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  • December 16, 2015 16 Dec'15

    Win10: Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight. Really?

    Users who haven't used the GWX Control Panel to remove the "Get Windows 10" stuff from Windows 7 or 8.1 systems are now faced with an interesting choice when that runtime facility triggers in the ...

  • December 14, 2015 14 Dec'15

    Get Win10 ISOs from TechBench

    For some purposes the compressed electronic software download (esd) file format that MS uses for some Windows 10 installers won't do: a real Windows image (.wim) file is required. Here are several ...

  • December 11, 2015 11 Dec'15

    Understanding WaaS (Windows 10 as a Service)

    I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast ...

  • December 09, 2015 09 Dec'15

    SCCM Rolls Up to Windows 10 1511 Release Level

    For the first time ever, MS has updated System Center Configuration Manager for Windows 10, and has even adopted Windows 10 (1511) version numbering. Lots of interesting additions to the product ...

  • December 07, 2015 07 Dec'15

    DISM Does Updates, Too!

    Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of ...

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  • December 04, 2015 04 Dec'15

    Ouch! SFC and DISM may disagree in Build 10586.17

    Normally, the system file checker (SFC) and the deployment image servicing and management (DISM) facilities in Windows march in lockstep: here, I find a case where DISM says the component store is ...

  • December 02, 2015 02 Dec'15

    US Gov't Usage Data: Win10 Grabbing Marketshare from XP and 7

    A recent set of data from the US Government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), shows clearly what common sense says is inevitable: that Windows 10's share of desktop users comes mostly at the ...

  • November 30, 2015 30 Nov'15

    Windows Administrivia: The Case of the Missing BIOS Access

    As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H ...

  • November 27, 2015 27 Nov'15

    As Win8.1 Closes in on XP, Win10 Jumps into the Marketshare Game

    Every now and then, I like to check in on the Desktop Operating System Market Share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com. This morning, I had to fiddle the parameters a bit to get the site to show ...

  • November 25, 2015 25 Nov'15

    New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

    Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from ...

  • November 24, 2015 24 Nov'15

    Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

    There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published ...

  • November 20, 2015 20 Nov'15

    Cumulative Updates Increment Win10 Build Numbers: Implications?

    On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, ...

  • November 18, 2015 18 Nov'15

    Identifying Windows Images/Installers/ISO files

    The more I dig into the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, the more "good stuff" I keep finding. Today's gem comes courtesy of Sergey Tkachenko, whose excellent WinAero.com ...

  • November 16, 2015 16 Nov'15

    Build 1511 Boosts "Time Smarts"

    In getting to know the new build of Windows 10 released late last week, I'm starting to notice some interesting refinements here and there. In particular, v1511 now combines location and time zone ...

  • November 13, 2015 13 Nov'15

    Build 10586/1511 Makes Its Debut: Lessons Learned

    Early yesterday morning (11/12), some of my Build 10240 Windows 10 PCs began offering access to the 10586/1511 Build. Throughout the course of the day, I was slowly but surely able to get most of ...

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