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Windows 10

Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.

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Windows Server 2003 introduced persistent Volume Shadow Copies and made 2003 a must-do upgrade. Since then, it's been a must-implement feature for all servers doing any kind of file sharing.
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Windows 10 Creator Update has just been released and I have it working very well on my laptop. Read below for issues, fixes and ideas.
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Well written! This story exactly why I say you have to keep your drivers up to date and review your hardware if there are no Windows 10 drivers to support it. (Much easier with desktops than laptops, I admit).

In one of my desktops I have a USB wifi that Windows 10 has never liked. Every time there was a major Windows 10 update, the wifi would stop working, which would break internet access, making troubleshooting a pain. Since I'm cheap, rather than buy a new wifi card, I finally gave up and installed an access point to cover the wifi connection and used a LAN connection to the desktop instead.
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by:John Hurst
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Thanks Brian. I have to travel with my machine, so I need good hardware right on the machine. Just a different way to look at it.
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Windows 10 Tips and Tricks
A small collection of useful tips and tricks for Windows 10 users that I decided to write as a result of recent questions that were asked and answered at Experts Exchange. Two short video tutorials included. Enjoy..
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This article is a collection of issues that people face from time to time and possible solutions to those issues. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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Create a Windows 10 custom Image with custom task bar and custom start menu using XML for deployment.
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by:Jane Updegraff
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DJ, the powershell export command is now export-startlayout rather than export-startmenulayout as you say in your part 2 section above. :-)
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by:dj 3094
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Thanks Jane I will update that
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Speed up a Slow Computer
There are many software programs on offer that will claim to magically speed up your computer. The best advice I can give you is to avoid them like the plague, because they will often cause far more problems than they solve. Try some of these "do it yourself" tips instead.
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by:Arkel Thompson
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Thank you very much, Andrew Leniart for that very informative and thorough article. Keep up the good work.
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by:Andrew Leniart
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You're very welcome Arkel and thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it.
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GetTickCount64
The Windows functions GetTickCount and timeGetTime retrieve the number of milliseconds since the system was started. However, the value is stored in a DWORD, which means that it wraps around to zero every 49.7 days. This article shows how to solve that problem by using the GetTickCount64 function.
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This article summaries thoughts and ideas from two years of sustained use. It provides good reasoning to make the jump to Windows 10.
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by:Daniel Lauber
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Very helpful and insightful article. I need one clarification. When you write about "To install / upgrade / repair Windows 10 (using the Media Creation Link)," do you mean that you can use the Media Creation Tool to repair Windows 10 without losing your installed applications (Microsoft Office, Firefox, CorelDraw, etc.)? And that you should just run the tool, not install it to a USB flash drive (sure sounds like the former)?

Using the tool to fix Windows 10 without losing installed programs would certainly be a new feature that could be incredibly useful. So could you please confirm that this is the case, or correct my misinterpretation of what you wrote.

Thanks very much.
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Thank you for your very kind words.

Yes, if you use the Media Creation Link on a "working" machine, it will, after driver updates, take you to a screen that says "Keep Everything (data and programs), Keep Data only, and Keep Nothing.

I have done all three and used the first one most frequently and indeed my machine(s) come back just the way I left them.

It is a very useful feature and the best of all Microsoft's operating systems. That said, I always back up first but there has never been an issue.
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In previous parts of this Nano Server deployment series, we learned how to create, deploy and configure Nano Server as a Hyper-V host. In this part, we will look for a clustering option. We will create a Hyper-V cluster of 3 Nano Server host nodes with Storage Spaces Direct on it.
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Previously, on our Nano Server Deployment series, we've created a new nano server image and deployed it on a physical server in part 2. Now we will go through configuration.
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Nothing ever in the clear!
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Nothing ever in the clear!

This technical paper will help you implement VMware’s VM encryption as well as implement Veeam encryption which together will achieve the nothing ever in the clear goal. If a bad guy steals VMs, backups or traffic they get nothing.

Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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Nano Server Creation
Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and creates reusable PowerShell scripts that allow you to create installations of Nano Server.
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This article describes how to reset your Windows 10 password when you've forgotten it.
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by:Natty Greg
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Hi Martin, 4 answers 5a its all in one with the changes I'm good so you can published
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This method is usable on any client based Windows Operating system version 5.1 (Windows XP) or greater.

And so long as it is not a domain controller, this method is also usable on any server based Windows Operating system version 5.2 (Server 2003) or greater.

-saige-
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Windows 10 came with  a lot of built in applications, Some organisations leave them there, some will control them using GPO's. This Article is useful for those who do not want to have any applications in their image (example:me).
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Good work. It helped me.
thanks
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Acronis - CreatorsUpdate
Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 10 Creators Update in just a matter of weeks. Are you prepared? Follow these steps to ensure everything goes smoothly and you don't lose valuable data on your PC.
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Acronis code screen
In the market for a new backup solution for Windows Server 2016? Follow these guidelines to get the most bang for your buck.
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Pre-Amp Connect
How to record audio from input sources to your PC – connected devices, connected preamp to record vinyl discs, streaming media, that play through your audio card: Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 – both 32 bit & 64.
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Windows 10
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing. You will be panic as there are no backup of your document. How can you fix the problem?
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by:harry for
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well addressed !
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by:Littleman
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In addition, the first thing that you should do is chkdsk c: /r
and let that scan. Usually the damage is from windows shutting down incorrectly and corrupting the hard drive or files on the drive. The rest if that may not be necessary. If that fails, then proceed to the mbr repair.
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Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic
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Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.

OfficeMate Freezing Error
OfficeMate Freezes on login or does not load after login credentials are input.
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Windows Credential Manager
If you get continual lockouts after changing your Active Directory password, there are several possible reasons.  Two of the most common are using other devices to access your email and stored passwords in the credential manager of windows.
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Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you should read this article.
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Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
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by:Brian B
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Good and useful article, but a warning to users who may read this: It is not recommended to just try and delete system files. Without going into a long explanation, if you use Lee's method above and find a lot of space being taken up by a specific directory, search on how to clean up that directory. Here is an example for one common place that files build up:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/searchResults.jsp?searchTerms=WINSXS+folder+clean+up&asSubmit=true&asSelected=true
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Brian B - EXCELLENT point - added a warning in case people read the article and not the comments.
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My experience with Windows 10 over a one year period and suggestions for smooth operation
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by:Eirman
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Great article  - Added to my KB
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by:John Hurst
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Thank you!  I appreciate your support.
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Windows 10 introduced a new kind of product activation called Digital Entitlement, in addition to using the conventional product key activation. In this article I investigated the detail of such activation and provide some tips so you can understand the procedure better.
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by:Jason Yu
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good article, i will follow your article to begin my windows 10 re-installation journey.
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by:PCLANVADWPB
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Hi ericpete,

I updated my article.

I added the following paragraph to let people know Digital Entitlement is working for them instead of against them.

Digital Entitlement protects the legal owner of Windows, allow users to freely move their Operating Systems from one Digitally Entitled computer to another, without having to manually re-activate Windows.  It puts the burden of licensing proof on Microsoft instead of the end user.

I also changed "(I am guessing mostly the motherboard information, since it doesn’t seem to care if I change out RAM, CPU, and different hard disk, SSD and so on)" to "(entirely using the motherboard signature, since it doesn’t care if I change out RAM, CPU, NIC, Video and different harddisk, SSD and so on)"

Thanks.
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Windows 10

Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.