How to Fix a Detected Hard Disk Problem

So, how do you fix the Windows detected a hard disk problem error in your PC? We are going to look at two ways to resolve this error.

Note! It is recommended to exit all running programs. Also, you may want to backup your important documents and files to an external drive or cloud storage.

This for for the Windows 10 operating system, other versions will be similar.

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How to Check Your Hard Drive Status

Open a Command Prompt

First, we have to open an administrative Command Prompt by using the Start menu. Click Start, type command in the Cortana search bar and you’ll see the Command Prompt menu options on the right. Now, just click the Run as administrator option. Refer to below image:

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The Command Prompt option to run as administrator

If you get the User Account Control dialog box, just click the Yes button.

Using the System File Checker Utility

To preview the available options in using this utility, type in sfc help and press Enter. See below image:

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The help screen for System File Checkder

We are going to opt in for the scannow option. Now, type in sfc /scannow and press Enter. This may take a little while, so be patient. Before you close this Command Prompt window, ensure that it is 100% complete. See following image for a result similar to yours:

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The result of running System File Checker

This option will scan all protected system files and replace all corrupted files with a backup copy. After the process is 100% finished, exit the Command Prompt, restart your machine and see if the problem is resolved. Notice, I had corrupted files that the utility resolved.

If you are still experiencing problems, lets try the second method to fix the error.

Using the Check Disk Utility

To preview the available options in using this utility, first open the Command Prompt and select the Run as administrator option as noted in the first image above. Then type in help chkdsk and press Enter. See below image:

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The help screen for Check Disk Utility

First, lets scan your main volume, or drive C. Type in chkcsk C: /scan and press Enter. Refer to below image for results similar to yours:

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Running a scan of a hard drive partition

If the scan shows no errors, then you are finished and your hard drive should be funcational. If not, we are going to opt in for several options as follows:

/f – fixes errors on the selected volume

/r – locates bad sectors and recovers readable information

/x – forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. Imples using the /f option.

Now, type in chkdsk C: /f/r/x and press the Enter key.

You may receive the following screen denoting that chkdsk needs to run after a restart. If so, respond with a y, exit the Command Prompt and restart your device. See below image:

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Repairing a hard drive partition using Check Disk Utility after a restart

If you need to check and fix a hard drive problem on other partitions, replace the drive letter C: with those partition letter (s).

Getting Rid of the Hard Disk Failure Message

Sometimes the message Windows detected a hard disk problem pops up even when there are no errors with the hard disk. In order to not be annoyed by this, you can follow the steps below to disable it.

First, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows+R key. Then type in gpedit.msc and click OK. Refer to below image:

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Starting the Group Policy Editor using the Run command

Next, head to Administrative Templates > System > Troubleshooting and Diagnostics > Disk Diagnostics. Then double-click on Disk Diagnostics: Configure execution level on the right pane. See below image:

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Finding the error message location for detected hard drive error

Now, click on Disabled option and click OK. See following image:

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Diabling the hard drive error detected message.

Finally, exit the dialog box and restart your PC. Your hard drive should now be fixed. If the error message no longer appears, navigate back to the image above and click the Enabled option, then exit and restart your machine. Congratulations, you are finished.

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How to Show Explorer’s Preview Pane in Windows 10

It is easy to preview files without opening them in Windows 10, thanks to the Preview Pane feature in File Explorer. You can see thumbnails of most images, videos, audio files and some text-based documents. Lets see how to do this.

You may have heard about a security flaw in using the preview pane, but that was fixed in Windows 10 update released on April 14, 2020. If you have the latest updates, it’s safe to use.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

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Opening File Explorer

There are at least three ways to access the File Explorer:

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows+E
  2. Click the Explorer folder icon in your taskbar
  3. Click the Explorer option in your Start menu

Accessing the Preview Pane

In the menu bar at the top of the File Explorer window, click View. See below image:

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Selecting the View option

Find Preview pane option in the upper-left of the toolbar and click on it. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Preview pane option

The Preview pane will be highlighted and is now activated. Navigate the File Explorer to a folder that has documents you’d like to preview. When you select a file, you will see its preview thumbnail in the right side of the window. See following image:

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The results of Previw pane option displayed on the right

Accessing the Details Pane

File Explorer also has a related feature called Details Pane. To turn it on, click View in the Explorer menu bar, then click the Details pane option in the toolbar (it’s right below the Preview pane option). Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Details pane option

When you highlight a file with Details pane turned on, you will see a tiny thumbnail (for applicable file types) and some details about the file, such as its size, date created, date modified, etc. in the right portion of the window. See following image:

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The results of Details pane option displayed on the right

To return to the normal view of File Explorer, first, you have to click on View, then, either click the Preview or Details pane option depending on which one is highlighted.

You also have other options under the View tab to see your contents; like the size of your icons; extra large, large, medium and small, as well as by list, details, tiles and content.

Keyboard Shortcuts

It’s also possible to quickly toggle the Preview and Details panes using keyboard shortcuts. First, open File Explorer, then use the below shortcuts:

  1. Press Alt+P to open or close the Preview pane
  2. Press Alt+Shift+P to open or close the Details pane

That its. You have successfully explored two seldom used options of the File Explorer in Windows 10.

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How to Use a Virtual Device in Windows 10

In Windows 10, it’s easy to enable and use a virtual device, like a keyboard. This is super handy if you have a touch screen device. There are times when using a mouse or touchpad is inconvenient and problematic with kids or pets squirming on your lap.

This how-to guide shows you how to enable and use the virtual interface built into Windows 10.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

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Enable the Virtual Device

It’s super easy to enable the virtual interface. Just right-click on any open area of your Taskbar and select Show touch keyboard button. Refer to below image:

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View the touch keyboard option

You should now see a keyboard icon in the Taskbar tray. See below image:

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Showing the touch keyboard icon

Use the Virtual Device

To bring up a virtual keyboard, click on that icon.

If you have a touch display, you may now tap the keys with your finger or use your mouse or touchpad for selecting the keys. To close the virtual keyboard, click the X in upper right hand corner. See following image:

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The default touch keyboard

To change the default setting, you can tap or click one of the icons in upper left hand corner. There are three keyboard layouts to choose from, including a full QWERTY keyboard. See below image:

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The QWERTY touch keyboard

You can opt to enable your microphone for the interface dictation or select one of the touchpad options. There is also an option to choose a different language for your virtual keyboard.

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How to Enable Developer Settings to Control Windows 10

Several of the more powerful applications, tools and utilities available in Windows 10 are locked behind disabled settings and a labyrinth of configurations menus. We can reach some of these power tools through Developer Settings. Lets get started.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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Access Developer Settings

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Select Settings (the gear icon)
  3. Select Update & Security
  4. Select For Developers

My wifes computer always wants to only install apps from the Microsoft Store. To turn this off, select Sideload apps which allows third party apps to be installed

I suggest you leave Developer mod setting disabled

Device Portal and Device Discovery is to see, configure and manage your PC remotely over a network or USB connection. Unless you have a need for this, leave the features unchecked. See following image:

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For Developers screen

To view or change the other features, scroll down the right pane (For Developers)

The File Explorer

Note! In the File Explorer, Remote Desktop and Powershell sections, click the Show Settings blue link to view or change the setting. If you change a setting, remember to click OK at the bottom of the dialog box to save your change.

These options will be familar to power users. The benefits of the settings are fairly self-explanatory. Refer to below image:

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For Developers File Explorer screen

Click Apply to save any changes

Remote Desktop Functions

Remote access to a workstation connected to a local enterprise network through a VPN is often required. To enable a secure remote connection, these settings must be enabled. See following image:

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For Developers Remote Access screen

Click Apply to save any changes

The Powershell

This allows developers to run special utility scripts that have no certificate associated with them. If you are not running Powershell scripts on a regular basis, its best to leave the setting disabled. Refer to following image:

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For Developers Powershell screen

Click Apply to save any changes

While many of the configurationn settings located in the For Developers section can be managed from other configuration menus and screens, in Windows 10 they are conviently located in a central location. In previous versions of Windows, power users had to track down these settings. Now, they are in one place.

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How to Remove Malware for Windows

If your Windows computer is being redirected to unwanted sites, advertisements are popping up while you browse the Internet, or a message saying a virus was detected, then it is possible that you have malware installed on your computer.

This is for Windows 7 through 10, also applies to Macs and mobile devices. The wording in this post is for Windows 10

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Malware refers to any type of malicious software that tries to infect a computer or mobile device. Hackers use malware for any number of reasons such as, extracting personal information or passwords, stealing money or preventing owners from accessing their device.

Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, malicious BHOs, rogue security software and other malicious programs. The majority of malware threats are usually worms or trojans rather than viruses.

Following are some examples of an infected PC:

  1. Your web browser (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) freezes, hangs or is unresponsive
  2. You get redirected to web pages other than the one you intended to go to
  3. You receive numerous web-browser popup messages
  4. Strange or unexpected toolbars appear at the top of your web browser
  5. Your computer runs slower than usual
  6. Your computer freezes, hangs or is unresponsive
  7. Your computer restarts by itself (but not a restart caused by Windows Updates)
  8. You see unusual error messages (e.g., messages saying there are missing or corrupt files folders)

For several months, I had malware that crashed my PC on a daily basis. I read lots of help articles and followed its advice. I soon came to realize that no one piece of software will remove the malware. In my case, the virus would attach itself to a Dell executable (exe) file. I located the suspected file and renamed it, no luck here. So, I deleted the file; the suspected file would recreate itself with the virus attached. I did a scan of the Registry to find the infected file, it was not found. What the heck is going on? Then I came across an in-depth article on removing malware. In summary, to remove the malware, perform the following:

Restart your machine and stop all running programs

Download, install and run the following programs one at a time in order as shown below. There is a free or trial version for each software. Do not install any third-party tools associated with the installs. The softare title and links are as follows:

Malwarebytes

Avast

HitmanPro

Zemana

Now, restart your machine. The malware should be eliminated. Since this is a one-time removal, uninstall each program. If left installed and active, they will interfere with each other and cause other problems.

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Twelve Run Commands for Windows 10

If you know the right keyboard shortcut and the right commands, the Windows 10 Run command can be a powerful tool. Lets explore 12 Run commands everyone should know.

With a simple keyboard shortcut and a few keystrokes, you can reach your destination before other users can click their mouse on the right icon.

The key is learning and knowing these common Run commands.

The examples are for Windows 10 operating system. Also works for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Open the Run Command Dialog Box

To use these commands we need to bring up the Run command dialog box. There are two comman ways of doing this as follows:

1. Right click the Start menu icon and select the Run command from a list
2. Use the keyboard shortcut by selecting and holding the Window icon button and press the “R” key. See following image:

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The Run dialog box

You will simply enter your Run command and press the Enter key or press OK.

The Run Commands

Note! The quotation marks are for emphasis only; they are not part of the command itself and should not be included in the Run command box. Also, the Run remembers your command(s).

1.“\” – Open the default drive, usually drive “C
This will display the contents of your default configuration to include your Quick Access library. The presumption is that this is where your documents, photos and other files can be most easily found. At times you may just want to open File Explorer to the main hard drive root folder.

2. “.” – Open the Home folder of the current user
This command will open the Home folder for the current user.

3. “..” – Open the Users folder
Typing two periods (“..”) will open File Explorer in the Users folder, giving quick access to all the user’s folders, providing you have the proper credentials. This is a good command for performing system administrative tasks.

4. “control” – Open the Control Panel
Windows 10 has placed many of the common configuration settings into an area known as Settings, which can be found as an entry in the Start menu. While this is fine for many configuration settings, there are times when you have to load the full Windows 10 Control Panel. On those occasions, type control into the Run command box. Refer to below image:

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The Control Panel

5. “msconfig” – Open System Configuration
The System Configuration app is a holdover from previous versions of the Windows operating system, but it is still useful for Windows 10. This command will open an app that grants you access to boot variations including certain startup services during the boot sequence. Also, their are many options to view, add or change under the Tools tab. See following image:

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System Configuration screen

6. “appwiz.cpl” – Open Programs and Features
Lets say you want to uninstall a program; you may use this command to do so. Although you can use the Control Panel command to accomplish this task, using this command is much faster. See below image:

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Uninstall a program

7. “cleanmgr” – Open Disk Cleanup utility
Another holdover from previous versions of Windows is the Disk Cleanup utility. Most disk cleanup processes in Windows 10 are handled automatically behind the scenes, but there are occasions where you may want to perform disk cleanup manually. Refer to below image:

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Hard disk cleanup

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Wise Disk Cleaner is a much better utility for cleaning your Windows device

8. “resmon” – Open Resource Monitor
A utility app that most users ignore, but really shouldn’t, is the Windows 10 Resource Monitor. If your PC starts lagging or the hard drive seems to be spinning up without cause, run this command and troubleshoot the problem. See below image:

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The Resource Monitor

9. “calc”, “notepad”, “mspaint”, etc – Open common apps
Another good use for the Run command is to start basic Microsoft applications that you may not use every day and don’t want on your desktop or taskbar but that you still use from time to time.

10. “main.cpl” – Adjust your mouse settings
One of the first things you need to adjust on a new Windows 10 PC are the mouse settings. A mouse cursor that is too small or moves too slowly across the screen can be frustrating. This is fastest way to get to those settings. Refer to below image:

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Settings for the mouse

11. “mstsc” – Open Remote Desktop
A modern workforce is a mobile workforce, which means many of us have to access our workstation PCs remotely using the Windows 10 Remote Desktop app. See following image:

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Open Remote Desktop

12. “msinfo32” – Access System Information
While troubleshooting problems with help desks, it is not uncommon for the technician to ask for detailed system information. Rather than clicking through several different screens, use this Run command. Refer to below image:

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System Ongormation scree

You Don’t Have to Remember the Commands

Tip: As you try these Run commands, you will notice that your previous entry is displayed. You can scroll through all previous commands by using the up and down arrow keys or click the drop down arrow to see your entries. This allows less keystrokes, faster access and best of all, you don’t have to memorize these Run commands. They are available even if you Shutdown or Restart your device.

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How to Find Your Windows 10 Product Key

I recently read a post about finding your Microsoft Windows 10 product key. Microsoft likes to hide it but there are occasions you need to know the key. The key is a 25-characters code, making it virtually impossible to remember.

This is for Windows XP through 10 devices

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That post gave a long command to use and a complicated Visual Basic Script (vbs) from an unknown author to be saved as a text file to run. To make things even more complicated, using two methods, the author showed two different keys. But there is a pain free way to find the key that I posted about using Belarc Advisor. This free software program is among the best to provide a detailed inventory of your device’s hardware and software.

Here is the link for installing and running the free Belarc Advisor program.

Scroll down the report till you see the Software Licenses section. There you will find your Windows product key plus other software keys. See below image:

Belarc Advisor Software Keys

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How to Pin a Website to Windows 10 Taskbar or Start Menu

This post will show you how to allow easy access to your favorite websites. We will discuss adding a desktop shortcut for any website to your Windows 10 Taskbar or Start Menu.

This is for Windows 10 devices

Using Google Chrome

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Create Shortcut
  • In the popup menu, change the name of the shortcut, if desired
  • Click Create. See below image:
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Creating Desktop shortcut for pinning

This will create a desktop shortcut. Refer to below image for my techsavve.life shortcut at the bottom:

Win 10 Pin 2

If you select the option Open in window, Chrome will open the page in its own window.

  • Right click on the shortcut and either click Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar. Once you have pinned the website for one or both ways, you can delete the desktop shortcut.

Using the new Microsoft Edge

The new Microsoft Chromium based browser works similar to Google Chrome. Yes, Microsoft has embraced the Chrome browser, even the version number is the same.

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Settings and more icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Pin to taskbar

The new Edge has a new feature called Launch taskbar pinning wizard. It is located just below Pin to taskbar in the menu dialog box.

  • Click the wizard. Edge will guide you through a short menu that lets you pin the most popular websites and Microsoft web apps to your taskbar. See below image for the first of the three screen wizard:
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The Pin to to the taskbar wizard, one of three screens

Note! The new Edge does not have the feature Pin to Start

The Classic Edge

The classic version of Edge came with the original version of Windows 10. If you have yet to update to the new Edge, then use the following for pinning:

To pin the website to the Taskbar:

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Click Pin this page to the taskbar

To pin the website to the Start menu:

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Pin this page to Start

You can now delete any created desktop shortcut(s).

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How to Reset Your Windows 10 PIN

If you forget your Windows 10 login PIN, you won’t be able to retrieve it. However, you can change it. If you don’t use a PIN, normally you would signin using a Password. There are other signin options, but the PIN and Password are the most commonuly used.

Using the PIN makes it much easier and faster to login. Before resetting you PIN, I advise you to create a Password Reset Disk.

I was using the guidelines in this post to reset my PIN. I canceled out of the process. That prompted Windows 10 to delete my PIN. I attempted to login with my PIN, but it was gone. Then, I tried using my Password, but I had the wrong Password. After spending an hour or so trying to login and reading help guidelines on my iPhone, I finally entered the correct Password and got past the Windows 10 login screen. In resetting your PIN, DO NOT CANCEL the process.

Even though this post is about resetting your PIN, you should create a Password Reset Disk to avoid the above nightmare.

Windows has a built-in application called Forgotten Password Wizard. This Password recovery tool is what you would use to create your Password reset disk.

This is for Windows 10 devices. To follow this blog post, you will need your Microsoft account Password and Windows 10 login Password.

Creating a Password Reset Disk

  • In the Cortona search box, type in Control Panel
  • Open the Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click User Accounts. Refer to below image:
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The Settings User Accounts screen
  • Insert a flash drive
  • Click the link Create a password reset disk. This will open the Forgotten Password Wizard. See below image:
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Starting the Forgotten Password Wizard
  • To start, click Next. The wizard will walk you through the process. You will be asked to select the flash drive from a drop down menu where you want to store the reset disk. Click Next to proceed.
  • Then you will be asked to enter your current Windows Password. Enter your Password and click Next. See following image:
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Entering your current Windows Password
  • You will be presented with a progress bar; once it reaches 100%, click Next, then click Finish. Refer to below image:
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Finishing the Forgotten Password Wizard

At this point, you can check for a file called userkey.psw on your designated flash drive. See below image:

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Locating your new Password Reset file

You can now remove the flash drive, label it and store in a safe place.

Using the Password Reset Disk

The next time you are locked out of your PC, plug in your USB flash drive and click Reset Password link. You may have to attempt your login a few times before you see the link. Select your disk from the drop down menu and click Next. You will be prompted to type your new Password and a Password hint. When you are done, click Finish.

You should now be able to sign into Windows with your new Password.

Reseting Your Windows 10 PIN When Not Signed In

This assumes you already have a PIN for your Windows 10 login. If not, refer to the section below about adding a PIN. Its best to change your PIN while you are logged on. If you are locked out of your PC and you have a PIN, you should see I Forgot My PIN link on the login screen. If so, click the link. You will be asked to enter your Microsoft account Password and how to send a new code. Once you have the code, input it and click Verify. Enter your new PIN twice and now you can use the new PIN when logging into your device.

Resetting Your Windows 10 PIN When Signed In

  • Click the Start button
  • Click the Settings tile (the one with the gear icon)
  • Click Accounts
  • Click Sign-in options. Refer to below screen:
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The User Accounts sign=in options screen
  • Click Windows Hello PIN. See following image:
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The Windows Hello PIN screen
  • Click I forgot my PIN link

You will be presented with an Are You Sure screen. Please read the info about resetting you PIN. If you are sure about doing this, click Continue. Refer to following image:

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Are you sure you want to do this screen

At this point, DO NOT CANCEL the process. Next, you will be asked to enter your Microsoft account Password. Enter your Password and click Sign in. See following image:

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Entering your Microsoft account Password

Now you will be asked to enter your new PIN twice. then click OK. Refer to below image:

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Verifying your new PIN

You now have successfully changed your PIN. Simply use it the next time you login into Windows 10 on your device.

Adding a Windows 10 PIN When Signed In

Remember my nightmare story about losing my PIN. I finally got back into Windows through my Password. Adding a PIN is similar to resetting your PIN while signed in. Follow the steps preceeding the first screenshot above, then:

  • Click Windows Hello PIN. See following image:
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The Windows Hello Pin screen
  • Click the Add button
  • Enter your Windows 10 login Password and click OK. Refer to below image:
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Entering your Windows Password

Now you will be asked to enter your new PIN twice. then click OK. See following image:

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Verify your new PIN

You now have successfully added a PIN. Simply use it the next time you login into Windows 10 on your device.

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What is God Mode for the Windows 10 Control Panel?

Sounds Almighty? God Mode is a special option long available in Windows that gives you quick access to most of the applets and commands from Control Panel. As such, God Mode is a useful time-saver that can spare you from having to hunt through different windows and screens to find the Control Panel command you want.

Since Microsoft no longer offers a convenient shortcut for Control Panel in Windows 10, God Mode can be a fast and easy way to access all of its core commands.

First, lets make sure you’re signed in to your Windows 10 computer with an account that has administrative privileges. By default, your own account should have the necessary rights.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

Checking Administrator Rights

To double-check:

  • Type Settings in the Cortana search bar
  • Click on Settings at the top of screen
  • Select Accounts
  • Select Your Info to make sure your account is designated as Administrator. See the below example:
God Mode Admin Rights
Administrator rights

Setup Folder Shortcut

  • Right click on an empty area of your Desktop/Laptop
  • Select New
  • Select Folder
  • Right click on the New folder and rename it to “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” without the quotes. Its best to copy and past this key into the Rename field. Note! There is a period after the word GodMode. See below image for an example:
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God Mode folder name
  • Click or double click the icon to run

A window will open with all the accessible commands. The commands are organized by the Control Panel applet. You will see such commands as Administrative Tools, AutoPlay, Backup and Restore, and many more. See below screenshot for an example:

God Mode Commands
God Mode results

Some Tips

You can also Search for keywords using the Search box. Once you have located a command, double click to launch it. If you accidentally click the “X”next to the Search box, the Search will no longer be available.

Its best to leave the icon on the desktop. If you try to rename it, the God Mode may no longer work, especially in Windows 10.

You can click the More options drop down box to present a different view of the listing. In the following example, I have chosen to list the commands with a small icon in front of the command description.

God Mode with Small Icons
Displaying God Mode with small icons

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