latest patches and hotfixes, and Installing thereafter. For the most part, this Is an automated process, without the need for user Intervention. At times however, there Is the need to manually check for updates via the Windows Update Settings. In this tutorial, I will show you how to Implement the Windows Update Settings In the right-click context menu.

Hide Specific Control Panel Items

Those who're familiar with the native Windows Control Panel, will be well aware of just how powerful this utility Is. It contains an array of features and options, that allows you to perform a variety of tasks, settings and configurations. You may however, wish to hide a particular Item or two- namely If there's multiple users utilizing your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide just about any Item you like.

Prevent Access To Drives & Partitions

Your PC ("Personal Computer") Is named as such for a very good reason. Apart from utilizing It to navigate around the net, It's basically a storage device for all your personal data- usernames & passwords, family photos, sensitive documents and so forth. And all this Information Is stored on It's hard disk, which means that anyone with physical or remote access, can obtain It. Well, you can prevent anyone from accessing your hard drives and partitions, and I'll show you exactly how It's done.