Windows applications

  • December 30, 2013 30 Dec'13

    Fujitsu Makes Bold Entry into High-end Windows 8.1 Tablet Market

    Here's a classic good news-bad news scenario for serious Windows users seeking a lightweight Windows 8.1 tablet with acceptable battery life (which I define as more than 8 hours, or enough to get ...

  • December 27, 2013 27 Dec'13

    Extirpating persistent but un-needed Windows Drivers

    Last summer, my trusty Dell All-in-One 968 became unusable, thanks to the failure of one of its color inkjets (if memory serves it was either red or magenta, depending on whether that device uses ...

  • December 23, 2013 23 Dec'13

    Can Surface Pro 2 be a true notebook replacement?

    Surface Pro 2 is being touted as a notebook replacement and I’ve been using it for the last few weeks to see if I can get my job done. But there’s a world of IT administrators out there who view ...

  • December 20, 2013 20 Dec'13

    Free WEI Utility for Win8.1 Now Available

    When I found out from Woody Leonhard in early November that the Windows Experience Index (WEI) widget was missing from Windows 8.1 (reported in this 11/13/13 post), I immediately set about writing ...

  • December 18, 2013 18 Dec'13

    Where's Refresh/Reset in Windows 8.1? Sometimes, it's MIA!

    Those who make the update transition from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via download may encounter a situation where the "Refresh your PC" or "Reset to factory defaults" options may no longer be ...

  • December 16, 2013 16 Dec'13

    On the Threshold of a Dream: The Next Windows Version

    I've been reading lots of rumor coverage lately about what's coming in the next major version of Windows, which has picked up a Threshold code name/moniker in some reporting. My favorite story in ...

  • December 13, 2013 13 Dec'13

    Win 8.1 ISO USB Upgrade Is a No-Go

    This will be my final installment on the subject of working around upgrade issues and problems regarding Windows 8.1. I've seen numerous sources that claim the combination of a bootable Windows 8 ...

  • December 12, 2013 12 Dec'13

    Another Interesting Entry in the Windows 8-->8.1 Upgrade Serial

    In the past month or so, I've documented various issues and potential gotchas in upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 This morning, I came across an extremely interesting item from Microsoft amidst its ...

  • December 09, 2013 09 Dec'13

    Acronis True Image 2014 Still Great, But Loses Luster with Windows 8.*/UEFI Wrinkles

    I've been a fan and devoted user of Acronis True Image for half a decade or longer, but am struggling a bit with the latest version (2014) when combined with Windows 8 versions (either 8 or 8.1). I ...

  • December 06, 2013 06 Dec'13

    Image Backup in Windows 8.1

    In prior versions of Windows, the built-in backup facility with its image capture capability provided images accessible to a variety of recovery tools, including the "Repair your PC" option ...

  • December 04, 2013 04 Dec'13

    Win8.1 Store Upgrade Snafu/Catch-22

    Over the past week, I've had several members of the "old guard" -- colleagues who go back with me to the stone age of networking, during the glory days of Novell NetWare in the late 1980s and early ...

  • December 02, 2013 02 Dec'13

    Best Driver Strategy for Upgrading Windows from 7 to 8 to 8.1 Confirmed

    Over the holiday weekend, I migrated several more PCs from 7 to 8 to 8.1, and made some deliberate variations along the path from the initial starting point (Windows 7 SP1 ) to the final ...

  • November 27, 2013 27 Nov'13

    More Interesting 8.1 Upgrade Maneuvers

    As a person who loves to tinker with his systems, I couldn't stop myself from rebuilding my primary 8.1 test machine over the past couple of days. It's a brute of a system with an i7-3700K CPU, 32 ...

  • November 25, 2013 25 Nov'13

    Lenovo T520 Notebook 7-->8-->8.1 Upgrade Goes Better Than Expected!

    One week ago, I posted a blog here entitled "Windows 8.1: More Than an Update, More than an SP." The point I was trying to make therein was that upgrading to Windows 8.1 involves some interesting ...

  • November 22, 2013 22 Nov'13

    New Secunia PSI Version Fixes Win 8.x Issues

    I've blogged many times here about the excellent Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) tool, which checks all the installed programs on a PC and compares them to its database of current (and ...