Enable AHCI Without Reinstalling OS in Windows 10 and 7

SATA AHCI Mode Enable

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode is a communication mode that serves to connect storage devices using SATA interface with the support of NCQ and hot plug features. On practice AHCI mode often provides faster read/write speeds while using HDDs and especially SSDs. Quite often users find that they have AHCI disabled and try to enable the mode in UEFI (BIOS) but get the BlueScreen issue with the code Inaccessible_boot_device. In this article we will explain how to check if AHCI is enabled and how to safely enable AHCI mode without reinstalling Windows 10 or 7 and avoid BSOD. Continue reading

Windows 10 Startup Folder Location. Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10

add program to startup Windows 10

Not all programs  have such an option in settings that lets you enable or disable the automatic start of the program when you turn on your PC. But you may want to add programs to startup in Windows 10 and make them automatically launch when the PC boots up to a user account. By the way, it’s not only about apps. You can do the same even with a document, URL address or folder if you need. Here is an ultimate guide on how to find the startup folder for a particular user or for all users and make a program run at startup in Windows 10.  Continue reading

How To Change RDP (Remote Desktop) Port On Windows 10

connect to RDP server non-standard port

Many of you use Remote Desktop feature to access your home or work computers running Windows 10. All you usually need to do to implement this is set up a port forwarding rule on your router. You can receive incoming connections on any port and direct them to RDP port of the Windows workstation on the LAN. But what to do if your PC is connected directly to the Internet without a router? How to configure the remote access and stay secured? The answer is – change remote desktop port in Windows settings.

By default, Remote Desktop uses port 3389, which is a commonly known fact. Consequently, hackers can scan the default RDP port and if they receive a login/password prompt they can start brute force attack and ultimately gain access to your PC via RDP. Here is how to change Remote Desktop Port on Windows 10 to some non-standard value to improve security and evade from brute force attacks aimed at default service port.  Continue reading

Where Is Network And Sharing Center In Windows 10

Where is Network and Sharing Center Windows 10

Where is Network and Sharing Center in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709)? Has it disappeared? Actually, not yet. The thing is Microsoft gradually moves the applets from the Control Panel to a new Settings app. Now when you right-click the network icon the Taskbar you don’t see familiar “Open Network and sharing center” any more. You see “Open Network and Internet settings”. Windows 10 is like a living organism that is constantly changing and evolving. That’s why we have to modify our tutorials related to this OS because after each update there are many things that won’t work any more. In this post we will explain how to find and open Network and Sharing Center in Windows 10 of the latest version and create a shortcut on the desktop. By the way, there is a high probability that this guide won’t help after the next Windows 10 update. Continue reading

How to view Wi-Fi password (network security key) in Windows 10

Wireless Network Security Key Windows 10

What is a Network Security Key

Wi-Fi password (Network Security Key) serves to protect your wireless network and prevents from the unauthorized access to your PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. In different operating systems it also can be called Wireless Security Key, Wireless Password and Network Security Key.

It is a typical situation when you forget the security key for your Wi-Fi because everything has been working well for a long time. And suddenly you need to enter your Wi-Fi password again. It may happen if you decided to reinstall Windows on your laptop, change the account or perhaps if you want to connect your new smartphone or tablet to your home wireless network. Today we will show you how to view Wireless Network Security Key saved in Windows 10. Guide updated to meet Fall Creators Update changes. Continue reading

Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10: How to Enable and Set Up

program blocked controlled folder access

Controlled Folder Access is a feature introduced in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released in October 2017. It is designed to protect your folders with some important data (for example, documents) from unauthorized changes performed by untrusted, unwanted programs or malware (encryptors in particular). When the feature is enabled Windows 10 will block access to your sensitive data if the app accessing files in a protected folder is not considered as trusted or its behavior seems to be suspicious in some way. Here is how to enable Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10 and enable protection of your most important folders.  Continue reading