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August 18, 2022

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I found the error message "failed to load any Thunderbolt devices" counterfactual

Lenovo Support Helps with Mystery Thunderbolt Error

When mysterious command windows appearing at startup tie into repeated failures to upgrade Thunderbolt firmware for bogus reasons, I start looking for answers. When I find them, they fit nicely my usual strategy for misbehaving exe files: delete 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!

Cloud download (top) vs. Local reinstall (bottom) now working

Version 2004 Reset Back in Action

Good news! While the “Reset this PC” option in Windows 10 version 2004 was broken for some time after its May 27 release, on or after September 8 it’s working properly once again. Glad to see it’s been fixed.

Here's something you don't want to see when scanning for updates.

Intel Driver & Support Assistant Falters

When I fire up the Intel Driver & Support Assistant on my production PC this morning, I get an “Oops!” message. Easily fixed, and I’m happy to report that my other Intel PCs seem unaffected in such wise. Just another random glitch, perhaps?

Jensen JTK-49CBR toolkit

Ed’s Physical Admin Toolkit

I examine my spares, test/replacement gear, and tools, then report on what I find. You might put yourself a similar collection together, to keep ahead of Windows gotchas.


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

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.

Can't turn write caching on for ADATA UFD

No Write Caching for (Some) Ventoy UFDs

In checking performance options for Ventoy UFDs, I learn that my current choice doesn’t support write caching. This leads me to investigate best options for Ventoy media. I settle on a Sabrent NVMe USB-C/3.1 enclosure with a cheap-o 256 GB NVMe M.2. Deets supplied!

Programs and Features main GUI

Programs and Features Heads for Oblivion?

Ace Windows 10 detective ferrets out a redirect registry key to push Windows 10 users from Control Panel to Settings in the latest Dev Channel release (Build 20211). Other such changes can’t be too far off.

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