OK, then: it’s official. MS announced yesterday — December 5, 2019 — that it will now automatically initiate updates to 1909 for users still running 1809. We’ve known this was coming, because EOL for was originally scheduled for May 11, 2020. Here’s the text verbatim from the Windows 10 1909 Status Page (see text outlined
Every IT professional and advanced user knows that the real formatted capacity of a Terabyte (1 TB) HDD or SSD is just over 931 Gigabytes (GB). The difference is because HDD and SSD manufacturers, without exception, use powers of 10 to claim disk sizes (decimal system), whereas computer file systems are based on powers of
With the End-of-Life (EOL) date (January 14, 2020) for Windows 7 in the offing, lots of businesses and organizations have to be thinking about moving on up from 7 to 10. Dire warnings and admonitions notwithstanding — see this Minneapolis StarTribune article as a good example — I’m a little more optimistic about making that
Nothing important, posting just for posterity. I want to write down what I see in the future of Windows 10, a few things that I am quite sure will happen. I know that many advanced users and experts share my thoughts, but also that quite many disagree.
I love my Nokia Lumia 925 phone and its Windows Phone 8.1 OS. But even a hardcore enthusiast like me must concede that Windows Phone is history. Wanting to test Android before starting to look for a new phone, I tried several Android emulators. Sadly, I didn’t get a realistic Android experience with any of
On newer hardware, you may find the new Win10 disk layout (puts the Windows Recovery partition in last place, after the Windows OS partition) showing up after installing CU KB4524570.
The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA) is an excellent tool to resolve Outlook and other Office 365 issues. Quoting from its official download page, here’s a description: The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant works by running tests to figure out what’s wrong and offers the best solution for the identified problem. It can currently
I wrote last week about Windows Insider team pushing full feature fast ring upgrades too often, when a simple cumulative update had been enough. This went in even more weird direction on Tuesday this week, when the build 19033 was released. Four fast ring builds in 11 days, each one only containing some bug fixes.
With the release of Build 19033, MS labels the version number for what’s code-named 20H1 to 2004. Check it out!
When Microsoft gets permission from the US Department of Commerce to sell “mass-market software” to Huawei, does this mean the Windows and Office ban for that company is over? Time will tell.
Since the release of Windows Insider Fast Ring build 19008 — that is, for a month now — Cortana has been hiding from non-US users. She’s simply not there, not present, not working. What’s weird is this issue has never been mentioned once in Microsoft’s release notes as a known issue. On this topic, there’s
Checking over my Insider Preview Fast Ring system/boot drive (C:\) this morning, I found something new and interesting. It’s a hidden, read-only folder named $WinREAgent. Folders that start with a dollar sign are usually hidden, created during installation for temporary use. I’ve seen plenty of such things come and go over the years, but this
My Nokia Lumia 925 with Windows Phone 8.1 is the best, most reliable smart phone I have ever owned. Unfortunately, now I must find a replacement: Windows Phone and Windows Mobile are dying. In Finland, we have an old saying “I do not need manure, I am not a farmer.” In my case, this equates
The end of extended support for Windows 7 is less than two months away. After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will not receive any more free or generally available technical support, software updates, and security updates and fixes. Although Microsoft tells users that “the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.
On Friday, November 15, Fast Ring Insiders got build 19025. Just four days later, Tuesday, November 19, build 19028 was released. It only contains fixes for a few unimportant bugs: – We fixed a recent issue that could result in Settings crashing when docking/undocking your device. This issue may have also impacted Action Center launch
When a raft of dwm.exe errors show up on my Lenovo T520, I’m already primed for troubleshooting. Couple that symptom with a blackscreen (no desktop) and graphics drivers seem involved. A new Nvidia driver fixes things.
Hyper-V has a Quick Create feature, which allows users to create virtual machines from a VHD repository, using virtual hard disks with preinstalled Windows. We covered that earlier here at Win10.guru in this story: Hyper-V Online Gallery: Create a VHD repository But, what if you want to start from scratch, with a new virtual machine
MS says that uninstalling and reinstalling Windows Store in Window 10 is not supported. They recommend reset or reinstall for serious repairs. I suggest two other (faster, easier) things to try first.
In an enterprise environment, users do not need to worry about Windows activation on their work devices. That’s one of the many jobs for the IT department. It’s another story with personal devices. Every user should be prepared: a laptop might be lost, a PC motherboard stop working, and so on. In such cases, actually
Late last night, just after upgrading to Insider Fast Ring build 19025, Windows Update on my HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop (see title image) told me an HP Firmware update was ready, awaiting a restart to install it. I clicked Restart, not worried at all because all previous firmware updates had worked without any issues
You can’t do what I do for a living and not like to tinker. One of many reasons I’m a Windows Insider MVP is because I’ve never been able to stop myself from messing around with Windows. That really means “messing around on PCs running Windows.” Right now, at my house I’ve got nine PCs,
Last weekend, I decided to concentrate on a single mission: Get a desktop installed in any or all of my WSL distros without using X Server or any other third party software installed in Windows, then create a WSL Sandbox for testing purposes. The first goal was the easiest. I got XFCE desktop installed in
As of mid-day November 12, version 1909 for Windows 10 is out and available. Admins will want to start playing and testing right away. Basic reaction right now: so far, so good!
Needing screenshots of Windows Setup for a new tutorial, I accidentally noticed today that Microsoft has finally changed its default partitioning of the system disk to comply with their own partitioning guidelines. The title image above shows how Microsoft recommends a GPT disk be partitioned. Until recently, and still in Windows 10 versions 19H1 /
Could the happy stars have finally lined up over Redmond? Windows 10 Insider releases are steady, stable and trouble-free right now. Same goes for the 1903 production version. What gives?
This weekend, I have had just one single task, and one goal: to get the GUI desktop environment working in my Linux distros running in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). I finally managed to do it, and I am extremely happy about how fast my WSL Linux distros work when I connect to them
A week and a half ago I saw an interesting post on Ten Forums: it concerned image customization and deployment of that custom image. The case started with CopyProfile issues, during which phase custom settings were not being applied on target devices. Finally, when that was resolved, another issue appeared: target devices were not activated
Everybody knows the POWERCFG command can handle hibernation or sleep/wake states. It can also do a whole lot more, including controlling Power Options settings.
For the first two years of the Windows Insider program, feature upgrades were delivered as ESD updates. From my point of view, that was a good system. In it, Insider build upgrades were delivered relatively quickly and they were reliable. Generally speaking, Insiders had far fewer upgrade issues and failed upgrades than they do today
With the announcement of Insider Fast ring build 19018.1 on November 5, the Insider Team reports no more Skipahead builds going forward. Insiders who elected “Skip” will automatically switch to “Fast.”
The Windows Ignite 2019 conference is underway in Orlando Florida through November 8. Remote viewing of streamed sessions is free, so it’s worth checking things out to see what’s happening. Enjoy!
I have never really blogged, just for the sake of blogging. That said, I decided to start blogging about my personal computing and IT life, including small and weird stuff that happens every now and then. My idea is to write at least a few times a week about things too minor or unimportant to
I have seen a few posts lately in which users ask “What is the Defaultuser0 account?”,”Can it be deleted?” , “What’s its password?, and so on. Officially, Microsoft offers no information about this account and its intended purpose. Or at the very least, any such information is extremely hard to find. First, let me assure
Preparing a video for Ten Forums about how to use Macrium viBoot to upgrade Windows 10, I thought I would document that process to show how good Microsoft PowerPoint is at making videos. The best thing is that it is so extremely easy to use PowerPoint to build nice, simple instructional videos. In addition, when
Because I have two nearly identical laptops running Windows 10 Insider Preview builds it’s easy for me to tell that one build is subject to Windows Desktop Manager crashes when I leave Remote Desktop open. Reported to Feedback Hub.
In the spirit of the upcoming end of year holidays, Ed shares his wishlist for the Windows Insider program. Here’s hoping!
MS must provide core OS capability for Azure by December at the same time it’s finishing 19H2. This explains 19H2 is just a minor add-on to 19H1. Hopefully, getting onto an Azure schedule also means adopting their mindset.
Once upon a time, it was nearly impossible to work on websites without using FTP. This is no longer true, but when you need Internet file transfer capability, the free, Open Source program FileZilla is the way to go.
I get my fair share of phishing and other scam emails. I’ve gotten messages from Nigerian princes, State Lottery Authorities in several US states, and I’ve been told that an unknown philanthropist in Australia has left me millions in his will. I get these emails mostly to my so called junk address, an email I
Last weekend, I saw a post on Ten Forums that really got my attention. A fellow member had been preparing a deployment image, and was wondering why his answer file simply did not work. Here’s an extract from the original post: I’ve followed tutorials on Ten Forums, Win10Guru, docs.microsoft.com, and many others. I’ve made my
WinDirStat is free Open Source software that illustrates Windows file and folder hierarchies, with an emphasis on file size. It’s a useful tool for grooming and managing Windows drives or volumes.
DISM is maybe the most versatile and useful of all native Windows tools (a subjective personal opinion). In this post, I use it to create USB install media containing Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1903 (19H1), version 1909 (19H2), and Insider Preview build 19002. All three versions, a total of six editions,
A lone developer in Poland is behind the excellent and capable UUP dump website, which makes it possible for Windows Insiders to grab and build their own ISOs for Insider Preview versions of their choosing on demand. Great work!
The Office Software Protection Platform (ospp.vbs) script is an invaluable tool for inspecting and managing Office 365 (and other Office version) licenses. Check it out!
Here’s an interesting and bright bit of recent news about PC sales. Analyst firm Canalys reports a jump in global PC sales growth for Q3 2019. In fact, their numbers show an increase of 4.7% for that quarter, a rate not seen since Q1 2012 when growth hit 5.4%. For the record, that translates to
This time, a personal story about 2FA and Windows Phone making this expat’s life somewhat difficult. In my opinion, globalization or global integration is a very positive phenomenon. The world is becoming smaller when more and more people are free to travel and even move abroad without permissions and visas, freight moves more freely, and
A week ago we reported on Dona Sarkar leaving the Windows Insider team, which suddenly and surprisingly left the team without a team lead. Everything we know — or rather, everything we do not know — owing to Microsoft’s and its Insider team’s silence on this sudden move, only makes me more convinced that Sarkar’s
Poking around on the Remote Desktop Connection app on my production PC, I notice some stale entries. I show how to clean them up with some careful registry edits.
I am a big Hyper-V fan, but even I must admit that running Linux virtual machines within that hypervisor can be problematic. First, enhanced session mode does not work, so changing guest resolution is quite difficult. In addition, Copy & Paste between the Windows host and the Linux guest does not work. One option is
Yesterday, Brandon Leblanc, Senior Program Manager for the Windows Insider Program posted on Insider blog. Entitled “Getting the November 2019 Update Ready for Release,” it sets the state for the next and coming Feature Update. Among other things worth reading, LeBlanc says “We believe that Build 18363.418 is the final build and we will continue
Things at Microsoft have for sure changed since Steve Ballmer‘s, then CEO at Microsoft, infamous “Linux is a cancer” statement in a commercial back in 2001. Whereas Microsoft earlier saw Linux as something to avoid by all possible means, today it has become a steady source of revenue for the company. Thus, for example, on
Supposedly, Windows Gadgets came in with Vista and went with Windows 7. Even before Windows 8 came along, MS decided to retire Windows Gadgets in 2011 (see this Spiceworks Community post that quotes the MS info from the time). This post states that the decision lets the company “focus support on the much richer set
Up through December 2016 and Build 11082, Windows 10 feature upgrades including new Insider builds were delivered in the form of so-called ESD (Electronic Software Distribution) updates. Upgrades were generally speaking quite fast, and worked as expected. In November 2016, Microsoft introduced a new feature upgrade system called UUP (Universal Update Platform). The idea was,
The Windows Insider team announced yesterday, October 7th, that Dona Sarkar had left the team. Although that was hardly a surprise to anyone having followed the team since the 1809 catastrophe, the way it was handled shows it was done suddenly and without advance preparation. There was no clean transition this time: no new lead
Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered
Big doings at the Surface event in NYC on October 2 included yet another attempt at a compact, touch-mostly/only version of Windows 10. Think back to Windows R/T and Windows S (multiple iterations). Now, take a look at this Windows Insider Program blog post. It’s entitled “Introducing Windows X: enabling dual-screen PCs in 2020.” The
When a strange new storage device with a single 8 GB partition named PortableBaseLayer shows up on my Yoga X380, I start investigating. I’m not 100%, but there may be a Sandbox in there somewhere.
What it is? Windows 10 Decrapifier is a PowerShell script by csand, a fellow member at TenForums.com. It is used to clean a Windows image prior to its deployment by removing unwanted or unnecessary apps and tasks, and modifying privacy settings. Because it runs in script forms, users can modify it according to their own
When I compare benchmarks and Macrium Reflect backup times for the same 2.5″ HDD in USB-C and USB 3.0 enclosures, I’m stunned to observe the USB 3.0 results are better than those for USB-C. Must be the hardware!
On September 30, 2014, Terry Myerson, who was then Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, announced the birth of Windows 10 and the Windows Insider Program. On the very next day, October 1, the first-ever public preview of Windows 10: Technical Preview build 9841 was released. A lot has changed
Over the past few weeks, I have had an interesting, ongoing fight with one of my laptops. All my life, I’ve never fought as much with a single device, just trying to get an operating system to work as expected. First, the problem came from the Windows Admin Center (WAC). It caused a GSOD every
As MS proclaims 1903 ready for commercial deployment, I’m reminded of the old-school approach wherein businesses and organizations routinely trailed one service pack behind the current Windows release.
When an Insider machine stubbornly refuses to recognize it needs an update to the latest build, I rediscover the simple fact that a WU reset nixes insider update refusals.
Knowing that an NVMe SSD in a USB-C enclosure will be faster than an M.2 in USB 3.0, I’m tickled when the speed ratio turns out better than 3:1 for Macrium Reflect backup.
As of August 2019 NetMarketShare reports that some version of Windows 10 runs on just over one of every two PCs that firm sees on the Internet. Windows 7 share is down around 30 percent now, and dropping fast. Where will this all lead?
A certain few users have discovered that RDP connections to Hyper-V VMs work only once. If the connection is broken, one of the machines sleeps, or something similar, they are unable to use RDP to get back into the VM. Shutdown/restart of the VM is required to regain access.
Through a PowerShell command that shows available VMs inside the Fast Ring Preview, we learn that 20H1 is officially named “Windows 10 May 2020…” Very interesting!
For over a week now, I have been trying to get Fast Ring Insider builds to work on my laptop. Failed upgrades, clean installs almost working until I notice a game-stopper like unable to install tools I need, despite whatever repair measures I take. Windows Admin Center, which I use for computer management and especially
When weird circumstances force me to reset all of my wireless networks, I’m reminded that one must set the network profile from public to private to make RDP work, too.
MS has acted swiftly to address issues with Search.UI and above-average CPU consumption rates raised from the August 26 (Release Preview) and August 30 (general 1903 release) KB4512941 Cumulative Update. In fact, the lead item in the 1903 Known Issues list (see following screencap) addresses this directly. In a previous post here at Win10.Guru (MS
Last week, I reported that I was planning to move Windows from an SSD to an HDD. My main reason was that I wanted to free the small 128 SSD on this HP’s i7 laptop for Hyper-V differencing parent disks, while installing Windows onto the bigger 1 TB HDD. Also those virtual machine child disks
As of last Thursday, MS added recently — and widely — reported issues with Windows Search to its Known Issues list for 1903. The language of the item appears in the screencap below, and makes reference both to high CPU usage and lack of search results. Given that such reports stated surfacing from Insiders on
I, like many of you, have a bunch of valid Windows product keys through MSDN, Visual Studio, Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or other Microsoft subscriptions. Because Windows 7 and 8.1 keys can still be used to activate Windows 10, you might have have a number of single use retail keys, and several MAK keys. All
I just bought an 8 GB Toshiba Performance X300 drive. It cost me just under US$200. I got it to use for backup, but also to consolidate holdings from a bunch of smaller disk drives currently installed on my production PC. Just for grins, I compared the total time to back up that system today,
Last week, MS first dropped CU KB4512941 into the 1903 Release Preview ring to Insiders. Then on Friday, August 30, that update hit general availability. Interestingly, lots of folks have been reporting issues with this update. This includes yours truly, who blogged here at Win10.Guru about the 0X800F081F install error (and its fix). In the
After trying all the conventional tricks, I learn that a chronic .NET Framework install error is just another one of the many Windows 10 ills that an in-place upgrade repair can fix. Thank goodness!