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September 24, 2020

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Jensen JTK-49CBR toolkit

Ed’s Physical Admin Toolkit

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.

Azure Sentinel dashboard from Microsoft 365 Security blog post

Defender Gets a Big New Charter

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .

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

Click the update item (lower left) to get version info and update status

Samsung Magician V6.2.0 Now Available

A new version of Samsung Magician lets me examine benchmarks from my 3-year-old 950 PRO NVMe and reminds me it’s time to start planning my next PC build to bring current generation speeds into my office.

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.

The key phrase that identifies the buggy utility is "Never run"

CU KB4571744 Fixes Disk Defrag/Optimize Issue

Since Version 2004 went public in May, Defragment and Optimize drives has suffered from a bug that caused it to lose its memory of recent actions, checks, and optimizations/defrags. Happily, KB4571744 fixes that properly.

ShowKeyPlus info shows a Windows 7 OEM license upgraded to Win10

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.

Microsoft's LCID reference provides data in document form

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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