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  • August 29, 2014 29 Aug'14

    MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

    On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At that time, MS recommended that IT admins at least consider ...

  • August 27, 2014 27 Aug'14

    Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

    One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and ...

  • August 25, 2014 25 Aug'14

    Look Out Windows, Here Comes China

    The news sites are abuzz with word from the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency yesterday (August 24) that Chinese engineers are crafting their own home-grown operating system for desktop PCs and ...

  • August 22, 2014 22 Aug'14

    Two-year PC replacement saves cost, raises productivity

    IT pros debate whether companies should replace PCs every two years instead of following conventional wisdom of three to four years. In today's world, one size doesn't fit all, and a two-year cycle may work in some cases.

  • August 22, 2014 22 Aug'14

    Chronic OneDrive/SkyDrive Problems Widespread

    OK, I confess: I don't always look at the Windows Reliability Monitor as often as I should. But when I did recently, I discovered an issue on my primary production Windows 8.1 desktop that further ...

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  • August 20, 2014 20 Aug'14

    MS Recommends Uninstalling Any of 4 Recent Updates

    When MS pushed the August updates just over a week ago, they clearly did not expect the kinds of problems that have emerged in the wake of their release. In a revised version of security bulletin ...

  • August 20, 2014 20 Aug'14

    Internet Explorer 8 end of life calls for updates now

    Microsoft is ending security and technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows 7 PCs by Jan. 12, 2016. Web apps still running past the Internet Explorer 8 end of life deadline face compromising legacy data.

  • August 18, 2014 18 Aug'14

    MS Quietly Extends Hotfixes for All Current IE Versions After Recent Security Update

    I didn't actually experience any problems myself -- at least, not that I noticed -- after last week's Update Tuesday brought a round of security updates for all current versions of the Internet ...

  • August 15, 2014 15 Aug'14

    Precision Touchpad Updates on Update Tuesday

    I read with interest in the previews of coming attractions for last Tuesday's Windows updates that "Precision touchpad improvements" were on their way into Windows 8.1 as part of the limited set of ...

  • August 13, 2014 13 Aug'14

    Intel Wireless Driver Update Causes Win8.1 Repair Gyrations

    After installing yesterday's "Update Tuesday" security and functionality updates on my Fujitsu Q704, I ran the Intel Driver Update Utility on that machine to see what might be new on that front, ...

  • August 11, 2014 11 Aug'14

    Numerous Security and Other Updates Due August 12

    When MS published its Advance Notification for the first-ever "Update Tuesday" coming August 12, it listed 9 security bulletins therein. Of these 9, 6 affect modern Windows Desktops (Window 7, 8, ...

  • August 08, 2014 08 Aug'14

    EMET 5.0 Is Here: Grab It Today!

    EMET is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, a free security software add-in designed to detect and counter zero-day attacks on Windows systems. More specifically, the software can ...

  • August 06, 2014 06 Aug'14

    MS Explains "August updates" for Windows 8.1 and more

    Yesterday, MS Senior MarComm Manager Brandon LeBlanc posted some interesting info about the upcoming updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 scheduled for August 12 (next week) over on ...

  • August 05, 2014 05 Aug'14

    Windows 8.1 gets minor enhancements

    IT pros who need to upgrade end users with the latest version of Windows 8.1 have a few days left to install Windows 8.1 Update before August 12. Microsoft next week will update Windows 8.1 again ...

  • August 04, 2014 04 Aug'14

    New Version of PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit Available

    Over the weekend,  a new version of the PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit appeared online at CodePlex. Labeled Version 3.1.5, this latest iteration to a substantial collection of PowerShell scripts ...

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