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Turn On or Off Password Protected Sharing in Windows 11

When password protected sharing is turned on, only people who have an account and password on your computer can access shared files and folders, printers attached to your computer, and Public folders on the network.

If you wanted to give access to shared items to other people without an account and password on your computer, then you will need to turn off password protected sharing.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off password protected sharing on your Windows 11 PC.

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Find Wi-Fi Network Security Key Password in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The saved profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this specific Wi-Fi network.

If you forgot your Wi-Fi network password, you can find it on a Windows PC that has a profile for the Wi-Fi network on it, or is currently connected to the Wi-Fi network. After you find your password, you can use it on a PC or device to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

This tutorial will show you how to find and see the security key password of your Wi-Fi network connection in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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How to Remove Change a Password from Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen in Windows

When you press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys in Windows, it will open the Ctrl+Alt+Del security screen that provides the Lock computer, Switch user, Sign out, Change a password, and open Task Manager options. You will also have the Network, Ease of access, and Power menu buttons available on this screen.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Change a password option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Reveal Password Button in Microsoft Edge Chromium

After you typed in the password field for a site, you will see a “Reveal password” (eye) button. Selecting the “eye” icon shows what you’ve typed in the password field. Some sites may override this functionality though.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 87.0.666.0 and higher, you can turn on or off to display the Reveal password button when entering passwords.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Reveal password (eye) button when entering passwords in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to View Saved Passwords for Sites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

When you visit a website that requires you to sign in, the new Microsoft Edge will ask if you want your user name and password remembered. The next time you visit the site, the browser will finish filling in your account info. Password saving is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to view saved passwords for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Export Saved Passwords for Sites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

When you visit a website that requires you to sign in, the new Microsoft Edge will ask if you want your user name and password remembered. The next time you visit the site, the browser will finish filling in your account info. Password saving is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to export a list of all your saved passwords for sites to a CSV file in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Delete Saved Passwords for Sites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

When you visit a website that requires you to sign in, the new Microsoft Edge will ask if you want your user name and password remembered. The next time you visit the site, the browser will finish filling in your account info. Password saving is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to delete save passwords for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Offer to Save Passwords in Microsoft Edge Chromium

When you visit a website that requires you to sign in, the new Microsoft Edge will ask if you want your user name and password remembered. The next time you visit the site, the browser will finish filling in your account info. Password saving is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the offer to save passwords for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Password Monitor in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Password Monitor helps Microsoft Edge customers protect their online accounts by informing them if any of their passwords that have been compromised, so they can update them. Changing their passwords immediately is the best way to prevent their accounts from being hijacked.

After you turn on Password Monitor, Microsoft Edge begins proactively‚ÄĮchecking the passwords you‚Äôve saved in the browser against a large database of known breached credentials that are stored in the cloud. If any of your passwords match those in the database, they will be shown on the Password Monitor page in Settings > Profiles > Passwords > Password Monitor. Passwords listed there are no longer safe to use and need to be changed immediately.

When your credentials are checked against the database of known leaked credentials, powerful encryption helps prevent your information from being revealed to anyone. Information about which password has been compromised is only available to you.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Password Monitor for your profile in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change User Password in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install WSL distro apps from the Microsoft Store, and export and import WSL distros.

The first time a newly installed WSL distro runs, a Console window will open, and you’ll be asked to wait for a minute or two for the installation to complete.

Once installation is complete, you will be prompted to create a new user account (and its password).

Creating your Linux user is the first step in setting up a new Linux distribution on WSL. The first user account you create is automatically configured with a few special attributes:

  1. It is your default user — it signs-in automatically on launch.
  2. It is Linux administrator (a member of the sudo group) by default.

Each Linux distribution running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux has its own Linux user accounts and passwords. You will have to configure a Linux user account any time you add a distribution, reinstall, or reset. Linux user accounts are not only independent per distribution, they are also independent from your Windows 10 user account.

When you open a new distro instance, you won’t be prompted for your password, but if you elevate a process using sudo, you will need to enter your password, so make sure you choose a password you can easily remember.

If you have access to your Linux user account and know your current password, you can change it using Linux password reset tools of that distribution — most likely passwd.

If that’s not an option, depending on the distribution, you may be able to reset your password by resetting the default user.

This tutorial will show you how to change the password of a user in a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro in Windows 10.

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How to Reset User Password in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install WSL distro apps from the Microsoft Store, and export and import WSL distros.

The first time a newly installed WSL distro runs, a Console window will open, and you’ll be asked to wait for a minute or two for the installation to complete.

Once installation is complete, you will be prompted to create a new user account (and its password).

Creating your Linux user is the first step in setting up a new Linux distribution on WSL. The first user account you create is automatically configured with a few special attributes:

  1. It is your default user — it signs-in automatically on launch.
  2. It is Linux administrator (a member of the sudo group) by default.

Each Linux distribution running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux has its own Linux user accounts and passwords. You will have to configure a Linux user account any time you add a distribution, reinstall, or reset. Linux user accounts are not only independent per distribution, they are also independent from your Windows 10 user account.

When you open a new distro instance, you won’t be prompted for your password, but if you elevate a process using sudo, you will need to enter your password, so make sure you choose a password you can easily remember.

If you have access to your Linux user account and know your current password, you can change it using Linux password reset tools of that distribution — most likely passwd.

If that’s not an option, depending on the distribution, you may be able to reset your password by resetting the default user.

WSL offers a default user tag to identify which user account automatically logs in when you start a WSL. Since many distributions include commands to set the default user to root and also a root user with no password set, changing the default user to root is a handy tool for things like password reset.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the password of a user in a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro in Windows 10.

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