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  • March 27, 2015 27 Mar'15

    Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Leads to Learning

    When I saw through the various news outlets that Microsoft had released an out-of-band Firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, I knew it was probably worth jumping onto sooner rather than later. ...

  • March 25, 2015 25 Mar'15

    Getting to Win10 Build 10041, Slowly but Surely

    Last week, build 10041 for Windows 10 hit the fast ring for early adopters. Yesterday, it hit the slow ring for all adopters. I was able to upgrade my Windows 10 desktop without any issues during ...

  • March 23, 2015 23 Mar'15

    Is It Me, or Is It IE?

    In reading about a new version of and model for web browsing in Windows 10, I often find myself nodding along and thinking "'Bout time!" Over the past two years, I've been making a steady move away ...

  • March 18, 2015 18 Mar'15

    All Pirates Forgiven in Upcoming Free Windows 10 Upgrade

    A Reuters story from the WinHEC conference in China has got the Windows press and blog environment abuzz enough that it's being widely re-reported in most such outlets. In the story, Terry ...

  • March 17, 2015 17 Mar'15

    New OS Compression in Windows 10

    Over at Thurrott.com this morning, I found a simply fascinating story about a new version of "OS compression" that's making its debut in Windows 10. The ultimate source for this info is a March 16 ...

  • March 16, 2015 16 Mar'15

    Windows Key Shortcuts in Win10

    Thanks to a recent article at MakeUseOf.com I came across this weekend, I've been wondering if there isn't some master repository of keyboard shortcuts for the latest and soon-to-be-greatest ...

  • March 06, 2015 06 Mar'15

    Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

    I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color ...

  • March 02, 2015 02 Mar'15

    Driver Cleanup Remains a Solid Disk Space Reclamation Tactic

    Back in 2011, I blogged here about a program named DriverStore Explorer. Aka RAPR, this is a CodePlex project that when run in administrative mode enables users to see all drivers in the Windows ...

  • February 27, 2015 27 Feb'15

    OK, I'll Bite into Start10 ... Now What?

    Anybody who's read this blog for any length of time has witnessed me repeatedly and enthusiastically recommending Stardock's great product, Start8, as a Windows start menu add-in/replacement for ...

  • February 25, 2015 25 Feb'15

    Dastardly Driver Download Delivers Browser Hijack(s)

    This weekend, I installed a HighPoint RocketU 1144C on my production PC, in search of solutions to a USB 3 drive access problem. There's a PLX PCIe 8609 DMA controller on that board, apparently ...

  • February 23, 2015 23 Feb'15

    Interesting Win10 Driver Problem on Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130

    By and large, I've got to give Dell credit for a winning solution in their 11" Venue Pro tablet with detachable keyboard. It's on par, features and power-wise with equivalent Surface Pro 3 models ...

  • February 20, 2015 20 Feb'15

    Clean (Re)Install Benefits from Driver Backup Utility

    In reading over an interesting article on Ars Technica this morning, I realized that many online sources (including the otherwise redoubtable Ars) that describe how to reinstall Windows to ...

  • February 18, 2015 18 Feb'15

    Don't Forget About RecImgMgr

    Slimware Utilities is the company behind RecImg Manager, a program that can capture and restore modern-format Windows images. This is the same kind of image that Windows 8 or 10 uses, when you ...

  • February 16, 2015 16 Feb'15

    Winaero mines Alt+Tab key combos, nice tool

    Sergey Tkachenko, who's the mind behind the excellent Winaero.com site and blog, struck paydirt recently with his post on working with the Alt+Tab key combo in modern Windows versions (I've tried ...

  • February 13, 2015 13 Feb'15

    Puzzling Intel Chipset Situation

    I've been a big fan of the Intel Driver Update Utility for years, especially since the company published the standalone program version (v2.0) in mid-2014. With the introduction of the 10.x.x.x ...

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