Remove Quick access and User Folders from File Explorer in Windows 10/11

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Quick access, introduced in Windows 10, replaces the Favorites feature present in the earlier versions of Windows. It lets you pin your favorite folders, and it also lists frequently accessed folders.

In addition, File Explorer in Windows 10/11 by default displays the special user folders at the top, as well as in the navigation pane pinned under This PC. The shell folders namely 3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos show up above the fold. These folder icons clutter the view, and push the disk drives category down below, which some users dislike.

This article tells you how to remove Quick access and also hide the special user folders from This PC view — both from the right pane as well as from the navigation pane.

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How to Update Microsoft Defender and Run a Quick Scan in One Go

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The Windows Defender command-line utility MpCmdRun.exe is prominently used for scheduling scans and updating the signature or definition files. The MpCmdRun.exe command usage info can be obtained by running MpCmdRun.exe with “/?” or without any parameter.

However, it doesn’t mention a useful switch that updates Windows Defender signatures and runs a Quick Scan at once. And this switch is not documented anywhere so far.Read more

Send To Menu Empty or Shows Only “Bluetooth Device”

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When right-clicking a file and clicking the Send To menu in Windows, only the Bluetooth Device shortcut may be displayed, although the other shortcuts, including the default ones, such as Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Mail Recipient, are intact in the user’s Send To folder.

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On some systems, the Send To menu may be completely blank:

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Let’s see how to fix these issues.

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Windows 10 Default Services Configuration and Permissions

The Windows 10 Services configuration defaults are provided on this page. The settings below are gathered from a Windows 10 Pro PC (clean install, rather than upgrade).

Last updated on November 17, 2020 – Windows 10 Pro v20H2 is the current version as of this revision. The Service permission (SDDL strings) defaults are also included for each service.

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How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 and 11

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Windows Photo Viewer is one of the things that gets removed or hidden from access after upgrading to Windows 10. The new Photos app takes charge as the default handler for image files in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The good news is Windows Photo Viewer application still exists in the same location in Windows 10 and Windows 11. But what is removed is only its registration.

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Windows Photo Viewer is a lightweight app similar to the Office Picture Manager and Windows Live Photo Gallery, both of which are discontinued by Microsoft. But, Windows Photo Viewer remains an integral part of Windows 10/11.

Windows Photo Viewer is powered by a single DLL file named photoviewer.dll located in the C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer directory in Windows 11 and earlier OS.

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Windows Photo Viewer – photoviewer.dll in Windows 10 version 21H1.

For example, this command-line will open a file named D:\sample.png using Windows Photo Viewer:

rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll", ImageView_Fullscreen d:\sample.png

Now, all we need to do is add Windows Photo Viewer file association settings to the registry. If you’re not a fan of the new Photos app, you can restore the missing Windows Photo Viewer registration in Windows 10 and 11.
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Windows 10 Command Prompt Can Be Closed using ALT+F4 Hotkey

The much useful ALT+F4 key sequence closes any application, but not the Command Prompt window. Users had to type exit or click the Close button to close the window. This is the case in earlier versions of Windows (up to Windows 8.1), but have you noticed that the Windows 10 Command Prompt duly responds to ALT+F4 hotkey?

Not only that! You can even change the Windows 10 Command Prompt behavior as in earlier Windows versions. Probably the developers at Microsoft had legacy applications in mind. By the way, to make Command Prompt not respond to ALT+F4 key sequence, all you need to do is to edit a registry value.

Changing the Command Prompt ALT+F4 Behavior

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