Dell Data Wipe – Securely Wipe your Drives Using the UEFI BIOS

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I made a guide using Dell Data Wipe on my OptiPlex 7040/7050/7060 and XPS 9365:

Also updated the Parted Magic Securely Wiping your Drives guide:

Microsoft Update Touchscreen Keyboard for Scientists and Engineers

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This is not available for mainstream Windows 10 users yet.

In the Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview of Windows 10 build 18267, Microsoft have updated the Touchscreen keyboard in Windows 10 to make it easy to access, commonly used symbols such as currency symbols, mathematical symbols, arrow like symbols and Greek letters.

I left Windows feedback for Microsoft to make a modern character map last week based on their emoji panel. It may be coincidence but it seems like they took this feedback and instead applied it to the touchscreen keyboard:

The touchscreen keyboard can still be accessed on non-touch systems by right clicking an empty area on the taskbar and selecting show touch keyboard:

Once this is done you will see the touchscreen keyboard icon beside the system clock. You can open it by left clicking with the mouse:

In the Windows 10 Insider Preview build, press &123 to access the numbers and symbols:

Press the Ω key to access the new symbols:

Some screenshots of the new layout (the video above shows more details):

 

 

New Keyboard Input Methods for Windows 10

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Microsoft are improving the keyboard and input methods with Windows 10. Let’s hope they release a modern updated character map with keyboard shortcut [Windows] and [ c ] in the next build of Windows 10.

Clipboard – Windows 10 Version 1809

Microsoft have created a Windows 10 Clipboard which allows you to Copy and Paste multiple items.

Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.

If it doesn’t work for you. First check you have Windows 10 Version 1809. To do this right click the start button and select System:

Under Windows Specification, check Windows Specification to see you have Windows 10 Version 1809. If you have Windows 10 Version 1803, then note Windows 10 Version 1809 has been released and revoked because a minority of users lost files during an upgrade install. It will likely be updated to fix to this bug and re-released soon. See Windows OEM FAQs and Downloads for more information.

If you have Windows 10 Version 1809, then to the bottom left select Clipboard:

Ensure Clipboard History is Enabled:

Emoji Panel – Windows 10 Version 1803

Press [Windows] and [ . ]

Feedback – Implement a New Character Map with Shortcut Symbol Windows and [ c ]

Please up vote my Windows Feedback for this so it is brought to Microsoft’s attention. To do this press [Windows] and [ f ] to open the Windows Feedback App and sign into the feedback app, if you aren’t already signed into a Microsoft Account. Then select the Feedback Hub:

Search for character map and upvote please. Leave an optional comment if you’ve got additional ideas:

CANZUK Policy – C-9-1349 CPAC Convention 97 % For:3 % Against

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Amazing, the Canadian Conservative Party look to implement CANZUK. The free trade and free immigration agreement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Foreign Affairs – C – 9 – 1349

EDA(s) – Vancouver Centre, Durham
Section – U – CANZUK Treaty. CANZUK Treaty Implementation (NEW)
Subject to thorough security & health checks, CPC will work to realize these objectives among CANZUK countries:
a) Free trade in goods/services
b) Visa-free labour/leisure mobility for citizens, including retirement relocation
c) Reciprocal healthcare agreement modeled on existing AU / NZ / UK bilaterals
d) Increased consumer choice/protection for travel
e) Security coordination

Full Policy Package here:

https://cpc18.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/National-Policy-Committee-Convention-Package-2018-EN_Final-1.pdf

Full Video Here:

http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/cpac-special/episodes/64121390

1:04:00 onwards for CANZUK

 

New Keyboard Input Methods

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Emoji Panel – Windows 10 Version 1803

Press [Windows] and [ . ]

Clipboard – Windows Insider Build ≥17682

Press [Windows] and [ v ] to open the Windows Clipboard. This will allow you to paste not only the last text you have copied but all text before hand.

Currently it works only with text, hopefully it will work with images.

Suggestion: Updated Character Map

Lets Hope [Windows] and [ c ] for a modern character map which looks more like the Equation Editor in Microsoft Word and lays out items in a sensible manner such as Basic Math, Greek Letters, Letter-Like Symbols, Operators and Arrows…

Video

 

Windows 10 Version 1803 Installation Guides

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I have made some new Windows 10 Version 1803 Installation Guides and Associated Tutorial Videos:

Windows 10 Version 1803 Released to Windows Insiders

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My Windows 10 Insider test system (Latitude 7350) just updated to the mainstream build Windows 10 Version 1803 (March 2018) also known as Build 17133, Redstone 4 (RS4).

This is a mainstream build, at current the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is not updated to the latest version however I expect in to be updated within the next 2 weeks.

The watermark is gone:

msinfo32 shows no expiry date (meaning it is not an Insider build):

The build is also shown in System:

Flags, Floral Symbols and the Coat of Arms of CANZUK

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I’ve put together a YouTube video showing the relation between the Flags, Floral Symbols and the Coat of Arms of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Contents
00:10 The United Kingdom
02:25 The Crown Dependencies
03:16 The British Oversea Territories
06:15 The Dominion of Canada
10:07 The Commonwealth of Australia
13:58 The Dominion of New Zealand

Music
00:00 Rule Britannia
02:12 Over the Hills and Far Away
05:42 The Maple Leaf Forever
10:07 Advance Australia Fair
11:07 I Vow to Thee My Country
14:16 God Defend New Zealand

For details on the Freedom of Movement initiative see the CANZUK International Website:
http://www.canzukinternational.com/

The Petition for freedom of movement between CANZUK countries is here:

https://www.change.org/p/parliaments-of-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom-advocate-and-introduce-legislation-promoting-the-free-movement-of-citizens-between-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom

227,000 have signed it so far.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Updated

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The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

Has been updated to Redstone 3 – Version 1709 (build 16299.15)

The Media Creation Tool only allows one to select Windows 10 under Edition. However the new installation .iso appears to be multi-Edition including the new Windows 10 S Edition and the European Commission N Editions:

The new Windows 10 S (Secure) only lets you install Apps from the Store. In other words it is limited and you are only allowed to install Apps from the Windows 10 Store.

This is what happens if you try and launch an .exe:

You get this error message:

With the failure of Windows Phone, Microsoft must be desperate to get developers writing Apps for their Store and are using a cheap base Edition of Windows as a ransom for many end users to entice developers to do so.

Windows 10 Redstone 3 Version 1709 (Build 16299.15)

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Windows 10 Redstone 3 (RS3) Version 1709 (Build 16299.15) is available on the Fast Track for Windows Insiders:

Currently the best way to get it is to Download the Windows 10 Insider Preview .iso build 16292 and perform an in place upgrade.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewadvanced?wa=wsignin1.0

Then right click the button and select Settings → Update and Security → Windows Insider Program and change your settings to the Fast Track. Although updated RTM installation .isos will likely be available via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool in a couple of weeks.

Microsoft Edge now can be used as a proper PDF reader. Microsoft have finally supported PDF bookmarks into Microsoft Edge something I’ve requested since the original release of Windows 10 TH1 (Version 1507):

There is also a tab preview and more support for writing with a stylus:

Also they have put in the ability for full screen viewing:

150th Dominion (Canada) Day

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I wish all Canadian’s a Happy Dominion Day.

Since today is Canada’s 150th Dominion Day I have put together the following chart highlighting the historical ties between the United Kingdom and Canada. Please feel free to share and distribute it.

Canada Dominion Day

Canada – Kanata (Iroquoian) means “Settlement, Village or Land”.

On this day 150 years ago (1st of July 1867) Canada became a Dominion of the British Empire. A Dominion is an “autonomous Community with the British Empire”. In other words a political equal to the United Kingdom equal in status and in no way subordinate in any aspect. Dominions are united by common allegiance to the Crown and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam
They desire a better country

A Mari Usque Ad Mare
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth

And for Dominion Day my Canadian Red Ensign is out flying. Another grey sky in Glasgow, Scotland.

Philip Yip

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Improvements in Windows Update

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With Windows 10 Build 15063 Microsoft have made updating more flexible for Windows 10 Pro.

Active hours now has a maximum of 18 hours opposed to 12:

There is now the Current Branch for Business (which gives more of an emphasis on Security opposed to Feature Updates and gives only thoroughly tested Updates):

There is the option to pause updates for a week. This means you can safely set up your computer for an overnight measurement/render/simulation without worrying about Windows 10 auto-restarting:

For more details see Managing Windows Update in Windows 10.

Enabling UEFI and SecureBoot after an Upgrade from Windows 7 OEM to Windows 10 OEM

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I looked into the MBR2GPT tool yesterday and have made a written guide on how to convert a MBR Legacy Boot (Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade) to a UEFI Boot (providing the hardware is capable):

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/enabling-uefi-and-secureboot-after-an-upgrade-from-windows-7-oem-to-windows-10-oem/

Tutorial Video here:

Windows 10 Build 15063, Version 1703, RS2, Creator’s Update Guides

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Windows 10 RS2 Build 15063/Version 1703/Creator’s Update


Your OEM Product Keys

Windows 10 RS2 installation media is multi-Edition and will automatically input the SLP key from the MSDM for all the following OEM licenses:

Win10HomeWin8HomeWin8Bingwin10ProWin8Pro

This installation media will also accept the Windows 7 Product Key from the COA:

Windows 7 COA

For more details about your Product Key see:

The following is just a demonstration proving that Windows 7 OEM and Windows 8.x OEM keys still act as Windows 10 OEM keys as you may be told elsewhere that the Free Upgrade is over:


Installation Guide – Download and Clean Install (from Windows)


Installation Guides – Download and Upgrade Install (from Windows)

The Upgrade Install only works for a system running Windows 7, Windows 8.x or an earlier build of Windows 10. Upgrade Installs are not supported on Windows Vista.


Installation Guides – Download and Clean Install (from Linux)


Windows 7

Variant A – Downloading installation media from Dell (Dell only Intel Based Skylake systems with Windows 7 Pro OEM Downgrade Rights).

Variant B Downloading installation media from Microsoft (All OEMs).

Windows Vista Reaches End of Life

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End of OS Support

  • 11 Apr 2017: Windows Vista reaches End of Life and no security patches will be released since. See here for more details.
  • 08 Apr 2014: Windows XP reached End of Life (>3 years ago) and no security patches have been released since. See here for more details.

End of Browser Support

  • 27 Sep 2016: FireFox 53 Drops support for Windows Vista and Windows XP see here for more details.
  • 12 Jan 2016: Support for all versions of Internet Explorer except for Internet Explorer 11. See here for more details.
  • 01 May 2016: Google have just dropped support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Some How to Tutorial Videos

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A assortment of new tutorial videos I’ve made.

Screen Recording using Debut Video Capture

Debut video capture is available here:

http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/

Referencing using Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is available here:

https://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/

Scanning a Colour Document, Straightening ot, Cleaning it up and Performing OCR for Free

Gimp is available here:

https://www.gimp.org/

PDFill Free Tools are available here:

https://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html

PDF XChange Viewer is available here:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

Creating an Animated GIF using Image J

Image J (FiJi) is available here:

http://fiji.sc/

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement to use an Unsigned Driver in Windows 10

 

 

Converting a Windows XP OEM Physical Machine into a Retail Virtual Machine

This one has a written guide:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/installation-of-windows-and-linux-on-a-virtual-machine-using-vmware-player/converting-a-windows-xp-oem-physical-machine-into-a-windows-xp-corporate-or-retail-virtual-machine-using-vmware-vcentre-converter/