SOLVED: Three Ways To Set Default Start Menu Tiles In Windows 10

There are 3 ways to configure the START MENU tiles and left RAIL (the thin menu on the far left that defaults with power, settings, documents) in Windows 10 with default applications: A – GPO Using a Windows 10 PC add the tiles and rail configuration you would like. Open a PowerShell (Admin) prompt Enter Export-StartLayout -Path “C:\Temp\MyStartMenu.xml” Copy that MyStartMenu.xml file to a location on your network that all PC’s get read from Create…

SOLVED: How To Customize The Default User In Windows 10 Without Using COPYUSER Switch with SYSPREP

In the Windows 7 days, you used to setup a user and then copy that users profile over top of the default  C:\USERS\DEFAULT\… so that things like the START MENU and WALLPAPER would be setup for new users.  Then under Windows 8 and 10 that became very buggy and Microsoft said to setup a user they way you want and instruct SYSPREP to use an XML file that tells Sysprep to copy this current user…

SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

How To Enable Predictive Text & Autoreplace In Windows 10 with GPO

Windows 10 now has a text suggestion function just like cell phones.  The feature is very easy to use and is not intrusive so many people will want to enable it. More intrusive is an autocorrect misspelled words function.  I personally dislike autocorrect because I don’t like magic, but most people seem to like it. There are three ready ways to enable predictive text: Enable Predictive Text Using the Settings App Click the START button,…

Everything You Need To Know about Windows 10 ‘S’ in 2019

What is S Mode in Windows 10? Windows 10 “S” is a locked down version of Windows that was designed for public kiosk use, like schools and library’s.  Because it is locked down, your device will be faster, have more battery life (if you have a tablet or laptop) and be much more secure. When it came out in 2017, Windows 10 S was an entirely separate version of Windows 10 that also cheaper than…

VIDEO: How To Download Install & Configure MySQL on Windows 10 or Server 2016

If you are new to databases or open source software it is easy to get lost trying to get software running on your systems.  In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to download Install & Configure MySQL 8 on Windows 10 or Server 2016.  We also briefly show how to create a database using the command line and see the databases and tables in MySQL Workspace GUI. This demonstration shows the free version…

SOLVED: Easily Script Windows 10 to Download, Install and Restart For Windows Updates

Microsoft certainly has been making patching Windows 10 PC’s difficult these days but after some significant effort, I have found a simple combination of commands and one free tool does the trick. The command in question is an undocumented program inside Windows 10 named C:\Windows\System32\USOClient.exe  This program manages Windows Updates much like the old wuauclt used to: Launch a CMD prompt or PowerShell AS AN ADMINISTRATOR Type USOClient.exe ScanInstallWait  You would expect that command to download and install…

SOLVED: The Ultimate Guide To Fix Touch Screen Problems in Windows 10

I recently acquired a Dell Inspiron 24″ All In One with a touch screen and added my old Acer T231H 24″ as a second screen.  When I touched the Acer, the mouse would move on the Dell… this is not good.  Because I was using a beta of Windows 10 (slow ring), I thought that the build of Windows I was using had a problem (just like in the video below, although that is not…

SOLVED: GPO To Set Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 To Not Update Automatically

If you want to set your modern Windows (Win 10, Server 2016, Server 2019…) to not download and install updates automatically, there is a simple Group Policy Object you can create: GPO To Stop Windows From Automatically Updating: Expand COMPUTER > POLICIES > ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > WINDOWS UPDATE Set CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATES to ENABLED and select a CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATING option from the drop down We like #3 AUTO DOWNLOAD AND NOTIFY FOR…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Store On Windows 10 Pro

As you likely already know, because you have found this page, the GPO to disable the MICROSOFT STORE app was set to be ineffective on Windows 10 Pro after build 1511.  This annoying change meant that you could only block the store using a GPO if you were running Windows 10 ENTERPRISE or EDUCATION and that made admins cranky.  The solution was to block the store app through a SOFTWARE RESTRICTION GPO as we explained…

SOLVED: Remove PEOPLE Icon From Windows 10 Taskbar GPO, Registry Entry & Manual

If you want to remove the PEOPLE icon from Windows 10 Taskbar there are three easy ways: MANUALLY REMOVE PEOPLE ICON FROM TASKBAR: Right click on any blank space in the Taskbar Uncheck SHOW PEOPLE IN THE TASKBAR   GPO TO REMOVE PEOPLE ICON FROM TASKBAR: In GPEDIT expand User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar Double click REMOVE THE PEOPLE BAR FROM THE TASKBAR Set it to ENABLED   REGISTRY…

SOLVED: The Ultimate Guide To Fixing Internet Explorer On Windows 10

If you have problems with Internet Explorer like: IE will not launch IE crashes frequently IE will not refresh IE will not connect IE will only run when using RIGHT CLICK, RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR … We will go through the fixes from easiest and fastest to more technical solutions: Clear Temp Files: CONTROL PANEL > INTERNET OPTIONS > BROWSING HISTORY button > check all of the options that you would like, but ensure you have…

SOLVED: Windows 10 DEVICE SECURITY: MEMORY INTEGRITY Shows THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ADMINISTRATOR

If you have enabled MEMORY INTEGRITY in Windows 10 you will likely see that the ON/OFF slider is grayed out there will be red text stating THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ADMINISTRATOR.  This can be frustrating as you can not easily turn if off.  Fortunately, you can simply disable MEMORY INTEGRITY via the registry: Click START and type REGEDT.EXE then press ENTER Expand HKLM > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > DeviceGuard > Scenarios >…

SOLVED: What Has Been Removed From Windows 10 1803

Here are the features that Microsoft is killing in Windows 10 1803.  There are two lists, features that have been removed and features that Microsoft has stopped working on.  Note that Windows 10 1803 is also known as the “Spring Creators Update” and “Redstone 4”. FEATURES REMOVED FROM WINDOWS 10 1803 FEATURE DETAILS Groove Music Pass Groove streaming music service sales ended in 2017. The Groove app is being updated to reflect this change. You…