Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:12

Windows 10 1803 Built-In Apps: What to Keep

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The development of the Spring Creators Update (codenamed "Redstone 4") is now heading towards the finishing line. We can assume that Windows 10 1803 is now feature-complete and as such, I can't stress it highly enough that you should start testing the newest features and functionality in this Semi-Annual Channel release as soon as possible in preparation for broad deployment to the devices in your organization. As part of this process, you should take a look at provisioned apps - most likely you want to ensure that only a choice selection of apps is being installed, whenever a user logs on either for the first time or after installing a feature update on a Windows 10 computer, because app installation directly impacts login times.

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While I sometimes long for the day when I no longer have to deal with unexpected Windows 10 behavior, there’s something rewarding about quickly finding a solution. In the process, I often end up with an idea for a blog post I can share with thousands three regular readers. Yesterday I successfully solved an interesting case that opened when a customer contacted me a month ago and reported that the Photo app was no longer working on their 1709 reference image.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:12

Group Policy Changes in Windows 10 1803 Preview

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As Windows 10 Redstone 4 Update (1803) development winds down, it’s the grandiose time to examine updated and new Group Policy settings. There is (obviously) no official documentation from the Group Policy team at this point and there might be quite a few changes to Group Policy settings before Windows 10 Spring Update hits RTM. Still, it can't hurt to poke around current ADMX files because there are truly several things duller in our line of work than comparing thousands of lines of text. Right?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:04

Disabling Cortana Voice Support during OOBE

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Yesterday I came across a Twitter thread in which multiple users detailed their beef with the revamped setup experience of Windows 10 (aka the OOBE). The OOBE was introduced with Windows 10 "Creators Update" (1703): Cortana voice walks the user through the OOBE experience, enabling the user to complete parts of OOBE by responding to spoken prompts. Windows 10 installations using following languages are affected: en-US, es-MX, ja-JP, en-GB, fr-FR, it-IT, de-DE, es-ES, fr-CA, en-CA, en-AU, pt-BR, zh-CN. Exacerbating the issue, Cortana's voice prompts are loud and proud by default and can become quickly irritating when attempting to install multiple machines at the same time. There’s little clear help for fixing it, so in this post, I’ll give you easy steps you can follow to tape up Cortana's cake-hole.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:25

Microsoft Edge: Taking Control

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) includes a number of enhancements over the previous Windows 10 release in various areas. You can see a detailed list of the changes here. Each major new version of Windows 10 also includes dramatic changes to Microsoft Edge, including a number of performance, security, and compatibility improvements. In addition, Microsoft continues to improve management capabilities for Microsoft Edge in an Enterprise deployment scenario.

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