Even new Windows 10 versions may use the old-fashioned 5-partition disk layout because that’s how the Win10 installer did things until 1909 came along.
With Build 19569 UWP apps get the “Fluent Design” treatment. The result is a snazzier and more visually appealing Start Menu and desktop. Good oh!
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app makes a useful, speedy and intuitive replacement for the older Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) application. Check it out!
The latest version of Hyper-V Server (2019) is now available as an unlimited eval. That means you can use it forever, for free. Good stuff!
MS has started pushing patches to those who signed up and paid for Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7. One small thing went unannounced, though: those buyers must apply KB4538483 manually to receive such updates (and Office updates, too).
When MS announced in January it would automatically change over search engines in Chrome (and perhaps Firefox) from the current default to Bing, I expected some backlash. It’s been heard, and a new, kinder and gentler policy set forward.
Learning that there’s a new shortcut key item in the PowerToys collection, I quickly realize I need to learn how to drive the UI before I can do anything useful. Sigh.
An item named .849C9593-D756-4E56-8D6E-42412F2A707B appears at the root of some, but not all, OneDrive root folders. It helps OneDrive handle file synch, is hidden, and cannot be deleted. Fascinating!
On January 30, the Microsoft Update Catalog received a number of new Intel Microcode update items. These address CPU-level hardware vulnerabilities in most PCs, and are worth installing.
OK, then. I’ve been dealing with an interesting USB issue lately. Happens on my laptops when I plug certain devices in. The general flow of symptoms is: 1. Plug in Device. 2. USB device added tone sounds 3. 1-2 seconds later, USB device removed tone sounds 4. Device does not show up in Explorer (or