Windows To Go on a USB Stick: How to deploy, manage, recycle and kill your devices

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Windows to Go is another way of deploying Windows 10. It allows end users to boot into a corporate configured and managed Windows 10 image on any Windows 7 or later certified hardware. This session will walk you through the life cycle of a Windows to Go device. Starting with the various deployment options for provisioning single or multiple devices. We will then look at the capabilities offered by Azure AD and Intune for OS level management, and also explore the hardware management features offered on IronKey's hardware encrypted Windows to Go devices. Finally we will demonstrate the remediation techniques available to disable or wipe a device should it be lost, stolen, or not returned when the user leaves. 

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a basic, portable antivirus tool that can be run from a CD/DVD or USB drive to try to rescue a computer that doesn’t boot up.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper’s executable file downloads all necessary files during installation, which means you need to be connected to the Internet when creating your bootable CD or USB drive. They all take about 250 MB and may a take a while to download – we actually had to try a few times to successfully finish installing Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.

Once launched, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper scans the computer in search of viruses, rootkits and other malware. The scan can be paused and resumed, and the program also lets you download new virus signature files – as long as the infected system has an Internet connection.

Note that Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is not a replacement for a full antivirus, as it doesn’t provide the same level of protection. It’s more like a first-aid tool for situations in which you can’t turn your PC on due to a virus or malware infection.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a standalone basic antivirus tool that can help you boot up and rescue an infected computer from a CD or USB drive.


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Troubleshoot Open with Explorer Issues in SharePoint Online for Office 365

For more info about working with the WebClient service, go to the following Knowledge Base articles:


This article discusses how to use the

Open with Explorer

command in Microsoft SharePoint Online to view, copy, and move files in a library. The article also discusses how to troubleshoot issues that you may experience when you use this command.


When you use the

Open with Explorer

command, it opens Windows Explorer on your computer. However, Windows Explorer then displays the folder structure on the server computer that hosts the site. You can then work with the files in the folder. For example, you can perform actions by using Windows Explorer that include the following: 

  • Drag documents into libraries.
  • Create folders.
  • Move or copy documents in one library to another library within the same site collection or between site collections.
  • Delete multiple documents at one time.

Use "Open with Explorer" in a SharePoint Online document library

In the SharePoint Online document library, click the


tab, and then in the

Connect & Export

group in the ribbon, click the

Open with Explorer


For more info about how to copy or move library files by using Open with Explorer, go to the following Microsoft website:

Copy or move library files by using Open with Explorer

Troubleshoot "Open with Explorer" issues

When you browse to a SharePoint Online document library, you may receive intermittent connectivity issues, or you may receive one of the following error messages:

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer

We're having a problem opening this location in File Explorer. Add this web site to your Trusted Sites list and try again.


If you're using Internet Explorer 10 with Windows 7, go to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:


Error message when you click "Open with Explorer" in SharePoint Online

Make sure that you're authenticated to Office 365. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the SharePoint Online site by using your Office 365 credentials, and make sure that you click to select the Keep me signed in check box.
  2. Open a document library in Explorer View.

Make sure that the SharePoint Online URLs have been added to your Trusted sites zone in Internet Explorer. For more information, go to the following Knowledge Base article:


How to add a SharePoint Online site to the "Trusted sites" zone in Internet Explorer

Make sure that the latest Windows updates are applied. If all the latest updates are applied, and the issue persists, make sure that the WebClient service is running. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Follow the appropriate step for your operating system:
    • For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then press Enter.
    • For Windows 8, click Start, type services.msc, and then press Enter.
  2. In the list of services, locate the WebClient service, and then make sure that its status in the Status column is set to Started. If it isn't set to Started, double-click the WebClient service, click Start, and then click OK.

If you've run the Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Support Toolkit, you can determine whether the WebClient services has been running. From the MOSDAL logs, in the System Diagnostics folder, open Tasklist_svc.txt and search for


. If you can't find it, the WebClient services weren't running.

Additionally, you can verify Trusted Sites. From the MOSDAL logs, in Registry folder that's contained in the Internet Explorer folder, search in the Internet Settings ZoneMap registry keys files for the trusted sites.

For more info, see the following Microsoft Knowledge article:


The Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Support Toolkit


Top 10: Windows 8 Keyboard and Mouse Survival Guide

Michael Otey

So you make the plunge into Windows 8 and before you know it, you've been thrown from the frying pan into the fire. Designed to accommodate traditional keyboard and mouse interfaces as well as newer pure touch interfaces such as tablets, Windows 8 is very different from any of the preceding versions of the Windows desktop OS. Finding your way around Windows 8 with a touch interface is fairly intuitive. However, it can be a challenge with the mouse and keyboard. Plus, you can't just spend your time struggling to find stuff—you need to be productive right away. In this column, I'll give you the top 10 tips you'll need to survive the move to Windows 8.

1. Find the corners—You might question exactly how intuitive invisible hot spots in the corners of the screen are, but knowing about them is vital to getting around in Windows 8. On the Start screen, the most important hot spot is in the upper right corner and clicking it displays the Charms menu. The lower right hot spot accesses the Start screen, and the upper left hot spot displays the desktop. On the desktop screen, a hot spot in the lower left (close to where the Start button was) switches you to the Start menu. Alternatively, the Win key quickly toggles between the Start screen and the desktop.

2. Use Win+X—This shortcut is the catch-all key combination where you'll find everything important that doesn't fit on the new Start screen. Use Win+X to launch a command prompt or an administrative command prompt. Other menu options include Programs and Features, Power Options, Device Manager, Disk Manager, Computer Management, Control Panel and File Explorer. Everything launched from the Win+X key combination runs on the desktop.

3. Use the other shortcut keys—Perhaps somewhat ironically for a graphical OS, Windows 8 relies on many shortcut key combinations. You just learned about Win+X, the most important shortcut key. Some other useful keystroke combinations include: Win+C opens the Charms bar, Win+I (that's i) opens the Settings charm, Win+K opens the Connect charm, Win+H opens the Share charm, Win+Q opens the Search pane, Win+Tab cycles through running apps, and Win+Z opens the app bar.

4. Use Search—Search is now an essential way to start programs from the Start menu. The Start menu is flat and doesn't display all the programs on the system. However, you can launch programs using Search from the Start screen just by typing the program name. For instance, to run Paint, just type Paint. You'll see a list of results on the left side of the Start screen, and you can run the desired program by clicking its name.

5. Customize the Start screen—Unlike the old Start menu, the Windows 8 Start screen isn't static. It can automatically display the status of different apps continually (which I honestly find annoying, but it could potentially be useful if there were something that I wanted to get automatic updates about). When you install programs, their tiles are added automatically to the Start screen. To add your own tiles to the Start screen, press Win+Z, select All Apps, then right-click the application you want to add. You can change the Desktop theme by using Settings, Personalize, Start screen. You can pin programs to the task bar by right-clicking on the desired program.

6. Close apps—Windows 8 apps don’t always work like you expect. One prominent example is closing apps. While it's easy to start an app just by clicking its tile on the Start screen, once the app is opened you'll quickly see there are no close or minimize buttons in the upper right corner like a Windows desktop program. To close an app, move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen until it becomes a hand icon, then left click, hold, and drag down. The app will minimize, then you can drag it off the bottom of screen. Alternatively, you can press Alt+F4.

7. Enable Administrative Tools—If you're a Windows IT Pro reader, there's no doubt that you'll want to use the Windows 8 Administrative Tools. To enable Administrative Tools, open Settings either using the upper right corner hot spot or by pressing Win+I (i). Next, select Tiles and move the Show administrative tools slider to the right. The Start screen will be populated with many of the familiar administrative tools you know and love.

8. Make RDP Windows 8 friendly—If you remotely connect to a Windows 8 system (or Server 2012) via RDP, you'll find the experience is less than awesome because the default RDP settings don't capture the local hot key combinations that are used elsewhere in Windows 8. To allow RDP to send the Win hot key to a remote Windows 8 (or Windows Server 2012) system, go to the Remote Desktop Connection option and select the Local Resources tab. In the Keyboard drop-down menu, select On the remote computer, or if you run RDP in full screen (which I don't), select Only when using the full screen.

9. Get over it—There are some things you're just not going to get—at least not with this first release of Windows 8. Start button: gone. Aero: gone. Recent Items: gone. Windows Media Center: gone (technically you should be able get it as a paid add-on for Windows 8 Professional). DVD playback: gone (that's right, you need Windows Media Center (see "Q: Where is Windows Media Center in Windows 8?"), or a third party program for this function—VLC is a popular option). Windows DVD Maker: gone (but you can still burn data files by opening the drive from Windows Explorer).

10. If you don't want to get over it, use Classic Shell—Yeah, I know it's not really a Windows 8 tip, but it might help you survive the move to Windows 8. If you really miss the Start menu, you can get it back with the free Classic Shell. You can download Classic Shell from SourceForge.