Windows 10


How to force the Windows 10 May Update

After an extended period of testing in the Release Preview ring, Microsoft has finally started rolling out the May 2019 Update to Windows 10 users, albeit in a “measured and throttled” way.

You might be able to get it now by going through Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update or, failing that, via the Media Creation tool. There is a very simple way to force Windows 10 to start the upgrade process immediately however.

If the new feature update is not currently showing up in Windows Update, then go to the Download Windows 10 page, and click on the Update now button. Doing so will download the Windows 10 Update Assistant — a small 5.9MB file.

Windows 10 Update

Save and launch this and then click the Update Now button. It will check to make sure your PC is compatible in terms of CPU, memory and disk space, and then download and verify the files needed for the update.


Unable to connect to share (System error 1272)

I noticed that I ran into a system error 1272 error to connect to a share residing on my NAS.  In Windows 10, version 1709 and higher (also Windows Server versions 1709 and higher) SMB2 guest access is disabled by default.

SMBv2 has the following behavior in Windows 10, version 1709, Windows Server version 1709, and Windows Server 2019:
  • Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education no longer allow a user to connect to a remote share by using guest credentials by default, even if the remote server requests guest credentials.
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard edition no longer allow a user to connect to a remote share by using guest credentials by default, even if the remote server requests guest credentials.
  • Windows 10 Home and Professional editions are unchanged from their previous default behavior.

How to enable SMB2 guest access

If you want to enable insecure guest access, you can configure the following Group Policy settings:
Computer configuration\administrative templates\network\Lanman Workstation
“Enable insecure guest logons”
Note By enabling insecure guest logons, this setting reduces the security of Windows clients.

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How to force the Windows 10 1809 Update

Yesterday Microsoft enabled the 1809 Windows 10 update again after some minor issues. Windows 10 shall automatically download the Windows 10 update, but this is how you can speed things up 🙂 :

Go to the Microsoft Support website here.

Download the Microsoft Upgrade Assistant.

Execute the Assistant and click next. After some time you have to reboot and your version of Windows will be upgraded :

Windows 10 1809


Help! Where is my application (Windows 10)

Recently I noticed that when I switched to another active application on my taskbar, Windows 10 didn’t show the application. Very annoying.. 🙁 The application (and the preview screen) showed while switching with alt-tab, but after releasing the application disappeared again!

I found the following solution :

Hover to the application that is having that problem on your taskbar.

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With for the preview screen to pop up and slowly go to that screen. Now use your right mouse button to select and choose for maximize.

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Voila! There it is again!