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July 16, 2020

Editorial

New settings in dark & light background form

Dev Channel Build 20170 Gets New Settings Icon

With the release of Build 20170 to the Dev Channel, the Settings icon gets a new look in Windows 10. The lead-in graphic comes straight from the 20170 announcement blog post, and shows dark and light versions of the new icon.

ISP speed left; external speed right

Internet Speeds Can Be Tricky

Measuring and determining Internet access speeds can be interesting, and are often inconsistent. Here I explore two views of max speeds, and the handful of things users can do to achieve a faster Internet experience. Warning: most cost money.

MTPW is recovering my backups and the disk structure

War Story: Interesting SSD Recovery Battle

When I fire up my Lenovo X380 Yoga test machine this morning, I quickly realize that my backup drive is MIA. A quick investigation shows corrupt partition data, being recovered in MiniTool Partition Wizard’s Data Recovery tool right now.

Old style RDC left, new RDapp right

Remote Desktop Connection vs. Remote Desktop App

Once upon a time I had good reasons to prefer the old Remote Desktop Connection application over the new UWP Remote Desktop app. No longer: I can use both now to do everything I need. Makes me wonder how much longer RDC will be around…

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 hubs

USB-C Docks Make More Sense Than Ever

At the end of June Belkin released a new line of business-oriented USB-C ports that provide power, video, USB access and networking via a single USB-C cable. It’s a quick and convenient way to switch between “desktop” and “mobile” mode on a single computing device.

Ventoy vesion 1.0.15 adds GPT partition support

Ventoy 1.0.15 Adds GPT Support and More

The amazing Ventoy bootable installer tool version 1.0.15 got released to GitHub on July 9, 2020. You’ll want to grab a copy at your earliest convenience. This release can build a GPT formatted environment, with its usual tiny boot partition (32 MB FAT EFI VTOYEFI partition) and use the rest of the media for a

Red text reading "could not be run" is NOT a problem, appearances notwithstanding.

Misleading Troubleshooting History in Version 2004

If you check your Troubleshooting History on PCs running Windows 10 Version 2004, some will report an apparent error that a critical troubleshooter could not be run. It’s not a problem even though it looks like one: let me explain…

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