Windows Suggestion: Allow choice of how many/which monitors RDP uses

Windows 10I occasionally work from home (I don’t really like doing so as I prefer to keep work and home separate). My problem is that at home I have a four monitor setup (2 x 27″ @ 2560×1440, 1 x 23″ @ 1920×1080 and 1 x 19″ @ 1280×1024) and when I am connecting to work I want to use two of the monitors for the remote system I am connecting to and two for local programs or files.

However, the Windows remote Desktop Connection only allows you to use a single monitor or to mark a checkbox to use all monitors:

Remote Desktop Connection

I added a suggestion via the Windows Feedback Hub asking for this to be amended to allow a choice over the number of monitors to use. I’d appreciate it if people would up vote so we can get RDP enhanced/

Manually Activating Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows 10One of the perks of being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is the fRee MSDN VisualStudio account. This gives access to pretty much all of Microsoft’s software for development and testing purposes.

The main pieces of software I use is Windows and SQL Server. Usually when writing blog posts about Microsoft Dynamics GP, I use Windows 2012 or 2012 R2, but occasionally I create a Windows client machine with Windows 10.

Usually these machines don’t last long enough to need registering, but I have lately been working on one or two projects which required a somewhat longer life than the free registration period. For Windows Server, this isn’t a problem as the server version of Windows registers online without problems. However, registering Windows 10 Enterprise is not so simple, as the Enterprise editions of Windows requires a Key Management Server to successfully register.

I have never configured one of these as my installations for development and testing are usually fleeting. Instead, there are a couple of commands which can be run which will allow Windows 10 Enterprise to be registered online.

The first command is where you install the KMS key:

slmgr.vbs /ipk {Windows 10 Enterprise Key}

slmgr.vbs /ipk {Windows 10 Enterprise Key}

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Windows 10 Lock Screen Doesn’t Show Background

Microsoft Dynamics GPI had my work laptop rebuilt recently after having numerous faulty components replaced. After the rebuild, the Windows lock screen remains black and doesn’t show the background image. I changed it to a static image rather than the Windows spotlight. Unfortunately, this didn’t resolve the issue.

The answer for fixing this is actually very simple, but not obvious. To correct the problem, open the System properties window by opening Windows Explorer and right clicking on This Computer and then clicking on Properties (or by pressing Win + Pause|Break).

Once the System window is open, click on Advanced system settings:

System

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Win+Tab and Virtual Desktops

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Win+Tab key combination was introduced in Windows Vista and appears to have been removed in Windows 8, but is back in Windows 10.

The initial display is very like Alt+Tab which allows task switching, but also has an Add a desktop option:

Win+Tab

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Start Menu Customisation

Microsoft Dynamics GPAs I covered in this post the Start menu is being reintroduced in Windows 10 and will include a side panel containing the live tiles previously used on the Start screen.

The image below shows the default layout of the Start menu when Windows is first installed:

Windows Start Menu

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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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