Windows Enterprise Desktop:

December, 2017


December 29, 2017  10:38 AM

Windows 10 for 2017

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Windows 10

This is my last post for 2017, so it's apt to reflect on the reigning desktop OS this year. We've worked our way through two Creators updates (Versions 1703 and 1709), each of which brought changes. Some of the big improvements have included mixed reality, OneDrive files on demand, and fluent...

December 23, 2017  12:08 PM

Undoing 7Zip ISO Association

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File Explorer, Windows 10

Huh! I learned something interesting yesterday, thanks to some nice sleuthing work from my frequent Win10 collaborator, Kari Finn. We'd been chatting earlier in the week, and he'd asked me to open an ISO file to examine its contents. When I right-clicked on it, the "Mount" entry in the context...


December 22, 2017  11:48 AM

Win10 Settings System Storage Sense File Clean-up

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Disk cleanup, Windows 10

I'm something of a compulsive on the subject of conserving and cleaning Windows disk space. That's why I've blogged many times here on various techniques for space recovery in Windows 10 (and earlier OSes). I was both surprised and pleased to realize that MS had slipped a new cleanup into Win10....


December 20, 2017  3:53 PM

KB4057291 Fixes Win10 AMD GPU Issues

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Device drivers, Windows 10

Life has been rough for owners of PCs running (slightly) vintage AMD graphics cards. When used along with the Fall Creators Update, those with Radeon HD 2000, 3000 or 4000 graphic cards have troubles. They recently received AMD driver version 22.19.128.0 through Windows Update. Normally, that's a...


December 18, 2017  3:44 PM

Net User Command Controls User Access Hours

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Command line, Powershell, Windows 10

Today, the GUI stuff gets most of the glory in Windows 10. Even so, friend and occasional guest blogger Kari Finn reminded me this morning that "real nerds do it at the command line!" I've been a user of the myriad of net commands there since first getting to know Windows back in the 3.x days. But...


December 15, 2017  10:54 AM

CapsLock Indicator Shows Key States

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Windows 10

Here's a nifty utility you may want to add to your Win10 desktops. It's called CapsLock Indicator, and it shows persistent visual cues in the Notification area of the Win10 taskbar. To be more specific, it shows the state of three keys: Caps Lock (C), Num Lock...


December 13, 2017  4:51 PM

When Updating Drivers Check Vendor Support

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Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I've been switching over from a test desktop to a Dell All-in-One for Insider Preview testing and experimentation. We've moved the Asrock Z97 Killer with i7 4770K CPU, 32 GB RAM, and 500 GB mSATA SSD, upstairs. In return, I've picked up and fixed his Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One touchscreen PC for use...


December 11, 2017  6:26 PM

Adguard Offers Win10 ISO Alternative

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download, Windows 10

Sometimes, one needs a Windows image file for research or repair purposes. It's easy to grab current Windows ISO files from the Download Windows 10 page at Microsoft. But when it comes to older images, some improvisation may be necessary. In February of this year, I blogged about one such tool --...


December 8, 2017  11:27 AM

More MEI Weirdness

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cybersecurity, Windows 10

On November 22, I reported a security flaw for the Intel Management Engine interface (aka MEI). On Wednesday afternoon, my motherboard vendor, Asrock, posted an MEI update...


December 6, 2017  4:17 PM

Insider Preview Gets Flight Hub

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Windows 10

When I worked at Novell back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, an interesting rumor circulated there. Then-VP of Marketing Craig Burton was reported to say: "The nice thing about networking standards is that there are so many to choose from." As true today as it was back then, the same thing is...


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