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  • October 07, 2015 07 Oct'15

    Surface Book Ups the Hybrid PC Ante

    I've been following Microsoft's progress in laying out and elaborating its Surface vision since the first version (and the RT model) emerged in 2012 or thereabouts. I went so far as to buy into the ...

  • October 05, 2015 05 Oct'15

    Reset/Refresh Windows Update to Fix WU Errors

    Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update ...

  • October 02, 2015 02 Oct'15

    Handy Utility Displays IP Neighborhood

    In getting a Windows 10 environment to work properly, one soon discovers that reloading printer drivers on some desktops proves necessary. Recently, I've found this to be mandated for the networked ...

  • October 01, 2015 01 Oct'15

    Can Windows 10 tip the upgrade scales?

    Much of the buzz around Windows 10 has been about how it atones for the sins of Windows 8. Experts say that the new operating system is more similar to Windows 7, while still including some of the ...

  • September 30, 2015 30 Sep'15

    Tips for Reducing Windows' On-disk Footprint

    Reading one of Sergey Tkachenko's recent Winaero blogs yesterday, I learned that Windows 10 will compress the OS files on a system/boot drive. See his "Reduce the size of your Windows 10 ...

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  • September 28, 2015 28 Sep'15

    Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

    After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains how activation works, and is particularly ...

  • September 25, 2015 25 Sep'15

    TechNet Steps Up for IT Pros with Win10 TechCenter

    It looks like the documentary engines at TechNet are finally winding up to full speed where Windows 10 is concerned. Thanks to this recent article at the SuperSite for Windows this morning, I can ...

  • September 23, 2015 23 Sep'15

    Win10 Build 10547 Clean & Compact

    In working with the latest Win10 Insider Preview, I've been forcibly struck by how clean and compact it is. Whereas earlier Windows 10 installations (that is, C:\Windows and its many constituents) ...

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Ten Windows 10 features IT pros will love

    Microsoft aimed to please IT with these 10 enterprise-friendly enhancements in Windows 10 including security, MDM and more.

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Back'n'forth with Win10 Update 10547

    I've been working with Windows 10 releases since last Fall (about a year now) and have probably installed more than a dozen different preview releases during that interval. Nearly all of them have ...

  • September 18, 2015 18 Sep'15

    Watch Out for Print Driver Changes in Win10!

    Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible ...

  • September 16, 2015 16 Sep'15

    Bogus/Unneeded Driver Count Mounting Up on Win10

    OK, I'll admit it: I don't know if Windows Update, DriverUpdate, DriverAgent, or something else is involved, but I'm seeing the number of outdated and/or unneeded (duplicated) drivers mount up in ...

  • September 14, 2015 14 Sep'15

    Latest Cumulative Update DOES Improve Win10 Stability

    Something very interesting has happened to my Windows 10 production desktop since the last Cumulative Update was installed on that machine last week (I'm talking about KB3081455, dated 9/8/15). ...

  • September 11, 2015 11 Sep'15

    A ~5GB "pre-emptive" Win10 download?

    This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked myself the question "I ...

  • September 09, 2015 09 Sep'15

    The Politics of Clean Install

    For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by ...

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