On-again/Off-Again Win10 Settings Header
October 23, 2020, Comments Off
MS has a banner for the Setting apps in A/B test right now, which means some users see it, and other users don’t. I provide details on an OS tweaking tool that lets enterprising users change this feature’s status (turn it off it it’s on; turn it on if it’s off).
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Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds
October 22, 2020, 3 Comments
Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…
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New PC Coming to Chez Tittel
October 21, 2020, Comments Off
As my oldest PC starts going a little wonky on me (I’ve not been able to upgrade it since Version 1909), I order a replacement for delivery on November 10. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro with an i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Should make a nice compact desktop for everyday computing.
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20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …
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When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…
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Where Laptop OEMs Truly Add Value
October 19, 2020, Comments Off
It’s true one has to wait a while for OEMs to obtain, test and sometimes tweak device drivers, firmware, and BIOS/UEFI updates before making them available to users of their laptops and PCs. But some such offerings go on for a surprisingly long time, and are of exceptionally good quality. Read the deets…
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MS Office PWAs Appearing Unsolicited on 2004 and Insider Preview Versions
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I read with interest about growing hoopla about MS Office Progressive Web Apps showing up uninvited on Insider Preview PCs. Then I find it on my production Version 2004 PC, too. Interest changes to “WTF?” pretty quickly, and leads me to spread the news. It’s easily uninstalled, though, if you decide you don’t want it on your PC(s).
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Interesting New Way to Access MS KB Articles
October 16, 2020, Comments Off
Microsoft creates a new, regular and predictable URL structure to let admins and users jump straight to any Knowledge Base (KB) item online. Here are the details…
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Intermittent Win10 Issues Pose Challenges to Everybody
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For the past six months, each new Dev Channel release has me asking “Will RDP work for this release on my Lenovo X220 Tablet?” Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. Let me explain (and share a quick fix)…
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Where’s the 20H2 GA Release?
October 14, 2020, Comments Off
Patch Tuesday comes and goes without a generally available 20H2 upgrade. This raises the questions: Where is it? When will it drop? Only time will tell, because Microsoft isn’t saying…
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Interesting Issues Getting Dev Channel to Build 1005
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Weird! Though Reliability Monitor tells me my first two update attempts with KB4586238 succeeded, the minor build number fails to increment. Only after running the Update Troubleshooter and trying again, does the build increase to 20231.1005. Truly, third time’s the charm!
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