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  • PhilInWA

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    • in reply to: OneDrive, several problems #2359227
      PhilInWA
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      glnz – No connection with SteveInWa although I have an Obi device and follow his advice. But since you asked…

      This is a bit off topic in this thread but here’s how I use some of the products/services mentioned:

      Resilio Sync (free): I have three desktops and 4 portable devices running Windows (10 but I’ve been doing this since XP). My wife has a desktop and 2 portable devices running Windows. My son and daughter each have a portable device running Windows. All of these sync their Documents folder amongst their devices and my three desktops (and the desktops amongst themselves). On the desktops then I have 11 synchronized folders. Here’s why I do it that way: 1) I use Backblaze on one desktop to backup everything to the cloud (a single license). 2) On 2 desktops I take local image backups thus capturing “everything” for “everyone.” 3) I have ready to run machines with all my data in case of a failure. 4) Resilio can run as a service easily on those desktops. 5) If a machine has multiple users, each user has its own sync process. I used the precursors of Resilio (don’t remember how many) and this method has gradually evolved over time to be quite stable.

      OneDrive: Sync between Windows, Android & iOS for password management and OneNote sync. We use several shared OneNotes to manage our planning. Also, a convenient way to share photos with others.

      Microsoft 365 Business Standard: 2 licenses for Exchange email and desktop Office products. Exchange email makes all these shared devices work between my wife and myself. It is better than any other alternative I’ve found because we’re both very Outlook centric in our workflow. (And Microsoft pricing is very good.)

      I don’t use DropBox (unless someone drags me in to getting something there). I don’t use Google Drive (similar reason and why add other products into the infrastructure!). And I’ve never used SugarSync (or a couple of other sync products I’ve looked at and even tried) because what I have has been very solid. I actually pay for some things I use that are free because they are so good (e.g., Merlin router firmware, KeePass, AskWoody…).

      in reply to: OneDrive, several problems #2358950
      PhilInWA
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      I, like many, have used all of the iterations of OneDrive mentioned in this article. There are certain applications for it which I find it quite useful (although I use Resilio for major Windows file synchronization). Three applications I use OneDrive for in particular: sharing files with others, OneNote notebook synchronization, and syncing my password manager file across platforms.

      But the reason I write is to note the incongruity in two newsletter articles this week. In this one the solution is to use symbolic links, where as in the later article “All storage is not created equal” by Will Fastie, he points to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/restrictions-and-limitations-in-onedrive-and-sharepoint-64883a5d-228e-48f5-b3d2-eb39e07630fa?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&mc_cid=e07ab388a3&mc_eid=b26cf2e144#invalidfilefoldernames

      which explicitly states “OneDrive doesn’t support syncing using symbolic links or junction points.” Like many things in Windows, it probably works until it doesn’t… I’m guilty of using things which aren’t documented or I used and they work but in some release they don’t work right anymore and I have to figure out a new way. Ah, Windows…

      [edited to add OneNote synchronization – this is really important to me!]

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      in reply to: Outlook – how to merge inboxes? #2330339
      PhilInWA
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      I do this by setting the delivery folder in Outlook Account setting for each email account to the same inbox in my .ost. (I do send one address to a subfolder of that inbox just to keep it separate). If this isn’t clear ask and I’ll do the screen images to show it.

      in reply to: Need to Find New VOIP or Home Phone Provider #2309057
      PhilInWA
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      I’ve been using Anveo as a VOIP provider for several years (with an Obihai, now Polycom) Voip box. I pay $2.80/month for incoming + E911 and about $.001/minute for outgoing. They have higher priced monthly plans that include minutes. They well might meet your requirements and existing Cisco ATAs. Also look at Callcentric which is very well regarded VOIP vendor.

      Good luck and expect your price to go DOWN! -Phil

      P.S. With the Obihai I have a Google Voice number I use for outgoing only, plus my Anveo “landline” and another backup service for emergencies.

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      in reply to: Is there a DNS Blackhole in your future? #2287709
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      For those who use ASUS routers there is an easier way to block “bad” sites by DNS blocking. Use Merlin’s firmware and LonelyCoder’s diversion. This is one reason I stick to ASUS routers supported by Merlin. No extra computer or OS to maintain. See https://www.snbforums.com/forums/asuswrt-merlin.42/ for some detail.

      -Phil

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      I’ve used Rainmeter for some years now on Win10. I have 8 “skins” running on my desktop right now. Most from https://www.deviantart.com/silverazide which set out to replicate the Win7 Gadgets. I’ve written a few of my own (I really like to just glance at the lower right corner of the desktop and see “Win 10 Pro 2004-19041.388”.) It isn’t the easiest product to set up as the OP noted but they surely are nice (and not too hard to build your own simple item).

      For your questions: Live tiles only work on Start not the desktop. I cannot find any reason to believe that Rainmeter skins would pose a security risk. And Rainmeter has been very reliable on Win10. I have delayed some updates but the small development team is very good about releasing working products (probably better testing than a well known Redmond WA company).

      Lastly about weather skins. Weather.com has repeatedly changed their API interface. SilverAzide has been diligent on keeping up and releasing fixes. I don’t think there is any other weather skin that works as well. (I’ve been through several!)

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      in reply to: Can’t change lock screen picture – W10 Home #1582439
      PhilInWA
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      That message is a clear indication of some HKLM registry entry blocking your Lock Screen changes. You might Google the message and lock screen; see if you get any hit that’s been missed. The message relates to a registry setting set by Group Policy – which of course it isn’t on Home. (See e.g., http://www.tenforums.com/general-support/58975-some-settings-managed-your-organization.html)

      In theory with an activated Windows, a reinstall from the Media Creation Tool should be possible with a automatic reactivation. Lots of instructions online. You can make a backup and try it. You can always restore. It only takes time :^).

      in reply to: Can’t change lock screen picture – W10 Home #1582401
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      I just checked a Win 10 Home VM that was upgraded to AU from a clean install of 1511 (currently 1607-14393.187). It has no additional software beyond Windows installed and no changes made to any registry entries. It is a VM that I keep as close to “vanilla” as possible just to be able to check out things that I mess up elsewhere ;^). In this VM, I can change the lock screen picture in settings like your image in post #9. There must have been something changed before the upgrade. Perhaps a reinstall from the Media Creation Tool is in order. (Note lock screen and spotlight have some interrelationships. I don’t recall what they were during my testing. These interrelationships appeared in the AU. I had nolockscreen set before the AU and I could change the picture although the picture didn’t show. After the AU I had to allow the lockscreen so I could change it to a picture. In fact after setting a lockscreen picture, one can turn lockscreen on (post 10) and keep the lockscreen image from changing.)

      in reply to: Can’t change lock screen picture – W10 Home #1582286
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      Another place to check:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUISessionData AllowLockScreen=1

      Have you tried creating another account and seeing if it acts differently? If a new account fails in the same way, it has to be an HKLM or something not quite right with the Win 10 install. That means a reinstall/reset…

      in reply to: Can’t change lock screen picture – W10 Home #1581552
      PhilInWA
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      Make sure that HKLM:SOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsPersonalization NoLockScreen=0. This one tripped me up with the exact same result. I’d turned off lock screen before the AU and then I couldn’t change the image.

      in reply to: Arrivederci! Guest Accounts #1581551
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      The error message “We can’t sign into your account” has been fixed for accounts in the guests group effective with AU build 1607-14393.321 and IP build 14946.1000. Using the notes above to create an account and add it to the guests group was successful!

      in reply to: The slowest update in Windows history? #1577728
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      I’ve manually updated over 20 systems in the last several weeks with no issues. But I’ve kept one virtual machine running Win 10 Home 1511 just waiting. Yesterday the AU update showed up and overnight it finished the download. It is now waiting for its reboot. I’ll let that happen on its schedule and see how it goes. My conjecture is that as soon as Windows Secrets wrote about how slow it was, the spigot was turned all the way on .

      in reply to: Arrivederci! Guest Accounts #1575577
      PhilInWA
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      This method no longer works well in the AU build release 1607 build 14393 +. It generates a “We can’t sign into your account” error message:

      45383-wecantsignin

      Clicking Dismiss seems to work OK and retains guest restrictions. It’s pretty clear that as far as MS is concerned guest privs are on their way out. Annoying for those of us who need to support guest access.

      Note that in RG’s list of things to do, item 2 should be:

      Net user Visitor /add /active:yes {Enter} – To Add & Activate

      And to set up the account (like use Settings to set defaults, etc.) it needs to be a regular users account. Then you can change to the guests group.

      (Tested in Win 10 Home Build 14393.0 after direct upgrade from 10586.545. Similar results in Pro 14393.10 and later IP builds. I thought it was my post install setup of registry, etc. that was causing this but with a clean 10586 to 14393, I expect this is the way it is.)

      in reply to: Windows 10 as a home server #1573387
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      I recently installed my 1st storages spaces in Win 10 Pro. I started with 2 unformatted 4TB drives and formatted them ResFS. I lost no space. Joe is probably on the right track. Derik bootandnuke ’em and retry completely cleaned out.

      in reply to: “Anniversary Update” installed OK #1573386
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      RG: Without the work before Win10 1st release to develop my PS script, I’d probably be as upset with Win10 as others are. And like you following the IP editions along the way I kept it up to date so I was ready for AU. The big difference for me between Win10 now and installing W7 a year ago is that the check list post install – after running the PS script – is quite short. Nowhere near as many things to fix up afterward as I used to do with 7. Then I didn’t do many installs at a time, 1 or 2 here and there with Win 7. Now I’ve got to be ready for 20 in the space of a few days… Automation rocks! As does PS to make it manageable.

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