How to Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

How to Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

How to Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

Using this guide people can learn how to keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed and continue using their laptop with external monitors when the laptop lid (screen) is closed.

1. Right-click the Start button and select “Settings.”

Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

2. In Settings, click the search bar and type “lid,” then click the “Change what closing the lid does” result that appears beneath it.

Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

A “System Settings” window will open (this is part of Control Panel, which is the legacy setup program for Windows.) Under “Power and sleep buttons and lid settings,” you’ll see several options that let you choose what happens when you press the power or sleep buttons on your device.

Near the bottom, you’ll see “When I Close the Lid.” If you want your laptop to stay awake while not plugged in (and on battery power only), choose “Do Nothing” under the “On Battery” column. If you want your laptop to stay awake with the lid closed only while plugged in, use the drop-down menu in the “Plugged In” column and select “Do Nothing.”

Warning!
If you allow your laptop to stay powered on with the lid closed while on battery power, you may accidentally run down your battery without realizing it, so be careful.

Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

After that, click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the window.

Keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed

 

Now you successfully know how to keep a Windows Laptop Awake with the Lid Closed. If you need any help you can always contact us

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty.

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

Larissa is off on maternity leave this Friday so we hosted a baby shower today at the office!

We all want to say thank you for all your hard work this past year. You have done so well with your apprenticeship and have become such an asset.

We will miss you and your contagious smile and we wish you, your family and the newborn all the best.

See you in a year 🙂

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

Upgrade your Server version in 4 steps

When you need to do some testing or development work on a Windows server, obtaining a trial ISO of Windows Server is often the most convenient option. You can download a trial version of Windows Server 2022 directly from Microsoft here.

This is great but what if what you were testing has worked perfectly and you now need to convert your test server into a fully licensed production server?

You will find that if you try to activate Windows Server 2022 the normal way (by going into Windows settings) it will fail. If you try to get more technical and activate using via command prompt by using slmgr it will also fail! The reason for this is that the build and product version of Windows Server 2022 does not match the build and product version of the activation key.

Don’t worry you can get around this but you need to change the evaluation version of Windows Server 2022 to a licensed version before you can activate it. You can do this by following these 4 steps:

 1 Launch a PowerShell or Command Prompt as an Administrator
2 Type dism /online /get-currentedition and press ENTER
3 Type dism /online /get-targeteditions and press ENTER
4 Type dism /online /set-edition:serverstandard /productkey:<YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-NEEDS-TO-GO-IN-HERE>

After step 4 has been completed you will be prompted to restart your server, once restarted you will be on the correct build version of Windows Server 2022 and you will be able to activate it as normal.

If you need any help doing this, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Office 365 – How to Share your Calendar

Office 365 – How to Share your Calendar

Make your co-workers know what you are doing

Here is a quick how to on giving others access to view your calendar (or not!)

  1. Login into your emails via www.office.com
  2. Open the Outlook app
  3. Open your calendar on the left handside
  4. On your calendar hover over, click on the three dots, then ‘Sharing and Permissions’
  5. From there you can now give people access or change your organisation*

*Dending on your organisation setting

Please see the video below on how to given others access to your Office 365 calendar.

Video

Setup the Microsoft Authenticator App with Microsoft 365

Setup the Microsoft Authenticator App with Microsoft 365

Setup the Microsoft Authenticator App with Microsoft 365

We are strongly advising our clients to move over to Multi Form Factor authentication (MFA) to secure their Microsoft 365 services.  Brute force login attacks are on the increase and having a strong password is just not enough these days.

First of all, you need to download the Microsoft Authenticator App to your mobile device and you can find instructions from the following link:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/mobile-authenticator-app

Once done we need to setup the Authenticator app within Office.

Sign into your account by going to outlook.office.com and logging in with your usual details.

  1. Once logged in, please click your initials in the top right corner, and click on ‘View account’

2. You should now have a menu down the left-hand side of the screen. Click on ‘Security info’. Once here, click on the ‘+ Add method’ button and select Authenticator app.

3. Click next through the options until you see a QR code to scan. We will need this later.

Configuring Microsoft Authenticator Mobile app

  1. Find and open the Microsoft Authenticator application that you installed previously. Click on add an account and then click scan a QR code. You can then hold the camera up to the QR code you receieved on your PC.
  2. Once you have scanned the QR code, click next through all the options on the PC. You should now see the email account appear within the app. On the PC, click next throughout the options and you will now have Microsoft Authenticator appear under methods.

3. Above the Microsoft Authenticator method we have added, click on set default sign-in method and change this to the bottom option to Microsoft Authencicator – notification if you want notifications each time or Microsoft Authenticator app or hardware token – code if you want traditional one time codes, then press confirm.

Authenticator Setup Completed

Microsoft Authenticator is now setup, and your email account is linked to your phone. Shortly, you will be prompted to enter a code. This will happen for all Microsoft apps that you have such as Outlook and MS Teams.

To get this code, open up your Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone and click on the account you added. You will see a 6-digit code, this refreshes and changes every 30 seconds

Once you have entered this code, your device should remember it so that you do not have to enter it everytime you go to log in. However, accessing your accounts from a different device will require you to enter a new code. This helps to stop attackers from gaining access to your account, as not only do they now need the password, but they also need the code from your phone!

Running low on space? Use Disk Clean-up

Running low on space? Use Disk Clean-up

Did you know that running your computer with a full hard drive can slow down your machine considerably? This is where disk clean-up comes in.

Disk Clean-Up

The disk clean-up utility which comes built-in into the Windows operating system will only delete temporary, cache, and log files created over time by the operating system as well other programs installed onto the computer.

Disk Clean-Up

The good news is that disk clean-up does not delete documents, programs or any other type of file that the computer needs. This makes it a very easy and safe way to free up some space on your hard drive. It is very important that there is always some disk space free as Windows updates sometimes will require more resources to be installed.

To run it, please follow the list below:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type disk clean-up. When it comes up, right-click it and select run as administrator.
  2. It will ask you which drive to clean.
  3. It will begin to identify which files need to be removed.
  4. A window will pop asking what you want to be deleted. A lot of the items will be automatically selected for deletion.
  5. Once the items have been selected, press ok. The program will then start to delete all the unnecessary files.

This method should help you to save a little bit of space every so often.

More information can be found on Microsoft’s website: HERE