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Occasionally I will have a drive that is on the verge of failure and is experiencing issues with being detected by Windows.

This article covers how to bypass the automatic mounting of disks or new volumes on Windows so that I can manually access the disk for attempted data recovery. If the instructions are vague that is because it is intended for my use only and serves simply as a mental refresher.

 

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Occasionally I will have a client who forgets their Windows 10 login password.

This article, which is strictly for my personal and educational use only, covers how to bypass the Windows 10 login screen so that I can, with their consent and permission, access client data for recovery or properly reset their Windows 10 login password.

 

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The following code, when inserted into a custom plugin or your child theme’s functions.php file, will automatically delete the associated WordPress “Users” account when deleting a User from the “Trash” tab. Learn more from the online Gravity Forms “Delete Entry” Documentation page.

 

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As of this writing, it is not apparent that one may setup a new Windows 11 PC without an initial active internet connection.

Being able to setup a PC with Windows 11 pre-installed without signing into a Microsoft Account is important for many reasons. In my case I setup many client computers. I usually do not have their Microsoft Account information handy and sometimes they don’t even recall if they have one. So being able to bypass this requirement is vital.

The client may choose to connect their Windows 11 PC to a Microsoft Account at a later date without issue.

In this article I cover five (5) different options for bypassing the Windows 11 Microsoft Account Sign in Requirement and one option for those with Windows 11 Home in S Mode.

 

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If you have switched your workplace or you just don’t want to use your PC for work purposes any more you can remove your PC from the Microsoft Azure Active Directory (from hereon called just Azure AD) on Windows 10.

Note you cannot simply create and switch to a local user administrator account or Microsoft Account. To do so, you must completely disconnect from the Azure AD account in order to do so.

This article is for my own personal use only and may be omitting or glancing over important steps which may result in the loss of your data if you do not know what you are doing. Should you need assistance with disconnecting your Windows 10 PC from an Azure AD I can remotely assist you at my normal remote work rate.

 

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Recently had a client with a WordPress website in need of injecting a JavaScript tracking code into the Header. This would allow the injected JavaScript tracking code to appear within the header <head> of every page on their website. Newer WordPress themes usually provide an option to inject code into the either the header, body or footer areas but the client had a custom WordPress theme with no such feature or ability.

In this article I will show you how to quickly and easily add a script, JavaScript or any other custom code into the Header area of your WordPress website with or without a WordPress plugin.

 

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VLC Media Player is a free, open-sourced, video media player and video toolkit available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It will play local video files as well as YouTube video streams.

VLC’s built-in plugins are utilized to stream YouTube videos. Simply drag and drop the video URL from your browser into the VLC Media Player window to start playing the video.

This article will show you how to play YouTube videos within the VLC Media Player on Windows and also how to download those videos as MP4 files. Note, you are only legally allowed to download your own videos and can do so right from the YouTube Studio interface without the need for VLC.

 

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In this article I showcase a few simple code snippets to completely disable the WordPress commenting system.

 

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This article covers how to open encrypted DVD’s with HandBrake and libdvdcss for legal and educational purposes only.

Utilizing those two tools will help open DVDs with region codes and CSS encryption. Note, HandBrake with libdvdcss won’t work on DVDs encrypted with Disney X-project DRM, RCE, Sony ArccOS, etc.

 

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Disable HP Counterfeit Battery Notice

While upgrading the mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD) a client’s HP laptop I discovered that the battery had become bloated. The state of the battery is clearly “no bueno” and I advised the client to remove and replace the battery. Since the client uses the laptop more like a desktop we simply removed it until HP gets the replacement battery back in stock.

 

Disable HP Counterfeit Battery Notice

 

After removal I booted the laptop only to discover that HP has a counterfeit checker, much like their ink and toner cartridges. Not a big deal, we simply press the “Enter” key to bypass but it would be annoying if, after each reboot, a key press is required to complete the boot process.

The instructions below should help you permanently disable the HP battery counterfeit notice, Error 601 Warning.

 

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