In switching out my 10-year-old monitors for this year's model(s), a monitor upgrade saves on money and energy, delivers more pixels and better USB.
I love ice cream. There's a small stand down the street from my house that I frequent during the summer. I spend my time in line staring at the dozens of flavors, pondering my options. Mint ...
Starting from Windows 7 and minimum memory and storage, my two ThinkPads going strong 5 years later, including storage, memory, and USB 3.0 upgrades.
How might one go about grabbing Win10 1703 ISO files for installation or image repair? Let me count the ways...
Rebooting Windows 10 to access UEFI/BIOS or boot media can be tricky, and make handy Win10 Boot controls vital.
On April 11, Windows Vista's status changed to end-of-life, as extended support ended at MS. Thus, it's time to say "So long Windows Vista!"
In checking on Win10 1703, I find a Creators Update image integrity gotcha. Fortunately, it's a driver issue and up to Microsoft and Nvidia to solve.
Based on my recent, repeated, and carefully observed recent exposure, Creators Update delivers easy upgrade experiences to those inclined to try it out via the Media Creation Tool.
With the release of a Media Creation Tool based on Build 1703 on April 6, it's safe to say "Creators Update out and available" to one and all.
Recent cumulative updates have led to reports of Windows Defender update errors. Fortunately, these apparent Win10 Defender Update issues are illusory.
In repurposing a PC for a family member, I learn that swapping out mSATA SSDs needs cool tools -- MiniTool Partition Wizard and Macrium Reflect.
After installing 15063 Insider Preview, I found myself powering through Windows 10 dual boot mishaps after using EasyBCD to restore boot menu entries.
With the Creator's update coming in April, it's a great time to learn how to create a custom ISO for Windows 10 (Part 6 of 6).
With the Creator's update coming in April, it's a great time to learn how to create a custom ISO for Windows 10 (Part 5 of 6).
With the Creator's update coming in April, it's a great time to learn how to create a custom ISO for Windows 10 (Part 4 of 6).
With the Creator's update coming in April, it's a great time to learn how to create a custom ISO for Windows 10 (Part 3 of 6).
With the new Creator's Update coming in April, it's a great time to learn how to create a custom ISO for Windows 10.
Part 1 of a 6-part series that explains how to build a custom ISO for Windows 10 installation, including applications and themes.
When Windows processes go south, remember that Taskkill terminates hung processes at the command line. Very handy!
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 is a more likely PC replacement than Apple's iPad Pro, thanks to Windows 10 and its Continuum feature. The tech industry continues to search for a device that ...
With other market players revving up their Windows compatibility and performance, AMD and ARM deliver 1-2 punch to Intel. How will it fight back?
At first I thought I was suffering from an odd Windows error; later, I realized I was benefitting from cert revocation.
In a recent Windows 10 blog post, MS Status on UUP is explored and explained. While the report is mostly positive, it does omit recent bumps and wobbles.
A casual visit to Device Manager revealed an iPhone driver problem. Fortunately, this particular iPhone issue surrenders to good troubleshooting.
Recent and troubling reports from users appear to indicate that Win10 restore points appear broken. I verified this for myself.
When the latest release notes explained how to fix interesting issues with Insider Preview 15042 installation, I should have known I'd be bitten thereby.
In Build 15031 Insider Preview got a feature to tie the OS to cellphone proximity. Now Win10 Dynamic Lock gets cool tool to make it work.
Though it's hidden, Windows 10 still includes a built-in admin account . Here's how to enable disable Win10 Administrator account.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows Insider Program for Businesses will cater to IT professionals. Through the program, nicknamed WIP4Biz, IT admins will be able to test new Windows 10 features with their ...
For the cleanest possible boot environment, remember to disconnect drives before multi-boot install of Windows OSes.
After plugging a UFD into my Asus router for a while, I stuck it back into a Win10 PC, and found myself overcoming USB flash write-protection issues.
Email phishing attacks against high-level executives increased at Tri-Counties Regional Center last year. To combat and boost awareness of the problem, CIO Dominic Namnath turned to user training ...
When added to a standard Setup.exe environment for Windows, EI.cfg and PID.txt install Windows license info without requiring user input.
From time to time Windows install (and other MS) ISOs come in handy for admins, but they can be hard to chase down. HeiDoc.net MS ISO Downloader covers that!
If backup or other IO intensive operations report write failure errors on external USB drives, a quick Device Manager tweak helps keep USB drives humming.
When UUP gets teething problems, downloading and installing can be tricky. Read about some common symptoms of UUP trouble, and two usable workarounds.
Cloud Shell rumors hint thin client model for Windows 10 successor to run on all kinds of devices may be in the offing for later in 2017.
When dealing with Windows license keys it is sometimes necessary to dig them out of hiding. ShowKeyPlus does this quite well, and it's free.
Last week MS Germany reminded customers that Windows 7 support ends 1/14/2020, and gave them security and cost reasons to upgrade from that aging OS.
MS announces that CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10 for other devices outside current subscription agreements.
When it comes to managing Windows disk partitions, MiniTool Partition Wizard is hard to beat. Even the free version is quite capable.
When WU problems stymie Insider upgrades, using an ISO for standalone install works. But building insider preview ISOs add complexity thanks to UUP.
Despite Microsoft's emphatic assertion that free upgrades from Windows 7 and 8.1 ended 7/27/16, free Win10 upgrade still available. Here's how...
In Win10 compact saves room on disk/SSD: use this command to reduce space needs by up to 5 GB on small tablet and notebook PCs.
The Win10 troubleshooting alternative is: repair image, in-place upgrade (repair install). Neither takes over an hour and fixes most problems on its own.
Contrary to numerous reports, CMD.exe not going away in Windows 10. True, recent Insider Preview builds replace it with Powershell in many menus.
Network admins nearly always want to know who's on their networks. This handy PING sweep tool tells them in compact, readable form.
Sure, there's a Windows Update troubleshooter built into Control Panel. But savvy Win10 admins will download and use a new WU troubleshooter version instead.
Recently leaked Insider Preview Windows 10 build 14997 introduces lots of changes, among them a green screen of death. BSOD meet GSOD!
Those with 2 monitors need panoramic themes to take full advantage of available screen real estate. These panoramic desktop themes work for Windows 10.
When Windows 8 came along, the built-in desktop games from Windows 7 became unusable. Grab this free Win7 games download for Windows 10 today.
No matter how good your antimalware defenses are, a periodic secondary scan is prudent. Here's a look at an admin's arsenal of secondary malware scanners.
For a variety of reasons ranging from drive migration to drive replacement, disk cloning lets you swap one disk for another without hiccups.
By default Microsoft supplies generic USB drivers in Win10. German website Win-Raid offers updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 drivers to replace them.
Some issues appeared with Tuesday's KB3206632. A DiagTrack stop fixes Win10 update ills; for others, it speeds update completion.
When it comes to recovering from or dealing with problems, proper protection counters failed Win10 changes.
Microsoft released its first Unified Update Platform item for build 14986. After problems using WU to grab the files, I learned WUMT works with UUP.
Microsoft's declaration in November that the latest version of Windows 10 is enterprise-ready created confusion in some businesses that had already been using it for months. After Microsoft ...
Windows 10 Insider program principals recently announced a release hiatus to handle changes as UUP starts getting real, and defines future update formats.
Like any product with lots of users, Windows 10's population has a long tail. Parts of that long Win10 tail are barbed and stinging Microsoft at present.
Data on Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016 shows Windows 10 is muscling in on Windows 7. Reports differ widely on ongoing use of XP, though.
Certain recent Windows 10 updates have been problematic. That's why it's a good thing that WUMT does updates when WU can't or won't do them.
Here's a bombshell from MS: Windows 10, Build 14971 drops Cmd.exe for PowerShell. What's up? Fortunately, batch files work in PowerShell so it's not so bad.
Sergey Tkachenko's Winaero Tweaker combines widgets to control Windows look, feel, and behavior. A handy tool for Windows admins and power users alike.
When it comes to managing Windows files, and the storage volumes that contain them, two free tools stand out: WinDirStat and TreeSize Free.
Advertisements are pretty unavoidable on your favorite websites and social media. Now users have to deal with them on Windows 10, too. On its lock screen, Windows 10 displays ads for apps, games ...
By default Windows shows background visuals through Personalization. There are lots of Win10 eyecandy desktop themes available to spiff up user displays.
On 11/7/2016 MS released a firmware update to address battery issues on the Surface Pro 3. Alas, WU gives users no change to Heed SP3 Firmware Update Warning NOT to use the dock.
Now that the free upgrade has ended, Win10 Marketshare Flat in Q316 sums up the current situation.
The Windows 10 Unified Update Platform (UUP) is rolling out in Build 14959; it promises to download and install changes only on Win10 installs.
In the wake of the latest Win10 AU cumulate update, Woody Leonard blesses KB3197954 and gives the upgrade his seal of approval.
Since the release of AU has unleashed a raft of problems and issues for Windows 10s I find myself pondering the proposition: Current Branch or Extended Beta?
For some odd reason recent Windows 10 upgrades keep using drivers from the previous version of Windows. The Windows.old cleanup tool fixes that.
Windows Update alternatives are tools that handle Microsoft updates without requiring users to accept the company's "all-or-nothing" update delivery.
When MS counts Windows 10 users, Xbox users are included. They recently published numbers that make factoring out xbox users easier.
Paul Thurrott reports that Win10 AU zooms into majority status, now running on 77 percent of Win10 desktops. He also concludes that AU issues are mostly solved, but I disagree.
In the hit 90s animated TV show Hey Arnold!, Arnold's neighbor Mr. Hyunh becomes an unlikely country star with his song "Simple Things." He sang about the simple things he likes about life -- rain, ...
Until recently one had to use IE to access its Update Catalog. Now that MS opens its Update Catalog to non-IE browsers, use whatever you like.
After installing Update KB3194798, Cleanmgr.exe offers to cleanup 3.99 TB in Windows Update files. The explanation is interesting, and the cleanup lengthy.
For tweaking Windows, nothing beats the Registry Editor. In Insider Preview 14942, RegEdit gets address bar for easy access to entire key strings.
Sometimes, Microsoft releases out-of-band updates outside the Windows Update service through its Update Catalog. That's when understanding CAB vs MSU files helps.
Microsoft pushed out 3 cumulative updates that hit my PCs in September. They appeared on 9/1, 9/13, and 9/26. After the third one came through at month's end, I found myself thinking: "I wonder if ...
By default, MS rotates Windows 10 lockscreen images among a pool of its choosing; but setting Windows10's Lockscreen image yourself is easy. Here's how.
It's been two months since the free upgrade program ended. Though the installation count of Win10 hits 400M users, adoption rates are slowing dramatically.
Windows Upgrade Analytics for Win10 makes telemetry data available inside organizations to help them get a grip on in-house Win10 upgrades and deployments.
After installer the latest Win10 Enterprise preview I restarted to the dreaded Black Screen of Death (BSOD -- Insider Preview to the rescue).
Sometimes Windows Update gets stuck, as with Cumulative Update KB3189866. When that happens, the built-in Windows Update Troubleshooter can help.
When remote desktop access gets wonky, toggle remote connections restores RDP access when switching among wireless networks.
Occasionally Windows Updates will resist repeated download or install attempts. If WU fails try update catalog download maneuvers instead.
Antagonized by random cmd.exe windows popping up and disappearing too quickly to read, I learned NirSofer's utility TaskSchedulerView IDs Cmd.exe popups
When SSDs and fast boot settings are normal for PCs, booting from alternate sources is tricky. Here's how to boot Win10 from USB media using OS directives.
Discovering WMIC gives nearly complete access to Windows Management Interface (WMI) capabilities. For admins who write command-line tools it's a treasure.
Storage is a critical part of a successful VDI deployment; most IT administrators already know this. There are many different reasons VDI can fail, but one of the most persistent -- pun intended -- ...
Looking at Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016, we see Windows 7 holding steady, 10 continuing upward, and other versions declining.
When I fired up a test install of Build 1511 this morning, I was amazed to observe that Win10 AU doesn't auto-apply when running Windows Update. Manual update proved necessary.
DriverStore Explorer is now RAPR v0.8 on GitHub. This great tool cleans up obsolete Windows drivers with new and cleaner GUI.
The SG TCP Optimizer, a free tool from broadband specialists at SpeedGuide.net, tunes Internet connections to speed them up and smooth them out. Good stuff!
A pair of quick registry tweaks may help restore those experiencing Win10 AU Webcam Fail problems following the recent anniversary update.
The Windows Self-Healing Tool for Windows 10 Anniversary Update is currently in test, and attempts to fix various freezing issues some users have reported.
There are more versions and types of Office than ever before, which means companies of all sizes have some decisions to make when they migrate to a new version of Microsoft’s productivity suite. ...