Windows 8 and 81

  • June 04, 2014 04 Jun'14

    The "Version Gap" For Windows Gets Interesting

    Every now and then, it's a good idea to run a reality check against Microsoft's relentless drive to bring all parties into the Windows 8 fold ASAP. Netmarketshare's latest "Desktop Share by ...

  • May 26, 2014 26 May'14

    Windows with Bing IS for Real

    A few months back, I posted a whimsical post right here entitled "Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?" (March 3, 2014). It not only reported on rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 which turned ...

  • May 21, 2014 21 May'14

    Chinese Government Bans Windows 8 from Its PCs

    There's been quite a bit of coverage over the past few days about a recent announcement from the Chinese government that it will "ban the use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on its computers" (this ...

  • May 16, 2014 16 May'14

    Woody Gets Down and Dirty on KB 2919355 Problem Details

    Over the past six weeks, Windows watchers have tracked and pondered occasional but vexing issues for some Windows 8.1 users when it comes to applying a key update -- namely KB 2919355, originally ...

  • May 14, 2014 14 May'14

    Patch Tuesday Comes and Goes: So Far, So Good

    After much upset and considerable hoopla about potential issues with items in the May 13 Patch Tuesday updates -- a considerable collection of 9 separate Security Bulletin IDs in the May 2014 ...

  • May 12, 2014 12 May'14

    New Post-Update Cleanup Technique for Windows 8.1 Update

    Thanks to inveterate Windows wizard and toolsmith Sergey Tkachenko, I learned about a new cleanup method for Windows 8.1 Update installs to purge no-longer needed files in the wake of successful ...

  • May 09, 2014 09 May'14

    Here comes trouble? Upcoming updates to test Win81 Update issues...

    In case you didn't already know, MS issued a security update in April, 2014 (KB 2919355) that *must* be installed on certain Windows 8.1 systems for them to continue to receive security updates ...

  • May 07, 2014 07 May'14

    Continuing Saga of KB2919355 Win81 Update

    There's been quite a bit of flap lately about the Windows 8.1 Update (as in the "quasi service pack", KB2919355) released in April, 2014. It seems that many systems encounter problems with its ...

  • May 05, 2014 05 May'14

    New Version of MDOP for 2014

    In MS-speak, MDOP stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. It's a collection of tools and facilities that MS makes available to its Software Assurance customers (a category that includes ...

  • May 02, 2014 02 May'14

    From Now On, ALL My Win8.* Installs are RAID

    You can call me "slow on the uptake" when it comes to figuring out how to take best advantage of advanced Windows 8 technologies if you like, but I've only recently realized that the best way to ...

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Fast moving Microsoft Windows 8.1 update train railroads IT

    Microsoft's faster Windows 8.1 update cadence has a major impact on IT pros who don't have time to test applications and third-party software.

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Shed Unwanted Windows 8.* Apps

    There are many ways to clean up unwanted software on Windows PC using either built-in utilities such as the "Programs and Features" element in Control Panel (formerly known as "Add/Remove ...

  • April 21, 2014 21 Apr'14

    MS Relents on Win8.1 Update Application Timing

    When I reported here on April 8 that the "Windows 8.1 Update 1 is NOT Optional," I was working from the then-current and correct understanding that MS would require all users to apply the Spring ...

  • April 14, 2014 14 Apr'14

    WIMBoot Is the Secret to Leaner Win8.1 Update Installs

    In spelunking around on TechNet, I've come across an interesting element in the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). It's called WIMBoot and it appears to explain quite nicely how it ...

  • April 11, 2014 11 Apr'14

    Universal apps may be the Trojan horse for Windows 8 adoption

    Microsoft's universal apps have developers and some IT admins interested in delivering Windows Phone 8.1 into the enterprise.