Vol. 23, #44 - November 05, 2018 - Issue #1206

WServerNews Spotlight: Windows 10


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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter shines its spotlight on Windows 10 with lots of useful info for both administrators and users of the platform. Your Editor also offers a Tip of the Week based on his own recent experience that might save those of you who still use Windows on a desktop PC (as opposed to using a laptop) from running off on a wild goose chase if your computer suddenly freezes up. We also have lots of other stuff for your education and enjoyment in this issue so let's get started! 

TIP: Save this newsletter as a resource for future reference! And please tell others about WServerNews and recommend that they subscribe to our newsletter! Thanks!! 

Some recent articles from our site

We'll start off by exploring some of the articles about Windows 10 that have recently been published on our TechGenix website. There are tons of useful tips and practices in the articles below, so take a moment and read through all the topics and click to read any of them that may interest you:

Windows deployment: Where it was, where it is now, where it's heading


How to run Sysprep on Windows 10


Windows 10 deployment: Pruning and pruning and pruning again


Power throttling: Using, tweaking, and disabling this new Windows 10 feature


Wireless file transfers: Exploring the options in Windows 10


Windows Admin Center for remote management now generally available


Arrgh!!! My top Windows 10 pet peeves and what to do about them


Life savers: Exploring Windows 10 recovery options


Up close and personal with Windows AutoPilot


6 can't-miss tips to improve Windows 10 performance



Welcome to Admin City

Next I'm going to delve into some of the blog posts and other articles I've come across lately that I've found to be both useful and informative for my own business and in my work with various customers. Because the info here is aimed at administrators, we'll call this section of our Editor's Corner our visit to Admin City.

One thing that keeps coming up again and again when I talk with IT pros who administer Windows 10 PC infrastructure is the question of how to remove features from Windows 10 that are either undesirable or prohibited for the environments in which they work. Along these lines the following post by Benjamin Morgan on the Ask PFE Platforms blog may be of help to many of you as it explains how to find removable AppxPackages in Windows 10:


While many enterprises have already migrated their PC infrastructure to Windows 10 from earlier versions of Windows, there are still a fair number of organizations out there who have yet to do so or are still in the process of doing this. Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness is a useful set of tools in this regard. It's designed to help organizations plan and manage the upgrade process from end to end. You can learn more about Upgrade Readiness here:


While many customers use System Center Configuration Manager to deploy Upgrade Readiness in their environment, you can also use Upgrade Readiness without ConfigMgr as Paul Fitzgerald explains in this article:


And when an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 fails, a common culprit is a non-compatible device on the system being upgraded. Marc Graham illustrates this with a story of how he solved this problem when trying to upgrade some Lenovo systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10 v.1709:


Next in the what's new area are some improvements to the Storage Sense functionality in Windows 10 that is designed to help keep storage optimized on your system. The Storage at Microsoft blog (formerly called by the much catchier name The File Cabinet blog) has the details here:


And for those of you who employ a Privileged Access Workstation (PAW) for managing your infrastructure we have this post by Jane Yan on the Datacenter and Private Cloud Security Blog on TechNet that describes in detail what's new for PAW in Windows 10 1803:


P.S. If you're not familiar with PAW see this earlier post by Jane:


Jane also has an informative post about a new code integrity policy introduced in Windows 10 and how you can use it:


And finally for those of you who administer Windows in an education environment like a school or university, you might be interested in the news that Google has signed an agreement with New Zealand's Ministry of Education to provide all of the country's state and state-integrated schools with Chrome Education licenses:


I wonder if Gandalf uses a Chromebook?

Got comments or questions about administering Windows 10? Email us at [email protected]


Tip of the Week

Got any IT pro tips you'd like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

The case of Windows 10 freezing up

So the other day I was merrily typing along a report for a client on my Windows 10 desktop PC when suddenly and to my surprise and horror my computer froze up. 

Frantically I moved my mouse around but to no avail -- the mouse pointer refused to move in response to my hand gestures.

Hoping that MS Word autosave had done its job and that I hadn't lost too much of what I'd been typing, I pressed the power button to shut down my PC and pressed it again to cold boot Windows.

Now this kind of thing used to happen to me fairly frequently way back in the Windows XP days, and even rock-solid Windows 7 occasionally froze though that happened much less often. The culprit in the past had usually been difficult to diagnose but could sometimes be attributed to running Windows on older hardware. My present PC however was a Lenovo desktop that was only a year and half old, so how could the hardware have failed on it?

These thoughts floated through my mind as a fumed and waited for Windows to start up again, then for the desktop to appear, then for Outlook to open and finish doing an integrity check of the data store…

Once things had settled down on my system I opened Word and was relieved to find that most of what I had typed was still recoverable. So I continued working on my report.

After a few minutes my mouse pointer once again became unresponsive. "Whaaaat?!?" I cried out and angrily smacked the palm of my hand on my keyboard. The start menu then popped open. Hmm…

A few minutes later I had replaced the battery in my Microsoft Wireless Mouse and everything was hunky-dory again in my office.

Moral of the story: when your wireless mouse pointer freezes, try pressing the Windows key before doing a cold reboot; and vice versa if your wireless keyboard becomes unresponsive, try jiggling your mouse. And make sure you keep some spare batteries around!


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without 

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This PowerShell function gets the pending reboot status on a local or remote computer:


This script generates a PowerShell GUI to automate the processes of downloading, extracting and importing driver packages for Dell, Lenovo, HP and Microsoft systems:


File System Security PowerShell Module allows a much easier management of permissions on files and folders using PowerShell:



Factoid - Ah c'mon, spill the beans!!

Last week's factoid and question  was this:

Fact: The U.S. Air Force has been spending $1,280 apiece to replace in-flight reheating cups after their handles were found to break easily.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/i89x8q2o/

Question: What's the worst example you've seen firsthand as an IT professional of utterly wasteful expenditure? (If it happened at the company where you work you can refer to it as Contoso Ltd.)

Email your answer to [email protected]



Conference calendar

North America

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

PASS Summit 2018 -- Nov. 6-9 in Seattle, Washington


Midwest Management Summit -- Dec. 2-4 in Phoenix, Arizona


Microsoft Azure + AI Conference -- Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada


SharePoint Fest -- Dec. 3-7 in Chicago, Illinois


Ignite Tour -- Dec. 11-12 in São Paulo, Brazil




>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

VMworld Europe -- Nov 5-8 in Barcelona, Spain


Cybersecurity Leadership Summit -- Nov 12-14 in Berlin, Germany


Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp -- Nov. 16 in Rome, Italy


Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp -- Nov. 22 in Bern, Switzerland


Update Conference -- Nov. 22-23 in Prague, Czech Republic


European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference -- Nov. 26-29 in Copenhagen, Denmark


Ignite Tour -- Dec. 6-7 in Berlin, Germany




>> Got an IT conference happening in Australia or Asia that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

No conferences listed at present.


New on TechGenix.com

Review of SolarWinds Server Configuration Monitor

SolarWinds has introduced a brand new product called Server Configuration Monitor that is designed to help organizations to detect changes to a server's hardware and software configurations.


Citrix and Microsoft announce new collaborative efforts

Citrix and Microsoft are working on several new offerings that can help make both tech giants' products work together seamlessly.


2018 Intel Desktop Launch event: Recap of all next-gen chips

This year's Intel Desktop Launch event in New York City gave us just what we expected — along with a few unexpected announcements.


Brexit: How tech companies can prepare for this world-changing event

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) isn't the only thing that's been worrying tech companies recently. Also looming on the horizon is the specter of Brexit


The Xtreme Minute: Red meat for those who love - or hate - meetings

This week's TechGenix Xtreme Podcast tackles some heavy-duty tech tutorials and has some lighthearted advice about the importance of meetings.



Fun videos from Flixxy


Inside NASA's Last Moon Mission

Watch this rare, heart-pounding footage to retrace the Apollo 17 mission - the last time man landed on the moon. 


Special Effects Artist Reveals The True Scale Of The Universe

A special effects artist reveals the real scale of the universe, shrinking Earth down to the size of a tennis ball:


Anti-Gravity Jet Suit

Flying through the air using a jetpack at the pier in Bournemouth, England:


The Best Optical Illusion of the Year - Triply Ambiguous Object

The object gives three different interpretations when it is seen from three viewpoints:



 More articles of Interest

Get up to speed on VMware vSAN troubleshooting basics

VMware vSAN troubleshooting is an essential skill for IT administrators looking to get the most value out of this complex piece of technology. With the proper implementation VMware vSAN can provide significant value for its costs. Read more here.


VMware-OpenStack partnership shifts in evolving market

VMware is aiming to make OpenStack, an open source, unwieldy cloud service, more usable with an integration that increasingly targets data center and telcos. Learn more about the recent shift here.


An overview of multi-tenancy in Remote Desktop modern infrastructure (RDmi)

RDmi brings many major advantages to the table, including multi-tenancy. Find out why RDS MVPs think multi-tenancy is so important, how it works and how to set it up. 


The state of Android Enterprise in 2018

The state of the Android Enterprise has been improving at a rapid pace. Jason Bayton outlines the new features including the release of Android 9.9 Pie. Read more about the new feature here.



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WServerNews - Product of the Week

Three-part webinar series: Active Directory Deep Dive


Free learning courses with Microsoft MVP Sander Berkouwer. Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices. Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered. Get the jumpstart on Active Directory.

Register now.

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.