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    Microsoft’s latest developers’ conference is due to kick off at 8 am Pacific Time. Build used to be very expensive. This year, it’s free – and online
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    • #2263981

      Windows 10 1709 and up gets a new Native Package Manager!

      Command line application/package automated download and install . . .

      This changes everything for IT support.

      But also: how mature will it be, and can it be disabled for security?

      I have so many questions about one new feature.

      Edit: Live on Github, and it’s also open source.

      This is highly encouraging.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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    • #2264061

      I’m hoping a problem will be addressed, that has been plaguing many Windows 10 Home users.

      When upgrading a PC from Windows 10 Home, to Windows 10 Pro, via Settings, the computer then winds up with Windows 10 Enterprise. (After spending $100.00) Then all of a sudden, a Windows is not activated message appears in the lower right hand corner of the display. That message never goes away.

      When auditing the PC with Belarc Advisor,  you are told that Windows is not activated. It also cannot be activated through Settings / Activate Windows. (After the upgrade no product key is supplied.)

      It’s a bit annoying that Microsoft has not sent out a fix through an update.

      That’s what I would like to see a fix for.

      • #2264116

        I have never seen this problem before (and have done many in place upgrades.)

        From whence art thou obtaining the upgrade key?

        ~ Group "Weekend" ~

        • #2264329

          When the in place upgrade is purchased through settings, you are taken directly to payment processing. You pay the $99.00, and the upgrade just happens. (No key involved)

      • #2264359

        Never happened to me. It seems logical, that if you purchased PRO license, you cannot activate Enterprise.
        Updates are done by entering corresponding product key. Make sure you enter license key, you obtained with your purchase!
        Enterprise key is same for all over the world, you just must have adequate KMS (licensing) server.

        Dell Latitude 3420, Intel Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, W10 22H2 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

        PRUSA i3 MK3S+

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    • #2264124

      Windows is becoming less and less important to Microsoft. If you go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us  you don’t find the Windows support icon anymore. Microsoft 365 seems to have replaced Windows.  You have to dig deeper into “more Microsoft Products” to find Windows support. Never thought I would see the day when Windows became one of the “other” Microsoft products.

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      • #2264160

        That is indeed utterly bizarre. I even associate that logo with Windows, because that’s where it was derived from. So at first I thought it must have been some error.

        The cynical part of me wonders if it’s to actively discourage people from trying to get support for Windows, since I don’t think ANYONE would think to click on the more products page. They’d be more likely to think that Windows must have its own support site.

        I could get moving Windows off from the top spot, putting it further down a bit. But to remove it entirely from the front page? When more people know about Windows than Teams or One Drive or even Edge?

        That sort of thing suggests they’re considering abandoning Windows.

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        • #2264241

          MS won’t abandon Windows. Many reasons. But it’s treated like the cash-cow black sheep of the family.

          Unfairly, in my opinion.

          • #2264687

            For what it is worth…

            “Also, the company is about to “reinvest” into classic Windows 10.”

            “With Panos Panay being the head of the Windows Team, the client OS seems to be receiving back its major role in Microsoft’s business. ”


            Maybe they realize without admitting it that they have to do better with Windows 10 than marketing bloatware, adding some more modern security features to insulate apps like what they are trying to do with Windows 10 X and that is what professionals care more about?

            Windows has/had a great UI, stability, long term compatibility, reliability, it needs to be safer out of the box for the average home users and SMBs and they need to improve patching to a point where people won’t notice it or care, which probably means less intense development and testing better, plus maybe less coupling between the core and the frivolous stuff to reduce issues, which is maybe what they are trying now more than before (Cortana, Chredge) but forgot with dumb search in File Explorer.

        • #2264396

          I don’t think there is a plan to abandon Windows with the current leadership. But as it gets pushed further aside it might tempt a new leadership team to ditch it.

          • #2264425

            The vast majority of businesses use Windows computers on their user’s desktops, along with Microsoft Office. Many of them use Windows Server to connect it all, as well as Microsoft Exchange for their email. I don’t see that going away in the foreseeable future.

            The only thing I see cutting into that in any way is remote work. A variety of operating systems can be used for working remotely, as long as they make it possible for the user to connect remotely to the office, for when he connects remotely to the office, he is connecting either to a Windows computer or a Windows session.

            Group "L" (Linux Mint)
            with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • #2264573

      Personally, I like PowerToys Run from the Build conference.


      Dell Latitude 3420, Intel Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, W10 22H2 Enterprise

      HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

      PRUSA i3 MK3S+

      • #2264688

        Seems like a decent Mac Spotlight knockoff.

        I should write up PowerToys. While almost all of them are just replacements for long-established third-party programs, several are reasonably useful.

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