Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer,
Penton Technology

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed in the Microsoft MVP Windows Expert-Consumer category each year on January 1st for seven consecutive awards in the program.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology.

Resource: Classroom IT Management and Data Protection Blog Series
A new series of blog posts from Microsoft will help you learn more about methods for managing classroom IT and protecting your school's data.
IT Pro Today PODCAST - Episode 4
This is episode four of the new IT Pro Today PODCAST with Richard Hay and Michael Morisy.
Hire: Google's New Service for Recruiting and Hiring Employees
Google wants to help you find, recruit, interview and hire new employees.
Prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulations with these tools
Last week during Microsoft Inspire, the Redmond company talked about the upcoming GDPR and how they are already prepared to be in compliance with the new data rules for the European Union that go into effect next May across their Azure services. Now there are a couple of tools available to help you evaluate your own readiness.
Offiical LinkedIn App for Windows 10 Released
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for more than $26 billion dollars last year and has slowly been working on integrating the professional social media network into its products and services. Today the companies announced they are publishing a new Windows 10 app that is starting to roll out to users.
Microsoft Releases First Windows Server Insider Preview - Build 16237
Microsoft is beginning the availability of early previews of Windows Server so that customers can test the server OS during its development cycle. Microsoft has decided to approach the development of Windows Server and its more frequent release and update cycle much like they have done with Windows 10 over the last 2 1/2 years.
Windows Server Insider Preview Build Release Tracker (2017)
This gallery will track all of the releases for the Windows Server Insider Preview Program during the calendar year 2017.
Microsoft Inspire: News Summary for Day 3
On day three of Microsoft Inspire we heard about Microsoft's efforts at being a good citizen in relationship to its products and services plus we learned more about the sales organization changes that are coming.
Resource: Optimize Your Network for the Microsoft Cloud Course from MVA
Get up to speed on how the Microsoft Cloud can improve your own network.
Microsoft Inspire: News Summary for Day 2 Keynote
The Day 2 keynote at Microsoft Inspire focused on the companies industry efforts and real world solutions built on Microsoft technologies by partners to address customer needs in their digital transformation.
How To: Installing Ubuntu from the Windows Store on Windows 10
Setting up a linux distro on Windows 10 takes just a few steps and even a "noob" can do it!
Microsoft Inspire: News Summary for Day 1 Keynote
Microsoft opened their annual partner conference, now known as Inspire, and shared several news items and other information about the digital transformation opportunities during the opening keynote with Satya Nadella and others.
Microsoft Expands Azure Services in the United Kingdom
Microsoft has opened up several Azure based services to customers in the UK this week.
Microsoft Virtual Academy Adds Learning Paths for Skills Development
The Microsoft Virtual Academy is a free online learning resource with a wide variety of courses that anyone can take to learn more about the companies services. A new selection of curated courses, called a Learning Path, will now allow you to easily hit all the key courses for a particular subject.
Lenovo's Commercial Augmented Reality Vision
It seems everyone is making an investment in some level of augmented reality and Lenovo wants to deliver it to business and enterprise customers.
Moving back to Windows Phone 8.1
July 10, 2017

What device are you trying to upgrade? The number of handsets that are supported for Windows 10 is down to about 13 now.

Official Windows 10 S & Office Apps Frequently Asked Questions from Microsoft Support
June 27, 2017

Surface Laptop is full desktop Windows 10 S (with the App Store only restriction) - it does not need Continuum support as it has a Mini DisplayPort and can use an external...

Windows 10 Redstone 3: Automatic Checkpoints for Virtual Machines
May 15, 2017

I certainly would not run it on a production machine however, not a bad idea to run on a secondary machine for testing.

Rediscovering Windows Libraries for Users and Admins
March 31, 2017

If you are using your MS Account then your BitLocker recovery keys are stored on OneDrive here:

Resource: IT Operations On-Demand Webinar from Microsoft
March 28, 2017

Worked for me just now...

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