Sandbox Applications for Window 10

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Figure 1 – Visual image of what a Sandbox environment looks like when a Sandbox is installed on a PC (Image from Comodo.com)

I have some testing that I want to do on my laptop, and I was looking for the safest way to create an environment for completing this testing.  I know that I can use the Hyper-V on my Windows 10.  However, I am finding that it is not so user friendly.  I wanted something really easy.

I found a great article on www.maketecheasier.com called “5 of the Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10” https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-sandbox-applications-windows10/.

If you are wanting to create a Sandbox environment to test out software, take a look at the article.

Let me know which sandbox app that you choose with some feedback on how it works for you.

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.”

How To Move from Evernote to OneNote

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Image from https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote

I have used OneNote for a long time.  However, because it was easier to link in Evernote, I kept some important stuff in Evernote since I could access it from my iPad or from my Samsung phone. 

Microsoft has been making it very easy for us to switch everything to OneNote because OneNote is now so accessible from any device.  I wanted to see how easy.

Using the Microsoft OneNote Import Tool

I downloaded the importer, and I let it chug.

It immediately found my Evernote – but just the one. I have two Evernote accounts so I thought it might find both of them.

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Image from import tool

As I continued, I received the message below telling me how the content will be organized.

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Image from import tool – Evernote to OneNote

The import to OneNote happens quite quickly.

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Image from the import tool – how the content from Evernote is moving.

When the import was complete, I did get the SUCCESS message below.  (I love this!)

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Image from the import saying that I am successful

However, it actually took about twenty minutes for all my notes to import. 

I downloaded the Android App for OneNote while I was doing the move between Evernote and OneNote.  I was surprised that all of the notebooks were up on my phone before they were fully imported according to my desktop.  It did put each of my folders into different notebooks which is a bit confusing at first. 

If you switch to OneNote from Evernote, let me know how it goes for you.

Cheers!

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.

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!