• May 16, 2014 16 May'14

    TechEd 2014 disappoints IT pros

    By Diana Hwang Microsoft was all about the cloud at this year's TechEd North America 2014 but IT pros wanted something more down to earth: news and previews about the on-premises System Center ...

  • May 16, 2014 16 May'14

    Woody Gets Down and Dirty on KB 2919355 Problem Details

    Over the past six weeks, Windows watchers have tracked and pondered occasional but vexing issues for some Windows 8.1 users when it comes to applying a key update -- namely KB 2919355, originally ...

  • May 14, 2014 14 May'14

    Patch Tuesday Comes and Goes: So Far, So Good

    After much upset and considerable hoopla about potential issues with items in the May 13 Patch Tuesday updates -- a considerable collection of 9 separate Security Bulletin IDs in the May 2014 ...

  • May 13, 2014 13 May'14

    End users not ready to cut the cord, resist self-service IT

    Self-service IT administration could lighten the workload for IT admins, but it also raises security issues.

  • May 12, 2014 12 May'14

    New Post-Update Cleanup Technique for Windows 8.1 Update

    Thanks to inveterate Windows wizard and toolsmith Sergey Tkachenko, I learned about a new cleanup method for Windows 8.1 Update installs to purge no-longer needed files in the wake of successful ...

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  • May 09, 2014 09 May'14

    Here comes trouble? Upcoming updates to test Win81 Update issues...

    In case you didn't already know, MS issued a security update in April, 2014 (KB 2919355) that *must* be installed on certain Windows 8.1 systems for them to continue to receive security updates ...

  • May 07, 2014 07 May'14

    Continuing Saga of KB2919355 Win81 Update

    There's been quite a bit of flap lately about the Windows 8.1 Update (as in the "quasi service pack", KB2919355) released in April, 2014. It seems that many systems encounter problems with its ...

  • May 05, 2014 05 May'14

    New Version of MDOP for 2014

    In MS-speak, MDOP stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. It's a collection of tools and facilities that MS makes available to its Software Assurance customers (a category that includes ...

  • May 02, 2014 02 May'14

    New application usage analysis tool helps IT lower Office license costs

    CloudIT's application usage analysis tool tracks how often users actively use apps like Office to help IT pros ditch unnecessary software licenses.

  • May 02, 2014 02 May'14

    From Now On, ALL My Win8.* Installs are RAID

    You can call me "slow on the uptake" when it comes to figuring out how to take best advantage of advanced Windows 8 technologies if you like, but I've only recently realized that the best way to ...

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Fast moving Microsoft Windows 8.1 update train railroads IT

    Microsoft's faster Windows 8.1 update cadence has a major impact on IT pros who don't have time to test applications and third-party software.

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Shed Unwanted Windows 8.* Apps

    There are many ways to clean up unwanted software on Windows PC using either built-in utilities such as the "Programs and Features" element in Control Panel (formerly known as "Add/Remove ...

  • April 25, 2014 25 Apr'14

    Great Tool: NirSoft WifiInfoView

    Anybody who's been reading this blog for awhile knows I'm a great fan of master utility builder Nir Sofer, the Israeli software development dynamo who's behind the terrific website. ...

  • April 23, 2014 23 Apr'14

    Script Browser Makes 10K-plus PowerShell Scripts Immediately Available

    This interesting post last week on the Windows PowerShell Blog is entitled "A World of Scripts at your Fingertips -- Introducing Script Browser," and explains how you can download the ...

  • April 21, 2014 21 Apr'14

    MS Relents on Win8.1 Update Application Timing

    When I reported here on April 8 that the "Windows 8.1 Update 1 is NOT Optional," I was working from the then-current and correct understanding that MS would require all users to apply the Spring ...