I examine my spares, test/replacement gear, and tool, then report on what I find. You might put yourself a similar collection together, to keep ahead of Windows gotchas.
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One week ago, the latest version of the terrific bootable USB installer tool Ventoy became available for download. I’m talking about V1.0.20 taking up position as the Ventoy “Latest Release” on GitHub. To update an already-installed copy, unZip the download into some target directory and plug in your Ventory USB device. Then, run the Ventoy2Disk.exe
Because WinDirStat hasn’t been updated since 2016, I’m forced to de-list it from my Administrator’s Toolkit collection. I’m replacing it with the excellent (and quite similar) WizTree instead (most recent update: May 2020). ‘Nuff said.
Last Friday, August 14, a new version of Ventoy V1.0.19 was released. If you already have it installed, upgrade to this version. If you don’t have it installed yet, rest assured that dedicated a USB Flash Drive to this tool is definitely worth doing.
Kari’s already given Ventoy a glowing review as a must-have tool for Windows admins. All I can add to that is: go grab this new, improved and more feature-rich V 1.0.12 release now!
Working with Ventoy I learn you can easily create a single bootable flash drive to install as many OSI files as the media will hold, including files over 4 GB in size. Great stuff!
Spacedesk is a free pair of utilities that lets users take over a laptop’s monitor from a primary PC, and extend their desktops to add it to their usable display real estate. Worth checking out, for those who can use a little extra display room.
Enter any error code that Windows 10 may show you, and the MS Error Lookup Tool will show you its official error code info, lickety-split (fast)!
The free Patch My PC Updater program does a great job of identifying and updating out-of-date PC applications that it recognizes (around 300 in all).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!
The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA) is an excellent tool to resolve Outlook and other Office 365 issues. Quoting from its official download page, here’s a description: The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant works by running tests to figure out what’s wrong and offers the best solution for the identified problem. It can currently