Bing Daily Wallpaper On Your PC

Microsoft Bing’s Free Daily Wallpaper on your PC

Bing releases a daily wallpaper that can automatically be shown on your PC. The images they use are impressive shots of nature, and it’s actually quite nice to see a new daily photo. You can download this for free directly from Microsoft at the link below.

Applies To: Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/bing-wallpaper

The Bing Wallpaper app from Microsoft is a quick install that sits in your taskbar. On a daily basis, it will download and update your desktop wallpaper with a new nature photo.

By right-clicking on the ‘b’ in your taskbar for Bing Wallpaper, there’s a few options:

First you’ll see a description of the image and photographer. If you don’t like today’s wallpaper, you can go back through previous days to one you prefer. The enable daily refresh is on by default, but if there’s a photo you like and don’t want it to change, you can just turn that off.

It’s an easy and free way of keeping your desktop fresh, and a chance to see some awesome photography!

How To Launch Command Prompt As Admin

How To Launch Command Prompt As Admin

(also known as Elevated Command Prompt)

  1. Click “Start”
  2. Type ‘cmd’ and Command Prompt will appear as the first option
  3. Right click ‘Command Prompt’ and choose ‘Run as Administrator’
  4. Click ‘Yes’ to the prompt ‘Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device’ (If asked, enter an administrator username and password). Click ‘Yes’
  5. Command Prompt will load under the Administrator context, and you will be able to see the word ‘Administrator’ in the top left of the window.

Applies To: Windows 10


Administrator: Command Prompt

It might seem frustrating to try and run a command in Command Prompt to be told that you need to run it as administrator, and then go through more clicks to open it again in an elevated fashion – but it’s designed this way for security reasons.

It’s tied to Microsoft’s User Account Control (UAC) behavior which drastically reduces the attack surface your computer has – a program can’t perform many functions that change things about your system without permission granted through a pop-up window.

There are ways to turn off UAC, but doing so puts your computer at a much greater risk of being compromised; so please take the slight annoyance of a few extra prompts to keep your computer safe and healthy.

Microsoft Lists Date/Time Settings Incorrect

Microsoft Lists is available for a lot of people already, and should be globally available by the end of October 2020. Users can start using it as soon as it’s released for your tenant, which is great; but you might get caught out by the same date and time regional problem I did.

Creating a List is easy (right now I have the option available in Teams, but the app in Office 365 hasn’t turned up yet), and there’s many use cases for wanting a date or time field.

However, the suggestion on what day it is was wrong:

Today is actually Wednesday, October 14th 2020. It’s being caused because the timezone is wrong for the list. How do we fix that?

A Microsoft List can be created two ways – in the single user context, or in a Microsoft 365 Group context. If you’re doing in in Teams then the later only applies. Individually, it’s saved in the same area as your OneDrive for Business (which is backeneded by SharePoint), but for a Group it’s saved straight into the Site for the Group.

Lists in OneDrive for Business

For the individual point of view, there’s already a Microsoft Answer on how to fix this – change your Time Zone and Region Locale. The link for this is indivualised for your tenant and account, but you can access it by:

  • Browse to office.com and sign in
  • Click the OneDrive app from the left hand menu
  • Click the cog in the top right corner and choose ‘OneDrive Settings’
  • Click ‘More Settings’ in the left hand list
  • Under ‘Region and Language’ choose ‘Regional Settings’
  • Choose the correct Time Zone and Locale for your account

Changing this for all users is a bit more of a problem. There’s a PowerShell script here to update all existing ones, and new users there appears to be no way to do it based on this outstanding UserVoice – if you find anything different, please share and I’ll update this post.

Lists in SharePoint Online

A Microsoft List tied to a Microsoft 365 Group will read the Time Zone and Region settings from the Group’s site, which is accessed a bit differently:

  1. Browse to office.com and sign in
  2. If you have the Lists app in the left hand menu, choose that and skip to step 5
  3. If there is no Lists app, click the SharePoint app from the left hand menu
  4. Choose the Microsoft 365 Group that contains the Microsoft List (if you’re unsure, you can try finding the List in Teams, clicking the elipsis and choosing ‘Open in SharePoint’.
  5. Click the cog in the top right corner and choose ‘Site Contents’ then choose ‘Site Settings’
  6. Click ‘Regional Settings’ under ‘Site Administration’
  7. Choose the correct Time Zone and Locale for your Group and press ‘OK’ in the bottom right corner.

This works for a single site, but what about a company wide default?

In the SharePoint admin center, under Settings then Site creation, you can set the default time zone for new sites. This won’t help any existing Microsoft 365 Group already created (as a site is created at the time the group gets created), but will help with future sites.

If you want to update existing sites in PowerShell, you’ll need to start with this command:

Set-SPoSitesRegionalSettings -Url site.url.goes.here -TimeZoneID 19

That will change just the specified site.

The list of TimeZoneIDs is available from Microsoft here and there’s also a Gallery Script called Update the time zones in all sites in SharePoint Online which you could use to update all sites if you can’t work out how to do it.

A lot of details there just to change the date detection in Lists, but hopefully this gives you enough information to understand the scenarios and how to resolve them.

Device Manager in Windows 10

How To Find Device Manager On Windows 10

Device Manager is easy to find in Windows 10. You can access it by either clicking on ‘Start’ and typing ‘Device Manager’, then opening the App, or right clicking on ‘Start’ and clicking on ‘Device Manager’

Device Manager can be used to see if there are any devices detected but in an errored state, missing drivers, or to update drivers.

Applies To: Windows 10


Device Manager has been around for a long time, and is still a handy tool. When you first launch Device Manager, see if there’s any devices that have a yellow exclamation mark next to them – they should stand out very clearly, and it means there’s an issue.

To try and fix a problem with a device, there’s a few things you can try:

Right click on the device and ‘uninstall device’. Then, click the ‘scan for hardware changes’ button which is a blue computer screen with a magnifying glass over it. This should rediscover the device and may use a better driver at time of setting up.

If that doesn’t work, right click on the device and choose ‘Update driver’. Then choose ‘Search automatically for drivers’. Usually this doesn’t find anything new, but you can then choose the ‘Search for updated drivers on Windows Update’ option which will take you to Windows Update in Settings, where you can click ‘check for updates’. Some driver updates are available through this method. If that doesn’t work, go to the manufacturer’s website of the device and look for drivers to download there – they usually are bundled with an installer that you can run.

If all that fails, you’ve got a bit of a problem. For USB connected devices, try a different port, different cable or even a different computer – if you can prove it works on another computer, then you know the device itself is OK. If it doesn’t work elsewhere, it could be an old device not supported on Windows 10 (particularly if you’re now running a 64 bit Operating System) and the manufacturer only ever created 32 bit drivers.

Otherwise, start searching on Google or Bing with details of your problem and the device in question, and see if anyone’s got a suggestion specific to that bit of hardware.

Howtogeek has a great detailed article if you’d like to dive deeper into Device Manager.

CPU Temperature in Windows 10

CPU Temperature in Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn’t have a native way to check the CPU temperature, but there are many free third party programs that can show it to you

  • Coretemp
  • HWMonitor
  • OpenHardwareMonitor
  • Speedfan
  • NZXTCAM
  • Speccy
  • Rainmeter

Applies To: Windows 10


Here’s the links to each program’s website:

Coretemp

HWMonitor

OpenHardwareMonitor

Speedfan

NZXTCAM

Speccy

Rainmeter

If you’re worried about your CPU overheating – the maximum CPU temperature really depends on the CPU. Look up what the ranges for your CPU are; CPUTemper have a good list here, or go to the manufacturer’s specifications:

Intel CPU List

Intel refers to it as a Junction Temperature or TJunction – the maximum temperature allowed at the processor die.

AMD CPU List

AMD will list the MAX TEMPS for each CPU.

Above 80°C or 176°F is generally not ideal.