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MS Announces Modern Desktop Services

In seeking to support its vision of a modern desktop based on Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft announces services and an extended support time window for Enterprise and Education customers on feature upgrades.

Strange Insider Preview Offer Pops Up on Win10

On Friday, I went upstairs to work on my wife’s PC. An end-of-month Cumulative Update, KB4346783, had been installed automatically, and I needed to restart the machine while she was out of the house to complete that process. Much to my surprise and consternation, the following notification appeared on that machine right after I logged

Putting Realtek Audio Console to Work

For months now, I’d been reading about a new Windows Store app called the Realtek Audio Console. The earliest mention I can find online is in April, 2018, when it shows up in Dell’s Driver pages as an exe file. I’ve seen some discussion of this on TenForums on and off for months, and read

USB install media with WIM file larger than 4GB

There’s nothing in the UEFI specifications that prevents booting from an NTFS formatted USB flash drive. In fact, this so-called limitation is entirely artificial. Luckily, most modern computers can boot from a single-partition NTFS formatted USB flash drive. Thus, one can indeed install Windows 10 from a custom WIM image larger than 4 GB, which is

Banner from NIeman Labs story about US news unavailable in wake of GDPR

No News Is . . . GDPR’s Fault?!

Nearly three months after Europe’s GDPR goes into effect, more than a thousand US new sites still block access to European users, as a way to sidestep compliance requirements.

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A Question of Upgrade Cadence

I’ve been following the work of Susan Bradley, often known as “The Patch Lady,” for more than 10 years. I’ve been a subscriber to the Windows Secrets Newsletter for at least that long. And I believe she was already working with Brian Livingston back in the day when he still ran that particular show. Recently,

Automation Brings Scale to IT

One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!

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