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September 24, 2020


The Sandbox desktop shows an Activate Windows watermark at lower right

Win10 Sandbox Still Shows Activate Windows Watermark

The Windows 10 Sandbox remains a fleeting, transitory and evanescent way to try out Windows 10 software and capabilities. Thus, it still can’t be updated or activated, by deliberate design. Here are some further observations on this topic…

Banner graphic from M365/Edge Product Team Announcement

So Long IE and Legacy Edge

On August 17, the Microsoft 365 Team announced EOL for Microsoft Edge Legacy (Mar 9, 2021) and end-of-support for Internet Explorer 11 in its apps and services (starting with Teams on Nov 30, 2020 and concluding with a total drop on Aug 17, 2021).

Banner from MS Open Source Website

Microsoft Open Source Website Makes Debut

Microsoft’s increasingly active and supportive presence in the Open Source community gets its own website, too. Check it out at opensource.microsoft.com. Good stuff abounding there!

Ventoy2Disk.exe ready for update toV1.0.19

Admin Toolkit: Ventoy V1.0.19 Download Available

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.

WinDirStat left, TreeSize Free right

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.

Whereas DevMgr Driver Update used to search the Internet, it does so no longer

Windows 10 Changes Driver Search Scope in DevMgr

A subtle change in wording in the “Search automatically for drivers” dialog box in Device Manager reveals an interesting change in MS driver search tactics: DevMgr will no longer search the Internet for new device drivers on your behalf as of Build 19041.423.

With an incept date of 2012, it's no suprrise Lenovo doesn't sell T520s anymore

2012 Vintage Lenovo T520 Nears Retirement

When I wake up my old Lenovo T520 this morning, I get a black screen after trying to login. I use a pair of hotkey sequences that not only give me a working display. I’m also able to capture black screen error info for my first time ever. Woo hoo!

All errors shown come from MTPW updatechecker.exe

Ruminations on Reliability Monitor

Windows Reliability Monitor is actually a special wrapper around its general Performance Monitoring tool Even so, it’s a useful and helpful tool for keeping an eye on Windows PCs, and chasing errors to their causes.

Asus AX6000 802.11ax device

War Stories: Wi-Fi Router MIA

When a thunderstorm throws a power fault here earlier this week, it takes me a while to realize that my office Wi-Fi box is MIA. I explain how I finally figured things out, and returned them to working order.

Snippet of Win10.Guru files on teams

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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