Category: windows

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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BLUETOOTH PROBLEMS WITH WINDOWS 10

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Many laptop users have machines that support Bluetooth for devices. We have several laptop and tablet machines and most have Bluetooth support. When Windows 10 was delivered to Windows 7 machines with working Bluetooth, users quickly discovered that it stopped working. We did a clean install on several machines and discovered that the Bluetooth hardware …

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