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September 25, 2020

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Windows.old folder – Essential or unnecessary?

The one and only purpose for the Windows.old folder is to allow users to revert to the previous Windows version. This folder will be automatically deleted if the user does not revert within 10-day period following either a public release version upgrade, or an Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its raison d’etre,

Native boot VHD with GPT virtual hard disk – How to upgrade

Windows cannot be upgraded on native boot VHD. Updating is OK, but when user tries to upgrade Windows, an error message is shown: “You can’t upgrade Windows on a virtual drive“. To upgrade Windows on native boot VHD, it must be attached to a virtual machine. After upgrade, virtual machine can be deleted, and user can now boot to VHD containing upgraded Windows.

Native Boot VHD – One-Click Deployment

I am a huge fan of using native boot virtual hard disks in a dual or multi boot configuration. Deploying Windows to a VHD file and adding it to the boot menu makes things so easy: when the secondary OS is no longer needed, just delete that VHD and remove its boot entry. In an

Linux and Windows – Best friends forever?

Ed Bott, a globally known tech writer and author, described last week on ZDNet how Microsoft helped him to install Ubuntu Linux. Quoting Mr. Bott: Anyone who aspires to understand the modern computing landscape should have some experience with platforms other than the one they use regularly because a lot of what you see in

RDP and Hyper-V Enhanced Mode file transfer speed

A few weeks back, I offered free Windows assistance as long as the #StayAtHome lock-down continues. One of the emails I have received was from a user who asked if there’s anything one could do to speed up file transfer between a Hyper-V host and a virtual machine using Enhanced Session Mode. I thought that

Hyper-V – Use Checkpoints

I must admit, I am a huge Hyper-V fan. That might make me biased when I talk or write about it. I mean, my favorite hobby is to build experimental Windows deployment images in Hyper-V, then deploy them to various physical and virtual machines. It’s much easier and moew convenient than using a physical machine

Device Manager showing Realtek UAD driver

Politics Behind Windows 10 Driver Update Sources

In November 2018, I wrote a post for TenForums.com entitled “Realtek Audio Console REQUIRES a Realtek HD (UAD) Driver!” I’ve kept that thread reasonably up-to-date since then, and it’s picked up nearly 300 follow-on responses and comments. But recently, some members of the TF community have taken offense — and in at least one case,

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