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Summary:  How to create Windows 10 installation media using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool


  • This article provides a text and graphical overview of the steps to create Windows 10 USB installation media using the available (free) Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  • The information shown is for using the latest available Windows 10 Version 1607 Media Creation Tool
    • The digital signature of the latest version is ‎Thursday, ‎December ‎8, ‎2016 1:14:04 AM
  • When creating Windows 10 Version 1607 media the following media capacities are required
    • USB Flash Drive – 8 GB
    • DVD disc – Dual Layer DVD – 8.5 GB
        • Note: When creating Windows 10 media containing both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) architectures for both both Home and Pro editions you should use USB media with a 16 GB minimum size
  • Windows 10 Version 1607 created media by design includes both Home and Pro editions
        • If desired, the option to create media for Windows 10 Home- Single Language is available, but only select this option is you are running Windows 10 Home Single Language
  • Direct link to download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool.exe)


Media Creation Process:

    1. Download and save the Media Creation Tool executable file (MediaCreationTool.exe)
    2. Right click the Media Creation Tool executable file and select ‘Run as Administrator’
    3. Connect a USB Flash Drive – As noted above an 8 GB size drive is required
    4. Accept the License Terms
    5. Choose ‘Create Installation media for another pc’; Click Next
    6. Choose a language, edition, and architecture; Click Next
    7. Select ‘USB Flash Drive’ on the ‘Choose which media to use’ page; Click Next
    8. Select and verify the correct USB Flash Drive; Click Next
    9. The tool will proceed to download, verify and create Windows 10 Version 1607 media
    10. Once Complete, the final screen will inform that your ‘USB Flash Drive ‘is Ready’


Graphical Overview of the Media Creation Process:







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Additional Information:



August 3, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

October 31, 2016:  Added more detail for clarification in the ‘Comments’ section

January 31, 2017: Added ‘Graphical Overview’ section

March 28, 2017: Rewrote entire article, added and updated information, deleted original from blog, republished

March 31, 2017:  Corrected  link about Downloading ISO file (Rhonda, Thanks for the ping)

April 6, 2017: Updated Publicize options

Summary:   Keyboard Shortcuts for use in the Mail user interface


  • Article covers the keystroke(s) combinations/shortcuts for use in the Mail web-based user interface
  • Shortcuts are provided in a table format for the  ‘List Pane’ and the ‘Preview Pane’

How To:

  • Mail ‘List Pane’ Shortcuts


  • Mail ‘Preview Pane’ Keyboard Shortcuts



Additional Information:


December 8, 2016:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

December 29, 2016:  Revised ‘How-To’ section to a table format; added table format comment

Summary:   Microsoft Surface web site for the latest and past released software and firmware updates



  • Microsoft’s Surface Update History (Software and Firmware) web site for Surface devices
  • Applies to the following Surface devices
    • Surface, Surface Pro
    • Surface 2, Surface Pro 2
    • Surface 3, Surface Pro 3
    • Surface Pro 4
    • Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base
    • Surface Studio
  • Direct links to obtain update history for the above Surface devices
  • Surface Updates are automatically installed via Windows Update
  • Note: Surface Updates files can also be downloaded and installed manually for most Surface devices
    • The file name format is the Surface version, followed by the operating system, followed by the release number.
    • To obtain, download and install Surface Updates manually follow the steps in this procedure


Additional Information:



November 22, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

December 8, 2016: Revised Comment section; Added ‘Applies to’ comment

January 14, 2017:  Added example picture to better explain the multiple files available for download and installation.

Summary:   How to Run Windows Defender Offline



  • Windows 10 Version 1607 includes a new feature(tool) for malware removal – ‘Windows Defender Offline’
  • Windows Defender Offline is integrated into Windows 10 Version 1607
  • Windows Defender Offline performs the scan prior to Windows startup (i.e. Offline)
  • Provides the ability to remove malware and viruses that may be difficult or not capable of being removed while Windows is running



Note: Save all work and close all applications prior to proceeding to run Windows Defender Offline

  • Steps to run Windows Defender Offline
    • Click on each in sequence
      • Start Button
      • Settings
      • Update and Security
      • Windows Defender (then scroll down to ‘Windows Defender Offline’)
      • Scan Offline


    • After clicking ‘Scan Online’ the Windows Defender Offline process will provide an alert that Windows will shutdown in about a minute.  Once the timeout occurs, Windows will Restart
    • After the required Restart, Windows Defender will briefly show a screen indicating the scan is about to begin
    • Once the scan begins the Windows Defender Offline graphical interface will appear with a progress bar
    • The scan typically takes about 15 minutes to complete
    • Once complete, if no malware is found, the system/device will reboot
      • If malware(an infection) is found, Windows Defender Offline will provide the ability to remove the malware/infection.
            • (Note: Windows Defender Offline, like all other Antivirus/Antimalware scanning software that runs resident and non-resident may not be able to remove all forms of malware)



August 3, 2016: Initial Draft Date

October 8, 2016: Initial Publish Date

March 15, 2017:  Updated ‘Comments’ and  itemized  ‘How-To’ steps in bullet form


  • Windows 10’s second major operating system update ‘Anniversary Update’ was released on Aug 2, 2016
  • Version Number and Build number as released – Version 1607  Build 14393.10


  • Multiple Methods are available to obtain the Anniversary Update
      • Staged Rollout automatically via Windows Update(newer machines will receive the update first)
      • Manually ‘Check for Updates’ in Windows 10 Windows Update
              • Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update
              • The Anniversary Update will show up as ‘Feature Update’ with an option to update, download, and install
      • Clicking the ‘Learn More’ option/link in Windows Update
              • The ‘Learn More’ link once clicked will redirect to a Microsoft support site providing the option to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISO file
      • Visit the Windows 10 Download web site/page  and click ‘Update Now’ (probably the most convenient method for end-users interested in obtaining Windows 10 Anniversary Update ASAP)

Additional Information:

  1. Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2
  2. How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  3. New Video Series This Week on Windows Highlights Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  4. Download Windows 10



August 2, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

August 19, 2016:  Updated Comment Section with link to obtain Anniversary Update via Windows 10 Download web site/page (compliments of Ed Bott’s Aug. 16, 2017 article)

Summary:  Microsoft Rolls-Out Windows 10 Update History site to the public


  • Microsoft now provides a web site for Windows 10 Update History
  • The web site acts as a hub for the Release Notes that accompany each update
  • The web site will provide information on updates in a list format(chronological descending order)
  • The web site history includes the Windows 10 Version, KB number and Build number assigned to the update.
                • e.g May 2016 Update ==> Windows 10 Version 1511, KB3156421, 10586.318
  • Each line item in the list has a clickable link to its respective ‘Help article’ providing additional information
  • Each Help article also has a separate link to the respective update’s KB article. 
  • The Linked KB article in addition to details also contains a File Information section which provides a link to download a csv file containing a list of the updated files(File name, File version, File size, Date, Platform).  [Note: The csv file can be opened and viewed in Excel(recommended) or a standard Text editor]

How To:


February 14, 2016: Initial Draft Date

March 15, 2016: Final Draft Date – Updated Comment section noting web site provides chronological update history

June 6, 2016:  Initial Publish Date

July 1, 2016: Updated comment section to include information on KB article and File Information availability

July 2, 2016: Rearranged bullet-ized items in the Comments section and corrected typographical errors

Summary:   Windows 10 Media Creation Tool(MCT) for creating installation media(USB/DVD/ISO) now includes the latest February 2016 bits


  • Microsoft updated the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 Version 1511 with the latest available ‘Build’ bits(February 2016)
  • Previous bits were November 2015 – Windows 10 1511 RTM Build 10.10586.0
  • February bits – Windows 10 Version 1511 – Build 10.10586.122
  • Media Creation Tool link
  • The downloadable Media Creation Tool filename is MediaCreationTool.exe
    • To create USB media – Run the executable file and when prompted choose the USB option
    • To create DVD media – Run the executable file and when prompted choose the ISO option and burn the ISO file to DVD with your preferred software (Note: Windows 10 has a built-in support to create the DVD from the ISO file)
    • Optionally, if desired, the ISO file can also be mounted
  • The created installation media(or mounted ISO file)  can be used to upgrade from Windows 10 Version 1507 or Windows 10 1511(pre-February bits) and also clean install Windows 10 Version 1511.


February 29, 2016:  Initial Draft and Publish Date

March 2, 2016:  Added comment for ISO file mounting

March 15, 2016:  Added comment for include Media Creation Tool filename

March 16, 2016: Rearranged comments for flow