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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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Operating Systems Smartphones Windows

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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Android Apps and Utilities Smartphones Windows

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:

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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 account.microsoft.com/devices 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.

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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 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10startfresh.

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 support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15088/windows-create-installation-media.

A list of Recovery options in Windows 10 is also at support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12415/windows-10-recovery-options.

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Android Apps and Utilities Smartphones Windows

Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft Launcher for Android (formerly known as Arrow Launcher) allows you to seamlessly continue working on documents and photos between your Android smartphone and your PC with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) or higher.

Microsoft Launcher is available as an app from the Google Play store.

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Windows Admin Center – a new management tool for Windows 10 and Server

Microsoft announced the release of Windows Admin Center, a new web based administrative management interface for Windows systems.  The original development name of this tool was Project Honolulu.  This tool consolidates data from Event Viewer, Device Manager, Disk Management, Task Manager, Server Manager and other console windows into one interface.  It can be downloaded and installed on Windows 10 Fall Anniversary Update (version 1709) or newer, or Windows Server 2016 or newer.   More information can be found at:

Windows Admin Center is part of a set of management solutions from Microsoft, which also includes Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), System Center, Operations Management Suite and Azure Stack for Azure-related management, as well as Intune for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices.

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Web Browsers Windows

Windows 10 April 2018 Update released on April 30th 2018

Windows 10 April 2018 Update version 1803  (formerly known as Windows 10 Spring Creators Update) was released by Microsoft on April 30th 2018 and will be installed as part of Windows 10 updates.  Some of the new features include:

  • Timeline (shows recent activity and accessed by clicking the Windows key + Tab key.)
  • Focus Assist (set a time period without notifications and accessed under Settings –> System –> Focus assist. This feature was formerly known as Quiet Hours.)
  • Near Share (sharing of files between devices using Bluetooth.)
  • Microsoft Edge browser enhancements

    Some Windows features were removed or selected for future removal in version 1803, including Windows Help Viewer.
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Apps and Utilities Security Windows

OpenSSH for Windows

OpenSSH is a fee open source set of security-related utilities based on the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol that runs on Linux and other operating systems.   Microsoft has made available OpenSSH for Windows (Beta version) as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 2017 version 1709Microsoft does not recommend using OpenSSH for Windows in production environments while it is still in Beta.

To install OpenSSH for Windows, select the Start Button –> Settings –> Apps –> Manage optional features –> Add a feature –> OpenSSH

Windows Open SSH

A reboot is required after installation to enable this feature.

BleepingComputer.com has extensive instructions on how to configure OpenSSH Server for Windows (Beta).

Update: OpenSSH is now fully available as part of Windows 10 April 2018 update version 1803.

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Web Browsers Windows

Keyboard shortcut lists for Microsoft Windows and related apps

A list of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 is displayed at  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts.

Additional shortcuts for Windows apps such as Edge browser, WordPad, Calculator, etc. may be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13805/windows-keyboard-shortcuts-in-apps.