Tag Archives: Windows 10

Using netsh to show saved wireless passwords (Windows)

If you have forgotten the wireless password of a network you have previously connected to you can view this by going into the wireless networks properties, but a simple command line utility also do this for older connected networks.

View wireless network profiles

netsh wlan show profiles

Show passwords in clear text

netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear

For more

Using Netsh Commands for Wi-Fi Management in Windows 10 | ServerWatch

Bypass Windows 10/11 “Let’s Connect You to a Network” installation step

This is a just in case, if you find yourself with no internet and the latest installation packages seem to force you to connect to the internet. Here’s your options.

Disabling Windows 10 telemetry & other things

Via the Group Policy Editor.

Open up the Group Policy Editor by launching gpedit.msc as an administrator. Go through Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Allow Telemetry

Microsoft has slightly changed some things so they may be worded differently. Such as Windows Defender is now called Microsoft Defender so older guides may not reflect that. Tamper protection needs to be also disabled.

Links & References

Using the SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) Tools to repair Windows

SFC ( System File Checker)

One way to ensure you Windows files are not missing or corrupted is using a Microsoft tool called SFC ( System File Checker).

Simply open Command Prompt (run as administrator) then type the following command:

sfc /scannow

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management)

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is used for creating Windows images for deployment. Next you can use DISM to essentially check and repair Windows using Windows Update. It can also fix update failures. Simply run the this command next:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Links & References

Windows Audit Mode, Out-Of-Box Experience (OOBE)

So you have a system that you would like to reformat and install a fresh version of Windows 10/11, but it’s for someone else and you would like them to create the first user. That’s where Windows Audit Mode comes in handy.

Basically you are able to pause the personalization of the installation and get right to the desktop to do whatever you want, such as updating, activating and installing specific programs, say for example an office suite.


Using your usual method of freshly installing Windows, just as it asks you to setup the system (exactly on region selection step) press CTRL+SHIFT+F3 and it should boot directly to desktop. It should also add a dialog box to allow you to select to shutdown once you’re all done.

This method is also part of the way of creating a Windows image that can be used to install on multiple machines, but that warrants a different post.


Boot Windows to Audit Mode or OOBE | Microsoft Docs

Customize Windows in Audit Mode | Microsoft Docs

Disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus real-time protection permanently

First disable Tamper Protection in the Microsoft Defender settings itself. Then using Windows Powershell (admin) disable the real-time protection with the below cmdlet.

Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true

Alternative method is using the Group Policy Editor.

Turning off real-time protection permanently even after restarting.

OPTION FIVETurn On or Off Real-time Protection for Microsoft Defender Antivirus | Tutorials

This link should also provide you with other useful things to switch off/on. Like disabling telemetry.

Microsoft has slightly changed some things so they may be worded differently. Such as Windows Defender is now called Microsoft Defender so older guides may not reflect that. Tamper protection needs to be also disabled.

Links & References

Accessing Local Group Policy Editor and Local Security Policy for Windows 10 Home editions

Simply to upsell Microsoft feels the need to basically switch off components within its Windows OS (Operating System). Annoyingly the real-time protection feature keeps enabling itself every time Windows is restarted. You have a few ways to switch this off, but my personal preference has always been the group policy method, however using Home editions this is missing.

You can use this method to enable it:

Local Group Policy Editor

How to Enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows Home Editions | TechSpot

Or slightly different way:

How to Access the Group Policy Editor in Windows Home

Local Security Policy

How to Enable Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) in Windows 10 Home – MajorGeeks

Simply right click on the start button (bottom left) and launch ‘Run’ then type:


Alternatively simply search in the Start menu for secpol.msc and that should give the best result as the Local Security Policy.

There does seem to be an alternative method to Group Policy called Policy Plus, but I have not tried it out completely to comment. You can find it linked below.

GitHub – Fleex255/PolicyPlus: Local Group Policy Editor plus more, for all Windows editions

How to create a bootable USB drive with Rufus (2021)

I previously wrote a guide to download Windows 10 directly from Microsoft and also check the hashes to confirm they are original/legit copies of Windows. With Rufus you are able to do pretty much the same step, but quicker so I’ve always been thinking of writing it up. Having issues with legacy and UEFI systems not reading the bootable USB drive, I thought I can combine the two.

There are other guides out there so I think I do not need to go into deep detail, you can always go check them out if you get stuck (links down below), however I simply wanted to point out the key things that may cause issues.

Once you start Rufus rather than selecting an ISO file (windows you’ve already got downloaded) instead use the drop down menu and click “DOWNLOAD” then literally click the “DOWNLOAD” button again so it pops up the menu to download your preferred version. Do this with the latest version of Rufus or make sure to update Rufus using the cog settings at the very bottom of the program.

After that I prefer to download via the link and save the ISO for another time. I then repeat usual process of selecting an ISO and the important parts here are now loading up the Partition scheme as “MBR” pressing ALT+E to ensure the target system is BIOS or UEFI.

I have seen people select the file system as FAT32, but if you do that with the latest windows with file sizes larger than 4gb you will have issues, because I can confirm for example in Windows 11 and also Windows 10 21H1 you will have files larger than 4 GB’s within the installation so stick to NTFS.

Other guides


Update 2021/11/21: Typo corrected.

Creating a Symbolic Link (Windows 10) for Uplay screenshots

If like me you sometimes reformat your computer now and again and as a result end up forgetting to backup your in-game screenshots you’ve taken over time because they’re spread out all over the place, or maybe you just simply like to have all your screenshots together, then this solution should help out.

As of writing there is no option in your Uplay settings to change the directory of where your screenshots are saved. Odd really, but whatever. You can solve this by creating a Symbolic Link and thus pointing the default directory of where Uplay saves those screenshots to your drive or directory of choice.

Simply run Command Prompt (Run as administrator) and type the below command on the line and press enter

mklink /D “C:\Users[USERNAME]\Pictures\Uplay” “D:\Uplay”

Change [USERNAME] to your Windows User account name.

If you’re not sure how to run Command Prompt, simply press the Windows key on your keyboard or press the Windows icon on your task bar which should open your start menu. Type “cmd”, which should automatically search for it. Right click and “Run as administrator”.

You can even create a batch file to avoid all the above, obviously you’ll need to edit the user account name same as above. This is handy for also quickly running batch files that you’ve set up, ready to bring you back to your normal state after a reformat.

Create a text file, renaming the file from .txt to .bat – so you could name it to uplayscreenshotslocationchange.bat add to the file.

mklink /D “C:\Users[USERNAME]\Pictures\Uplay” “D:\Uplay”

Again, making sure to change [USERNAME] to your Windows User account name.