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  • June 15, 2015 15 Jun'15

    Is the Ask Toolbar Malware? Maybe Yes, Maybe No...

    Over the weekend, I saw an interesting news item on the Windows 10 Forums. Entitled "Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows," it observes that "the Ask Toolbar is a bad thing that nobody wants ...

  • June 12, 2015 12 Jun'15

    Working Around Win10/8 Gotchas

    What with running two Win10 test machines -- a desktop and tablet/convertible -- I've been banging up against the limits of this new software from time to time, and have had to refurbish some ...

  • June 10, 2015 10 Jun'15

    Welcome to Windows (10) World!

    When the Win10 flag showed up on my Windows 8.1 machines, perforce I signed up for the upgrade, knowing that I must track the latest and greatest of Windows OSes no matter what. I've read various ...

  • June 09, 2015 09 Jun'15

    Win8 Versions Overtake XP: Where's Win10?

    Every now and then I like to drop into NetMarketShare.com and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated ...

  • June 05, 2015 05 Jun'15

    Microsoft Surface 3 tablet redefines portability and power

    The Surface 3 is the most flexible and portable Microsoft tablet to date, with plenty of ports, cover options and strong battery life.

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  • June 03, 2015 03 Jun'15

    Stealth Update Brings Win10 Upgrade Offer to Win7&8 Users

    Two days ago a strange little Windows flag icon appeared in the notification bar on my Windows 8.1 PCs. A quick mouse-over on the icon produced the text "Get Windows 10." An equally quick click ...

  • June 01, 2015 01 Jun'15

    Refresh/Recimg.exe Gone Missing in Win10

    If you've been reading this blog lately, you've seen my recent discovery that duplicate or outmoded drivers in the Windows 10 DriverStore can unnecessarily bulk up the size of the RecoveryImage ...

  • May 26, 2015 26 May'15

    Another DISM tip for compacting Windows installations

    While perusing the postings over at the Windows 10 Forums earlier, I caught an item there entitled "Trimming down Win10TP" that taught me a new way to use the Deployment Image Servicing and ...

  • May 25, 2015 25 May'15

    Driver Cleanup Slims Down Win10 RecoveryImage

    When I wrote a blog post on May 11 entitled "The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup," little did I know the post would turn out to be both useful and prophetic. But after investigating the disk ...

  • May 22, 2015 22 May'15

    Reflections on Win10 Build 10122

    The last couple of days have been exciting in my part of the world, mostly as a consequence of downloading, installing, and absorbing the latest Windows 10 build, 10122, which made its debut two ...

  • May 20, 2015 20 May'15

    Flaky Synaptics Touchpad Driver Occasions Interesting Encounters

    I'm using a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 as one of my two primary Windows 10 test machines at the moment, and it has become a recent focus for some interesting driver issues. Late last week, MS unleashed ...

  • May 18, 2015 18 May'15

    Interesting Theory about Win10 Defender & Update Stacking

    In my last post here, I observed the number and frequency of updates for Windows 10 arriving via an unthrottled and untrammeled Windows Update. By far, the biggest number of items in the 15-day ...

  • May 15, 2015 15 May'15

    Win10: A Half-Month of Streaming Updates

    In the brave new world of Windows 10, updates are no longer batched, but pop up when and as they appear. I decided to take a look at what that means by examining the Update Histories for my two ...

  • May 13, 2015 13 May'15

    Beware the Ides of May: Beaucoups Updates!!

    Realizing that yesterday was "Update Tuesday," I opened up my update history on a production Windows 8.1 PC this morning, and found 40 (!) updates of varying shapes and sizes had been installed ...

  • May 11, 2015 11 May'15

    The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup

    I've blogged repeatedly here about a great little free software tool called DriverStore Explorer (RAPR.EXE). In Windows environments all the way up to and including Windows 10, any drivers that ...

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