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Install Threshold 2 RSAT Tools on 14251

So recently Windows Insiders got their hands on build 14251.  One thing I discovered with this build is that the RSAT (Remote Server Administration) tools no longer install on this build.  Fortunately there is a way to get the tools to install on this build and they work just fine. I’d like to thank Greig […]

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Blocking Ads with Microsoft Edge (Project Spartan)

So to start this off with a bit of a preface, this post is one that before 10 minutes ago I didn’t really know I would be able to write as I want a solution that is effective but doesn’t compromise performance. I have been keeping track of Microsoft Edge since its very early days and […]

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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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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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