I recently had the unpleasant experience that the AltGr key stopped working. After some googling and finding many pages that talked about it being caused by Remote Desktop (which I did not use), I finally found out that simultaneously pressing:
Shift – Caps Lock – AltGr
resolved the issue. I have no idea what the purpose of this shortcut is and it seems pretty stupid, but it is good to know about it if it happens again.
For some really inexplicable reason, there is no progress bar when doing a backup using the built-in backup feature in Windows 10. This is really annoying for me, since I do the backup to a NAS that I normally do not have turned on and I therefore need to know when I can turn it off. I also need to know when it is safe to turn off the computer running the backup.
There is a non-obvious trick however.
In the backup settings, click on “Go to backup and Restore (Windows 7)”:
This brings up a window where there is a progress bar showing the progress of the current backup (if any):
I have had a disturbing issue at work for a couple of days. Once every hour, a black window (probably a CMD window) would pop up for a fraction of a second on the screen and then disappear. I had no idea whether this was a virus, spyware, some other kind of malware or something benign.
Fortunately, a colleague of mine had the google skills to find the cause and the solution to the problem. It turned out this was caused by a scheduled task from Microsoft Office called OfficeBackgroundTaskHandlerRegistration. By starting the Task Scheduler and drilling down to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Office, this task is shown and it can be disabled by right clicking on it and selecting Disable:
Some more googling reveals that this is a bug Microsoft is aware of and that it probably will go away in some future update: