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Remove undeletable partitions from Windows 10 drives

Five partitions before we start

Need to remove stubborn un-deletable partitions from Windows 10 or previous? Here is what those partition layouts might look like: Here is how to remove those same partitions First open a command prompt and then proceed as follows: C:\Windows\system32>diskpart […] On computer: XWING10 DISKPART> SELECT DISK 8 Disk 8 is now the selected disk. *NOTE: make sure you select the correct disk! DISKPART> LIST PARTITION Partition ### Type Size Offset ————- —————- ——- ——- Partition 1 System 300 MB 1024 KB

Remove pre-installed Windows 10 apps

While I have kept most of my office systems on Windows 7, I do still have a few Windows 10 devices around. One of the most annoying things about Win10 (other than MS’s policies about user data collection etc.) is the number of apps that are pre-installed after a fresh install Thankfully, there are ways to remove most Windows 10 built in apps: [Guide] How to Remove All Built-in Apps in Windows 10 – AskVGhttp://www.askvg.com/guide-how-to-remove-all-built-in-apps-in-windows-10/UPDATE: Tutorial updated to include instructions for removing

MS Windows 10 Pro Upgrade refund [SOLVED]

Refund request approved!

Recently I purchased an Acer Aspire R14 from Best Buy. It shipped with Windows 10 Home and I purchased the Windows 10 Pro upgrade via the Microsoft/Windows Store for $99. Unfortunately, the laptop failed and I had to return it. That meant that I was out the $99 I spent for the Win 10 Pro upgrade Thankfully, MS’s tech chat support was able to resolve the issue. The complete transcript, with details redacted, is posted below. Here are three highlights

Disable Windows 10 download on Windows 7 [SOLVED]

Disable KB2952664

Microsoft made the somewhat odious choice to automatically download the Windows 10 installer onto Windows 7 systems If you are an IT person installing (or reinstalling) Windows 7 Pro onto desktop business systems, you probably do not want multi-gigabyte downloads going on without any user intervention. Likewise, a pesky “upgrade” icon in the taskbar is a nuisance at best. Thankfully, on a clean install of Windows 7 (Pro or otherwise) if you disable the following two updates you should be in

[SOLVED] Can’t pin folders to Quick Access (The parameter is incorrect.)

The parameter is always incorrect :-(

Question. I am trying to pin my Google Drive folder to the new “Quick access” list in Windows 10 but it fails with a dialog showing “The parameter is incorrect“. Can you help? Answer. Certainly! Please try the following #1 Open a command prompt (it does not have to have administrator privileges) #2 Paste: del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations (all one line) #3 Press Enter key to run the command Voila, you should be able to add any folder now, including

Get Windows Movie Maker for Windows 10

Movie Maker compatibility list for various Windows versions

Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker is a surprisingly useful tool for simple video conversion and re-sizing. While it has not been updated for a number of years, it is still supported in Windows 10. Specifically, Microsoft recommends movie maker version “Windows Movie Maker 2012” for use on Win10. You can download that version directly from Microsoft: dl link NOTE: the online installer above seems to be fail periodically when the windows essentials catalog is down. If you get an error like this: Then you make

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