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KeyboardLock 1.2.4295

Lock your mouse and keyboard so that pets and babies can't mess with your PC

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 August 2012
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KeyboardLock 1.2.4295
Lock your mouse and keyboard so that pets and babies can't mess with your PC

KeyboardLock does just what its name suggests, locking your mouse and keyboard so that you can leave your PC unattended and know that passing babies or animals won't mess it up. (Unless they manage to pull the power cable, anyway.)

Launch the program and it'll display its "Lock" and "Unlock" password, which by default are "cake" and "dart", respectively (although you can change these to whatever you like).

If you click Start, and minimise the program, then it'll monitor whatever you type, and if the Lock password crops up then it'll jump in, grab all keyboard and mouse click events, and make sure that they're not passed on to the active application. Which means any passer-by will be able to move the mouse cursor, but that's about it: mouse clicks and key presses will have no effect.

This is obviously a little inconvenient for when you return to your PC, but no problem: type "dart" (or whatever you set the Unlock password to be) and KeyboardLock will release its keyboard and mouse hooks, returning your system to normal. At which point you'll need to switch back to the program and click Start if you might want to use it again, later.

The program worked very well for us, but there are potential issues here. Leave KeyboardLock active on a shared PC, for instance, and someone else might type the lock password accidentally, and forgetting the unlock password could also be a problem. Use the program carefully, and only when necessary.

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A quick and easy way to reduce the chance of your kids (or your cat) accidentally affecting your PC

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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