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October 21, 2020

MS Office PWAs Appearing Unsolicited on 2004 and Insider Preview Versions

I read with interest about growing hoopla about MS Office Progressive Web Apps showing up uninvited on Insider Preview PCs. Then I find it on my production Version 2004 PC, too. Interest changes to “WTF?” pretty quickly, and leads me to spread the news. It’s easily uninstalled, though, if you decide you don’t want it on your PC(s).

20H1

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…

20H2

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…

Editorial

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.

20H1

NVMe Replacement: Cloning vs. Backup Restore

When it comes to swapping an older (usually smaller) NVMe boot/system drive for a newer (usually bigger and faster) one, you can either clone the old drive, or restore an image backup from the old drive to the new one. Deets on pros and cons and choices in this story.

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20H1

Other Optional Updates: Worth Grabbing?

One day after I caution against installer Optional driver updates that WU may offer, I learn that other optional updates cannot be reasonably disregarded. These “other updates” are worth watching, and at least some are worth installing, too.

Admin Tools

Build 20226 Gains SSD Health Metric

When I learn that Windows 10 Dev Channel Insider Preview Build 20226 includes an NVMe SSD “Drive Health” indicator I get curious. When I realize it’s embedded in “Manage Disks and Volumes,” I wonder if it will work at all on my test PCs. To my great delight: it does!

Deployment

How to make a custom WinPE

Quoting from the Microsoft Docs, the Windows Preinstallatation Environment, aka WinPE for short,  is  “a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education), Windows Server, and other Windows operating systems.” Yesterday (September 29, 2020), I wrote about a WinPE based Windows installation / deployment

Deployment

WinPE – Simple Windows deployment

I have written quite a lot about customizing Windows and automating its deployment. This time something different: A customized WinPE ISO for you to download, for all those users who just want to automatize installing plain vanilla, default Windows 10 or Insider Preview. Copy the ISO to a USB Flash Drive, boot from it, get a soda, come back to see Windows sign-in screen.

20H2

Big Ventoy Drive Makes Its Debut

With my Sabrent USB-C NVMe drive enclosure now housing an ADATA XPG 256 GiB SSD, I put my big Ventoy USB drive strategy to work. In moving about 95 GB of ISO files to “Big Ventoy” I also recover around 250 GB of disk space on other drives. Woo hoo!

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20H1

Version 2004 Reset Back in Action

Good news! While the “Reset this PC” option in Windows 10 version 2004 was broken for some time after its May 27 release, on or after September 8 it’s working properly once again. Glad to see it’s been fixed.

Deployment

Scripting Windows installation

On my physical devices, I only use Windows 10 Pro edition as the primary, physical OS. All other secondary operating systems will then be installed on a native boot VHD instead, for that I have nice PowerShell scripts. I needed USB install media to first wipe and then partition a physical GPT disk, either the

20H1

Intel Driver & Support Assistant Falters

When I fire up the Intel Driver & Support Assistant on my production PC this morning, I get an “Oops!” message. Easily fixed, and I’m happy to report that my other Intel PCs seem unaffected in such wise. Just another random glitch, perhaps?

20H1

My Windows10 Backup Regime

My Windows 10 backup regime includes elements of both belt and suspenders in that I back up frequently, and keep multiple copies around, some in the cloud. What’s your approach?

Kari's Blog

Microsoft – Why did you enable Store and apps for built-in admin?

I have written earlier about this topic, but as I feel it is absolutely the worst decision Windows 10 developers have made, I need to write about it again: Microsoft, why did you enable Store and Store apps for built-in administrator account in version 1709? A bad decision, still causing major issues, especially when trying to generalize an image with Sysprep in Audit Mode.

Admin Tools

Defender Gets a Big New Charter

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .

20H2

MS Presents Build 19042.508 as Final 20H2 Build

Allrighty, then. As per Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Blog on September 18, Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) likely represents the Version 20H2 final build. He puts it this way “We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs

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