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September 28, 2022

Hyper-V VM on physical disk instead of VHD file

Storing a Hyper-V virtual machine directly on physical disk, instead of a VHD file, is a practical method to speed up the VM. In addition, it makes it easy to switch from VM to real, physical dual boot, when required. Confusing? Let me explain.

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Win10.guru – back in business

Greetings dear subscribers and visitors. It has been quite quiet here on WIn10.guru past few weeks, due various reasons. Starting today, December 1st, 2020, the things are back to normal. From now on, we will publish new content on every weekday.


Certain Thunderbolt NVMe SSDs Provoke 2004 or 20H2 BSOD

Following upgrades to Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 on PCs with Thunderbolt-attached NVMe drives, users may experience a Driver_Verifier_DMA_Violation BSOD. Probably best to avoid such hardware (or roll back Windows) until they get it fixed.


Create a custom Windows ISO image

I wrote last week about adding / enabling or removing / disabling Windows optional features on USB-based install media. You can read that story here: PS Scripting – USB install media: Add or Remove Windows Features But, what to do when you wish to do the same using an ISO image? No problem: simply mount


First Look: Dell Precision Workstation P-5550

Last Friday, FedEx dropped off a Dell Precision 5500 Mobile workstation with 8-core i7, Quadro T2000 graphics, 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. I’m still setting it up and getting to know this machine, but what I’ve seen so far, I like. Check it out!

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War Story: Wandering Network Printer IP Address

Every now and then, I’ll send a print job off on my production desktop that goes to an application (today, it was Snagit) instead of target printer. When that happens, I know it’s time to reset the default printer using its new IP address. Let me explain. . .


First 20H2 Upgrade Offer Appears

First thing this morning, I observe on my Lenovo X390 Yoga that WU has finally extended an offer of KB4580364. After accepting that offer, I document my experiences and reactions with download, install, and post-install cleanup. It’s all good — and surprisingly interesting — stuff. Check it out!


Trickling Out the 20H2 Release

OK then, it’s official. According to the MS 20H2 Release Info/Status page, the company is ramping up offers of the upgrade only slowly. You can see their statement on this topic outlined in red in the lead-in graphic for this story. I’m not sure what this has to do with ensuring “a reliable download experience,”


Post-KB4579311 File Explorer Crash Is Real (and Happening)

In looking over my production PC’s Reliability Monitor output I see errors that ring a distant bell somewhere. Turns out lots of people are experiencing them in the wake of installing KB4579311 on their Windows 2004 PCs. Sigh.


System CPA Gives Way to About Info in 20H2 Release

With the release of 20H2, MS points what used to produce the System applet in Control Panel to Settings/System/About instead. I provide some bittersweet commentary, and an explorer shell string that produces the old CPA if that’s what’s really wanted.


On-again/Off-Again Win10 Settings Header

MS has a banner for the Setting apps in A/B test right now, which means some users see it, and other users don’t. I provide details on an OS tweaking tool that lets enterprising users change this feature’s status (turn it off it it’s on; turn it on if it’s off).


Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds

Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…


New PC Coming to Chez Tittel

As my oldest PC starts going a little wonky on me (I’ve not been able to upgrade it since Version 1909), I order a replacement for delivery on November 10. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro with an i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Should make a nice compact desktop for everyday computing.

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20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …

When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…


Where Laptop OEMs Truly Add Value

It’s true one has to wait a while for OEMs to obtain, test and sometimes tweak device drivers, firmware, and BIOS/UEFI updates before making them available to users of their laptops and PCs. But some such offerings go on for a surprisingly long time, and are of exceptionally good quality. Read the deets…


Interesting New Way to Access MS KB Articles

Microsoft creates a new, regular and predictable URL structure to let admins and users jump straight to any Knowledge Base (KB) item online. Here are the details…


Where’s the 20H2 GA Release?

Patch Tuesday comes and goes without a generally available 20H2 upgrade. This raises the questions: Where is it? When will it drop? Only time will tell, because Microsoft isn’t saying…

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Dispose of Old Computing Gear Responsibly

When PCs and other computer components and gear comes to the end of its useful or working life, it’s important to dispose of such electronic waste (eWaste) responsibly. Don’t add to the toxic burden in conventional landfills, please!


Credible Report Puts IE Out of Business Use Next Month

MS published a timeline announcing a gradual phaseout for Internet Explorer starting in November 2020, with EOL scheduled for August 2021. A German source reports that the degradation of the IE experience promised for November may be more faqr-reaching than expected.


Dev Channel Build 20231 Reminds Me to RTFM

If I had only read the Dev Channel Build 20231 release notes more carefully, I would have already known that this latest release sometimes sports spurious warnings that MS Office is not compatible with this OS and has been removed. I got bitten twice by this, in fact. Sigh.

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