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  • April 08, 2015 08 Apr'15

    Interesting Benefits of Click-to-Run Office Installation

    I've just recently rebuilt my Surface Pro 3 installation, and am still recovering from that aftermath. Upon discovering a link to "Click-to-Run" installation for MS Office Professional 2013 on my ...

  • April 06, 2015 06 Apr'15

    Fixing 2 Win10 Build 10049 Gotchas

    I've got two test machines upon which I'm running the latest Win10 build, namely 10049. In getting those machines up and running, I've found myself subject to 2 inadvertent gotchas along the way. ...

  • April 03, 2015 03 Apr'15

    USB 3.1 Type-C Comes Closer to Your Desktop

    "Why," you may be thinking as you read the title of this blog post, "would I care about a high-speed interface on my desktop when it's most likely to show up first and foremost on notebooks and ...

  • April 01, 2015 01 Apr'15

    XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

    Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions ...

  • March 30, 2015 30 Mar'15

    Restoring Surface Pro 3 Poses Interesting Challenges

    In the wake of last week's firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, released outside the usual "Update/Patch Tuesday" timeframe, I decided to upgrade the drivers on that machine as well. I shouldn't ...

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  • March 27, 2015 27 Mar'15

    Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Leads to Learning

    When I saw through the various news outlets that Microsoft had released an out-of-band Firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, I knew it was probably worth jumping onto sooner rather than later. ...

  • March 25, 2015 25 Mar'15

    Getting to Win10 Build 10041, Slowly but Surely

    Last week, build 10041 for Windows 10 hit the fast ring for early adopters. Yesterday, it hit the slow ring for all adopters. I was able to upgrade my Windows 10 desktop without any issues during ...

  • March 23, 2015 23 Mar'15

    Is It Me, or Is It IE?

    In reading about a new version of and model for web browsing in Windows 10, I often find myself nodding along and thinking "'Bout time!" Over the past two years, I've been making a steady move away ...

  • March 18, 2015 18 Mar'15

    All Pirates Forgiven in Upcoming Free Windows 10 Upgrade

    A Reuters story from the WinHEC conference in China has got the Windows press and blog environment abuzz enough that it's being widely re-reported in most such outlets. In the story, Terry ...

  • March 17, 2015 17 Mar'15

    New OS Compression in Windows 10

    Over at Thurrott.com this morning, I found a simply fascinating story about a new version of "OS compression" that's making its debut in Windows 10. The ultimate source for this info is a March 16 ...

  • March 16, 2015 16 Mar'15

    Windows Key Shortcuts in Win10

    Thanks to a recent article at MakeUseOf.com I came across this weekend, I've been wondering if there isn't some master repository of keyboard shortcuts for the latest and soon-to-be-greatest ...

  • March 06, 2015 06 Mar'15

    Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

    I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color ...

  • March 02, 2015 02 Mar'15

    Driver Cleanup Remains a Solid Disk Space Reclamation Tactic

    Back in 2011, I blogged here about a program named DriverStore Explorer. Aka RAPR, this is a CodePlex project that when run in administrative mode enables users to see all drivers in the Windows ...

  • February 27, 2015 27 Feb'15

    OK, I'll Bite into Start10 ... Now What?

    Anybody who's read this blog for any length of time has witnessed me repeatedly and enthusiastically recommending Stardock's great product, Start8, as a Windows start menu add-in/replacement for ...

  • February 25, 2015 25 Feb'15

    Dastardly Driver Download Delivers Browser Hijack(s)

    This weekend, I installed a HighPoint RocketU 1144C on my production PC, in search of solutions to a USB 3 drive access problem. There's a PLX PCIe 8609 DMA controller on that board, apparently ...

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