“ubuntu 9.10 cloud server in a box”
CC by 2.0 attribution: by fsse8info on flickr.
…and yes, I like the irony…
Despite all my recent rantings about privacy issues in Windows 10 -- and my ongoing delays in actually planning to install it on any of my home systems -- I really and sincerely want to install it on my home systems.
The updates to the Windows kernel, the enhanced performance, the non-controversial feature sets it provides make it a very attractive product for most users.
So with that in mind, and having some time since the initial excitement surrounding its release, here is a new collection -- mostly troubleshooting and tweaking related -- for reference.
Alienware Black Screen During Win 10 Upgrade
My little brother decided to pull the trigger and upgrade his Windows 7 Alienware system to Windows 10 last week. Overall it went well but he did encounter a persistent “black screen” issue during the upgrade process.
Here you go for the issue background and solution.
- Alienware x51 Black screen with cursor while installing Windows 10 - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums
- Solved Fix for windows 10 booting to a black screen - Windows 10 Forums
- The lock screen in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 might appear as a black screen with a mouse cursor - Microsoft Support KB 3055415
- Windows 10 Black Screen +cursor after log in ,Ctrl+alt+delete(task manager) solution wont work - Windows Central Forums
- Windows 10 Forums - great resource for general Windows 10 research
Side note: What’s interesting to me about this particular issue is that it seems to be related to situations where you have an on-board Intel graphics controller plus a graphics card. Windows (falsely) detects a phantom monitor connected and pipes the “primary display” that direction so you can’t see it. I’ve seen a similar behavior on a new Dell Latitude system running on a Dell Dock unit kicking out extended video output via a DVI-type connection. When the system goes to sleep, or screen-locks, you get the black screen with no (apparent) way to get back onto the system other than a hard-reboot. I don’t have that issue when I run the extended display via a VGA connection. This is going to be the trick I try next time I set up a system in that configuration.
Possibly related: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade: Black Screen Troubleshooter - Borns IT and Windows Blog (Google Translated)
Anyway, his system seems to be running well at the moment.
No. We haven’t discussed the whole privacy issue and any tweaking he may have done.
Thanks for the tip, bro!
How to do stuff to Windows 10 (Standard Level)
Most of these tips and tweaks are pretty standard items. Nothing too crazy or risky.
- How to Change the Login Screen Background on Windows 10 - HowTo Geek
- How to create a Windows 10 bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 - Tweaks.com
- How To Fix The Blurred Text Problem In Windows 10 - addictivetips blog
- Stop Windows 10 From Asking For Admin Rights To Run Unknown Apps - addictivetips blog
- Fix The 'Setup Couldn't Start Properly' Error When Downloading Windows 10 - addictivetips blog
- How To Add Run Command To Start or Taskbar In Windows 10 - Into Windows
- How To Install Store Apps Without Switching To Microsoft Account In Windows 10 - Into Windows
- How to remove core apps in Windows 10 - gHacks Tech News
- How To Forget A WiFi Network In Windows 10 - addictivetips blog
- Fix duplicate icon issues on the Windows taskbar - gHacks Tech News
- 7+ Taskbar Tweaker For Windows 10 Is Here - Into Windows
How to do stuff to Windows 10 (Advanced Level)
This collection of tips and tricks is a bit more technical. Mostly for the sysadmin crowd.
- How To Enable Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10 - Into Windows
- Can you remove the large c:recoveryimage folder in Windows 10? - gHacks Tech News
- How to Set Up and Configure User Accounts on Windows 10 - HowTo Geek
- How to change the default Microsoft Edge download location - gHacks Tech News
- How to change Microsoft Edge's default download folder - BetaNews
- Remove OneDrive From The Sidebar In File Explorer In Windows 10 - addictivetips blog
- Windows 10 Administrative Templates - Group Policy Central
- Short takes: Windows 10 download location; btvstack.exe and Skype - markwilson.it
- Windows 10: Download the Media Creation tool - Part 1 - Borns IT and Windows Blog (via Google Translate)
- Windows 10: Microsoft releases IT-specific firmware and driver updates for Surface Pro 3 - Caschys Blog (via Google Translation)
- Install Windows 10 on Surface devices today - Surface for IT Pros TechNet Blogs
Clean Installs & Product Key Discovery
- Activating Windows 10 After A Clean Install - Into Windows
- Check if Windows 10 is activated - gHacks Tech News
- INFO: Question: “Can I clean re-install Windows 10 after my free upgrade?” - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- Can You Use Your Windows 7 Product Key For Fresh Windows 10 Install - addictivetips blog
- Find Your Windows 10 Product Key After Upgrading From Windows 7/8 - addictivetips blog
- How to find your Windows 10 product key - BetaNews
- Can I Install Microsoft Security Essentials In Windows 10? - Into Windows
- What’s the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? (Is Windows Defender Good Enough?) - HowTo Geek
That first post got my recollections running.
Back for the Windows 8/8.1 release we were asking ourselves a similar question -- how do I interact with Windows Defender?
Advanced Tips for Windows Defender with Windows 8 - grandstreamdreams blog
My comments and tweak-tippage then may still be valid today.
When Lavie upgraded to a Windows 8 system, Microsoft Security Essentials couldn’t be installed as in it’s wisdom, Microsoft bundles a MSSE version of Windows Defender on the system instead. That’s just the way it is. While essentially the same product, it doesn’t have some of the more granular control in setting scheduled scans, DAT updates, or on-demand scans.
So if you have Windows 8, and are using the stock Windows Defender as your AV/AM solution, then you might find the following “power tips” to using/tweaking Windows Defender helpful.
- Configure Windows Defender in Windows 8 - Margus Saluste - WinHelp - Particularly helpful was the section “Advanced Tweaking - Scheduling Windows Defender Scans and Updates in Windows 8”
- Windows Defender on-demand scan in Windows 8 - Margus Saluste - WinHelp - Particularly helpful was the section “Advanced Tweaking - Scheduling Windows Defender Scans and Updates in Windows 8”
- Add Scan With Windows Defender To Context Menu In Windows 8 - The Windows Club
Indeed, Margus Saluste has updated his posts to now include Windows 10 support.
TechNet also had a PowerShell script to add Windows Defender “scan with” to the context menu for Windows 8. Experiment on your own Windows dime: [Script of Feb. 25] How to add Windows Defender to the file context menu in Windows 8 (PowerShell) - OneScript Team Blog
So there you go. Happy Windows Defender tweaking in Windows 10.
Windows 10 Updating and Bandwidth Considerations
If you have a lot of Windows 10 systems in your network, this probably sounds like a good thing.
If you don’t like the idea of using your system/bandwidth to update others’ Windows 10 systems outside your network (via peer to peer type connections) then that feature may be a bad thing.
- Windows 10 uses your bandwidth to send patches, updates to others - TechBlog
- Windows 10 forces app updates on Home users but a September update could change this - BetaNews
- Stop automatic updates in Windows 10 RTM (build 10240) - 4sysops
- Windows 10 Home users get automatic app update as well - gHacks Tech News
- Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Installing Updates - addictivetips blog
- How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet - HowTo Geek
To be clear, this is different (but related) to that whole - automatic force-feeding of updates thing that Windows 10 does.
- 10 Overlooked New Features in Windows 10 - HowTo Geek
- The Start Menu Should Be Sacred (But It’s Still a Disaster in Windows 10) - HowTo Geek
Errors and Troubleshooting
This next section is pretty link-heavy and technically deep. However there is the off chance that a particular error could arise and these may be valuable.
- Windows 10's forced cumulative update (KB3081424) causing endless reboots, but there is a solution - BetaNews
- Windows 10 Update KB3081424 causing issues for some users - gHacks Tech News
- Windows 10 Wiki / FAQ - Borns IT and Windows Blog (via Google Translation) wiki contains a very deep collection of general Windows 10 technical links and very specific Windows upgrade errors.
- Fix: The Installation Failed In The First_Boot Phase With An Error During Migrate_Data Operation (0x80070004 - 0x3000d) - Into Windows
- Fix: We Couldn’t Install Windows 10 (0x8007002C – 0x4000D) Error - Into Windows