A New Year Google Play Store Update Has Arrived


Everyone who owns an Android powered smartphone knows just how important the Play Store is and therefore, no one should be shocked to find out that Google’s developers are constantly releasing updates for the service. For those who are not familiar with the Play Store, this is the platform where all the Android apps, services and games can be found. Nonetheless, a brand-new update has been released for the Play Store and today we are going to cover everything there is to know about it.

Google Play Store Update

Right from the start, the first thing that we need to mention is that this update is available in the form of APK. The update changes Play Store’s build number into “12.9.12” and since it’s an APK, all Android fans who want to get it need to do it manually, but more on that later. Now, let’s see what the update contains.


Maintenance Update

Android fans should be pleased to know that the new APK is a maintenance update. The reason why we are saying that is because the update introduces a bunch of bug fixes that improve the stability of the service. With that being said, all Android fans should make sure to get the new APK because it’s going to significantly improve the stability of all their apps, services and games.

Android Package Kit

As previously mentioned, APK updates need to be manually downloaded and installed. This is the case with all APK updates and it gives Android fans a chance to get their hands on the new update ahead of everyone else. However, Android fans who don’t want to install the update themselves can simply wait a couple of weeks because Google is eventually going to roll it OTA (over the air).

How to Use an Android Phone As a Webcam For PC [Windows and Linux].


Don’t have a webcam, but need to record a video for Facebook or YouTube? Perhaps you already have a webcam and want to add a second camera to your setup?

All you need is your Android phone and a suitable app. Here’s how to use your Android smartphone as a webcam.
Why Use Your Android Phone as a Webcam?

You’re caught short. Your children want to chat with their grandparents over Skype. Or perhaps it’s your boss, wanting a teleconference to discuss that report you submitted.

But you don’t have a webcam.

Although they come built into many monitors and all-in-one PCs, not everyone has a webcam. Peripheral webcams are popular, but they can prove tricky to install and temperamental even when they’re set up correctly.

The solution is something we’ve covered previously, but that method no longer works. Arguably the best—perhaps really the only—choice you should make is to install DroidCam. It’s an Android app that turns your smartphone (and if you have a good device for grabbing it, your tablet) into a handy, portable webcam.
Before You Start, Think About Stability

You’re about to discover how simple it is to turn your Android device into a webcam. But before you do that, it’s time to think about stability.

No one wants to watch a video feed where the image constantly shakes around and blurs. To overcome this, you’ll need to find somewhere safe to stand your phone. This might be something simple, like a Popsocket to lean against, or even Lego bricks.

As long as you have some means of propping up your phone, the video feed should be clear and stable. You might have a case that lets you stand the phone. If not, look at a tripod designed for smartphones. What's the Best Phone Tripod? What's the Best Phone Tripod? For most people, smartphone cameras have become good enough to replace proper cameras. From shooting videos to taking that perfect landscape photo, your handset does a terrific job.

Now, here are two solutions that’ll turn any Android phone into a webcam. 


Method 1: DroidCam Wireless Webcam

DroidCam comes in two parts: a free Android app from Google Play (with a premium version also available), and the desktop client component, which is available from Dev47Apps for Windows and Linux.

Begin by installing the Android app. With this done, switch your attention to your PC. After downloading that app, unzip and run it, following any onscreen instructions.




Once launched, you’ll see a prompt to input the IP address for your DroidCam. This should be easy to find—just run the app on your phone and it shows, as well as the port number. Back on the desktop client, you’ll notice that it is possible to stream audio from your phone. You can also adjust video quality; choose from low, normal, and high.

Should you opt to connect via USB, all you’ll need is the USB cable that came with your phone.

When you’re ready to proceed, click Start to begin streaming. The mobile app will then send the image from your phone’s camera to your computer. For devices with two cameras, tap the Settings button on the mobile app and check the appropriate box to switch to the camera you want to use.



Although the free version of DroidCam offers some good options, it isn’t perfect. For instance, you can only use the webcam in landscape mode. Zooming is limited, as are resolution, brightness, and various other controls found in the menu across the bottom of the DroidCam desktop client.

To activate these, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version, titled DroidCamX. Naturally, we would only recommend you do this if you feel you’ll use these features. Otherwise stick with the free DroidCam release.

Download: DroidCam (Free) | DroidCamX ($4.50) 


Method 2: IP Webcam

A strong alternative to DroidCam, IP Webcam is also available free from Google Play with a premium upgrade available. Download the PC viewer from ip-webcam.appspot.com.

Setup is largely the same as with DroidCam. However, although there is a configuration tool that you need to fill in, IP Webcam requires you to view the output through your web browser.

Only Chrome or Firefox work for this, so Windows users should avoid Edge and internet Explorer. You’ll need to use the http://[IP ADDRESS]:8080/videofeed address to view the feed. You’ll find the correct IP address on your phone’s display.




The app offers various image resolutions for video and stills. Though it supports rear smartphone cameras, front-facing cameras aren’t yet fully supported.

Once you’re up and running, tap the Actions button on your Android device to check the app is running correctly, to stop and start the camera, and more.



Meanwhile, if you want an easy way to store video recorded with IP Webcam, a dedicated Dropbox uploader plugin is also available from Google Play.

Download: IP Webcam (Free) | IP Webcam Pro ($4)
Download: IP Webcam Uploader
 

Need Skype? Forget Webcams, Just Use Your Mobile

If you’re only looking for a way to use Skype, these solutions won’t work if you’re using Skype 8. At the time of writing, Microsoft plans to retire Skype “Classic” (typically version 7) shortly. Skype 8 won’t detect your phone via IP Webcam or DroidCam Wireless Webcam, sadly.

The solution? Well, if making Skype video calls is what you’re looking for, just call from your phone or tablet! Front-facing cameras come standard on phones these days, making it easy to make Skype calls. You can simply input your Skype account credentials into the mobile app and use it to make calls.

How To Repair Annoying “How do you want to open this file?” Popup on Windows 10 Startup



Whenever I start up my Windows 10 computer, I saw a popup screen that asking how do you want to open this file and a list of installed apps to choose. I wasn’t sure what is the reason for this message. This might be the reason for a Windows upgrade or may a virus, malware or something? I have installed an antivirus, but It didn’t detect any problem. I see this whenever I start up or restart my computer. 

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Fix “How do you want to open this file” startup Popup

I searched the internet to find the solution to this problem; someone says check your Startup folder.  \For sure anything that runs at the time of login will be in Windows Startup items, which make sense. But, I checked nothing was there. I managed to find out the solution on my own to stop popping out this screen every time when Windows startup. This is how fixed this error, let’s see how to disable popping up how do you want to open this file prompt on Windows 10 startup.


Locate this file


  1. Once you see this screen on Windows 10 startup, select the Notepad app from the list of applications, as you can see below in the screenshot.
  2.     
  3. NOTE: If you can’t see Notepad in the list then scroll down to view more apps or select “Look for another app on this PC” option. In the next dialog, we will give the path to the application manually. So, go to “C:\Windows” and choose “notepad.exe” file here. 
  4.   
  5. Startup file will open in Notepad, and you will see the file contains text something like that Invalid number of parameters
    Invalid number of parameters
    ERROR: Invalid syntax.
    Default option is not allowed more than '2' time(s).
    Type "SETX /?" for usage.
    Invalid number of parameters
  6. Now, In the notepad click the File menu and then select “Save As” option. 
  7.  
  8.   
  9. Doing that you will let you know the file location that is trying to open itself on startup and ask you to choose an application. As you can see in the save as window, the path is “C:\users” and the file name is “M” which is suspicious to me. 

Disable the file from Windows startup

We already location the file and now its time to disable it from Windows 10 startup. To locate the startup items in Windows 10, you can use Task Manager as well.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys combination from the keyboard and select Task Manager to open it. Tip: Another way to open it is just right-click on Taskbar and select Task manager.
  2. On the Task Manager window, click the “Startup” tab. Here, you can see all the apps and files that Windows run at startup. Find the file with the name “M” as I found this file name in step-4 above. This name might be different in your case so find accordingly. startup-files-windows-10-task-manager
  3. Right-click on that file and select “Disable” option from the menu. To confirm the path of this file, just right-click and choose “Open file location” option. This will open the location in File Explorer, which is the same location that we already checked in step-4 above while searching file. disable-startup-file-windows-10
  4. Now, this file will not run on startup and also will not prompt you “How do you want to open this file?” screen. Reboot your computer and check it.
If you found this guide helpful and solved your problem, share your experience below in comments, Windows version like Windows 8 or 10, File name and location you saw, anything else that might be helpful for others.
Once, you disable this file from Windows Startup. You can delete it from the path where you found it. This file doesn’t seem harmful to me. But I am not sure about this at the moment.
Addition: One of our readers share his experience and this might be helpful for you.

This is one of those problems where 3 or 4 different independent issues have come together to result in the problem you now see in front of you. This is why it doesn’t happen to everyone.
The solution above is a great start however it only goes 50% of the way to solving the problem. ie. It treats the symptom but does not get to the root cause (as TRICKYWAYS1 later asked). I had exactly the same problem and it took a little problem solving but I’ve found the root cause of my issue. Hopefully going through it here can also help solve your problem as well. (Please forgive me if this is wordy… I’m trying to give as much detail as possible to avoid confusion)
First, some of the independent factors (in my case) that came together to cause this problem;
a) You have a USER FOLDER that uses two words separated by a space – In my case “JEFF SMITH”
b) At some point in the past windows has left a file in your user directory named the first word of a user account – In may case “JEFF” (note: it had no extension, it was a very small log file likely left over from some windows system maintenance task)
c) Some other program has created a start-up key in the registry improperly formatted so that it actually (incorrectly) calls this file (from B above) by accident – In my case, MP3SkypeCallRecorder had the registry key C:\Users\JEFF SMITH\AppData\Local\MP3 Skype recorder\MP3SkypeRecorder.exe. Note the space in JEFF SMITH means that windows registry sees that SPACE as the end of the filepath. ie. It calls the file C:\Users\JEFF instead of the full file path. WHAT THE REGISTRY KEY NEEDS ARE QUOTATION MARKS ( “ ) SO THAT IT SEES THE ENTIRE ADDRESS PATH. ie. “C:\Users\JEFF SMITH\AppData\Local\MP3 Skype recorder\MP3SkypeRecorder.exe” Note the VERY subtle difference there with the quotation marks.
d) The result being that windows is trying to open C:\Users\JEFF. Windows don’t recognize this file type so it brings up the “How do you want to open this file?” dialogue which is the cause of our annoyance.
So, my steps to solving this problem are first, identifying the offending file to confirm (b), then confirming that there is an offending start-up entry, then finding and fixing the bad registry key. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard – BUT IT DOES REQUIRE A VERY BASIC REGISTRY EDIT if you are up for it. TRICKYWAYS has done the first part – you can use their method, or my way is slightly different but achieves the same thing. BUT we ARE NOT going to disable it in TASK MANAGER > START-UP.
  1. When the “How do you want to open this file?” dialog comes up on login select NOTEPAD. The content will vary. But in Notepads title bar you will see the name of the file – In my case “JEFF – Notepad”. So the filename is { JEFF }.
  2. Open TASK MANAGER > START-UP tab and look for any unusual entries. – In my case it was obvious. There was an entry simply called “JEFF”. DON’T disable it. Instead [Right Click] the entry, select OPEN FILE LOCATION.
  3. This will open Explorer to the file location. This hopefully confirms (b) above. – in my case, it opened C:\Users which contained my USER FOLDERS (Default, Jeff Smith, Public etc) and the file { JEFF }. This was the file that was trying to be opened at login.
    Note: This is where Trickyways above finishes. But I want to find out why this file is in the Start-up menu in the first place.
  4. Open RUN > REGEDIT (or get into the Registry Editor any one of the other dozen ways you can find online)
  5. As it appears user account specific I tried first HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  6. Look in there at the start-up keys. You will note that most of the file path strings have quotation marks ( “ ) around the path which makes windows read the entire path. However, there was one that did not. C:\Users\JEFF SMITH\AppData\Local\MP3 Skype recorder\MP3SkypeRecorder.exe  which resulted in windows trying to open C:\Users\JEFF from step 3. above.
  7. [Double Click] the key name. This will allow you to edit the string. Simply add quotation marks ( “ ) to either end of the filepath. Select [OK]. My entry now reads “C:\Users\JEFF SMITH\AppData\Local\MP3 Skype recorder\MP3SkypeRecorder.exe” Note the VERY subtle difference there with the quotation marks.
  8. Re-open TASK MANAGER > START-UP tab. You will note that the faulty entry has disappeared and the correct start-up program has now re-appeared (you may not have even noticed that that program was not starting on login – I hadn’t realized until I found this issue then thought “Oh yeah, MP3 Skype Recorder should have been starting on login but it wasn’t.”)
  9. Hopefully problem solved.
EXTRA CREDIT: If you can’t find problem registry keys at step 6, try the following alternate registry paths:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
Or the following folders checking for entries there:
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
It took me a little while to nut out, but this solved my problem. I certainly hope this can help someone else.

how to Repair Error Code 0x8007007E on Windows 10


If you receive error code 0x8007007E on your Windows 10/8/7 computer then you are looking for a solution, then you have landed in the right place. Error code 0x8007007E can appear in the following three scenarios and this post offers some suggestions that may help you fix your problem:


  1. Running Windows Update
  2. Send/Receive in Outlook
  3. Connecting to a Printer.

Error code 0x8007007E

0x8007007E
Let us look at the potential fixes for the three different scenarios.

Windows Update error 0x8007007E

Windows 10 Update Error Code 0x8007007E occurs when the updates are not in sync. This happens for both Windows 10 standalone computers, and when you are connected to the Enterprise. Windows Server manages updates across all the computers in Enterprise network.
Microsoft points out that when a hotfix is not installed before synchronization, this happens.
Occurs when update synchronization fails because you do not have hotfix installed before you enable update synchronization. Specifically, the CopyToCache operation fails on clients that have already downloaded the upgrade. Its because the Windows Server Update Services has bad metadata related to the upgrade.
To fix this, we need to repair the Windows Server Update Services.  For the enterprise, if you have multiple WSUS servers, you need to repeat the same on each server. You can also choose to run it only on those servers that synced metadata before you installed the hotfix. IT Pro can check the WSUS log using the WSUS admin console or the API. This can help them figure out if the metadata sync status.
1] Delete contents of software distribution folder manually
Windows download all the update files into this folder. It acts like buffer before installing it on the Windows 10 computer. Make sure to delete contents of software distribution folder (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore) manually. You will have to stop the Windows Update Services before deleting those files. Once done, restart the Windows Update service.

This applies to both standalone computers and Enterprise computers.
2]  Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
If you have a standalone computer, you can run the troubleshooter. Windows comes with an inbuilt Windows Update Troubleshooter. You can run that which will resolve the problem around Windows 10 Update to fix this issue.
Once the computer is in sync with the Update server (Microsoft Update Server or Enterprise Server), all necessary updates will be installed first. Rest of the updates will follow up next.

Error 0x8007007E in Outlook

When this error shows up in Microsoft Outlook client, it inhibits the user from sending or receiving any emails. This usually happens for two reasons – [1] where the end user is trying to upgrade to Windows 10 and [2] if the user upgrades to the next version of Office. There are two ways to fix this issue:
1] Repair/Reinstall Office Outlook Client:
If repairing Microsoft Outlook does not help, you could install the mail client again. Sometimes an upgrade messes up the configuration when the version changes and reinstallation will fix it.
2] Run Outlook as administrator:
Search for the Outlook in the program menu, and then Shift+right click and select Run as administrator.

Error 0x8007007E in Printer

This error shows up when a client machine tries to connect with a Remote Printer. You will see an error message which will say “The specified module could not be found”. Also, this happens in a server-client environment.

When the 32-bit universal driver is installed on the server, it creates a registry entry. This key tells the client machine that it needs a copy of a DLL file for the printer to work on the client machine.
However, if it’s a 64-bit client, it will need a 64-bit version of the driver. But since the server offers 32-bit version driver(because of the registry entry), it results in this error.  The registry entry on the server is located at:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\<printer name>\CopyFiles\BIDI.
To resolve the issue, just delete this key. Post this, when a request is made by a 64-bit client, it will no longer be told that they need to copy the wrong file.

Let us know if this helped you to fix Error Code 0x8007007E on your computer.

W10Privacy now lets you Turn off Windows 10 Privacy Settings



With a lot of data leaks and revelations happening, everyone is concerned about their privacy. And whatever device you use, having proper settings to ensure maximum privacy is a must. This post talks about freeware for Windows that lets you adjust your Windows 10 Privacy Settings such that you have maximum privacy on your computer. The tool is a freeware and is called W10Privacy. It has been best tuned to work with Windows 10.


W10Privacy for Windows 10

Turn off Windows 10 Privacy Settings
The main motive behind this tool is to bring all privacy-related settings on Windows 10 at one place. And the tool does its job at best. It brings you all the settings well categorized into different tabs and tells you their severity. All the recommended settings with no side effects are highlighted in green, conditionally recommended settings are marked in yellow, and all the restricted recommended setting are marked in dark orange. By restricted recommended here, we mean that the setting can have a negative effect on your computer. 

If you start the tool, you will be welcomed with a long list of settings and a lot of categories. All the settings in the list are there to improve the privacy scenario on your system in some or the other way.

Turn off Windows 10 Privacy Settings

There are general privacy settings available, for example, Deny Microsoft to use diagnostics data. Then the tool gives you privacy control over Apps, Telemetry and Search. You can easily find settings such as Do not let Microsoft collect and use the information to give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more.


W10Privacy not only gives you privacy settings regarding Windows but also for other Microsoft apps. The applications include Explorer, Edge, Internet Explorer, and OneDrive. You can find plenty of these settings and find out whether it is recommended to have this setting or not.
Moving on, there are a few more settings that we have not yet discussed here. The categories include:
  • Network
  • Services
  • Tasks
  • Tweaks
  • Firewall
  • Background Apps
  • User-Apps and
  • System Apps.
Interestingly, under User Apps and System Apps you get an option to uninstall all applications which are not generally required and are known to collect personal data.
Since you are changing a lot of settings around, having a system restore point is must just in case something goes wrong. W10Privacy comes with a built-in option to create a system restore point before you start changing any settings on your computer. You will need to start the program with admin privileges to use the restore point feature.

Another interesting feature here is the ability to save and load configuration files. Once you’ve selected all the settings that you want, you can save it as a separate configuration file. You can use this configuration file later on another computer or your computer. The file can be easily sent to someone over email or other mediums. This feature allows you to preserve your settings so that you don’t have to manually configure the tool every time.
W10Privacy is a great privacy tool for Windows. The amount of settings it lets you configure is commendable. You won’t find such number of settings anywhere else. Apart from that, the tool is simple, portable and easy to use. Also, the added benefits of a restore point and a modular configuration file makes this tool a complete solution. Click here to download W10Privacy.

How to fx Windows Photo Viewer can’t display this picture


Sometimes when you open an image or a picture in Windows Photo Viewer, it displays nothing. Instead, you will see an error message “Windows Photo Viewer can’t display this picture because there might not be enough memory available on your computer“.
Windows Photo Viewer can't display this picture

While this may look like a clear-cut issue of low RAM or less storage space in the computer, but that’s always not the case. We have noticed this issue even when we had enough resources as well as disk space. So you are in a similar situation, you need to check on Color Profile of the screen as well.

Windows Photo Viewer can’t display this picture

Before you begin, close some processes via the Task Manager, run Disk Cleanup Tool, restart your computer and see if that helps. If not, then follow the steps as below, and check if this resolves your issue:
Type color management in the search box and then choose “Change advanced color management settings for display”. Alternatively, go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced display settings. Select the display, and click on Display adapter properties of Display.  Then, switch to Color Management tab, and click on Color Management button.

In the next window, select the monitor on which you receive this error. In case you have two displays, make sure to select the primary display. You have an option to identify the monitor as well. Once confirmed, select the checkbox which says “Use my settings for this device“.
Color Profile of Monitor
Next, select the Profile listed under “Profiles associated with this device”. Click on Remove.
Now, switch to Advanced Tab, and make sure all the settings are set to System default which includes a device profile, rendering intent, perceptual images, Relative Colorimetric and so on.
Advanced Option Color Management
After this, you should restart the computer once, and then try opening an image with Photo Viewer.



Let us know if these steps help you to fix this problem – or if you have any other ideas to suggest.

How to recover or set a BIOS or UEFI Password for Windows computers


If you have used Windows for a long time, I am sure you are aware of BIOS or UEFI password. This password lock makes sure that you need to enter the set password even before the Windows computer boots up. However, the biggest problem with BIOS or UEFI Password is there is no recovery option like Microsoft account. In this guide, we will share how you can recover or set a BIOS or UEFI Password for Windows computers.

The steps involved are:
  1. Temporarily remove CMOS battery
  2. Clear Unknown BIOS/UEFI passwords using bios-pw website
  3. Call Customer care.
BIOS or UEFI passwords are stored at the hardware level. So unless the OEM wants or has configured a way out to recover the password, it is impossible to reset it. Sometimes they are so strict, that only way to get through is by calling customer care. Do remember any Windows computer with this lock, cannot be unlocked by trying to reinstall Windows.

Recover or reset a BIOS or UEFI Password

Temporarily remove CMOS battery

Every motherboard comes with CMOS battery. This helps the system to keep the clock ticking, make sure the BIOS settings are not lost when the computer is powered down. So when the computer turns on, CMOS battery makes sure the information is available for the computer to boot up.
That said, if you temporarily remove CMOS battery for around 30 seconds or a minute, the settings are lost. Some motherboards are built such that removing the battery for long, resets everything. This includes the password for the BIOS / UEFI.

Clear Unknown BIOS/ UEFI passwords using bios-pw website

recover or set a BIOS or UEFI Password 

If the above step doesn’t work, you can use this BIOS Password website to clear it. Follow these steps:
  • Enter wrong password multiple times when prompted by the BIOS. This will lock you out of the system.
  • Post this a new number or code on the screen. This will include a message about System Disabled [XXXXX] Service TAG [YYYYY]
  • Open the BIOS password website, and enter the XXXXX code in it. Make sure to hit Shift+ Enter instead of just enter.
  • It will then offer multiple unlock keys which you can try to clear out the BIOS / UEFI lock on your Windows computer.

Call Customer care

If none of the methods work for you, it is best to call customer care and take their suggestions. They might help you over the call using the service tag or might suggest you visit a Service center and get this resolved.

Set a BIOS or UEFI Password

Setting up a password on BIOS or UEFI is not really recommended, but if you have made up your mind, here is how you can do it. That said, BIOS or UEFI interface varies from OEM to OEM. So look for something related with SECURITY or PASSWORD.  You will have options similar to
  • Supervisor password: It is like a master password to change important settings.
  • User password: Using this anybody can change minor settings.
  • Master password for the hard drive or a general password.
Some OEMs offer micro control where you will need to enter BIOS password. For example, you get the option to skip for a normal restart or when selecting a boot device. While you may have to enter it for unattended reboots or when the computer is powered on, and so on.
If you are here to remove the password, look for a remove password option in the same section. You will get a prompt where you can enter the set password once. If it’s correct, it will remove the BIOS password.
Once you are done, make sure to save and exit the BIOS. Reboot the computer and see if the settings have applied properly.

Lastly, be very careful with BIOS / UEFI locks. It’s better to use Microsoft account to lock the computer instead of this.

What is Windows Logon Application or winlogon.exe?


What is this winlogon.exe? Where is it located? Is it a virus? Why does it consume high CPU on Windows 10 at times and what you do about this? Now if you open the Windows Task Manager, you may see a process winlogon.exe. This is the Windows Logon Application, and it is a Windows operating system file located in the System32 folder.


Windows Logon Application (winlogon.exe)

Windows Logon Application or winlogon.exe
The Windows Logon Application or winlogon.exe is a crucial process for a Windows system. It runs in the background and rarely interferes with normal functioning of the system. It performs critical tasks while signing on to the system. The process helps in recognizing the exact sign-in account (for different users) and loads that user’s profile into the registry. It also manages the “secure attention sequence.” The secure attention sequence is a mechanism which mandates users to press CTRL+ALT+DEL before logging in to systems. This helps in identifying that no cyber-hacker or program is impersonating the sign-in page, thus assuring you of a safe login.

Where is winlogon.exe located

Windows Logon Application or winlogon.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, where C: is your system drive.

Is winlogon.exe a virus

Many cyber-criminals mimic genuine system applications while creating virus or malware, so they go undetected. Thus, it is possible that some virus or malware could hold the same name as Windows Logon Application or winlogon.exe. This could be checked as follows: right-click on the task and select Open location. The original location of the Windows Logon Application task is C:\Windows\System32 (where C: is your system drive). In case it is located elsewhere it could well be malware. The best suggestion would be to run a full system anti-malware scan.

Winlogon.exe consuming high CPU

At times the process may consume high CPU or other resources. If you face this issue often, run System File Checker in Safe Mode.

Can I disable the Windows Logon Application

While I see no reason for anyone to disable the Windows Logon Application, terminating the process would crash your system. The process is critical to the system and needs to be running all the time.
End program
If you try to end the winlogon.exe process, the system will present a warning stating “Windows will cause Windows to become unusable or shut down.” If you continue despite the warning, the system will black out, and the only way to revive it would be to power it OFF and restart it.
If the system is unable to load the winlogon.exe file upon the next startup, you will get the blue screen error 0xC000021A. If you have already made the mistake, you could follow this guide to fix STOP 0XC000021A, STATUS SYSTEM PROCESS TERMINATED error.

how to Fix ntdll.dll crash error on Windows 10


A DLL or Dynamic Link Library file that we are going to discuss today is called ntdll.dll. It is created by Windows in the System32 folder when the OS gets installed. The description of the file reads ‘NT Layer DLL’ which means that it contains some Kernel functions that help in the normal functioning of the Windows operating system. This file can simultaneously serve different programs by providing them with different Kernel functions that support the performance of the program. If you receive ntdll.dll file error on Windows 10/87, then there are some straightforward fixes for the same.

ntdll.dll error

Fix ntdll.dll file crash error

To fix this error, we will be carrying out the following fixes:
  1. Re-register the DLL file
  2. Disable the issue causing add-ons of Internet Explorer.
  3. Use DISM Commands.
  4. Use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.
  5. Scan the file for exploits.
  6. Using System File Checker.
  7. Replace the file from a trusted source.
Before you begin, reboot your computer and see if that makes the error go away. Somethimes this helps.
1] Re-register the DLL file
You need to re-register the DLL file and see if that helps. To do so, open an elevated CMD and execute the following commansd one after the other:
regsvr32.exe /u ntdll.dll
regsvr32.exe ntdll.dll
If that helps, great, else read on.
2] Disable problematic add-ons of Internet Explorer
Some Internet Explorer add-ons can be a cause for this issue. So, you can try to disable some add-ons of Internet Explorer one by one and check if that fixes the error.
3] Run DISM
NTOSKRNL.exe error
To do so, hit the WINKEY + X combination and click on Command Prompt (Admin). Now enter the following three commands sequentially and one by one and hit Enter:
 
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Let these DISM commands run and wait until they execute.
4] Use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
There might be cases where the program that you are trying to run was not able to run on your newer operating system. So, you can now use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to run it with compatibility settings for an older version of Windows.
5] Scan the file for exploits
You can also try to run a malware scan using Windows Defender or a free second-opinion, standalone, on-demand antivirus tool like Kaspersky or Dr. Web Cureit.
6] Using System File Checker
This will repair potentially corrupted or damaged Windows system files. You will need to run this command from an elevated command prompt.
You can also use our freeware FixWin to Run the System File Checker utility with a click.
7] Replace the file from a trusted source
The files mentioned above are located on this path-
For x86:
This PC > C:\Windows\System32.
For x64:
This PC > C:\Windows\SysWOW64.
So, get the new file from another computer with the same file version number preferably.
Then, you need to boot into Safe Mode. After that, navigate to the path mentioned above. And replace the file using a USB Drive or other external storage devices.
Next, open Command Prompt by searching for cmd in the Cortana search box and run it with Administrator level privileges.

Finally, type in the following command and hit the Enter key-
regsvr32 ntdll.dll
Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

If nothing helps, maybe you could reinstall the application that crashes and see if that works for you.

How you can enable Windows Sandbox on Windows 10


The most popular way to put up some suspicious code running on a device is by tricking in the user to install a suspicious program on the targetted device. Lack of awareness among the user base regarding these kinds of threats leaves a device vulnerable to a certain kind of threats always. But it looks like Microsoft has been working hard in the background in order to address this issue.


 They have just announced the availability of a sandboxed version of Windows 10 running inside Windows 10 just to isolate the suspected software to run inside it saving the main system from the potential threats.
How to enable Windows Sandbox on Windows 10

Windows Sandbox is a new feature to make your computer secure

Windows Sandbox is a virtual, disposable environment that can be enabled. This means that, if you suspect any software that is suspicious, you can run it compounded in an environment and make sure that it would not interfere with any normal processes and would not compromise any useful files. As mentioned,
“Windows Sandbox is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.”
Once this Sandbox is closed, all the software, residual files, and other data are permanently deleted.
Windows Sandbox has the following properties:
  • Part of Windows – everything required for this feature ships with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. No need to download a VHD!
  • Pristine – every time Windows Sandbox runs, it’s as clean as a brand-new installation of Windows
  • Disposable – nothing persists on the device; everything is discarded after you close the application
  • Secure – uses hardware-based virtualization for kernel isolation, which relies on Microsoft’s hypervisor to run a separate kernel which isolates Windows Sandbox from the host
  • Efficient – uses integrated kernel scheduler, smart memory management, and virtual GPU
One would need to meet the following minimum requirements in order to run Windows Sandbox:
  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later
  • AMD64 architecture
  • Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS
  • At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended)
  • At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended)

How to enable Windows Sandbox on Windows 10

First, you need to make sure that you are running either of Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise Editions and that too running build 18305 or newer.
 
Then you need to enable Virtualization to let another instance of Windows 10 running in Sandbox mode.

After that, search for Windows Features on and off on the Search Box and select the appropriate entry.
From the list, you get in the mini window, check Windows Sandbox and finally click on OK.
Now, search for Windows Sandbox in the Cortana Search box and select the appropriate entry to run it in an elevation. From your main computer (host) copy the executable file and paste it inside the Windows Sandbox environment. 

Finally, run the executable file in the Sandbox environment and use it as you would normally.
When you are done, just close the Windows Sandbox application and every data regarding that and the temporary environment will be deleted.
Just for the sake of safety, make sure that no modifications were made to the host because of the executions in the Sandboxed environment.
Contact Microsoft for feedback related to Windows Sandbox 

You can use the traditional Feedback Hub if you have any issues or suggestions.

Fill in the appropriate details and for the feature category, select Windows Sandbox under Security and Privacy.
If you have any issues related to the execution of and within Windows Sandbox, select Recreate my problem.
Select Start capture to reproduce the issue and when done, select Stop capture,
This is how you can send the feedback to the appropriate team. You can learn more about Windows Sandbox in detail here.

You Can Now Share Instagram Stories with Only Your Closest Friends



Instagram has added the ability for users to share stories with only a specific subset of people, rather than just anyone who follows them.
Users simply create a “Close Friends” list and then choose to only share certain stories with that group of people. To access the feature, go to your profile in the Instagram app and select “Close Friends List” in the side menu. From there, you can add your closest friends to the list.


 Whenever you share a story, you’ll have the option of sharing it with everyone or just your Close Friends.
There are a couple of things to be aware of. First, no one can request to be added to your list, so there will never be that awkward part where someone wants to join your list, but you’re not really feelin’ it. Secondly, your friends will know if you’ve added them to your Close Friends list, as a green badge will appear on their end when viewing stories that you’ve shared with only your list.
Better yet, people that you haven’t added to your list won’t see any of your designated stories at all, and won’t even know that they’ve been left out. Savage!
via Instagram

Why Doesn’t My Android Phone Turn on At All? Here some solutions.

Every smartphone owner’s worst nightmare is trying to fire up your phone and finding that nothing happens. A black screen with no sign of life spells disaster.
What are the reasons your Android phone or tablet might not turn on? Let’s have a look at some causes and solutions.

1. Charging Issues


As is frequently the case, the most obvious cause is usually the correct one.
If you haven’t noticed any sign of your phone malfunctioning previously, the problem might be a simple as a lack of juice in the battery. More often than not, that traces back to charging issues.

Check Your Connections

Firstly, check the obvious points. Did you definitely remember to charge your phone? Has the charger become partially dislodged from the wall socket? And is the power socket turned on?

Dirt and Dust

Next, ensure there’s no dust, dirt, or other gunk clogging up either the USB port on your charging cable or your phone’s charging port.

Remember, the connections are delicate. The best way to remove grime from ports is to use a can of compressed air.

2. Perform a Power Cycle

We’ve all experienced a frozen phone. The screen is unresponsive, and none of the buttons work. But did you know that it’s also possible for a phone to freeze in its powered-off state?
If your Android phone won’t turn on, one solution is to perform a power cycle. For devices with a removable battery, it’s as easy as taking out the battery, waiting a few seconds, and putting it in again.
If you don’t have a removable battery, press and hold the device’s power button for several seconds. Depending on your manufacturer, you might need to keep it held down for anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds.

3. Check Your Battery

If you’re confident that your charging equipment is working, and a power cycle hasn’t solved your problems, it’s time to turn your attention to your phone’s battery.
Most phone and tablet batteries start to rapidly decline in quality after a few years of use. Eventually, they will completely die. Other types of damage can also irreparably affect the battery. Liquids, falls onto hard surfaces, and extreme temperatures can all render a battery useless.

Check the Battery Is Receiving Power

After you have plugged your phone or tablet into your charger, wait for one minute to see whether the battery icon pops up on your screen.
If it does, your battery is fine, and you can move onto the next steps. Alternatively, you might see a small red (or other color) light flashing. If you do, it means your battery doesn’t have enough power to turn on or display any content on the screen. Let it charge for 30 minutes, then try again.
Don’t see a battery icon or a light? That might mean that your battery is dead and needs replacing.
If your phone has a removable battery, you can pick up a new one on Amazon for a decent price. For phones without removable batteries, you either need to try to pull apart your phone and change the battery yourself or take it to a specialist shop.
Be aware that if you try to change the battery yourself, you might void the device’s warranty.

4. Check the Screen

Of course, your phone might be powered on without you realizing. A broken screen can give the impression that there’s no power.
Thankfully, it’s easy to know whether your screen is to blame. Hold the Power button for 30 seconds to ensure your phone is definitely powering up, then wait for at least two minutes to allow the boot process to complete.
Now, simply call yourself from another phone. If the phone rings, your screen is to blame. If it doesn’t, you need to keep going.
Remember, you can replace the screen yourself, but once again, you will void your warranty.

5. Use Your Computer to Troubleshoot

If you still can’t get your device to boot, you might be able to force it to turn on using your computer. Google provides a somewhat convoluted series of steps that you can work through. We’ve simplified them below:
  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Let it charge for 15 minutes.
  3. Disconnect the cable from your device (not the computer).
  4. Reconnect the cable within 10 seconds of disconnecting it.
  5. Charge your device for a further 30 minutes.
  6. Press and hold the Power button for five seconds.
  7. Tap Restart on your screen.
  8. If you don’t see Restart, hold the power button for a further 30 seconds.

6. Reset Your Android Device

Woke up late this morning because at some point last night my phone, while charging, shut itself off and the only way I was able to turn it back on was my resetting the bootloader in Android's recovery mode ????
— Marxist queery (@queercommunist) September 14, 2018
Perhaps your device will turn on, but cannot make it past the boot process to your home screen. A corrupted upgrade or a custom ROM could be to blame. In this case, you can try to reset your device.
Warning: Resetting your phone or tablet will wipe everything on it. Ensure sure you make regular backups of your important Android data.
Back up Your Android Phone Today Before It's Too Late Back up Your Android Phone Today Before It's Too Late If you lost your phone today (or it was stolen or damaged), would you still have all your photos, contacts, and data? Let's make sure everything is properly backed up.  To reset your Android phone using Recovery Mode, follow the steps below:
  1. Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down for a few seconds until you see the Android logo on the screen. (This key combination varies with some manufacturers.)
  2. Use the Volume Up and Volume Down keys to navigate to Recovery Mode.
  3. Press the Power button.
  4. Use the Volume keys to select Wipe Data/Factory Reset and press the Power button.
  5. Finally, select the Yes—Erase all Data option and press the Power button.
The reset process will take several minutes to complete.

How To Fix SIM Card Contacts Not Showing On Android

Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Well, even if it hasn’t happened to you, it does happen.
 

Sometime your device might suddenly start showing this annoying error of “No contacts on your SIM card” and you just don’t know how to fix it.
Okay, you have removed the SIM, wiped it with your cloth and re-inserted it but the no contacts on your SIM error seems sticky.
Well, I am definitely gonna make sure you don’t leave here with an unsolved problem.
Nowadays, it’s normal to see a good number of people saving their contacts online on their Google account, Samsung account, Mi account or any available account that can save and sync their data.

This is very good and it’s even safer, convenient, has more space but might not always be available on a new device without internet connection.
Most people who come from smaller devices like feature phones must have had a lot of their contacts saved on the SIM card. Yes, and that’s why the error is just so irritating.
Imagine swapping your SIM from an older phone to your Android and trying to call from your contacts isn’t possible because it’s not showing.
It’s really irritating but we are going to solve it together. Let’s see some of the things you need to do if your SIM contacts aren’t showing on your Android device.

Steps To Fix No Contacts On SIM Card On Android

If your device or someone else’s is showing this error and you would love to fix it yourself, below are the steps or what you need to do to fix the No contacts on SIM Card error.

Make sure your device is set to show all contacts including SIM contacts

This is one of the first things to check to make sure your device isn’t wrongly configured. Your Android device can show either contact saved on your SIM card, Google account, phone storage, Whatsapp, Truecaller, Messenger, Samsung account, MI account or even all of them, depending on the accounts on your device.
So what if you mistakenly set it to display or show just the contacts on your phone storage? Then, if it’s empty, you probably won’t see anything.

So to make sure your Android device is set to show all the contacts on the SIM, phone, Google etc, follow this guide.
  1. Open your Contacts app from the app drawer.
  2. Click on the options button.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Tap on Contacts to display
  5. Select All contacts 
You should now be able to see all the available contacts on your device, including those on the SIM card. You can select to show only SIM contacts, to be sure.

Put Your SIM card on another phone to also check

Sometimes our device might be faulty software or hardware wise. So, to be very sure it isn’t an issue from the device, look for a working device or a smaller phone and insert your SIM card properly.
Go to the Contacts and see if your SIM card contacts are displaying. If it’s, very good! If it’s not, there are more things to try okay.

Check your Android App permissions

As simple as this may sound, it causes loud problems. If you deny any app the necessary permissions it needs to function well, it would surely misbehave.
This is mostly seen on newer Android versions and is always set up at the initial setup of the device. The first time you open an app e.g camera, it asks for permissions to access important aspects of your phone.
So if you deny it any, it would not work. Did you mistakenly deny the contacts/Phone app it’s birthright? Not sure? Well, let’s see how we can quickly turn things around.
  1. Go to your Settings from the all apps section.
  2. Scroll down and open Apps
  3. Select to view All apps
  4. Click on the options button or 3 dotted icons and select Reset app preferences
  5. Now go back to the Contacts/Phone app and open it.
  6. Accept or permit every action or request it makes until it stops.
  7. See if your contacts are now displaying.
Note: Always accept permission prompts when opening apps for the first time so they can work as intended.

Try to Import the SIM contacts

This is one funny thing I noticed on some Chinese phones. Sometimes, you just need to import the contacts on your SIM over to the device and they will then show up.
Importing contacts isn’t as hard as the problem we are trying to solve. All you have to do is,
  • Go to your Contacts or phone app.
  • Open the settings
  • You should immediately find an option Import/Export contacts
  • Click on it and in the corresponding prompt, select Import Contacts from SIM card.
  • Next you have to select where to import them to. Choose Google, phone storage or what ever option that suits you.
  • Select all the contacts(if available) and allow it to import.
  • When done, you should now be able to find the imported contacts in the contacts list.

Check your SIM Memory status

Does this sound like am going off the track? Well, this could be the solution to your no contacts on SIM card issue.
I have seen quite a number of Android devices showing the no contacts on SIM card because the memory is full or almost filled.

You might wonder, where is the stuff in the SIM, I haven’t even saved up to the maximum contacts on the SIM.
Remember that your SIM card doesn’t only save contacts? Okay, so what else does it save?
Messages! Yea, it does save messages in its memory. So how do you know if the SIM memory is filled up and it is making your 

Android device not to be able to access the SIM contacts? Let’s quickly run through the fix.
It’s pretty simple and straightforward but a life/phone saver.
  • The first thing you have to do is to go to your default SMS/Text/Messaging app and open it.
  •  Click on the options key or the 3 dotted icons at the top right of your screen(depending on your phone type/model/software version.
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Select More Settings
  • Click on Text Messages
  • Select Manage SIM card messages
  • If there are any messages saved on your SIM, it will be displayed here. You can mark all of them or the useless ones and delete them.
  • Now joyfully go back to your contacts, the SIM  contacts will now be visible.
These are some of the best ways to fix no contact on SIM error on an Android device. If you couldn’t get yours to work, kindly leave a comment on this post and I will reply as soon as possible.

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