Windows PC can get wonky when docking or adding a display while a user is logged in. James Burrage explains Anniversary Update display scaling changes to better handle such situations.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduces a new administrative tool: Storage Diagnostics, aka StorDiag.exe.
As of August 11, 2016 MS has updated its TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools with new information and coverage.
For older Windows versions, MS offers online "fix-it" tools to address tricky issues. In Windows 10 Fix-Its MIA (missing in action) is the norm. Here's why.
When purchasing a new OEM PC -- be it desktop, notebook, or tablet -- a Windows 10 fresh start may be just the thing!
On August 2, MS made the Anniversary Update available through various means. Alas, some Anniversary Update post-install cleanup seems required.
NTFS filenames have been limited to 260 characters in length, but a new Local Group Policy option in the Anniversary Update removes that restriction.
Dual boot machines running two same-version Windows instances can arbitrarily toggle boot order. EasyBCD 2.3 fixes that, and more.
In theory, anniversaries are a wonderful opportunity for couples to show each other how much they care about one another. In reality they can easily end in disaster if one side of the relationship ...
Microsoft fires off its next Windows 10 RTM in the form of a slow-flow Anniversary Update. It is staggered across the user base, so some will have to wait.
Spiceworks tells the Windows 10 SMB story so far, with adoption rates and plans (or lack thereof) for companies not yet using Microsoft's latest desktop OS.
With free upgrade offer set to expire in 9 days, I perform and report on an 11th hour Win8.1 upgrade to Win10. Overall the results are quite positive.
Removing Windows Phones from adoption rates means MS must watch as the Windows 10 1B milestone recedes past its projected date in fiscal year 2018.
In Fall 2016, Microsoft plans to offer Win10 business subscriptions that include deployment, management and support for $7 per user per month. Wow!
If you use the right tool, building bootable UEFI Media for Windows 10 is fairly easy. Otherwise, it can be a real challenge.
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management or APGM 4.0SP3 supports Win10 means comprehensive change control and better management for GPOs.
Win10 USB 3.0 Boot (or Not) means some devices may not boot older PCs and laptops, especially those old enough to lack built-in USB 3.0 support.
Starting with the Anniversary update, Windows 10 offers an interface for reactivating Win10/Activation Troubleshooter.
Windows 10 adoption growth hits a new milestone of 350M, breaks 19% in desktop share, while Windows 7 share drops below 50%.
A news item on Windows Insider indicates the Anniversary Release will drop on August 2. Does that mean the new release will be labeled Windows 10 1608?
With the scheduled release weeks away, all Anniversary Update signs positive makes me hopeful that more enterprise adoptions are likely.
Nir Sofer's great Windows utilities gather in a toolset called NirLauncher. Handling NirLauncher updates means switching from old to new versions.
NTLite is a powerful image management tool that can slim down Windows images for deployment, and customize them (and their settings) in many ways.
Win10 lockscreen images appear when the OS starts up, or when inactivity turns off the display. Here's how to access and see or use those images elsewhere.
With Build 14367 of the Anniversary Update, we gain access to a new Windows 10 Fresh Start Tool to reinstall that OS.
For Windows 10 , UEFI + GPT means NVRAM data must be rewritten to perform an SSD SysBoot Drive Swap. A $20 Paragon Software tool makes this dead simple.
MS Buys LinkedIn, with all kinds of synergies sought for. Overlaps in training, certification, and professional development are most interesting!
On modern PCs, the Windows key often lives in UEFI: a Win10 OEM keyfinder is just the tool you need to retrieve and record it for safekeeping.
Under some circumstances a WUDO backfire on narrow WAN pipes can occur when sending or receiving updates to/from other PCs on the Internet.
Admins or power users chasing down performance or malware issues should always remember that Windows includes built-in malware scanning via MRT.exe (the Windows Malicious Software Removal tool).
MS has rigged Windows Update to incent, incite and perhaps even trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. Read about their known Win10 upgrade tricks!
IT administrators that don't have the ball rolling on a Windows 10 upgrade for their companies might be haunted by Will Smith's voice reading Raphael de la Ghetto's poem in The Fresh Prince of Bel ...
Paul Thurrott has a killer reason to upgrade Windows 7 to 10: time. A clean Windows 7 install takes a long day but less than 1 hour for Windows 10.
Repeated dings from my production PC let me know something weird was up USB-wise, and quickly led to a volsnap error in Event Viewer. Time for a new drive!
Wondering why your fingerprint reader or retina cam isn't accessible in Windows Hello? In Windows 10 using a fingerprint reader requires PIN login.
IT pros facing roll-outs of Microsoft's new flagship desktop get information about top win10 deployment issues via Microsoft Support.
The CIO for the US DoD has decreed that it would upgrade all service branches to Windows 10 by early 2017; the USMC has hit a Win10 update snag.
The converged and hyper-converged infrastructure markets have gotten a lot of lip service lately, especially with respect to supporting VDI deployments. There are several reasons hyper-converged ...
Windows built-in DISM exports drivers to a file repository of your choosing, to make restoring those drivers after an upgrade easy and simple.
With older Windows versions aging into oblivion, a Windows 10 pilot program represents a key first step toward migration and deployment.
MS confirms that its free Win10 upgrade ends 7/29/2016 for Windows 7 and 8.1. Act soon to exercise it, and save an upgrade snapshot for later!
Now that Build 1511 has reached CBB status, admins can no longer use group policy for blocking Store access in Windows 10 Pro. Deal with it!
Storing apps on an SD card conserves storage space on low-end Windows 10 tablets, but SD-based apps won't update all the time. Here's a fix.
Certain advanced features in Windows 10 work only from UEFI boot-up. For BYOD machines, admins need a way to check UEFI status: here 'tis.
Analytics.usa.gov shows how user OSes break out for government websites, with interesting trends for OS use on web, especially Windows 10.
The next release of Windows 10 includes driver update controls via Group Policy, shown in a new item added to Insider Preview 14328.
Changing a UEFI/BIOS setting on my PC motherboard delivers a profound NVMe boot speedup: 120 seconds drops to 7!
With so many great shows are on television these days, it can be tough to keep up with them all. One of the pain points for my family is that there’s no single, central location we can use to ...
Disk Cleanup usually displays options based on what's on a target disk; I show how to see all Disk Cleanup options via the command line.
Apple quit providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows PCs. Discovery of 2 zero day exploits makes it time to uninstall QuickTime for Windows NOW.
Right after Microsoft moved the build for the Current Business Branch (CBB) to 10586, they started updating Win10 CBB with a cumulative update.
The Windows 10 Tech Bench provides resources, image files, and info for IT pros. It's a professional alternative to the Media Creation Tool.
Microsoft has announced the first update to its Current Branch for Business release for Windows 10 (Win10 CBB Update 1).
By default Windows 10 can download updates from or share updates with nearby peer PCs on the Internet. Is it right that Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs?
For those interested in learning more about the new OS, downloading and using Ready-to-Run Windows 10 VMs may be just the ticket.
Windows 10 marketshare finds the OS in the number slot, vis-à-vis the other desktop OSes. Win10 still has a long way to go to pass Windows 7.
For those who don't like the default displays in Windows 10 File Explorer, TenForums.com has tutorials on tweaking File Explorer.
Even when Windows goes to sleep, certain events can wake it up. Here are tips to keep it sleeping when that's what's wanted.
When Windows won't boot, Windows 10 image repair replaces corrupt OS files to restore things to normal. It's worth a try, though it is no panacea.
Large-scale Windows 10 deployments face issues with bandwidth consumption, installation, and customization. Deployment automation addresses all of these.
With the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 (14291), Settings gains a temporary files cleanup capability in System\Storage.
Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) lets admins can build their own Windows PE tools, or work with numerous third-party options.
The switch from legacy BIOS to UEFI boot on an NVMe SSD equipped Windows 10 PC pays huge dividends in system stability.
For years Windows sleep has been a troubled topic, beset with problems during wake-up. Recent firmware and OS updates have apparently fixed these issues.
When it comes to optimizing boot speed for an NVMe SSD, GPT disk layout for Windows 10 is essential.
Careful use of keyboard sequences and the on-screen power button lead to a little-known Emergency Restart screen in Windows 10 (and 8 versions).
The Windows 10 desktopshare continues to rise, while Windows 8 versions fall faster than XP. Go figure!
With release of the free eBook "Deploying Windows 10..." Microsoft Press describes how to use System Center Configuration Manager to handle this task.
Cumulative update KB 3140743 brings great reliability improvements to network discovery in Windows 10, along with numerous other OS features and functions.
In making a PC switchover from an old production desktop to a new one, I encounter and overcome hardware snags and issues with licensed software.
Over time Windows OSes can accumulate considerable cruft, including startup items. That's why the occasional startup cleanup is a good idea.
Network printing offers advantages, including faster, more direct access and no need to for a running Windows client for print access.
The DISM command lets admins enable OS features from a Windows image file by identifying a DISM featurename. Here's how to exercise that capability.
The US Department of Defense mandates all arms to undertake Windows 10 deployment, to conclude by January 2016. 4 million devices will be involved.
With 2 hidden cumulative updates for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Update Catalog that never made Windows Update, are they for testing or real updates?
When you think of productivity suites, Microsoft Office most likely springs to mind. The applications in Office are some of the most ubiquitous in the enterprise, and for good reason. Office has ...
Occasionally attempts to install Windows Updates will meet with failure. When that happens, try one or more of these tools and techniques to remedy Windows Update problems.
A recent bare-metal Windows 10 install on a new PC confirms that the cumulative update approach minimizes updates needed to achieve currency.
After six months of little or no information about updates for Windows 10, MS has launched a Web page that provides useful details about changes included in Windows Update items, starting with ...
As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Windows 10 finally surpasses its desktop OS share, though Windows 7 remains firmly entrenched in first place.
The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer is a free toolset from Microsoft designed to customize and provision Windows 10 images for deployment.
A mysterious Windows Update that acts like a cumulative update increments the Windows 10 build number to 10586.79, but is not available through the usual channels and must be manually installed. So ...
A new revision to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector/Corporate Software Inspector lays some long-standing Windows 8 and Windows 10 errors to rest.
Recently, an update to the Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package (64bit) keeps installing repeatedly, even though each installation is labeled successful. Here's how to fix ...
The latest firmware upgrade for the Surface Pro 3 accidentally incorporated a Surface Pro 4 pen settings update that can cause crashes and blue screens on such PCs. Here's how to fix things...
For admins seeking to manage and deploy Windows operating systems, PowerShell automation within Systems Center Configuration Manager offers excellent productivity enhancements. Here are some ...
VDI has always faced an uphill slog. Implementation is time-consuming and expensive. The technology only fits certain use cases, and with so many moving parts and people to please, a lot of ...
Upon learning about the power cord recall on certain Surface Pro tablet models, I jumped onto the Microsoft website to request a replacement, and found the process simple and straightforward to ...
A recent blog post from Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson shows how the company is using both positive and negative inducements to get enterprise users to migrate to Windows 10. On the positive side: new ...
While some users may object to Microsoft's new rapid cadence for updates, regular cumulative updates following the Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) model do make it easier and faster to perform clean ...
If you tell File Explorer to show hidden files, that means desktop.ini appears on your desktop. This simple tip explains how to hide such files only in the desktop view.
Thanks to some fine print in its Windows 8.1 support lifecycle policy, Windows 8.0 users lose maintstream support from Microsoft starting on January 12, 2016.
An upcoming update to the Microsoft Intune service, now part of its Mobile Device Management toolset, will add support for native Windows 10 features, while also improving Android and iOS support.
Despite a new, more accurate way to count Win10 instances, Microsoft report that over 200 million such instances are in active use as of early January 2016.
Looking over the traffic to the blog for 2015, some interesting items pop out in the "Top 10" viewed items for that year.
A switch from HDD to SSD and a clean install of Windows 10 gives a three-year old T530 Lenovo laptop a new lease on life and productivity.
A mismatch between the image servicing and repair utility (DISM) and the system file checker (SFC) in Windows 10 reported on December 4 persists, despite new versions of the Nvidia driver and ...
The Windows REAgentC command lets users look for and examine their recovery (WinRE) partitions, and then manage what they find. Especially useful for those seeking to manage recovery on PCs ...
From pocket desktops to virtual reality devices to tablets and more, expect tech presents galore stuffed in stockings and nestled neatly under trees everywhere this holiday season. While Santa is ...
As 2015 draws to a close, the staff of TechTarget's end-user computing sites took to Slack and held an hourlong chat about the year's biggest trends. Over the next few days, we'll bring you ...