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  • August 14, 2015 14 Aug'15

    If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

    The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows ...

  • August 13, 2015 13 Aug'15

    Win10 Upgrade to Dell XPS27 Easy-Peasy

    In complete and stark contrast to my experience with the Surface Pro 3, the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 on my son's Dell XPS27 went without a single hitch or hiccup. I turned the upgrade via ...

  • August 11, 2015 11 Aug'15

    Win10 Stumbles Badly on Surface During Post-Install App Additions

    Drat! I wrote too soon, or too optimistically, in yesterday's blog post about the contortions necessary to bring my Surface Pro 3 into "Windows 10 land." After getting more or less everything ...

  • July 27, 2015 27 Jul'15

    After Raft of Problem Win10 Updates, MS Releases "Show or hide updates" tool

    Hmmmmm. Looks like I wasn't the only Win10 cowboy stuck out in the pasture with no lasso for a badly-behaved Windows driver updates. Numerous reports surfaced this weekend about an Nvidia graphics ...

  • July 22, 2015 22 Jul'15

    Driver Difficulties Return in Win10 Build 20140

    For the last three builds of Windows 10 (10159, 10162, and 10166) the OS was remarkably well-behaved in installing drivers for my newest PC (a less-than-one-year-old Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 with an ...

  • July 17, 2015 17 Jul'15

    Build 10240 Looks and Smells Like a Release Candidate

    Ha! Ha! No sooner did I post a blog about a build hiatus for Windows 10 Insider that did Microsoft release an honest-to-gosh release candidate in the form of Build 10240. How do I know this is a ...

  • July 15, 2015 15 Jul'15

    Win10 Builds on Hiatus While MS Preps RTM Upgrade

    Thanks to Paul Thurrott, I am now hip to Gabe Aul's additions to the Windows Insider updates to the 10166 Build Announcement post, which read as follows: Update 7/13: We’re only a couple of weeks ...

  • July 13, 2015 13 Jul'15

    RelMon Shows How Drivers Get Handled During Win10 Install

    For a while now, I've been speculating about what goes on with device drivers each time a new Win10 Build goes onto one of my test machines. In visiting Reliability Monitor (RelMon) this morning, I ...

  • July 10, 2015 10 Jul'15

    Win10 Build 10166 Pops Up

    Having been distracted by other projects for most of this week, I was pleased to have missed the latest Fast Ring release of Build 10166 by only one day. I got it fired up and running almost ...

  • July 06, 2015 06 Jul'15

    First Win10 RTM Candidate Hits

    As reported on lots of Windows watching sites -- WinBeta and betanews, for example -- a first Windows 10 build numbered 10176, labeled as a release candidate, has made its debut.  Most of these ...

  • July 03, 2015 03 Jul'15

    Whoa! The Win10 Build "Hat Trick"

    Confounding all expectations, MS followed up the wham, bam sequence of two Windows 10 builds on June 30 (10158) and July 1 (10159) with a third build yesterday (July 2: Build 10162). I'm hopeful ...

  • June 30, 2015 30 Jun'15

    Win10 Build 10158 Lookin' Good

    Upon my return to the office after a week off this morning, I discovered the latest (and probably last) build before the upcoming 7/29 RTM for Windows 10 was available. The first install went ...

  • June 10, 2015 10 Jun'15

    Welcome to Windows (10) World!

    When the Win10 flag showed up on my Windows 8.1 machines, perforce I signed up for the upgrade, knowing that I must track the latest and greatest of Windows OSes no matter what. I've read various ...

  • June 01, 2015 01 Jun'15

    Refresh/Recimg.exe Gone Missing in Win10

    If you've been reading this blog lately, you've seen my recent discovery that duplicate or outmoded drivers in the Windows 10 DriverStore can unnecessarily bulk up the size of the RecoveryImage ...

  • May 25, 2015 25 May'15

    Driver Cleanup Slims Down Win10 RecoveryImage

    When I wrote a blog post on May 11 entitled "The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup," little did I know the post would turn out to be both useful and prophetic. But after investigating the disk ...

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