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  • September 26, 2016 26 Sep'16

    Windows 10 Edge browser security gets a hand from virtualization

    The upcoming Windows Defender Application Guard feature in Microsoft's Windows 10 Edge browser will help IT departments protect against malware from compromised websites.

  • September 26, 2016 26 Sep'16

    MS Upgrade Analytics for Win10

    Windows Upgrade Analytics for Win10 makes telemetry data available inside organizations to help them get a grip on in-house Win10 upgrades and deployments.

  • September 03, 2016 03 Sep'16

    Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016

    Looking at Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016, we see Windows 7 holding steady, 10 continuing upward, and other versions declining.

  • August 31, 2016 31 Aug'16

    Windows 10 lifecycle management comes to VMware Workspace One

    More in-depth capabilities for managing the Windows 10 lifecycle are coming to the new unified endpoint management feature in VMware's workspace suite.

  • August 15, 2016 15 Aug'16

    Windows 10 Anniversary Update leaves Pro customers hanging

    Windows 10 Pro admins get an unwelcome surprise when they install the Anniversary Update; they lose out on the ability to block third-party applications.

  • August 12, 2016 12 Aug'16

    TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools Updated

    As of August 11, 2016 MS has updated its TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools with new information and coverage.

  • August 10, 2016 10 Aug'16

    In Windows 10 Fix-Its MIA

    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.

  • August 01, 2016 01 Aug'16

    Long NTFS Filenames in Anniversary Update

    NTFS filenames have been limited to 260 characters in length, but a new Local Group Policy option in the Anniversary Update removes that restriction.

  • July 25, 2016 25 Jul'16

    Win10 Slow-flow Anniversary Update

    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.

  • July 22, 2016 22 Jul'16

    The Windows 10 SMB Story So Far...

    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.

  • July 18, 2016 18 Jul'16

    Windows 10 1B Milestone Recedes

    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.

  • July 13, 2016 13 Jul'16

    Win10 Business Subscriptions Coming

    In Fall 2016, Microsoft plans to offer Win10 business subscriptions that include deployment, management and support for $7 per user per month. Wow!

  • July 08, 2016 08 Jul'16

    New AGPM 40SP3 Supports Win10

    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management or APGM 4.0SP3 supports Win10 means comprehensive change control and better management for GPOs.

  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    Windows 10 Adoption Growth

    Windows 10 adoption growth hits a new milestone of 350M, breaks 19% in desktop share, while Windows 7 share drops below 50%.

  • June 29, 2016 29 Jun'16

    Windows 10 1608 Release?

    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?

  • June 23, 2016 23 Jun'16

    Windows 10 compatibility site helps IT address app support

    Microsoft's new Ready for Windows website aims to help businesses migrate to the new operating system by listing applications that are compatible with Windows 10.

  • May 26, 2016 26 May'16

    Windows 10 adoption on IT's docket for 2016

    Attendees at Citrix Synergy 2016 share their plans for Windows 10 adoption this year.

  • May 25, 2016 25 May'16

    Avoid Win10 Upgrade Tricks

    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!

  • May 19, 2016 19 May'16

    Automation tools make Windows 10 migration easier

    Companies conducting a large Windows 10 migration could use a tool that automates much of the heavy lifting when transferring users' content.

  • May 13, 2016 13 May'16

    Old Hardware Makes USMC Hit Win10 Update Snag

    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.

  • May 06, 2016 06 May'16

    Free Win10 Upgrade Ends 7/29/2016

    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!

  • May 05, 2016 05 May'16

    No Blocking Store Access in Win10Pro

    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!

  • April 27, 2016 27 Apr'16

    US Govt Sites Show OS Use on Web

    Analytics.usa.gov shows how user OSes break out for government websites, with interesting trends for OS use on web, especially Windows 10.

  • April 25, 2016 25 Apr'16

    Driver Update Controls: Win10 14328

    The next release of Windows 10 includes driver update controls via Group Policy, shown in a new item added to Insider Preview 14328.

  • April 18, 2016 18 Apr'16

    Uninstall QuickTime for Windows NOW!

    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.

  • April 15, 2016 15 Apr'16

    Updating Win10 CBB

    Right after Microsoft moved the build for the Current Business Branch (CBB) to 10586, they started updating Win10 CBB with a cumulative update.

  • April 13, 2016 13 Apr'16

    Meet the Windows 10 Tech Bench

    The Windows 10 Tech Bench provides resources, image files, and info for IT pros. It's a professional alternative to the Media Creation Tool.

  • April 12, 2016 12 Apr'16

    Windows 10 upgrade offer spurs spike in adoption

    More businesses plan to take advantage of Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer before it expires in July, but IT pros still have concerns about cost and privacy.

  • April 11, 2016 11 Apr'16

    Win10 CBB Update 1 Is Here!

    Microsoft has announced the first update to its Current Branch for Business release for Windows 10 (Win10 CBB Update 1).

  • April 08, 2016 08 Apr'16

    Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs

    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?

  • April 04, 2016 04 Apr'16

    Windows 10 market share hits number 2

    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.

  • March 14, 2016 14 Mar'16

    Windows Sleep: Great When It Works

    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.

  • March 07, 2016 07 Mar'16

    Where Is Windows 10 Desktopshare?

    The Windows 10 desktopshare continues to rise, while Windows 8 versions fall faster than XP. Go figure!

  • March 04, 2016 04 Mar'16

    Free MS eBook: Deploying Windows 10

    With release of the free eBook "Deploying Windows 10..." Microsoft Press describes how to use System Center Configuration Manager to handle this task.

  • March 02, 2016 02 Mar'16

    Network Discovery Fixed in Win10 Update

    Cumulative update KB 3140743 brings great reliability improvements to network discovery in Windows 10, along with numerous other OS features and functions.

  • February 19, 2016 19 Feb'16

    US DoD Hurry-Up Windows 10 Deployment

    The US Department of Defense mandates all arms to undertake Windows 10 deployment, to conclude by January 2016. 4 million devices will be involved.

  • February 17, 2016 17 Feb'16

    "Hidden Cumulative Updates" in Windows 10

    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?

  • February 12, 2016 12 Feb'16

    Clean Win10 Install: Few Updates Needed

    A recent bare-metal Windows 10 install on a new PC confirms that the cumulative update approach minimizes updates needed to achieve currency.

  • February 10, 2016 10 Feb'16

    MS Starts Providing Update Details for Windows 10

    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 ...

  • February 08, 2016 08 Feb'16

    Windows 10 Desktop Share Passes XP

    As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Windows 10 finally surpasses its desktop OS share, though Windows 7 remains firmly entrenched in first place.

  • February 03, 2016 03 Feb'16

    Interesting OOB Windows 10 Update Poses Questions, Problems

    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 ...

  • February 01, 2016 01 Feb'16

    Secunia PSI/CSI Engine Gets Right with Windows 10

    A new revision to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector/Corporate Software Inspector lays some long-standing Windows 8 and Windows 10 errors to rest.

  • January 22, 2016 22 Jan'16

    Surface Pro Power Cord Exchange Dead Simple

    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 ...

  • January 20, 2016 20 Jan'16

    Enterprises: Like It or Not, Here Comes Windows 10!

    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 ...

  • January 08, 2016 08 Jan'16

    Intune Service Update to Include Windows 10 Optimizations

    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.

  • January 07, 2016 07 Jan'16

    IT getting 'aggressive' about Windows 10 adoption

    Microsoft says more than three-quarters of its enterprise customers are already testing Windows 10, which is the most quickly adopted OS in company history.

  • January 06, 2016 06 Jan'16

    Windows 10 in Use on Over 200 Million Devices

    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.

  • January 04, 2016 04 Jan'16

    Top 10 Posts for 2015

    Looking over the traffic to the blog for 2015, some interesting items pop out in the "Top 10" viewed items for that year.

  • December 21, 2015 21 Dec'15

    Windows 10 undercuts 'tablet revolution'

    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 ...

  • December 18, 2015 18 Dec'15

    Windows 10 Build 11082.1000 in Preview, 10586.36 in Production

    Report from the trenches on the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview (11082.1000) and a new cumulative update for the Current Branch version numbered 10586.36.

  • December 14, 2015 14 Dec'15

    Get Win10 ISOs from TechBench

    For some purposes the compressed electronic software download (esd) file format that MS uses for some Windows 10 installers won't do: a real Windows image (.wim) file is required. Here are several ...

  • December 09, 2015 09 Dec'15

    SCCM Rolls Up to Windows 10 1511 Release Level

    For the first time ever, MS has updated System Center Configuration Manager for Windows 10, and has even adopted Windows 10 (1511) version numbering. Lots of interesting additions to the product ...

  • December 02, 2015 02 Dec'15

    US Gov't Usage Data: Win10 Grabbing Marketshare from XP and 7

    A recent set of data from the US Government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), shows clearly what common sense says is inevitable: that Windows 10's share of desktop users comes mostly at the ...

  • November 27, 2015 27 Nov'15

    As Win8.1 Closes in on XP, Win10 Jumps into the Marketshare Game

    Every now and then, I like to check in on the Desktop Operating System Market Share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com. This morning, I had to fiddle the parameters a bit to get the site to show ...

  • November 24, 2015 24 Nov'15

    Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

    There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published ...

  • November 09, 2015 09 Nov'15

    Simple Versioning Numbers in Win10 Presage Deployment Changes

    If you take a look at the Winver information from the latest Fast Ring build for Windows Insiders, aka Build 10586, you'll see some additional information in the second line of text therein, just ...

  • October 30, 2015 30 Oct'15

    Are Win10 Installs Losing Momentum?

    Between a couple of interesting stories reported at NeoWin.net and WinBeta.org recently, the rapid rise of Windows 10 installs appears to be slowing down from its initial explosive rate. Although ...

  • October 28, 2015 28 Oct'15

    Dell promises to innovate on next-gen Windows 10 PCs

    Like a captain on a sinking ship, Dell remains committed to the PC market, and looks to hardware innovations and Windows 10 as the bailing buckets.

  • October 26, 2015 26 Oct'15

    Win10 Build 10565: Bitten by the Dread KB3105208

    If there are some distinctions to which Window10 testers should not aspire to attain, I'd have to say falling prey to the boot/system failures now widely associated with the recent KB3105208 ...

  • October 22, 2015 22 Oct'15

    Dell, Microsoft CEOs discuss Windows 10 PC strategies

    The Microsoft-Dell partnership got competitive this year with Microsoft's first 2-in-1 device, but Dell's Windows 10 laptops differ in one important area.

  • October 21, 2015 21 Oct'15

    Interesting Network Printer Shenanigans on Win10

    I've got a Samsung ML-2850 monochrome laser printer on my network, and I've been chasing around various ways to interact with it lately. It seems that unless you've got access to a print server, ...

  • October 16, 2015 16 Oct'15

    Oops! MS ticks "Upgrade to Win10" in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

    Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on ...

  • October 14, 2015 14 Oct'15

    MS Eases Activation in Latest Win10 Preview Build

    I've been steering clear of writing about Windows 10 Preview builds since the 10240 Build became publicly available starting on July 29, mostly in the interests of addressing the Windows 10 version ...

  • October 09, 2015 09 Oct'15

    NetBIOS Tweak May Be Needed for Win10 NAS Access

    In response to a question from an old friend and colleague, I started researching what might cause a NAS connection to vanish following an upgrade to Windows 10. It turns out that certain network ...

  • September 23, 2015 23 Sep'15

    Win10 Build 10547 Clean & Compact

    In working with the latest Win10 Insider Preview, I've been forcibly struck by how clean and compact it is. Whereas earlier Windows 10 installations (that is, C:\Windows and its many constituents) ...

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Ten Windows 10 features IT pros will love

    Microsoft aimed to please IT with these 10 enterprise-friendly enhancements in Windows 10 including security, MDM and more.

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Back'n'forth with Win10 Update 10547

    I've been working with Windows 10 releases since last Fall (about a year now) and have probably installed more than a dozen different preview releases during that interval. Nearly all of them have ...

  • September 11, 2015 11 Sep'15

    A ~5GB "pre-emptive" Win10 download?

    This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked myself the question "I ...

  • September 04, 2015 04 Sep'15

    Network Type Reset After Sleep Still Popping Up in Win10

    For months during the Technical and Insider Preview stages of the Win10 version track, I noticed that some of my PCs would switch from Private to Public network status following sleep (tablets, ...

  • September 02, 2015 02 Sep'15

    Win10 Windows Snipping Tool Gains "Delay" Feature

    There was a long period in my checkered career as someone who works with and writes about Windows, where I simply couldn't get by without a high-end screen capture tool. For most of that period, in ...

  • August 27, 2015 27 Aug'15

    Windows 10 data collection sparks Microsoft privacy concerns

    Windows 10 constantly feeds your information to Microsoft, raising questions about how private your experience really is.

  • August 26, 2015 26 Aug'15

    Just in Time for Win10, Win8.1 Eclipses XP

    Every now and then, I like to drop in on the market share stats at NetMarketShare.com to see what's up in the desktop world as monitored via that company's observations of the Internet. When I ...

  • August 24, 2015 24 Aug'15

    Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

    In my recent efforts to upgrade and/or clean install Windows 10 on a whole passel of PCs lately -- a topic to which all 6 of my previous blog posts here have been devoted, starting on 8/10 -- I've ...

  • August 19, 2015 19 Aug'15

    Windows 10 no savior for slumping PC market

    Windows 10 adoption won't spur the PC market as many users rely on tablets and other Windows mobile devices.

  • August 19, 2015 19 Aug'15

    When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That's Success!

    Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a ...

  • August 17, 2015 17 Aug'15

    Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

    OK, I think I've got it figured out. If your PC started on Windows 7 and was then upgraded to Windows 8 (and 8.1 and the Update), it will probably be beneficial to take a step back (or forward) ...

  • August 17, 2015 17 Aug'15

    Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

    If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • May 22, 2015 22 May'15

    Reflections on Win10 Build 10122

    The last couple of days have been exciting in my part of the world, mostly as a consequence of downloading, installing, and absorbing the latest Windows 10 build, 10122, which made its debut two ...

  • May 06, 2015 06 May'15

    With Windows 10, MS will offer an "Update for Business" service

    One of the most interesting tidbits to emerge from the Ignite conference so far has been Microsoft's announcement of its "Windows Update for Business" service. Terry Myerson himself, Microsoft's ...

  • May 01, 2015 01 May'15

    New Build, New Name, Lots of Win10 Action

    Whoa! Has it really only been two days since the last time I posted? It seems like a lot more time has gone by than that, but perhaps that's because I've been pounding away at Win10 issues over ...

  • April 27, 2015 27 Apr'15

    Windows 10 security features may force hardware upgrades

    Windows 10 security features include hardware-based application whitelisting and facial recognition technology. What could go wrong?

  • April 27, 2015 27 Apr'15

    Win10: Not a "Free Upgrade" But a "Marketing and Promotional Activity"

    Although Microsoft has itself described its upcoming plans to provide a no-cost copy of Windows 10 to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices to those who move up in the first year ...

  • April 24, 2015 24 Apr'15

    Batting .500 with Win10 Build 10061

    If something happens once, it's impossible to tell if it's an anomaly or an expected behavior. Let it happen even one more time though, and a suspicion of pattern or predictability can't help but ...

  • April 20, 2015 20 Apr'15

    What a Late-July Win10 GA Might Mean

    Lots of sources on the Web are reporting on a comment that Lisa Siu, CEO of AMD, let slip during the Q&A portion of a recent earnings call last Friday, which I reproduce here in its entirety: ...

  • April 17, 2015 17 Apr'15

    Win10 to Incorporate Biometrics Boost thru Windows Hello

    Back in mid-March, Joe Belfiore (VP of the OS Group at MS) posted about a new biometric authentication technology to Blogging Windows. It's called "Windows Hello" and although it has yet to make ...

  • April 14, 2015 14 Apr'15

    Windows 10 features Cortana, holograms, automatic updates

    Microsoft has taken the wraps off some Windows 10 features, including holographic technology, automatic -- and free -- updates, and more Cortana integration.

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