How To Install Windows 10

WindowsThe installation process of Windows has changed a lot over the years; when I started doing installs it was from a 3½ inch floppy disk, but these days it is from a bootable USB drive.

I have previously posted about how to install Windows 8 and even the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but the current Windows 10 install is much different from both.

In this post, I am going to step through the installation of Windows 10 (1607 released on 13/02/2019). Once you have the media available to install, most likely using the US Tool I linked to above), ensure your computer, or virtual machine, is set to boot from the required device.

In this example, I am actually creating a virtual machine so have mounted the ISO in Hyper-V. When the VM is started, hit a key to boot from the mounted ISO:

Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...

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Tool To Make A Bootable Windows USB Drive

WindowsBack in 2013, I posted an article on making a bootable Windows 8 USB drive; while this post is still relevant, the download link to the tool is no longer valid, due to Microsoft closing CodePlex.

The tool is still available; it can be downloaded directly from Microsoft here.

How to Remove a Dependency from a Windows Service

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn the last post I showed how to use sc.exe to add a dependency to a Windows service; the first time I added the dependency to the eOne and eConnect services, I got the service name wrong. This was because the server I was working on had a SQL Server Named instance rather than the default name.

I had to do some searching around how to remove the incorrect dependency, as it was preventing the services from starting:

Services - Windows could not start the eConnect for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 Integration Service service on the Local Computer

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How to Add a Dependency to a Windows Service

Windows ServerWhile I was blogging about implementing SmartConnect, I mentioned that the service account should be either set as delayed start or have a dependency added.

The former option, making it delayed start, can be done through the Services control panel applet, you can’t add a dependency this way. Instead the dependency can be added via a command.

The service can be changed by using the sc.exe which is a component of Windows. To use the command we need to know the Service name of both the service we want to add the dependency to and also the service name of the service it will be dependent on.

In my example, I am adding a dependency to the eOne SmartConnect Service; to find the Service name, open Services from the Control Panel, rich-click the service and locate the Service name:

eOne SmartConnect Service Properties

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Creating An Outlook Item Shortcut

Microsoft OutlookEarlier this month I did a post on command line paramaters to create an Outlook item (such as an email or appointment). In that post I mentioned it was easy to create a shortcut for them, but realised afterwards, that it might be beneficial to cover creating the shortcut.

To create a shortcut, right click on the Windows desktop, and click on New » Shortcut:

Windows right-clickcontext menu

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Custom Shortcuts in Run Window

WindowsWindows allows you to use commands as shortcuts in the Run prompt (such as calc to launch calculator). I typically use a lot of shortcuts to launch apps or open files I use a lot, but don;t want to drop a lot of shortcuts in any of the standard folders from which Windows allows shortcuts to be used.

Fortunately, you can add additional folders to use for shortcuts. To add a new folder, open the System window (Win+Pause|Break) and click on Advacned system settings< :

System window

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Conclusion

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

The Old Calculator for Windows 10 app installs a calculator which looks like the one in Windows 7 and before.

The best reason I ahev for using this replacement, is the speed of launching. I find that apps from the Microsoft Store take so long to load; this replacement starts very quickly (just the the calculator of old).

Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Using the App

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

With the Old Calculator for Windows 10 app installed, it is accessible from the Windows Start menu:

Search for calc

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Installation

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

The Old Calculator for Windows 10 can be downloaded from Winaero:

Download app from Winaero

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Series Index

ApplicationsTime has flown over the last 12 months. It was this time last year that I complained on Twitter about the new Calculator app in Windows 10 and Steve Endow suggested an alternative called Old Calculator for Windows 10.

Well, I’ve installed it without issue on a few machines since then and not had any issues, so I thought I’d share a little more about this app.

Windows 10 Calculator Replacement
Installation
Using the App
Conclusion