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UEFI Secure Boot Ins and Outs

Because Secure Boot blocks unrecognized software elements from loading during the boot process (before Windows starts running), it may interfere when you’re installing or updating boot-related software, firmware or drivers.

Lenovo NVMe Firmware Update Finally Fixed

When an attempt to update the Samsung OEM NVMe drive firmware on a Lenovo laptop fails with an “Access denied” message, I have to put on my thinking cap. After realizing that disabling secure boot should fix things up, I see that this approach works.

Windows 10: An Always-Moving Target

I had an interesting interaction with Kari today. I found myself trying to get around a problem in remoting into one Skip Ahead Insider Preview PC from another PC running the same OS. No problems getting from other Windows builds into the target PC. Only problems getting from one Skippy PC to another (see my

Project “Dell Venue – The Second Coming”

My Win10.guru partner Ed has an old device, a Dell Venue Pro 11 tablet. He got it upgraded to Windows Insider build 18317 with a clean install, but couldn’t get beyond that. Whatever he tried, he could not upgrade it to the latest Insider build, nor clean install it. Ed wrote about retiring this well-used

Why I Remain A Windows 10 Fan

Gosh! Win10’s been getting beat up a LOT lately, including here at Win10.Guru. That’s one reason why I decided to put forward a more positive post on Win10 today. Sure, Win10 has its problems and its occasional gotchas. But all in all, it’s a capable and powerful OS. Let me explain why I still like

Toolkit Item: MiniTool Power Data Recovery (MTPDR $)

Late last year, we kicked off a series of articles called The (Windows) Admin’s Toolkit. Since then, Win10.Guru has issued 9 installments. This story, about MiniTool’s Power Data Recovery (MTPDR) will be the tenth. Unlike the previous item – the MiniTool Partition Wizard (MTPW) – the free version of this program is not fully functional.

War Stories: Sysprep and BitLocker

Yesterday, I decided to do a clean install of the latest Windows Insider build 17711 on my HP ProBook laptop. I do traditional installs quite seldom, usually creating deployment images in Hyper-V. This is practical because Hyper-V standard checkpoints offer an easy way to restore a VM to any point throughout the process whenever something

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