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Getting from BOT to UASP

Weird! On a newer Z170 mobo PC I can’t access my dual drive dock via UASP; on an older Dell XPS 2720 it works without a hitch. Looking for clues!

Trying to troubleshoot failing Insider upgrade

A few days ago I wrote about my efforts in upgrading a Windows Insider build from 18898 to 18908 (full story). Despite several successful upgrades to new Insider builds beforehand, that upgrade failed every time. I tried everything I could think of, and everything I know, to fix this, but failed miserably on all attempts.

War Stories: My Build 18908 Upgrade

Until now, I have always managed to upgrade to new Insider builds on my HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop. I have sometimes had difficulties and have been forced to use various workarounds, but it has ultimately worked, every time. Last week and the release of build 18908 changed that. I did everything I could think

Cancelling CHKDSK: Not Advised, But Bypasses LONG Wait

Because CHKDSK scans and repairs can take a long time to complete — 24 hours or longer in some cases — the question arises: “Is it OK to cancel or interrupt CHKDSK?” The short answer is yes, but it’s not a good move except in case of emergency.

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

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