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How to Set Up a Picture Password in Windows 10

Le 11 October 2017, 08:13 dans Humeurs 0

A picture password is an alternative to typing regular passwords when signing into Windows 10. Setting one up is pretty easy, and we're going to walk you through it.

Windows 8 and Windows 10 each brought in new ways of signing into your account. You now have options like signing in using a PIN or a picture password built into your basic account options. With the right add-on hardware, you can use Windows Hello to sign on with a fingerprint or even your webcam. And that's all in addition to the unified login across devices you get when you use an online Microsoft account rather than a local user account.

What Is a Picture Password?

The picture password offers a way to sign in that's easier than remembering and typing a long password, more friendly to touchscreen devices, and honestly a little more fun in general. You sign in by drawing shapes, tapping the right points, or making the right gestures over an image that you choose in advance.

Picture passwords are as secure as PINs, which is pretty secure. The data is stored locally, so someone must have your device to use them. But you must keep in mind that picture passwords and PINs aren't really intended to provide an extra layer of security. At sign in, you always have the option of using your regular password instead of the picture password or PIN you have set up. All you have to do is click the "Sign-in options" text and then choose which way you want to sign in.

Put more simply: Picture passwords are easier and quicker, and offer an equivalent level of protection-but not any added protections-to passwords.

Keep in mind, though, that tapping and drawing gestures on screen leaves behind oils and other smears. In the right light at the right angle, someone might be able to decode your gestures-but a quick wipe of the screen after drawing your password should alleviate this.

How to Set Up a Picture Password

Setting up a picture password is pretty straightforward. Just hit Windows+I to bring up the Settings window and then click "Accounts."

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On the "Accounts" page, select the "Sign-in options" tab on the left and then, on the right, click the "Add" button in the "Picture Password" section.

Windows will ask you to verify that you're the owner of the account by entering your password. Type your password and click "OK."

In the "Picture Password" window, click the "Choose Picture" button. Using the Open/Save As dialog box, locate and select the picture you want to use. It will look best if you use a high resolution, full screen image.

After choosing the picture, click the "Use this picture" button to continue or click the "Choose new picture" button if you want to try something else.

Next, you're going to draw three gestures on the picture. You can click and drag to draw a simple shape like a circle or triangle or you can just click to create a tap. As you draw each gesture, you'll see the numbers move from one to three. In this example, for the first two gestures, I'm drawing circles that match the lenses of the glasses and a final tap on the nose.

After drawing your three gestures, you'll be asked to draw them all again to confirm the password. If you mess up at any point while drawing or confirming the gestures, just click the "Start over" button to try again.

After you've successfully confirmed the gestures, click "Finish" to implement your new picture password.

Now, when you sign in, your sign-in screen will look something like the example below. Just draw your gestures on the picture and Windows will sign you right in.

You can also click "Sign-in options" if you prefer to sign in using another method like a PIN or regular password. Windows will remember the last sign-in method you used and present that as the initial option on your next sign-in.

The Four Best Free Tools to Analyze Hard Drive Space on Your Windows PC

Le 27 September 2017, 10:29 dans Humeurs 0

When your hard drive starts to fill up, you don't have to dig through File Explorer to see what's using space. You can use a disk space analyzer to scan your drive (or just a single folder) and see exactly which folders and files are using space. You can then make an informed decision about what to remove and quickly free up space.

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These tools are different from disk cleaning applications, which automatically remove temporary and cache files. An analyzer will just scan your drive and give you a better view of what's using space, so you can delete the stuff you don't need.

WinDirStat Is the Best All-Around Tool

WinDirStat is our preferred tool, and it's probably all you'll need. Its interface allows you to see exactly what's using space on your hard drive at a glance. When you launch WinDirStat, you can tell it to scan all local drives, a single drive like your C: drive, or a specific folder on your computer.

After it finishes scanning, you'll see three panes. On top, there's a directory list that shows you the folders using the most space in descending order. On the bottom, there's a "treemap"

view that shows you a color-coded view of what's using space. On the right, there's a file extension list that shows you statistics about which file types are using the most space. It also serves as a legend, explaining the colors that appear in the bottom of the window.

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For example, when you click a directory in the directory list, you'll see the contents of that directory highlighted in the treemap. You can mouse over a square in the treemap to see what file it represents. You can also click a file extension in the list to see exactly where files of that type are located in the treemap view. Right-click a folder in the directory list and you'll see options to quickly delete that folder or open it in Explorer.

WinDirStat doesn't offer a portable app on its website, but you can download a portable version of WinDirStat from if you'd like to take it with you and use it on various PCs without installing it first.

SpaceSniffer Offers the Best Graphical View

Try SpaceSniffer if you're looking for something different. SpaceSniffer doesn't have the directory list included in WinDirStat. It's just a graphical view that displays folders and the files in them by relative size, like the bottom treemap view in WinDirStat's interface.

However, unlike WinDirStat's treemap, you can double-click folders in this interface to drill down graphically. So, if you have a bunch of files taking up space in your C:UsersNameVideos directory, you could double-click each directory in turn to drill down and eventually right-click a file or folder to access options like Delete and Open.

In WinDirStat, you can only drill down through the directory list-not graphically through the treemap view. You'd have to start a new scan of a specific folder to get a new graphical view.

WinDirStat seems more practical, but SpaceSniffer does have the best graphical view. If you don't care about the directory list, SpaceSniffer is the tool for you. It runs as a portable application, too.

TreeSize Free Has a Slick Interface

If you want something simpler than WinDirStat, TreeSize Free is a good alternative. It provides you with the same directory list and treemap interfaces you'll see in WinDirStat, but it doesn't have WinDirStat's file extension list, and its ribbon-style interface is a little more at home on modern versions of Windows than WinDIrStat's toolbar. TreeSize Free also adds a convenient scan option to Explorer, so you can right-click any folder in File Explorer and Windows Explorer and select "TreeSize Free" to scan its contents.

To view a treemap in TreeSize Free, click View > Show Treemap. As in the other applications here, you can right-click files or folders in the application to delete or open them.

How to Find and Remove Duplicate Files on Windows

While there are paid TreeSize Personal and TreeSize Professional applications, these just add bonus features like the ability to search for duplicate files, which other tools do just fine. You can scan and visualize your disk space using the free version of TreeSize with no problem.

This application is also available as a portable application, so you don't have to install it before running it, if you prefer.

Windows 10 Connect to Hyperbox remote management server

Le 22 September 2017, 09:32 dans Humeurs 0

Here you're connecting to the Hyperbox server software, hboxd.exe, running as a service, on the machine hosting your VirtualBox VMs. You won't see your list of VMs just yet.

In the Hyperbox client interface, click Server > Add and fill in the details.

The Label can be anything you like. The Hostname can be the IP address or name of the host machine. The default User and Password are "admin" and "hyperbox", respectively. Click OK and your first server is ready for a connection.

Right-click your server name and select "Connect", or just double-click the server name. With luck, you're connected within a few seconds. If you're unlucky, the Hyperbox service doesn't respond, and you'll have to remotely restart the hboxd.exe service on your host, kind of negating the whole point of having a Hyperbox client in the first place.

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Connect to hypervisor (VirtualBox)

Let's assume your connection to the Hyperbox server is successful. You still need to connect to the hypervisor software, VirtualBox, via its Web Services component, VBoxWebSrv.exe.

Right-click your server name again, select Hypervisor, and then select Connect. You'll get a small dialog box asking for some parameters.

My host has VirtualBox 5.0.20 installed, and its Web Services component were set up earlier, so from the dropdown I choose the "Oracle VirtualBox - vbox-5.0-ws" connector. Since I configured VBoxWebSrv to not require authentication, the Connector Options field can be left blank. If you choose to require authentication, fill in Connector Options like so:

The username and password are the Windows host machine credentials. Any special characters in the password, by the way, like a question mark or slash, will flummox the connector, so only use letters and numbers in the account password if possible.

The good news? Once you connect to the hypervisor for the first time, the connection will be made automatically every time you connect to the server.

Manage your virtual machines remotely

The graphical user interface that Hyperbox offers isn't quite as pretty as the native VirtualBox GUI, but it tells you everything you need to know.

Well, almost. You might notice that if your VMs are running under VBoxVmService, Hyperbox won't show that they're running, just that they exist. Same as VirtualBox itself, actually.

Regardless, you can still view and edit your VM configurations, and even start and stop them if Hyperbox is your only add-on to VirtualBox.

One more oddity to note: since the Hyperbox client is actually a Java program, it might not show up in the Windows Task Manager's list of running applications. Rather, it shows up underneath a listing for your Java platform.

How do you manage your virtual machines? Let us know in the comments!

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