How to Block Specific Driver or Patch Updates in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has taken an aggressive approach to driver, functionality and security updates to simplify maintaining an up-to-date PC.  One of Microsoft's biggest headaches are the millions of Windows PCs that are missing patching resulting in a bad user experience and major security issues.  With Windows 10, Microsoft is automatically installing all patches and users can't easily defer or stop an update form happening.  The approach has been met with a lot of coverage from the press, but this really is no different than what has been going on for years in the mobile space. There is one aspect of the controversy that actually has some legs to stand on.  This is around driver updates as most of the time they are completely harmless and beneficial, but sometimes a new driver can bring system stability problems or even cause Windows to refuse to boot. 

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Download Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 and more!

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition of Windows that is designed specifically for small embedded devices such as the Rasberry Pi 2 and Intel MinnowBoard Max. Based on Windows 10, IoT core can run Universal Windows apps written in Vistual Studio 2015 with languages like C++, C#, JS, VB, Node.js and Python.  If your embedded device has the ability to connect to a display, you can create rich experiences similar to full screen apps on a Windows 10 PC.  Best of all, Windows 10 IoT Core is free!

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Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft's new Edge browser in Windows 10 includes a lot of new features including keyboard shortcuts for power users.  A lot of the old Internet Explorer shortcuts still work in Edge, but there are quite a few brand new shortcuts for the new features. 

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Install the Windows 10 Insider Hub

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The Insider Hub app in Windows 10 is "your one-stop-shop for all the latest news and announcements regarding the Windows Insider program. "  Designed specifically for those that participate in the Windows Insider program, the hub app provides news and "quests" that highlight a feature or scenario Microsoft wants your help to test and provide feedback. The Windows Insider hub app is not installed by default and is hidden in the new Apps & Features settings app.

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How to create a Windows 10 USB Flash Drive

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Physical DVD drives have become a thing of the past as the size of our PCs continue shrink and new form factors have emerged. Microsoft distributes Windows 10 online as ISO images that are typically burned to physical DVD media. This has become problem as a number of laptops and tablet PCs no longer ship with DVD drives. The best way to install Windows on these devices is to use a USB flash drive that contains the Windows installation files.  As an extra benefit, modern USB flash drives are typically much faster than DVDs resulting in a quick install.

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Free up disk space by cleaning the Windows.old folder

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

If you participated in the Windows Insider preview program for Windows 10, you likely will find a Windows.old folder on the root of your hard drive from old preview builds.  This folder can take up a significant amount of space (12 GB on my PC) and is no longer needed after you have upgraded to a new build, such as the final RTM build 10240. If you are looking to free up disk space, cleaning this folder is the perfect candidate. Unfortunately, deleting it is more complicated than deleting a normal folder.

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Enable new Command Prompt features in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Command Prompt in Windows 10 includes a number of new and very useful features that are disabled by default for compatibility reasons.  When enabled, these new features allow you to use standard copy and paste keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V), easily select text across multiple lines, resize the console width beyond 80 characters, add transparency to the Command Prompt window, and much more. 

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