Enable Delete Confirmation Dialog In Windows 10

It seems after installing Windows 10, when you delete a file, you are no longer asked to confirm whether or not you want to delete your selection. It just goes to the Recycle Bin.

I could see where some would enjoy that feature but many of us prefer to have that little dialog box pop up in the event we accidentally fat-finger something.

To bring back the delete confirmation dialog box, just follow these simple steps:

Find your Recycle Bin and do a right mouse-click on it to bring up the options menu. Then, go down to the bottom and select Properties.

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When the Recycle Bin Properties dialog opens up, go down to the bottom and place a check mark next to “Display delete confirmation dialog.”

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Then, click on Apply and Ok. That’s it.

How To Export PUTTY Sessions List

I’ve used this on my Windows 7┬ámachine and it will export the list to a registry file directly onto your desktop. Copy and run this as-is, do not change anything to include SimonTatham. If you change it, it will not work.

regedit /e "%userprofile%\desktop\putty-sessions.reg" KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions

The above command did NOT work on my Windows 10 system but the following DID work on Windows 10 and Windows 7:

regedit /e "%userprofile%\desktop\putty.reg" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham

Once the file has been created, you can move it to other systems. As a reminder, if you are using SSH keys, those will need to be copied to the other machine(s) as well.

To “import” the list of PUTTY sessions, just double-click on the file. Open PUTTY and you should see your saved sessions.

How to Perform a Clean Install of Windows 8 with an Upgrade Disc

Tested, tried and TRUE! I bought a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade a couple of systems back but never ended up using it. Now, I built a brand new system that I want to get Windows 10 on so I needed to use this upgrade.

If you’ve already formatted your drive or you’re moving to a new hard drive, you are not able to perform a “clean install” without installing an older version of Windows first. You are allowed to install Windows 8 cleanly, but when you go to activate, you get an error 0x8007007B saying your product key can only be used for upgrading.

If you get that error, here’s how to fix it:

1. Press the Windows key and type regedit
2. Press enter to open the Registry Editor
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/ and double-click on the MediabootInstall key in the right pane
4. Change the key’s value from 1 to 0
5. Exit the Registry Editor
6. Press the Windows key again, and type cmd
7. Right-click on the Command Prompt icon and run it as an administrator
8. Type slmgr /rearm and press Enter
9. Reboot Windows

When you get back into Windows, you should be able Activate Windows as normal without getting an error. You could use this trick for evil but it is not recommended or encouraged.