Disable Automatic System Restart after Windows Update

I like working on Windows but there is one thing I don’t like about it. System Restart after any Windows Update has been installed. This is handled beautifully in Linux OS, where no update requires the machine to restart. It is really irritating when we need to close all our windows and the files we are currently working upon just to restart the machine.

Although there is a feature to postpone the system restart but to some time only, ultimately, we have to restart the system to install the updates. Well here is a tip and little workaround using which you don’t need to restart the system whenever the Windows Updates. Just ensure you have the admin privileges in your machine else you won’t be able to do the steps. Continue reading “Disable Automatic System Restart after Windows Update”

Reason why gpedit.msc is not working in Windows 7

Group Policy Editor or the command used to run it that is gpedit.msc is the best way to configure your system for some admin options. There are many options that are available in this which are used to make the backend changes in the system like disabling any tool, taking off privilege of a user or etc.

To access the Group Policy Editor you need to type gpedit.msc in the Run box, which automatically opens the window for you to customize the options. Now the issue here is that I have seen this command not working in Windows 7 OS in many computers. Continue reading “Reason why gpedit.msc is not working in Windows 7”

Disable Run Menu in Windows

There are many applications in Windows that can be accessed using the Start menu while there are these admin applications that can only be accessed using the Run menu like the msconfig or the services. These are the backend applications using which we can make many admin changes in the system.

While using these admin services can fix and repair your system, using these can also worsen it. Also there are pages full of hacks and tweaks on internet which not everyone would want to be used on their machines. So if you also want to disable the Run or remove it from your Start menu, then here it is. Continue reading “Disable Run Menu in Windows”

Disable or Password Protect Applications in Windows using AppAdmin

There are times when we want to disable the access to an application so that not everyone can use it. This is a common scene if you are a cyber café owner. In Windows, this was possible using the Group Policy Editor or gpedit.msc but here is an easier solution to this.

There is a simple tool called AppAdmin using which you can not only block or disable any application installed in Windows but also password protect the application so that if the application is to be used then only authorized users can use it. Continue reading “Disable or Password Protect Applications in Windows using AppAdmin”

Disable Switch User button in Windows

Switch User button enables us to login into the already logged in system with different credentials. This is a great feature that helps us to login without logging out of the system. The biggest advantage of this is that we don’t need to close our documents and log off, as it saves the session currently in active state.

But in case you are a system administrator and want to disable this button so as to prevent this simultaneous login feature then here are the steps to do this. Disabling the button is very easy and just requires the admin rights on the system. Continue reading “Disable Switch User button in Windows”

Disable Users to Install Software

One of our readers wanted to know the steps to prevent the users to install any software. If you also need to know the same then below are the Group Policy setting that are required to achieve the same thing.

To do this you don’t need any tool or any software as it can be done using the default group policy settings. Well below are the steps to perform this action.

1.    Bring up the Run command box and type gpedit.msc and hit Enter. Continue reading “Disable Users to Install Software”

Disable Restart Computer Message after Windows Update

It is very irritating when after the download of Windows Update; the system periodically pops a dialog box asking to restart the system.

Though Windows Update is a useful thing to do and Automatic Updates provide more stability to the system but wouldn’t it be great if we have a choice to install the update when we want without getting bugged by the irritating dialog box?

The message “Do you want to restart your computer now?” can be overcome by following methods: Continue reading “Disable Restart Computer Message after Windows Update”

Steps to Restore Missing Run Command from Windows

The problem of missing Run command was faced by one of our readers and if similar is the problem with you then below are the steps to solve this problem.

Solution 1:

•    You need to open gpedit.msc but since Run is missing then you can open it from the Administrative tools inside the control panel.

•    Go to user configuration ->  admin templates -> click “Start Menu and Taskbar”. Look for the option “remove run menu from start menu” on the right side. Double Continue reading “Steps to Restore Missing Run Command from Windows”

Solve Hide Inactive Icons Does Not Work/Greyed Out

There has been a problem reported by one of our readers that the “Hide Inactive Icons” option which comes in the Taskbar and Start Menu properties has been greyed out while the taskbar is showing all the icons and are not getting hidden.

This is what you can do to solve the problem

1.    Download the registry value from here and double click the file to merge it in the registry (extract it first).

2.    Open Run box, type gpedit.msc to enter the Group Policy Editor. Continue reading “Solve Hide Inactive Icons Does Not Work/Greyed Out”

Steps to Fix Access Denied to gpedit.msc Problem

My PC was working all fine until I figured out that Group Policy gpedit.msc was not opening on my system. I wanted to open the Group Policy editor for some work and I was shocked to find that not only the gpedit.msc, even the other commands with msc extensions, were not working like services.msc, devmgmt.msc, compmgmt.msc etc.

Then I tried opening the editor by double clicking the gpedit.msc inside the system32 folder and I got the same error “Access is Denied”. What was strange was that I was accessing the editor from my Administrator account only.

I tried following things:

•    The first suspect is, of course, Virus, thus I scanned my whole system with the updated Anti Virus but it didn’t find any. Continue reading “Steps to Fix Access Denied to gpedit.msc Problem”

7 Features that you didn’t know about Windows XP –Part 2

We are back with some features of Windows XP that are least known to us. This is second part of the topic “7 Features that you didn’t know about Windows XP –Part 1”. Here are the other 7 features:

1.    Windows already has IP version 6 support which is the next generation IP and even the ISPs don’t have this support. Type ‘ipv6 install‘ into Run… (it will not change your existing network setup) and then ‘ipv6 /?‘ at the command line to find out more.

2.    You can abort processes from command prompt also by typing ‘taskkill /pid‘ and the task number or ‘tskill’ and the task number. Use ‘tasklist‘ to find what processes are going in your system.

3.    XP is better than its previous operating systems and you can view important information about your system by typing “systeminfo” in the command prompt.

4.    XP keep zipped files like a folder but if you didn’t want it to Continue reading “7 Features that you didn’t know about Windows XP –Part 2”