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PowerToys Returning to Windows 10

Last week, Ms unveiled a GitHub repository named PowerToys. Though that repository has no releases just yet, the overview mentions (and links to) the Windows 95 era PowerToys project (Wikipedia), and announces a planned reboot for later this year (Summer 2019). First in the planned series of upcoming PowerToys rebooted will be: + Maximize to

Lenovo NVMe Firmware Update Finally Fixed

When an attempt to update the Samsung OEM NVMe drive firmware on a Lenovo laptop fails with an “Access denied” message, I have to put on my thinking cap. After realizing that disabling secure boot should fix things up, I see that this approach works.

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 19/2019

New Insider Builds 18894 and 18895 This week, we saw an unexpected flurry of Insider Preview releases, including Fast Ring + Skipahead Build 18894 on Wednesday, May 8, followed in short order by Build 18895 on Friday, May 10. But where 18894 brought lots of changes, 18895 brought only a few. Looks like the pace

Working with Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

There’s another version of Windows 10 that’s always around, different from the base version you boot when you fire up the normal operating system. It’s somewhat misleadingly called the Windows Preinstallation Environment. And indeed, it does provide a basic runtime environment during Windows installation that takes over from the primary OS when a new OS

Windows 10: An Always-Moving Target

I had an interesting interaction with Kari today. I found myself trying to get around a problem in remoting into one Skip Ahead Insider Preview PC from another PC running the same OS. No problems getting from other Windows builds into the target PC. Only problems getting from one Skippy PC to another (see my

Make Windows Boot menu work for you

After a clean install of Windows 10, or after deploying my standard deployment image with MDT, I always want to make sure I have the boot menu set up in such a way that I can boot to whatever OS I need to use. There are several third party tools available to edit boot menus,

Toolkit Item: Code Writer

When it comes to Windows management, network administration, deployment and other computing stuff, I want to do as much as possible using built-in Windows tools and utilities. As I have often said, I use no third party optimizers, tweakers, downloaders, cleaners and other snake oil stuff. For me, the main principle in Windows management and

1809 Defaults to Quick Removal for External Storage

Historically, prior Windows releases (up through and including 1803) have defaulted to require use of the “Safely remove” notification panel widget to properly disengage external USB storage devices, like flash drives. Starting with the current release, that is no longer required. You can simply pop those little suckers out whenever you feel like it (though

MS Ups Win10 Tally to 800M

Microsoft recently upped its tally of Windows 10 users to 800 million, after a year or more at the 700 million level. They’re already behind on hitting the 1 Billion mark, but should get there eventually.

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