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August 18, 2022


When MS offers optional updates the best response is often a polite "No thanks."

Optional Driver Updates: If It Ain’t Broke…

When Windows Update offers Optional updates, those are most often categorized as “Driver updates.” Unless a related device isn’t working well or has a definite problem, the proper response to such offers is to ignore them.

New 256 GB Ventoy drive with 26 ISOs consumes~95GB

Big Ventoy Drive Makes Its Debut

With my Sabrent USB-C NVMe drive enclosure now housing an ADATA XPG 256 GiB SSD, I put my big Ventoy USB drive strategy to work. In moving about 95 GB of ISO files to “Big Ventoy” I also recover around 250 GB of disk space on other drives. Woo hoo!

Current Macrium Reflect Backup Images for Production PC

My Windows10 Backup Regime

My Windows 10 backup regime includes elements of both belt and suspenders in that I back up frequently, and keep multiple copies around, some in the cloud. What’s your approach?


MS Presents Build 19042.508 as Final 20H2 Build

Allrighty, then. As per Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Blog on September 18, Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) likely represents the Version 20H2 final build. He puts it this way “We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs

SpiceWorld 2020 agenda description of Ventoy session

SpiceWorld 2020 Ventoy Presentation

OK, then. Today’s the day my pre-recorded presentation about Ventoy — the GitHub project that creates bootable Windows 10 media that can boot into any bootable ISO file in one of its partitions — at the virtual version of this year’s annual SpiceWorld gathering. As promised, I’m providing links to the underlying PowerPoint file and

Windows Update icon

MS Merges SSU into CU for WSUS

For companies and organizations that manage their own Windows Updates, getting the right Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is crucial before or alongside installing the Latest Cumulative Update (LCU). At a single stroke, MS does away with this requirement.

Ventoy2Disk shows V.1.0.20 in the package, and V1.0.19 on the USB, ready for update.

Admin Toolkit: Ventoy V1.0.20 Download Available

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

Had to shoot this boot menu with an iPhone7

MemTest86 IMG Makes Good Diagnostic Tool

An ISO-based RAM diagnostic tool makes a fine addition to Ventoy USB drives, with the minimal space necessary to accommodate the file (874 KB). Worth fooling around with.

PowerToys icon on background from Github

New PowerToys Versions v0.21.1 – v0.22.0 (Pre-release)

Two new versions of PowerToys are out this week. v0.21.1 is the latest stable release with bug fixes and minor improvements. Pre-release v0.22.0 gains an interesting videoconferencing item that can mute/unmute microphone and camera via simple key sequences.

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