Even new Windows 10 versions may use the old-fashioned 5-partition disk layout because that’s how the Win10 installer did things until 1909 came along.
With Build 19569 UWP apps get the “Fluent Design” treatment. The result is a snazzier and more visually appealing Start Menu and desktop. Good oh!
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app makes a useful, speedy and intuitive replacement for the older Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) application. Check it out!
The latest version of Hyper-V Server (2019) is now available as an unlimited eval. That means you can use it forever, for free. Good stuff!
MS has started pushing patches to those who signed up and paid for Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7. One small thing went unannounced, though: those buyers must apply KB4538483 manually to receive such updates (and Office updates, too).
A few days ago, my Win10.guru partner Ed shared a link with me, saying he was sure I’ll find it interesting: Deploying fully patched Windows 10 computers: A guide for IT pros. He was right, of course. I saved it in both Favorites and in OneNote. One of the methods described in that story uses
When MS announced in January it would automatically change over search engines in Chrome (and perhaps Firefox) from the current default to Bing, I expected some backlash. It’s been heard, and a new, kinder and gentler policy set forward.
Learning that there’s a new shortcut key item in the PowerToys collection, I quickly realize I need to learn how to drive the UI before I can do anything useful. Sigh.
Here’s a personal opinion: It’s a good idea every now and then to start from scratch, and clean reinstall Windows 10. This presents an often-welcome chance to fully clean your system and get rid of all the junk bloating it. The Windows 10 Reset feature basically does the same thing — namely, reset Windows to
An item named .849C9593-D756-4E56-8D6E-42412F2A707B appears at the root of some, but not all, OneDrive root folders. It helps OneDrive handle file synch, is hidden, and cannot be deleted. Fascinating!
On January 30, the Microsoft Update Catalog received a number of new Intel Microcode update items. These address CPU-level hardware vulnerabilities in most PCs, and are worth installing.
In today’s integrated world, there are a lot of people living abroad who use two or more languages. Using myself as an example, I come from a bilingual Finland (Finnish and Swedish), from a bilingual family, met my German ex-wife (fourth one, already happily divorced!) when working in Italy, and now live in my adopted
OK, then. I’ve been dealing with an interesting USB issue lately. Happens on my laptops when I plug certain devices in. The general flow of symptoms is: 1. Plug in Device. 2. USB device added tone sounds 3. 1-2 seconds later, USB device removed tone sounds 4. Device does not show up in Explorer (or
When a Microsoft-focused software development and services company notices that older articles are disappearing from the Microsoft Knowledge Base collection, they take action to create an MS KB Archive to rescue them from oblivion. Good work!
The number of Windows 10 licensing and activation questions around the tech forums have grown exponentially since Windows 7 hit its End of Life date over two weeks ago. Users keep asking about how to find their Windows 10 product key after upgrading from Windows 7. The short answer is, there’s no need to find
After seeing an advertisement for a 5G tablet from Samsung, I wonder how much 5G coverage is actually available right now (January 2020). The answer: not much.
Enter any error code that Windows 10 may show you, and the MS Error Lookup Tool will show you its official error code info, lickety-split (fast)!
First, let me try to explain the title: I have never tried to hide the fact that I am a huge Microsoft fan. Generally speaking, I like all their consumer and server operating systems, software and services. I belong to that small minority of users who never had any issues with Vista and loved Windows
Advanced Bluetooth versions offer interesting and useful improvements in low power operation and reception range. Good thing Win10 2004 certified for Bluetooth 5.1 on January 10, 2020.
Here’s an interesting snippet from an innocuous sounding item from Microsoft Docs dated January 17, 2020. It’s entitled “Microsoft Search in Bing and Office 365 Pro Plus” and is very much worth reading. The first paragraph baldly declares Microsoft’s intentions (I added the bold text for additional emphasis ): Starting with Version 2002 of Office
When Raphael Rivera tweets on potential in-app advertisements in WordPad, it gets me to thinking about ads within the Windows OS in general. For me, their absence beat their presence, hands down.
It is sad to see how Windows 10 paranoia has gained momentum during the past weeks. Yes it’s sad, but at the same time, to be totally honest, it’s also somewhat amusing. Take a look at this thread on Seven Forums, titled “I Want to Keep Windows 7 Forever” with comments to the OP’s original
As we have repeatedly told readers here on Win10.guru, it’s most definitely time to unplug Windows 7 from life support and let it die, and time to upgrade to Windows 10. Some hard-core users, as well as businesses relying on legacy software running on Windows 7 will hang on, and continue life support against the
Jen Gentleman (@JenMsft), Software Engineer and Community Manager at Microsoft, is one of those people on Twitter every Windows enthusiast should follow.” A few days ago she tweeted this: What's a computer tip/trick that you think everyone should know? — Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) January 18, 2020 At the moment, the thread has already over
In looking at the differences between the new Feature Upgrade C:\Windows folder for Build 19546 verus its Windows.old “equivalent” (Build 19541), I couldn’t help but notice more that was different than alike. Start with the intro image for this story. Windows.old (left) includes 86,332 files and 22,148 folders and is 15.3 GB in size (15.1
Upgrade attempts to tonight’s new Insider Build 19546 failed twice when using Windows Update. Next, I tried upgrade using an ISO image made with UUP Dump. It failed, too. I am already used to working through various issues with Insider upgrades, and have some routine preparations I’ll make every time before starting. These include: disconnect
An accidental launch of Google’s Password Checkup utility points out some possible security compromises and “less-than-best” practices in my password stable. I take corrective action, but it’s slow and intense work. Sigh.
As Ed Tittel wrote earlier, yesterday marked the death (EOL, End of Life) of Windows 7. Users still using Windows 7, especially the hardcore who truly believe all the false rumours and have thus not tested Windows 10 at all, this is for you. I have written a tutorial on Seven Forums, a sister site
Tomorrow, January 14, 2020, is EOL (end-of-life) day for Windows 7. Starting then, only a Extended Security Contract or running Win7 as a VM on Microsoft Virtual Desktop will keep that aging OS up-to-date. Time to migrate!
A GitHub comment from the Windows Terminal Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon preannounces cool new features, including a smashingly retro CRT look (featured image).
The free Patch My PC Updater program does a great job of identifying and updating out-of-date PC applications that it recognizes (around 300 in all). It’s limited in scope, but good at what it does. Check it out!