• steeviebops



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    • Have you tried MicrosoftAccount\emailaddress?

    • Just a note that if you normally use a PIN to log into the machine you’re connecting to, you’ll need to log in to it with the Microsoft account password at least once. Otherwise the RDP connection won’t accept the password.

    • in reply to: “Run as administrator” question #2586206

      When UAC is enabled the behavior of “Run as Administrator” depends on whether the logged on use is a member of the Administrators group or is a standard user.

      For a member of the Administrators group the usual behavior is for a consent prompt to ask for permission to run with elevated privileges.  If the user responds affirmatively then full Administrator privileges will be used for that user since they are a member of the Administrators group.

      For a standard user the usual behavior is for the system to ask for the credentials of an account that is a member of the Administrators group.  If the credentials are provided then that is the account (e.g., user) that is subsequently used with elevated privileges, not that of the standard user.

      That’s correct. A perfect example of this is with a piece of legal software used by a client of ours. If you install it from a standard user and run as admin, it installs the Outlook addin for the administrator user instead. I therefore need to temporarily make the user a local admin so the addins will install correctly.

    • in reply to: Intel CPU Attack: Downfall CVE-2022-40982 #2585535

      Microsoft have removed the option to disable this:


      “IMPORTANT The mitigation described in this article is Enabled by default with no option to disable it. We recommend that you mitigate the vulnerability as soon as possible.”

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    • in reply to: Microsoft dropping WordPad from Windows 10/11 #2585091

      Same as Susan here, I can’t remember the last time I used WordPad. Notepad gets used a lot more but I always used Word or LibreOffice Writer if I needed anything more complicated than plain text.

    • You still need 3rd party drivers for AHCI, but drivers are added to the Windows install by the manufacturer. If you use an ISO from MS there is a chance that the drivers will not be available for newer machines.

      cheers, Paul

      There hasn’t been a need for third-party AHCI drivers since XP. AHCI is a standard so once the disk controller exposes the correct device class ID (PCI\CC_010601), Windows will just use its own storahci.sys (msahci.sys in Vista or 7) and nothing else is needed. Any third-party drivers in the Windows image would be for proprietary RAID or SCSI controllers.

    • RAID and AHCI seem to give the same performance and Dell ships desktops with RAID enabled – maybe in case you want to use it.

      I would leave it alone and re-install, after making an image backup of course.  🙂

      cheers, Paul


      I prefer to disable RAID mode when not needed. It eliminates the need for third-party storage drivers.

    • Before a clean install there’s no issue whatsoever. You can sometimes get an INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE BSOD if you change the mode after installation, but you can usually get around this by booting Windows in safe mode.

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    • I’m not surprised. Windows 10 already doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6E (the 6 GHz extension of Wi-Fi 6).

    • Every so often I try a Linux distro again in the hope that things have got to a stage where I can use it more often and break out of the Microsoft sphere. That just hasn’t happened. Every time I use one, I eventually come to the conclusion that Linux is at it’s core a system designed for servers or software developers when I see simple things not working as expected or requiring a huge amount of work to get right. But I also get the impression that the gatekeepers you see online wouldn’t want it to “just work”.

      Yesterday’s example was Zorin OS. It looks great and the font rendering is top notch. But I just could not get Firefox to decode video via the GPU. It was using software rendering and therefore increasing CPU usage and heat. I spent about two hours doing the various about:config and environment variable hacks to make it work and at the end of it all, it still didn’t work. My laptop has a hybrid Intel/Nvidia setup but I set the Intel video as primary, knowing that Nvidia is iffy under Linux.

      Why is it that stuff like this needs to be configured in the first place? On Windows, DXVA just works (if your hardware supports the codec of course). I can’t speak for MacOS due to not having any Mac hardware but I’d imagine that it would just work too. I don’t care about philosophies such as “free software” or “doing things the UNIX way”. At the end of the day I want something that I can install and use without too much messing. As much as I don’t want to admit it, maybe a Mac is in my future if I find Windows 11 that unpalatable. But that opens up another can of worms – unserviceable, disposable hardware.

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    • in reply to: Intel CPU Attack: Downfall CVE-2022-40982 #2579005

      It sounds to me that the only secure CPU is one that doesn’t perform speculative execution. But it would also be significantly slower.

    • in reply to: Intel CPU Attack: Downfall CVE-2022-40982 #2578833

      Does this mean Windows 12 will lock out anything older than a 12th gen Intel, considering they used Meltdown/Spectre as a reason to lock out older CPUs?

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    • People who used the workarounds/bypasses to install Win11 on non-compatible hardware should have seen this coming. If you did this on your main driver, where are you going to go?

      Microsoft did the same thing with Win8.1 when they blocked installation on processors after a certain point. Only with Win11, they have more hardware than just the CPU they can blacklist. See my post #2578196.

      But these CPUs were previously supported and have now been removed. They’re all from generations that would be supported by their desktop counterparts, for example the E-2104G is a Coffee Lake (8th gen). I wonder if this an attempt to stop Windows 11 being installed on servers or something?

    • Recall, Microsoft did something similar with Win8.1 by restricting the CPU’s that it could be installed on some years back. There was a workaround for a while, but I believe it no longer works (some of you Geeks, verify this please).

      I have one Win8.1 VM running on a Kaby Lake i7-7700 machine (restricted CPU). Microsoft stopped signing the Intel driver and the only workaround now seems to be running it in Test Mode, though it continues to run all the programs and still updates using @abbodi86 ‘s method.

      My Win8.1 VM running on an Ivy Bridge i7 doesn’t have that problem.

      Windows 7 was included in that too. Skylake (6th gen) CPUs were only supposed to get support for a limited time but it was later rolled back. Kaby Lake (7th gen) and later were never officially supported. You could install it but got no updates. The Intel GPU also had no official drivers if I recall, but you could mod the video driver INF to force it to work; that’s probably what needs testing here.

      I remember there was some controversy about this at the time with Windows 8.1 because it was still in mainstream support.

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    • This just happened to me today (M365 Business Premium). Links from Outlook were opening in Edge and I got this message…

      Links from Outlook open in Microsoft Edge so you can see your email without switching apps

      See your email alongside the page you opened without switching apps when you open links in Microsoft Edge.

      You can change this setting at any time in Outlook. This will affect links opened from supported Microsoft 365 apps.

      Umm, well I was switching apps now because I use Firefox as my default. Disabled it right away.

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