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Ruminating on New PC Setup

Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered

USB-C HDD Disappoints Vis-a-vis USB3

When I compare benchmarks and Macrium Reflect backup times for the same 2.5″ HDD in USB-C and USB 3.0 enclosures, I’m stunned to observe the USB 3.0 results are better than those for USB-C. Must be the hardware!

Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue Partition

Macrium Reflect is my chosen solution for backing up Windows operating systems. Your mileage might vary, and you might prefer another third-party solution. But for me, having tested most available products, Reflect is the one I rely on. After a clean install of Windows, having installed Reflect, I always create a small bootable Macrium Reflect

Fix Windows boot issues with Macrium Reflect

We’ve all seen the dreaded Recovery screen or another error message reporting that the PC could not boot. Sometimes, nothing is shown, just a blank black screen. A common repair/recovery method is to try to boot into the Windows Recovery Console either from USB install media or WinPE and let Windows try to repair the

Macrium Reflect – Free or Paid version?

Microsoft officially proclaimed they will deprecate the native Windows Backup when it released the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) back in October, 2017 (source). The company also recommended that users switch to third party imaging and backup tools instead. In fact, the Windows Backup utility, although still present in version 19H1, is not and never

Trying to troubleshoot failing Insider upgrade

A few days ago I wrote about my efforts in upgrading a Windows Insider build from 18898 to 18908 (full story). Despite several successful upgrades to new Insider builds beforehand, that upgrade failed every time. I tried everything I could think of, and everything I know, to fix this, but failed miserably on all attempts.

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

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