Just yesterday, MS pushed a new set of Windows 10 ISOs to the former MSDN, known now as Microsoft Visual Studio Subscriptions. Looks like general availability for Windows 10 version 2004 really will pop next week!
The new Windows Package Manager (available through the MS Store, GitHub, and other means) makes it super-fast and easy to manage applications at the command line. Check it out!
At this year’s Build 2020, Microsoft rolled out its first production version of Windows Terminal. You heard right: Windows Terminal 1.0 is ready for download, through the MS Store, GitHub, or the new winget package manager. Cheers!
Device drivers are critical bits of software that let Windows and your computer interact and communicate with hardware. It’s important to be careful and cautious when updating drivers, and to stick to reliable sources for such updates.
If you install the latest PowerShell version 7.0.1 onto a customized WinKey+X menu set-up, it will keep working through that menu as before. I’m jazzed!
Because I check over my Reliability Monitor errors frequently, I notice this week that Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant startup item has started throwing “stopped working” errors. I don’t need this, so I disable that item immediately. You might do likewise.
Oho! Here’s an interesting information item, courtesy of the Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements at Microsoft Docs. See Section 3.0 “Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for desktop editions.” Note: this lengthy, detailed document shows its current publication date as 05/02/2017 as I write this article. However, it has surely been updated since then, because
When I stop tearing what little hair out I still have left, I remember that the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA) can fix Outlook problems. In this case, it can and it does, and I regain access to my Exchange server in Outlook. Problem solved!
Microsoft dropped what will likely be its last Insider Preview/Slow Ring release on May 12, along with a raft of Windows 10 2004 downloads to the Visual Studio Subscriptions page. All signs are still “Go!” for the upcoming end-of-month feature upgrade.
An ingenious graduate student at Eindhoven University explains how an attacker can totally bypass OS and hardware security, given physical access to a Thunderbolt 3 port and the right tools. You’ve been warned!
Before I start messing around with my production PC I always make sure I have a current backup. So why am I not surprised that my current backup is now on a drive that itself needs recovery? Sigh.
On Saturday, May 2nd, my virtual friend and fellow Finn Toni sent me an email with a screenshot showing Win10.guru on his mobile device. Automatic HTTP to HTTPS redirecting had somehow been disabled. Worse the only content visible on our home page was some strange ads in Japanese. As we pay for GoDaddy, our hosting
My Lenovo X380 Yoga is still hanging at 62% on Fast Ring upgrades, but now I’m seeing a different error code. It only convinces me further that UUPdump.ml is the right path to a successful upgrade — for this PC, at least.
Microsoft’s Shiproom Schedule pinpoints the planned release window for the May 2020 Windows 10 Feature Update from May 26-28. Get ready!
Because recent driver shenanigans on a test PC have caused WU to hang on Insider Preview upgrades, I’ve been using UUPdump.ml to upgrade that machine instead. Along the way, I’ve observed it’s faster, and it does more, too. Good stuff!
OK then: I have to thank one of our eagle-eyed readers. On April 29, I posted that you can now forcibly upgrade your Intel GPU drivers for 6th generation processors and newer. I also reported that such drivers wouldn’t over-write OEM customizations, either. As it turns out, I was ALMOST right. There is a catch:
Interesting post by Panos Panay on the Windows Insider Program blog yesterday (May 4, 2020). Entitled Accelerating innovation in Windows 10 to meet customers where they are, it’s read-worthy. First, it starts off with an “aw shucks, just happy to be here” intro. Then it recaps the one billion active monthly Windows 10 devices message
On systems with Secure Boot enabled and BitLocker encrypted system boot drives, it’s necessary to turn off Secure Boot to start up from alternate media (like a USB Flash drive). When that’s over and done with, you have to turn Secure Boot back on to avoid being forced to enter the 40-charactrer BitLocker key. Sigh.
With the latest version of PowerToys, Microsoft has added a “check for updates” button to its Settings page. This makes it easier than ever to keep the toolset current. I’m a proponent of even further automation, as I explain further…
A few weeks back, I offered free Windows assistance as long as the #StayAtHome lock-down continues. One of the emails I have received was from a user who asked if there’s anything one could do to speed up file transfer between a Hyper-V host and a virtual machine using Enhanced Session Mode. I thought that
When Windows Update hangs and won’t finish the GUI install phase for Build 19619, I turn to UUPdump.ml to create an equivalent ISO file from which to upgrade. This works like a charm, as it often does.
The little-known GatherOSState. exe program captures Windows 10 activation data so it can be restored after a clean install to keep Windows 10 activated. It also works with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 keys as well. Good stuff!
Intel says its latest Windows 10 DCH graphics drivers will install over OEM customizations without issues. I observe otherwise, but find a backdoor installation method that lets me install that driver anyway.
Working with Ventoy I learn you can easily create a single bootable flash drive to install as many OSI files as the media will hold, including files over 4 GB in size. Great stuff!
Long-time MS program manager and developer Andrew Whitechapel offers up uTaskManager, an app-oriented alternative to the built-in Task Manager application (aka taskmgr.exe). Check it out!
After turning off the Windows Management Instrumentation service and observing that WU fails to install a CU thereafter, I turn it back on and resolve to leave it alone from now on.
Two weeks ago, I offered assistance for those in lock-down at home because of the global pandemic. My idea was that some private users without direct access to a company help desk might not be able to fix their Windows issues because most PC shops are closed by decree. Are you in quarantine or locked
My best guess is that I use a VPN connection at least two thirds of the time I am online. I usually have no issues in accessing any website or service. But, there’s an exception: I have two local services here in my adopted home country of Germany: one governmental and one private, that only
Found a fascinating Windows 10 retrospective on ZDNet yesterday. It’s from my old friend, Ed Bott. It’s entitled “Windows 10 turns five: Don’t get too comfortable, the rules will change again.” He’s a little off, though: the GA release for Windows 10 occurred on July 29, 2015, while the first Technical Preview for Windows 10
By taking some quick protective measures against boot issues, blue screens, or unwanted file deletion, you can easily avoid certain problems that have been widely reported for some recent Cumulative Updates (CUs) for Windows 10.
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