Windows 10 Creator Update Has Some Great Features

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Every time that Microsoft does a Windows update, I check to see if there are features that I will actually use.  In the Creators Update, there are several processes that will make my life easier.  If you want to check out all the features, go the blog link listed below. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/04/05/whats-new-for-it-pros-in-the-windows-10-creators-update/?MC=Windows&MC=SysMagSof&MC=SecSys&MC=EntMobile 

Here are some of the cool things that I will use… note that these features are lifted from the blog noted above.   

1.  New Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) capabilities, including the ability to create custom threat intelligence alerts, investigate a specific user account, and take immediate actions on a machine or file to contain a breach. (Watch the demo for more insight.)

2.  Hyper-V improvements, including:

  • “Quick Create,” a new option to create virtual machines in Hyper-V.
  • Checkpoint and Save for nested Hyper-V
  • Hyper-V instances will now remember your zoom level for the next session.
  • You can now override the scaling in Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • You can now resize Hyper-V windows in Enhanced session mode.
  • Networking improvements (NAT)
  • Developer-centric memory management

You can see more in a blog from Windows, and see videos embedded in the blog that show off some of the features.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/11/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-creators-update/

Windows 10 Users – Update on April 11, 2017

 

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A new update for Windows 10 is available as of April 11, 2017.  This update addresses several issues that were major pains to users, such as:

  • Addressed issue that was not allowing users to access online help content when clicking the help icon in various Windows applications, such as File Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where displays turn off unexpectedly even when Turn off display and Screen saver are disabled in the power profile.
  • Addressed issue that causes virtual machines to fail during high I/O scenarios where the user may log in multiple times.

You can check out all of the update features at  April 11, 2017—KB4015217 (OS Build 14393.1066 and 14393.1083) https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4015217/windows-10-update-kb4015217 

You can also see a list of all KB articles and Builds to date, on the sidebar of this article.

If You Cannot Find Your Windows 10 License Key, Try This

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If you are having trouble finding your Windows 10 license key, know that you are not alone.  Sometimes, it feels like it is just hidden.

To find your product key, check out this great post at https://www.groovypost.com/howto/find-your-windows-10-product-key/.

The important paragraph is:

“When you purchase your Windows 10 license from the Microsoft Store, a copy of the product key is stored in your Microsoft Account. Microsoft will also send you a copy of the product key in a confirmation email. If you don’t see the confirmation email, check your junk mail folder. If you still don’t find it, log into the Microsoft Store > Downloads > Product Keys > Subscription page. Then click the Digital Content tab to see your previous purchases along with your product key.”

File Transfer Manager will not Open to Download Dynamics GP and Related Files in Windows 10 and IE 11

If you are a customer or partner of Microsoft, you may be finding it difficult to download files for Dynamics GP 2016 and GP 2015 because the File Transfer Manger WILL NOT OPEN.

I tried to download some files today, and was getting nowhere when I suddenly remembered that WALDO’s BLOG http://www.waldo.be/2016/10/27/microsoft-dynamics-nav-2017-ready-for-download-and-how-to-do-it/ had instructions for downloading the Dynamics NAV 2017 files.

I went back to his instructions, followed the steps, and, after closing and reopening Internet Explorer 3 times, and putting the Microsoft sites into compatibility mode, the File Transfer Manager worked.

Thank you, Waldo, and keep writing those great blogs!

How To End a Hyper-V Virtual Machine that is Stuck

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Have you ever had a Hyper-V virtual server get stuck?  My Hyper-V got stuck and I could not get it to move.  And, I couldn’t stop it or delete it.  I am running Windows 10 Pro Version 1607, so I thought perhaps it was my Windows version. 

I went to Google for help and found this great article at Spiceworks Community https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/528-killing-ending-a-hyper-v-virtual-machine-that-is-stuckThe article was written in 2009 by Christopher O,  and worked for me today.

He suggests four easy steps.  I have listed his steps and then added my comments. 

1.  Download Process Explorer from Microsoft Sysinternals.  I used this link that is good as of Feb 2016. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx.  — I had to run as Administrator.  Mark Russinovich wrote the article on  Process Explorer v16.12 which explains what Process Explorer does.  You can use it to solve other issues on .exe files or on DLL files.

2.  Find the GUID for your VM.  Look in the Virtual Machines folder where your VM resides. There should be an XML file and a folder both labelled with the same GUID. Remember or write down at least the first couple and last few characters of the guid – you’re going to need to match this.  —  For me, the beginning and end of my Hyper-V server was 186AFF9D…….137128.

3.  Find the GUID that’s running. Run Process Explorer (you may need to right-click and Run As Administrator if you get Access Denied messages) and look for a bunch of VMWP.EXE files running. Open the properties on one, go to the Image tab, and look under Command Line. As a parameter on the command will be the GUID from the Virtual Machines folder. Keep looking until you find the one with the same GUID!   — This may be a daunting task because so much information comes up.  I used the binoculars to FIND the first part of my server name.  I entered 186AFF9D.

4. Kill it!  After finding it, hit OK to the Properties window, then right-click on that VMWP.EXE and Kill Process! The Virtual Machine should immediately turn off.  — You need to close the find window, and then you should see the VWMP.EXE highlighted.  Right mouse click to select “Kill it”. 

Now, you can go back to your virtual machines directory – mine was under Documents>Virtual Machines – and delete the directory.

Big thanks to Christopher O and Spiceworks!

Worth Knowing–When Can You Move A Windows License To New PC?

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I never really thought about moving Windows licenses.  It isn’t something that I have to do.  However, How-To Geek posted a great article with the details on when you can move a Windows License to another computer.  See their article at http://www.howtogeek.com/261053/when-can-you-move-a-windows-license-to-a-new-pc/.

There is some basic information that all techies should know, but may be news to the majority of computer users. Did you know the following facts (in the article)?

  • When you get a computer that comes with Windows system preinstalled by the manufacturer, the Windows license will always remain tied to that computer.
  • There’s no exception to this, aside from the exception for replacing the computer’s motherboard if it failed, as discussed above
  • Manufacturers get these non-transferable licenses for less than you’d pay for a transferable license, hence the restriction.

How To Delete Hiberfil.sys in Windows 10

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I have been running Windows 10 Pro since I did the install at the end of July.  Since that time, I have seen my hard drive fill up without me adding files.  This is suspicious behaviour.  When I looked at my drive, I had two files that were both 6.3 GB.  One file was the pagefile.sys and the other was the hiberfil.sys.

I Googled the Hiberfil.sys and found a great article at How To Geek that explains what the hiberfil.sys is and why you may, or may not, need it.  It also explains how to disable or delete the hiberfil.sys. 

I chose to delete the file.  Here are the instructions for doing that.

You’ll need to open an administrator mode command prompt by right-clicking on the command prompt in the start menu, and then choosing Run as Administrator. Once you’re there, type in the following command:

powercfg -h off

Picture from How To Geek’s article on “What is Hiverfil.sys and How Do I Delete It

I immediately freed up the space which is great because I have more room to run Hyper-V.

More on Dynamics CRM 2016 Features

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From http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-takes-the-wraps-off-its-dynamics-crm-2016-feature-list/?tag=nl.e505&s_cid=e505&ttag=e505&ftag=TRE0fb9d06 

On the updated list of new features coming to Dynamics CRM 2016and the rest of the Fall wave later this year:

  • More new Cortana integrations (beyond what’s there already in Dynamics CRM) with sales activities
  • Tighter integration with the Cortana Analytics Suite
  • More use of Azure Machine Learning for sentiment analysis in Microsoft Social Engagement
  • Offline mobile capabilities
  • Better mobile app management with Intune
  • New Excel templates for automating many core tasks
  • Next release of Microsoft’s CRM app for Outlook that will allow users to track emails, add contacts and create records through the browser on PCs or Macs or mobile browser on a phone
  • Integrated Delve functionality
  • Ability to open Office apps within CRM or CRM mobile app

The company also plans to bring the field-service capabilities it acquired when it bought FieldOne this past July together with the knowledge management and self-service capabilities it has added to its CRM family via it 2014 Parature acquisition, official said.

Windows 10 Uses New Drivers

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When technology changes such as a Windows upgrade, often, the drivers required to run the software also change.  I ran into that issue with my video adapter and network card.   If you want to get a good listing of all of the Windows Drivers that are available, check out  Windows 10 Update article “Windows 10 Drivers”.  http://www.windows10update.com/windows-10-drivers/

Windows 10 Virtual Desktops–Awesome!

 

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Picture is from the Microsoft Windows Communication email from August 27, 2015

Last night, like many of you, I received a Windows Communication email from Microsoft that talked about many of the cool features in Windows 10, and provided links to learn about the features.  I skimmed through the gist of it, and went back to the feature called virtual desktops.

I have wanted virtual desktops for several years!  They are here!   You can see how this feature works (it is so easy!) by clicking on the link below.

http://communication.microsoft.com/Key-5557601.C.0xdy.Mw.K3.-.nGmZ1h3 

Have fun with this!