SOLVED: How To Delete Protected Partitions in Windows 10

If you install a hard disk from an old PC into your current PC, you might find a few partitions cannot be deleted.  Fortunately it is very easy and fast to use a simple command line to remove the unwanted partitions: HOW TO REMOVE STUCK PARTITIONS: Bring up a CMD or PowerShell window (as an administrator) Type DISKPART and press enter Type LIST DISK and press enter Type SELECT DISK <n> and press enter Type…

SOLVED: How to Move PUBLIC Folder In Windows 10

If you need to add more space to your computer, one way to do this is to add a second disk.  The problem then becomes what should you move to that disk.  In home theaters and other PC’s with lots of shared storage it is common practice to move the PUBLIC folders.  However, this is not as easy as moving other profile folders, but it is not that difficult. HOW TO MOVE PUBLIC FOLDERS: COPY…

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 to corporate users with massive workloads.  There are several new features that will only be available in the Workstation option…

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 that is used in corporate offices for collaboration and conferencing. The Surface Hub is priced at about USD$9000 for the…

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 in April 2017) a RESET option is now available. To Fix Start Menu Items in Windows 10: RIGHT click on the START button…

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 that this will be fixed shortly: After checking with our Product team, it seems that our issue will be fixed on…

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 that has changed and you can now easily change from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Professional simply changing the…

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 the user that has issues and click the DELETE button (note that you can not delete the profile you are using)…

SOLVED: Customize Windows 10 Start Menu & Taskbar Using a GPO in 6 Easy Steps

If you run Windows 10 in a corporate settings you will likely want to set a few default entries in the START menu and TASKBAR.  If nothing else you will likely want to remove the default junk that Microsoft clutters the START menu with.  Fortunately after a few hours of playing with this we have found it can be done without too much effort. Note this only works on Windows 10 Enterprise and Education although…

SOLVED: What is the Path to a Users STARTUP Folder in Windows 10

The path to users Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ie. C:\Users\JimmyJo\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup You can open a users Startup folder by going through Windows Explorer, command line or by right clicking on the START button and typing the command shell:startup  . The path to the ALL USERS Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %allusersprofile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp ie. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp You can open allusers Startup folder by going through Windows Explorer or by right clicking on the START button…

Why Is The Next Windows 10 Build Named ‘Creators Update’ and What is ‘Project NEON’?

The next major release version of Windows 10 is code named “Redstone 2” for Microsoft’s developers but for the public Microsoft is now promoting it as the “Creators Update”.  As the name suggests many of the new features in Windows 10 Creators Update are targeted at creative types that develop new content. In case you were not aware, “Redstone” is a fictional mineral in the wildly popular game Minecraft.  Microsoft has announced three versions of Windows 10 using…

SOLVED: Step By Step USMT Script To Migrate as Single User On Windows 10

If you are replacing your Windows 10 hardware or just moving a user from one PC to another you can use User State Migration Tool (USMT). Download the latest Deployment Kit USMT directly from Microsoft Install the ADK Copy the USMT folder to a network share of your choosing.  USMT is extracted by the ADK install into  C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\<#>\Assessment and Deployment Kit\User State Migration Tool Copy the following into a new file you name USMT-BACKUP.CMD…

Windows 10 1607 is now CBB and Businesses That Don’t Upgrade Now Will Be Left Behind

On November 29th, 2016 release 1607 of Windows 10 became “Current Branch For Business” (CBB) and 1607 will start being deployed to all 1507 Machines as of January 2017.  Microsoft has a ‘2 version’ rule that states Microsoft will support and make patches for only two releases of Windows 10 + 60 days.  All this means the 60 day countdown to death for Windows 10 starts in January: Windows 10 Release RTM 1507 – released July 2015…

SOLVED: What Do The Windows 10 Product Names Mean in WSUS

If you are trying to decide what Products to include in your WSUS settings, this is the article for you.  SCOM and WSUS currently have a dozen Windows 10 “products” listed but the descriptions are useless.  After several hours of reading and asking Microsoft Partner Support about the various settings, this is what I have deduced: Windows 10 and Later Drivers: These are drivers that will be offered to all builds of Windows 10 all the…