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…

SOLVED: How to Change WSUS To Download Patches Directly from MS and Not Store Updates Locally

In recent versions of Windows 10, Microsoft has made notable strides in what they call Delivery Optimization.  It is to the point now that, if you configure Delivery Optimization correctly, there is little need to have your Window Server Update Services (aka WSUS) store the patches locally. The question is, how to change WSUS from downloading and storing patch files locally to sourcing missing patches directly from Microsoft: Launch WSUS Expand OPTIONS Expand UODATE FILES…

SOLVED: How To Remove THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION

If you find a Windows 10 or Office setting is grayed out and there is a THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION notice (usually in red) there are ways to get around it.  For instance we recently documented Windows Hello PIN ADD Button is Greyed Out – THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION.  But what if none of the fixes work for you? One thing you can do is to remove ALL policies. …

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…

SOLVED: How To Change Windows 10S to Windows 10 Home / Pro For Free

Many devices shipped with Windows 10 S mode as a security measure, but “S” mode devices only allow programs from the Store to be installed.  This may be great for schools, children and other security intensive applications but for most people you will want to install apps from other sources (i.e. Games that are not in the MS Store). Also, in March of 2018 Microsoft announced they were killing the S mode line and encouraging…

VIDEO: Top 12 Windows 10 New Features, Tips & Tricks

You have probably been using Windows 10 for many years now and because Microsoft updates it so frequently, useful new features are easy to miss. In this video we explain 12 new features, tips & tricks from recent versions of Windows 10: Clipboard History Timeline / Task View Snip & Sketch for 2 or more Predictive Text Dark Mode Calculations in Search Bar Quick Answers from Cortana PIN Codes Store Apps Changing START Menu rail…

SOLVED: How To Reset OneDrive – Stuck Processing Changes

If you are having problems with OneDrive you may be able to correct them with a simple reset: RESET ONEDRIVE ON WINDOWS 10: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset If that command does not make sense to you, just follow these instructions: Right click on the OneDrive icon in your Notification Area (blue cloud icon near the clock) and select CLOSE ONEDRIVE Copy this command: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset Click the START button in Windows 10 Press CNTL + V (which…

SOLVED: Release Dates & Build Number for Every Version of Windows

Below is a list of every version of Windows: Name / Description Version Build Number Public Release Windows 10, Version 1909 10 18975 11/5/2019 Windows 10, Version 1903 10 18362 5/21/2019 Windows Server 2008, Service Pack 2, Rollup KB4489887 6 6003 3/19/2019 Windows 10, Version 1809 10 17763 10/2/2018 Windows Server 2019, Version 1809 10 17763 10/2/2018 Windows 10, Version 1803 10 17134 4/30/2018 Windows 10, Version 1709 10 16299 10/17/2017 Windows Server 2016, Version…

SOLVED: How To Add Windows Build and Sub-build Numbers To System Center Configuration Manager Report

If you need to track which specific version of Windows 10 you desktops are running, SystemCenter would seem to be a great place to start looking.  However, the default reports in SCCM do not provide the level of detail most IT administrators require. This granular detail was not available in older versions of SCCM but it is now.   Fortunately, this adding in the Windows build information is now quite easy: Launch System Center Configuration Manager…

SOVLED: What are afterSentDocuments Folder and Files?

If you see a folder named “afterSentDocuments” in your Documents folder it might cause some concern because no human intentionally added that.  It turns out that that folder and files are the ‘honey pot’ for excellent corporate security software named SentinelOne. Click to Enlarge   After talking to a pile of vendors including Microsoft, SentinalOne told me: They’re our Malware/Ransomware decoys! The SentinelOne Agent Installer installs a number of files on the endpoint. Most of…