Category: windows

SSD & DISK CLEANUP

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Lots of people use 120GB and 240GB SSD products. For those with <= 120GB, the upgrade to 240GB is advisable. The reason for using at least 240GB is due to Windows updates. The low cost Kingston A400 120GB SATA SSD is common with refurbished laptops however more recently the 240GB SSD is now becoming more …

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RUNING OUT OF DRIVE LETTERS?

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MS-DOS onward are all built using drive letters. A: and B: historically were floppy disks and C: was the original assigned mount for a hard disk. D: and E: could be used with a SCSI card and additional hard disks. Today a super tower with front panel SATA boxes galore installed could easily run out …

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FONTS AND WINDOWS 10

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Windows 10 does not allow a BAT file to copy fonts to the windows\fonts folder. This means to install fonts a temporary folder is needed. So the code for a new BAT file is presented: mkdir c:\fonts for /r %%d in (*.otf) do copy “%d%” “c:\fonts\*.otf” /y for /r %%d in (*.ttf) do copy “%d%” …

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FIXING SLOW FILE COPYING

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Here at the studio the NAS and P2P servers are connected to the WiFi box with cat 7 cables. The remaining machines are all connected wirelessly. The studio Wifi is set for band steering to 5 Ghz and a clear channel is used for best performance. Copying files from the desktop with the AX200 WiFi …

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DX12 FOR WINDOWS 7

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Microsoft has developed a subset of DX12 for Windows 7 holdouts. This actually undermines efforts to get users to switch to Windows 10. Blizzard added DirectX 12 support for their award-winning World of Warcraft game on Windows 10 in late 2018. DX12 is built on WDDM 2.0 which is the baseline for Windows 10 with …

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NEW FEATURES FOR WINDOWS 10 19H1

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Microsoft has added a staggering number of new features in Windows 10. Many of which affect everyday experiences. The biggest improvement are the accessibility. Using a phone instead of a password is one easier way for those who cannot remember passwords or PINs easily. The Narrator is dramatically better than earlier accessibility efforts.

BITLOCKER ONEDRIVE BUG

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Bitlocker in Windows 10 claims to be saving recovery keys on OneDrive. It does not do that.  We had a BIOS fault and had to reset the BIOS. The triggered a bitlocker request. We had the presence of mind to save the key to Google Drive and iCloud just in case. iCloud is accessible from …

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UPDATE POWERSHELL HELP

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PowerShell 5.0 is now being used instead of the command prompt with Windows 10. There is a help system however it is incomplete. There is a way to install the remaining help components so that writing a PS script is less arduous. update-help This may spawn an error with some components as MSFT has not …

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FIX WINDOWS WAKING LAPTOP UNEXPECTEDLY

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For some reason we have experienced a problem with laptop machines waking up when the screen is closed. This can be a problem for machines that are being transported as they can suffer damage to the hard disk. POWER OPTIONS Open the  Power Options *In the current power plan, click the entry Change plan settings, then click on Change advanced …

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WINDOWS 10 DISK DEFRAGMENTER

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Microsoft upgraded the disk defragmenter with Windows 10 as compared to Windows 8. The changes include better recognition of solid state drives as well as a better tuned engine to handle machines in use better. Running the defragmenter in the background may show 10 or even 20 passes. This is due largely to writes to …

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