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Make an ISO for Windows 10 9860

So one of the revelations with today’s release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview update is that there will be no ISO’s offered for this build or any future build for the insider program.  While I can understand Microsoft’s thinking here because they want to test their new update mechanism, it is also confusing from […]

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How to get Aero Glass back in Windows 8.1

Aero Glass, one of the more obvious features of Windows Vista and Windows 7, those lovely transparent and blurred Window borders that really gave Windows an impressive look.  Glass was even with us during the beta process of Windows 8, even the last public preview build had glass (the most polished rendition of it yet […]

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How to Remove Ads in newer versions of uTorrent

One of the new “features” in newer versions of uTorrent is the advertising within the UI.  I wouldn’t exactly call this new as it’s been around for quite some time, but the part about it that not many people seem to know is that it CAN be turned off within the program.  In this post […]

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Get rid of Skype ads in Chat Screen (6.13)

One of the more annoying things about the buy-out of Skype by Microsoft is the classic Windows Live model of bombarding the user with as many ads as possible in the UI.  The most recent offense is a new banner ad that appears at the top of every single chat window in Skype.  This is […]

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Windows Update in Audit mode on Windows 8.1

Perhaps the easiest way to create a pre staged image of Windows that includes all current updates plus any applications that you may want installed is to use audit mode and the sysprep tool to re-seal the image after you have made your changes. In this post I won’t be talking about how to use […]

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Windows 8/8.1 Lock Screen Monitor Sleep

Just a quick post to offer a tip for an issue that has quite literally been annoying the hell out of me lately.  Starting with Windows 8, there is a timeout to put the monitor to sleep when the PC is at the lock screen.  This timeout is a rather short 1-2 minutes, and on […]

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My Windows 8.1 Preview Experiences

Over the past few days, I have been using the Windows 8.1 preview, and I decided to write about my experience with it thus far.  It is no secret that I was not a huge fan of Windows 8, and the only reason I kept using it was because of apps like Start8 and StartIsBack.  […]

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Windows 8.1 “Blue” Build 9369 Hyper-V UEFI

I’m finally getting around to posting this, but I discovered a rather nifty new feature in Hyper-V in Windows 8.1. Some of you might recall I put up some pictures on Twitter showcasing new functionality called “Generation 2” Virtual Machines.  These new VMs support UEFI to enable fast boot and secure boot functionality in VMs.  […]

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Sinofsky is Gone, so here’s a Blast from the Past

I just saw the news about Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, and couldn’t help but notice it cited him not being a team player.  This reminded me of a blog post I made back on September 22, 2008.  Since that post is no longer online, I figured I would re-publish it now for your viewing pleasure.  […]

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