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This App Has Been Blocked for Your Protection on Windows

Stuck with the error ‘This App Has Been Blocked for Your Protection on Windows’ We can help you!

Often Windows users report that the “This app has been blocked for your protection” error pops up and prevents normal running or installing the applications.

Generally, this occurs with third-party exe or msi files, and standard Microsoft msc snap-ins, launched via mmc.exe.

Here at Bobcares, we handle requests from our customers to fix this error as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today, let’s see the steps that our Support Techs follow to fix this issue for our customers.

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Automatically Login to Windows without Password

Wondering how to automatically login to Windows without password? We can help you.

If we want to login to Windows 10, we have to enter a password for a local or Microsoft (online) account each time. Though this provides a certain level of device protection against access by third parties it causes inconvenience for home users as it increases the time to access the device’s desktop.

To get rid of this inconvenience we can use Automatic login. However, it reduces the security of the computer. Therefore, autologin should only be turned on if we are the only computer user and we are sure that no one else can get physical access to the device. Otherwise, it will risk the safety of personal data.

Here at Bobcares, we fix these similar issues as a part of our Server Management Services. Today we will see how our Support Engineers fix this issue for our customers.

 

Methods to Automatically login to Windows without Password

Following are the methods that our Support Techs follow to Automatically log in to Windows without Password

1. Disable Windows 10 Login Password via the User Account Settings

The easiest way to disable password login on Windows 10 is to set the appropriate option in the User Account settings dialog box.

1. Firstly, in the Run prompt, enter the following command:

netplwiz
or
control userpassword

2. Then from the list of local user accounts, uncheck the option “User must enter a username and password to use this computer” and save changes (OK).

3. After that, enter the user account and password (twice) that we need to use for automatic login and click “OK”.

4. Finally, restart the computer.

2. How to Turn On Automatic Logon in Windows via the Registry

Another method to automatically log in to Windows without password is to turn on Automatic login via the registry.

This method of autologin is less secure as the registry will store the password as plain text and can be viewed by any local user.

Following are the steps to turn on automatic login via registry:

1. Firstly, type regedit in the Run prompt.

2. Then go to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

3. And change the value of the registry parameter AutoAdminLogon from 0 to 1

4. After that, create a new string parameter DefaultDomainName, specify the domain name or a local computer name as its value.

5. Then close the Registry Editor and restart the computer.

To enable autologin through the registry, we can use the following commands (replace root and P@ssword with username and password, WORKGROUP should be replaced with the name of AD domain if the domain account used):

reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v DefaultUserName /t REG_SZ /d root /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v DefaultPassword /t REG_SZ /d P@ssword /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v ForceAutoLogon /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v DefaultDomainName /t REG_SZ /d WORKGROUP /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v IgnoreShiftOvveride /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Alternatively, we can use a PowerShell script to save the user’s login information to the registry:

$Username =’bob’
$Pass = ‘Bob$uperP@ss’
$RegistryPath = ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon’
Set-ItemProperty $RegistryPath ‘AutoAdminLogon’ -Value “1” -Type String
Set-ItemProperty $RegistryPath ‘DefaultUsername’ -Value $Username -type String
Set-ItemProperty $RegistryPath ‘DefaultPassword’ -Value $Pass -type String
Restart-Computer

3. Disable Password Prompt after Sleep/Hibernation in Windows 10

Using GPO, we can turn off the password request when the computer wakes up from sleep or hibernation.

We can do this using the following steps:

1. First, run the gpedit.msc console.

2. Then go to the policy section Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Power Management -> Sleep Settings.

3. After that, disable the GPO parameters “Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery)” and “Require a password when a computer wakes on battery (plugged in)”.

4. Enable Secure Automatic Logon without a Password Using AutoLogon Tool

For a more secure automatic logon to Windows 10, we can use the free AutoLogon for Windows tool.

We can do this using the following steps:

1. First we have to download and run Autologon.exe (or autologon64.exe) as an administrator.

2. Then accept the terms of the license agreement.

3. Specify the user account, domain, and user password under which we want to perform autologin and press the Enable button:

Autologon successfully configured. The autologon password is encrypted.

4. A window will appear in which it is indicated that the autologon is enabled.

We can set user credentials to automatically log on to Windows using the Autologon command-line options. To configure Windows autologin for a user, we can use the following command:

autologon64.exe USER_NAME DOMAIN PASSWORD /accepteula

To disable automatic logon to Windows 10 without a password, just click on the Disable button.

How to fix “Microsoft Removes User AutoLogin in Windows 10 20H1/20H2”

Starting with build Windows 10 2004 (20H1), Microsoft decided to remove the option to configure automatic login for local accounts in the User Control Panel. If we are using a local Windows login account and not a Microsoft account (MSA), then the “User must enter a username and password to use this computer” option is not displayed.

To show the option used to disable password login on Windows 10 20H2, open the powershell.exe console and edit the registry:

New-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device” -Name DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion -Value 0 -Type Dword –Force

This registry key value disables the Windows 10 option “Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts” setting.

Finally, close and restart the netplwiz console and make sure the checkbox appears.

Thus, we can configure auto login without a password on the latest Windows 10 builds (20H1 and 20H2).

We cannot uncheck the option “User must enter a username and password to use this computer” on the computer joined to the Active Directory domain due to the default domain password policy.

In this case, the easiest way to disable password requests on the login screen is through the registry as described above.
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Conclusion

In short, we saw the steps that our Support Engineers follow to automatically login to Windows without password.

An error occurred while reconnecting – How we fix this

Stuck with the Window error ‘An error occurred while reconnecting Y: to \\nas1\share’? We can help you.

After the Windows 10 build 1709 Fall Creators Update (Enterprise and Education editions), many of our customers using Windows reported that when they tried opening a network shared folder on a nearby computer they got this error

Here at Bobcares, we fix this error for our customers as a part of our Server Management Services. Today let’s see how our Support Engineers fix this error for our customers.

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Your system requires smb2 or higher – How to resolve Windows error

Stuck with ‘your system requires smb2 or higher’  error on your Windows server?  We can help you.

SMB stands for Server Message Block and it is a protocol for sharing files. The protocol has two versions, the SMB1, and the SMB2, and while both can be used, the latter is the more secure one.

Often Windows users report a “Your system requires SMB2 or higher” error messages on their PC. Here at Bobcares, we fix this error for our customers as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today let’s see how our Support Engineers fix this error for our customers.

How to resolve Windows error ‘Your system requires smb2 or higher’

SMB1 protocol is vulnerable and the system will give us a warning message saying that it requires SMB2.

Since the SMBv1 client is disabled by default in Windows 10 and newer versions of Windows, when we try to open the shared folder we may get the following error:

You can’t connect to the file share because it’s not secure. This share requires the obsolete SMB1 protocol, which is unsafe and could expose your system to attack. Your system requires SMB2 or higher.

In this case,  the neighboring computers will not be seen on the local network. Also, while opening a shared folder through the UNC path, we may end up with error 0x80070035.

The error message clearly shows that the network shared folder supports access over the SMBv1 protocol only. We can fix this by reconfiguring remote SMB device.

Reconfigure the remote SMB device to use at least SMBv2:

If we use Samba server on Linux to share network folders, we can specify the minimum supported version of SMB protocol in the smb.conf file like the following:

[global]
server min protocol = SMB2_10
client max protocol = SMB3
client min protocol = SMB2_10
encrypt passwords = true
restrict anonymous = 2
On Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

We can disable the SMB 1 protocol and enable SMBv2 with the following PowerShell commands:

Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters” SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 –Force
Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters” SMB2 -Type DWORD -Value 1 –Force
On Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2:

We can disable SMBv1, enable SMBv2 and SMBv3, with the following command:

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName “SMB1Protocol”
Set-SmbServerConfiguration –EnableSMB2Protocol $true

If a network device supports only the SMB1 protocol, we have an option to enable a separate SMB1Protocol-Client feature on Windows 10. But this is not done ideally.

We can run the following PowerShell prompt and verify that the SMB1Protocol-Client is disabled (State: Disabled):

Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol-Client

And use the following command to enable the SMBv1 client protocol keeping in mind that a reboot will be required:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol-Client

We can also enable/disable additional features of Windows 10 (including SMBv1 components) from the dialog optionalfeatures.exe -> SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support.

On Windows 10 1809 and newer, the SMBv1 client will get automatically deleted if it has not been used for more than 15 days.

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Conclusion

in short, we saw the steps that our Support Engineers follow to fix the Windows error ‘Your system requires smb2 or higher’ for our customers.

 

SQL server error 1326 – How to fix

Stuck with SQL server error 1326? We can help you.

Often SQL server error 1326 pops up when we connect to the SQL server.

Usually, this happens when the IIS Service does not have any rights to use the named pipe.

Here at Bobcares, we often receive requests to solve such SQL errors as part of our Server Management Services.

Today let’s see how our Support Engineers fix this error for our customers.

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Windows Activation Error Code 0xc004f074 – How we fix

Stuck with Windows Activation Error Code 0xc004f074? We can help you

The error code 0xC004f074 occurs when a user downloads an illegal (pirated) version of the Windows operating system while attempting to upgrade Windows.

It also indicates that the Key Management Service (KMS) could not contact during the activation procedure.

Here at Bobcares, we often get requests to fix similar errors as a part of our Server Management Services for our customers using the Windows servers.

Today, let’s see how our Support Engineers fix this for our customers.

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How to install WebsitePanel on Windows and Fix Common Errors

Wondering How to install Websitepanel on Windows? We can help you.

WebsitePanel is a control panel that helps us to manage websites, application pools, email accounts, and much more easily on our Windows server.

Other than Plesk it is also considered as one of the prominent control panels for Windows hosting.

In this article, we will cover the installation and fix some common errors.

Here at Bobcares, we often get requests from our customers to install Websitepanel for their Windows servers as a part of Server Management Services.

Today let’s see how our Support Techs do this for our customers.

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Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072efe – How to fix

Stuck with “Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072efe” during your windows update?

The Windows update error 80072efe is a general error often encountered while updating the Windows operating system.

This error can occur while starting or shutting down the server during OS reinstallation. It can also occur while updating an application on the server, or while installing Microsoft-related software.

Here at Bobcares, we often fix similar errors for our customers as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today, let’s see how our Support Engineers fix this Cloudflare error for our customers.

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Missing DLL files – Different ways to fix it

While running an application if it’s related .dll files are missing then the system will throw an error message that says “missing xyz.dll file.”

Here at Bobcares, we have seen several such Windows-related errors as part of our Server Management Services for web hosts and online service providers.

Today we will take a look at the cause of this DLL files not found error and its fix. (more…)