A subtle change in wording in the “Search automatically for drivers” dialog box in Device Manager reveals an interesting change in MS driver search tactics: DevMgr will no longer search the Internet for new device drivers on your behalf as of Build 19041.423.
When I read on Tenforums that a respected active member recommends TreeSize Free over WinDirStat because the former still gets regular updates, and the latter hasn’t been touched since 2016, I have to reconsider my preferences and recommendations. Sigh.
When I wake up my old Lenovo T520 this morning, I get a black screen after trying to login. I use a pair of hotkey sequences that not only give me a working display. I’m also able to capture black screen error info for my first time ever. Woo hoo!
MS finally lets slip pricing and availability for its newest member of the Surface family: the Surface Duo. When I get that news, I nearly fall over. It costs too much for me to consider a purchase.
Amanda Langowski started as the Windows Insider team lead exactly 20 weeks ago, on March 23. At that point, the Insider team had been without a lead almost half a year after decision makers in Redmond had, instead of firing her, moved Dona Sarkar abruptly to a new position within the organization. Coincidentally, only a
Windows Reliability Monitor is actually a special wrapper around its general Performance Monitoring tool Even so, it’s a useful and helpful tool for keeping an eye on Windows PCs, and chasing errors to their causes.
I got a twinge of nostalgia reading reports that Toshiba is leaving the laptop market. I’ve carried and used a few of their laptops, so I share some recollections and ruminations here.
After upgrading to Dev Channel Build 20185, I am unable to RDP into one my two Dev Channel test machines. A quick trip through my RDP repair checklist, and all is (eventually set to rights). After the last checklist step, of course!
When a thunderstorm throws a power fault here earlier this week, it takes me a while to realize that my office Wi-Fi box is MIA. I explain how I finally figured things out, and returned them to working order.
A month ago, I wrote about a strange issue with Office. It occasionally disappeared, was sometimes uninstalled after an Insider build upgrade. When I was last writing about this, it had happened three times out of five previous Dev Channel build upgrades. Find the whole story here: Windows Insider Dev Channel and Office 365 Can’t
A Windows Sandbox Environmet on steroids: use a Hyper-V Sandbox virtual machine as Windows Sanbox. This post will show you how.
Microsoft just announced a whole bunch of new teams features including meetings with up to 20,000 participants (!) and a wide range of phone support plans, including expanded phone system integration, support for SIP phones, and even (gasp!) Teams phones coming soon.
Starting in early August, users who block Microsoft Telemetry servers through the HOSTS file may start seeing dire warnings from Windows Defender as a result. Here’s the skinny on what’s going on. Interesting!
Now that I’ve got the latest Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro in my hot little hands, I can compare it to its top-of-the-line predecessor, the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD. It’s a clear case of newer is better, because newer has more ports and more features for less cost.
With its latest release v.0.20.0, PowerToys keeps getting better. Installation continues to improve, and there’s a peachy new color picker to play with, too.
After using DISM Add-Package to install a Cumulative Update from a CAB file, I find the update is not shown in Settings/Update & Security/Show update history. It does show up in Programs and Features/View installed updates, though.
The new Reset-AppxPackage cmdlet (available in Windows 10 builds 20175 and higher only) makes it dead simple to reset any Windows Store app using its Package Name. I explain (and show) how it’s done.
Ever since I updated my Office 365 install with yesterday’s monthly offering (July 28), Outlook keeps warning me to “CHECK YOUR CONNECTION” (all-caps is Microsoft’s not mine). I did, and it’s working fine. So what’s up here?
Only July 29, 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public. It’s been a interesting ride since then, and the OS appears to have many more years of utility and enjoyment left to go. Happy B-day!
After installing Build 20170 on a test PC, it starts to require the power button to wake from hibernation. The easy fix is to disable hibernation, so that’s what I do. I still can’t find the setting that causes it to hibernate when that’s a possibility, though.
There’s a new (hidden) capability for managing disks and volumes in the Settings app in Build 20175, but I can’t seem to make it work on my Dev Channel test PCs. I’m forked, so to speak (as I explain in detail in this story).
I do a lot Windows image customization. When customizing an offline Windows image, I usually want to add drivers and Windows updates to it, and enable optional Windows features. I’ll do all of these things using my own, custom PowerShell scripts. But for a few months now, three of the cmdlets I regularly use have
As I struggle to get one lone hold-out PC upgraded to 2004, I reflect that updating later rather than sooner has its advantages, too. Could this be making a virtue out of necessity? You decide…
Over the years, I’ve noticed Windows 10 upgrades and updates leaving some folders and files behind that automated clean-up tools don’t get rid of. Here’s my best list of such things in table form. Enjoy!
Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI lets customer run the same Azure software and services on-premises that they already access in the cloud. Depending on what’s required for on-premises hardware — especially if it’s compatible with current generation rack mounted systems — this could shake up the whole HCI marketplace. Only time (and an improved understanding of the details) will tell..
I find myself investigating another Thunderbolt mystery. Even though it doesn’t appear in the built-in Windows “Safely remove…” tool, you must eject all Thunderbolt attached devices before unplugging a Thunderbolt dock. Otherwise, you’ll have to restart your PC the next time you plug Thunderbolt back in.
Thunderbolt is present and working on my Lenovo X380 Yoga laptop. But I can’t find a way to map all the connections it supports, and the devices I might plug into a Thunderbolt dock. Magical and mysterious, indeed!
Mary Jo Foley mines a magnificent nugget out of Microsoft job descriptions in a Program Manager item for something called Microsoft Cloud PC. Very interesting!
When a big drive disappears from a USB drive dock, I soon figure out I’m exceeding its maximum capacity. So I buy a new one, with sufficient capacity to handle what I need (and then some).
To my astonishment and delight the PowerToys team has fixed ALL of the installer oddities I’ve reported in its latest release v0.19.2. You can now sit back, relax, and it takes of itself on its own. Good stuff!
A week ago, on Friday, July 10, one of our readers informed us that when accessing Win10.guru, he was shown a fake “Adobe Flash Player requires an update” message. From there, it took most of the week to get all the issues flushed out and resolved.