Windows Enterprise Desktop:

October, 2019

October 30, 2019  11:29 AM

Autopilot Gets Oct 22 False Alarm Update

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As the upcoming release of 1909/19H2 draws ever nearer, Windows updates come with increased frequency. Occasionally, something unintended may slip through the net. I'd wondered why an Autopilot update showed up on my production PC (

October 28, 2019  1:12 PM

More Odd USB-C Symptoms

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Troubleshooting, usb storage device, USB-C

Call me hard-headed, or perhaps stupid and irresponsible. I've kept using a Sabrent NVMe enclosure with Samsung 970 EVO 1 TB SSD on my Lenovo X380 Yoga. This, despite an error message indicating that it draws more voltage from the USB-C port than the port can provide. (See my October 21 post

October 25, 2019  4:12 PM

Belkin’s Best Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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After obtaining new Lenovo laptops earlier this year, I've been digging into Thunderbolt/USB 3.1 technology around USB-C ports. Both my X380 Yoga and X1 Extreme include Thunderbolt-capable USB-C ports. I've put those to work with a variety of different connections. After this year's

October 23, 2019  5:31 PM

Weird DedicatedDumpFile Side Effect

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Crash reports, Registry hacks, Windows 10, Windows Registry

In writing an Admin Toolkit item today for Win10.Guru, I stumbled across something weird and unexpected on my working file drive (F:\). I can only describe it as a weird DedicatedDumpFile side effect. It produces a locked file on that drive that I cannot delete, nor attribute to a running process...

October 21, 2019  10:41 AM

Multiple ISO Mount Strategies Prove Helpful

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Troubleshooting, USB drive, USB-C, Windows 10

On Friday, MS went through the unusual step of releasing two versions of the lastest Fast Ring Insider Preview. At first, an initial version 19002.1 proved likely to cause restart issues. Later that day, MS issued 19002.1002 to correct same. Through sheer dint of struggle, I managed to get both of...

October 18, 2019  7:59 PM

Insider Preview 19002 Poses Peculiar Problems

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System Restarting Problem, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Man! I've had quite the afternoon today. Earlier, Microsoft dropped the latest Fast Ring build for 20H1. Numbered 19002.1, it's raising hackles among many of its recipients. In fact, for the first time in I can't remember when, the new build worked on neither of my two Fast Ring test machines. It...

October 16, 2019  1:30 PM

Fixing Surface Pro 3 USB Drive Drop

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Backup management, Registry hacks, USB drives, usb storage device

Here's an interesting one. I couldn't back up my Surface Pro 3 lately, because Macrium Reflect keeps failing right as the backup completes. In fact, the external USB drive I plug into the Surface Pro dock disappears from Explorer at the same time. Bizarre! That's what had me figuring what's...

October 14, 2019  2:35 PM

RDP Cannot Do Everything

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RDP, Remote Desktop Connection, Windows 10

Interacting with devices (and drivers) via RDP session uses redirection so  what shows on one PC appears on another's display. A quick look at the Display control in Settings shows what I mean:

October 11, 2019  12:34 PM

No Windows 10 Sandbox Activation

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built-in security, Sandboxing, Windows 10

I've been fooling around with the built-in Windows 10 Sandbox lately. It is indeed a useful tool for trying out unknown or potentially risky software, trial configurations, and so forth. Just for grins, however, I tried to activate the Windows 10 Enterprise license in my Sandbox. And that's how I...

October 9, 2019  11:41 AM

Learning Thunderbolt Technology & Connections

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Docking station, Thunderbolt, USB-C, Windows 10

In my previous blog post, I explained my recent gyrations with Thunderbolt drivers and connections on my 8th-Generation i7 Lenovo laptops. I stated a need for actual Thunderbolt...

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