How to check if Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out in Fall 2017 and already 85% of PCs have it installed. This release, version 1709, has lots of new features and updates. So, how do you know if it’s installed or not on your computer? This article shows you two methods to verify if the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed.

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Windows Developer Day: March 7, 2018

Windows Developer Day

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST Microsoft will host another Windows Developer Day live stream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss upcoming features and improvements with the next Windows 10 update.

Although the agenda has not been set, the event will focus on two key areas:

  • Building for the modern workplace
  • Making your applications part of the intelligent edge

RSVP for the Windows Developer Day live stream Windows Developer Day today! By registering, you will also be notified when the next Windows SDK is available.

Windows 10 Startup Folder

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I was recently looking for the Startup folder in Windows 10 and it was not where I thought it was. (As a reminder: The Startup folder contains application shortcuts that automatically launch when Windows starts.)

Since everything changed after Windows 7, the Startup folder is now in a new locale. Rather than hunt around for it using Windows File Explorer, I found this quick tip using the shell: command for finding the Windows 10 Startup folder.

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List Installed Programs on Windows 10

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Here is a simple trick to list all of the installed programs on your Windows 10 computer. Read more of this post

Windows Developer Day: October 10, 2017

Windows 10 Developer Day

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM PDT Microsoft will host a Windows Developer Day livestream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, CVP of Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss advances and new features for software development in the Fall Creators Update. Also featured is an informative Q&A panel along with several deep-dive streaming sessions.

Although the agenda has not been set, when registering you can choose to receive updates for your area of interest:

RSVP for Windows Developer Day—Fall Creators Update today!

Enabling Telnet Client in Windows 10

The Telnet Client is a great tool for developers and administrators to help manage and test network connectivity. However, the Telnet Client application is disabled by default in Microsoft Windows 10. Attempts to use it before activation returns the error message ’not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file’.

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The following step-by-step shows you how to enable Telnet.

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Quiet Hours in Windows 10

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

Although Quiet Hours was available in Windows 8, Microsoft has made it more prominent within Windows 10 but at the expense of some of its functionality.

Quiet Hours allows you to remove app notifications from your desktop while you are working. Whereas in Windows 8 you could choose certain hours of the day to use Quiet Hours, in Windows 10 it is a manual On/Off feature. When it is on you will not see toast notifications on your screen but they will still queue in your Action Center for later review.

Setting Quiet Hours

Within the taskbar notification area, right click the Action Center icon and toggle Quiet Hours either On or Off from the menu.

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Alternatively, open the Action Center by clicking it. If the Quiet Hours tile is not visible, click Expand to show all tiles.

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Within the dialog window toggle the Quiet Hours tile between On and Off. When the tile is highlighted Quiet Hours is on.

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Action Center

Once Quiet Hours is on click Action Center to see any received notifications. They will be grouped by app. Click each notification for more info. Dismiss a notification individually (by hovering over it until you see the x), by app group (hover over the app group name until you see the x), or all notifications at once (using the Clear all button).

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