Skype 7.x & Lync Crashing on launch – Windows 10 TechP

A quick one …

If you are running Windows 10 TechP & find that Skype, & or Lync, Desktop version is crashing on launch, I suggest regressing your video driver.

I experienced this issue shortly after applying Kb3021952, and have since applied the updates individually without finding the issue. Then I regressed the AMD drivers on the Test_Box (HP 8460p, 12Gb RAM & 320Gb hard drive) and was able to launch both Skype & Lync with problems experienced.

Remember that whilst Windows 10 is in Technical Preview the computer will install updates from a Microsoft WSUS infrastructure to ensure that all systems have the relevant updates applied. The WSUServers are possibly located within the Microsoft Datacentres, but updated from Redmond, allowing for easy transfer.

By default “ooB” Win10TechP will automatically download both Windows updates & recommended updates – Drivers !!

You can change this by, clicking on the start button (bottom left – or wherever you’ve placed it), & select “Settings” (was PC Settings)

Select “Update & Recovery”

Ensure that the tick against Recommended Updates has been removed.

This will stop the updates to drivers.

If you want to reintroduce the “Old” Windows Update back onto the Control Panel, please save the following into Notepad – other text editors are available 馃槢 – & save it as “whatever_you_want” with the “.reg” extension.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



You may also want to ensure that Automatic Updates are configured, or not configured, as you want

路 每+R(Run)

路 gpedit.msc

路 Computer Configuration

路 Administrative Templates

路 Windows Components

路 Windows Update

路 Configure Automatic Updates

路 Not Configured


Win10 Release – the logic

Having posted my thoughts upon when Windows 10 will be released, & having re-read the post I thought that I had better say something about the logic that has caused me to say when I believe Windows 10 will be released …

Microsoft have already released their roadmap stating in which quarter they will release their software builds. Now the Microsoft year runs from 1st July through to 30th June, and they name the software in the year that it will be released. If the new version of MS Office was released on the 2nd July 2016, then it will be called Office 2016 even though it is released in 2015 – there is a logic to this …

Microsoft have laid the clues in the build 9926. Where all previous builds expire on April 15th 2015, Build 9926 expires on 1st October 2015.

Now tradditionally the pre-release\escrow OS build has been available for a few weeks following the release of the OS, which has traditionally been released to the business community through TechNet & MSDN as the discs make their way to the store shelf. I believe that this version of the Operating System will follow the traditional release cycle management & then very shortly afterwards – maybe a month – be released to the public through download\update.

A couple of things are certain, there will be an optional upgrade process and if you have the latest TechP\Escrow build installed at release then you will also have an upgrade path.

Hope this helps

Windows 10 Release Date


Over the past couple of months I’ve seen more and more posts (including those from parasitic world) claiming that they have the release date for Windows 10. Sadly there are only a few people who know the proposed release date (it could all move right on the calendar if there are serious issues), and I doubt whether they will be saying anything. For those who are involved outside the Microsoft organisation, they will have signed NDAs & will not be saying anything.

Here’s where I’m going to sit back with a grin bigger than the proverbial Cheshire Cat’s & feel very smug, as I clutch my lucky rabbits foot, four leaf clover & lucky white heather. Though if I’m wrong I could be pelted with goose eggs …

I’m going to say that Windows 10 will be released in mid-last quarter (last week of September) – (Microsoft have said last quarter) & there will be an upgrade path from the final Technical Preview\Escrow builds.

Know where you heard it first

Paying for text editors .. What a RIP-Off … Why should I pay for something when I can get it for FREE – I’m NOT talking about the Operating System either

Works in Windows ALL versions

One of the things that really annoys me is the fact that people fail to conduct their consumer market research & decide to charge for the simple things in life, especially when the functionality they offer are provided for free.

Yes I know Microsoft have not updated the functionality in Notepad for a long time, but we need to remember that if they did then Microsoft would be dragged through the courts for dominating the market space. Internet Explorer & Google springs to mind 鈥. along with the European Union !!

OKay, Notepad is the first text editor that many people will use, but we all know that it offers pretty basic functionality. If my memory serves me correctly 鈥 without the need to meander through that world wide library we call the internet 鈥 it first appeared in a suite of DOS utilities for Microsoft Mouse back in 1983/84. Then in 1985 Notepad was included within Windows 1.0.

Since then Notepad has become one of the stable utilities included within Windows.

Notepad is great for writing text documents, batch & .PS* files, editing .csv files along with many other simple things; But it is limited by the fact it can only open files of a maximum size 鈥 I believe it鈥檚 somewhere about 600Mb 鈥 which beats the 64Kb in Win 3.1

Whilst we all have preferences, I prefer PSPad ( 鈥 it鈥檚 something I stumbled across back in 2006鈥檌sh & have used it since.


Functionality 鈥


What it looks like


Coding offered 鈥

The downside is that you need to download the dictionary, and place it within the folder structure. The advantage is that you can install multiple dictionaries

Another alternative, is Notepad++ (

Code Offering 鈥 Notepad

Dictionary 鈥

Notepad  2

There are a few more offerings, and the one that I have a serious issue with is UltraEdit (

UltraEdit is offered as a trial for 30 days, after which it will COST you US$79.99.

This $79.99 will allow you to install UltraEdit on 3 machines, and free upgrades for a year after purchase. But UltraEdit does not provide anything more than either PSPad, or Notepad++.

So what is the benefit of paying for something that doesn鈥檛 offer a significant benefit 鈥

Personally I鈥檓 sticking with PSPad, as my alternative text editor, and scripting tool. It鈥檚 not just because I鈥檓 comfortable with the package 鈥 having used it for so long 鈥 but because having tried other alternatives, I like the functionality offered by the application. It was written by someone who wanted his students to use a single interface allowing the definition of a standardised editor, rather than multiples.

Maybe someone will be able to show me a better editor, but until then PSPad is the one I鈥檒l use.

PSPad compatibility .. Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7, Win 8\8.x & Win10

Installing fonts using PowerShell

Works in Win7, Win8.x & Win10

I have a folder containing 370+ fonts, in compressed files that I want to install.

The problem that I have is I dislike repeated mouse clicking during the extraction of the compressed file鈥檚 contents to another folder. Especially having to repeat this 370+ times.

The advantage is that I have WinRAR installed, so that I can manage compressed files, other than those covered by the inbuilt compression manager hosted by Windows Explorer & File Manager.


Launching the Command Prompt, in Administrator mode, fun the command

“C:\Program Files\WinRAR\winrar.exe” x C:\Users\test\Downloads\Font_Test\Zipped\*.zip C:\Users\test\Downloads\Font_Test\Font_Extract

This will unpack the files contained in 鈥淔ont_Test\Zipped鈥 to 鈥淔ont_Test\Font_Extract鈥

Once the files have been extracted launch PowerShell, & run as administrator.

If you are running PowerShell on a personal system, and have not signed the script then you鈥檒l need to set the execution policy 鈥淪et-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted鈥

Then run the following command

$fonts = (New-Object -ComObject Shell.Application).Namespace(0x14)
dir C:\Users\test\Downloads\Font_Test\Font_Extract\*.ttf | %{ $fonts.CopyHere($_.fullname) }


This will install the fonts into the C:\Windows\Fonts folder, with the only interaction needed is you approval to approve the replacement of any duplicated named files

Cortana – waiting for her to arrive

in your hand

Despite all the teasing, (promises & adverts), that we are receiving here in the UK about the arrival of Cortana we鈥檙e beginning to feel a slight resemblance to the nerd that has been promised a date by the home coming queen. 鈥 You just know that it鈥檚 not going to happen any time soon .. though we could be pleasantly surprised if Microsoft delivers Cortana to the UK in an early Win 10 1000 build 鈥

When asked why Cortana had been delivered to India, Australia & Canada first. The response was 鈥渄ue to the complexity of the English language鈥. Right go figure 馃槢 .. You could also include the fact that we also spell words using the letter 鈥渦鈥 and 鈥渟鈥 then only use a 鈥渮鈥, (or zee) when the word requires its use.

Though in all honesty you can drive hours in your car in the US to find a different dialect, but here in the UK each town, & county has its own dialect. Heck maybe they鈥檝e stumbled across the Somerset (Zomerzet) accent, where the phrase 鈥渨here be ee too鈥 actually means several different things 鈥 how are you, where have you been ect ect 馃檪 Then you have the Yorkshire, Lancastrian, and the Midlands; and that鈥檚 before you throw in the rural Oxfordshire and Berkshire accents. So I鈥檓 guessing it could be a few decades before the lady arrives.

But for now I guess I鈥檒l have to live with the teasing of the Microsoft Cortana adverts and await with anticipation, and envy, at the rest of the world who manage to play with this very useful application. Then find Halo and watch her instead 鈥


Oh well it鈥檚 time to test the other machine running 9926 (US build) which is registered to a US address


For those friends in the US does this remind you of someone ?

Microsoft Office 365 available in Win10


I’m going to reblog a twitter feed by Julia White (Microsoft) that will raise an eyebrow or two … Office is available for Win10 users & will likely be included in the build ..

The original posting can be found here ..

The next chapter of Office on Windows

Today鈥檚 post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.

Editor鈥檚 Note

Update 2/5/2015, 1:15 PM: Thanks for your patience as we worked to resolve some issues with access and download of the Office for Windows 10 Preview. We鈥檙e happy to report that聽we鈥檝e聽fixed the issues. You are now able to search the Windows 10 Store (beta) for Word聽Preview, Excel Preview and PowerPoint聽Preview to聽download the apps.聽

Update 10:30 AM: We鈥檙e seeing some reports of issues accessing and downloading the apps. The team is working on a fix now. Please check back later.

Two weeks ago we shared our plans to introduce new, Universal Office apps for Windows 10 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote, that can be installed on PCs, tablets and phones. Today, we鈥檙e excited to announce that Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available for technical preview on PCs, laptops and tablets running the Windows 10 Technical Preview! In the coming weeks, we鈥檒l open up our preview for the same apps on phones and tablets running Windows 10.

These 鈥渦niversal鈥 Office apps are optimized for touch and mobile use and are a great way to take your work on the go, no keyboard or mouse required.

For more information on how to join the Windows 10 Technical Preview click here. If you鈥檙e already in the Windows 10 Technical Preview you can search for Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the new Windows Store Beta today and thank you for helping us test the Office for Windows 10 apps on your touch enabled PC, laptop or tablet.

Yesterday鈥檚 unveil of Windows 10 showcased a new generation of experiences that will empower people and organizations to achieve more. In partnership with Windows 10, the Office team is bringing a fantastic new set of Office experiences to this platform, furthering our mission to bring the unparalleled productivity of Office to everyone, on every device. Over the past 12 months, you鈥檝e seen us reimagine the traditional Office experience for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The next step in this journey is the delivery of touch and mobile optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10.

Hopefully, you got to see the new Office experiences that Joe Belfiore demonstrated as part of the Window 10 announcements; if not鈥揷heck out the demo of Word for Windows 10 here and the demo of PowerPoint for Windows 10 here聽using a Windows Phone.

Office 鈥渦niversal鈥 apps on Windows 10 deliver a touch and mobile-first experience across devices

Office for Windows 10 offers touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook that work great on small screen devices like your phone and tablet鈥攁ll the way up to the Microsoft Surface Hub. They are designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, built for touch and offer the unmistakable Office experience you know and love. As 鈥渦niversal鈥 Office apps, they truly are the same app across device size, providing a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps.

These new Office apps will be pre-installed for free on phones and small tablets running Windows 10, and available to download from the Windows Store for other devices. The Office universal apps will be available with the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the coming weeks and general availability is on track for later this year.

Simultaneously, we are hard at work on the next release of the Office desktop suite that will be called Office 2016. (Unexpected, I know!) We will have more to share on Office 2016 in the coming months, but this suite will remain the comprehensive Office experience you鈥檙e long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse. We have compelling new experiences coming as part of this Office suite鈥搒tay tuned to the Office Blog for more details. We expect to make Office 2016 generally available in the second half of 2015.

With that context, let鈥檚 dive a bit deeper into the new Office universal apps for Windows 10. All of the new Office universal apps are designed for touch and mobile, working beautifully across devices.

  • Word for Windows 10鈥擟reate and edit great looking documents with Word. Review and mark-up documents, then share your work with others to collaborate in real time. The new Insights for Office feature (powered by Bing) in Read mode brings additional online resources like images, web references and definitions right to you in your reading experience.


  • Excel for Windows 10鈥擴se Excel to create and update spreadsheets and gain new insights as you analyze data and visualize it with charts. And new touch-first controls shine in Excel, you won鈥檛 even miss your keyboard and mouse when selecting ranges of cells, formatting your pie charts or managing your workbooks.


  • PowerPoint for Windows 10鈥擟reate and edit beautiful presentations with PowerPoint. Then use Presenter View to prepare and present with confidence, even use Ink Tools to annotate your slides in real time so your audience really knows what you are talking about.


  • OneNote for Windows 10鈥擟apture all your thoughts, ideas and to-do鈥檚 with the new version of OneNote. Getting things done with your friends, classmates and colleagues has never been easier with shared notebooks鈥搉ow with the consistent Office ribbon experience.


  • Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar for Windows 10鈥擟rafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience. Simply insert tables, add pictures and use bullets and color to get your point across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures that help you read, sort, flag and archive your mail.


If you鈥檇 like to see a demonstration of the Office universal apps for Windows 10 on a tablet, including differentiated experiences like the power of the pen and Insights for Office, check out this video from Office Mechanics:

The next chapter of Office on Windows is here.

鈥擩ulia White