Operating Systems Windows

Microsoft resumes release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft has announced that it will resume the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809).   This update was temporarily stopped because some users had lost files after the earlier version of update was installed.    This issue should not occur with the newest update release.

Apps and Utilities Windows

Recuva can recover deleted files from Windows PCs or memory card devices

Recuva is a program that can recover deleted files from Windows computers, external hard drives, and memory card devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, or MP3 players.   Piriform, the maker of the popular CCleaner Windows cleaning tool, also developed Recuva.

Recuva is available as a free download or as a paid full version.

Additional information regarding installing and using Recuva is available at

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Windows Sysinternals Suite of system information tools

Windows Sysinternals are a free set of utilities originally written by Mark Russinovich to display and diagnose system information for Microsoft Windows.

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Airtable is a cloud based hybrid of spreadsheets and databases

Airtable is a cloud database that allows users to design databases in a spreadsheet-like format.  It allows collaboration with multiple users and can be accessed from MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android devicesMultiple templates are available to download including calendars, project management, etc.

Airtable can be accessed for free for databases smaller than 1200 records.   Paid versions with additional features are also available.

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Windows 10 October 2018 update now available

Update: Microsoft paused the installation of update version 1809 temporarily while it investigated reports that some users have lost files after installing it.  As of October 9th 2018, Microsoft stated that the prior issue was fixed and this update was now available to Windows Insiders.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809 build 17763) on October 2nd 2018, and it will be automatically downloaded as part of regular Windows updates.   One of the new features is better integration between smartphones and Windows 10 devices using the Your Phone app.

A more complete list of changes for version 1809 is available at the Windows IT Pro Blog. The Windows IT Pro Center site also includes a list of removed features for this update.


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Azure Data Studio is the new name for SQL Operations Studio

Microsoft announced the September 2018 release of Azure Data Studio, formerly known as SQL Operations Studio (preview version).  Azure Data Studio is a new open source desktop environment for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse data that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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Microsoft Office 2019 now available for Windows and Mac

The desktop version of Microsoft Office 2019 is now available for Windows and Mac. This non-cloud based product has different options from the cloud subscription versions of Microsoft Office 365 and generally has fewer features than Office 365.

A list of frequently asked questions about Office 2019 may be found here.

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Microsoft Your Phone app

Microsoft recently released Your Phone, an app for Android that allows you to view photos from your phone, as well as send phone texts from your PC for your phone account.  More information is available at:

Security Windows

Finding and locking a Windows 10 device remotely

Windows 10 Find My Device allows you to find the approximate location of your device if this option is enabled.  To turn this feature on or off, select Settings > Update & Security > Find My Device.

To lock a missing Windows 10 computer or phone, log into with your Windows account.  Select Find my Device, then click the Lock button.

Microsoft recommends removing devices that you no longer own or use from your Windows account.

Operating Systems Windows

Windows 10 Clean Install and Fresh Start options

Windows 10 offers a recovery option to do a clean install.  Warning:  this option will remove installed applications and files.  Do a backup of your PC before choosing this option.

This tool may be accessed by clicking Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > “More recovery options” – “Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows”.  This option can also be found at

Windows 10 Fresh Start will perform a clean reinstallation and update of Windows while keeping user personal data and most Windows settings intact, but Fresh Start will remove installed apps and digital licenses and digital content associated with apps.  Fresh Start can be run by selecting Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender > Device performance & Health.  Under Fresh Start, select Additional info > Get Started.  Update: in the Windows 10 May 2020 update (version 2004), this functionality has been moved to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get Started.

Another option for reinstalling Windows is to create installation media. Instructions for this are available at

A list of Recovery options in Windows 10 is also at