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Windows client documentation for IT Pros - Windows for IT Pros Windows client documentation for IT Pros Evaluate, plan, deploy, secure, and manage devices running Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Published Date : Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Windows Documentation Windows technical documentation for developers and IT Pros. Information for Windows application developers, hardware developers, and IT pros. Application developers Design, develop, and deploy applications and other solutions for Windows PCs and other devices.
Published Date : Wednesday, December 14, 2022

About Windows - Win32 apps The desktop window is a system-defined window that paints the background of the screen and serves as the base for all windows displayed by all applications. The desktop window uses a bitmap to paint the background of the screen. The pattern created by the bitmap is called the desktop wallpaper.
Published Date : Thursday, January 7, 2021

Windows, Windows-based - Microsoft Style Guide Instructs to use Windows on "Windows, Windows-based", as a modifier for aspects or elements of the Windows operating system, but not to use Windows-based.. Windows, Windows-based Article 06/24/2022 2 minutes to read 5 contributors Feedback In this article Use Windows as a modifier for aspects or elements of the Windows operating system.
Published Date : Friday, June 24, 2022

Windows 10 compatibility (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment With Windows 10, organizations are encouraged to use more optimized testing processes, which reflect the higher levels of compatibility that are expected. At a high level: Identify mission-critical applications and websites, those applications and websites that are essential to the organization's operations.
Published Date : Friday, October 28, 2022

Windows 10 for Education (Windows 10) - Windows Education Plan Windows 10 configuration recommendations for education customers Provides guidance on ways to customize the OS diagnostic data, consumer experiences, Cortana, search, and some of the preinstalled apps, so that Windows is ready for your school.
Published Date : Friday, November 11, 2022

Overview of Windows Components - Windows drivers As the figure shows, the Windows operating system includes both user-mode and kernel-mode components. For more information about Windows user and kernel modes, see User Mode and Kernel Mode. Drivers call routines that are exported by various kernel components.
Published Date : Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Windows Server release information A major new version of Windows Server will continue to be released every 2-3 years, so you can expect both container host and container images to align with that cadence. The Windows release health hub is always evolving. Take our short survey and let us know how we can improve.
Published Date : Friday, September 9, 2022

Windows 10 infrastructure requirements (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) requires some more configuration to receive updates for Windows 10. Use the Windows Server Update Services admin tool and follow these instructions: Select the Options node, and then select Products and Classifications.
Published Date : Thursday, November 3, 2022

Configure Windows client - Configure Windows Windows 10 provides many features and methods to help you configure or lock down specific parts of Windows client.
Published Date : Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Customizing a Windows Installation Customizing a Windows Installation. /windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/customize-windows. How to customize a Windows image. Customize Article 03/15/2021 2 minutes to read 5 contributors Feedback In this article This section covers how to customize a Windows installation.
Published Date : Monday, March 15, 2021

Manage Windows Server Windows PowerShell Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language designed to let you rapidly automate administrative tasks. Windows Commands The Windows command-line tools are used to perform administrative tasks in Windows.
Published Date : Monday, August 29, 2022

Overview of Windows 10 IoT - Windows IoT Windows 10 IoT is a member of the Windows 10 family that brings enterprise-class power, security, and manageability to the Internet of Things.
Published Date : Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Overview of Windows 10 IoT Core - Windows IoT Windows 10 IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display that run on both ARM and x86/x64 devices. The Windows IoT Core documentation provides information on connecting, managing, updating, securing your devices, and more.
Published Date : Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Windows AI Windows AI Transform your Windows application with the power of artificial intelligence. Windows AI empowers you and your business to achieve more by providing intelligent solutions to complex problems. Windows Machine Learning (WinML) Overview Overview of Windows Machine Learning Concept What is a machine learning model?
Published Date : Friday, December 2, 2022

Using the Windows Headers - Win32 apps The Windows header files use macros to indicate which versions of Windows support many programming elements. Therefore, you must define these macros to use new functionality introduced in each major operating system release.
Published Date : Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Microsoft-Windows-Setup WindowsDeploymentServices Specifies settings for Windows Deployment Services, a management tool designed to facilitate deployment with a limited number of settings. Applies To To determine whether a component applies to the image you’re building, load your image into Windows SIM and search for the component or setting name.
Published Date : Thursday, November 5, 2020

Windows ADK for Windows 10 scenarios for IT Pros (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) contains tools that can be used by IT Pros to deploy Windows..
Published Date : Monday, November 28, 2022

Windows To Go feature overview (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs.
Published Date : Thursday, November 3, 2022

Add or hide optional apps and features on Windows devices - Windows Application Management Use Group Policy or MDM to hide Windows Features By default, the OS might show Windows Features, and allow users to install and uninstall these optional apps and features. To hide Windows Features on your user devices, you can use Group Policy (on-premises), or use an MDM provider, such as Microsoft Intune (cloud).
Published Date : Thursday, October 27, 2022

Windows API index - Win32 apps The name Windows API more accurately reflects its roots in 16-bit Windows and its support on 64-bit Windows.) User interface The Windows UI API creates and uses windows to display output, prompt for user input, and carry out the other tasks that support interaction with the user. Most applications create at least one window.
Published Date : Friday, May 13, 2022

Windows Sandbox Windows Sandbox has the following properties: Part of Windows: Everything required for this feature is included in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. There's no need to download a VHD. Pristine: Every time Windows Sandbox runs, it's as clean as a brand-new installation of Windows.
Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The Windows Security app The Windows Security app uses the Windows Security Service (SecurityHealthService or Windows Security Health Service), which in turn utilizes the Windows Security Center Service (wscsvc). This service makes sure that the app provides the most up-to-date information about the protection status on the endpoint.
Published Date : Saturday, December 10, 2022

Introduction to Windows Machine Learning Windows Machine Learning uses the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format for its models. You can download a pre-trained model, or you can train your own model. See Get ONNX models for Windows ML for more information.
Published Date : Thursday, December 30, 2021

Windows SDK Components for Windows Installer Developers - Win32 apps The Windows SDK includes redistributable components, documentation, installer database validation tool, database table editor, database schema, development tools, Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) tools, sample product, and code samples. For the download page for the Windows SDK, see Windows 10 SDK.
Published Date : Friday, September 10, 2021

How to get Windows updates in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 - Windows Client Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then select Search. In the search box, type Windows Update, and then tap or select Windows Update. In the details pane, select Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
Published Date : Thursday, September 23, 2021

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security Administration with Windows PowerShell (Windows) Windows PowerShell allows network settings to be self-discoverable through the syntax and parameters in each of the cmdlets. This guide demonstrates how common tasks were performed in netsh and how you can use Windows PowerShell to accomplish them.
Published Date : Friday, December 9, 2022

Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N and for Windows 7 KN - Windows Client Windows Portable Devices Infrastructure: This feature communicates with media devices and storage devices that are attached to the computer, including Media Transfer Protocol devices. This system supersedes both Windows Media Device Manager and Windows Image Acquisition.
Published Date : Thursday, September 23, 2021

Customize Windows RE The Windows image (install.wim). This can be from the Windows installation media or from a reference image. Step 1: Mount the Windows and Windows RE image Mount the images Open the Command prompt as an administrator. Mount the Windows base image for editing. Mount the Windows RE image for editing.
Published Date : Friday, September 30, 2022

Microsoft-Windows-Deployment ExtendOSPartition Specifies whether to extend the partition on which you are installing Windows. Generalize Instructs Windows Setup to shut down the system after other answer-file settings are processed, and then to start the generalize configuration pass.
Published Date : Thursday, November 5, 2020

Windows Symbol Packages for Debugging - Windows drivers The easiest way to get Windows symbols is to use the Microsoft public symbol server. The symbol server makes symbols available to your debugging tools as needed. After a symbol file is downloaded from the symbol server, it's cached on the local computer for quick access.
Published Date : Thursday, December 29, 2022

Windows Defender Overview for Windows Server Windows Defender AV is malware protection that immediately and actively protects Windows Server 2016 against known malware and can regularly update antimalware definitions through Windows Update. View the Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10 documentation library for more information.
Published Date : Monday, October 10, 2022

Windows Autopatch documentation - Windows Deployment Windows Autopatch is a cloud service that automates Windows, Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Teams updates to improve security and productivity across your organization..
Published Date : Monday, December 19, 2022

Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) WinRE is based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), and can be customized with additional drivers, languages, Windows PE Optional Components, and other troubleshooting and diagnostic tools.
Published Date : Friday, July 8, 2022

Windows setup log file locations - Windows Client Windows Preinstallation Environment phase The Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE or WinPE) phase is the Windows setup phase that occurs after the restart at the end of the downlevel phase, or when you start the computer by using the Windows installation media. The following table lists important log files in this setup phase.
Published Date : Thursday, March 24, 2022

Windows error reporting - Windows IT Pro - Windows Deployment When Windows Setup fails, the result and extend code are recorded as an informational event in the Application log by Windows Error Reporting as event 1001. The event name is WinSetupDiag02. You can use Event Viewer to review this event, or you can use Windows PowerShell.
Published Date : Monday, October 31, 2022

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup WindowsFeatures Specifies whether to show entry points for Internet Explorer, Media Center, and Windows Media Player. Applies To To determine whether a component applies to the image you’re building, load your image into Windows SIM and search for the component or setting name.
Published Date : Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Install Windows Configuration Designer (Windows 10/11) - Configure Windows Windows Configuration Designer is primarily used by IT departments for business and educational institutions who need to provision bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and business-supplied devices.
Published Date : Saturday, December 10, 2022

Windows Assessment Console The Windows Assessment Console helps you analyze the computer's configuration, find issues, and find recommendations for fixing computer hardware and performance issues. It helps you track potential improvements for a particular computer or compare the performance and quality of multiple computers.
Published Date : Thursday, March 3, 2022

Memory Limits for Windows and Windows Server Releases - Win32 apps Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista: 128 GB or system commit limit, whichever is smaller Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP: Up to 128 GB depending on configuration and RAM. Nonpaged pool 75% of RAM or 2 GB, whichever is smaller.
Published Date : Monday, June 27, 2022

Windows Media Player SDK - Win32 apps Windows Media Player Object Model The Microsoft Windows Media Player control is a Microsoft ActiveX control used for adding digital media playback capabilities to webpages. It provides a programming interface for rendering digital media files and streams.
Published Date : Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Windows Hardware Compatibility Program Certification Process Windows Hardware Compatibility Program Certification Process. /windows-hardware/design/compatibility/whcp-certification-process. The Windows Hardware Compatibility Program lets you show customers that your hardware is reliably compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11..
Published Date : Monday, March 21, 2022

Windows Search is disabled by default - Windows Server You want Windows Search functionality from the Start menu. To do so, follow these steps: Press the Windows key‌ +R to open the Run box. Type services.msc, and then press Enter. Right-click Windows Search, and then select Properties. Change the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start).
Published Date : Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Call Windows Runtime APIs in desktop apps - Windows apps C++/WinRT is an entirely standard modern C++17 language projection for WinRT APIs, implemented as a header-file-based library, and designed to provide you with first-class access to the modern Windows API.
Published Date : Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Windows Performance Recorder Where to get Windows Performance Recorder Windows Performance Recorder (WPR) is included in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) along with other performance tools such as Windows Performance Analyzer and Xperf. You can download WPR by visiting Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK).
Published Date : Thursday, April 21, 2022

Add Device Drivers to Windows During Windows Setup This method initializes Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and processes Windows PE settings from the answer file, as follows: Windows stages the Windows PE drivers in the RAM driver store.. Windows loads boot-critical drivers that Windows PE requires to access the local disk and network.
Published Date : Monday, January 18, 2021

Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP. /windows-hardware/customize/desktop/unattend/microsoft-windows-security-spp. Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP.
Published Date : Thursday, November 5, 2020

Bluetooth Universal Windows driver model for Windows 10 - Windows drivers In Windows 10, the Bluetooth transport driver interface for all devices is converged and uses the Universal Windows driver model..
Published Date : Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager FUS utilizes the data separation technology of user profiles, providing a fast and convenient mechanism for switching between user accounts. Terminal Services uses terminal emulation to deliver the Windows desktop and Windows-based applications to a wide variety of computers.
Published Date : Thursday, November 5, 2020

Rust for Windows, and the windows crate Rust for Windows lets you use any Windows API (past, present, and future) directly and seamlessly via the windows crate (crate is Rust's term for a binary or a library, and/or the source code that builds into one).
Published Date : Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Windows 10 deployment scenarios (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment Understand the different ways Windows 10 operating system can be deployed in your organization. Explore several Windows 10 deployment scenarios.
Published Date : Monday, November 28, 2022

Perform an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 with MDT (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment The simplest path to upgrade PCs that are currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade.
Published Date : Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Windows Server release information Release information about Windows Server
Published Date : Thursday, December 23, 2021

Windows 10 Enterprise FAQ for IT pros (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment Get answers to common questions around compatibility, installation, and support for Windows 10 Enterprise.
Published Date : Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Overview of Windows Server IoT 2019 - Windows IoT Learn about what Windows Server IoT 2019 is and what you can do with it.
Published Date : Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Windows compatible hardware development boards - Windows drivers Leverage the power of the Windows platform and Visual Studio to create innovative experiences and solutions that are brought to life by interfacing hardware components to Windows devices.
Published Date : Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Windows subscription activation - Windows Deployment In this article, you'll learn how to dynamically enable Windows 10 and Windows 11 Enterprise or Education subscriptions.
Published Date : Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Update Windows client in enterprise deployments - Windows Deployment Windows as a service provides an all-new way to think about building, deploying, and servicing Windows client.
Published Date : Thursday, January 19, 2023

Deploy Windows Enterprise licenses - Windows Deployment Steps to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 11 Enterprise licenses for Windows Enterprise E3 or E5 subscription activation, or for Windows Enterprise E3 in CSP.
Published Date : Monday, November 28, 2022

Retrieve data from Windows XP Mode VM - Windows Client When you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, Windows XP Mode is installed on your machine, however Windows Virtual PC isn't present anymore. This issue occurs because Windows Virtual PC isn't supported on Windows 8. To retrieve data from the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, perform the steps listed in this article.
Published Date : Friday, November 18, 2022

Debugging Tools for Windows New for Windows 10 - Windows drivers For Windows 10, Debugging Tools for Windows includes these new features.
Published Date : Wednesday, December 15, 2021

What's new in Windows 10, version 21H1 - What's new in Windows New and updated features in Windows 10, version 21H1 (also known as the Windows 10 May 2021 Update).
Published Date : Saturday, December 10, 2022

Installing Windows PowerShell - PowerShell This article explains how to install Windows PowerShell on various versions of Windows.
Published Date : Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Windows 10, version 20H2 View announcements and review known issues and fixes for Windows 10 version 20H2
Published Date : Thursday, January 26, 2023

Restore missing Windows Installer cache files - Windows Client Windows Installer cache (by default, c:\windows\installer) is used to store important files for applications that are installed using the MSI Windows Installer. The cache should not be deleted manually.
Published Date : Thursday, September 23, 2021

Fix problems in Windows Search - Windows Client Provides troubleshooting options for problems that affect the search results for the Windows Search feature in Windows 11 and Windows 10.
Published Date : Friday, December 30, 2022

Windows Server Management documentation Learn about tools, recommendations and guidance on managing Windows Server.
Published Date : Monday, September 19, 2022

Windows application management - Windows Application Management Learn about managing applications in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Published Date : Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Windows for Education documentation - Windows Education Learn about how to plan, deploy and manage Windows devices in an education environment with Microsoft Intune
Published Date : Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Windows 7 EoS FAQ overview Overview of Windows 7 EoS FAQ troubleshooting articles.
Published Date : Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Windows Hardware Compatibility Program The Windows Hardware Compatibility Program is designed to help your company deliver systems, software and hardware products that are compatible with Windows and run reliably on Windows 10, Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022.
Published Date : Thursday, June 24, 2021

Get the system apps on Windows client operating system - Windows Application Management Use the Windows PowerShell Get-AppxPackage command to get a list off the system apps installed in Windows OS. See a list of some common system apps installed a Windows Enterprise client computer or device, including Windows 10/11.
Published Date : Thursday, December 8, 2022

Windows 10 upgrade paths (Windows 10) - Windows Deployment You can upgrade to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows if the upgrade path is supported.
Published Date : Monday, October 31, 2022

Install Windows Admin Center How to install Windows Admin Center on a Windows PC or on a server so that multiple users can access Windows Admin Center using a web browser.
Published Date : Thursday, December 23, 2021

Update Windows clients - Training This module describes the various methods for applying updates to Windows and explains how to configure Windows update in an organization.
Published Date : Monday, October 31, 2022

Integrate Windows Update for Business - Configuration Manager Use Windows Update for Business (WUfB) to keep Windows up-to-date for devices connected to the Windows Update service.
Published Date : Tuesday, October 4, 2022

What's new in Windows 11, version 22H2 for IT pros - What's new in Windows Learn more about what's new in Windows 11 version 21H2, including servicing updates, Windows Subsystem for Linux, the latest CSPs, and more.
Published Date : Thursday, January 12, 2023

Windows Installer Guide - Win32 apps The Windows Installer Guide contains information of interest to authors of Windows Installer packages and users of the Windows Installer service.
Published Date : Thursday, January 7, 2021

Windows 365 documentation Official product documentation for Windows 365
Published Date : Friday, October 28, 2022

Windows GDI - Win32 apps The Microsoft Windows graphics device interface (GDI) enables applications to use graphics and formatted text on both the video display and the printer.
Published Date : Saturday, January 28, 2023

Moving from Mac (Unix) to Windows A guide to help you transition from a Mac (Unix) to a Windows development environment, including shortcut key mapping and a brief overview of concepts that differ between Mac and Windows.
Published Date : Monday, October 24, 2022

Windows App SDK release channels - Windows apps Learn about the Windows App SDK's release channels.
Published Date : Thursday, January 26, 2023

Overview of Windows Programming in C++ Learn more about: Overview of Windows Programming in C++
Published Date : Wednesday, October 6, 2021