Desktop operating systems
In announcing a preview of its Microsoft Virtual Desktop Azure-based technology, MS sneakily offers another free Win7 life extension. Very interesting!
When S Win7 Cert Exams expire July 31 they signal that today's reigning Windows version is nearing the end of its lifecycle. With 900-plus million devices still running Win7, lots of change is at hand.
When one of my laptops balks at completing the update check for a current cumulative update, WUMT resolves update woes yet again for Windows 10.
MS Answers offers 1803 networking resolution for those seeking to make nodes or network resources visible or available using File Explorer and other tools.
Depending on the workload and applications in use Win10 Hyper-V VMs benefit from more VRAM (virtual RAM), easily allocated using the Hyper-V manager.
When the default Ctrl+Shift+F3 won't do it, try the Sysprep Audit Mode alternate key sequence instead: Ctrl+Fn+Shift+F3. Works for me!
After the 1803 upgrade monkey with LAN visibility for some nodes, NirSoft NetBScanner offers Win10 LAN insights to help get things running again. Good stuff!
I don't normally write much about the Insider Preview builds for this blog post. Practicing Enterprise admins have enough on their hands keeping up with current branch versions of the OS. But when ...
When I first saw the news, I was stunned. But on further analysis, AdDuplex-based Win10 uptake projections mostly bogus, reflecting an incomplete and off-kilter subset of the user base.
If you build conventional Win10 installation media, you'll find two Win10 Setup.exes offer differing capabilities. One is good to upgrades or repair an existing Win10 install, the other for ...
When I say Win10 NetBIOS names get weirder I mean two things: they are indeed case sensitive, and sometimes the actual defined case-correct name string won't resolve properly.
As I troubleshoot an inexplicable inability to remote into one of my office PCs, I figure out how to bring back PING in Win10 1803. In short, my recent spate of networking issues continue!
When the certificate warning shows up, I finally figure out why Windows machine names are case-sensitive in RDP. The machine name isn't case-sensitive, but the certificate name most certainly is!
By checking which commands work in PowerShell and which have PowerShell aliases, I compile an interesting set of Windows Command Line Reference observations.
Finally! A Microsoft Support note explicitly confirms what I've long suspected: Win10 DCOM 10016 errors are mostly benign. They occur by deliberate design, in fact.
The demise of HomeGroup makes it necessary to bring back basic Win10 1803 networking for Workgroup based Windows networks. Here's how!
Last Friday, my partner in crime at Win10.Guru, Kari Finn, sent me a link to a very interesting document. It comes from the Microsoft Download Center and shows up with very little descriptive ...
Thanks to a minor but annoying error, Win10 1803 sometimes creates phantom Recovery Drive during the upgrade process. Here are two easy fixes to make it go away.
If you tune into PortableApps.com and use their platform, you'll find a great way to take tools, utilities and applications with you onto any PC. Great stuff!
The Windows Insider Skip Ahead Preview, aka Skippy Shows Off Lean Win10 Edition as a new SKU pops up in Build 17650.
Based on the content of the Edge Welcome screen in Build 17134, it seems pretty safe to proclaim that Build 1803 Equals April Update.
If God Mode Causes Win10 Office URL Insert Fail and pasting URLs causes Word, Excel and so forth to crash, delete the God Mode parent folder to fix this problem.
After some confusing messaging about whether Remote Desktop Session Host would be in Windows Server 2019, Microsoft said the role will in fact be coming to the preview and official release.
In an interesting surprise move, MS Releases Open Source Win3.0 File Manager. Works like a champ on Windows 10, too!
For those interested in working in tech support, but also for those into understanding Microsoft, the MPP IT Support Track offers interesting insights.
Myerson's farewell reveals interesting Win10 stats -- specifically that the total number of Win10 users is closing in on 700M with 15M members in the Windows Insider program.
As I follow my twice-monthly drive cleanup routine, I realize that Macrium Reflect upgrade cancels backup schedules. Can't have that!
With oodles and scads of users reporting issues, KB4089848 poses widely reported Win10 problems that occur often enough and with severity sufficient to make it advisable to block this update outright.
A nifty pair of carefully crafted commands let you script out your Win10 build history using PowerShell for each PC you run it on.
MS says a key goal in improving feature upgrades is reducing Win10 upgrade offline time. Personally, I find their current list of upgrade/install steps more informative.
Understanding NTUser.dat in Windows 10 means knowing that those files capture user profile settings and preferences, and are best left alone and untouched for proper OS operation.
If you carefully check current Win10 for in-place upgrade repair, you'll be able to choose and download the proper ISO to attempt such repairs every time, without fail.
As MS offers new Spectre updates through the Microsoft Update Catalog, I realize that it's going to be a long slog to get those vulnerabilities patches on all my PCs.
Even post Build 17115 Driver Fix routine still works to fix most common driver issues and difficulties. Try this 3-step sequence and see!
Through clever and effective use of telemetry data, AI and machine learning, MS foils coin mining in a big way in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
During Day 1: Global Microsoft MVP Summit I learn that proper feedback is the real reason why Microsoft operates the Insider program, and provide tips on how to provide quality feedback on Windows.
Is is because OEM are taking too long to pony up that MS offers Spectre Meltdown updates via catalog downloads? I don't know, but I'm glad somebody's doing something!
Given that the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities created such a furor, one can only observe that the attendant firmware update Proceeds at glacial pace.
When it comes to fixing missing mouse or keyboard in Win10 you can either try different hardware, or boot from a different Windows, to effect repairs.
After skipping key entry on a clean Windows 10 install, I learn that Win7 Still Validates Win10 for activation. Woo hoo: my sister's HP Pavilion Dv6 is back in action.
When it comes to fixing misbehaving or flaky Windows PCs, here are some hopefully useful Win10 upgrade repair install tips.
If you get stuck in a boot loop while in safe mode, you'll need a Win10 Safe Mode breakout technique. Here's one that works from the command line.
When boot-up goes wonky, remember this: Bootrec fixes Win10 boot problems! Here, you'll learn how to launch and run this boot repair tool, and what it can do to help.
Having now used the platform for a couple of month, I enthusiastically exhort you: Do try Microsoft Teams! You may be in for a pleasant and productivity-enhancing surprise.
Because of some recently-discovered and somewhat nasty vulnerabilities, you really, really want to update 7-ZIP to 18.01 NOW!!
Those who try, and fail, to install KB4058258 should try this simple recipe for a KB4058258 install fail fix. It takes a little while but works pretty well.
In a surprising twist, Microsoft does away with standalone Windows 10 S. Instead, Windows 10 gets S Modes for most consumer (and Education) versions.
After my PC gets caught in an ongoing crash loop, a timely firmware update rescues Surface Pro 3, thanks in large part to the Windows Update MiniTool.
According to several sources now, the Windows 10 count finally exceeds Windows 7 from both USA and global perspectives.
Because Intel is taking its sweet time fixing microcode, and reboot and stability problems continue, MS issues Spectre reversal update (Catalog Only).
To skip Product Key when Sysprepping Win10, you must supply a generic product key instead. Here's a list of same to use.
Because of widely-reported issues with reboots and system stability, Intel now advises against installing Spectre patches!
A careful look at help information leads to new OneDrive File attributes uncovered, and a better understanding of how OnDemand files work.
The latest Win10 Insider Preview build 17074.1002 introduces involuntary upgrade repair install. What looks like an update is a major version upgrade!
Damien Van Robaeys excellent MDT PS Wizard covers MS Deployment Toolkit wizards within the pleasing GUI of a single, comprehensive scripted environment. Great stuff!
When I compared the PSU (brick) I'd been using on my dual drive dock to the one I'd just purchased, I realized that operator error explains 4TB drive mystery. Sheesh!
When updating BIOSes or firmware, or upgrading Windows 10, it's wise to practice Win10 PC brick-avoidance techniques.
More details on KB4056892 Wintel vulnerabilities tell us their names, and reveal that vendor hardware support is needed to fix one of this pair of critical items.
A simple RegHack fixes unwanted Win10 thumbnail deletions that make preview images disappear from File Explorer.
Because KB4056892 fixes critical Win10 security bugs, admins and deployment teams should get this one out to all Win10 PCs ASAP.
As Dickens said: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." Windows 10 for 2017 was surely a mixed bag.
Undoing 7Zip ISO association means right-clicking, choosing "Open with", selecting File Explorer, and checking the "Always use" box.
The Win10 Settings System Storage Sense file clean-up provides a UWP method for reclaiming potentially unneeded disk space. Check it out!
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.