Here’s a personal opinion: It’s a good idea every now and then to start from scratch, and clean reinstall Windows 10. This presents an often-welcome chance to fully clean your system and get rid of all the junk bloating it. The Windows 10 Reset feature basically does the same thing — namely, reset Windows to
The number of Windows 10 licensing and activation questions around the tech forums have grown exponentially since Windows 7 hit its End of Life date over two weeks ago. Users keep asking about how to find their Windows 10 product key after upgrading from Windows 7. The short answer is, there’s no need to find
The end of extended support for Windows 7 is less than two months away. After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will not receive any more free or generally available technical support, software updates, and security updates and fixes. Although Microsoft tells users that “the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.
In an enterprise environment, users do not need to worry about Windows activation on their work devices. That’s one of the many jobs for the IT department. It’s another story with personal devices. Every user should be prepared: a laptop might be lost, a PC motherboard stop working, and so on. In such cases, actually
I, like many of you, have a bunch of valid Windows product keys through MSDN, Visual Studio, Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or other Microsoft subscriptions. Because Windows 7 and 8.1 keys can still be used to activate Windows 10, you might have have a number of single use retail keys, and several MAK keys. All
Even though it’s not free, I find Gabe Topala’s System Information for Windows (SIW) indispensable. He does make a trial version available, so you can try it before you buy it.
Given that Windows Activation is almost (I repeat: almost) foolproof in Windows 10, there isn’t much reason to find, know or use OS keys anymore. But sometimes — especially when activation problems present, perhaps with a suggestion that a key is invalid or suspect — a Windows OS keyfinding tool is essential. No self-respecting Windows
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
Many devices, especially laptops, ship today with a small SSD and a bigger HDD. The device used as the example in this post is an HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop. It’s equipped with a so-called hybrid disk: a 128 GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB spinner, with formatted capacities of 119 GB and 931
Windows 10 digital licensing was first introduced as Digital Entitlement in November 2015 in Windows 10 version 1511, first Windows 10 feature update. It was renamed as Digital License in Anniversary Update version 1607, which also brought the option to link the license with a Microsoft Account (MSA). What digital license means is that when a Windows 10 device has been activated, it remains activated for the life time of said device.