Category Archive: Microsoft

Oct 14 2015

Keep the USB Drive Plugged In Error When Booting Windows

For some reason when you reboot your Windows computer you might see the following error: Keep the USB drive plugged in. Only remove it after your PC has shut down completely. Otherwise, your Windows To Go workspace might crash and you could lose data. The quick way to fix this is by editing the Windows …

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Sep 09 2015

Hyper-V Error – VM Could Not Initialize

This is perhaps one of the most unhelpful, generic error messages I have come across in my years of computing. I’m sure we all have our favourites but this one is up there: could not initialize. Real helpful. I encountered this myself after converting an Oracle VirtualBox VDI to a Microsoft Hyper-V VHD and attaching …

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Sep 05 2015

HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8 Unboxing

A bit out of order given that I’ve already put up a video showing how to install a micro SD card or USB stick in the HP Microserver but I can’t let that get in the way of  a good unboxing!   So, why did I choose the HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8) over building …

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Aug 31 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

Well, after owning my Surface Pro 3 for a couple of months (with half the time split between using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on it) I am now sharing my review.   It is a longer video but I cover off the following points: 0m00s: Look and feel, In a nutshell, Microsoft has done well in …

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Jul 30 2015

Reclaim Space After Upgrading to Windows 10

With Windows 10 now making its way on to computers around the world, you may want to know how to immediately claim back space the upgrade uses up to preserve your prior installation of Windows. This tip is perhaps aimed at those who aren’t afraid of closing the door behind them never to return to …

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May 17 2015

Shutting Down Windows 10 for IoT Core

If you’re dabbling with the Raspberry Pi 2 and Windows 10 for IoT (that’s “Internet of Things” for those who don’t know). then you probably need to know how to shut it down properly. However, without an actual interface you can use with a keyboard and mouse, you’ve got to do it remotely via PowerShell. …

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Feb 03 2015

Incoming Gadget – Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi since I was initially intrugued by the size of the board, its capabilities and also its price. Admittedly, I’ve mainly used my two Pis as media centre units but have also dabbled with other uses such as motion sensing when we’re not at home and simple file …

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Jan 30 2015

Windows Insider App for Windows Phone Foreshadows Imminent Preview Release

Just a quick tip for today. If you’ve already downloaded the Phone Insider app for Windows Phone 8 you may have noticed that it seemingly went missing today from the app list. This is because it was renamed to Windows Insider to align with the name of the existing Microsoft initiative to allow access to the Windows 10 …

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Jun 08 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520 Case Reviews

Not too long ago I bought myself a new Nokia Lumia 1520 to replace my Lumia 920 which was still going strong but I just couldn’t resist the upgrade to a six inch screen offered by the 1520. Yes, I know for some people that is ludicrously huge (mind you, I didn’t go for the …

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