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November 9, 2018  11:01 AM

MS Activation Server Issues Temporarily Negate Win10 Licenses

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Holy Moly! I ran into an interesting issue yesterday when trying to update one of my Insider Preview test machines to Build 18277. The update kept failing with error messages that indicated access/permission problems downloading updates. When I switched from Windows Update to David Xanatos'...

November 7, 2018  12:58 PM

New Win10 Zoom Controls Are Coming

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Here's an interesting feature that's just appeared in the latest insider preview (Build 18272). If you hold down the Control (CTRL) key and use stretch controls, you can shrink or grow PowerShell, Command Prompt, or Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) windows. Here, stretch controls encompass...


October 10, 2018  10:50 AM

SpiceWorld 2018 Confirms Win10 Migration Intelligence

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For the past two days I've been wandering the halls of the Austin Convention Center, along with two-plus-thousand fellow SpiceHeads. This humble Pimiento is palling around with Habaneros, Serranos, and a Ghost Pepper or two. I even saw two Pure Capsaicins achieve the spiciest of all designations...


September 21, 2018  1:02 PM

Getting KB4458469 Installed When Windows Update Offer Absent

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Yesterday, September 20, MS issued yet another Cumulative Update for Windows 10. Why do I call it that, listed only as "Update" in Update History? The Win10 Build number changes from 17134.286 to 17135.319 post-install. By definition, any update that ups the Build designation counts as a cumulative...


September 20, 2018  6:02 PM

Preserving Cleanmgr.exe for Future Use

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Last week, I posted news about the pending deprecation of Disk Cleanup, aka cleanmgr.exe. I’m still not sure that the program is really going to vanish from Windows 10. But if it does, I’ve...


September 10, 2018  5:32 PM

Macrium Patches Skipahead Preview Reflect Win10 Bug

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I don't often write about Insider Preview stuff in this blog because it mostly focuses on production Windows. But every now and then, something comes up that cries out for coverage. This time, it's an incredibly gutsy, quick, and proactive maneuver from Macrium. The latest Windows 10 Skipahead...


September 7, 2018  5:59 PM

A Win10 Post-Upgrade Checklist

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I’ve belonged to the Insider Program for Windows 10 since it kicked off in October 2014. In the intervening 47 months, I’ve installed or upgraded Windows 10 hundreds to over a thousand times. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things about what to do right after you perform a Windows 10...


August 8, 2018  11:13 AM

Manual Download Works When WU Finds Nothing

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I follow the news at TenForums.com. Among other things, it keeps me up with new Insider Preview releases. It also cover updates and changes in Windows-World. This morning I saw a interesting headline in its News Forum. It reads  


July 30, 2018  10:37 AM

Clean Install Fixes Long-Standing Win10 Restart Issue

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Sometimes, the march of progress can be both rewarding and infuriating, where Windows 10 is concerned. Case in point: a series of failed upgrades on my Dell Venue Pro 11 recently turned into a clean install. I switched from a default disk layout with the WinRE partition first, to MS's preferred...


July 27, 2018  12:02 PM

PS Cmdlet Turns Win10 Networks Private

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I just clean-installed Windows 10 1803 on one of my test machines. In that install's wake, I found myself unable to RDP into that machine. "Oho!" I thought to myself "I bet the network is set Public, not Private." Although my presumption was correct, I had trouble figuring out how to make that...


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