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War Stories: XPS 2720 Webcam MIA

Poking around on one of my older test machines recently, I noticed no webcam was present. This is my 6-year-old Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One (Haswell i7-4770S, 16 GB RAM, 27″ touch screen). Although I can see the webcam lens every time I sit in front of this machine, there are no internal traces of a

Insider Preview 18950 Brings Possible WiFi Issues

I encountered some odd wireless network behaviors in Insider Preview build 18950. They were fixed in the successor build — 18956 — at the same time MS told the world they were changing “Network status” in the Network & Internet Settings page. Caution: Programmers at work!

Toolkit Item: ShowKeyPlus

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

Win10 Reset Gains Cloud-Based Option

In a soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast & Skipahead Build (18950, says the rumor mill) Windows 10 reset will add a “Reset from the cloud” option. This will install the latest, greatest Win10 image straight from the source.

Microsoft, Europe and GDPR

Back in 2015, Microsoft in a joint operation with German Telecom launched Microsoft Cloud Deutschland (MCD) to keep data belonging to German residents in Germany, protected by local privacy laws. This satisfied local regulators, who announced that because the data of German residents will remain in Germany, it would be safe to use Microsoft products

MS Readies Defender Name Change

A name change from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender and at least one MacOS Defender offering (Advanced Threat Protection, or ATP) strongly suggest that Defender has cross-platform tendencies if not yet a definite roadmap and timeline.

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