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Turning your Android phone into a “Windows Phone clone”

microsoft_launcherIn January 2019 (= last year) I upgraded my PC and moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10, an experience I really enjoyed. At that time I was still using a 2nd generation Windows Phone running WP 7.5 and slowly but steadily running into issues.

Several apps weren’t being maintained anymore and even my bank had announced their intention to stop supporting their app after which they would only allow its use for a few more months before pulling the plug. An understandable decision for sure, I realised all too well how outdated things had become, but inconvenient nonetheless.

Because I don’t trust Google I wasn’t keen on using Android, because I think Apple is overpriced I also didn’t bother with them. And then I discovered that Blackberry had also adopted Android, so much for that alternative.

One thing led to another and eventually I bought myself a Medion smartphone powered by Android 6 which I could upgrade to Android 7. And even though I still mistrusted Google I had to admit that this mobile environment was plain out slick; very well designed. Google even gained my respect when I discovered that I could actually change my entire phone into a Microsoft powered environment, see my start screen for a good impression. So here’s my story on how I got myself a “Windows Phone clone”, powered by Android.

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March 26, 2020 Posted by | Microsoft, Security, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Windows 10 provides a lot of multimedia capabilities right out of the box. For example: if you have a webcam then you can fire up the ‘Camera’ application and start using said webcam right away. If you’re more into virtual reality then the ‘Mixed reality portal’ might be fully up your alley.

Heck: Windows 10 even provides out of the box support for an Android telephone; if you want to sent text messages with your phone then you can also use your PC to do it. Amazing!

But what if you don’t have a webcam, VR headset or an Android telephone? What if you don’t want to have all these applications installed?

Well, then you’re out of luck because Windows will refuse to de-install them. Bill knows what’s best for you 😉

Fortunately there’s a solution, and it’s name is PowerShell.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | PowerShell, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | Comments Off on Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.