Monday, June 27, 2016

YSK the shortcut to create a New Folder on Windows

Really short post. Here it is.

Ctrl + Shif + N

Done. A new folder is created.

newfolder

Add This PC, Recycle Bin, and User folder to Windows 10 desktop.

Remember how easy it was to add these items to Windows’ desktop? On Windows XP and 7 it was easy as hell, just two clicks. In Windows 8 and 8.1 it became a little bit more complicated, adding several clicks to the process. Now, on 10, it just plain ridiculous. Let me show you the way.

First, go into the Start menu > Settings.

First step.

Then, Personalization.

No matter the language, you'll still be able to do it.

And then, Themes > Desktop icon settings.

4 clicks so far.

There we go.

5 clicks. Although you can do 4.

Why do I still have This PC? I don’t know. I really don’t know.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

How to remove Skype add banner inside the chat window

I don’t use Skype a lot... Well, actually I don’t use it at all, but it remains one of the most popular and commonly use video calls/chat/messages software there is. Only competing with WhatsApp or Facetime. Actually, I invented that, I don’t know if it’s even still used today, but anyway, here’s how to remove the add banner on the chat window.

First go to Control Panel > Internet Options > Restricted sites > Sites.

This is better than Wikihow.

In there, add the following address:

https://apps.skype.com/

Say what you want, Windows is easy to use.

Ta-da. Presto... in theory, it’s an old trick that I have no way to know if it still works, so try it and let me know.

Source

Desktop Destroyer: Old School Stress Reducer

Remember this?

There's no school like old school.

Yup, that’s my desktop, and that’s the old Desktop Destroyer that was used when Windows 98 was still popular. Really, it is, and it works perfectly.

dd2

Yes, it may turn your desktop into a 16 bits mess (is that 16 bits?), but still is a great time waster, popular, and perfect for children since they won’t break anything.

You can download it from here.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

JDownloader 2.0 portable and ad-free

I love JDownloader, since it’s release it has been my choice to download everything; from YouTube videos to direct download sites, everything.

It supports A LOT of different formats, thousands of sites, it’s easy to use, and a lot of more stuff, and the best part is that when you install it, it also allows itself to be portable, meaning that you can take it around with you and it will update as long as you have Internet.

Only Orbit offers competition to it.

So, what’s the point of this post? Well, I want you to be able to use it as well as I do, so I’ll keep it update it in this link on my Google Drive.

I’ll keep it updated once a week or something, so you’ll get the best when downloading it. Notice that this is a portable program, and ad-free, so no worries about that. The speed is not limited in any way. Just download it and enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DWS: Destroy Windows 10 Spying

This is one of those cool apps that override Windows’ crazy stuff that no-one wants. It allows you to do a lot of different stuff. Let’s see:

  • Disable Windows Update.
  • Disable Windows Defender.
  • Change the image viewer from the Photos App to the classic photo viewer.
  • Delete One Drive.
  • Uninstall all metro apps.
  • And other stuff too.

Now, according to the site, Microsoft included within W10 a bunch of spyware, keyloggers, and all that kinds of stuff, and this program disable all of that, but I don’t use for that only, I use it for the features.

It's very useful.

The app works flawlessly, and even though it takes it’s time, I’ll still recommend it to anyone who want their PC as clean as possible.

Here’s the site with the download link.

Reinstall any Windows 10 default app

When I do a clean W10 install, I always uninstall all default apps. Why? Because most of these are useless and, to me, a waste of space. So I uninstall them... or should I say, disable them. Even though you think the apps are uninstalled, you can still install them again manually, and it’s very easy. In this example I’ll install Solitaire again.

First open Windows PowerShell and use the following command

get-appxpackage -allusers

After a few seconds a bunch of stuff will appear, just ignore most of those and look for the app you want to reinstall.

A bunch of stuff.

In this case I’m looking for Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Just focus on the stuff you want.

After finding the app, copy the PackageFullName. In this case.

Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_3.3.9211.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

Now, use the following command:

add-appxpackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_3.3.9211.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode

That’s it. You’ll see something like this.

This is very quick, actually.

And that’s it. The app is installed.

Ignore the games.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to unmount a Hard Drive using the command prompt

I love using the command prompt, aka “cmd”. Or if you’re using W10, you can use Windows PowerShell. The result will be the same.

Now, how to this. Basically, I can explain everything with one picture, but I’ll type the command before posting it.

mountvol X: /d

“X” is your drive, btw.

Even easier than the previous post.

That’s it. This is way easier and quicker than this.

And as always, here is all the information you need to know about this command.

How to remove a Hard Drive with Windows running.

Three things:

  1. Yes, you can do this.
  2. Make sure that you have ACHI enabled in the BIOS. If there is no option, you can’t do it.
  3. Make sure you DON’T remove the hard drive where Windows is installed. I cannot stress this enough.

If you read those points and are still here, it means that you know what you’re doing and I’m just going to explain things fast and simple... as possible.

A little note: Most times you can’t remove a drive because it’s in use, that’s why you need to unmount it first, then you can remove it safely... or that’s the idea.

First try this. If by doing this the drive ejects, everything is cool, remove it and that’s it.

Just like an USB drive.

If by any chance you weren’t able to remove it that way. Here’s another thing that even Microsoft recommends.

Open the Control Panel > Administrative Tools.

This is the first step of many.

In there, go to Computer Management.

This is the second.

Now, be careful. Select the volumes of the drive that you want to disconnect. In this example I want to remove F and G. Right click the volumes, and click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

I don't know why, but the pointer refuse to appear on the screenshot.

In the next window click on Remove.

Again, shy pointer.

Do this with all volumes. Then you can remove the drive.

I’ve done this with dozens of drives without any problems. Just make sure to AHCI enabled. Why? Because AHCI support hot swapping.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Prevent Windows 10 from showing recently used items

Let me show you this.

Yes, I'm watching Bullshit!

That’s a mess, and this applies to Chrome, the run prompt, steam, and almost any app on your system. Let’s disable that since I know many people hate it.

Go to Settings, this is the faster way to do it.

Easy, right?

In there go to Personalization > Start.

Even Easier.

The option you want to disable is Show recently opened items...

Disabling

The result. You’re welcome.

Disabled

Disable Windows Defender on Windows 10

I know, I know, disabling your antivirus can cause security issues and stuff. Well, I don’t care, let’s disable it.

Open the Group Policy Editor, aka, gpedit.msc.

Win+ANY KEY is my favorite shortcut.

Feel free to touch anything you want in there; there are pretty clear descriptions on each element, so if you mess your PC, that’s on you.

We need to go the following folder:

Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components

No text.

In there search for the Windows Defender folder. In there you’ll find a policy setting named Turn off Windows Defender. Double click it. Set it to Enabled.

Do I really need to tell you the steps?

That’s it. You don’t even need to restart your pc or anything. Good bye, Windows Defender.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Disable Security Center notification in Windows 10

If you like customizing Win10 just like me, the first thing you did was disable the Security center service, like this.

These are my services.

Then you noticed an annoying notification poping up each time you start Windows (I don’t have an image showing it). And when I say annoying, I mean it. So, let’s disable it.

Download this little .reg file and double click it. What this file does is gives you like a “super user” privilege on the files you choose. Now, what to do?

Go to C:\Windows\System32, find these two file:

ActionCenter.dll

ActionCenterCPL.dll

Use the “Take Ownership” on each of those, and modify the name.

I already did it, and I won't restart my pc just to show you.

I never recommend deleting the files or changing the name to something hard to remember. Just add an “.old” at the end, or do like me and add a “--“ at the beginning.

And that’s it, restart you pc.

Permanently Hide The Windows 10 upgrade notification

TL;DR: the download is over here.

I don’t know who doesn’t like Windows 10. Everyone I know that have tried it , liked it. It’s way better than 8, faster than 7, and if we ignore being unable to choose which update to download, it’s basically my favorite choice without a doubt.

BUT, there are people that doesn’t like it, and won’t even try it. If you’re one of those people, there is a simple program that will disable the notifications permanently... or at least that’s what the program says it does. It’s called Never10, btw.

I can't try it, so here's a picture.

So, since I can’t try it myself, I’ll let you try it today. According to the website:

The elegance of this “Never 10” utility, is that it does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user.

Again, try it out, Windows 10, try Windows 10, you’ll like it.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Remember Windows Live Writer? Try Open Live Writer

TL;DR -- Here’s the download link.

So, I’m back. This was a LONG year, trust me, after a lot of stuff happening here in Venezuela, I finally managed to get an Internet connection. You may that having one like owning an smartphone and you’re done, well guess what? In here is not.

Anyway, back to the title. The first thing I was going to install was WLW, I love that small tool from Microsoft, it’s simple, easy to use, fast, has many options.... it’s perfect. So, let’s start working.

Thank God that my account isn't blocked after several hundred attempts.

Soooo, I can’t work. After a really quick search I found this:

The solution was in a Microsoft forum, btw.

In conclusion, you can’t use, or shouldn’t use, WLW because it doesn’t support many of the new security features that Google (in this case) is requesting. The same could apply to any blogging website like Wordpress...... tumblr, I guess? It was a long year, I don’t recall any blogging site right now, so let’s move on.

In that forum I found this post:

Yes, this is 2016.

This was unexpected, but quite a good news. WLW was a very old program and a new face is always appreciate it.

So, let’s see the interface.

I missed this so much.

Perfect! The exact same as before. And that’s all I have to say, and is enough with that.

Here’s the site with the download link. Download it, install it, publish.