Step-By-Step: Displaying info regarding previous logons on Windows 10

The Consumer Electronics Show has always been a blur of innovative device launches from a multitude of manufactures. CES 2017 has been no different other than an increase of devices running Windows 10. This comes as no surprise as many device manufactures plan to highlight their designs by complementing them with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update…

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Step-By-Step: Disabling A Windows 10 Upgrade on a Windows 7 Machine for Small Business

Fellow colleague, William Sung, recently reached out to team CANITPRO.NET to inquire about how to block a Windows 10 upgrade from occurring on a Windows 7 machine. An odd request, however for some small businesses a dire ask.  In this situation, a store clerk at a small retail location inadvertently upgraded the Point of Sale…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Apps to Auto-Trigger VPNs in Windows 10

Have you ever experienced that one app that always requires a VPN connection to operate? It becomes a bigger problem when that app is not frequently used and so the people using said application are not overly familiar as to how to initiate a VPN connection.  Thankfully Windows 10 has a solution to address this…

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Step-By-Step: Removing Corrupt Windows 10 Universal Apps via PowerShell

Universal applications, surmised from the evolution of Modern Apps once trapped within the Start Screen in Windows 8, provide a uniform data creation / consumption experience across the Windows 10 platform which includes the likes of desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone and most recently XBOX.  A great overview of Universal Apps from a IT professional perspective…

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Step-By-Step: Disabling the Windows 10 First Sign-in Animation via Group Policy

I recently was engaged in an interesting conversation surrounding Windows 10 while speaking at the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow event in Singapore pertaining to the animation that runs when the user first signs in to their Windows 10 notebook / tablet after a major upgrade.  Apparently users where pinging the local help desk after seeing the animation worried…

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How to Find the Windows 10 Product Key After an Upgrade

At the recent Microsoft Cloud Roadshow here in Toronto, team CANITPRO was provided the opportunity to present best practices surrounding Windows 10 security, manageability and deployment.  During the session entitled Taking Advantage of the New Deployment Features in Windows 10 the following question was asked: "How do you find the Windows 10 product key once the upgrade from Windows…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 10

Virtualization provides a plethora of solutions from making the most of an organization’s hardware investment to running specific applications in other OS offerings. Windows 8 was the first Windows client operating system to include hardware virtualization support natively. Using the same technology found in Windows Server 2012 R2, the embedded Hyper-V client allowed IT professionals…

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Step-By-Step: How to Clean Install Windows 10

One question that is frequently asked both in person and online as of late is as follows: “How do I perform a clean install of Windows 10 when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8?”  The video above provides a great overview of the options available for installation, however this Step-By-Step will provide details on two…

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Step-By-Step: Reducing The Windows 10 Installation File Size Via DISM

Amidst the recent Windows 10 launch, Microsoft has released numerous versions of its latest client offering.  These versions include: Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 10 Features On Demand  Windows 10 Features on Demand has received much interest as many have not had the chance to test out the offering first…

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IT Admin Basics: Understanding Group Policy Design

Windows 10, and the additional abilities that come with it, provides additional policy capabilities enabled to allow IT administrators further manageability of his client deployment. Designing group policies for said organization can become complex if not planned accordingly. Chaos can rein should improper setup of Group Policies be pushed from group policies to workstations. Proper…