Disable The Lock Screen On Windows 10

Update: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) removed the ability to disable the lock screen on Windows 10 Pro editions sadly, this tutorial will still work for enterprise versions of Windows 10, however not on Pro editions if you have updated past Windows 10 1511, released in November 2015.

The Windows 10 lock screen makes sense on tablet / mobile devices, however on a desktop PC or laptop the lock screen is just an extra click every time you wish to use your device. Thankfully the Windows 10 lock screen can be disabled quite easily.

To disable the lock screen on Windows 10 press the start button and search for “edit group policy”, then click on edit group policy to bring up the local group policy editor:

Disable the lock screen on Windows 10

 

Once you have the local group policy editor loaded up navigate down to thew following:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, then double click on “Do not display the lock screen”

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On the left menu select “Enabled” then click ok.

Disable the lock screen on Windows 10

Thats it, you no longer have a lock screen on your device. Press the Windows Key + L to lock your device, you will now see you are prompted to unlock the device right away, instead of having to click or press a key to make the lock screen go away.

I hope someone finds this useful, easy to do, once you know how!

Free Re Install Of The Windows 10 DVD Player

If you want to re install Windows 10 after obtaining the free upgrade you will find that you loose the free copy of the Windows 10 DVD player you were given for upgrading from Windows 8 Professional With Media Center or Windows 7 Home Premium / Ultimate.

However fear not, this simple guide will show you how to re-install the Windows 10 DVD player for free!

First download the Windows 10 DVD player for your version of Windows 10, either 32bit or 64bit:

The above downloads link directly to the Windows 10 DVD player on Windows Update, so you can be assured the file is safe.

One downloaded, use WinRAR to extract the cab file, this can be done by right clicking on either the windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi or windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi depending on which file you downloaded, then select extract here:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Next you want to make two folders in the root of your C:\ drive called temp and temp2.

Copy either the windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi or windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi you extracted in to the temp folder you just created.

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

 

Now you need to open the Command Prompt, this can be done by searching for “Command Prompt” in the start menu.

Once the command prompt has loaded type the following depending on the edition of Windows you have.

  • 64bit: msiexec /a c:\temp\windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp2
  • 32bit: msiexec /a c:\temp\windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp2

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Then you need to open PowerShell, this can be done by searching for “PowerShell” in the start menu, be sure to right click and select “Run as administrator” otherwise the next step will fail:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Simply copy and paste the following in to Powershell:

Add-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackagePath c:\temp2\InstallDVDAppxPackage\cd0c0ffe0ee94518833e70b1e931fcff.appxbundle -LicensePath c:\temp2\InstallDVDAppxPackage\cd0c0ffe0ee94518833e70b1e931fcff_License1.xml

 

The above will copy and paste on to one line in PowerShell, however if you have having trouble you can copy and paste from this text file: Windows 10 DVD Player PowerShell

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Press enter and the Windows 10 DVD Player will be installed:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

You should now see the Windows 10 DVD player under recent apps in the start menu, if not you should be able to find it by searching for “Windows DVD Player”.

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

The Windows 10 DVD player can be used as normal on your clean install of Windows 10, just as if you had upgraded from Windows 7 or 8:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

I hope if you have clean installed Windows 10 and wanted to re-install the Windows DVD Player app you found this tutorial useful.

I would suggest you also checkout VLC, it’s a media player which will play DVD’s and just about any audio / video file you can think of, without requiring any additional codes to be installed. Best of all VLC is free, and is an Open Source application.

Apple TV 2 XBMC Install / Kodi Downgrade

So you have a Jailbroken Apple TV 2 and want install a specific version of XBMC or Kodi, this mini tutorial will show you how to do so.

You might be wondering why would you not simply do:

  • apt-get update
  • apt-get remove org.xbmc.kodi-atv2

That would install the latest version of Kodi, which normally wouldn’t be a problem. However development of Kodi for the Apple TV 2 platform has come to an end, so eventually you might no longer be able to do this. Another reason might be you want to boot in to boot Kodi / XBMC directly when the Apple TV is powered on for ease of use by family members, this is not possible with the latest version of Kodi.

First ssh in to your Jailbroken Apple TV, the default username is root and the default password is alpine.

Now do: apt-get update – This updates the packages available from the repositories, it wont hurt to do this.

Remove Previous versions of XBMC / Kodi:

Work you way down the list below and copy / paste the commands which are highlighted in bold to remove and clean-up from any previous Xbmc / Kodi installs.

rm -f *kodi*.deb – Deletes any previous Kodi .deb files you might have downloaded

rm -f *xbmc*.deb – Deletes any previous XBMC .deb files you might have downloaded

apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2 – removes XBMC if you have installed it from the repository

apt-get remove org.xbmc.kodi-atv2 – removes Kodi if you have installed it from the repository

rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC – Removes any previous user settings for XBMC

rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi – Removes any previous user settings for Kodi

Installing a specific version of XBMC or Kodi:

You can download any past version of XBMC / Kodi you desire here, the Vim.org repository has all of the past XBMC / Kodi versions at the moment.

So if for example if you wanted to install the final version of XBMC which is 13.2 Gotham I would do the following:

wget http://ftp.vim.org/mediaplayer/xbmc/apt/atv2/deb/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_13.2-0_iphoneos-arm.deb – this would download the XBMC 13.2 Gotham version to my Apple TV. If i wanted to download a different version i would simply type wget then the address of the deb I wished to download.

dpkg -i *xbmc*.deb – This will install the XBMC 13.2 Gotham version i just downloaded.

apt-get install org.tomcool.xbmc-booter – This installs the XBMC booter which automatically boots in to XBMC instead of the default Apple TV 2 user interface. Note: Do not install this if you wish to use Kodi, your Apple TV will siply boot to a black screen. However you can simply ssh in to the Apple TV again and type apt-get remove org.tomcool.xbmc-booter to remove the XBMC booter

reboot – Reboots the Apple TV

Once rebooted you should be presented with a clean install of your chosen version of XBMC / Kodi.

Here is a simple list of commands for your copy + pasting pleasure:

apt-get update
rm -f *kodi*.deb
rm -f *xbmc*.deb
apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
apt-get remove org.xbmc.kodi-atv2
rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC
rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi
wget http://ftp.vim.org/mediaplayer/xbmc/apt/atv2/deb/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_13.2-0_iphoneos-arm.deb
dpkg -i *xbmc*.deb
apt-get install org.tomcool.xbmc-booter
reboot

Hopefully someone will find this useful sometime in the future to downgrade or simply install XBMC on their Apple TV 2. I personally wanted to downgrade to XBMC 13.2 Gotham because I wanted the Apple TV to automatically boot in to XBMC for ease of use by family members.