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March 29, 2020


Starting May WU Offers Security Updates Only

In recognition of “the public health” situation, MS will pause publishing its optional non-security releases starting in May. This is discussed in an item dated March 24, entitled “Timing for upcoming optional C and D releases” at the Windows Message Center (MS DOCs). The optional C and D releases represent classifications for updates that fix


Spring-Clean Your PC In 3 Steps

At least once a year, it’s a good idea to clean up your PC to get rid of unused or unwanted programs, and make sure everything’s up-to-date. Here’s how that process worked for me.


Covid-19 – Can it accelerate tech reseach?

There’s nothing positive to be said about the Covid-19 (Corona virus) pandemic. Having said that, I must say that I was quite surprised when I heard a discussion on Finnish breakfast TV yesterday morning. There, I heard from Ilkka Halava (his website in English). a “futurologist” as Bing translates his title. He boldly asserted that,


Surprising Success at MVP Summit 2020

Upon the conclusion of the Microsoft MVP Summit 2020, I find myself surprisingly gratified and enriched by my first-ever all-virtual professional conference experience. Stay tuned for all kinds of interesting news to follow, as soon as MS says “Go!”


Reflections on Virtual MVP Summit 2020

For the past three mornings, I’ve been sitting at my desk, headset on, staring at my left-hand 27″ monitor. That’s where I’ve got Teams running, and where the Windows 10 related sessions at this year’s MVP Summit run their courses. I blogged about Teams itself as part of this experience yesterday. Today, my thoughts are


Scaling Up Microsoft Teams for WFH

As I attend the Microsoft MVP Summit 2020, we’re all using Teams to conduct a pretty major conference. Everybody’s learning a LOT more about how Teams works, and where the gotchas are, too.

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Windows 10 2004 Adds DISM ReservedStorage Commands

Oho! Sometimes, it’s nice to be proved correct, even if it takes a while. Last October, I posted at Win10.Guru about a “PortableBaseLayer” partition. At that time, I reported that “one theory about this partition is tied to Reserved Storage for Windows Update.” On February 26, an MS DOCS item appeared that illuminates the whole


Working with WinRE in Windows 10

Working with WinRE in Windows 10, I learn that recovery media is a snapshotting mechanism that will restore your system to its state when the snapshot was made. I can do better than that, with Macrium Reflect.


VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H1

The VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H1 has been available since end of January. It is the first VMWare version which can run alongside Microsoft Hyper-V. Until now, if a user wanted to run both Hyper-V and VMWare virtual machines on the same computer, the Hypervisor must have been turned on and off, depending on if

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Insider team still without leader

Dona Sarkar, the former Windows Insider team lead moved to a new position five months ago. Here’s some commentary from Eran Megiddo, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Education, on the Insider blog (October 7, 2019) about this personnel change: Currently, we are conducting a search for a new leader of the Windows Insider Program. In


KB4497165 Intel Microcode Updates Cover Mixed Bag

If you’ve got a PC with a Sandy Bridge (mobile, E, or EP), Denverton, Valley View, or Whiskey Lake U CPU, you’ll want to install KB4497165. Oh, and you must be running Windows 10 1903 or 1909, too. Doesn’t work with Insider Preview versions.

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Notice Anything Missing Lately?

I thought it might be a good idea to tell you geeks why I have been so quiet lately, and not writing much of anything.The reason is simple: the health issues of a middle-aged man. I suffer from Ménière’s disease: Ménière’s disease (MD) is a disorder of the inner ear that is characterized by episodes


SMB1: The Zombie Protocol That WILL NOT DIE

SMB, or server message block, is a simple and easy-to-implement networking protocol. The first version, SMB1, has been around since 1983. It’s now outdated, insecure, and unsuited for modern network use. But it just keeps chuggin’ along anway.

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