Category Archives: Windows

How to disable SMBv1 in Windows 10 and Windows Server

The WannaCry/WanaCrypt0r worm exploits a vulnerability in Windows Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 (SMBv1), and it spreads like wildfire. It is urged to disable SMBv1 in your Windows variant (Windows 10, 8.1, Server 2016, 2012 R2), and here is … Continue reading

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How to Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

When it comes to purchasing licenses for Windows there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. The most common license types are Retail (FPP (Full Packaged Product)), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Volume Licensing. Each Windows … Continue reading

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How to Make Windows 10 Accept File Paths Over 260 Characters

With the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, you can finally abandon the 260 character maximum path limit in Windows. You just need to make a minor edit to the Windows Registry or Group Policy. Here’s how to make it happen. … Continue reading

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Microsoft commits to a permanent schedule for new Windows 10, Office updates.

Feature updates to hit in March and September, in perpetuity. Microsoft said Thursday it will commit to a strict schedule for Windows and Office feature updates: every September and March. It’s a concession to IT administrators that will ripple down … Continue reading

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Windows Vista has just 20 days to live

  After April 11, Vista will be unsupported forever.     In a month’s time, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest once and for all. If you’re one of the few people still using it, you have just a … Continue reading

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"Windows as a service" means big, painful changes for IT pros

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who’ve grown accustomed to “set it and forget it” as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging. When Microsoft rolled out the … Continue reading

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Task Manager might show 100% disk utilization on Windows 10 devices.

Your computer is hanging. Same old Windows, right? Except you’re using a brand new Windows 8.x or Windows 10 device, you’ve only had it a few days. So just what is going on? Investigating, you discover that your system drive … Continue reading

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