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.
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.
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
A week ago, April 26th, the Insider team released Fast Ring build 18885. Being an Insider nut, all my physical devices have been in Fast or Skip Ahead rings since the start of that program in October, 2104. I know it’s a bit risky, with all production devices in Insider Fast ring or higher. But,
In August 2018, I wrote about how to cope with a small system disk, using my HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop as an example. This laptop includes both a 128 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. My required software occupies 70+ GB, which makes it quite impractical to get software installed and user profiles stored
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
When my Dell Venue Pro 11 starts balking on upgrades past the 18305 release, I start digging into driver difficulties. No joy, so far, though I can now restart properly.
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
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.
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