Windows 10 and Microsoft accounts Under Family

Windows 10 account comes with the option of using Microsoft accounts, but one peeve I have with it―through the out of box experience and addition through Settings―is the lack of control of the local user name it generates.

I usually opt to create a local user account under “Other people” first and sign in with the Microsoft account I want to associate.

Another complication comes up if you have your family members’ Microsoft accounts linked under Family. This practically makes the method above impossible. When you try to sign in using a Microsoft account in the local account you created, you’ll be warned that it’s not possible since it’s already associated to another local account.

Family & other people

To work around this, you’ll need to delete the placeholder account created by the Family feature.

Right click on the Start button and click “Command Prompt (Admin)” and typing the following to display the account names on the PC.

>net users

Some will be the placeholders―usually only a few letters of the first name.

command prompt net users

Delete it by typing the following, where [usertodelete] is the placeholder username

>net user [usertodelete] /delete

You should now be able to sign in the Microsoft account with the local account you created.

It seems to recognize that it is now an account of a family member and gets listed under “Your family” with the Family features still intact.

Tags: Microsoft account, Windows, Windows 10

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Windows 10

And we’re back.

microsoft-reveals-the-official-windows-10-wallpaper-485311-5

Tags: Operating System, Windows, Windows 10

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Windows Home Server 2011 and D-Link DIR-655

My WHS box now has the latest and greatest – Windows Home Server 2011!

On WHS v1, I’ve never really had to use Remote Web Access, and didn’t bother to move past the UPnP problems my D-Link DIR-655 router had. Now that the Windows Home Server Team announced the release candidate for Windows Phone 7 Connector app, I just had to try it again.

In the process, I tried using the Dashboard wizard, but still it didn’t work, and I wasn’t surprised to see this.

Set Up Your Router: UPnP not enabled on the router. D-Link DIR-655

The fix involves setting up the DIR-655 manually. This guide is based on the hardware version B1 and firmware 2.01NA.

Instead of using Port Forwarding, setup the ports 80, 443, and 4125 under Virtual Server.

DIR-655 Virtual Servers List

After saving settings on the router, go back to the WHS Dashboard and run the router setup wizard again, but this time, select “Skip router setup. I want to setup up my router manually” and click “Set up my router manually.” This will also open a link to a page online, but it won’t be needed. Close it.

WHS 2011: Set up my router manually

The step above forces the Dashboard to update, and you should be able to access your Home Server remotely using the domain name.

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Note that the new WP7 Connector requires an add-in to be installed on the Home Server.

Tags: Add-in, D-Link, DIR-655, How To, Microsoft, Networking, Release Candidate, Software, WHS, Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Phone 7, WP7

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Netduino Unboxing

I received my Netduino today, and I’m sharing it to the world in 720p. For $35, it’s a great way to get back to using .NET Micro Framework.

For a limited time the Netduino comes with the micro USB cable, but you will need to get your own 7.5-12VDC power supply.

Tags: .NET, .NET Micro Framework, C#, DIY, Electronics, Hardware, Netduino, Software, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2010

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Microsoft DreamSpark Website Updated for RTM of Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft DreamSpark: Visual Studio 2010 Professional

The Microsoft DreamSpark website was updated to include Visual Studio 2010 Professional in place of the beta/release candidate of the Ultimate edition. Eligible students can now download it for free!

Tags: DreamSpark, Microsoft, Student Deals, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2010

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