Resolve Win10 Activation Status
September 2, 2020, Comments Off
SuperFly’s excellent ShowKeyPlus tool can tell users if they’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version and what kind of license they’ve got. Use slmgr to check activation status at any time, to make sure your license is valid and active.
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Making Sense of LCID Language Codes
August 26, 2020, Comments Off
Ever wondered about those four-letter codes that identify languages in Windows, like en-us for US English and en-gb for UK English? They’re called LCIDs (Language Code Identifiers) and there are a great many of them. Fortunately, I found a good tool to search and sort them, too.
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Raft of New Features Coming to Microsoft Teams
August 5, 2020, Comments Off
Microsoft just announced a whole bunch of new teams features including meetings with up to 20,000 participants (!) and a wide range of phone support plans, including expanded phone system integration, support for SIP phones, and even (gasp!) Teams phones coming soon.
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Blocking MS Telemetry via HOSTS File Flagged Risky
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Starting in early August, users who block Microsoft Telemetry servers through the HOSTS file may start seeing dire warnings from Windows Defender as a result. Here’s the skinny on what’s going on. Interesting!
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Windows 10 Public Release Five Years Ago Today
July 29, 2020, Comments Off
Only July 29, 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public. It’s been a interesting ride since then, and the OS appears to have many more years of utility and enjoyment left to go. Happy B-day!
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Internet Speeds Can Be Tricky
July 15, 2020, Comments Off
Measuring and determining Internet access speeds can be interesting, and are often inconsistent. Here I explore two views of max speeds, and the handful of things users can do to achieve a faster Internet experience. Warning: most cost money.
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RegHack Fixes Updates on Specific Windows 10 Version
July 3, 2020, Comments Off
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.
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MS Confirms Two Critical Codec Security Vulnerabilities
July 1, 2020, Comments Off
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.
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Installing Windows Updates Requires Proper Prophylaxis
April 24, 2020, Comments Off
By taking some quick protective measures against boot issues, blue screens, or unwanted file deletion, you can easily avoid certain problems that have been widely reported for some recent Cumulative Updates (CUs) for Windows 10.
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Starting May WU Offers Security Updates Only
March 25, 2020, 1 Comment
In recognition of “the public health” situation, MS will pause publishing its optional non-security releases starting in May. This is discussed in an item dated March 24, entitled “Timing for upcoming optional C and D releases” at the Windows Message Center (MS DOCs). The optional C and D releases represent classifications for updates that fix…
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