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Category: Windows 10

Set the computer description remotely using PowerShell

Here’s a quick PowerShell script which allows you to set the computer description remotely.

You’ll need to run this in a PowerShell window with administrative rights for the remote PC.

$RemotePC = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input the remote computer name e.g. PC0123'
$RemoteDescription = Read-Host -Prompt 'Input the new description for the remote computer'

$PC = Get-WmiObject -class Win32_OperatingSystem -computername $RemotePC
$PC.Description = $RemoteDescription


Windows 10 slow to boot and devices fail to start

On a new laptop running Windows 10, 1809, I experienced an issue that caused the boot time to increase to over 5 minutes. After the boot process eventually finished, many devices were not working correctly.

For example, I found:

  • no Wi-Fi networks showing in the list before logging on
  • the fingerprint scanner is not working
  • after logging in, you can’t enter any text in the search bar or Windows app store apps
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