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  1.    08 Aug 2017 #51
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    USA - NC
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Did you use the Group Policy trick, with an empty file made in Notepad?
    Yes I did. I just fixed it, just now. I opened gpedit and disabled the .xml file. Restarted Windows and then removed all the empty icons that now appear on the start menu and added whatever I wanted to!

    Thanks for your quick response!
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  2.    08 Aug 2017 #52
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 12,950
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    The group policy locks Start. Good to know you found how to open it again.
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  3.    29 Aug 2017 #53
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,878
    Windows10

    Good way of shrinking vhds.

    Users of Hyper-v know that expandable vhds grow in size each time you upgrade and even if you run disk cleanup and shrink partition, the storage size of the vhd does not reduce - for some reason the space is not freed up externally.

    The hyper-v shrink vhd command does not work, nor do power shell commands.

    Basically you need to copy partitions in vhd to a new vhd to reclaim space.

    Simple cloning does not work, as it ends up exactly same.

    I know users have derived ways using image backups etc, but I have developed a very simple way of doing it using minitool partition wizard free.

    1) Make backup copy of vhd in case crap happens

    2) mount vhd as drive in host PC from disk management

    3) create new expandable vhd, same size and format (MBR or GPT) as original.

    4) Run minitool partition wizard free and shrink C drive to minimum size.

    5) move any partitions to right of C drive leftmost, so all unallocated space is to right of all partitions

    6) use disk copy feature of minitool, IMPORTANTLY selecting to NOT resize partitions (otherwise it expand all partitions in ratio to fill unallocated space)

    It then gives you option to resize any partition before copying.

    Select C Drive and expand to maximum size (all right hand partitions are moved to adjust)


    It can take a while but end result is a new vhd that is truly at the minimum storage space externally.
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  4.    29 Aug 2017 #54
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 1,391
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15

    I use VirtualBox rather than Hyper-V, but the method I use is basically as shown at this link, which involves the compact vdisk command within Diskpart:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com...-diskpart.aspx

    Before doing this, I go into the VM while its running, and use SDelete (from Sysinternals) with the -z switch. Eg.
    Code:
    SDelete -z c:
    Then close down the VM and then from the host machine use the diskpart steps in that link to compact it.
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  5.    26 Sep 2017 #55
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 12,950
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I think this tutorial qualifies for this thread, at least I am unable to find any documentation about the shutdown command's /fw switch: General Tips Create Shortcut to Boot to UEFI Settings in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by Kari; 26 Sep 2017 at 12:14.
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  6.    01 Oct 2017 #56
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 17,552
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    I'm not sure if this is published anywhere else, and I didn't know you could do this until I accidently did it a minute ago:

    Placing your cursor over any icon on your desktop, and while holding the shift key down, and scrolling your mouse wheel UP(down does nothing), instantly opens the app, file, or folder.
    It also does it on the taskbar, but much slower.
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  7.    01 Oct 2017 #57
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,807
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    Left on my MX master Mouse does the same thing
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  8.    01 Oct 2017 #58
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,346
    Windows 10 Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    I'm not sure if this is published anywhere else, and I didn't know you could do this until I accidently did it a minute ago:

    Placing your cursor over any icon on your desktop, and while holding the shift key down, and scrolling your mouse wheel UP(down does nothing), instantly opens the app, file, or folder.
    It also does it on the taskbar, but much slower.
    Yeah, and if you have a speed wheel mouse, it opens bout a hundred and fifty instances of the item!!!
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  9.    01 Oct 2017 #59
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,346
    Windows 10 Professional

    One other thing I didn't know:

    WinKey+Ctrl+Backspace is Task View.
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