Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2019


January 29, 2019  4:00 PM

Prioritize Win10 NICs Using PowerShell

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NIC, Windows 10

In most cases, Windows prioritizes wired Internet connections over wireless ones. This makes sense for all kinds of reasons. Wired connections are less susceptible to interference, and are often faster than wireless ones. Nevertheless, you can easily prioritize Win10 NICs using PowerShell. To view...

January 27, 2019  12:13 PM

Retiring Older PC Upon Long Service

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If you've been reading this blog recently, you've followed my recent misadventures with my old but trusty Dell Venue Pro 11. It's a model 7130, with an low-voltage i5 (Haswell) 4210Y CPU, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB Lite-on M.2 SATA SSD. Until pretty recently it's been a great Insider Preview test...


January 25, 2019  1:33 PM

Win10 Safemode Trap Defeated

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
command prompt, Safe Mode, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Here's an interesting potential trap. You can instruct Windows 10 to boot into safe mode through various methods. But if you can't log into any account on that PC (or don't have a login password), you won't be able to log in to that PC. Bare, minimal safe mode includes no networking. As long as you...


January 24, 2019  12:22 PM

Win10 1809 Update Unknown Device Works

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Given the flak that Win10 1809 is catching lately, I wanted to share some good news in the wake of a recent clean install. Normally, when Device Manager (DevMgr) includes the Other Devices category, one or more Unknown device entries follow. This means that Windows has enumerated devices and found...


January 23, 2019  11:03 AM

Driver Setting Explains Venue Pro Restart Fail

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Over the past 2-3 years, I've experienced an intermittent and vexing issue with one of my Insider Pro test machines. It's a Dell Venue Pro 11, model 7130 (i5-4210Y CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB Lite-On M.2 SATA SSD). At certain points in time, this PC has repeated suffered from Restart issues. Let me...


January 22, 2019  12:25 PM

Kari Script Builds Win10 Bootable Install UFD

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

UFD is, of course, a USB Flash Drive, preferred media for Windows OSes nowadays given their size and frequency of change. Alas, I've been struggling with recent Insider Preview releases on a test machine lately. It's my Dell Venue Pro 11 7130. Build 18305 is as far as it will go. In fact, upgrades...


January 18, 2019  4:41 PM

Windows 10 1809 versus 1901

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Man, I have to chuckle. Just a little. Seems that MS has finally, finally let go of the latest Windows 10 upgrade through "normal channels." That release, of course, is named 1809. As I understand it, this decodes to September (the ninth month of) 2018. Look at what's on the MS


January 16, 2019  6:31 PM

Windows 7 Inside Last Extended Support Year

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windows 10 upgrade, Windows 7

Monday was the 14th of January. When the next year comes and goes, that's the end for Windows 7. That puts Windows 7 inside last extended support year, as this snippet from the Windows lifecycle fact sheet...


January 15, 2019  10:46 AM

CU KB4480116 Hiccup Offers Easy Fix

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Those of you who follow my blog regularly will note that I posted zilch last week. That's because I was busy, busy, busy with a legal report turned in on Friday, 1/11. That doesn't mean zilch happened with Windows 10 last week, though. It just means I was too busy to report it. In fact, I got...


January 7, 2019  10:25 AM

Potential 1809 Admin Lockout Discovered

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Here's an interesting and new possible gotcha for Windows 10 1809, courtesy of Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net. It's not inevitable, merely possible. The gotcha depends on two...


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