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Toolkit Item: MiniTool Power Data Recovery (MTPDR $)

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.

MS Announces Modern Desktop Services

In seeking to support its vision of a modern desktop based on Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft announces services and an extended support time window for Enterprise and Education customers on feature upgrades.

Strange Insider Preview Offer Pops Up on Win10

On Friday, I went upstairs to work on my wife’s PC. An end-of-month Cumulative Update, KB4346783, had been installed automatically, and I needed to restart the machine while she was out of the house to complete that process. Much to my surprise and consternation, the following notification appeared on that machine right after I logged

Putting Realtek Audio Console to Work

For months now, I’d been reading about a new Windows Store app called the Realtek Audio Console. The earliest mention I can find online is in April, 2018, when it shows up in Dell’s Driver pages as an exe file. I’ve seen some discussion of this on TenForums on and off for months, and read

USB install media with WIM file larger than 4GB

There’s nothing in the UEFI specifications that prevents booting from an NTFS formatted USB flash drive. In fact, this so-called limitation is entirely artificial. Luckily, most modern computers can boot from a single-partition NTFS formatted USB flash drive. Thus, one can indeed install Windows 10 from a custom WIM image larger than 4 GB, which is

Seen on forums: Windows 10 EULA concerns

A few months ago, I wrote about the Microsoft EULA in general and how it works with Windows 10 digital licensing.  My main point was that this EULA should be rewritten, based on the observation that as a Windows 10 license (product key) only allows one install on one device (see featured image above), digital

Hyper-V and Differencing Disks

Especially when testing Windows Insider Preview builds in various editions and languages, I use differencing disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. This not only allows me to save storage space on my dedicated Hyper-V drive, but it also makes creating new virtual machines really fast, taking just seconds to boot to the desktop when a VM

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