Windows 10

Codename 19H1: The Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, Codename 19H1, Version 1903, Build 10.0.18305 (also called Windows 10 19H1, Windows 10 18305, Windows 10 1903) is available for free download, upgrade, and manual offline installation through bootable DVD or USB flash drive on Windows-powered computers and laptops for testing and experimenting.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Editions:

Free Windows 10 ISO Preview Files are available in eight editions having different features and functions. Below is the list of all Windows 10 Preview Editions ISO Files currently available from Microsoft’s website officially and legally.

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Pro ISO (Professional)
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home ISO
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language ISO
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Education ISO
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise ISO
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China ISO
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview IoT Core ISO
  • Windows Server Insider Preview ISO

How to Update Windows 10 to Latest Preview Builds Versions?

Windows 10 users can participate in Windows Insider Program while working on original Windows 10 OS already activated with genuine product key issued from Microsoft. You can Free Upgrade Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds without losing data and files of your operating system. Just follow the below steps;

Step 1: Go to PC “Settings” directory through the Start Menu or Notification Panel.

Step 2: Go to the “Update and Security” section.

Step 3: On the left sidebar, Click on “Windows Insider Program” and press button “Get Started”.

Step 4: Change the setting from “Slow Ring” to “Fast Ring” or to “Skip Ahead” to Get Free Insider Preview Builds.

Step 5: Click on the button “Check Now” and then Press the button “Download Now” to start downloading the latest preview updates.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Activation Key:

Windows users can enter the Genuine Activation Key of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 to Activate Windows 10 Insider Preview. Windows 10 Preview will be expired as soon as the new preview builds released by Microsoft, so you should keep updating your operating system with new builds and versions on regular basis, or you can remove/uninstall/reinstall Windows 10 Preview version to further extend the time period of product expiry.

How to Download Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO Files via Direct Official Links?

Microsoft itself is promoting insider preview program by sharing the Official Download Links of Windows 10 Preview ISO 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Windows 10 users can free download ISO files from the Microsoft website.

Install RSAT on Windows 10 1809

Recently updated to Windows 10, version 1809, removed the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) that were previously installed.  This is common with such updates, however, this time around I was unable to reinstall the tools.  After much digging, I discovered that this is because Microsoft has made the RSAT tools a part of the “Features on Demand” in Windows 10.

Features on Demand (FODs) are Windows feature packages that can be added at any time.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/features-on-demand-v2–capabilities

More info on Windows Features on Demand: https://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/definition/Microsoft-Windows-Features-on-Demand

To install RSAT on Windows 10 version 1809, open an elevated Command or PowerShell and run the following DISM command:

DISM.exe /Online /add-capability /CapabilityName:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.Shielded.VM.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 /CapabilityName:Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

 

Once the install has completed you will notice the tools installed again under ‘Windows Administrative Tools’.

 

Here are links to additional info:

 

Mount NFS Share in Windows 10

Where is a need, there is a how-to do it for my friends.  Today it’s mounting of a NFS Share via Windows 10

Install the NFS Client (Services for NFS)
The first thing we need to do is install the NFS Client which can be done by following the steps below:

Step 1: Open Programs and Features.

Step 2: Click Turn Windows features on or off.

Step 3: Scroll down and check the option Services for NFS, then click OK

Step 4: Once installed, click Close and exit back to the desktop.

How to Mount an NFS Share
From the Windows Machine, Open the Command Prompt or Power Shell Prompt type the following command:

mount -o anon \\host-ip\nfs-share-name drive-letter:

The share is now mounted and we can access the data by navigating to the X: drive.
To validate your successful mount you can use the following command “mount” to review your connected mount points

 

How to: Disable the Windows Store

 

One of the features of Windows 10, is the Windows Store.  The Windows Store is a digital distribution platform for Microsoft Windows. It started as an app store for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 as the primary means of distributing Universal Windows Platform apps.

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Store_(digital)

As system configurators and administrators, this may be problematic as it introduces new configuration that was not expected or supported by the IT Staff.  To mitigate this the following steps can be used to disable the Windows Store.

This can be disabled via local group policy or via active directory domain services group policy.

Type gpedit in the search bar to find and start Group Policy Editor.

In the console tree of the snap-in, click Computer Configuration, click Administrative Templates, click Windows Components, and then click Store.

In the Setting pane, click Turn off Store application and then click Edit policy setting.

On the Turn off Store application setting page, click Enabled, and then click OK.

 

Considerations:

These policies are applicable to users of the Enterprise and Education editions only. ref: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3135657/can-t-disable-windows-store-in-windows-10-pro-through-group-policy

 

How to delay the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

As we edge ever nearer to the release of the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, we must pause and think about what could possibly break in the process.  That said, it’s a good practice to allow yourself time to test these things before deploying out to your company.

Here are steps you can take locally – or via Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) – Group Policy to defer the updates until a later time.

Requirement:  A version of Windows supporting the ability to defer feature updates

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 
  • Windows 10 Education

 

Steps:

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor (Local Windows) or Group Policy Management (for ADDS)
  2. Navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates
  3. Double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” to open the policy setting. First thing you need to do is set the policy to enabled. This activates the options that are provided.
  4. Click on Enable
  5. Select the branch readiness level for the feature updates you want to receive – Current Branch
  6. Choose the number of days to defer receiving the updates.  – 90 days works for me

Ref: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/waas-configure-wufb