It’s always the simple questions that take me down rabbit holes. In this case, it’s a simple question: Is an A+ certification worthwhile for someone wanting to get a job in IT? […]
Creating a kiosk with Linux
One of the presentations I did this week was about kiosks — how to configure them for various platforms. Since I’ve spent a fair amount of time working with Linux over the […]
The inner workings of a media creation tool
I thought to myself “I wonder how many people would download and run a random executable” — implicitly trusting what it does. Of course I already knew the answer — I guess […]
Another Windows media creation tool? Sure, why not.
Note: See the bottom of the log for the change history and latest version. Since the initial Windows 10 release, Microsoft has made available the Media Creation Tool (MCT). Now there is […]
VBScript as a removable Windows 11 feature?
While I generally appreciate Microsoft’s efforts to provide ways to remove old stuff from Windows (and I wish this removal also removed the files from \Windows\WinSXS to free up disk space, but […]
Want to block Windows 11 “moments” that add new features?
Microsoft announced on February 9th that they are adding a new controls to Windows 11 22H2 (and beyond) that allow organizations to temporarily turn off new features that are periodically released on […]
“Something went wrong”: An Autopilot + AAD + Intune reliability retrospective
I’m sure it would come as no surprise to anyone that the #1 troubleshooting step when you see an error message is to search for it via Google or whatever other search […]
Microsoft supports Windows 11 on ARM for M1/M2-based Macs with Parallels
I’ve written about my experiences with running Windows 11 for ARM64 on the newer ARM-based Mac devices from Apple, using both Parallels Desktop and VMware Horizon. But Microsoft’s position was always that […]
Simplify the process of generating an AAD bulk enrollment provisioning package
The process is supposed to be fairly easy: Launch Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD), walk through the wizard, specify that you want to join Azure AD, type in your Azure AD […]
The mysterious case of the failed AD domain join
Sometimes I do some weird stuff, but this wasn’t one of those times. All I was trying to do was simple Configuration Manager task sequences to do bare metal deployment of Windows […]
Samsung Magician won’t launch? Here’s a simple fix
If you’ve ever installed the Samsung Magician software to check to see if your Samsung SSD’s need firmware updates, you might have seen an annoying behavior: You might have an older version, […]
Troubleshooting UEFI boot entries: how #5 is 4th
Some days things just go in a different direction than you expect. In today’s troubleshooting exercise, I had to figure out why a PC wasn’t booting as expected to a new UEFI […]
MacOS Ventura: Where have I heard this before…
Apple released a new version of MacOS called Ventura (version 13), and it has generated some heated discussions around a topic that sounds very familiar: The replacement of the venerable System Preferences […]
Is 2023 the year for Windows on ARM64?
Windows on ARM goes back over a decade. Fortunately, it’s gone from a relatively-crippled device that only ran store apps (Windows RT) to a much more general-purpose device. But is it ready […]
Is 2023 the year for Windows 11?
I’ve stated in various forums that Windows 11 will be successful, whether you like it or not — eventually. That’s because the cost/benefit analysis shifts greatly as Windows 10 gets closer to […]
Windows 11 had a bad year: More links
I read lots of tech-related media (on top of lots of tech-related podcasts); it’s probably a holdover from my Windows marketing and product management days when it was important to stay on […]
Windows 11 had a bad year
Windows 11 was originally released in October 2021, and a second new release (22H2) came out in December 2022. Overall, how is it doing? From all signals, it appears to be doing […]
Want to see end of life dates for, well, anything?
The Windows 10 and Windows 11 release information pages are useful, and there’s also the Microsoft Lifecycle site (not quite as useful as you have to decipher it), but what if you […]
Now released: VMware Fusion for running Windows on ARM on M1/M2 Macs
After a long technical preview period, the released product is finally available. The official announcement can be found here. The previews were fairly rough — functional, but certainly with some rough edges. […]
The mysterious case of broken time sync
Today was kind of weird — after having a brief conversation about time sync during OOBE that brought back a bunch of memories, touching on a blog that I did talking about […]
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