Windows 10 tips and tricks

1. Get windows lockscreen wallpapers

Location of windows lock screen wallpapers: %LocalAppData%PackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewyLocalStateAssets

Copy all the files in a folder.

Create  a new file and rename it to a.bat or any other name you want, but it must have the .bat extension. Copy the next lines into that file and run it. It will rename all the copied files in the folder to proper jpg images. Next copy all the images to a new folder so windows will create thumbnails for the images.

@echo off & setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
set a=1
for /f “delims=” %%i in (‘dir /b *’) do (
ren “%%i” “!a!.jpg”
set /a a+=1

2. How to set different wallpapers for multiple monitors in Windows 10

Put all the wallpapers in one location / folder.
If you have 2 monitors select 2 images, 3 monitor 3 images etc. then right click and Set as desktop background

In case the images are not in the order you want just rename the files lets way with 1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg etc to be in the order you want them then try again.
To refresh the desktops just select one images and set it as desktop then try again with all the images.
Eventually you will get it.

Even if you remove the Extend desktop and put it back it will keep the images set.

If you wander where windows 10 keeps the default wallpapers, lock screen images  it is here :


3. Install .net framework 3.5 on windows 10

If you get error while trying to install it either with normal small insterller of full offline one just open a cmd with administrator rights (type cmd in start menu, right click and run as admin)

dism /online /add-package /

change E: with the media where you have your win 10 installation files (cd, usb stick etc)
in my case i had to change it to E:x64sources….

4. How to extend windows to second monitor on left

If you are using dual monitor by default the second monitor will be extended on the right but like me you might want to put your second monitor on the left.
To fix this go to Display Settings and drag you second monitor to left as shown in the print screen below.

Now when you move the mouse cursor to the left it will go to your second monitor.

5. How to disable get windows 10 notification

Go to Control Panel – Uninstall a Program – View installed updates

Select and uninstall KB3035583

wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

Then go to Windows Updates and click Check for updates. Select the update and click hide otherwise the update will install again if you have Install updates automatic.

6. How to force / put monitor to sleep manually

We will use the NirCmd utility from nirsoft.
Download it from here

Copy nircmd.exe to c: for exemple or put it in windows folder if you like a tidy c partition.

Next right click on desktop and select New -> Shorcut

Type “C:nircmd.exe” cmdwait 1000 monitor off
or change  to the location where you put it for ex “C:Windowsnircmd.exe”

Select Next put in the name something like Monitor Sleep and click Finish.

To make it look good change the icon to something relevant like this :

If you get notification for security to and have to press run button every time just select properties go to Compatibility and check Run this program as an administrator. I got this in windows 10 in older windows versions you might not get asked every time.

7. See how long windows has been running

In windows 10 you can see uptime in task manager on the Performance tab.
To find your system uptime open a cmd :
and type :


and look for System Boot Time

Or you can filter just the info you want by this :

systeminfo | find /i “boot time”

You can also find there the windows install date.
To ignore the hotfixes :

systeminfo | find /V /I “hotfix” | find /V “KB”

In windows 8 or 10 you can see directly your system uptime in task manager on the performance tab.

8. Disable windows defender in windows 10

In windows 10 from professional ( in home edition there is no gpedit) the windows defender is enable by default but sometimes it blocks apps that you use.
If you want to disable the service you can not.

So to disable you have to open :

  • Run gpedit.msc
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender
  • Open “Turn off Windows Defender” select Enable and Apply

9. Disable windows 10 update notification

If you are running windows 7 , 8 or 8.1 that is not an enterprise version you will receive and update from microsoft that will pop-up and even update your windows to windows 10.

If you want to remove the pop-up and stop bothering you with windows 10 do the following :

Create a file disable_windows_10_update.bat file with the following contents :

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsGwx /v DisableGwx /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate /v DisableOSUpgrade /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
echo Done! Windows 10 update disabled!

Run it and restart windows for the notification to go away for good.
If you change your mind and want to upgrade to windows 10 just check the windows update optional updates or delete the two registry keys added and you get back the pop-up.

After july 29 2016 the free update to windows 10 will end.

10. How to remove account picture windows 10

The pictures from the account are stored here :


or just copy this and paste in the address bar :


Delete all the pictures.
Then go to Settings – Accounts – click the browser button for new picture

and in the address bar type this :

C:ProgramDataMicrosoftUser Account Pictures

and select the user picture.
Windows pictures from login and profile in Windows 10 : C:WindowsWeb

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