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Find Win10 Version Info Inside ntoskrnl.exe

Windows 10 version information is easy to find from a running instance. All you need to do is type “winver” into the search box. Then presto, you’ll see something like this: Run winver.exe to get Win10 version and build info instantly — for running Windows instances. This is all well and good for running Windows

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Import Windows XP Mode from Win 7 to Win 10

It is somewhat surprising to think that there are still private users and businesses continuing to use Windows 7 only because they need a free Windows XP Mode virtual machine to run important legacy software. Upgrading to Windows 10 would render XP Mode useless, and requires that new XP virtual machine to be set up,

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Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 33/2019

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18963 (August 16) Build 18963 changes one of the most iconic legacy Win32 apps in an interesting way. From now on, Notepad will be updated through Microsoft Store.Port of a legacy app to a PWA is not the only notable change in this build; Task Manager can

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Update Windows now!

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) reported this week about serious vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Services. Here’s a quote from MSRC: A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – when an unauthenticated attacker connects to the target system using RDP and sends specially crafted requests. This

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War Stories: XPS 2720 Webcam MIA

Poking around on one of my older test machines recently, I noticed no webcam was present. This is my 6-year-old Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One (Haswell i7-4770S, 16 GB RAM, 27″ touch screen). Although I can see the webcam lens every time I sit in front of this machine, there are no internal traces of a

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Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 32 2019

New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18956 Insider build 18956 was released August 7. Most significant new feature is a completely redesigned Network Status page in Settings. Based on your feedback, we’re revamping the Network & Internet landing page in Settings to provide more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining

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Insider Preview 18950 Brings Possible WiFi Issues

I encountered some odd wireless network behaviors in Insider Preview build 18950. They were fixed in the successor build — 18956 — at the same time MS told the world they were changing “Network status” in the Network & Internet Settings page. Caution: Programmers at work!

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Weekly Windows NewsBytes — Week 31 2019

Newsbytes for Week 31 2019 is pretty limited, reflecting the summer holiday season. Beyond Insider Previews, Office udpates, and so forth, the only newsworthy item is the scheduled cessation of MSDN Magazine’s publication with the November 2019 issue.

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Toolkit Item: ShowKeyPlus

Given that Windows Activation is almost (I repeat: almost) foolproof in Windows 10, there isn’t much reason to find, know or use OS keys anymore. But sometimes — especially when activation problems present, perhaps with a suggestion that a key is invalid or suspect — a Windows OS keyfinding tool is essential. No self-respecting Windows

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Win10 Reset Gains Cloud-Based Option

In a soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast & Skipahead Build (18950, says the rumor mill) Windows 10 reset will add a “Reset from the cloud” option. This will install the latest, greatest Win10 image straight from the source.

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Toolkit Item: LatencyMon

LatencyMon, from Resplendence Software Projects, describes itself as a “real-time audio suitability checker.” Essentially, the software works by emulating an active audio playback session in Windows Vista (and newer versions, through Windows 10 and Server 2019). While it’s running the program measures various kinds of delays that occur on its host system and reports back

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