Feb 12

How force your laptop to use GPU enabled card instead of Intel HD Graphics adapter

Windows Fall Creator’s Update for windows 10 have introduced one very neat feature: GPU tabs & other GPU related information in Task Manager:

Pretty nice indeed!

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Dec 30

Running Linux on Windows 10


Often developers and related OPs need to test stuff on Linux (web, cli, .NET Core etc.). The typical approach was to spin up a Virtual machine (VM), install and configure a Linux distro and play with it.

Main Cons include: you need a hyper-visor software, enough RAM, fast hard drive, to fight with basic operations like cope-paste text and files between machines etc.

Well, good news! As of the Anniversary Update Windows 10 supports the so called “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL). It allows you to run natively* most of the non GUI Linux stuff**on Windows without the overhead of a virtual machine.

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Dec 29

How to enable Night Light feature on DisplayLink devices in Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a cool new feature called “Night Light“. It allows you to warmer the colors of your monitors during dark hours (or in a dark room) so your eyes feel more comfortable (programmers will appreciate it much!). It supportsf.lux‘s basic functionallity, but now it is a built in Windows 10 feature. Great!

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Apr 22

How to launch Settings panel on Windows 10

In Windows 10 there are two kind of management apps:

  1. Control panel – old fashion / classic app we all know
  2. Settings – the new way of configuring Windows (a XAML app)

Prior to Windows 8, running control panel applets was about pasting strange GUIDs or Control.exe with parameters in RUN dialog.

In Windows 8/8.1/10 there are more user-friendly commands. For example you can start Windows Update app via RUN dialog:


This will start Settings >Security > Windows Update XAML app.

You can find a table of all commands here:https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/xaml/Dn741261.aspx

Jan 08

How to determine Windows version from ISO file

You can gather Windows information from ISO file using DISM in two easy steps:

  1. Mount the ISO file. Note the drive letter;
  2. Open elevated command prompt and start:
    dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:F:\sources\install.wim /index:1

Replace F with the drive letter of mounted ISO file.

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