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Setting up new PC with Pre-Installed Windows 10

For IT admins, there are several ways to take care of Windows deployment. Some tools like InTune and Windows AutoPilot simplify things greatly, making deployment a piece of cake. In this post, I will simply forget all about deployment on a grand scale. Instead, I will explain how a private Windows computer should be set

Insider Preview Expires 12/14/2018. Should You Be Worried? No!

Current Insider Preview builds — some released within the past week — still feature a 12/14/2018 expiration date. Though that date is drawing near, it’s inevitable that MS will release a new Preview with a different label and a mid-2019 expiration date before December 14 is upon us.

Windows 10 v.1809 and Windows Server 2019 pulled back

Late last night, Microsoft temporarily stopped delivering Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, both released earlier this week. At this moment, the official download site for Windows 10 has reverted back to version 1803, and Azure Marketplace only offers Windows Server 2016 and older. Quoting Microsoft: We have paused the rollout of the

USB install media with WIM file larger than 4GB

There’s nothing in the UEFI specifications that prevents booting from an NTFS formatted USB flash drive. In fact, this so-called limitation is entirely artificial. Luckily, most modern computers can boot from a single-partition NTFS formatted USB flash drive. Thus, one can indeed install Windows 10 from a custom WIM image larger than 4 GB, which is

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A Question of Upgrade Cadence

I’ve been following the work of Susan Bradley, often known as “The Patch Lady,” for more than 10 years. I’ve been a subscriber to the Windows Secrets Newsletter for at least that long. And I believe she was already working with Brian Livingston back in the day when he still ran that particular show. Recently,

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