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Automation Brings Scale to IT

One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!

New Microsoft Edge Group Policies and MDM settings

Windows Insider Build 17718, which will most probably be released later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) will add new Microsoft Edge group policies and MDM settings. These new policies allow IT admins to enable or disable full screen mode in Edge, its printing and favorites bars, just to mention a few new settings. All new

Impending Windows 7 EOL Boosts Windows 10

Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.

War Stories: Sysprep and BitLocker

Yesterday, I decided to do a clean install of the latest Windows Insider build 17711 on my HP ProBook laptop. I do traditional installs quite seldom, usually creating deployment images in Hyper-V. This is practical because Hyper-V standard checkpoints offer an easy way to restore a VM to any point throughout the process whenever something

Create a custom Windows 10 “factory recovery” partition

Most new computers with pre-installed operating system today are shipped with a so called factory recovery option which allows user to completely reset the computer by restoring an image stored in specific factory recovery partition. The problem with factory recovery is that it restores everything as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wants. This might include a bunch of “bloatware”, useless software like “30-day trial of XYZ” or “Tweak your PC with this fabulous tweaker” and so on. One of the first things any user wants to do when setting up a pre-installed Windows on a new computer is to get rid of all this bloatware.

1803 Is Not Half Bad Despite Woes and Lamentation

Despite surveys and reports that Windows 10 Version 1803 is terrible or awful, I say that 1803 is not half bad. MS goes so far as to claim its users report “higher satisfaction numbers, fewer known issues and lower support call volumes.”

Windows AutoPilot new features for Insiders

Last week I wrote about the importance of us IT pros dealing with Windows to join Windows Insider Program for Business. A few days ago, Ed wrote about Windows AutoPilot and where it’s going, mentioning two new cool features in AutoPilot. Both of these new interesting new features are currently only available as previews for

AutoPilot IS a Game-Changer!

MS VP Brad Anderson dropped a blog post yesterday, June 7, 2018. It’s entitled “Simplifying IT with the latest updates from Windows Autopilot.” It explains that Microsoft’s goal “is to simplify deployment of new Windows 10 devices by eliminating the cost and complexity associated with creating, maintaining and loading custom images.” Simply put, the Autopilot

Windows 10 Dual Boot – The Easy Way

Two videos about dual boot and how to install / deploy Windows 10 fast and easy as secondary OS on dual boot. The first video is already somewhat old but still totally valid, showing how to install Windows 10 on dual boot on a native boot virtual hard disk: Next one I made today. It

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