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How to Clear Product Key from Registry in Windows

When you install and activate a retail copy of Windows, the product key is stored in the registry. This can be helpful to be able to use a program like ShowKeyPlus to view your installed product key if lost.

However, having your installed product key in the registry could leave it vulnerable to being stolen from disclosure attacks by malicious software. Clearing the product key from the registry will prevent this, but you will need to make sure to keep a copy of your product key written down and kept in a secure location.

This tutorial will show you how to permanently clear the product key from the registry to prevent it from being stolen in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Use Malicious Software Removal Tool in Windows

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) helps remove malicious software from your computers that are running Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows XP.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus product. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you install and use an up-to-date antivirus product. If you like, Windows 10 already has Windows Defender included for antivirus.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product in three key ways:

•The tool removes malicious software from an already-infected computer. Antivirus products block malicious software from running on a computer. It is significantly more desirable to block malicious software from running on a computer than to remove it after infection.
•The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
•The tool focuses on the detection and removal of active malicious software. Active malicious software is malicious software that is currently running on the computer. The tool cannot remove malicious software that is not running. However, an antivirus product can perform this task.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to scan and remove specific prevalent malicious software in Windows.

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How to Turn On or Off On-Screen Keyboard Click Sound in Windows

Instead of relying on the physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can use On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys. You can select keys using the mouse or another pointing device, or you can use a single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to have the On-Screen Keyboard make an audible click sound when a key is pressed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove Wireless Adapter Settings “Power Saving Mode” in Windows

The “Power Saving Mode” option under the Wireless Adapter Settings section is used to configure how much power you want to save when using your wireless network card. There are four types of power saving modes available: Maximum Performance, Low, Medium and Maximum Power Saving. Your wireless network performance goes down with higher power savings. For example, choosing “Maximum Power Saving” will cause your wireless network connection to function at lower speeds.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove “Power Saving Mode” under Wireless Adapter Settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Backup and Restore All Windows Firewall Settings

Windows Firewall is software that checks information coming from the Internet or a network, and then either blocks it or allows it to pass through to your computer, depending on your firewall settings.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore all the Advanced settings, Allowed apps, notification settings, and on/off setting for Windows Firewall in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “Hibernate after” in Power Options in Windows

Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

The Hibernate after power option allows users to specify how long in minutes the computer is inactive when on battery or plugged in before automatically hibernating.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Hibernate after” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Find the BIOS and UEFI Firmware Version in Windows

BIOS is a program built into personal computers that starts the operating system when you turn on your computer. It is also referred to as system firmware. BIOS is part of your computer’s hardware and is separate from Windows.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a standard firmware interface for PCs, designed to replace BIOS (basic input/output system). This standard was created by over 140 technology companies as part of the UEFI consortium, including Microsoft. It’s designed to improve software interoperability and address limitations of BIOS.

This tutorial will show you different ways to find out what the current BIOS and UEFI firmware version is for your motherboard in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

This could be helpful to see if you have the latest BIOS or UEFI firmware version installed.

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Windows Media Player (WMP) is updated from time to time with new features and performance enhancements. You can let the Player check for updates automatically or you can check for updates manually.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for updates in Windows Media Player.

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How to Enable or Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows

Whenever a critical error (ex: BSOD) is detected in Windows, Windows will restart itself by default to prevent any possible damage to your computer as a safety measure. The problem is that the error message on the screen only display on the screen very briefly (less than a second) before the PC restarts. If you turn off automatic restart on system failure, you will have time to read and write down the error message to help when troubleshooting.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable an automatic restart of your computer on system failure in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Hide or Show Intel Rapid Storage Technology Notification Area Icon in Windows

The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software package provides high-performance SATA and SATA RAID capabilities for supported operating systems and requirements.

The notification area (also called the system tray) is located on your desktop. The taskbar contains the notification area icon for Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The icon provides storage system status and notifications such as volume and disk events based on a change of state.

The notification area icon will automatically display in the notification area once Intel Rapid Storage Technology is installed. Both administrators and standard users can change the system notification settings using the application or directly from the notification area. Settings changes are applied on a per user basis, and do not affect other users’ settings.

If you have Intel Rapid Storage Technology installed, then this tutorial can show you how to hide or show it’s notification area icon in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove Recycle Bin from Favorites in Navigation Pane in Windows

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Recycle Bin as a link under Favorites in the navigation pane of Explorer for only your user account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “USB selective suspend setting” in Power Options in Windows

The USB selective suspend feature allows the hub driver to suspend an individual USB port without affecting the operation of the other USB ports on the hub. Selective suspension of USB devices is especially useful in portable computers, since it helps conserve battery power. Many devices, such as fingerprint readers and other kinds of biometric scanners, only require power intermittently. Suspending such devices, when the device is not in use, reduces overall power consumption. More importantly, any device that is not selectively suspended may prevent the USB host controller from disabling its transfer schedule, which resides in system memory. DMA transfers by the host controller to the scheduler can prevent the system’s processors from entering deeper sleep states, such as hibernate.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “USB selective suspend setting” setting under USB settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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