Windows 10

Solving One of My Pet Peeves!

By Garth Jones I truly dislike how Windows 10 handles the system tray icons. Why don’t I like it? Well that’s simple, Windows 10 has a habit of hiding all my notices! It’s not until I expand the system tray that I can see notices on hidden items. Instead of taking care of action items right away, I have to remember to expand the system tray first. Below is a screenshot of my expanded system tray and you’ll see that there are two icons with notices (red arrows). How do you fix this? After doing some digging, I discovered that in Windows 10 there were some minor changes to the location of where to turn on all system tray icons, however, it’s an easy fix. All you have to do is right-click on the system tray icon location and select Properties. Next, select the Customize… button. Then click on...

Are You Watching the Clock?

By Garth Jones There’s a new stopwatch feature in Windows 10 and I love it! I was doing some performance testing and I needed to know how long a particular task took. In Windows 7, I would have clicked the time icon in the system tray, recorded the time, performed my task, recorded the time again, and then calculated the difference between the two times. When I asked Cortana for a clock to perform the same steps, I discovered the new built-in Alarms & Clock application. Then I tried the new stopwatch feature. I love it! My task ended up taking 2 minutes and 53.55 seconds to complete. With a few changes to my task, I got it to complete in 7.13 seconds! Nice!!!

Windows 10 Compatibility: Ensuring Application Compatibility in the Enterprise

Most organizations opted not to deploy Windows 8 and many administrators had a bad experience migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and simply were not ready to repeat the experience by migrating to Windows 8. One of the biggest reasons why organizations largely held off on migrating their enterprises to Windows 8 is that operating system migrations have been costly, complex and risky projects. Without proper Application Readiness processes in place, there are often negative impacts to end users and critical business processes when there are issues with application compatibility. System administrators are now facing a migration to Windows 10 that can present a number of challenges related to Windows 10 compatibility. Administrators are under pressure to migrate relatively quickly and Gar...

Windows 10 and SSRS Folders

By Garth Jones Recently I was browsing the SSRS website with the new Edge Browser in Windows 10. I was dismayed at how messy the SSRS folders looked in this browser because I would have thought that Microsoft would have at least made their own browser work nicely with SSRS. If you want to order the folders in a nicer way, simply click on the Details View. By doing this you will make the folders easier to read. See the screenshot below.

Configuration Manager as-a-Service and Windows 10 Servicing Options

System Center Configuration Manager (as-a-Service) (Update: Additional detail about the three data collection levels (Basic, Enhanced and Full) has been added.) This PowerPoint show (above) is a consolidated resource of the key concepts and requirements about the new ConfigMgr and Win10 servicing options. While the information in the slides is publicly available, the details aren’t in a single location, so it can be difficult to locate all of it. In addition, there seems to be some confusion about this subject right now, so these slides should prove to be helpful for those of us who’ll soon be engaging our customers/organizations on the subject (if you’re not already doing so). In addition to using this for your own education like I did, it can also be used as a foundation for beginn...

Eight Tips for Windows 10 Migration

Business interest in deploying Windows 10 is high but sysadmins need to plan their Windows 10 migration strategy well, as a badly executed plan will cost a businesses both time and money.  The arrival of Windows 10 has brought about some welcome changes as it offers users a different interface to Windows 8 and goes further to unify the desktop, laptop and mobile device ecosystem. Many have already started seeing Windows 10 as a patched-up version of the previous OS, and, since Microsoft has offered a free upgrade, the uptake of the new operating system has been very positive. Upgrading your personal computer might be an easy endeavor, but in a business setting you need a well-executed Windows 10 migration plan to minimize any disruption. Here are some things to consider before taking the p...

Using Windows 10 Client Hyper-V

Client Hyper-V is the virtualization technology built into Windows 10 and Windows 8.x. It is the same virtualization technology previously available only in Windows Server. Client Hyper-V enables you to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same host computer.

Windows 10 Upgrade and clean-up tasks

The computers I have tested on I haven’t had any issues with the upgrade, but there are some things you have to consider that will not work.

Deploying Windows 10 with SCCM 2012 R2 and French Fries

…Because French Fries go with almost anything.

Windows activation fails and may generate error code 0x8004FE33

These issues may occur when you connect to the Internet through a proxy server on which Basic authentication is enabled.

Automating Dell BIOS-UEFI Standards for Windows 10

If you are starting to deploy Windows 10 (or are currently deploying Windows 8/8.1), then now is the time to make the switch to UEFI.  A system needs to be configured for UEFI (without Compatibility Support Module being enabled) in order to take advantage of Secure Boot (and other Windows 10 security features like Device Guard).  Secure Boot prevents loading of drivers and OS loaders that are not signed with a certified digital signature, thus preventing malware and root kits that alter the boot process.

Shortcut Keys for Windows 10

This guide lists shortcut keys that you can use from the desktop in Windows 10. Download: