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Windows 10 versioning – Time to rethink?

I had an interesting chat with a fellow Windows 10 enthusiast and a close friend of mine yesterday. We conversed about the Windows 10 version 1803 release date and Windows versioning in general. My friend said he expected 1803 to be released within the next ten days. In my abrupt style, I told him he


Windows 10 – Upcoming changes in OOBE

Microsoft released a so-called Skip Ahead Insider build numbered 17623 yesterday (Friday the 16th of March 2018). Creating an ISO from the upgrade files (see this post for instructions) and clean installing it reveals major changes to the OOBE (Windows Welcome) when setting up Windows. The Skip Ahead builds at the moment are previews of version

Office 365

My now resolved Office Issues – All’s well that ends well

As I have recounted in a preceding series of posts on this site, starting in mid-January and lasting some few weeks I encountered various weird issues with Office 365. Here’s a list of those posts in chronological order, oldest first: https://win10.guru/insider-build-upgrade-the-tale-of-a-brick-formerly-known-as-a-laptop/ https://win10.guru/the-tale-of-a-brick-formerly-known-as-a-laptop-part-two/ https://win10.guru/office-365-activation-and-account-errors/ https://win10.guru/office-365-issues-the-story-continues/   No matter what I did or tricks I essayed, Office


Day 2: Global MVP Summit

During Day 2: Global MVP Summit I feel like I’m trying to drink from the firehose of knowledge. I’m filled up long before the hose is empty, though it’s all great stuff from a wonderful cast of characters.

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Day 1: MVP Global Summit 2018

For me, sitting in a keynote session yesterday  (where MVPs congregate irrespective of specialty) and seeing that the majority of attendees came from outside the USA may have been the coolest moment of the conference so far. This is a truly global organization, and includes heavy representation from all over the planet at the event.


MVP Summit 2018: Day 0

The pre-show day at the MVP Summit 2018: Day 0 delivers unexpected information, insights, and value. Looks like this is going to be a great conference!

Office 365

Microsoft is listening

Last week I got an email from Rupi Sureshkumar, who works as a Program Manager at Microsoft. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is “focused on understanding the voice of Office 365 customers“. Rupi asked if I would be interested in a Skype meeting with her about Office 365 and Microsoft 365. Of course, I

Admin Tools

Beware of Browser Mining

Guess what? There’s a new kind of mining for digital currency emerging in the marketplace. It’s called “browser mining” and it works something like this. User visits web page; web page downloads mining widget; mining widget runs on user system generating hashes (and ultimately, spendable digital coins) for the web site operator. That sounds fair,


Windows 10 Activation – Facts and Fiction

A few days ago my “partner in crime” Ed asked me to check a thread on a tech forum (which particular site is neither important, nor germane to this dicussion).  In that thread, some members were discussing the idea that Microsoft was seemingly granting Windows 10 licenses for free. That is, they asserted that a

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Secure Windows on a Secure Device

Recently my partner Ed and I posted about Microsoft’s hardware requirements for optimal security on Search Enterprise Desktop, a TechTarget site. Our conclusion, in brief, was that Microsoft’s goal seems to be to get enterprise customers to use Windows 10 S edition on secure devices from partner manufacturers (Dell, HP, Lenovo et al), along with


Flash – Why do we still use it?

The title is meant to be taken as a rhetorical question. No answer is required, nor is one really expected. Most of us know this story far too well already… Just at the end of last week, we learned about yet another Flash vulnerability. For those details, which revolve around embedded Flash components in Office

Office 365

Office 2019 – Only for Windows 10

A blog post on TechNet on February 1st from Caitlin Fitzgerald reveals three major changes coming to Office 2019. In case you didn’t already know, 2019 is the next major Office version, scheduled for release later this year (2018). The Preview should roll out late in Q2, with final release highly likely to appear in Q4.

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EdgeManage by Emmet Gray

I am something of a purist when it comes to Windows 10. I adhere to a clear principle:  I won’t use a third-party tool for something that Windows is completely capable of doing (and designed to do) by itself. I do not use any gadgets or Start replacements, I detest all snake-oil tweakers, cleaners and

Admin Tools

Nvidia drivers – Bloatware?

In preparing to inject drivers from Build 17074 into 17083 for deployment, I notice the DriverStore is hugely bloated with nearly 15 GB of Nvidia drivers. DriverStore Explorer rides to the rescue, and I inject about 1.5 GB of drivers instead.

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