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Impending Windows 7 EOL Boosts Windows 10

Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.

Say Yes to Win10 Telemetry

Though you may find Windows 10 telemetry potentially intrusive or a little scary, MS takes steps to anonymize and protect the data it collects. We all benefit in the aggregate from the insights that telemetry can deliver. That’s why I urge all Win10 users to leave it turned on.

How I lost my Windows Insider MVP Award

As of Sunday, July 1st 2018, I am no longer a Windows Insider MVP. Funny thing is, it has been clear already for over 10 months. The reason is simple: I committed a cardinal sin and openly criticized the Windows Insider program. That is, as an MVP team lead made clear to me in a

Create a custom Windows 10 “factory recovery” partition

Most new computers with pre-installed operating system today are shipped with a so called factory recovery option which allows user to completely reset the computer by restoring an image stored in specific factory recovery partition. The problem with factory recovery is that it restores everything as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wants. This might include a bunch of “bloatware”, useless software like “30-day trial of XYZ” or “Tweak your PC with this fabulous tweaker” and so on. One of the first things any user wants to do when setting up a pre-installed Windows on a new computer is to get rid of all this bloatware.

Hyper-V, Virtual RAM and Virtual CPUs

Quite a number of IT pros and advanced users alike use virtual machines to test Windows Insider builds, to run legacy operating systems for intermittent needs, to have a sandbox environment to test new software, or for a myriad of other reasons. My choice for virtualization software is Hyper-V, and has been since it was

1803 Is Not Half Bad Despite Woes and Lamentation

Despite surveys and reports that Windows 10 Version 1803 is terrible or awful, I say that 1803 is not half bad. MS goes so far as to claim its users report “higher satisfaction numbers, fewer known issues and lower support call volumes.”

AutoPilot IS a Game-Changer!

MS VP Brad Anderson dropped a blog post yesterday, June 7, 2018. It’s entitled “Simplifying IT with the latest updates from Windows Autopilot.” It explains that Microsoft’s goal “is to simplify deployment of new Windows 10 devices by eliminating the cost and complexity associated with creating, maintaining and loading custom images.” Simply put, the Autopilot

Windows 10 Dual Boot – The Easy Way

Two videos about dual boot and how to install / deploy Windows 10 fast and easy as secondary OS on dual boot. The first video is already somewhat old but still totally valid, showing how to install Windows 10 on dual boot on a native boot virtual hard disk: Next one I made today. It

Why Support Win10 2-Year Support Cycle

Saw a fascinating story in ComputerWorld a couple of days ago. Entitled “Gartner: Enterprises should demand 2 full years of Windows 10 support,” it explains why MS needs to extend the current 18-month lifespan for Feature Updates to 24 months instead. Let me lay out the logic involved. We’re now on a twice-a-year feature upgrade

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