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    Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    You don't have to do that (use Legacy). I directly manage ~150 machines, and indirectly ~1500 more, and ALL of them are UEFI, and many of them have been reimaged using external boot media. Real simple.
    For most stock installations of Windows10, UEFI is set and so is "Secure Boot" enabled. Unless an admin bios password had already been applied, you can disable SecureBoot, reimage, and then re-enable once you're finished. This keeps those machines secure from those who might want to bypass security by booting their own media. Btw, once done, then is a good time to apply that bios admin pwd.
    We use Dell machines for Windows here on campus, and it is EASY to apply a script that does all the above, reboots, allows for reimaging, and then tidies up again at the end...without having to manually change settings in bios at all!

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    Still very interested in seeing example(s) of such scripts. (Probably would not matter if geared towards a particular imaging program, as long as this could be adapted for another.)
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    "Windows 10's package manager flooded with duplicate, malformed apps."

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/windows-10s-package-manager-flooded-wit...alformed-apps/
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    <BUMP to Post #421, above: Crickets . . . ?>
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    Vanishing Folders | Win-10 Moves in Mysterious Ways:

    Update 20H2 trashed a few installed items here -- games most evidently -- shoving them into a folder section with the heading Windows_Old. Now, there is not trace of this folder anymore. Whatever got relocated there appears to be gone. (A good search utility failed to turn up anything, on keyword searches.) There is now just a folder entitled "Windows10Upgrade", that does not contain what I was looking for. Had I known this might happen, I would have backed up that Windows_Old section before it could disappear. Leaves you wondering what future Win Updates may zap. Best to keep a close watch on this possibility.

    [EDIT: in a couple cases, I was able to open install archives with a utility, extract and reinstate necessary files that must have gotten moved into the now vanished 'Windows_Old' section, as a workaround for restoring said programs. Reinstalling them from scratch might have worked as well, but I wanted to test out that method using the extractor.]
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    Windows 10 ""News and Interests"" is the new Active Desktop

    "Windows 10 News and Interests enabled for everyone in latest update."

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-news-and-interests-enabled-...latest-update/
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    Originally Posted by El Heggunte View Post
    Windows 10 ""News and Interests"" is the new Active Desktop

    "Windows 10 News and Interests enabled for everyone in latest update."

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-news-and-interests-enabled-...latest-update/
    Yikes, here we go again ! Just like Dracula kept returning for numerous Hammer sequels, they keep coming up with more ways to "Cortana" us with telemetry snooping, data mining, and serving up ads -- even after we've put a stake through Cortana etc. down in the basement.

    Well, my digging for a solution has only begun, but already there is this

    https://www.ghacks.net/2021/06/11/how-to-disable-the-weather-widget-from-the-windows-10-taskbar/

    which includes various links in the article responses. Hopefully one of those will prove effective, without causing significant damage. I'm gonna start with a Registry-based one, then move on to tossing the new EDGE overboard. Won't miss that at all. A pity we apparently can't tank 21H1 altogether, without also disposing of the latest security fixes in the process.

    [EDIT: and this: https://www.askvg.com/tip-completely-disable-and-remove-news-and-interests-feature-in-windows-10/ ]
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    Have now ditched this intrusive and unwanted "feature", using the method presented in the AskVG article linked above. (It had also had the effect of squeezing out the available space for pinned items on your taskbar.) This was just the latest privacy invading, data mining inroad slipped in my MS . . . and it surely won't be the last.

    Meanwhile,

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/14/22533018/microsoft-windows-10-end-support-date
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    Updating and running ShutUp10 got rid of it for me.

    https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/oo_shutup10.html
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    Originally Posted by p_l View Post
    Updating and running ShutUp10 got rid of it for me.

    https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/oo_shutup10.html
    Thanks for this tip.

    That last updates screwed up my tablet, had to roll back, still not working properly. I didn't update it, it just did it to itself. Sucks.
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    Originally Posted by p_l View Post
    Updating and running ShutUp10 got rid of it for me.

    https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/oo_shutup10.html
    Majorgeeks is probably o.k., but I prefer getting these things from the developer's own page.
    I had checked that, but I guess it must have been right before the latest version had dropped.
    O&O had to be aware of this, was hoping they would get right on it. Turning it Off in Windows
    might not be sufficient; I'd rather zap it in the Registry. Even that probably won't stop them from re-enabling it with a future update.
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    Majorgeeks also provides a download link directly from the developer's site, if that's what you prefer.
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