Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds
Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…
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Resolve Win10 Activation Status
SuperFly’s excellent ShowKeyPlus tool can tell users if they’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version and what kind of license they’ve got. Use slmgr to check activation status at any time, to make sure your license is valid and active.
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KB4023057 Forces Upgrade Install on Older 1909 PC
Warning for those running older (pre Version 2004) Windows 10 versions. KB4023057 not only repairs all hacks to block upgrades, it also forces an automatic restart once the GUI phase of the upgrade completes. This can sometimes be problematic, as it was for me!
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Making Sense of LCID Language Codes
Ever wondered about those four-letter codes that identify languages in Windows, like en-us for US English and en-gb for UK English? They’re called LCIDs (Language Code Identifiers) and there are a great many of them. Fortunately, I found a good tool to search and sort them, too.
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Windows Store Icon Confusion
When I read that the new Microsoft Store icon is everywhere, I’m amused to see it in both Start Menu and on the app itself in Insider Previews, but to see the old icon in the Start Menu with the new one on the app in Version 2004. Sigh.
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Evaluating Software by Maintenance Effort
When I read on Tenforums that a respected active member recommends TreeSize Free over WinDirStat because the former still gets regular updates, and the latter hasn’t been touched since 2016, I have to reconsider my preferences and recommendations. Sigh.
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Raft of New Features Coming to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft just announced a whole bunch of new teams features including meetings with up to 20,000 participants (!) and a wide range of phone support plans, including expanded phone system integration, support for SIP phones, and even (gasp!) Teams phones coming soon.
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Blocking MS Telemetry via HOSTS File Flagged Risky
Starting in early August, users who block Microsoft Telemetry servers through the HOSTS file may start seeing dire warnings from Windows Defender as a result. Here’s the skinny on what’s going on. Interesting!
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PowerToys v0.20.0 Adds Color Picker Plus …
With its latest release v.0.20.0, PowerToys keeps getting better. Installation continues to improve, and there’s a peachy new color picker to play with, too.
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Windows 10 Public Release Five Years Ago Today
Only July 29, 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public. It’s been a interesting ride since then, and the OS appears to have many more years of utility and enjoyment left to go. Happy B-day!
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