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  • December 31, 2014 31 Dec'14

    Microsoft news dominates top 10 desktop developments of 2014

    Thanks to Windows and Office developments, Microsoft news was among our most popular coverage of the past year. See which articles came out on top.

  • December 29, 2014 29 Dec'14

    MS Makes Recovery Images Available for Surface PCs

    Ever since the original Surface and Surface Pro models were introduced, users have been able to refresh their installations or reinstall the OS using the device's recovery image, which is stored by ...

  • December 18, 2014 18 Dec'14

    Tis the Season, Part 3: 128GB SDXC Card Stocking Stuffer

    This is the third in a series of pre-holiday posts this week to highlight some small but potent high-tech devices, suitable for IT pros and enthusiasts alike, be they for yourself or somebody else ...

  • December 17, 2014 17 Dec'14

    Tis the Season, Part 2: 128 GB SDXC Hi-tech stocking stuffer

    This week, in anticipation of next week's big holiday, I'm ruminating on little devices suitable for hi-tech stocking stuffers. Today's item of interest is a 128 GB SDXC memory card, which provides ...

  • December 15, 2014 15 Dec'14

    Tis the Season, Part 1: Hi-tech Stocking Stuffer 64GB Compact UFD

    What with Christmas less than two weeks away, and the upcoming end-of-year break not far behind, I thought I'd lighten up this week with a series of carefully chosen stocking stuffers for high-tech ...

  • December 12, 2014 12 Dec'14

    Windows Utilities Nonpareil: NirLauncher

    Since 2011, I've blogged at least half a dozen times about various utilities from Nir Sofer, an apparently hyperactive developer with a penchant for building terrific Windows utilities of all ...

  • December 10, 2014 10 Dec'14

    New Version of MDOP Now Available

    Thanks to a recent post to the Windows For Your Business blog entitled "MDOP 2014 R2 Now Available," I'm happy to relay that message to my readership, and to those interested in Microsoft's ...

  • December 08, 2014 08 Dec'14

    Win10TP to RTM Upgrade: A "Matter of Intent"

    Those who've been through Windows previews in the past have learned to approach their test setups with a certain amount of caution, if not downright trepidation. That's because MS has traditionally ...

  • December 05, 2014 05 Dec'14

    Win10: If KB3020114 Won't Install, Try This

    Earlier this week, MS released a Windows 10 Update named KB3020114 "Explorer.exe continuously crashes after you upgrade..." Although many Technical Preview users reported difficulties with ...

  • December 03, 2014 03 Dec'14

    CCleaner Gets Faster, Cleaner v5 Incarnation

    Now that I've discovered an easy way to reliably get to and download the crapware-free "Slim" version of CCleaner, I've returned to using it on my PCs. Just recently, Piriform released a new major ...

  • December 01, 2014 01 Dec'14

    Win 8.1 Usage Crosses WinXP on StatCounter

    Here's an interesting graph to ponder, more than 7 months after Windows XP reached "end of life" status on April 8, 2014: StatCounter's GlobalStats chart for Top Desktop, Tablet and Console OSs ...

  • November 28, 2014 28 Nov'14

    MS Music Deals: Region/Location Matters

    Hey! It's the holiday weekend so I'm departing from my usual more serious look at Windows platforms, tools, and technologies to dig into a vexing issue that momentarily impeded my pursuit of more ...

  • November 26, 2014 26 Nov'14

    ISOs Available for Win10 Build 9879

    As of Monday, MS has made ISOs available for the latest Windows 10 build, 9879 -- and apparently, the final complete build for 2014. Grab it from this Windows Insider Program Web page entitled ...

  • November 24, 2014 24 Nov'14

    Major Windows Server Hump Ahead: WS2003 EOL on 7/15/2015

    In researching a story for SearchWindowsServer late last week, I came face-to-face with some horrifying numbers. The first is a set of statistics from various sources that indicate more than 10 ...

  • November 21, 2014 21 Nov'14

    Intel's Driver Update Utility Gets a Makeover

    When I rebuilt my production PC at the beginning of November, I came face-to-face with a new incarnation of Intel's Driver Update Utility aka DUU. Now out in version 2.0, the tool no longer depends ...

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