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Windows 10 8 7 Vista & XP  // Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Windows 8 and more How Tos

SOLVED: What is Windows 10 Pro For Workstations

Windows 10 has many lesser known variants including Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch, Windows 10 Embedded and Windows 10 Team.  In the fall of 2017, a new variant named Windows 10 Pro For Workstations will be added to the list. Windows 10 for Workstations is a high end version of the standard Windows 10 Pro targeted […]


SOLVED: SIMPLE PowerShell Script To Download & Install Windows Updates Then Reboot If Necessary

I have been trying to get a simple CMD script or PowerShell or even a utility to get Windows 10 to download and install Windows Updates for about a year.  It has not gone well. Note that Angus Briggs at PDQ support told me about a very simple PowerShell command that will kick off Windows Update and […]


SOLVED: What is Windows 10 Team?

Windows 10 Team is a specialized edition of Windows 10 that includes a number of custom collaboration tools and functions, that is currently only available on Windows Surface Hub. That naturally leads to the question “What is Windows Surface Hub?”.  Windows Surface Hub is a 55″ or 84″ LCD touch screen with an integrated PC running Windows 10 Team […]


SOLVED: What is Intel Optane and Does Optane Run Faster Than SSD?

We explain and demonstrate what Intel Optane is, what you need to run it, and if it will really improve your PC’s performance.  What is Intel Optane? Intel Optane is an accelerator for your hard drive.  Intel Optane is stick of non-volatile memory, which means it does not get wiped clean when you power it off […]


SOLVED: How to Hide Folders Users Do Not Have Access To

Most tech’s know that you can add a dollar sign ($) to the end of the name of a share and make it hidden but you can also have Windows show users ONLY the folders they have access to.  I have this feature enabled with all my clients because it is hard to hack what […]



If you have ever tried to ping a computer that is offline, you will see one of two responses: REQUEST TIMED OUT, or REPLY FROM XX.XX.XX.XX: DESTINATION HOST UNREACHABLE The difference is what is responding: If you see REQUEST TIMED OUT, the destination host had no reply within 1 second. If you see REPLY FROM […]


SOLVED: How To Disable SMB1 and Keep Safe From WannaCry Variants

Even the latest Windows 10 1703 still has SMB1 enabled by default.  If you want to keep yourself safe from WannaCry / WannaCrypt0r 2 variants you need to disable SMB 1.0. You can disable SMB 1.0 in 5 ways: A – How to Disable SMB 1 using the GUI Click the START button and type FEATURES Click […]


SOLVED: Windows 10 Calculator, Weather or Other App Not Starting

If your Windows 10 Start Menu icons and tiles turn dark and / or get a ‘download progress bar’ under them you can easily reset them.  In previous versions of Windows 10, if your start menu icons stopped working you could resolve it but was a quite a task.  In Windows 10 1607 and 1703 (Creators Update released […]


SOLVED: Windows 10 Lock Screen Graphic GPO Not Working On 1703

If you have Windows 10 Enterprise or Education you should be able to use a GPO to set a custom lock and home screen.  Unfortunately, Windows 10 1703 broke that and it has been driving many IT staff crazy trying to fix it. After a few weeks of banging around with Microsoft Partner Support they have just confirmed […]


SOLVED: VIDEO: How to Easily Downgrade From Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Professional

In early versions of Windows 10 it was not readily possible to downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Win 10 Pro.  In fact, the supported process was to perform a clean install.  The dance around that was to make some registry changes and then perform an in place upgrade using a Windows 10 Pro key. Fortunately […]


SOLVED: How to Remove a Damaged User Profile In Windows 10

If you have a corrupt profile in Windows 10 there are two easy ways to remove it and rebuild it: 1: REMOVE CORRUPT WINDOWS PROFILE USING GUI: CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM AND SECURITY > SYSTEM > ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS (from the menu on the LEFT) . Click SETTINGS button in the USER PROFILES section . Click on […]


SOLVED: How To Disable Edge Icon Tab in Internet Explorer

If you have Windows 10 1703 or newer your Internet Explorer will have a “Edge Tab” to the right of your “new tab” tab.  This means people will frequently launch the Edge Browser when they are really trying to open a new tab.  Microsoft calls this ‘assisting people to migrate to the new Edge Browser’.  […]