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Microsoft’s New File Recovery Tool is Free for Windows Users

Microsoft's new command line tool for recovering lost files.

Imagine, if you will, someone selling an antique sewing machine. Heavy, unwieldy, and covered in decades of dust, but still entirely operable if you know what you’re doing. Now imagine that antique sitting on the shelf of your local Walmart, right next to a shiny new toaster. That is the new Windows File Recovery Tool.

Microsoft released the tool to help users who’ve lost files that are now irretrievable, either because they didn’t go to the Recycle Bin in Windows 10 or because the drive has suffered some kind of horrible hardware failure. Good! But Microsoft made it as a command line tool—it only works in Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or the new Windows Terminal. Strange. And it’s a free download for all users. Good! They download it on the Microsoft Store, sitting next to Candy Crush and Sea of Thieves. Strange.

Odd juxtapositions of tools separated by decades of computing interfaces aside, it seems to be working, at least for some users. I was able to get it to scan my primary SSD for ZIP files (including deleted ones) and back them up to a newly-created folder on my secondary hard drive. It felt like rubbing sticks together to make fire.

Keep in mind that the files recovered from one drive must go to a separate drive in the tool (so you’ll need a flash drive or external hard drive if your computer only has one). And also that, because of the way Windows handles free drive space, recently-lost files are more likely to be successfully recovered. But if you get the tool running, you can filter by folder or file type fairly easily. If you need help with the syntax, check out this Microsoft page. And if you find yourself needing this tool and wanting an interface from this century, there are plenty of alternatives.

Source: Microsoft Store via The Verge 

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/46324/microsofts-new-file-recovery-tool-is-free-for-windows-users/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Michael Crider

How to Collaborate on Microsoft Whiteboard

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A whiteboard is a great tool for collaborating with others. If you’re working remotely and can’t physically gather around one, though, you’ll need a virtual solution—like Microsoft Whiteboard.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/675728/how-to-collaborate-on-microsoft-whiteboards/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Rob Woodgate

The Microsoft Store is Dead

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Like many retailers, Microsoft Stores closed during the global pandemic shut down. The lingering question has been, when would they reopen? Now Microsoft has an answer for us—never. The company announced it would permanently shut down all but four of its Microsoft Stores, and it will “reimagine” the remaining four in a way that won’t include retail sales.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/46156/the-microsoft-store-is-dead/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Josh Hendrickson

How to Create a Timeline in Microsoft PowerPoint

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One of PowerPoint’s charms is the ability to visually represent information by using its large library of available graphics, such as charts and graphs. If you want to create a timeline, well, Microsoft has just the thing. Here’s how it’s done.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/677677/how-to-create-a-timeline-in-microsoft-powerpoint/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Marshall Gunnell

How to Uninstall Cortana After May 2020 Update

how-to-uninstall-cortana-after-windows-m For heavy Cortana users, the May 2020 update turned the voice assistant into more of a productivity app. While you can still control some things with your voice, many users would prefer to just uninstall Cortana. Microsoft used to make this nearly impossible, with most users choosing to just disable and hide the icon. Now you can uninstall Cortana if you no longer find it useful. If you ever change your mind, there’s also an easy way to reinstall it. Is It Safe? Since Cortana used to be built in to Windows 10, you may… Read more13677313.gif

Source: https://www.maketecheasier.com/uninstall-cortana-windows-10/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+maketecheasier
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Crystal Crowder

How to Uninstall Cortana After May 2020 Update

how-to-uninstall-cortana-after-windows-m For heavy Cortana users, the May 2020 update turned the voice assistant into more of a productivity app. While you can still control some things with your voice, many users would prefer to just uninstall Cortana. Microsoft used to make this nearly impossible, with most users choosing to just disable and hide the icon. Now you can uninstall Cortana if you no longer find it useful. If you ever change your mind, there’s also an easy way to reinstall it. Is It Safe? Since Cortana used to be built in to Windows 10, you may… Read more13677313.gif

Source: https://www.maketecheasier.com/uninstall-cortana-windows-10/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+maketecheasier
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How to Create a Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams

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Perhaps you want to know your team’s opinion on something. Or, maybe you need your coworker to come to a majority decision and settle a (hopefully friendly) dispute. Whatever the reason, a poll within Microsoft Teams is usually the best way to get the answer.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/675710/how-to-create-a-quick-poll-in-microsoft-teams/
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How to Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Office Apps

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Every Microsoft Office app has a quick access toolbar that shows one-click commands. Here’s how to customize this toolbar to show any command that appears on the ribbon and some that aren’t on the ribbon at all.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/673451/how-to-customize-the-quick-access-toolbar-in-microsoft-office-apps/
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Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

You only use it for a few seconds to search for or launch a program but it has become one of the most controversial parts of Windows in the last decade. Ever since Microsoft drastically changed it with Windows 8, the Windows Start Menu has become the subject of much design debates and changes over the years. It may be … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/windows-10-start-menu-upgrade-might-not-be-so-radical-after-all-24626184/
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Microsoft Defender ATP for Android Is Now Available in Preview

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Microsoft is launching a preview version of its Defender ATP antivirus software for Android today. Defender ATP is an enterprise-grade Android security tool, with advanced anti-phishing protection, malware detection, and integration with Microsoft Defender Security Center for large businesses. If you’re a Defender ATP customer, then you can test the preview through Microsoft’s Intune Company Portal.

For the uninitiated, Defender ATP (or Advanced Threat Protection) is a security tool for businesses and corporations. It provides the same protection as the Defender software on your computer, but with more aggressive web protection and a serious emphasis on network security. IT professionals who run the Defender ATP software for businesses can remotely quarantine any computers that are compromised, thereby saving their million-dollar network from viruses, ransomware, or worms.

But corporations rely on more than just Windows computers, which is why Microsoft is trying to extend Defender ATP to Macs, iPhones, and Android devices. The company released a Defender ATP for Mac earlier this year, and a full release of Defender for Linux launched earlier today. We still haven’t heard any details about Defender ATP for iPhone.

Anyway, Defender ATP for Android is nearly identical to desktop versions of the software. It routinely scans for malware, it blocks unsafe networks, and it prevents you from opening fishy websites. It also scans text messages, emails, and chats for potential phishing links—websites that mimic you businesses’ web portal to try and steal your login information.

Regular folk like me can’t preview Defender ATP for Android. But if you do IT for a business that uses Defender ATP, then you can check out the preview on Microsoft’s Intune Company Portal app. Just activate preview features from your Defender ATP desktop software first.

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/45997/microsoft-defender-atp-for-android-is-now-available-in-preview/
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