Miscellaneous computer tips – Volume 3
January 4, 2017 Leave a comment
Note: These tips should work with all supported versions of Windows. However, you should still verify.
Tip #1: Auto login
Most people wish to get into their computer without a login prompt. This is common if you have just one computer, have a desktop computer or just couldn’t care less about security.
The following procedure will remove the login prompt:
- In the Search box, type control userpasswords2, and then press the ENTER key. Administrator permission required. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Clear the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box, and then click Apply button.
- In the Automatically Log On dialog box, type your password, and then click the OK button.
- In the User Accounts dialog box, click the OK button.
After you restart your computer, you will be able to log on automatically.
- You may wish to test it before using on your main computer. One small error can shut you out of your computer.
- If you are a laptop user, you may wish to think hard about this option. By having no password, if your laptop is lost or stolen, anyone can get into the laptop. In addition, they could also figure out what password you used.
Tip #2: Removing advertisements in Skype
If you want to remove the advertisements at the top of your Skype window, add https://apps.skype.com to the Restricted Sites in the Security tab in Internet Options [in Internet Explorer or in the Control Panel]. Log off Skype and then log back in.
But blocking this site may have consequences. For example https://apps.skype.com/home allows you to link your Facebook account to Skype. By adding the site to the Restricted Sites, you can’t link the two. There may be other consequences.
Tip #3: Stopping desktop icons from moving after reboots
If your icons keep on moving [most likely] to the left of the screen instead of where you left them after shutting down or rebooting, then Windows isn’t saving the location of the icons correctly. The following procedure should correct the problem.
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- We need to first kill the Windows Explorer by issuing the command [your icons on the screen and task bar will disappear right after]: taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
- Still in the command prompt, run REGEDIT.EXE.
- Locate and delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop. This key contains the icon layout of your desktop. Then close REGEDIT.
- In the command prompt run EXPLORER.EXE. Your icon come back and to the left. Rearrange the icons the way you want them and then reboot. Hopefully the position of the icons stay.
- It won’t delete any of your desktop links or files.
- A reminder that you should back up the registry before proceeding.