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July 13, 2020

Recovery

1909 has Fresh Start, 2004 does not

Version 2004 Changes Recovery Options

In a welcome effort to reduce the number of Windows 10 reset, refresh and reinstall options, MS does away with “Fresh Start” in Version 2004, and directs users to “Reset this PC” instead. Good move!

MTPW data recovery window

War Stories: Done Dirty By a Double Whammy

Before I start messing around with my production PC I always make sure I have a current backup. So why am I not surprised that my current backup is now on a drive that itself needs recovery? Sigh.

Example of a bitlocker recovery screen

Secure Boot and BitLocker Recovery Mode

On systems with Secure Boot enabled and BitLocker encrypted system boot drives, it’s necessary to turn off Secure Boot to start up from alternate media (like a USB Flash drive). When that’s over and done with, you have to turn Secure Boot back on to avoid being forced to enter the 40-charactrer BitLocker key. Sigh.

Bootable USB Tool Ventoy

Normally, when I write about free or commercial software for Win10.Guru, it falls under the heading of Admin Toolkit items. This time, I came across something free and worthy of mention that I wanted to share. But I haven’t had enough time or experience with the tool to know if I can recommend it or

Working with WinRE in Windows 10

Working with WinRE in Windows 10, I learn that recovery media is a snapshotting mechanism that will restore your system to its state when the snapshot was made. I can do better than that, with Macrium Reflect.

Comparing Windows vs. Windows.old

Examining C:\Windows vs. C:\Windows.old

In looking at the differences between the new Feature Upgrade C:\Windows folder for Build 19546 verus its Windows.old “equivalent” (Build 19541), I couldn’t help but notice more that was different than alike. Start with the intro image for this story. Windows.old (left) includes 86,332 files and 22,148 folders and is 15.3 GB in size (15.1

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