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C:\Windows\Temp Weirdnesses

Some users have reported their C:\Windows\Temp folder filling up with hundreds to thousands of files whose named start with “AppX.” For those so afflicted, here are some ideas on causes, and some suggested fixes.

Toolkit Item: ShowKeyPlus

Given that Windows Activation is almost (I repeat: almost) foolproof in Windows 10, there isn’t much reason to find, know or use OS keys anymore. But sometimes — especially when activation problems present, perhaps with a suggestion that a key is invalid or suspect — a Windows OS keyfinding tool is essential. No self-respecting Windows

Toolkit Item: LatencyMon

LatencyMon, from Resplendence Software Projects, describes itself as a “real-time audio suitability checker.” Essentially, the software works by emulating an active audio playback session in Windows Vista (and newer versions, through Windows 10 and Server 2019). While it’s running the program measures various kinds of delays that occur on its host system and reports back

Working with Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

There’s another version of Windows 10 that’s always around, different from the base version you boot when you fire up the normal operating system. It’s somewhat misleadingly called the Windows Preinstallation Environment. And indeed, it does provide a basic runtime environment during Windows installation that takes over from the primary OS when a new OS

Toolkit Item: Microsoft Download Manager

One of the small, free Microsoft tools I use and like very much is Microsoft Download Manager. It is quite old, and hasn[t been updated since 2011. But because it is so simple, it works well even in the latest 20H1 prerelease Insider buillds. I am sure that it will work in in future Windows