In Windows 2000 and XP, the default solid color Desktop background was a serene shade of blue:
The "Windows Classic" theme in Windows 7 used the same color, but there was a slightly darker blue default color available in the Solid Colors menu, which was still available in Windows 8.1:
Inexplicably, Windows 10 not only removed these calming blue tones and replaced them with 24 largely garish colors,
but also failed to provide any option for customizing colors in the main Settings menu (right click Desktop > Personalize > Background: Solid Color). Happily, the classic Desktop Background applet is accessible via Run > control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper. Not only can you select the Windows 7 darker blue, but you can also create custom colors by clicking "More...".
UPDATE: The day after this post, Microsoft released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which includes a "Custom color" option in the main Background settings window. Click "More" to enter RGB, HSV, or hex values.
/windows | Oct 16, 2017
"This tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft's servers, as well as Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac.*
"In the past Microsoft provided disk images for many of their products through their subcontractor "Digital River". These downloads were pulled in early 2014. Afterwards, Microsoft made a limited selection of downloads available on their TechBench site. Our tool accesses that TechBench site, and unlocks a large number of hidden download files on it."
*In my testing, only Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Insider Preview, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2016 for Mac were available. However, there is this promising note on Jan's website:
"Removal of Windows 7 and Office in Version 5.00: These downloads have been blocked by Microsoft. We're working on an update."
/windows | Jun 03, 2017
/windows | May 31, 2017
/windows | Mar 01, 2017
Well, almost all tiles; the few that remain after running the script below (save as unpin.ps1 then right click and "Run with PowerShell") can be removed manually (right click tile > "Unpin from Start").
/windows | Feb 04, 2017
Received "Failed to write data to disk" error at end of cloning process followed shortly by "Cloning succeeded".
On reboot, the following message appeared:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
Windows booted normally from 4TB SSD.
* IDE/ATA was required in this account, which uses a method similar to Xcopy Windows to a new hard drive, but with ntfsclone (careful with syntax - the target is specified before the source, as explained in the man page:
Clone NTFS on /dev/hda1 to /dev/hdc1:
ntfsclone --overwrite /dev/hdc1 /dev/hda1)
† Destination disk is larger than 2 TB: If "My source disk is MBR and my OS supports UEFI" and "My system is UEFI-booted (Windows or Acronis Bootable Media)" then "partition style on your destination disk will be converted to GPT automatically. This disk may be used for booting in UEFI. Also, the entire disk space will be available."
/windows | Dec 03, 2016
That's it; now you've got a list of all programs easily accessible from the taskbar.
/windows | Oct 11, 2016
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: Automatically check & get admin rights V2 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: @echo off CLS ECHO. ECHO ============================= ECHO Running Admin shell ECHO ============================= :init setlocal DisableDelayedExpansion set "batchPath=%~0" for %%k in (%0) do set batchName=%%~nk set "vbsGetPrivileges=%temp%\OEgetPriv_%batchName%.vbs" setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion :checkPrivileges NET FILE 1>NUL 2>NUL if '%errorlevel%' == '0' ( goto gotPrivileges ) else ( goto getPrivileges ) :getPrivileges if '%1'=='ELEV' (echo ELEV & shift /1 & goto gotPrivileges) ECHO. ECHO ************************************** ECHO Invoking UAC for Privilege Escalation ECHO ************************************** ECHO Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%vbsGetPrivileges%" ECHO args = "ELEV " >> "%vbsGetPrivileges%" ECHO For Each strArg in WScript.Arguments >> "%vbsGetPrivileges%" ECHO args = args ^& strArg ^& " " >> "%vbsGetPrivileges%" ECHO Next >> "%vbsGetPrivileges%" ECHO UAC.ShellExecute "!batchPath!", args, "", "runas", 1 >> "%vbsGetPrivileges%" "%SystemRoot%\System32\WScript.exe" "%vbsGetPrivileges%" %* exit /B :gotPrivileges setlocal & pushd . cd /d %~dp0 if '%1'=='ELEV' (del "%vbsGetPrivileges%" 1>nul 2>nul & shift /1) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::START :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: REM Run shell as admin (example) - put here code as you like ECHO %batchName% Arguments: %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9 cmd /k
/windows | Sep 04, 2016
Boot via Windows installation media (DVD, USB flash drive, etc)
When the "Windows Setup" window appears, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt
Launch one of these tools from the command prompt to retrieve product key from BIOS / UEFI:
Windows OEM Product Key Tool 1.1 - Purpose-built app; simply returns the product key
FirmwareTablesView - Displays list of firmware tables; look for "MSDM" under Signature column or "Microsoft Software Licensing Table" under Description column
RWEverything - Digs deep for a plethora of hardware details; head to ACPI > MSDM > Data.
To identify which version of Windows the recovered product key corresponds to:
Ultimate PID Checker - Works with product keys from XP through 8 (not 8.1); runs inside the Windows installation environment
ShowKeyPlus - Works with product keys from Windows 7 through 10; does not run inside the Windows installation environment
For OEM computers still shipping with Windows 7 or 8.1 (slated to end on October 31, 2016), the firmware-embedded product key likely differs from the product key on the hard drive. Recover the latter with ProduKey.
For more information on embedded product keys, see Windows 10 Embedded Product Key Tool and Where is my Windows product key, and how can I tell that my Windows installation is genuine?
/windows | Sep 04, 2016
/windows | Sep 04, 2016
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