Friday afternoon I had a Skype meeting, and as I was settling into the board room at my office for quiet, I realized the battery on my Surface Pro 4 was at 0%. I plugged it in, and got the feedback: "Plugged in, Not charging." Okay, I would be careful to not yank the power … Continue reading Surface Pro Battery Woe
Once upon a time, the Windows Control Panel was an easy to navigate set of icons that consolidated in one place all of the administrative tasks we would need, both as an end user and as a desktop administrator. Things change, systems evolve. The Control Panel that we knew in Windows XP evolved, through Windows … Continue reading The Dangling Control Panel
Yes, it has actually happened. The title of this article is a callback to The Sounds of Music. My ex-girlfriend (who will not be reading this article) would be proud. On October 4th I wrote an article called Windows 10 1809: What's New. I was all excited. Two days later I wrote 1809 Recalled. Microsoft has since … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem Like Windows 10?
By now, it is likely that I do not need to explain to you that a hardware driver is a piece of software that allows your computer (through the operating system) to communicate with a hardware component. You know that, right? Good. You are ready to install a new operating system on your computer. You do … Continue reading Drivers? Drive Me!
You were all excited to upgrade your existing Windows 10 installation to the Fall 2018 update. On October 2nd you downloaded the bits to Version 1809. You installed it, using the same in-place upgrade process you have been using for years. You realize that you have lost data... crucial data... a lot of it. You … Continue reading Does Microsoft Listen?
I have been writing about Windows to Go (WTG) since Windows 8 was in beta, and I have not stopped because frankly, I think it truly is an amazing tool. I have never really gone without a WTG key, but there have been times when it has been much more important… namely, when I was … Continue reading Windows To Go: State of Mitch’s Union
This week many users were working on their computers and received a Blue Screen Of Death. It started happening right after a Windows Update cycle, so it stood to reason... right? Wrong. In this particular case, a vendor driver (I believe it was with HP) started causing issues. Not good... but not catastrophic. Why am … Continue reading BSOD Issue: Nothing to do with Windows Updates
Before anyone gets upset, let me be clear that there is no issue with Facial Recognition in Windows 10... at least, not that I am aware of. It is not a security flaw; rather, it is a usability issue that I have with the functionality. I have several computers that I use on a regular … Continue reading Face Recognition Issue in Windows 10
Trying to debate religion using logic is like trying to install SQL Server with a monkey wrench. Don’t bother, it won’t work.
It was launched on October 2nd, but word is that Windows 1809 has been recalled due to bugs. I downloaded it on Tuesday, but it is not currently available, so I have to advise all of my readers to hold off deploying it until Microsoft rereleases it. Microsoft has a tradition of launching major releases … Continue reading 1809 Recalled
I took the summer off from the gym. I played a lot of golf, I wasn't in the right mindset, it doesn't matter why... I just did. I started back this week, and it was painful. Fortunately, one aspect of the pain was easily resolved. In my gym bag there were two padlocks. The first, … Continue reading It’s a Lock! TappLock wins.
Last night I was pleased to hear that, as predicted, Windows 10 version 1809 dropped at the Microsoft Surface event in New York City. While it may or may not be available for you via Windows Update this morning, I downloaded the ISO yesterday and went right to work. Well, to be more specific, I … Continue reading Windows 10 1809: What’s New
I have been a huge proponent of Windows to Go (WTG) since it was first announced in Windows 8. I love being able to run Windows off a USB key, because it allows me to use any computer as my corporate environment. That is the theory; the practical is that I use my personal device … Continue reading Surface Pro Firmware Patch Leads to WTG Woes
One of the topics I inject into every one of my classes (and frankly, most of my customer conversations) is how to do whatever we are doing in PowerShell. Scripting is one of the ways I make my life easier, and I recommend my students and customers use the knowledge I share to make their … Continue reading PowerShell: A Colourful Experience
When Microsoft released Windows 7 in October, 2009 the vast majority of users (both corporate and home) were still running Windows XP. While they had released Windows Vista three years earlier, it was never widely accepted. The improvements over the then six-year-old operating system were revolutionary, especially for the vast majority of users who eschewed … Continue reading Windows 7 End of Life and Extended Support