Major Changes in Windows 10 File Picker in Build 9879

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Windows 10 Build 98790 introduces some changes to the File Picker experience that modern apps have. In Windows 8.x, modern (WinRT) apps allowed users to open and save files and/or browse the file system through a modern (WinRT based) file browser, called the File Picker. This is going away in Windows 10, at least for traditional PCs. Continue reading

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Why I Think Windows 10 Kernel Version is Set to Become 10.0 Instead of 6.4

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After seeing a note on an MSDN article, we are assuming that the change in the Windows 10’s kernel version number of 10.0 is, indeed, real. I learned of this through Neowin’s post. Basically, until now, the NT kernel version number of Windows 10 was 6.4. Now, Microsoft is changing it to 10.0. Here’s why I think this is the case. Continue reading

Browse all your OneDrive Files from File Explorer in Windows 10 (Build 9879)

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Microsoft has removed the placeholder files (aka “smart files”) from OneDrive in Windows 10. This article will help you get back many of its features.


I have found a way to bring much of the functionality of placeholders back to Windows 10. It is not a perfect solution, but it can get the job done. Continue reading

New Windows 10 Touch Features in Build 9860

Windows 10 preview build 9860 was released to the public for testing on October 21, 2014, and it includes a lot of hidden gems. Today, I’ll talk about a couple of neat features that people might have not yet discovered. There are new touch features in Windows 10 that makes the desktop much easier to use with touch.

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New Windows 10 Public Preview Build is Coming Soon

Microsoft had released Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview on October 1. The build number was 9841, which was compiled sometime in mid September. If you are running the Windows 10, prepare to het a newer build any day, now. Continue reading

Enabling DeDuplication on Windows 10 TP

Here is something geeky and not for the fainthearted. If you’re like me, you’ve not listened to Microsoft with the advise not to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your production Machine. You believe every tech problem is there to be resolved. Continue reading

Setting Notification Mute in Windows 10

Now that we have Windows 10, we get the advantage of Windows 7 on desktop devices, but we loose the ease of use of Windows 8 UX. For example, you’re in a meeting giving a presentation, or a Conference Call and you want to limit the noise from your device. Before you just open charms and set Notification to mute for a number of hours. Continue reading

Windows 10 Technical Preview Caveats in VMs

I blogged my frustration with upgrading Windows 8.1 VHD-Boot instance to Windows 10 Technical Preview earlier today . Now I need to warn about another caveat installing Windows 10 TP in a virtual environment, whether directly in a VM or as VHD-Boot setup. Continue reading

Microsoft still doesn’t support OS Upgrade of VHD-Boot

This is what you get for trusting a Microsoft Setup Tech called VHD-Boot. This technology is officially a supported Install Scenario from Microsoft. Those of you that follow this blog know I have raved and complained severally about this Tech. This is a single most frustrating support issue of Microsoft because you are allowed to Install OS with the tech, but you can never upgrade the OS to newest version since Windows 8.1. I still can’t place the reason for this. The picture you see here above is an attempt to upgrade a VHD-Boot of Win8.1U1 install to Windows10TP. Setup refused to upgrade it as you can see. Continue reading

Microsoft to Ship Windows Defender with Server10

With a simple tweet today, Jeff Snover, the Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect, the grandfather of PowerShell, informed us that Microsoft will be shipping Windows Defender by default with Server2010. The feature is already available in the current Server Technical Preview released with the Windows Client last Wednesday. Continue reading

Call to Action: Win10 Client Must Support DeDup

This is something for the IT Pros and Devs amongst us. Normal folks will probably not understand what I am talking about here. But you can always support a good cause right?

The Server community has enjoyed something since Server 2012 that is called DeDuplication. This is a HDD data storage technology that writes data to disk at block level only once throughout the lifetime of the file. Your typical file are broken down to unique chunks of data called blocks. These blocks are then written sequentially logically to disk. Now imagine all your typical Word Document, with Aaa, and Bbbs and “the” etc etc. We are at the GUI level forever repeating the same words and letters and phrases. Continue reading

Column Selection now Supported in Win10 Command Prompt

The command prompt might not be an all-joy feature of any operating system for most people, but those of us that live in the code, or have to support any substantial systems know what pain it can be to get data in and out of Command prompt. Continue reading

High System Interrupts CPU Usage in Windows 8

This past period I re-loaded my Desktop PC to use one of the modern APU from AMD. I went from a powerful Quad-Core system to an APU On-board low power system. I did this out of a conscious choice to start limiting my impact on carbon emission and of course lower my utility bills. I am mostly in browse or Coding mode most of the time, I don’t game at all, so my need for a monster powered system of decades ago, is no more responsible in this green age. I mean, my desktop is like 24hr alive, so this is really necessary. Continue reading

Windows Fundamentals For Legacy PCs


In this bonus episode, I take a look at Windows Fundamentals For Legacy PCs (“FLP”), a little-known official Microsoft modification of Windows XP, designed for businesses still using hardware designed for Windows 9x to be able to run a more modern, safe and stable OS on their PCs. I end with a little fun trying to run the system on 64MB and 32MB RAM to see what happens. Continue reading