To address widely-reported issues with black screens, multiple monitors, and resolution settings, KB4057291 fixes Win10 AMD GPU issues.
Properly used, the Net User command controls user access hours for Windows users with surprising flexibility and reach.
Jonas Kohl's excellent, compact utility CapsLock Indicator shows key states for Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock keys onscreen in the taskbar.
When updating drivers check vendor support is a truism that provides insight (and driver files) for all kinds of Windows devices and components.
Adguard offers Win10 ISO alternative source for downloads, and includes evaluations and MS Office ISOs as well.
When I install what I think is a fix for a recent Management Engine (MEI) vulnerability, I encounter more MEI weirdness.
To provide more information about the program and its releases, Windows 10 Insider Preview gets Flight Hub website.
As my son and I swap an old Nvidia card for a new one, I observe that a mosquito rescues GPU upgrade.
When recent updates switch networks from Private to Public, a HomeGroup trick fixes Win10 Public network reset more quickly than Network settings.
When I switch a desktop PC from wired GbE to wireless following the Win10 Fall Creators Upgrade, failing WiFi gets driver fix as a consequence.
The predefined Default Switch makes Hyper-V networking dead simple in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update aka Version 1709.
As details surrounding another Intel ME security flaw discovered emerge, it's time to grab a detection tool. If you're affected a BIOS fix is needed.
Be forewarned: After upgrading or clean installing Fall Creators Update, admins may need to sestore Win10 Private Network status, too.
In figuring out why an ostensibly proper driver won't install in Device Manager, I compile a list of Realtek HD Audio Driver Tips.
Full Flash Update's FFUTOOL.exe works with DISM to apply Windows images to target drives (and PCs) faster and more reliably than either WIM or VHD.
Because a new Win10 means new MCT too, the safest way to use the Media Creation Tool is always to download a fresh copy.
In looking at Win10 Desktop Marketshare Nov17 I see two things: 1. Netmarketshare appears to under-report Win10 numbers, and 2. Win10 should pass Win7 very soon.
Those using deployment tools that automate Windows Update checks may see bogus Win10 Printer update alerts for PDF and XPS printer drivers.
When bad RAM nixes 1709 upgrade, finding and removing the failed memory module sets things back to rights.
For Creators Update versions of Win10 you can turn off IE Edge ad with a simple group policy edit tweak.
With the right ingredients, fixing Win10 Volsnap.sys issues turns out to be both quick and simple.
When double-clicking an ISO file in Windows Explorer fails to mount it as a virtual disk drive, a Win10 ISO mount trick is necessary (and described herein).
When it comes to rolling Build 1709 out, admins and power users will find lots of options available to upgrade Win10 PCs. The phased rollout is rolling faster, too.
With the Win10 Build 1709 unleashed on 10/17/17, there's no reason for IT pros not to grab and install a copy so they can kick the tires and start thinking about migration.
For Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update Gets Simultaneous ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit) access when the new release goes live on October 17.
The next upcoming Win10 release Build 1709 gains easier Update log access, thanks to automatic symbol resolution for event trace log files.
Digital transformation shouldn't just mean loosening ties with old systems. IT departments and businesses themselves must get out of their comfort zones, invest in cloud services and focus on user ...
When an mSATA SSD in a small USB 3 enclosure accidentally hits the floor, I learn that a dropped drive drops access, too.
With a new major version out, Macrium's new Reflect needs new Rescue Media. Don't forget to update existing such media, or to create fresh new media.
Various sources that document OS choices for Internet users indicate that Win10 usage approaches Win7 levels.
Uwe Sieber's excellent Device Cleanup Tool works like a charm to display and remove unwanted or missing Windows device drivers.
Because Driver Store Explorer shows driver file names you can use it to target updates explicitly when Device Manager can't find them by itself.
The Chocolatey Windows Package Manager works with PowerShell to provide hands-off installation of over 5,000 applications.
Virtualization means CPU microcode matters; it also means that if BIOS updates don't address microcode issues, manual updates may be needed.
With the next release scheduled for October 17 or thereabouts, businesses should wait on Fall Creators Update for deployment.
With the right technique, you can add Precision Touchpad drivers anywhere on any device with a Synaptics or Elan touchpad.
When wonky Win10 colors require registry edits, a set of handy .reg files to restore normal defaults comes in handy.
Because of compromise at the distribution servers, admins should be aware that CCleaner 5.33 32-bit carries malicious payload.
Among it myriad of capabilities, PowerShell illuminates system components in scripts and in its command-line interface.
As I write this post, some 9 of 10 Insider Preview installs are failing. Thus my status report: Insider Preview 16288 failing more than succeeding.
Cloud-first management is an ahead-of-the-curve strategy for Citrix. But it doesn't align with many IT departments' current needs.
A German Court Case foils aggressive MS updates as the company volunteers not to pre-stage update files without informing users and asking for permission.
To build Install ISO for current Win10 image requires careful, crafty use of readily available Windows tools and media.
Last Thursday, Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson made it official in the Windows Blog: the Win10 Fall Creators Update Hits October 17.
The freeware utility LockHunter reports locked Windows files, and provides various ways to unlock or delete them. Exercise care when using the tool to avoid self-inflicted harm.
With the Fall Creators Update weeks away from public release, MS stops Insider Preview issues lists in its release notes. I hope this is only temporary.
In exploring Office 32-bit versus 64-bit versions, it seems that "small is beautiful" applies, or perhaps better guarantees of backward compatibility prevail.
In its August round-up blog post, MS Press samples Autoruns coverage in the free chapter from the Sysinternals Troubleshooting book. Good stuff!
For most command-line program's there's a PowerShell alternative. The Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk alternative is named Repair-Volume.
Once again, Ed Bott strikes gold as he explains a great Win10 Date/Time Calendar trick: fast, easy, and instantly available.
The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, aka DaRT, is an invaluable toolset for admins seeking remedies for Windows 10 boot or startup issues.
As Ed Bott issues Win10 report card at ZDnet, he hands out a mix of high and low marks. While there's plenty to like, there are also some things to decry.
When it comes to numbering Decimal versus Binary bytes for disk sizes, what drive manufacturers claim to deliver is more than what shows up when a drive gets mounted.
The internet is dark and full of terrors. With the HBO ransomware attack threatening to spill sensitive corporate data, IT departments must act to shield their companies.
When Win10 post-repair-install issues appear on a recently-fixed PC, I start to understand what leaving the prior install "mostly intact" means.
Thanks to the MS Learning email blast, I can report that MVA offers free Win10 security course. Over 2-1/2 hours of free video training, in fact.
When the latest cumulate update KB4032188 causes Win10 confusion, I turn to my bin full of USB flash drives for a solution. Problem solved!
For many users the secret to using MS Search effectively comes from selectively indexing file contents as well as file properties. Here's how!
Organizations that haven't yet moved to Windows 10 should consult MAP Toolkit for possible or planned Win10 Deployments.
If your Windows runtime needs drivers added, you'll also want to add Custom Drivers to WinRE so your recovery environment works, too.
I suggest numerous tools or utilities for inclusion in a periodic Win10 disk cleanup checklist, to keep trash and obsolete file at bay.
NTFS Fsutil cleans up excess old transactions. You can also use it to show you how much disk space transaction info and logs consume.
The list of free Microsoft Press eBooks July 2017 is truly staggering in its size (252 titles) and range of coverage (17 topic categories). Check it out!
If you use the Vssadmin command line utility to inspect your drives, you'll see that Win10 Volume Shadow Copies may need cleanup!
When Windows Update not only hangs but resists repair, WUMT rescues Win10 Release Preview (and other) installations.
A recent comparison shows that the built-in Disk Cleanup beats CCleaner post-Win10-upgrade: it's faster and it also does a deeper clean.
Uwe Sieber's excellent tool DriveCleanup clears stale Win10 storage metadata, so Device Manager shows what's present on your PC, and no more.
A cool new feature in the latest Insider Preview suggests that Virtual Disk Image Galleries in Win10 will be coming in Creators Update 2.
In a June 30 document from the Windows IT Center, MS Gives Fall Creators Update 1709 Label, thereby pegging the next Win10 release to September 2017.
After waiting 12 weeks for Windows Update to push an upgrade to one of my PCs, I decide I'm done waiting for Win10 Version 1703 and upgrade it myself.
Careful consideration of registry cleaner pros & cons argues that such tools should be used only sparingly. CCleaner and Little Registry Cleaner are safe and worth using.
In the Insider Preview program, Win10 Build 16226 adds GPU Task Manager info on the Performance tab therein.
In the third and final element of this 3-part series, we show how a DISKPART script fixes default Win10 disk layout issues.
Google has been working to appeal more to businesses, but it may not be able to crack Microsoft's armor. Google has improved its G Suite enterprise apps over the past two years and in May added ...
Let's go Exploring Win10 clean install default disk layout to understand why it poses upgrade issues, and how to do it right the first time.
For some reason Windows Installer puts the WinRE partition at the head of its disk layout. We partition UEFI/GPT HDD using diskpart to put it at the end, where it belongs.
As consumer-focused public app stores become more secure and easier to use, they could become viable enterprise tools. This month's Deep Dive article explores the pros and cons of enterprise app ...
Recent gotchas, three failed installs and a wounded clean install leave me pondering Build 16215 plus good backup.
The free Windows utility DMT helps manage multiple monitors easily and effectively, and lets users decide where and on which screen applications launch.
A useful and informative disk utility named TreeSize shows oft-missing Win10 disk details. Check it out!
When I saw my Surface Pro 3 got firmware updates a month ahead of general release I was puzzled. Then I remembered that PC is on the "Release Preview" update cycle.
An accidental release of Build 16212 turns up compelling evidence of more Win10 versions possibly in the offing for the next major release.
IT can control any enterprise device from one main console with unified endpoint management. This option has become grown appealing to businesses using Windows 10. In a session at the Boston VMware ...
Even though the File - Open menu entry is MIA, turns out there are plenty of ways to access HTML files using Edge in Windows 10.
For four months I thought I was fighting a Hyper-V vSwitch set-up snafu. But the joke's on me: I was actually fighting my own mistake!
Unlike other hidden system folders, it's easy to bid $SysReset goodbye in Windows 10. A simple right-click delete does the trick.
An odd and interesting error with version identification for UUP caused problems, but KB4016871 Fixes Spurious Win10 DISM Issue.
When I confirm that an upgrade indeed installs a whole new slate of device drivers, I decide to manage Win10 Drivers using DISM at the command line.
Turns out there's an excellent reason why current MS Drivers show Vista 2006 date. That's how MS avoids conflicts with mfgr or OEM drivers.
In the wake of the accidental repartitioning and formatting of a vital data drive, I learn that MiniTool Power Data Recovery rocks!
If you take a mobile PC on the road with you, be it laptop, notebook or tablet, it's a good idea to clean up old wireless profiles every now and then.
Security researchers have discovered that an Intel AMT exploit needs attention for Intel PCs running firmware versions 6.x through 10.x, plus 11.0, 11.5 and 11.6.
Applications are the key to end-user computing, but they haven't always been the industry's focus. Security fears around BYOD and the consumerization of IT put the spotlight on mobile device ...
Recent Builds numbered 15063 or later can show savvy users what Insider Win10 UWP File Explorer looks like, for those willing to create a desktop shortcut.
A locked-up install sends me searching for solutions, but it turns out that the best way to fix CCleaner install hang is simple and easy.
Troubleshooting Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) issues can be vexing, but a couple of useful references can help provide useful fixes.
Working through the process step-by-step, I observe that a new Insider Preview clean install confers insights worth noting and sharing.
When faced with frequent upgrades trashing a dual-boot setup, I learn that my balky Mobo caused Insider boot woes by replacing it with a new one.
As President Donald Trump's administration considers changes to tax, healthcare and immigration laws, large technology companies are primed to feel some of the biggest effects. The CEO of one such ...
Some Win10 Current Branch installs will manifest spurious health-related issues, but with a Build 15063 DISM fix available, there's no need to live with them.