Hidden Windows Features


Network Password Management

A very frustrating aspect of Windows (among many) is it’s unclear management of network passwords. On some occasions, when entering a password you will be given a check-box feature asking if you’d like to save the password onto the system. On other occasions this feature is not available. When logging on to our internal network here at the office it can be quite handy to have our local machines remember our network passwords so we don’t have to enter them in day by day. If the system manages to remember our passwords, how do we change or even remove them for that matter? Windows has a buried feature that allows the management of all your network passwords. This has always been a part of Windows and may be well known but I thought it’d be worth mentioning for those who are unaware of it.

Click “Start” –> “Run…”
Type: “control userpasswords2” (without the quotes)
Click on the “Advanced” tab.
Click on the “Manage Passwords” button.

Voila! All your previously connected network computers should be listed here and you can manage your passwords via the “properties” button.

Shutdown Timer

Windows has the built-in ability to shutdown your computer via a timer. This can be handy if you’ve initiated a lengthy process and want to shut down the computer after it’s done but you don’t want to wait around for it to finish to do so.

Click “Start” –> “Run…”
Type: “shutdown -s -t XX” (where XX is the time until shutdown in seconds)

Alternatively, instead of “-s” you can type “-r” and that will reboot the computer instead.