The next EDCUG meeting
will be held at the
Placerville Seventh Day Adventist Church
 on July 10, 2017

Early Session - Windows 10 Settings Panel:  Last session we reviewed different ways to navigate the many settings found in Windows 10. The Control Panel is still there in the Start Menu and still offers the most detailed options for managing our PCs. However, the Settings panel is designed for touch screen devices which are becoming more common. Settings is currently divided into 11 categories that largely duplicate the settings in the Control Panel.

However, the Settings panels offer a more streamlined way to manage many common features and option. And there are a few settings that are only available in one of the Settings categories.  Examples are Windows Updates, and the Windows Defender Security Center.

Remember that you can create the God Mode folder for complete access to all possible settings.
God Mode FolderNew folder  >  GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Last session we reviewed the System category of Settings.

This session we will review the Personalization and Privacy categories of Settings.

THE MEETING: Annual Dues, 2017 Program Planning, Window Pains

Windows 10 Update History

Microsoft Update Catalog


Short Program:   Smartphones and other micro computers

Main Program - UEFI/BIOS Firmware.  Starting with computers made for Windows 8 or newer, motherboards have changed and use a new type of firmware. The old firmware or Bios is being replaced with a new firmware called UEFI. The terminology is awkward, and the technology is more complicated. However, the new technology has several important advantages. It is more secure, it allows the computer to boot faster, it has advance troubleshooting and repair options, and makes it possible to manage disk formats that can address more than 2.1 terabyte capacity hard drives. Since 2 terabyte harddrives are now very common and 10 terabyte drives are available, you will need to know something about compatible formats for large capacity drives.

The UEFI firmware's Secure Boot mode makes it difficult to access the firmware and other boot options. We will learn several ways to gain access to the firmware when you need to change boot devices, or gain access to the advanced startup options for troubleshooting and repairing.


Dave Leippe

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