* Posts by BikePics

6 posts • joined 6 Jun 2012

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs


New Group Policy option to disable upgrades

Perhaps it might have been useful to mention that an update released in December, Microsoft KB3112343, also updates the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\WindowsUpdate.admx file and adds an option "DisableOSUpgrade" with the notes saying:

If you enable this setting, Windows Update will not offer you an upgrade to the latest version of Windows.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, Windows Update might offer an upgrade to the latest version of Windows

This update is for Win 7, but the group policy setting also applies to Win 8.1 Update.

Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK


No official Server 2012 drivers

I picked up a NUC5i5RYH a few months ago to use as a low power machine for running a few lab VMs but only discovered after installing Windows Server 2012 R2 that there are no official Intel server 08/12 drivers, and the windows 8.1 NIC drivers will not work on server 2012 R2.

There is a workaround that requires editing a driver inf and temporarily disabling some security options. There is some more info here - https://communities.intel.com/thread/51182

Win 8.1 comes with hyper-v which will do the job but I still have a few precious TechNet keys so using a Server 2012 R2 enterprise key lets me activate lots of Server 2012 R2 VMs

Apart from the driver issue, I am very happy with my setup, I added G.Skill 16G(2x8G) DDR3-1866 RAM and a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 + 2 TB Samsung ST2000LM003 2.5 SATA 6GB/s

Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box


Re: Law abiding Mongolians

The first time I was happy to see Australia had been left off a map!

Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS


Education Dept was not included

It's worth noting that the Department of Education was not included in the deal, since they have to license software for the students classroom use along with staff. This then brings the number off full time staff in departments covered by the deal much closer to the number licensed.

Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads


They should have just saved their money and put it towards paying to run fiber from the node to their house :)

Facebook testing "announce important post" feature


Promote for Like Pages

I run a Facebook page for people who have Liked a web site I operate and last Wednesday (30th May) I noticed a new link when I post info on that page saying ‘Promote’. When clicked it pops up a window saying ‘Get more people who like your Page to see this post.’


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