Deleting User Profiles

“How do I delete old users from a Windows 10 computer? I log in as an administrator, navigate to c:\Users\, and delete their tree.” NO!  In fact, HELL NO! There are several reasons why you might want to delete a user profile from a computer. ranging from termination of employment to reallocation of systems to… … Continue reading Deleting User Profiles

We love the device... the only complaint we have is that the battery doesn't last very long. That quote is from Theresa, and the device she is referring to is her new HP Stream 7 that I picked up for her and our younger son (see article).  I was surprised, because the promotional material for the Stream … Continue reading

Offline File Cache Nightmares Resolved

Off-line files are a wonderful thing.  The fact that my users can synchronize the files from a central server (where they are backed up) to their laptop is great.  But what happens when things get out of hand?  In theory, users can save a lot more onto a file server than they can their local … Continue reading Offline File Cache Nightmares Resolved

Folder Redirection: Where’d these warnings come from?

Congratulations.  You have decided to implement a Folder Redirection policy on your domain.  There are real advantages to this, not the least of which is that all of your users’ profile folders will get backed up centrally… and that when they change computers their files and settings are just there. You have created a Group … Continue reading Folder Redirection: Where’d these warnings come from?

Battery Up: Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2

I have already bragged about the Surface Pro 2, and I still love it and that has not changed.  It took a lot for it to supplant my Lenovo X1 Carbon as my primary device (my original Surface Pro was always simply a companion device).  The device rocks, simply put. One thing that I don't … Continue reading Battery Up: Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2

An Epic Advantage to Windows 8 & the Cloud

The vast majority of computer users will never care about this.  That is because the vast majority of computer users use a single computer for years on end.  They use them at home, and then maybe (assuming it is a laptop) they take it to Internet cafes, possibly school or work, and likely on the … Continue reading An Epic Advantage to Windows 8 & the Cloud

1-2-3-4-5 BitLocker 9-8-7-6-5

I was sitting in a planning meeting with a client recently in which we were discussing ways of protecting end-user machines, especially laptops that were in and out of the office.  The previous convention relied on BIOS locks that were proprietary to the hardware manufacturer, and required the end user to either enter two passwords … Continue reading 1-2-3-4-5 BitLocker 9-8-7-6-5

Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

Recently I was explaining Windows To Go at a client site.  We had a few interesting discussions about the power as well as the limitations of the security features. One attendee asked a couple of good questions: 1) Is there any way to block the ‘on-lining’ of your Windows To Go key in other installations … Continue reading Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour

What Have You Got?

With Windows 8.1 less than three weeks from GA, and Windows XP less than 200 days from end of support (#EndOfDaysXP on Twitter), I thought it would be a good time to write about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit again, but only in the context of Windows 8 Readiness and maintaining a software and … Continue reading What Have You Got?

Windows 8.1 Bits (RTM)!

This is cut and pasted directly from the TechNet blog: Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities … Continue reading Windows 8.1 Bits (RTM)!

A Thumbs-Up for Windows 8

James Kendrick writes for ZDNet, and has been a tablet-fanatic for years.  So when I read his article lauding Windows 8 on the right hardware platform I was happy… I happen to like my Surface Pro, but it took the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 for James to truly see the value of Windows 8 on … Continue reading A Thumbs-Up for Windows 8