Random brain dump around Apps, Windows 10, and management options

What are Windows/Modern/UWP apps? The official term (at the time of this post 😉 ) is Windows Apps. These apps started in Windows 8 and can be added via the Store.  They do not have an old school msi or a homegrown ‘opps I installed spycrap’ installer, they follow a completely different set of APIs,…


Windows 10 1703 and DPI improvements

Signal boost for DPI improvements in Creator’s Update: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/2017/P4085     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!


Windows 10 Spotlight may not show Tips

When users select Spotlight for their Lock screen setting, typically they will see Tips on the lock screen:   But these tips disappear when the Group Policy is set to disabled: Computer settings -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Interactive logon: Do not require Ctrl+Alt+Dlt Users will see…


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 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)…


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: 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…