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Toolkit Item: 8GadgetPack

Supposedly, Windows Gadgets came in with Vista and went with Windows 7. Even before Windows 8 came along, MS decided to retire Windows Gadgets in 2011 (see this Spiceworks Community post that quotes the MS info from the time). This post states that the decision lets the company “focus support on the much richer set

Windows 10 and UUP – What’s wrong?

Up through December 2016 and Build 11082, Windows 10 feature upgrades including new Insider builds were delivered in the form of so-called ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) updates. Upgrades were generally speaking quite fast, and worked as expected. In November 2016, Microsoft introduced a new feature upgrade system called UUP (Universal Update Platform). The idea was,

Ruminating on New PC Setup

Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered

WU Reset Nixes Insider Update Refusals

When an Insider machine stubbornly refuses to recognize it needs an update to the latest build, I rediscover the simple fact that a WU reset nixes insider update refusals.

20H1 Gets May 2020 Update Moniker

Through a PowerShell command that shows available VMs inside the Fast Ring Preview, we learn that 20H1 is officially named “Windows 10 May 2020…” Very interesting!

War story – Insider woes

For over a week now, I have been trying to get Fast Ring Insider builds to work on my laptop. Failed upgrades, clean installs almost working until I notice a game-stopper like unable to install tools I need, despite whatever repair measures I take. Windows Admin Center, which I use for computer management and especially

Why I am moving Windows from SSD to HDD

I am very satisfied with my workhorse, an HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop. It comes with a 128 GB M4 SSD and 1 TB HDD. Having relocated the complete Users folder (all user profiles) since the Vista era to another partition (tutorial), away from the C: drive, I have had no problems in running Windows

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