The amazing Ventoy bootable installer tool version 1.0.15 got released to GitHub on July 9, 2020. You’ll want to grab a copy at your earliest convenience. This release can build a GPT formatted environment, with its usual tiny boot partition (32 MB FAT EFI VTOYEFI partition) and use the rest of the media for a
At the end of June Belkin released a new line of business-oriented USB-C ports that provide power, video, USB access and networking via a single USB-C cable. It’s a quick and convenient way to switch between “desktop” and “mobile” mode on a single computing device.
When assisting Windows 10 users, regardless of whatever localized language version they are using, it’s good to remember that core Windows is always in English. That includes all system folder names, all native Windows applications and all tools. Localized folders, for instance in the user profile are in fact not folders but rather, they are
The 20161 release announcement says clicking on System in Control Panel now opens Settings/System/About. It works that way on one of my test machines (Lenovo X380 Yoga). On the other (Lenovo X220 Tablet) the System applet still opens. Weird.
If you check your Troubleshooting History on PCs running Windows 10 Version 2004, some will report an apparent error that a critical troubleshooter could not be run. It’s not a problem even though it looks like one: let me explain…
Sometimes, an Insider Feature Upgrade will make my Office installation disappear, without rhyme or reason. It’s an easy issue to fix, but remains perplexing and irritating even so.
When I can’t RDP into either of my two Beta Channel Insider test machines after upgrading to Build 20161, I play a variation on the old “If it doesn’t work reboot” troubleshooting technique to set things back to rights.
Now that Windows 10 Version 2004 is publicly released, Microsoft also offers free, ready-to-run developer evaluation versions of Windows 10 Enterprise in VM form for VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox and Parallels. Good stuff!
Last week, I wrote about automating Windows 10 deployment to a native boot virtual hard disk: Native Boot VHD – One-Click Deployment. That post has a sample PowerShell script to handle such deployment. One important step in that script occurs when creating the VHD using a series of DISKPART instructions, which is based on some choices made
To give back to the global community and help individuals coping with job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MS is launching an ambitious effort to provide free training to help 25 million individuals reskill for jobs in IT. Great move!
A pair of simple Registry Keys lets admins fix or lock Windows 10 updates onto a specific Windows version. It’s one way of preventing unwanted application of feature upgrades to Windows 10 PCs that seems fairly sure-fire.
I am a huge fan of using native boot virtual hard disks in a dual or multi boot configuration. Deploying Windows to a VHD file and adding it to the boot menu makes things so easy: when the secondary OS is no longer needed, just delete that VHD and remove its boot entry. In an
Two new critical and important vulnerabilities for Windows Codes, and get CVE IDs 2020-1425 and -1457. What makes the updates that fix them interesting is that, for the time being, they come from the MS Store.
Earlier this month, MS announced new terminology for levels of participation in its Insider program — namely, Dev Channel, Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel. As of June 29, those Channels are now visible, ready for you to tune in!
The news Windows File Recovery tool is available in the Microsoft Store. It can recover deleted files and attempt to make sense of corrupted ones. It does a good enough job to be worth downloading, installing and learning.
With 2004, Windows Defender’s ability to report on PUP and PUA detections has improved. But it seems Defender can’t — or won’t — forget those detections even after they’ve been cleaned up (removed or quarantined). Time for a bug fix!
When a long-time subscriber points out that my NVMe device throughput results were way under expected values, I realize I took that drive for a ride on the wrong bus. UASP beats BOT every time with fast storage devices. I shoulda known…
The brick-and-mortal Microsoft Store locations around the world are closing, as the company shifts its retail focus entirely online. Already shuttered because of the pandemic this decision makes good business sense. I’m still sorry to lose a favorite digital playground.
If you want to update PowerToys, be warned that some applications may need to let go of files that its installer touches during installation. That means you’ll sometimes be asked to close such applications before the update runs to completion.
A fair number of Windows 10 2004 users are reporting that some PC’s are experiencing an LSASS (Local Security Authority Subsystem Service crash. It forces a reboot within 60 seconds of its occurrence. Ouch!
Although the news has been out since June 2017, it bears repeating that Adobe Flash Player hits EOL on 12/31/2020. Chrome and Firefox no longer support it, as its days are increasingly (and smaller) numbered.
With the release of Version 2004, aka 20H1 or the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the built-in Optimize Drives utility is losing its TRIM and defrag status information. If you run the utility on Day 1, the record of its use is gone on Day 2.
In a welcome effort to reduce the number of Windows 10 reset, refresh and reinstall options, MS does away with “Fresh Start” in Version 2004, and directs users to “Reset this PC” instead. Good move!
I decide to spring US$200 for a 5 TiB 2.5″ Seagate drive and a double-high 15mm drive enclosure, thinking I will lose out on performance owing to its 5,400 RPM rotational speed. A comparison with a 7,200 RPM 2TiB drive comes out surprisingly well.
Recently we waged a war against site hijackers that we finally won. Two things went missing in that battle: first, users must subscribe to the site again if they wish to receive notifications for comments and new content. Second, comments for June 13 thru 17 were lost.
One problem with OneDrive Personal is that you can only sync one account. You can have multiple OneDrive for Business accounts synced on one PC, but only one personal OneDrive. The screenshot below shows File Explorer of this laptop I am using at the moment, it has two OneDrive for Business accounts synced (yellow highlight),
I am a fan of PowerShell, using it in most of my computer management. Unfortunately, some of the PowerShell users have not realized how magnificent tool the PowerShell ISE is. ISE is short of Integrated Scripting Environment, a “power tool” build in to PowerShell. A few years ago, I made this short video to show
One of the questions I got during my free assistance during lock off offer for those being locked up at home was how to log all login / logoff attempts on a shared computer. A father wanted to know how to check kids computer time on a shared family computer. With Windows Event Viewer, this
The yyHn label for Windows 10 versions goes official as 20H2 for the upcoming Insider programs Beta Channel release (aka Build 19042.330). All hail Windows 10, version 20H2.
With the arrival of Windows 10 2004, System:About now includes an Experience entry that invokes a “Windows Feature Experience Pack.” Inquiring minds want to know what this is about, but so far MS is staying mum. It’s a mystery!
Out with the old, in with the new: MS is doing away with Ring-based Insider levels (Fast Ring, Slow Ring, Insider Preview) and moving to Insider Channels instead: Dev Channel, Beta Channel and Insider Preview Channel. Be prepared, this will probably show up in Settings soon.