Win+X Command Prompt Admin File Association Error; Run As Administrator Missing

When you right-click on an executable file or a shortcut, the Run as Administrator may be missing. From Windows 10 Start menu, if you right-click a program, click More and select Run as administrator, nothing may happen.

Right-clicking Start and clicking Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) may launch some another application or causes the file association error below, with the shortcut name “WinX\Group3\01 – Command Prompt.lnk” in the title. Also, Ctrl+Shift+Enter may not run an executable elevated or does nothing.Read more

[Fix] Win+X Menu Shortcuts Not Working

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When you right-click Start, none of the shortcuts in the Win+X (Power User) menu work except the Run command. However, the shortcuts may work fine when launched from the Win+X Shortcuts folder, which is located at:Read more

How to Use the File History Feature in Windows 8 and 10

File History, included in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, is used to backup your personal files at chosen intervals and recover a specific version of the file you want from backup. To use File History you need to select an external drive or a network location where you want to backup the files to. You can designate an external drive or network location for File History for multiple PCs. We’ll see how to configure and use File History in Windows 8 and 10 in today’s post.Read more

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

How to Restart Explorer.exe Cleanly in Windows 10?

Earlier we learned how to exit and restart explorer shell safely in earlier versions of Windows. It’s much simpler in Windows 8 and Windows 10, where the hidden “Exit Explorer” option is moved to the Taskbar context menu instead of the Start menu. Also, Task Manager has a new Restart Explorer in Windows 8 and Windows 10 that lets you gracefully restart the explorer shell easily.

When you restart the explorer.exe shell process, Taskbar and Start menu is completely refreshed, and pending registry modifications, if any, take effect after restarting the shell. The two methods to gracefully exit and restart explorer are covered in this article.Read more