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February 25, 2020

19H2

Getting Into PowerToys

Learning that there’s a new shortcut key item in the PowerToys collection, I quickly realize I need to learn how to drive the UI before I can do anything useful. Sigh.

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Windows 10 Digital License explained

The number of Windows 10 licensing and activation questions around the tech forums have grown exponentially since Windows 7  hit its End of Life date over two weeks ago. Users keep asking about how to find their Windows 10 product key after upgrading from Windows 7. The short answer is, there’s no need to find

Android

5G: More Myth Than Reality

After seeing an advertisement for a 5G tablet from Samsung, I wonder how much 5G coverage is actually available right now (January 2020). The answer: not much.

19H2

Microsoft Search Extends Its Reach to Chrome (and Firefox)

Here’s an interesting snippet from an innocuous sounding item from Microsoft Docs dated January 17, 2020. It’s entitled “Microsoft Search in Bing and Office 365 Pro Plus” and is very much worth reading. The first paragraph baldly declares Microsoft’s intentions (I added the bold text for additional emphasis ): Starting with Version 2002 of Office

19H2

WordPad May Get In-App Advertisements

When Raphael Rivera tweets on potential in-app advertisements in WordPad, it gets me to thinking about ads within the Windows OS in general. For me, their absence beat their presence, hands down.

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Did you know that …? – Some Cool Windows Tips

Jen Gentleman (@JenMsft), Software Engineer and Community Manager at Microsoft, is one of those people on Twitter every Windows enthusiast should follow.” A few days ago she tweeted this: What's a computer tip/trick that you think everyone should know? — Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) January 18, 2020 At the moment, the thread has already over

20H1

Examining C:\Windows vs. C:\Windows.old

In looking at the differences between the new Feature Upgrade C:\Windows folder for Build 19546 verus its Windows.old “equivalent” (Build 19541), I couldn’t help but notice more that was different than alike. Start with the intro image for this story. Windows.old (left) includes 86,332 files and 22,148 folders and is 15.3 GB in size (15.1

19H2

Google’s Password Checkup Surprisingly Robust

An accidental launch of Google’s Password Checkup utility points out some possible security compromises and “less-than-best” practices in my password stable. I take corrective action, but it’s slow and intense work. Sigh.

19H2

Windows 7 Hits EOL January 14

Tomorrow, January 14, 2020, is EOL (end-of-life) day for Windows 7. Starting then, only a Extended Security Contract or running Win7 as a VM on Microsoft Virtual Desktop will keep that aging OS up-to-date. Time to migrate!

19H2

Admin Toolkit: Patch My PC Updater

The free Patch My PC Updater program does a great job of identifying and updating out-of-date PC applications that it recognizes (around 300 in all). It’s limited in scope, but good at what it does. Check it out!

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