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September 25, 2020

Windows

Microsoft – Why did you enable Store and apps for built-in admin?

I have written earlier about this topic, but as I feel it is absolutely the worst decision Windows 10 developers have made, I need to write about it again: Microsoft, why did you enable Store and Store apps for built-in administrator account in version 1709? A bad decision, still causing major issues, especially when trying to generalize an image with Sysprep in Audit Mode.

Jensen JTK-49CBR toolkit

Ed’s Physical Admin Toolkit

I examine my spares, test/replacement gear, and tool, then report on what I find. You might put yourself a similar collection together, to keep ahead of Windows gotchas.

Azure Sentinel dashboard from Microsoft 365 Security blog post

Defender Gets a Big New Charter

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .

Windows.old folder – Essential or unnecessary?

The one and only purpose for the Windows.old folder is to allow users to revert to the previous Windows version. This folder will be automatically deleted if the user does not revert within 10-day period following either a public release version upgrade, or an Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its raison d’etre,

Settings/Update&Security/WindowsInsider/ReleasePreview+Winver

MS Presents Build 19042.508 as Final 20H2 Build

Allrighty, then. As per Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Blog on September 18, Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) likely represents the Version 20H2 final build. He puts it this way “We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs

Deliberately fuzzed image from CACM article

Microsoft Makes Fuzz Testing Tool Open Source

Fuzzing is a technique that deliberately generates randomized inputs to code under test, and seeks to exercise (and violate) all possible code paths. This makes it a peachy technology for automated testing. MS has made its fuzz testing tools Open Source, which is big news.

SpiceWorld 2020 agenda description of Ventoy session

SpiceWorld 2020 Ventoy Presentation

OK, then. Today’s the day my pre-recorded presentation about Ventoy — the GitHub project that creates bootable Windows 10 media that can boot into any bootable ISO file in one of its partitions — at the virtual version of this year’s annual SpiceWorld gathering. As promised, I’m providing links to the underlying PowerPoint file and

Click the update item (lower left) to get version info and update status

Samsung Magician V6.2.0 Now Available

A new version of Samsung Magician lets me examine benchmarks from my 3-year-old 950 PRO NVMe and reminds me it’s time to start planning my next PC build to bring current generation speeds into my office.

Can't turn write caching on for ADATA UFD

No Write Caching for (Some) Ventoy UFDs

In checking performance options for Ventoy UFDs, I learn that my current choice doesn’t support write caching. This leads me to investigate best options for Ventoy media. I settle on a Sabrent NVMe USB-C/3.1 enclosure with a cheap-o 256 GB NVMe M.2. Deets supplied!

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