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How to Reset Details Pane Size to Default in Vista and Windows 7

The details pane shows you see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file.

You can adjust the height of the details pane in Windows Explorer by dragging its top border up or down for the size you want. This is also a global setting that gets applied to all explorer windows in only your user account.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the height size of the details pane in explorer back to default for your account in Vista and Windows 7.

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How to Reset Navigation Pane Width Size to Default in Windows

You can use the navigation pane to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

You can adjust the width of the navigation pane in File Explorer by dragging its right border to the left or right for the width you want.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the width of the navigation pane in explorer back to default for your account in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove ‘Manage BitLocker’ Context Menu from Drives in Windows

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

After a drive has been encrypted and protected with BitLocker, administrators can either right click on the drive in explorer and click/tap on Manage BitLocker OR use the Manage BitLocker page in the BitLocker Drive Encryption item in Control Panel to turn off BitLocker for the drive, suspend or resume BitLocker protection for the drive, change the password to unlock the drive, remove the password from the drive, add a smart card to unlock the drive, back up the recovery key, automatically unlock the drive, and reset the PIN.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Manage BitLocker context menu from all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove ‘Turn off BitLocker’ Context Menu from Drives in Windows

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Turn off BitLocker context menu for all fixed, OS, and removable drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add ‘Suspend BitLocker protection’ to Context Menu of Drives in Windows

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

You can temporarily suspend (pause) BitLocker protection whenever you like for an unlocked drive encrypted by BitLocker—for example, if you need to install new software that BitLocker might otherwise block—and then resume BitLocker protection on the drive again when you’re ready.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for an OS drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you either manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive, or have it resume BitLocker protection automatically the next time you restart the PC.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for a fixed data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for a removable data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC, or disconnect and reconnect the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to add Suspend BitLocker protection to the context menu of all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Drag and Drop Action in Windows

When you drag and drop files and folders in Windows, they will get moved or copied by default based on the source and destination locations.

• If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location on one drive to another drive, then the default action will be to copy the file/folder to the drop location.
• If you drag and drop a file/folder from a local location to a network location, then the default action will be to copy the file/folder to the drop location.
• If you drag and drop a file/folder from or to a CD/DVD or Blu-ray, then the default action will always be to copy the file/folder to the drop location. This cannot be changed.
• If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location to another on the same drive, then the default action will be to move the file/folder to the drop location.
• If you drag and drop a file/folder to the Recycle Bin, then the default action will always be to move the file/folder to the drop location. This cannot be changed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default drag and drop action to always copy, move, or create shortcut for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Customize Details of Shortcut Tooltips in Windows

When you hover over a shortcut of a file, folder, or drive in Windows, a tooltip will show displaying basic property details (metadata) such as the shortcut’s location.

A prop: value indicates a individual property or metadata within the Windows Property System that can be set for shortcut tooltips. You can customize the prop: value for shortcut tooltips to show any property details you like in the tooltip. The details you set to show in the tooltip will only show if the property or metadata is available for the shortcut.

This tutorial will show you how to customize shortcut tooltips to show any file and folder property details you want in the tooltip for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Check if Windows PC has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Chip

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions. A TPM chip is a secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations. The chip includes multiple physical security mechanisms to make it tamper resistant, and malicious software is unable to tamper with the security functions of the TPM. Some of the key advantages of using TPM technology are that you can:

•Generate, store, and limit the use of cryptographic keys.
•Use TPM technology for platform device authentication by using the TPM’s unique RSA key, which is burned into itself.
•Help ensure platform integrity by taking and storing security measurements.

The most common TPM functions are used for system integrity measurements and for key creation and use. During the boot process of a system, the boot code that is loaded (including firmware and the operating system components) can be measured and recorded in the TPM. The integrity measurements can be used as evidence for how a system started and to make sure that a TPM-based key was used only when the correct software was used to boot the system.

TPM-based keys can be configured in a variety of ways. One option is to make a TPM-based key unavailable outside the TPM. This is good to mitigate phishing attacks because it prevents the key from being copied and used without the TPM. TPM-based keys can also be configured to require an authorization value to use them. If too many incorrect authorization guesses occur, the TPM will activate its dictionary attack logic and prevent further authorization value guesses.

Different versions of the TPM are defined in specifications by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

Windows can automatically provision and manage the TPM. Group Policy settings can be configured to control whether the TPM owner authorization value is backed up in Active Directory. Because the TPM state persists across operating system installations, TPM information is stored in a location in Active Directory that is separate from computer objects. Depending on an enterprise’s security goals, Group Policy can be configured to allow or prevent local administrators from resetting the TPM’s dictionary attack logic. Standard users can use the TPM, but Group Policy controls limit how many authorization failures standard users can attempt so that one user is unable to prevent other users or the administrator from using the TPM. TPM technology can also be used as a virtual smart card and for secure certificate storage. With BitLocker Network Unlock, domain-joined computers are not prompted for a BitLocker PIN.

This tutorial will show you how to check if your Windows PC has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security hardware chip, and what version if available.

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How to Customize Delete Confirmation Dialog Prompt Details in Windows

When you delete a single file or folder, the delete confirmation dialog displays basic details (metadata) like the file or folder name, date created, file type, and date modified by default, but will vary with each file type.

A prop: value indicates a individual property or metadata within the Windows Property System that can be set on files/folders. You can customize the prop: value for the delete confirmation dialog to show any file and folder details you like in the prompt. The details you set to show in the prompt will only show if the property or metadata is available for the deleted file or folder.

This tutorial will show you how to customize the delete confirmation dialog to show any file and folder details you want in the prompt for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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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 Change Default Shortcut Name Extension Template in Windows 7, 8, and 10

A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive and click tap on either Create shortcut or Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut), a shortcut to that file, folder or drive will be created with the – Shortcut extension at the end of the filename by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the shortcut name extension template to what you want for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available for free for one year from the date of availability. This offer is available to customers who are using non-Enterprise, non-Embedded editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

If you like, you can disable the Upgrade to Windows 10 update to no longer have the update available in Windows Update.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Upgrade to Windows 10 update in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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How to Cancel Reservation for Free Upgrade to Windows 10 in Get Windows 10 app

On June 1st 2015, qualifying Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets will start seeing the Get Windows 10 icon in their taskbar notification area to be able to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 today for when released on July 29th 2015.

When you reserve, you can confirm your device is compatible with Windows 10. Between reservation and when your upgrade is ready, the files you need for the upgrade will be downloaded to your PC to make the final installation go more quickly. Then, when your upgrade is ready after July 29, 2015, you get a notification that lets you get started with your upgrade.

You can cancel your reservation at any time prior to installing Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to cancel your reservation for a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in the Get Windows 10 app.

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Check Get Windows 10 app Compatibility Report for Windows 10 in Window 7 and 8.1

The compatibility report in the Get Windows 10 app makes sure your PC can run Windows 10. The report also lists any problems with your devices, apps, PC, and other important info you need to know before you upgrade.

This tutorial will show you how to check the compatibility report in the Get Windows 10 app to make sure your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC can run Windows 10.

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How to Reserve Free Upgrade to Windows 10 using ‘Get Windows 10’ app in Windows 7 and 8.1

On June 1st 2015, qualifying Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets will start seeing the Get Windows 10 icon in their taskbar notification area to be able to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 today for when released on July 29th 2015.

The KB3035583 Windows Update is responsible for adding Get Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets. Originally the KB3035583 update was optional to install. Microsoft has now changed KB3035583 to be recommended, which will have KB3035583 download and install automatically.

When you reserve, you can confirm your device is compatible with Windows 10. Between reservation and when your upgrade is ready, the files you need for the upgrade will be downloaded to your PC to make the final installation go more quickly. Then, when your upgrade is ready after July 29, 2015, you get a notification that lets you get started with your upgrade.

This tutorial will show you how to use the ‘Get Windows 10’ app in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 today for when released.

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How to Remove ‘Get Windows 10’ Reserve Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1

On June 1st 2015, qualifying Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets will start seeing the Get Windows 10 icon in their taskbar notification area to be able to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 when released on July 29th 2015.

The KB3035583 Windows Update is responsible for adding Get Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets. Originally the KB3035583 update was optional to install. Microsoft has now changed KB3035583 to be recommended, which will have KB3035583 download and install automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or remove the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon on the taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 if you do not wish to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 when released.

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