Windows 10 Technical Preview: The Start Menu

Microsoft Dynamics GPWindows 10 is to see the re-introduction of the Start menu. The Start menu was initially introduced in Windows 95 and continued unchanged until it was given a makeover in the 2007 released Windows Vista.

This makeover saw the ability to conduct a search by simply starting to type after pressing the Windows button.

Windows 8 saw the removal of the Start menu and introduction of the Start screen; the start menu had occupied a small cramped area in the bottom left of the screen next to the Windows button, whereas the Start screen occupies the whole screen. The Start button was also removed and replaced with a hot corner in the bottom left from which to launch the Start screen.

Both of these choices proved to be very controversial and led for calls to reintroduce the Start button, which Microsoft did in Windows 8.1 although the Start screen remained.

Well, Windows 10 has had the Start menu reintroduced:

Start menu

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Installation

Microsoft Dynamics GPBefore taking a look at the new features in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, we need to first install it.

To do the install I created a new virtual machine in Hyper-V and added the downloaded iso image to the virtual optical drive.

When I started the VM, the installer automatically started and progressed to the language selection window.

As I downloaded the UK version, the language has defaulted to English (United Kingdom); if you need to change the language, do so now and then click Next:

Windows Setup

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Series Index

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, it is time for a divergence from posting about Microsoft Dynamics GP. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was posting about the Windows 8 Developer Preview, but looking back it was actually just over three years ago.

In this series, I’m going to start with the installation process and then take a look at some of the new features and differences between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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Add Persistent Mapped Drive For Shared Files

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP and related products, such as Integration Manager, have a few files which need to be shared between client machines. This can, and in a lot of cases should, be done using a shared folder accessed via the UNC path (e.g. \\file\Dynamics Central to access the Dynamics Central folder on the server called file).

However, if any of these files need to be accessed by users then using the UNC path isn’t the friendliest of ways. Instead a mapped drive can be used which shows up in Windows Explorer and allows the user to easily access it and each user needs the drive mapped under the same folder.

While mapped drives can be created manually on each client machine this would take while. Instead we can create a batch file which can be run on each machine which will add the mapped drive for us:

net use M: /delete
net use M: "\\file\Dynamics Central" /persistent:YES

The first line deletes any existing M: and the second then creates a persistent (one which will be retained when the PC is rebooted) mapped drive on the drive letter M using the Dynamics Central folder on the server called file.

Stop Windows Server 2012 Server Manager Loading Automatically

When you log into Windows Server, the Server Manager opens automatically, but I rarely want to use it. In Windows Server 2008 R2 there was a checkbox on the main window which would allow you to dismiss the window and prevent it appearing again.

This option still exists in the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager, but it is no longer front and centre.

To prevent Server Manager loading automatically when logging into Windows, click Manage and then Server Manager Properties:

Server Manager

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Trust Relationship Between This Workstation And The Primary Domain Failed

This perhaps isn’t the best time of the year to be posting about trust relationship breakdowns, but this is the only post I have ready to go (I have a couple of series of posts I intend to do soon).

I make quite a lot of use of virtual machines for testing and writing because of the flexibility and ease of taking a snapshot before doing something risky so the machine can be reset. After doing so one day, I ran into a problem I hadn’t seen before after restoring one virtual machine to a snapshot:

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failedThe trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

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