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A lot of people on forums and comment sections of other blogs have asked the question, “How can I find someone on Spotify that doesn’t know me”.

To answer that question, we did some research on Spotify and their official website, as well as some other sources. And we came up with few solutions for that problem.

So If you want to find someone on Spotify, With or without using the person’s user name. This guide will help you with that. All you have to do is following the given steps below.

Also, at the end of this article, we have included some other ways which you can find new people on Spotify. Keep scrolling…

Official Website: Visit Spotify
Download Spotify App: Desktop
Download Spotify App: Android | iOS

Note: This Article is for Windows/Android/iOS users.

01 – Find someone on Spotify with their user name

Finding someone is so easy if you know the person’s username. Whether you are on your mobile or PC, you can find that person with in seconds.

Here I will show you how to find someone on Spotify android app and desktop app using the user name.

Find someone on Spotify App using their user name

  1. Head over to Spotify app.
  2. In the search bar type user:username (replace username with the user name of the person you want to find)
Spotify app - search users by their username
  1. Once you tap on the enter button on your keyboard, you will see the results and then you can tap on the user profile and follow that person.
Spotify app - follow the user

Find someone on Spotify Windows App/browser using their user name

  1. Open the Spotify desktop software.
  2. In the search bar type user:username (replace username with the user name of the person you want to find) and press the Enter button.
Spotify desktop - search by the username
  1. From the results, click the follow button to follow that person.
Spotify  desktop - follow searched user

02 – Find someone on Spotify without their user name

Unlike using a username, finding someone without username can be a little time consuming. Sometimes you might not get the results that you want.

It is because usernames are identical from actual names and stored in Spotify database. They have provided a very special search term that will filter out users and will give you the exact match user easily.

And yet, you can try these methods to find whoever you want on Spotify.

Search by person’s name

If the person you are looking has the same username on Spotify, then chances are high that you will find what you are looking for.

Here is how to do that:

Search by Person’s name in Spotify App

  1. Open Spotify app
  2. Type the name of the person you want to find
Spotify app - search by name of the person
  1. From the results select profiles
Spotify app - select profiles
  1. Now you will get a list of user profiles. If the person have the name you typed in, their profile will be displayed.
  2. You can select the profile from the list and follow him/her.
Spotify app - Follow the searched person

03 – Other ways to find people on Spotify

Apart from find people using their user names and real names, there are other ways to connect with people on Spotify.

One such popular way is adding your Facebook friends who has a Spotify account. Let’s take a look at how you can do that

Follow your Facebook friends on Spotify

To follow your Facebook friends on Spotify, first you have to Log in via your Facebook account. And then you will see your Facebook friends who already has a Spotify account.

Connect your Facebook account on Spotify mobile app

  1. Open Spotify app
  2. In home tab, tap the settings icon (Gear wheel icon on top right corner)
Spotify app - Home tab
  1. Then tap on your profile
Spotify app - view profile
  1. Now tap on the 3 dots on the top right corner
Spotify app - user profile 3 dots at top right corner
  1. Select Find friends
Spotify app - find friends
  1. Now you will see a button to connect your Facebook account. Tap on it and connect.
Spotify app - connect Facebook account

Once you connect your Facebook account and allow Spotify to see your friend list, you will be able to see your Facebook friends on Spotify app.

Connect your Facebook account on Spotify Desktop app/browser

  1. Open Spotify desktop app or login in your browser.
  2. Click the 3 dots at the top left corner. Then Go to preferences.
Spotify desktop - preferences
  1. Scroll down to bottom and you will find a button to connect your Facebook account.
Spotify desktop - connect with Facebook account
  1. Click the button and log in with your Facebook account and allow Spotify to see your friend list.

After you connect your Facebook account, you will see your Facebook friends on Spotify desktop app or browser.

Conclusion

That is it. Hope you abled to find the person on Spotify. If you know more about how to find people on Spotify, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Also, if you have any question regarding this article, you can put a comment and I will be there to help you.

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If you get the 0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error whenever you open the camera app in your Windows 10/11 PC. Then this guide will help you to fix it easily.

0xa00f4288 - All cameras are reserved error

0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error occur whenever your device’s camera is used by another service or an app. That is why the error message suggest to close any other apps that use the camera. But it can occur even there is no other app use the device’s camera.

So how can you solve it? well in this guide I have listed few fixes that will definitely fix the  0xa00f4288 error. Follow the article.

Fix 01 – Allow access to the camera in Settings

In Windows 10 and 11, you can control whether to allow certain hardware to be accessible in the device or not. Also, you have the control of which program can access to your device’s hardware. In this case, the camera.

Therefore, if the Windows camera app cannot access the camera in your device, then this is probably why it shows 0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error.

To fix that, you need to allow apps to access the camera. Here is how to do that:

  1. Go to settings and then Privacy

Windows 10 settings

  1. From the left menu, scroll down and click on Camera

Privacy settings in Windows 10

  1. Now you will see camera settings. From there, enable the toggle Allow Access to the  camera on this device.

Allow access to the camera on device

  1. Now enable the toggle under Allow apps to access your camera.

Allow apps to access the camera

  1. Open the camera app and check if the error is gone

If this fix does not work for you, then don’t worry. You can apply the 2nd fix below.

Fix 02 – Update Camera (Webcam) drivers

Drivers are the programs which tell the Windows operating system how to access and use certain hardware devices.

Usually drivers should be updated in order to use the devices properly. Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause hardware malfunction and could lead to various issues, such as this 0xa00f4288 error.

So if this is the case, you can simply update the camera or Webcam drivers to the latest available version. Then you will be able to get rid of this error.

There are bunch of different ways to update your device drivers, I will show you the easiest and most reliable way.

How to update camera (Webcam) drivers:

  1. Type “device manager” in search bar
  2. From the results, click on Device manager

Device manager in search results

  1. It will brings up the Device manager window
  2. In there, double click on Cameras

Cameras in Device manager

  1. Now you will see the Webcam device in your system. Right click on it and select Uninstall

Uninstall device

Note: The reason why you need to uninstall the device is to erase all the stored drivers and registry files. Do not worry because in next step I will show you how to get it back and update the drivers.

  1. Now click on the Action tab and then Scan for hardware changes

Scan for hardware changes

  1. You will see the camera device again, right click on it and select update driver

Update driver

  1. Then a Window will be opened. Select Search automatically for drivers to let Windows download and install updates for your webcam device

Search automatically for drivers

  1. Restart the computer

After that, Launch the camera app and see if the 0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error is gone.

Fix 03 – Reset camera app settings to default

If the above method did not work, then the problem might be with the camera app itself.

Even if you did not misconfigure the app, it can still give you errors like the one you are facing right now (0xa00f4288). This can be due to other programs that change the system files like registry cleaners, Virus guards etc.

But don’t worry, there is an easy way to reset the camera app and make it work back again. Just follow the steps below.

How to reset the camera app:

  1. Go to Settings and then Apps

Apps - in Windows settings

  1. Scroll down until you find the camera app
  2. click on the icon and select Advanced options

Camera app - Advanced options

  1. Scroll down and click on Terminate button to end the camera process before reset its settings
  2. Now click on Reset button

Terminate & Reset camera app

Wait until the process completed and then open the Camera app.

Fix 04 – Download Windows camera app

If the 0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error still appears, then you can try downloading Windows camera app which is released by Microsoft corporation.

If the problem is with the inbuilt camera app, then this will fix your issue.

How to download and install Windows camera app:

  1. Type “store” in search bar
  2. Open Microsoft store app from the results

Microsoft Store in Windows search results

  1. In Microsoft store search bar, type “camera
  2. From the results, select Windows camera app (it will comes automatically once you press the Enter button)

Windows camera app

  1. Now click on Get button to download and install the Windows camera app

Get Windows camera app

  1. After installation, open the app.

Sometimes this app can replace the default Windows 10/11 camera app, if such thing happen, don’t worry. This app will be the default camera app afterwards.

Fix 05 – Use Registry editor to solve 0xa00f4288 All Cameras are Reserved error

All the app configurations, hardware configurations can be changed or delete using Registry editor.

We are going to use Registry editor to configure Windows settings to get back camera app work again and get rid of all cameras are reserved error. So here is how to that:

  1. Type “registry editor” in search bar and press Enter button
  2. From the results, click on Registry Editor

Registry editor in search results

  1. Once you opened the registry editor, navigate to this path

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform

Note: If you find it difficult to go to this path, just copy it and paste in the address bar, and press the Enter button to navigate quickly.

Registry editor - Platform registry

  1. From the left pane, right click on Platform registry and select New > DWORD(32 Bit) Value

New DWORD(32-bit) Value

  1. Once done, you will see a new value is created in the right pane. Name the value as EnableFrameServerMode

Rename the new value

  1. Now double click on the value and set the Value data to 1

Set new value data

    1. Click the Ok button and exit from Registry Editor
    2. Open the camera app

If you still get the 0xa00f4288 all cameras are reserved error, then restart your computer. After that the problem will be fixed.

Which method worked for you? Don’t forget to leave a comment below. We appreciate your comment a lot.

If you have any question related to this article, then you can also use the comment section. We will always be there to help you.

Official Microsoft forum post related to this problem

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Starting from Windows 8, Microsoft Windows operating systems show a volume popup at top-left of the screen on Laptops/Desktops whenever we use the shortcut key to change the volume. Which typically looks like this:

Volume popup (Overlay) in Windows 10

Some people find it annoying to them to always see this popup every time they change the volume of their Laptop/Desktop PCs. So you may be one of them.

But unlike other features, there is no option with Windows 11/10/8 to disable or hide this volume popup. You only can only decrease the popup display time to 5 seconds minimum. (You will see how to do that also in method 01)

But we have a better solution! In this guide, you will learn how to Disable or hide the volume popup permanently or temporarily in Windows 11/10. Even if you are a Windows 8 user. You can do this just fine.

Keep scrolling..

01 – How to decrease the display time of volume popup

Note: This method won’t hide or disable volume popup in windows 11/10. If you want to disable the volume popup, scroll down to method 2 and below.

As I said earlier, Windows 11/10 operating system won’t offer a way to disable the volume popup. But we can reduce the volume popup display time. Up to 5 seconds.

This method is best if you don’t want to disable the volume popup entirely but want to get rid of that as soon as you change the volume.

Let’s see how you can do that:

  1. Go to settings and then Ease of access
Windows Settings - Ease of Access
  1. Under Display settings, Scroll down till you find settings under Simplify and Personalize Windows 
Ease of Access - Display settings
  1. Under that settings, set the Show notification for to 5 seconds
Change the volume popup display time
  1. Now turn volume up/down to see whether the changes are applied

02 – Disable Volume popup using HideVolumeOSD

HideVolumeOSD is small 3rd party software developed by a GitHub user TheCakeIsNaOH just to disable the volume popup in Windows 11/10/8 operating systems.

Thanks to the developer, you can download this software for free and use it to get rid of the volume popup notification.

Here is how to disable the volume popup using HideVolumeOSD:

  1. Click here to download the HideVolumeOSD program
  2. Once downloaded double click on the setup icon
  3. You might see a warning message. Do not worry, the developer has already explained why it happens in the website as follows;

According to the developer:

“When executing the setup you will get a Windows SmartScreen warning. This is caused by the fact that I have no commercial certificate to sign the application/setup, because it’s for free.”

  1. Therefore, if you get a smart screen warning, click the More info and click on “Run anyway” to start the setup
  2. When you click the Next button in the setup, you will be asked to select an installation options “Silent mode” or “Tray icon mode
HideVolumeOSD Setup - Installation options

Tray Icon Mode: After installation, a tray icon will be visible on right side of the taskbar and from there you can disable/enable the volume popup.

Silent Mode: There will be no tray icon and the program will immediately disable the volume popup after the installation. If you want to enable the popup notification back, you can do that by clicking the start button and under HideVolumeOSD program group (I will show you that from below)

  1. Select the installation option as you preferred and complete the installation.

Now follow the steps below according to the installation option you chose in step 5.

If you chose Tray icon mode

Tray icon mode - How the icon will appear on taskbar

After install, you will see an icon on the right side of the taskbar (look the image above). To disable the volume popup, just right click on the icon and select Hide Volume OSD like this:

Disable the volume popup using tray icon

Now you will see that the icon changed after selection. To enable volume popup back, right click on the icon again and select Show volume OSD  like this:

Enable the volume popup back using tray icon

Note: In the latest version, you can just click the icon to enable/disable the Volume popup without having right click on it.

Pretty simple right?

If you chose Silent Mode

There will be no user interface or an icon like in tray icon mode to enable or disable the volume popup notification, but you can do that in the program folder.

  1. Go to start
  2. Look for a program group called HideVolumeOSD
  3. Click on it
HideVolumeOSD program group

Now you will see 3 programs listed there, like this:

HideVolumeOSD programs

Here is what each program does:

  • HideVolumeOSD – Starts the program and shows the taskbar icon (Like in system tray mode)
  • HideVolumeOSD (Hide) – Disable the Volume popup immediately
  • HideVolumeOSD (Show) – Enable the volume popup immediately

Silent mode initially disables the volume popup window. So no need to disable it manually. You can use these to enable it back whenever you want.

Will this program work even after I restart my PC?

Yes. This program will launch whenever you turn on/restart your PC.

03 – How to disable the volume popup when using Chrome

If you don’t mind having volume popup on Windows but want to get rid of the volume popup that appears while listening to music or watching a video on chrome like this?

Typical Volume popup (overlay) when using chrome

Then this option might be best for you other than disabling the entire volume popup Window.

Follow the steps below to disable volume popup in chrome:

  1. Open chrome
  2. Copy or type the following address in address bar
Google chrome - address bar
  1. Press the enter button
  2. Disable the Hardware Media Key Handling
Disable Hardware Media Key Handling
  1. Relaunch chrome browser and check whether it is working
Relaunch chrome

That is it. Which method did you use? If you have any questions regarding this article feel free to leave a comment below. I will always be there to help you.

Link to the problem posted in Microsoft community

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Bluetooth device remove failed error in Windows

Recently, a lot of users have reported that they are getting Bluetooth device remove failed error when trying to remove a paired Bluetooth device (mostly audio/controller devices).

So if you are in same situation where you are unable to remove a Bluetooth device and want a solution, then don’t worry. In this guide, you will learn how to remove a Bluetooth device that gives “Remove failed” error in Windows 10 or 11.

How to Fix – Bluetooth device remove failed

Since there are several ways to solve this issue. I have listed them one by one. So you can take your time and follow the steps to remove your Bluetooth device properly.

Note: Before proceeding any of these methods, turn the Bluetooth device you want to remove off for better results.

01 – Remove Bluetooth device from device manager

Device manager is the central control panel of all the devices connected to your PC. So you can go directly to device manger and remove the device.

Follow the steps below;

  1. Type device manager on the search bar and open up the Device Manager
Device manager in search results
  1. Click the View tab and select Show hidden devices
View hidden devices in device manager
  1. Now double click on Bluetooth to view the list of devices connected to your Windows PC
  2. Right click on the device you want to remove. Then select Uninstall
Uninstall Bluetooth device
  1. You will be asked to confirm the uninstallation, go ahead and click on the Uninstall button
Confirm Bluetooth device uninstallation

After uninstallation, check if the “Remove failed” error appear again. If this method does not work, don’t worry. There are other ways to do that, keep scrolling..

02. Turn on Airplane mode and remove the Bluetooth device

This might sound silly but turning on airplane mode will Disable Bluetooth function and other signal transmissions including WIFI.

This will let you to remove your Bluetooth device from the PC without any failure. So let’s try that out.

  1. Click on the notification icon on taskbar
Notification icon on taskbar
  1. Turn on Airplane mode
Turning on airplane mode
  1. Now try to remove the Bluetooth device

If you are still getting Bluetooth device remove failed error, try the below method as well.

03. Use Bluetooth Command line tools

According it its developers – Bluetooth command line tools are a suite of command line utilities for Microsoft Windows that can be used to configure your Bluetooth adapter.

You can use this 3rd party utility to fix the issue. So here is how to do that;

Note: This tool is not yet tested on a Windows 11 PC. Currently it supports Windows 7/8 and 10. Leave a comment below if this method works so it will be helpful to others.

  1. Download Bluetooth command line tools from here
  2. Install the package (follow the given instructions on download’s page)
  3. Now turn on your Bluetooth device and switch to pairing mode
  4. Type PowerShell on the search bar and open Windows PowerShell
Powershell in search results
  1. Copy the below command to PowerShell and press the Enter button:
btpair
btpair code in powershell
  1. Now you will be asked by a prompt to allow to pair your device.

04. Use Windows Registry Editor to remove the device

Note: Turn off the Bluetooth device before proceeding.

Whenever you pair a device with Windows PC, the system will automatically creates a registry entry in Windows Registry Editor.

So if you are unable to remove a Bluetooth device, you can remove it from Windows Registry editor and get rid of Bluetooth device remove failed error. Let’s see how you can do it;

  1. Type registry editor in Windows search and open it
Registry editor in search results
  1. Go to the following path;
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BTHPORT\Parameters\Devices

Note: If you find it difficult to navigate to this registry, just copy the above path, paste it in the address bar and press the Enter button to go directly to the registry easily.

Registry editor - devices
  1. Double click the Device folder (registry) you will see one or many subfolders (keys). Each subfolder (key) belongs to a Bluetooth device which have paired with your PC
Bluetooth devices in registry editor
  1. Now click on each subfolder (key) and open the name value from the right pane to identify which device it belongs to.
Name value in Bluetooth devices
  1. When you find the device you want to remove, delete the subfolder (key) it belongs to
Delete Bluetooth device from registry editor
  1. Restart your PC and see if the problem is solved

05. Run Bluetooth troubleshooter

Windows 10/11 comes with many built in troubleshooters which can help you to fix various issues. Bluetooth troubleshooter is one of them

You can use Bluetooth troubleshooter to remove or fix the Bluetooth device you want. Here is how to do that;

  1. Go to settings and then Update & security
Windows update & security
  1. from the right side select Troubleshoot
  2. A list of troubleshooters will appear now, if not scroll to bottom and click Additional troubleshooters
troubleshoot section in settings
  1. From the list, click on Bluetooth and then click the Run the troubleshooter button
Additional troubleshooters

Now the troubleshooter will run and find problems with your Bluetooth devices, it will also fix if there is any issue automatically and you can see it after it completes the troubleshooting. Like this:

Bluetooth troubleshooting completed message

06. Remove the device in Safe mode

When boot your Windows PC into Safe mode, some services, device drivers and other 3rd party programs will not load. So you can troubleshoot issues without any interferences.

So first you have to Boot into safe mode, and then you can remove the Bluetooth device from your PC.

Take a photo or load this article from another device before proceeding. Because once you boot into safe mode, you might not be able to visit any webpage.

  1. While pressing the Shift button on the keyboard, click on Start button, power and then click on Restart
Restart to enter Recovery mode
  1. After restart, you will see a blue screen and click the Troubleshoot from there
Choose an option - Troubleshoot
  1. Then click on Advanced options
Troubleshoot - Advanced options
  1. You will see few Advanced options in there. Click on Startup settings
Advanced options - Startup settings
  1. Now click on Restart
Startup settings - Restart
  1. After restart Press 4 or F4 button on your keyboard to Enable/ Boot into safe mode
Enable Safe mode

Note: If you have enabled BitLocker or Device Encryption in your Windows PC, after restart you will be asked for a BitLocker recovery key. You have to enter it before accessing Startup settings. Click here to get your BitLocker recovery key.

Once successfully boot into safe mode, follow these steps to remove Bluetooth adapter.

  1. Type device manager in Search bar and open the Device manager
  2. Once opened, double click on Bluetooth
  3. From the list, select your Bluetooth adapter and uninstall it (It will get installed again after restart so no need to panic)
Uninstalling Bluetooth adapter in Safe mode
  1. Restart your PC
Restarting PC to exit Safe mode

After the restart, Windows will automatically install the Bluetooth adapter and all the paired devices will be erased. Now you can check whether the problem is solved and pair your devices once again.

07. Update Bluetooth drivers to latest version

If you still gets the Bluetooth device remove failed error, then you should update your Bluetooth adapter’s driver.

There are several ways to update drivers, I will show you the easiest way. Which is using a reliable third party Driver update software.

The program I use in this guide is IObit Driver booster. If you know another software which can do the job then you can go with that software and update Bluetooth drivers.

  1. Go to Driver Booster download page
  2. Download and install Driver booster
  3. After install the program, click on Scan now
Driver booster - scan now
  1. If an update available for your Bluetooth adapter, click on update
Update Bluetooth drivers in driver booster
  1. Restart your PC

That’s it. Now I hope you solved the Bluetooth device remove failed error. Which method worked for you? Do you have any questions? leave a comment below. I will always be there to help you.

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OneDrive is the default cloud storage service comes with Windows 10/11 and Office 365. It is a great option when it comes to save your local files, projects on cloud.

In this guide, you will learn how to un-sync OneDrive without deleting files. And a bonus tip that will save you when using OneDrive in 2022.

For easy navigation, follow the Table of Content. Let’s get started.

01. How to Un-sync OneDrive Without Deleting Files on Your Local Machine (PC)

User have reported various times that when they un-sync (or unlink) OneDrive, their local files (files on PC) are also get deleted.

It can become frustrating to you that loosing all of your ongoing project or personal files. But there is a solution!

Follow one of these methods to Un-sync OneDrive without deleting files on your local machine:

Step 01 – Make OneDrive Cloud Files Available Offline

If you want to keep your cloud files (files saved in OneDrive cloud) and local files (files that are in your PC) in your local machine, then you have to make your cloud files available in your local machine first.

There are 2 ways to do that;

  • Downloading cloud files manually
  • Enabling Files-On-Demand in OneDrive settings

Downloading cloud files manually involves a bit of work, there is an much easier way to make cloud files available offline. That is the second way.

So here is how to make your cloud files offline;

Step I – Enable Files-On-Demand

Enabling Files-On-Demand will make your OneDrive files (stored in cloud) accessible offline. But it won’t take up space on your hard drive because those files will only available when your device is connected to internet.

  1. Click the OneDrive icon that is on the right corner of task bar
  1. Click on help & settings and then settings
  1. Click the settings tab and check the box under Files-On-Demand
  1. Click Ok button

More info about files-on-demand: Click here

Step II – Make “available when online” files available offline

Now if you go back to your OneDrive folder, you will see that cloud files that are added to the folder. But if you look at the status, you will see that it is a blue OneDrive icon. which means you can only access those files when you are online.

Now you need to make them accessible even when you are offline. So here is how you can do that:

  1. Open OneDrive folder
  2. Right click on the cloud files and select Always keep on this device
  1. Make sure the status of files changed to green checked mark like this:

Now you have successfully made your cloud files available offline. Let’s go to the Next step.

Step 02 – Copying files to another drive before un-sync OneDrive

This is an easy way to save your local files from being deleted when un-sync OneDrive. Here is how can you do that:

  1. Head over to your OneDrive folder
  2. Copy everything you need
  3. Paste them in another drive (D: for example), another folder

If you successfully copied OneDrive files to another location, you can proceed to Un-sync OneDrive.

Step 03 – Un-sync (unlink) OneDrive

Please make sure you have copied all the necessary files before un-sync OneDrive. And then follow the steps below:

  1. Open OneDrive from the taskbar icon
  2. Go to Help & settings, then Settings
  3. Click the Accounts tab and click Unlink this PC

Now you have successfully done un-sync OneDrive without deleting files in your local machine.

Does unlinking OneDrive delete files that I stored in cloud?

The answer is No. You won’t loose any file in your cloud drive. You can always access them by signing into your OneDrive account. Since you have taken a full backup of your cloud drive and local machine, you will be fine.

02. How to Delete Local Files Without Deleting Them From OneDrive

Sometimes you want to remove finished projects, unwanted files from your local OneDrive folder but not from your OneDrive cloud.

However, when you delete any file in OneDrive folder, you know that it will also get deleted from your cloud drive as well. So how can you prevent this from happening?

Follow these steps to delete local files without deleting them from OneDrive;

Step 01 – Enable Files-On-Demand

If you haven’t enabled Files-On-Demand option in OneDrive as I mentioned previous section of this article, click here to go above and Enable it first.

Step 02 – Delete files that you want

Now you can delete files. But now you should not just select files and press the Delete button. Instead you have to select Free Up space. Here is how to do that;

  1. Go to OneDrive folder
  2. Select files you want to delete
  3. Right click on them and select Free up Space

I hope now you have learned how to un-sync OneDrive without deleting files in your local machine. If you have any questions related this article, feel free to leave a comment below. I will always be there to help you.

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Troubleshoot computer cartoon image

When your Windows 10 system crashes, the operating system generates a crash/error report immediately. This includes the error with a code and can be very useful to troubleshoot the system.

Usually when you take your computer to a repair shop, they access these crash logs and analyze it to fix your system.

So why taking your PC or Laptop to a repair shop every time of system crash when you can access these crash logs and fix the system on your own?

Sounds good right? In this guide, I will tell you how to access and check Windows 10 crash logs, understand them, and finally fix if there is any issue.

I promise that this won’t be overwhelming. I will show you with some examples so you will understand how exactly you can do this. Let’s get started!

Step 01 – Access Windows 10 Crash logs

There are 2 different tools in Windows 10 that you can use to check crash logs

  • Windows Event viewer
  • Reliability Monitor

Since we can use both tools for one job, I will show you the easiest tool you can use to check Windows 10 crash logs.

So in this guide, we are going to use Windows Reliability Monitor tool to check for errors and troubleshoot our system. First let’s see how to access the Reliability history.

How to Access Windows 10 Reliability Monitor to check crash logs

First log in to Windows 10 in administrative account, then:

  1. Type Reliability history in Windows search (search bar on the taskbar)
Windows search
Windows search
  1. Click on the first result
Reliability monitor in Windows 10
Reliability and problem history in Windows 10

That is it! Now you have opened Reliability history so the next step is analyzing the crash log files to find any critical error.

Step 02 – Analyze crash log files

Now it is time for analyzing. First let’s understand Reliability monitor window.

By default, Reliability monitor shows data by days, which means every column represents a day.

Reliability monitor - view by day
Reliability Monitor – View by days

But if you select Weeks, then every column will represent a week. So if you wanna see historical data, you can select weeks.

But if you want to see a problem that has occurred recently, then choose Days.

How to read and understand crash logs

It is not so hard to read and understand the crash logs in Reliability Monitor. For an example, I will click on the latest date column.

When I clicked on the latest column (2022-01-15 date), reliability details appear.

Reliability monitor - events
Critical events and Informational events

As you can see, Reliability monitor indexes both software and hardware events happened on your system. This can be an Informational event (Change in software/hardware or an update – marked in blue) or a Critical event (An error – marked in red).

These are the information that I am interested in. As you can see, there are 3 Critical events and 1 Informational event has happened during that day;

Furthermore, If you look at the column, you can see that it is divided into little boxes and these little boxes indicate what category the failure belongs to. In my case, those are application failures.

Reliability monitor - failure types
Failure types

Now let’s analyze each of these failures;

Critical Events:

Reliability monitor - critical events
Critical events
  • Realtek HD Audio Universal Service – Stopped working

During that day, Realtek HD Audio Service has stopped 2 times, which means there is a problem in Realtek Audio service.

Now let’s see additional information about this event, I can simply get these information by clicking the “View technical details” of the event.

Technical details of the critical event
Technical details

Now I have a full detailed report of this crash event, so what can I do with these information?

Step 03 – Fixing errors using the crash report information

Up to now we did check Windows 10 crash logs and analyze them. Now it is time to fix errors.

There can be a hundreds of different critical events in Windows 10 operating system. That means there are also many different solutions for each.

Since each system has different problems, giving a general solution is impossible.

But we have Google!

How to use Google to find solutions and fix the errors

As said earlier, we can use Google search engine to find solutions for these issues, let’s see how to do that:

  • Head over to Google
  • Type the error message that is in Reliability Monitor. Then hit Enter
Using Google to find solutions
Google

You may find a lot of articles and guides out there that can help you to fix the issue. Don’t forget to check out videos page as well!

What if there is no search results on Google?

If you found nothing on google, there are still few options you have:

  1. Ask for help on Microsoft community, Quora or Reddit
  2. Contacting Microsoft support
  3. Contacting your device’s manufacturer support

How to ask a question in Microsoft Community

Microsoft community
Microsoft Community

Even if you could not find any solution for an error on Google, Microsoft Community is the second and most reliable way to get a solution. There are hundreds of contributors in Microsoft community so you will always get an answer

Let’s see how you can use Microsoft community to get a help:

  1. Head over to Microsoft community – Windows section
  2. On the top menu, click the “Ask a question
Microsoft community - ask a question
Ask a question
  1. Sign into an account, if you don’t have an account, create one first
Microsoft sign in
Sign in
  1. Once logged in, you will be redirected to Ask question page, type your question with details
Writing the question
Writing the question - 2
  1. Don’t forget to attach a screenshot of Reliability Monitor crash log
Attaching a screenshot to the question
Attach Screenshots
  1. When you finished writing your question, check the box and click the Submit button

It can take some time to get a solution and you will be notified by email once someone responds to your question.

How to contact Microsoft Support

Attaching a screenshot to the question
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The second method is contacting Microsoft support agent. In this way you can get an answer directly from a technical agent. To contact Microsoft support:

  1. Go to Microsoft’s support page
  2. Type the error you are getting on Reliability Monitor and hit Enter
Microsoft support page
Microsoft support
  1. You will see if there is any article related to your error, open the article in new tab
  2. If the article doesn’t help, go back to the first tab and click the Contact Support button
Contacting support
  1. Now you will be asked to select the type of your issue, choose the right category and click the Confirm button
Selecting type of problem
  1. Then you can choose Chat with the support agent in your browser option to get help from an agent
Chat with a support agent

New tab will be opened and you will be connected with a support agent, now you can chat with the agent about the issue and get help.

How to get Manufacturer support

My Asus app - customer support
My Asus app

If you are using a laptop, your laptop should be comes with a support app that can help you to solve issues when using it.

You can use that app to contact with a support agent. Don’t forget to send a screenshot of Reliability Monitor crash logs so it will be easier to get help.

Hope you now can check Windows 10 crash logs and know how to fix them. If you have any question regarding this article, leave a comment below.

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BitLocker not showing in Windows 10 control panel

To protect your files from unauthorized access or when your device is stolen or misplaced, you might wanted to turn on BitLocker encryption in Windows 10. But when you go to control panel or Settings, there is no BitLocker encryption. Right?

In this guide we will show you how you can solve BitLocker not showing in Windows 10 Home. But before getting that, there is one thing that you need to know, which explained below.

Why BitLocker not showing in Windows 10 Home?

If you are using Windows 10 Home edition, then unfortunately you won’t be able to use BitLocker. Because it is not available in Windows 10 Home edition. Instead, there is a similar tool called “Device Encryption” that is available in supported devices which you can use as BitLocker encryption tool.

However, Device encryption is not 100% same as BitLocker encryption. You have no options to configure it and no way to require reboot-authentication. And Device encryption is rely on TPM chip. That is why I said it is only available on supported devices.

So what if you are not using a supported device for Device encryption? Well the most convenient option I see is upgrading your Windows 10 Home to Pro edition. Or using a third-party encryption tool like McAfee Complete Data Protection

Is there a way to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro for free?

Upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro can cost about 100 USD. So it can be a big deal if you are going to upgrade it just for the BitLocker feature. So you might be thinking if there is a way to get an upgrade for free right?

You can upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro for free only if your Windows 10 digital license includes both Windows 10 Home and Pro. To upgrade, use this generic key as follows:

“VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T”

  1. Go to Settings and then Update & Security
Windows Settings
  1. From the left side, Click on Activation
Windows 10 Activation
  1. In Activation, Click the Change Product Key option
Change product key
  1. Enter the key above and click Next
Enter product key

As I said, this key is generic and used to change the edition from Windows 10 Home to Pro. If this does not work you will have purchase the upgrade from Microsoft store or if your device supports, you can use Device encryption.

Device Encryption – BitLocker alternative in Windows 10 Home

Device encryption in Windows 10 Home

Now you know that Windows 10 Home comes with Device encryption, not BitLocker. And it is almost same as BitLocker encryption (with some exceptions as mentioned before).

Now you might want to enable Device Encryption and encrypt your personal files. So let’s see how to do that.

How to enable Device encryption in Windows 10 Home

In Windows 10 Home, Device encryption is not turned on by default, so first you have to enable it manually.

After you turn on Device encryption, you have to sign into a Microsoft account to complete the encryption. So if you don’t have a Microsoft account now, you have to create one in the process of turning on Device encryption.

Here is how to enable Device encryption in Windows 10 Home:

  1. Go to Settings and then Update & Security
Windows settings
  1. From the left side of the window, go to Device encryption
Device encryption location
  1. Click turn on Device encryption
Turning on Device encryption
  1. Now Device encryption will start encrypting files. It will take some time
Device encryption is on
  1. After it completes, you will be asked to sign into a Microsoft account to complete the encryption click the sign in option
  2. If you don’t have a Microsoft account you can create one in the sign in process

Now your data will be protected by Device encryption. You can turn it off whenever you want by simply clicking the Turn off button.

Why you need a Microsoft account to turn on Device encryption

Why you need a Microsoft account to turn on Device encryption

Unlike BitLocker encryption, Device encryption doesn’t create or require a key for encrypting, decrypting. It is because the key is saved in your Microsoft account.

So whenever you want to decrypt your files, all you need is your Microsoft account. That is why you need to signed into a Microsoft account to use Device encryption.

Conclusion

Now I hope you have solved BitLocker not showing in Windows 10. If you have any questions or need a help, leave a comment below.

Reference: Device encryption – Microsoft Official page

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These settings are being managed by vendor application

You went to turn on Windows firewall/Security but you get “these setting are being managed by vendor application…..” error message.

If this is the issue you are having right now, don’t worry. We have got you!

In this guide I will show you how to fix that annoying message “these settings are being managed by vendor application” in Windows 11/10 or 8.

Why do I get “These settings are being managed by vendor application” Message?

As I said at the beginning of this guide, We saw bunch of users on forums complaining that they get this message when they try to turn on Windows firewall or Windows security (known as defender before).

So we did some check in to see why this error coming up.

The main reason for this error is having another antivirus/firewall software installed on the same computer.

Since Windows firewall and Windows security software are preinstalled with Windows, the third party firewall/antivirus software turn them off to avoid software conflicts.

You can see which firewall/antivirus software cause the issue by seeing the message (see the image below).

Antivirus software causing the error message

How can I get rid of “These settings are being managed by vendor application” message?

To get rid of this message and enable Windows firewall and security again, you have to turn off or uninstall that third party firewall/antivirus software causing the issue.

It is up to you to decide whether you turn off or uninstall it. I will show you both ways.

Solution 01 – Disable/turn off any third-party antivirus software installed on your computer

Turning off antivirus software can be vary and relatively easy depend on the software you have installed on your computer.

Therefore, I have listed how to turn off most common antivirus software below. Find one that you have on your system and follow the steps to turn it off.

How to turn off MacAfee Antivirus

McAfee Antivirus logo
  1. Open MacAfee antivirus using the taskbar icon on the right side or using windows search (type MacAfee on search bar)
  2. Click the PC tile then firewall
  3. Turn off firewall

Now you will be able to turn on Windows firewall, but to enable Windows security or defender, you will have to turn off antivirus feature as well like did for the firewall before.

If you found it difficult to turn off MacAfee antivirus, follow this video or this official article for help.

How to turn off Norton Antivirus

Norton Antivirus logo

You can easily turn off Norton antivirus by simply right clicking on the icon on taskbar. Here is how to do that:

  1. In the notification area right click on the Norton antivirus icon
  2. Then click on disable firewall
  3. after disable firewall disable auto protect as well (If you wanna turn on Windows security/Defender)

For help: https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v116457581

How to turn off Kaspersky Security

Kaspersky Antivirus logo
  1. On the right side of the taskbar click on Kaspersky security icon
  2. Select Turn protection off

For help: https://support.kaspersky.com/KIS4Mac/16.0/en.lproj/pgs/58285.htm

Note: If your antivirus software is not listed here please refer to the product’s website (Or simply google).

Usually there is an icon on the right side of the taskbar. You will be able to turn off the antivirus/firewall from there.

Solution 02: Uninstall any third-party antivirus software installed on your computer

If turning off antivirus did not work or you want to get rid of third party antivirus, you can uninstall any antivirus software installed on your computer to get rid of “These settings are being managed by vendor application” message and turn Windows firewall/security back on.

It is easy to uninstall antivirus software, just follow these steps below:

  1. Go to settings and then Apps
Windows settings
  1. Scroll down and find the 3rd party antivirus software then click on it
  2. Uninstall button will be visible and then click on it
Uninstalling antivirus
  1. Complete the uninstallation, then restart your computer
  2. Go back and turn on Windows firewall/Security again.

Final thoughts: Do you need 3rd party antivirus/firewall software?

If you are using Windows 10 or 11 computer, both are comes with powerful antivirus/firewall software which is called Windows Security.

If you are not doing heavy internet browsing such as downloading torrents, cracked software, you will be fine with it.

But if you need extra protection and other features such as parent controls, advanced firewall security, then you can purchase a third-party antivirus software and use.

The important thing to know that is usually any third-party antivirus software use significant amount of memory (RAM) and CPU power.

What I recommend is that don’t install any third-party antivirus software if you don’t have at least 6GB of RAM installed on your PC.

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Recently a lot of user have reported in forums and comment sections that they are encountering 0xc1900101 error when installing windows 11 from Microsoft windows 11 installation assistant while some users have encountered the same when running regular windows 11 update.

The other similar errors are:

  • 0xC1900101 – 0x2000c
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x3000D
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x30018
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x40017
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x4000D
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x20017

So, we have made this quick and easy guide to solve the 0xc1900101 issue, the following steps will help you to resolve the error. Keep scrolling…

Why Am I Getting 0xc1900101 Error…?

Rather than just fixing the issue from below, we believe it is always good if you know the possible causes for this issue. It will help you to understand more how windows operating system works and also, you will be able to avoid the same issue occurring in future.

Here are the possible causes that we found for the error code 0xc1900101 (and others mentioned above) when installing/upgrading to/update windows 11.

  1. Outdated Drivers

The first and one of main reason we found is the outdated drivers. If you are using old school drivers that have never updated, then it might be the issue.

  1. Outdated Bios

If your computer’s bios firmware is not updated, it can trigger the 0xc1900101 error. Because latest operating systems like windows 11 needs latest bios firmware to be installed on machines.

  1. Software/Hardware conflicts

Hardware conflicts are the most issue we found when looking up for this issue
for example, if you are using two separate ssd drives, then this error might trigger due to hardware conflicts

  1. Antivirus software installed on your computer

Antivirus or protection software like Avast, McAfee can sabotage updating process sometimes. So, it can lead to errors like 0xc1900101 that you encounter.

How to fix 0xc1900101 error when installing/updating Windows 11

I hope that now you know why this error occur. Now it is time to fix it. In order to do that, we have listed solutions below. What you need to do that is going through all of them and run the update/install again to see if the problem is solved.

NOTE: before updating your device’s bios firmware or driver software, we strongly recommend creating a restore point in case if anything goes wrong. (Click here to see how to do that). If you still don’t know what is a system restore point, we also have an quick read article about it, click here to read.

01 – Ensure there is a sufficient storage available in your system

Before going any further, check whether you have enough space in your system’s storage. if not, doing whatever won’t stop the error code 0xc1900101 occurring again.

Enough space means at least 20GB free space in your main (Windows 11 installed) drive. If not try delete some unwanted files to free up some space.

02 – Unplug peripherals and other physically connected devices

Windows upgrade won’t work if there is unsupported devices are connected, therefore, try removing any peripherals and other devices such as flash drives/memory cards from your PC.

03 – Remove extra SSD/HDD drives

Some users have reported that removing extra SSD drives have fixed the 0xc1900101 error and successfully installed windows 11. So, if there is any extra storage device in your system, try removing them until the upgrade/install finished. Then you can re connect the devices to PC and work without any issue.

link to the resource: Microsoft Windows forum

04 – Update device driver software

This works best with laptop users, although even you are using a desktop, updating the drivers can resolve the issue.

  1. Go to your device’s (laptop/motherboard/pci e card) manufacturer website and download the latest drivers available.
  2. Install them and restart your PC
  3. Re run the update/install

If the update/install failed again, then try the below steps to fix the issue.

05 – Uninstall/Disable third party antivirus software

Antivirus software can terminate the upgrade process, therefore disable or uninstall if there is any third party antivirus software installed, you can turn it on or re install after the install complete.

Steps you need to take in order to disable the virus guard may vary depending on the software you use. But if you want to uninstall it:

  1. Go to settings and then Apps
  2. Find the software and click on it, the uninstall option will appear and then click the uninstall button.

06 – Disable Realtek Drivers

This image does not contain any Realtek driver, though this is how you can disable it.

Sometimes, Realtek drivers can also be a cause to the 0xc1900101 error. Realtek drivers are responsible for network, sound and Bluetooth hardware, you can disable them manually until the upgrade completed, then you can enable them back and it will be fine. To do that:

  1. Go to device manager, use Windows search if you don’t know where to find it.
  2. Once opened, select network adapters and check if there is any Realtek adapter in your PC.
  3. Right click on it and select Disable device option.
  4. Then go to the other adapters such as Bluetooth and do the same.
  5. Restart the PC

Now you can run the Windows 11 installation assistant to check whether the 0xc1900101 error is gone. If it still giving you the same problem, don’t worry. You can try the other options given below.

07 – Fix hard drive errors

Even you have enough space in your hard drive, corrupted file system or hard drive errors can trigger the 0xc1900101 error. To check and fix your hard drive follow these steps. You won’t need any third-party software to do this.

  1. Open CMD in administrator
  2. Type chkdsk/f C: and hit the enter button to run the disk check. After complete, restart your PC.

08 – Repair system files

If certain system files are damaged or corrupted, there is an option you have to take in order to repair those files. You can accomplish by using CMD. Here is how:

  1. Open command prompt as administrator
  2. Type “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Press the Enter button

The Last option – Clean installing Windows 11

If none of the mentioned methods worked, the best option is installing Windows 11 using the Windows 11 ISO file or from an installation media. This is also applicable even you want to just update windows 11 to the latest version. Because Microsoft update the ISO file/Installation media files whenever there is an update is released.

To do that, first make sure to backup all your files in C drive, if you want to format other drives, then take a backup of them as well.

Then you will need a flash drive to download all the necessary files and install windows 11 from it.

If you don’t know how to do that, then don’t worry, Follow the link here to a video where it shows how to do that.

If you have any questions please ask them using the comment section. Have a nice day!

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Updates play an important role in an Operating system. In Windows 10, the system updates itself automatically without any user (you) interaction. Sometimes this can be bothersome to you especially when turning off your computer.

Not only that, this can cost a lot of data if you are using a mobile data connection. So maybe that is why you are here, to disable/stop automatic updates permanently in Windows 10

In this guide, I will show you how to do that. It is easy. But there are some important things you need to know:

  • To keep your PC/ Laptop secure from malware and other attacks, installing updates are essential
  • Updates can increase your PC’s performance. So why not updating your OS?
  • Updates bring new features, fix various bugs that can bother you while working on the computer
  • In short, updates are essential for any Operating system to work properly.

Even though the article is about to turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 *permanently, I do not recommend keeping older Windows 10 OS without updates because of the security of your data. So keep that in mind and go below to know how to stop auto updates permanently in Windows 10.

There can be a thousand methods to turn off automatic updates, a lot of them just work temporarily and updates will be turned on again after a while.

But these solutions will work perfectly on your computer and all you have to do is just follow the steps below. Keep scrolling!

01 – Set your connection to a metered connection

This trick is really easy to do and worked well for all of my PCs. It will set your connection as a metered (limited data usage) connection, so you can set a data limit and when the limit is reached, Windows will stop updating automatically.

The best thing about this trick is that this will turn off the updates permanently! But as I said earlier, keep in mind to turn off this update your computer at least once a month to keep your computer secure and work without any bugs.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Head over to connections, Right-click on the connection you use, click the Properties button.
Connection properties
  1. It will take you to the connection settings, from there you can turn on metered connection.
Turn on metered connection

Now, you have to set a data limit. To do that, while connected to the wifi or ethernet connection;

  1. Go to Settings and then Network and Internet
  2. You will see the Network status from there and click the Data usage
Network status
  1. Inside Data usage settings, select the connection and click Enter limit
  2. Enter any limit you want and click the Save button. I will set the limit to 1MB here
Set data limit

As soon as it hit the data limit you will see a notification that tells the data limit is reached. After that, automatic updates will be turned off.

What if Set as Meterd connection is greyd out?

Set as metered connection is greyed out

Sometimes you will see the setting is greyed out. Microsoft has an article about it (You can read it from here to know why this happens) but it can happen if you have already set up a metered connection and have set a data limit. If that is not the case, there is an easy way to fix that. Here is how;

  1. Go to the connections
  2. Right-click on the connection you use
  3. Click forget and connect back (Unplug and plug back the cable is you are using an Ethernet connection)
Forget network
  1. Repeat the above steps

Now you will see the option is available to use. 😀

02 – Use Windows update blocker tool

This is a third-party tool that will do the job in just by few clicks! Here is how to use it.

  1. First download the update blocker from here.
  2. Since it is a third party software, scan it before use.
  3. Now extract the tool and run it. (If your system is 64bit, then run 64bit exe version)
Windows update blocker files
  1. Check the Disable updates option and click Apply now button.
Windows update blocker window
  1. That’s it! If you wanna enable auto updates open the tool again and check the Enable updates option and click Apply Now button.

03 – Turn off automatic updates using Group Policy Editor

You can use the Windows group policy editor to disable auto-updates on Windows 10. Follow these steps below:

Note: Group policy editor might not be in Windows 10 Home edition

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box
Keyboard shortcut
  1. Type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button. It will brings up the group policy editor
gpedit.msc in Run dialog box
  1. From there go to;

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Local group policy editor
  1. Locate and double click on Configure Automatic Updates from the right panel
Local group policy editor - updates policy
  1. Once opened, check the Disabled from the left side. Then click Apply and Ok
Configure automatic updates

04 – Disable Windows update service

Windows update service is what governors Windows update system. Disabling it will stop/disable automatic updates downloading to your computer. Let’s see how to disable that;

  1. In Windows search, type “Services” and Open services app
Windows search - services
  1. Scroll down and find “Windows update” service
Services - Windows update
  1. Right-click on it and click Properties
Windows update service - properties
  1. From drop-down menu, select Disabled
  2. Click Apply and Ok button
Disable update service
  1. Restart your PC

That is it. Which method worked for you? If you have any issues regarding this guide, leave a comment below so I can help.