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    Surface Pro1 -- A Freebie For Somebody

    I have an original Surface Pro 1 -- Ordered about 30 minutes after they first were announced. It has served me well for all these years, but now it has succumbed to the Swollen Battery Disease. It fits my structure, so I replaced it with a SPro2 that I bought on Ebay. My problem is that it...
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    Surface Pro 6 vs. SP3 docking station

    I'm about to order a Surface Pro 6 for my Ladyfriend. She needs two docking stations -- one for home one for office. Am I correct that SP6 cannot use SP3 docking station? Thanks, Russ
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    Bluetooth Mouse Not Connecting

    Surface Pro 3, Win10 Pro, 1703/15063, Marvell Avastar Driver 15.68.9112.23 (also tried two previous versions + Generic) Virus scan negative Three different mice -- all of which work on other devices Problem was present before OS upgrade. It was present before she took it to China, but I...
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    After Update, WINVER reports old version

    I used Media Creation Tool to update my three machines not on the Insider Program. Updates were uneventful. WINVER apparently didn't get the memo -- it continues to report Version 1607 (Build 14393) instead of Version 1703. Probably not the end of the world as we know it, just interesting...
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    Surface Pro3 Salvage?

    My son gave me a Surface Pro3 that had been dropped -- apparently from a very high altitude, given the extent of damage. I managed to get it working again, but it's limitations make it useless for me. It has no touch functions, thus requiring an external keyboard and mouse to use it. It is...
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    Build 14965 Problems

    I have four machines on Insider Fast Ring. One of them just updated to Build 14965. * I lost all but 3 apps from my Start Screen * There are no Windows programs on the All Apps list * Cannot find Feedback Hub by searching Settings * Lost 3 apps from Taskbar At this moment, I have no idea...
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    Stuck on Build 14316

    This is just an FYI post, because I have not been able to solve the non-problem and have chosen not to care anymore. I have four machines on the Insider Program -- Fast Ring. Three of them are on Build 14342, while one is stuck on 14316. The update settings are the same on all four machines...
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    Solved Cannot Verify Microsoft Account

    Windows 10, Build 10240 My Account page says "You need to verify your identity." When I click the blue Verify button, I get a gray box that lingers for a few seconds, then disappears. If I click it again, the same thing happens. I can go to "Manage My Microsoft Account," and all seems to be...
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    Win10 Update observations . . .

    This is really in the "for whatever it's worth" department, because I really don't intend to do anything about it at this point, other than watch and learn. I have (had) five machines in the awaiting upgrade category: My SPro1, a Win7 laptop, two 8.1 64-bit desktops and an 8.1 32-bit desktop...
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    Update on the "Remote Desktop Mystery"

    The other day I reported on a problem trying to connect with RDP to two of my Win10 machines. While GreyFox was leading me to the pond to drink, I observed that both of those machines had network status as "Public." Not knowing how that could be, I changed it to Private, and my problem was...
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    Solved Windows 10 Remote Desktop Mystery

    I have four machines running Windows 10, 64-bit: * All are latest build and current on updates. * All are desktops, and are relatively "modern." Running I7 processors, from -875 to -3820, on ASUS motherboards, with NVidia video cards and ample memory (8 - 16GB). Two of them will both...
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    Win10 - Build 10158 - Notable changes

    Build 10158 arrived in the dark of night, and I have already noted a few modest changes: * Internet Explorer disappeared from my Taskbar, as did Firefox. Restoring Firefox was easy, but I had to go to the source file for IE to put it back. (Ok, Satya, I got it: You want me to change to...
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    "Impressive" Build 10049

    I do not yet actually know that this build is impressive, but that is what it calls itself, and who am I to argue? My Win10 machine is a desktop that lives in my shop. It is on all the time, so is updated automatically. There were reports of two previous failed attempts to install 10049 for...
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    Solved Windows 10 AWESOME Update 9932/9933 -- Error -- Fixed

    I updated to Build 9926 the other day, then, this morning, I was offered an update to AWESOME 9932 (sometimes it is 9933), but it would not install. I checked around and find that this is a mistake. That upgrade was intended only for a "small circle of affiliates," and the 9926 build has a...
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    New SP3, I7, 512, to be Desktop Replacement

    That's right, Desktop Replacement. I'm setting up a new SP3 for Ladyfriend. The SP1 replaced her laptop for her travels to China; the SP3 will replace the SP1 and her desktop computer in her home office. With the I7 chip and 8G memory, it has ample computing power for her uses. She will...
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Upgrade from Win8Pro

    I downloaded the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, partly to play with, but mostly to make a Windows-To-Go USB drive. (I really have no actual need for the Enterprise version.) I installed it on a clean drive and made my WTG USB. With no apps installed, the Win8.1 Enterprise wasn't really...
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    Guest WiFi excludes POP email?

    I was at an all-day business meeting today, and encountered something I had not seen before. (**) The host facility had an excellent Guest WiFi network -- solid five bars all day. I could browse the web handily, however, when I checked for email, I got nothing. My email is POP3 and I use...
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    "De-bugging" my computer

    Sometimes you have to laugh when history repeats itself. It is legend that the first use of the term "de-bug" was when a Navy technician found a moth blocking one of the relay switches on the computer (yes, there was a time when computers used relay switches), then recorded in her log book...
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    Dropbox Cuts Battery Life - ?

    With the frequent discussions of battery life here, this one caught my eye. I'm not a Dropbox user, so don't know if this is real, but the folks at Geek.com claim it is: Using Dropbox cuts 13-inch MacBook Air battery life from 12 to 3 hours That sounds a bit extreme to me. That would...
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    An interesting Win8 anomaly (which 8.1 didn't fix) . . .

    A couple of months ago, in a thread called "Windows 8 pretty casual about recommending refresh", I reported that, for some unknown reason, I could no longer access the Store. The system helpfully suggested a "Refresh," and even gave me a little button to do it. I declined. This is my "main...

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