Greetings dear subscribers and visitors. It has been quite quiet here on WIn10.guru past few weeks, due various reasons. Starting today, December 1st, 2020, the things are back to normal. From now on, we will publish new content on every weekday.
I have been a proud and satisfied member of Windows forums owned and maintained by Designer Media Ltd from Manchester, UK. The company’s Windows forums, (Vista Forums, Seven Forums, Eight Forums, Ten Forums) have been my virtual home since June, 2009. I have enjoyed my time on these forums, participating on them has been my
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Following upgrades to Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 on PCs with Thunderbolt-attached NVMe drives, users may experience a Driver_Verifier_DMA_Violation BSOD. Probably best to avoid such hardware (or roll back Windows) until they get it fixed.
Interestingly enough, at around the same time I bought a Dell Optiplex 7080 Micro to replace a 9-year-old mini-ITX PC here at my home, the Dell Technologies business review team sent me a review unit of the same make and model. It’s more tricked out than I was willing to buy (I’ll provide the specs
Rumors are swirling that MS is about to pivot to focus on Windows 10X, with Windows 10 21H1 very likely to take the form of an enablement package like the recently-released 20H2. As with most MS rumors, the company is mum, so we’ll have to wait and see if this pans out.
When or how often to update the Macrium Rescue Media? Good question! Turns out that Macrium Reflect will happily tell you if and when your Rescue Media needs an update. Here’s how…
I wrote last week about adding / enabling or removing / disabling Windows optional features on USB-based install media. You can read that story here: PS Scripting – USB install media: Add or Remove Windows Features But, what to do when you wish to do the same using an ISO image? No problem: simply mount
Last Friday, FedEx dropped off a Dell Precision 5500 Mobile workstation with 8-core i7, Quadro T2000 graphics, 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. I’m still setting it up and getting to know this machine, but what I’ve seen so far, I like. Check it out!
A series of indirect references lead me to GitHub developer AveYo’s hands-dandy MediaCreationTool.bat, which provides access to all known versions of Windows 10 (and its corresponding Media Creation Tool). Good stuff!
Every now and then, I’ll send a print job off on my production desktop that goes to an application (today, it was Snagit) instead of target printer. When that happens, I know it’s time to reset the default printer using its new IP address. Let me explain. . .
First thing this morning, I observe on my Lenovo X390 Yoga that WU has finally extended an offer of KB4580364. After accepting that offer, I document my experiences and reactions with download, install, and post-install cleanup. It’s all good — and surprisingly interesting — stuff. Check it out!
With end of support scheduled for the Adobe Flash Player on December 31, 2020, Microsoft releases a catalog update to uninstall that Player from Windows 10 (normally, it’s built right into the OS). Here’s a link…
OK then, it’s official. According to the MS 20H2 Release Info/Status page, the company is ramping up offers of the upgrade only slowly. You can see their statement on this topic outlined in red in the lead-in graphic for this story. I’m not sure what this has to do with ensuring “a reliable download experience,”
This sample PowerShell script will show how to use menus, and how to make selections using an Out-GridView table. In addition, we will mount a WIM image for offline servicing, and save changes made to it. Please notice that this script is quite simple, intended as an example to show how to get started with
In looking over my production PC’s Reliability Monitor output I see errors that ring a distant bell somewhere. Turns out lots of people are experiencing them in the wake of installing KB4579311 on their Windows 2004 PCs. Sigh.
With the release of 20H2, MS points what used to produce the System applet in Control Panel to Settings/System/About instead. I provide some bittersweet commentary, and an explorer shell string that produces the old CPA if that’s what’s really wanted.
MS has a banner for the Setting apps in A/B test right now, which means some users see it, and other users don’t. I provide details on an OS tweaking tool that lets enterprising users change this feature’s status (turn it off it it’s on; turn it on if it’s off).
Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…
As my oldest PC starts going a little wonky on me (I’ve not been able to upgrade it since Version 1909), I order a replacement for delivery on November 10. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro with an i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Should make a nice compact desktop for everyday computing.
When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…
It’s true one has to wait a while for OEMs to obtain, test and sometimes tweak device drivers, firmware, and BIOS/UEFI updates before making them available to users of their laptops and PCs. But some such offerings go on for a surprisingly long time, and are of exceptionally good quality. Read the deets…
I read with interest about growing hoopla about MS Office Progressive Web Apps showing up uninvited on Insider Preview PCs. Then I find it on my production Version 2004 PC, too. Interest changes to “WTF?” pretty quickly, and leads me to spread the news. It’s easily uninstalled, though, if you decide you don’t want it on your PC(s).
Microsoft creates a new, regular and predictable URL structure to let admins and users jump straight to any Knowledge Base (KB) item online. Here are the details…
For the past six months, each new Dev Channel release has me asking “Will RDP work for this release on my Lenovo X220 Tablet?” Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. Let me explain (and share a quick fix)…
Patch Tuesday comes and goes without a generally available 20H2 upgrade. This raises the questions: Where is it? When will it drop? Only time will tell, because Microsoft isn’t saying…
Weird! Though Reliability Monitor tells me my first two update attempts with KB4586238 succeeded, the minor build number fails to increment. Only after running the Update Troubleshooter and trying again, does the build increase to 20231.1005. Truly, third time’s the charm!
When PCs and other computer components and gear comes to the end of its useful or working life, it’s important to dispose of such electronic waste (eWaste) responsibly. Don’t add to the toxic burden in conventional landfills, please!
MS published a timeline announcing a gradual phaseout for Internet Explorer starting in November 2020, with EOL scheduled for August 2021. A German source reports that the degradation of the IE experience promised for November may be more faqr-reaching than expected.
If I had only read the Dev Channel Build 20231 release notes more carefully, I would have already known that this latest release sometimes sports spurious warnings that MS Office is not compatible with this OS and has been removed. I got bitten twice by this, in fact. Sigh.
The excellent GitHub project Driver Store Explorer gets an update to version V.0.11.42. If you have it installed, get current; if you don’t have it installed, it’s worth getting to know (and using occasionally, to keep the Driver Store slimmed down).