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Check Out MS Ignite 2019

The Windows Ignite 2019 conference is underway in Orlando Florida through November 8. Remote viewing of streamed sessions is free, so it’s worth checking things out to see what’s happening. Enjoy!

Toolkit Item: 8GadgetPack

Supposedly, Windows Gadgets came in with Vista and went with Windows 7. Even before Windows 8 came along, MS decided to retire Windows Gadgets in 2011 (see this Spiceworks Community post that quotes the MS info from the time). This post states that the decision lets the company “focus support on the much richer set

Ruminating on New PC Setup

Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered

Windows Insider Program Celebrating 5th Anniversary

On September 30, 2014, Terry Myerson, who was then Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, announced the birth of Windows 10 and the Windows Insider Program. On the very next day, October 1, the first-ever public preview of Windows 10: Technical Preview build 9841 was released. A lot has changed

MS Ties KB4512941 To Search Issues

As of last Thursday, MS added recently — and widely — reported issues with Windows Search to its Known Issues list for 1903. The language of the item appears in the screencap below, and makes reference both to high CPU usage and lack of search results. Given that such reports stated surfacing from Insiders on

XPS 2720 GbE Interface Fails

Just yesterday, I sat down at my 5-year-old Dell XPS 2720 to install an Insider Preview Fast + Skip upgrade, and noticed the Wi-Fi icon sitting in the notification area. “Hmmm” I said to myself “I thought I had a Cat5 cable plugged in.” I did indeed, but the status lights on the unit’s built-in

Insider Preview 18950 Brings Possible WiFi Issues

I encountered some odd wireless network behaviors in Insider Preview build 18950. They were fixed in the successor build — 18956 — at the same time MS told the world they were changing “Network status” in the Network & Internet Settings page. Caution: Programmers at work!

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 22/2019

Lots of fascinating Windows activity this week, including various releases and updates, and even some industry news, action, and anti-news. New Fast + Skip Release 18908 20H1 On Thursday (May 29), MS dropped a new Fast Ring + Skipahead Ring Windows 10 Insider Preview: Version 20H1, Build 18908.1000. Reports from the field and user experiences

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