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December 6, 2020

Win10.guru – back in business

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.

Deployment

Create a custom Windows ISO image

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

20H2

First Look: Dell Precision Workstation P-5550

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!

20H1

War Story: Wandering Network Printer IP Address

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. . .

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20H2

First 20H2 Upgrade Offer Appears

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!

20H2

Trickling Out the 20H2 Release

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,”

20H2

System CPA Gives Way to About Info in 20H2 Release

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.

20H2

On-again/Off-Again Win10 Settings Header

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).

19H2

Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds

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…

Deployment

New PC Coming to Chez Tittel

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.

20H2

20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …

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…

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20H1

Where Laptop OEMs Truly Add Value

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…

20H2

Where’s the 20H2 GA Release?

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…

Editorial

Dev Channel Build 20231 Reminds Me to RTFM

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.

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