A surprise one from your friendly neighbourhood IT Support this afternoon. A laptop running Windows 10 has started playing back all the sound picked up by the Microphone- my voice was being echoed back (with a slight delay) even when no applications were running.
The solution here is found in a setting in the Windows sound controls- the following steps will resolve the issue.
- Open “Control Panel” from the Start menu
- Click on “Sound”
- On the “Sound” dialogue, select the “Recording” tab
- Select your active microphone from the list
- Click on the “Properties” button
- On the “Microphone Properties” dialogue, select the “Listen” tab
- Un-tick the box labelled “Listen to this device”
- Click “OK” on the “Microphone Properties” and “Sound” dialogues.
A new feature in Windows 10 is the ability to locate a missing device. Want to check you left your Surface at the Office and not on the train?- here’s how.
Step 1- Make sure you’ve updated to at least the November 2015 build of Windows 10 (v1511, 10586) using Windows Update.
Step 2- Go to “Settings” and choose “Find My Device” from the left hand menu. If it says “Find My Device is off” then click on the “Change” button and toggle the switch.
Step 3- Visit http://account.microsoft.com/devices and sign in, you should see your device listed- click on the “Find my device” link.
Step 4- You can see where your device was last seen on a map.
Right-clicking on a desktop application on the Start Menu in Windows 10 gives you the option of running this application as administrator, with raised privileges. But what happens if you want to run as a different user?
The quick way is to right-click on the application and instead of choosing “Run as Administrator”, choose “Open File Location”. The shortcut will then be shown in a Windows Explorer window, Now we revert to a Windows 7/8 method. Hold down shift, right-click on it, and choose “Run as a different user”.
A session on deployment options for Windows 10 with Michael Niehaus from Microsoft. Here’s my top 5 notes:
- New in Windows 10 is the end of the requirement for wipe and reload in the enterprise and introduces the possibility of doing a managed in-place upgrade in a corporate environment.
- There’s good compatibility between Windows 7/8 and Windows 10- if your hardware and apps run in Windows today you’ll probably be fine in Windows 10 (the noted exception was 64-bit Windows on a Pentium D, but that must be a decade old configuration).
- Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11 is allowing companies with IE8-specific apps to migrate to a modern browser.
- Three deployment choices are offered- Wipe and Load, In Place Upgrade (mentioned in 1.) and finally Provisioning which transforms a Windows 10 device into an enterprise managed one- perfect for CYOD solutions and especially in the mobile device sphere.
- The Upgrade option, which can be provided through a simple task sequence driven option in SCCM Software Centre, also includes a rollback option- if something goes wrong then the previous OS will be restored.
Windows 10 Deployment Options
A run through of installing Windows 10 Server so you know what to expect (though if you’ve installed Server 2012 before this will be old news). This is Build 9841- 2 October 2014