How to disable Cortana and Web Search in windows 10 anniversary update (2016)

With the newest update, windows has hidden the option “search online and include web results” and therefore has made it difficult for users to disable Cortana and Web results completely.

Luckily for us there is a relatively easy fix.

  • Type Win + R to open run and type in gpedit.msc
  • Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
  • Disable “Allow Cortana”
  • Enable “Do not allow web search”

And Done.

Windows 10 Ninja Cat wallpaper

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To celebrate one year of the Windows 10 insider program, Microsoft sent out this email to its insiders with exclusive Ninja Cat Windows 10 wallpapers as well as a Ninja Cat GIF.

The wallpaper zip below contains multiple files in various sizes for both phones and PC’s alike.

You can download the official files using the links below:

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How to increase scope (change netmask) in windows server 2012

As you may have noticed, there is no easy way to change the netmask of a scope. The only way is to delete and recreate it.

If you have a network anywhere near as complex as the one I’m dealing with right now, you KNOW manual insertion is not even remotely an option. Luckily there is an easy way…. command prompt 🙂

 

Step 1. open up cmd as administrator and export your scope

The command is:

C:>netsh dhcp server \dhcp_server_name scope my_scope dump>c:dhcp.txt

eg. C:>netsh dhcp server \dc1 scope 192.168.1.1 dump>c:dhcp.txt

 

Step 2. Open that document and find the line saying

Dhcp Server \xyz.domain.local add scope 10.0.10.0 255.255.255.0 “scope_name” “scope_description”

and change the netmask to whatever you wish it to be… In my case I canged to 255.255.255.254 for an extra 255 Ip addresses so instead of 192.168.1.1-254 I have 192.168.1.1-192.168.2.254

 

Step 3. Delete your scope…

Yes, delete your scope… Be sure that you have opened up the dhcp.txt and confirmed that all your reservations and other configurations are stored in there. (Note. delete using the default GUI MMC console)

 

Step 4. Import modified scope. 

I called my modified scope dhcp_custom.txt and so I will import it with

C:>netsh exec c:dhcp_custom.txt

 

done and done!! 

 

How to sync time with NTP server in windows

To sync your time with a known local timeserver/domain controller, open up CMD (preferably with administrative privileges) and type

net time timeserver /set /yes

 

If you instead want to sync with an external time server.

w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:pool.ntp.org /reliable:no /update

 

Another useful command to note is:

w32tm /stripchart /computer:si.pool.ntp.org /samples:5 /dataonly

this will check the difference between current time and external ntp server.

How to change default bootloader in Windows

This applies for windows 7 and 8. Normally you would want to do this after installing a secondary operating system and it took over your main bootloader. (you would notice a restart when choosing the main os)

  1. Open cmd with elevated privilages
  2. bcdedit /default {current}
  3. restart

An additional tip to speedup the restart of your pc is to hold down shift when restarting… This will prompt you to choose what os you want before all the preload stuff

How to remove OEM Recovery Partition in windows 8 / 7

  1. Windows Logo Key + R and type in ‘diskpart’ (CMD will open)
  2. Type ‘list volume’ (you will see a list of all your partitions)
  3. Next ‘select volume [volume_number] (use the number in the ‘Volume ###’ section of the previous command)
  4. remove letter [drive_letter]
  5. ‘exit’

And thats it, you’re done. No more annoying recovery partition showing up.

To add the letter back at the future date you can follow the same method above but replace step 4 with:

‘assign letter [drive_letter]’