How to save Windows Spotlight photos to your computer

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If you use Windows 10 with the Windows spotlight option selected for the Lock screen, chances are that once in a while you would see an image you would want to save for later, like this one:

A typical Windows spotlight image on the lock screen

If you don't see the Windows Spotlight images but you wish you would, it's easy to enable: click on the Start button, click on Settings, then navigate to Personalization, Lock screen, and finally select the Windows Spotlight option for Background:

Enabling the Windows spotlight option for the lock screen

OK, so one day you start the PC and see a beautiful image on your lock screen that you want to save for later, how to do that? The lock screen does not have a Save button, and when you log in to Windows, the image is most probably gone already! No problem, with a little help from our tool AB Commander we can locate and save the image in no time.

If you want to follow the steps below, download and install AB Commander, if you have not installed it already. No purchase is necessary: the download comes with a built-in license for 30 days of free use of the software. Don't worry, if you don't like it, you can always uninstall it later on using Windows Control Panel, just like any other program.

1. Run AB Commander and navigate to the folder where Windows stores the Windows Spotlight images. You could find on the web the instructions on how to locate this folder, but with AB Commander you don't need to: it already comes with a built-in tool that can take you to the correct folder. Choose Folder - Go to from the menu of AB Commander, and select Windows Spotlight in the list:

Navigating to the Windows spotlight folder

(If you don't see Windows Spotlight in the list, it means you have an older version of AB Commander; download and install the new version, then continue.)

2. Press OK and AB Commander would navigate to the correct folder for you. There you will probably see a lot files with strange names, similar to these:

The contents of the Windows spotlight folder

3. Don't be discouraged by all these files with strange names that make no sense: each such file contains an image that is used for the Windows Spotlight photos. To locate the one you like, use another tool that comes with AB Commander, Quick View. Select the first file in the list, and press Ctrl+I (or choose Tools - Quick View - Preferred Viewer from the menu). A separate window should open that would show the image the file contains. If it's not the one you are looking for, press the Down Arrow key to quick-view the next file. Continue until you find the image you are looking for:

Browsing the images in the Windows spotlight folder

4. Close the Quick View window while keeping the file itself selected. Switch to the opposite panel of AB Commander and navigate to the folder where you want to save the image (such as the Pictures folder). Switch back to the Windows spotlight folder with the file you've located still selected and use the Command - Copy on the menu to copy the file from the Windows Spotlight folder to the Pictures folder. While you are at it, you may want to rename the file to something more human-friendly:

Copying the file from the Windows spotlight folder

When choosing the new file name, append .JPG (including the dot!) to the end of the new file name, to let other programs know that this is JPG file. After you do that, you should have no trouble opening this image with other graphics programs that support the JPG format.

Happy Windows Spotlight hunting!

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How to move the OneDrive folder to an encrypted drive

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If you link your OneDrive account to your PC or a laptop, it stores the local copies of the files in a folder on the hard drive of your PC. The default location of such a folder is:

C:\Users\[User]\OneDrive

where [User] is your Windows login name. This way, if you are traveling and not connected to the Internet, you could still work with the local copies of your files, and later on, when you do connect to the Internet, they would be synchronized with the cloud.

This is convenient, but what if you lose your laptop, or someone steals it? They would be able to reset your Windows password and get an unrestricted access to all your files on the laptop, including the ones in the OneDrive folder.

If you are concerned about such a possibility (and you should!), to protect your files and documents from other people, you should move them to encrypted storage, such as a Virtual Encrypted Drive that you could set up with our software USBCrypt.

Moving the regular files and folders into an encrypted drive is easy: you could just drag and drop them with Explorer. However, moving the special folders, such as OneDrive is a bit tricky. We show how to do it below.

Before we begin, we assume that you have already used USBCrypt to create a Virtual Encrypted Disk and you have started it with the drive letter Q:. (Of course, if you chose another letter to attach to the Virtual Encrypted Disk, modify the following steps accordingly.)

If you have not linked the PC to your OneDrive account yet, skip the first steps and go directly to Step 3. Otherwise, before you could move the existing OneDrive folder to an encrypted drive, you must unlink the PC from the OneDrive account first.

Step 1. Unlink the PC from the OneDrive account.

Locate the OneDrive taskbar notification icon, right-click it, and choose Settings from the menu:

OneDrive icon and the menu

There, select the Account tab, and click on Unlink this PC:

Unlink this PC from OneDrive

Confirm that you do want to unlink the PC (don't worry, we will link it back in a short while). Now we are ready to move the OneDrive folder to the encrypted drive.

Step 2. Move the OneDrive folder.

Open Explorer (or another file management application, if you have one, such as our AB Commander) and navigate to the parent folder of the current OneDrive folder. As we mentioned above, usually it is C:\Users\[User]\OneDrive, where [User] is your Windows login name. So, open the parent folder, C:\Users\[User], and select OneDrive:

Select the OneDrive folder with Explorer

While OneDrive folder is still selected, click on Home in the menu bar, and then click on Move To:

Move the OneDrive folder with Explorer

Select Choose location and then select the parent folder where you want the OneDrive folder to be located. In our example, we want to move it to an encrypted drive Q:, so we would select the drive Q: as the destination folder:

Select the encrypted drive as the destination folder for OneDrive folder

Step 3. Link the PC to the new location of the OneDrive folder.

Now open the Settings window for OneDrive again (see Step 1 above), but this time click on Add an account, to link this PC back to your OneDrive account. Enter your OneDrive email, password, but before you press Next to set up OneDrive at the default location, click the Change location link:

Select the  new location for the OneDrive folder

Now navigate to the encrypted drive (which is drive Q: in our example), and select the OneDrive folder there:

Select the  new location for the OneDrive folder

You will probably see the message telling you that the folder already contains some files in it, that's expected, tell it to use this location:

Confirm to use this location for the OneDrive folder

Finish the linking of the PC by selecting the folders of your OneDrive account that you want to be synchronized to this PC, and that's it, your OneDrive folder is now encrypted and ready for use!

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Windows 10 fails to upgrade? Here is how to fix it.

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There are many possible reasons for Widows 10 upgrade to fail. Whether you are upgrading from an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, or from a previous build of Windows 10 itself, if the upgrade is failing, the first things to check are the obvious ones: search the web for the error message displayed and see what others might have done about it, check your C: drive for errors, remove any old software that might be incompatible with Windows 10, etc.

If you tired such things, but Windows 10 still fails to upgrade without giving an obvious explanation, for example, if the upgrade reaches a certain percentage point and then stalls there for hours, and when you try the upgrade again, it stalls again, perhaps at a different percentage point, one of the possibilities is that the BCD on your computer is corrupted and that's stopping Windows 10 from upgrading properly.

What is BCD, you might be wondering? It stands for Boot Configuration Data, and it's a set of files that Windows is using internally when it starts your computer. It is used by Windows upgrade procedure, too, and if something is wrong with it, Windows upgrade fails. This article explains how to repair the BCD.

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1. Boot in the Safe mode with Command Prompt

The procedure depends on the version of Windows that you already have. If you have trouble rebooting your computer in the safe mode, another option is to boot the computer from Windows 10 DVD (if you have it, of course), and choose Repair your computer option:

On the next screen, choose Troubleshooting, and then finally choose the Command prompt option:

2. Rebuild the BCD

Type the following command in the command prompt:

  bootrec.exe /RebuildBCD

Windows should start searching for the existing installations of Windows you might have on your hard drives. If it reports that 0 installations are found, try the following two commands, one after another:

  bcdedit /CreateStore BCD
  bcdedit /Import BCD

Now try the bootrec.exe /RebuildBCD command again. This time, Windows should find its existing installation and ask you to add it to the BCD information, reply Y for Yes:

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Now close the Command prompt, restart the computer as usual, and try to upgrade to Windows 10 again. Chances are, the upgrade will now succeed! It not, then sorry, the problem on your computer was something else.

Good luck!

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