- May 22, 2019
Citrix details a new add-on to its Analytics service that seeks to improve end users' experiences by providing IT with quantifiable data on performance.
- April 25, 2019
Microsoft's acquisition of Express Logic is another example of its $5 billion investment in IoT. One expert sees the move as a step toward an end-to-end IoT OS.
- June 08, 2018
Many organizations that are good candidates for VDI have already adopted the technology. Find out how cloud and other factors are driving changes in adoption today, and how new numbers from the ...
- April 25, 2018
Application management software is a necessity for organizational continuity and security. Without any such software, absent patches threaten end users' applications.
- March 28, 2018
Recent updates to Chrome continue to increase its viability for business users, which could make it difficult for Microsoft's Edge web browser to take over shares of Google's in the enterprise.
- March 27, 2018
Machine learning capabilities have made applications smarter, but IT pros are still in the early days of learning AI skills. Luckily, some tools only require the knowledge of an end user.
- March 21, 2018
Several VMware Workspace One features announced at VMworld 2017, including Workspace One Intelligence and Mobile Flows, are now generally available.
- March 19, 2018
Overly long logon times for virtual desktops and applications can lead to major losses in user productivity that costs organizations real money. Learn how IT can improve VDI performance using ...
- January 31, 2018
These award-winning projects demonstrate how organizations that embrace endpoint diversity, cloud computing and user experience-focused strategies can transform existing end-user processes.
- January 30, 2018
The Access Innovation Awards highlight two creative and successful end-user computing projects. One of these IT initiatives dove headfirst into cloud with a migration of physical and virtual desktops to desktop as a service, all while monitoring ...
- November 14, 2017
IT pros have their hands full when it comes to monitoring applications and infrastructure performance. Analytics and AI are beefing up EUC monitoring tools to make it easier.
- November 02, 2017
End-user computing technologies can help IT with General Data Protection Regulation compliance, but they aren't up to snuff when it comes to inventorying data.
- August 29, 2017
VMware and Citrix are head-to-head in their efforts to provide IT with data analytics and automatic troubleshooting. VMware steps into the ring with Workspace One Intelligence.
- August 03, 2017
IT experts are not scared of AI tools taking their jobs but believe it will help make their roles easier. AI is capable of things humans aren't, such as organizing data.
- July 14, 2017
Software vendors add useful AI features to their biggest products, showing that the emerging technology is something to pay attention to, as it will change the way we work.
- June 21, 2017
IT faces a tricky situation when it comes to multifactor authentication. Users often disapprove of multiple security layers, but there are some ways to split the difference.
- June 19, 2017
The Chrome Enterprise Bundle helps IT manage the most popular browser in the consumer market, giving organizations a reason to move away from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
- June 19, 2017
So many applications, so little time. That's what one university was facing when it decided to revamp its entire physical and virtual desktop computing environment.
- June 05, 2017
IT can control any enterprise device from one main console with unified endpoint management. This option has become grown appealing to businesses using Windows 10. In a session at the Boston VMware ...
- May 11, 2017
New features in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced this week at Microsoft Build, will help developers to create more consistent cross-platform apps and users to work better between different devices.
- May 11, 2017
Businesses that want to use machine learning to glean more data from end-user apps can benefit from new AI capabilities in Microsoft developer tools. Plus, Office gets an AI upgrade.
- May 09, 2017
Evaluating the ROI of technologies such as EMM and VDI is not as straightforward as one might think. Businesses must forget about cost savings and consider other factors.
- April 27, 2017
As President Donald Trump's administration considers changes to tax, healthcare and immigration laws, large technology companies are primed to feel some of the biggest effects. The CEO of one such ...
- April 10, 2017
Developers and IT admins have to manage and build apps for a multitude of different operating systems and device types. Windows 10 and Google's universal OS could change that.
- March 29, 2017
Datacastle CEO Ron Faith points out what some businesses are doing wrong when it comes to handling data, and what they should do differently to track and back up endpoints.
- March 28, 2016
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.
- March 14, 2016
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
The Windows 10 desktopshare continues to rise, while Windows 8 versions fall faster than XP. Go figure!
- December 16, 2015
Users who haven't used the GWX Control Panel to remove the "Get Windows 10" stuff from Windows 7 or 8.1 systems are now faced with an interesting choice when that runtime facility triggers in the ...
- December 14, 2015
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 11, 2015
I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast ...
- December 09, 2015
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 07, 2015
Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of ...
- December 04, 2015
Normally, the system file checker (SFC) and the deployment image servicing and management (DISM) facilities in Windows march in lockstep: here, I find a case where DISM says the component store is ...
- December 02, 2015
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 30, 2015
As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H ...
- November 27, 2015
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 25, 2015
Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from ...
- November 24, 2015
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 20, 2015
On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, ...
- November 18, 2015
The more I dig into the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, the more "good stuff" I keep finding. Today's gem comes courtesy of Sergey Tkachenko, whose excellent WinAero.com ...
- November 13, 2015
Early yesterday morning (11/12), some of my Build 10240 Windows 10 PCs began offering access to the 10586/1511 Build. Throughout the course of the day, I was slowly but surely able to get most of ...
- November 11, 2015
Looking at my update history on my Windows 10 production PC this morning, I see a whole slew of updates hit the wire yesterday for that OS, but so far there's no sign of a Threshold 2 release ...
- November 09, 2015
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 ...
- November 04, 2015
In my continuing efforts to maintain the health and well-being of my Windows 10 installations, I've continued messing about with the built-in deployment image servicing and management tool ...
- November 02, 2015
Goody, Goody: one of the things I liked least about Build 10565 in the Windows 10 lead-up to the Threshold 2 Build scheduled for later this month (November 2015) has apparently been fixed in Build ...
- October 30, 2015
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
Among my various desktops, laptops, and tablets, I've got an 16-month-old Surface Pro 3 purchased in August 2014. In working with the boot/sys drive recently I noticed I still had a windows.old ...
- October 26, 2015
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 23, 2015
There has been plenty of heated discussion about the way MS has handled updates in Windows 10. Much of that discussion has centered around Windows 10's update push behavior, which forces updates on ...
- October 21, 2015
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 19, 2015
I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows ...
- October 16, 2015
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
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
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 ...
- October 07, 2015
I've been following Microsoft's progress in laying out and elaborating its Surface vision since the first version (and the RT model) emerged in 2012 or thereabouts. I went so far as to buy into the ...
- October 05, 2015
Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update ...
- September 30, 2015
Reading one of Sergey Tkachenko's recent Winaero blogs yesterday, I learned that Windows 10 will compress the OS files on a system/boot drive. See his "Reduce the size of your Windows 10 ...
- September 28, 2015
After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains how activation works, and is particularly ...
- September 23, 2015
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
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 18, 2015
Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible ...
- September 16, 2015
OK, I'll admit it: I don't know if Windows Update, DriverUpdate, DriverAgent, or something else is involved, but I'm seeing the number of outdated and/or unneeded (duplicated) drivers mount up in ...
- September 11, 2015
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 09, 2015
For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by ...
- September 07, 2015
I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten Forums, I found a ...
- September 04, 2015
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
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 31, 2015
On August 26, 2015, MS made it known that the Windows 10 installed count had surpassed 75 million. A quick look at the calendar shows me that 8/26 is exactly four weeks after 7/29 (the day Windows ...
- August 26, 2015
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
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 20, 2015
Whew! I'm pleased and relieved to report that my big upgrade push is over now, with all 8 PCs successfully upgraded to Windows 10 in at least one boot-up partition (a couple of my test machines ...
- August 19, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
- August 10, 2015
In case you've been wondering, I've been on vacation since my last post went up on July 27. Though I had a great trip to Germany with my family, I ended up skipping blithely past the Windows 10 RTM ...
- July 27, 2015
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 24, 2015
Starting on July 22, Windows Update on Win10 Build 10241 started offering me a Synaptics driver update for the touchpad on my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139. And man, did my system get caught in a crack, ...
- July 23, 2015
DENVER -- Considering all the attention desktop as a service has gotten in the IT world over the last year, the technology has been a big failure. That’s what Brian Madden said in his welcome ...
- July 22, 2015
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 20, 2015
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know I'm a big proponent of Secunia products, most notably Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI, but they also have a ...
- July 15, 2015
In his attempt to woo his future wife in the 1985 sci-fi hit Back to the Future, George McFly flubs his pickup line, saying "I'm your density" instead of "I'm your destiny." That classic movie ...
- July 15, 2015
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
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
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
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
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 ...
- July 01, 2015
No sooner did I get Build 10158 installed than did Windows Update inform me that a new fast ring build (10159) was available. That's the smallest build ID increment I've seen so far, and the ...
- June 30, 2015
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 18, 2015
Over the years, I've always struggled with some Windows drivers that prove more tricky or difficult to install than others. This goes double for those devices whose vendors provide installable ...
- June 15, 2015
Over the weekend, I saw an interesting news item on the Windows 10 Forums. Entitled "Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows," it observes that "the Ask Toolbar is a bad thing that nobody wants ...
- June 12, 2015
What with running two Win10 test machines -- a desktop and tablet/convertible -- I've been banging up against the limits of this new software from time to time, and have had to refurbish some ...
- June 10, 2015
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 03, 2015
Two days ago a strange little Windows flag icon appeared in the notification bar on my Windows 8.1 PCs. A quick mouse-over on the icon produced the text "Get Windows 10." An equally quick click ...
- June 01, 2015
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 26, 2015
While perusing the postings over at the Windows 10 Forums earlier, I caught an item there entitled "Trimming down Win10TP" that taught me a new way to use the Deployment Image Servicing and ...
- May 25, 2015
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 ...