Known Lock Screen issues with Creator’s Update (1703)

Updated 11/27/2017 There are a few open issues with Lock screen setting on Windows 10 Enterprise build 1703 (Creator’s Update)   Resolved: The first is with the Group Policy setting “Force a specific default lock screen image” under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization In many cases trying to enabled, change or update this doesn’t appear to…


Windows 2012 servers that use HpCISSs2.sys become unresponsive typically every 3-7 days

(updated 11/4/2013) Just a quick note out there on a specific issue we’ve been seeing lately. It is the really the only issue with Windows 2012 server hanging or becoming unresponsive that we’ve had up almost a year into the release of this OS. On Windows 2012 running on HP servers that use the October…


Server "Hangs" and Ephemeral Port Exhaustion issues

Recently I’ve run into several issues caused by ephemeral port exhaustion. The issues come to us with several different symptoms and behaviors – Some of which are listed here. The server is hung/ frozen/ unresponsive. I’m unable to access the internet/ network file share. I can’t logon to the domain. There are various other issues…


Modifying the Action Center: Note button

The NOTE icon in Action Center opens the Universal OneNote app. Full disclosure – I love OneNote. I love to organize things – created a recipe book over Thanksgiving, save websites (shopping!), use send to OneNote on emails, use Office Lens to send documents and receipts, Chores lists, Shopping lists, and I save screenshots of that…


Windows 10: Adding and Keeping custom columns in File Explorer

Every so often I get the crazy urge to clean up my photo, music or video content and when I do I love to see specific columns in File Explorer.  For Photos, its Date Taken and maybe even Camera Model.  For Music, its Album Size and Protected (to sort between music I've purchased or not)…


Windows 10: Pin shortcuts to Start Menu

Updating 6/4/2018: Since this was written at the launch of Windows 10, Start menu has continued to evolve and customization and management has evolved as well.  There are special cases around multiple links to the same .exe, differences in browser behaviors and rules around other types of links.  (meaning this blog post might not always…


Intro to Windows 10, DPI and Scaling.

I'm a bit rusty with my bloggy skillz, but here I go diving into it again. My goal on my blog is to always have fun yet provide decent foundation of information.  I'm not a developer or full time debugger so I wont normally be code or debugger intense.  What I want to do today…


Working with Remote Desktop and High DPI issues

Hi, my name is Kim and I herd cats… where cats in this case are High DPI issues.  I’ve been working to get more information out there on DPI issues, like bribing the Product Group to write some awesome technical blogs about the fun of High DPI.  (Ok – didn’t have to bribe) getting public KB articles and…


Something old, Something new.

(…or what happens when squirrels forget where they buried their nuts) An issue ran into me a few weeks ago, that served as a great chance to use familiar tools in a new way, and also acted as a kick in the pants that sometimes legacy behaviors are best not forgotten. A third party application…


Windows 10 1703 and DPI improvements

Signal boost for DPI improvements in Creator’s Update:     Side note:  If  you are on the latest released build of Windows 10 and still come across DPI issues please use Feedback Hub and report or vote up the issue if its already there.  It really helps to prioritize fixes!