SOLVED: How To Open .BKF Files in Windows 10

I was amalgamating all of my old backups oneto a single USB drive when I stumbled on a DVD from 2006 that had a large file named “Web1-Primary_BU_Mar12_06.bkf” .  After a few minutes of thinking I remembered that .BKF stands for BacKup File and remembered that “Windows Backup” had been deprecated and removed from Windows in the Vista (2007-ish) time frame.  So that lead to the question of how to restore this old .BKF file…

SOLVED: Windows 10 Hard Drive Partitions Explained In Simple Terms

A disk “partition” is just a logical slice of a hard drive.  Logical means that you still only have a single drive but it is virtually cut into pieces so that if one partition has a problem, the whole disk will not fail. Let’s look at each of the different partitions you are likely to see on a hard drive running Windows 10 or Windows Server: 1- What is the RECOVERY Partition? The Recovery Partition…

SOLVED: What is a Windows 10 Enablement Package

Windows 10 was originally supposed to ship new versions (not just patches, but actually new features) 4 or more times per year but that was reduced several times to what we have in 2020 which is two releases: a substantial new version each Spring named after the year and half or the year and the month (ie. Windows 10 20H1 = Windows 10 2004) a major patch with few feature upgrades in the fall again…

SOLVED: Cannot Upgrade Windows 10: Updates Failed or This Tool Can’t Update Your PC

If you have a Windows 10 PC that just will not upgrade to the next build there are several things you can do. In the instance shown in the screen shots below, I was seeing: Windows Update sit on DOWNLOADING for hours and then failing with THERE WERE PROBLEMS INSTALLING UPDATES 0x80d02002 Windows 10 Media Creation Tool failing with THIS TOOL CAN’T UPDATE YOUR PC.  THE LANGUAGE OR EDITION OF WINDOWS CURRENTLY INSTALLED ON YOUR…

How to Enhance the Security of your Windows 10 Device

Online security is a significant concern for many people. As a result, more people have adopted various measures to enhance the security of their Windows devices. While doing so, most people barely notice the numerous simple things that they can do to secure their Windows 10. For instance, there are simple safety features that are available on Windows 10, and they never disappoint. If you are using a device with Windows 10 and want to…

SOLVED: Top 10 New Features in Windows 10 20H1 That You Actually Care About

Every new release of Windows 10 brings thousands of changes and hundreds of enhancements but because it is a mature product, most of these are obscure.  Windows 10 20H1 (aka 2004, which will be released in a few weeks) is no different.  We have been using the new build for months now and following the changes as they develop and here is what is new in Win10 20H1 that at least some people are going…

SOLVED: How To See & Edit What Is Automatically Starting Up On Windows 10

Over the years more and more products have set themselves to automatically startup.  In the mid-2000’s Microsoft decided that these performance sucking startups were getting annoying enough to start exposing them to end users and there have been several built in tools to view and manage start up apps.  We are going to explain all of the ways software starts up automatically on a current version of Windows 10: How To See All Programs Starting…

SOLVED: How To Create a Local Account on Windows 10 Home

In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education there is an option to create a local user account (aka. Offline Account) but Windows 10 Home 1909 and newer no longer has that option.  Fortunately, there is an easy way to force it, don’t connect to the internet. What does don’t connect to the internet mean?  It means do not plug a network cable into your PC and when the Windows 10 mini-setup-wizard will prompt you to…

SOLVED: 16 Ways To Start The SETTINGS App Windows 10

Here are the 16 different ways to launch the SETTINGS app in Windows 10: USE THE START BUTTON TO OPEN THE SETTINGS APP Click on the START button, then the cog icon . START BUTTON CONTEXT MENU DIRECTLY Right click on the START button,  select SETTINGS . START BUTTON CONTEXT MENU INDIRECTLY Right click on the START button,  select APPS AND FEATURES then click HOME in the APPS AND FEATURES window . DESKTOP PERSONALIZATION MENU…

SOLVED: Setup Office365ProPlus To Using Windows 10 Delivery Optimization

If you have Office365 ProPlus (aka Office 2016/2019) you will know that it updates constantly.  Originally patches were released weekly but from 2018 one they are released monthly. To be clear, Office365 Pro Plus patches are released on the second Tuesday of each month (aka Patch Tuesday), just like Windows Updates.  However, Office365 patches update using a completely different data source.  Microsoft calls their Office365 source the “Content Delivery Network” or CDN. Originally Microsoft told…

SOLVED: How To Easily Setup Delivery Optimization In Windows 10

If you have been running a network for a while, you likely are: using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or SCCM with WSUS to manage Windows patches and download them locally using local file shares for Office patching. Historically, this minimized network traffic but in recent versions of Windows 10, Microsoft has made significant strides in what they call Delivery Optimization eliminating the need for local copies of patches. Put simply Windows 10 Delivery Optimization…

VIDEO: A Newbies Guide To Installing TensorFlow on Windows 10

TensorFlow is an open-source, free software library that runs in Python.  It provides dataflow and differentiable programming that is useful in Machine Learning and Google is major proponent of it. However, the installation instructions for Windows are not fully accurate and took me several hours to grind through line by line, error by error, omission by omission.  The video below shows the results of our work and will get you to installing TensorFlow on Windows…

SOLVED: Download Windows 10 1909 AutoUnattended Answer File

Click HERE to download our AutoUnattended.xml answer file for Windows 10 1909 (2019H2). WARNING: This answer file will automatically wipe your hard disk clean and setup the required partitions from scratch. This answer file: Wipes the current disk clean and sets up new partitions Sets the PC, Keyboard and User to use US English If you want to change the user to a different region just open the .XML file and change the two <USERLOCALE>…

SOLVED: What is Flighting in Microsoft Windows 10?

Microsoft changed the release cycle of Windows products from every two or three years to potentially every week.  This was part of CEO Satya Nadella‘s plan to modernize Microsoft.  The software world had changed to a must faster paced model of releasing new code and new products.  Nadella’s recent history at the time was with Azure cloud. Azure developers release changes constantly to give people the latest bug fixes and newest features.  Neither developers or consumers…