- January 18, 2012
Building Windows 8 strikes again, this time with a 1/16/2012 blog from Surendra Verma, development manager for the Windows 8 Storage and File system team. It's entitled "Building the next ...
- January 16, 2012
Ah, life can be strange when trying to get devices to play nice together. In this particular case, I decided to add a Bluetooth dongle to my son's Acer 5552 notebook PC. With its AMD Athlon II P340 ...
- January 13, 2012
A week ago, the latest post to the Windows 8 blog was entitled "Virtualizing storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency." And while the whole thing is definitely worth perusing, I want to zoom ...
- January 11, 2012
On November 28, I wrote a blog entitled "PSmartDeploy Helps Ease Heterogeneous OS Situations," in which I promised a follow-up early this year to provide more technical details about how the ...
- January 09, 2012
Among the many elements in my diagnostic and repair toolkit, I have a licensed copy of Steve Gibson's SpinRite v6.0, purchased in 2006 (I still have a copy of the receipt in my email archives, and ...
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- January 06, 2012
Earlier this week, I found one of my Windows 7 test machines in what can only be described as an "interesting state." For whatever reason (I'd just finished updating a bunch of hardware drivers, ...
- December 25, 2011
This past summer, I had to rebuild one of my test Windows machines when the original motherboard went south. When doing the rebuild, the machine crashed during the reboot part-way through the ...
- December 21, 2011
OK, so lately I've been both a little miffed, and more than a little curious, because my Windows 7 problem reporting hasn't been working properly. The error message information to explain why not ...
- December 16, 2011
On Thursday, December 15, MS released a hotfix to "optimize the peformance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs..." for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2592546). Seems that the original code base wasn't ...
- December 14, 2011
As anybody who reads this blog regularly knows, I use and endorse Secunia's excellent Personal Software Inspector (PSI) software on my notebook and desktop PCs. This program takes a look at the OS, ...
- December 02, 2011
Microsoft may ship the first beta of Windows 8 in February, with general availability in Q3 of 2012. But new technologies could delay adoption.
- November 28, 2011
In my previous blog "The Changing Face of OS Migration: Windows 7 and Beyond" I ruminated on the state of Windows desktop deployments in modern enterprises, based on a discussion on November 16 ...
- November 18, 2011
When PCs reach their end-of-life point within many organizations, the question then arises about what to do with them to achieve their responsible disposal or redisposition. In developing a ...
- November 04, 2011
I've long been a fan of Nitro's excellent PDF products, which are invariably faster, cheaper, and more secure than Adobe's PDF offerings. On Wednesday, they announced their latest Nitro PDF ...
- October 28, 2011
As you may have noticed, I've been writing a lot about Windows 7 footprint reduction techniques lately. That's because I've just finished moving my three production notebook PCs from conventional ...
- October 21, 2011
If you read this blog regularly, you already know that a team of authors -- including Jeff Carrell (the lead), James Pyles, Tom Lancaster, Mark Mirrotto, and myself -- are reworking a college ...
- October 13, 2011
At Dell World, Dell executives had plenty to say about HP. IT pros might have preferred the vendor discussed new investments in Dell's own client devices.
- October 12, 2011
Thanks to an InfoWorld article by J. Peter Bruzzese entitled "How to snapshot Windows 7 and resurrect SteadyState -- for free" I just learned that well-known Windows guru Mark Minasi (long-time ...
- October 03, 2011
Die-hard MS pre-release technology consumers already know that CTP is shorthand for "Community Technology Preview," a pre-beta technology release stage that usually seeks to help developers become ...
- September 28, 2011
Wow! There's a fascinating new post on the Building Windows 8 blog from Monday (9/26/2011). It's entitled "Signing in to Windows 88 with a Windows Live ID," and it explains how Windows 8 users can ...
- September 22, 2011
I'm in the process of switching all my production notebook PCs over from conventional hard disks to SSDs, thanks to a recent sale at Newegg that put the latest 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 units (SATA 2/3, ...
- September 19, 2011
So now that I've been introduced to Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) as a requirement for Hyper-V on the upcoming release of Windows 8 (see my recent blog on this discovery at edtittel.com: ...
- September 13, 2011
Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This OS lets many apps work across a wide range of end-user devices.
- September 10, 2011
Apexwm is an active but anonymous IT professional who posts all over UK forums, and who also blogs prolifically for ZDNet in the UK. He recently posted a fascinating item entitled "Windows 7 driver ...
- September 06, 2011
Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console Windows Intune will be generally available next month with new features for IT shops without Systems Center.
- September 05, 2011
In the past couple of weeks, I've gone through some systematic exercises to reduce the disk space consumed on my Windows 7 system/boot drives, especially on notebook/laptop systems where disk space ...
- September 02, 2011
I'm working on a book about Windows 7 right now for the Microsoft Technology Association (MTA) program, specifically for Exam 98-349 "Windows Operating System Fundamentals." And in fact, I'm knee ...
- August 31, 2011
Yesterday, MS honcho Steven Sinofsky posted an entry to the Building Windows 8 blog entitled "Accessing data in ISO and VHD files." It explains how, in Sinofsky's own words "Windows 8 enables easy ...
- August 26, 2011
OK, so it may be too much of a stretch to compare rooting out a stubborn Registry key to Lady Macbeth's lamentations, but it's my blog and I can steal a line from Shakespeare with the best of them. ...
- August 17, 2011
A recently published Gartner study (cited in stories at computing.co.uk and FierceCIO TechWatch) apparently predicts numerous interesting Windows 7 developments and phenomena. First and foremost, ...
- August 10, 2011
Microsoft delivered updates to patch 22 vulnerabilities across several of its core products, including Windows Server 2008, Internet Explorer and the .Net Framework.
- August 01, 2011
In this blog posting, I'm going to talk about the results of a recent study at Tom's Hardware entitled "Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than a Hard Drive?" which appeared on July 29, 2011. ...
- August 01, 2011
Apple has placed an order for 300 million parts for its iPhone 5. More than a few of those will no doubt make it into the enterprise.
- July 29, 2011
Swiss-based Kaseya introduces bandwidth-sensitive multicast image deployment tool Swiss-based automated IT systems management software provider Kaseya announced its Kaseya Imaging and Deployment ...
- July 27, 2011
OK, so if you're running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed then you must figure out what to do with an update that Microsoft pushed yesterday in its increasingly typical "2nd Patch ...
- July 25, 2011
I've known Mark Russinovich for over 10 years, thanks to some work I did for his company back in the early 2000s. I've known of Mark Russinovich for twice that long, thanks mostly to his fantastic ...
- July 20, 2011
Those familiar with the expansion of WHS to "Windows Home Server" will probably be wondering why I'm writing a blog post on this particular product in an Enterprise Windows Desktop blog. Good ...
- July 18, 2011
Huh? I'm drawing from the wit and wisdom of founding father Benjamin Franklin who once said "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn at no other." I'm pretty sure this means that fools ...
- July 13, 2011
I'd been reading about the advance info for this month's Patch Tuesday last week, and was a little surprised and frankly also relieved to learn that July 2011 features only four security bulletins ...
- July 13, 2011
With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.
- July 11, 2011
The BitLocker administration tool in MDOP 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes DaRT and AIS updates.
- July 07, 2011
When the dust settled on Nortel's auction of about 6,000 patents in its intellectual property (IP) portfolio last week, a consortium that included Apple, Microsoft, and RIM, among others, paid $4.5 ...
- July 07, 2011
Microsoft appears on track to deliver Windows 8 next year. But will an on-time delivery be a bad thing for best-selling Windows 7?
- June 27, 2011
When my co-author for the upcoming revision to our Guide to TCP/IP (getting ready to come out in a 4th edition) showed up at my door mid-morning today, I finally got started on the IPv6 adventure ...
- June 27, 2011
Some IT pros want PC-based apps ported to tablets and other mobile devices. But Microsoft needs to convince developers to get on board.
- June 24, 2011
In May of 2010, I posted a blog here entitled "New Nitro PDF Knocks Your Socks Off," wherein I profiled my introduction to and growing satisfaction with the free Nitro PDF Reader. Over a year ...
- June 03, 2011
When I got back from a recent trip to the DFW area to meet with Jeff Carrell, my esteemed co-author for the upcoming revision to Guide to TCP/IP for Cengage Learning/Course Technology, I found a ...
- May 27, 2011
OK, so midnight last night was the culmination of a huge project I've been devoting nearly every waking hour to for the past 15 days (yes, you read right: 10-plus hours a day for over two weeks). ...
- May 20, 2011
On May 6 I posted a blog entitled "Windows Hardware Problem Fixed: Mystery Started" that recounts my problems with the fingerprint scanner on my HP dv6t-2300 notebook PC. In that posting, I ...
- May 08, 2011
On April 27, I mentioned one particular update as of great interest in the "Second Patch Tuesday" for that month. It appears in that blog as Item 7: "KB2515325: Windows Explorer may crash in Win7 ...
- May 06, 2011
Last February or March (2010) I purchased very nice HP notebook PC for about $1,100: it's a dvtt-2300 CTO Entertainment Notebook PC with a Mobile i7 Quad-core processor (720QM 1.6 GHz), 6 GB RAM, ...
- May 04, 2011
OK, so I've been slowly rotating my Windows 7 PCs (of which I currently have 7 at my disposal) from IE 8 to IE 9, thanks mostly to the elevation in status at Windows Update from optional, manual ...
- April 29, 2011
Lots of IT professionals have been wondering about the footprint and capabilities of the Windows Thin PC product that Microsoft released for a community technology preview (CTP) in March, 2011. The ...
- April 13, 2011
With up to 24 files recommended for some Windows PCs from this month's Patch Tuesday update cycle (April 2011), admins will have some work to do to get this stuff parceled out. Patches for recent ...
- April 11, 2011
OK, so I've been watching Windows 7 market share numbers climb steadily month after month, ever since its general availability date in October 2009. Here's what the latest marketshare distribution ...
- April 01, 2011
My Dad is 87 years old, and still in good health, and he's got a Dell D630 notebook PC that he uses daily to read e-mail, check his investments, and do some very light Web surfing. He's by no means ...
- March 25, 2011
Holy moly! Firefox 4 hit the streets on Tuesday, March 22, and quickly blew away IE 9 download numbers from the previous week. By the end of the first day, the count topped 4.7 million (ahead of IE ...
- March 22, 2011
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console is ready, and an MDOP 2011 update is due this year which will be offered to a wider customer base.
- March 14, 2011
In reading Michael Horowitz's "Defensive Computing" blog on ComputerWorld this morning (it's entitled "Windows 7 Restore: less trustworthy than XP?" I was reminded how things can go wonky in a ...
- March 11, 2011
At yesterday's Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Customer Roundtable, the company soft-announced a beta date for Windows Thin PC (aka WinTPC) some time before the end of March, 2011. This is a ...
- February 28, 2011
To my great interest and surprise, this morning MS announced it would be making its cloud-based Windows InTune desktop licensing, remote access, and management tools available for $11 (without ...
- February 24, 2011
Few companies that upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 will use VDI -- including a division of Citrix Systems. They may use one of these tools instead.
- February 21, 2011
I've written about the HP MediaSmart Server (MSS) repeatedly over the past three years: several times for Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, and several times in this very blog. I was really bummed ...
- February 18, 2011
I'm working on a book on phishing and online financial fraud right now. It's called Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses Since the Meltdown of 2008. (You can read ...
- February 11, 2011
Yesterday afternoon, I came back from running an errand in the afternoon only to find a BSOD waiting for me on my production Windows 7 machine. After I got it restarted, I realized something major ...
- February 09, 2011
With the release of new service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, older versions of Windows move closer to their sunset.
- February 07, 2011
I'm a long time fan of Ed Bott's work with Windows 7, and frequently draw from his blog for mine. Recently, he's put together a three-part series on Windows 7 and SSDs that includes some very ...
- January 12, 2011
In my continuing efforts to turn a balky and failing 2000/2001 vintage Dell C610 notebook into a slow but still viable Windows XP machine for my sister, I've been learning some interesting things ...
- January 10, 2011
Last spring, my sister announced to me that she'd purchased her son a Dell Latitude C610 notebook on eBay for around $200. "Did I do the right thing?" she asked. "I don't know," I said, "let's see ...
- January 06, 2011
IT managers in Windows shops can expect Windows 8 to support low power ARM chips for tablets and other devices.
- January 05, 2011
The latest version of Microsoft's diagramming program offers a plethora of new features -- and reintroduces a former flaw.
- January 04, 2011
Microsoft was first to market with tablet PCs in the 1990s, but those pen-strapped devices fizzled. Apple ruled the tablet market in 2010 and now Microsoft needs to compete.
- January 03, 2011
I've got an Asus EeePC 1000HE netbook, and this weekend I went through a machine refresh for the Windows 7 Professional installation on that machine (I could run Windows 7 Starter on this box, and ...
- December 14, 2010
Microsoft is ending the year with a bang. It released 17 security bulletins this Patch Tuesday -- the largest number ever.
- December 10, 2010
When Alice heads off to Wonderland, she does so by falling down a rabbit hole, and experiencing a sequence of dizzying and terrifying transitions from top to bottom. I had a similar experience this ...
- December 03, 2010
Nir Sofer of Nirsoft has written lots of great utilities, several of which I use pretty regularly. Recently while looking for information to compare UFD speeds (UFD stands for USB Flash Drive, for ...
- November 29, 2010
Great article posted in today's Computer Business Review (11/29/2010). It's an interview with the CEO of App-DNA entitled "'Migration means more automation': Q&A with Mike Welling..." While I'd ...
- November 22, 2010
If you work with solid state disks, you're probably already familiar with the various tools that your drive vendors provide for their units. Mostly, these are tools for checking and upgrading ...
- November 10, 2010
After a heavy two months, Microsoft released only three security bulletins for November. The patches affect PowerPoint and all versions of Office.
- November 04, 2010
Check out Paul Thurrott's latest take on Silverlight vs. HTML 5 in the wake of his and Mary Jo Foley's reporting from the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC10) held in the Seattle area last ...
- November 02, 2010
Boy! Talk about a hidden gem showing up in the Windows trade news. On Halloween evening, Paul Thurrott was obviously not servicing trick-or-treaters, because he posted an article at 8:55 PM that ...
- November 02, 2010
Do you need an alternative to Dropbox? The revamped Windows Live SkyDrive feature for Microsoft's Office Live Workspace offers convenience, many components and free storage.
- October 19, 2010
The PowerShell scripting tool in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should be the staple of any IT administrator's toolbox. Learn how it can help you.
- October 19, 2010
Checkmate! Microsoft hopes its Office 365 online software suite will help retain customers considering a move to Google Apps.
- October 13, 2010
Microsoft has released a record number of security bulletins for October's Patch Tuesday, including fixes for Internet Explorer, Excel, Word and Windows. See what to apply first.
- September 16, 2010
In my last blog, I bashed the Soluto Windows boot optimization tool: "Just Another Blue Screen Monday Morning." I'm writing about it again because I do think the program has real value — it's just ...
- September 15, 2010
Four of the security flaws that Microsoft addresses for September are rated "critical," and they affect Windows, Word and Outlook.
- September 10, 2010
There's a new posting from Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry, who's also working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server out as of yesterday (9/9/2010). It's entitled "Sept 2010 ...
- September 09, 2010
IT vendors commonly spread fear, uncertainty and doubt in an effort to get you to spend money unwisely. These steps can help you avoid FUD.
- September 08, 2010
Is McAfee really worth $7.68 billion? If Intel's security plans extend from software into hardware and cloud computing, the acquisition could lead to a major shift in IT security.
- August 16, 2010
For several months now, I've been interacting with the folks at Zinstall about their various products, most notably Zinstall XP7. This tool works with any version of Windows 7 (including Starter, ...
- August 11, 2010
I had the great pleasure of speaking with Alec Milton, Managing Director of Product Marketing for Oasys Limited last Friday, to talk about the company's excellent Mail Manager product. Before I ...
- August 11, 2010
First, a clarification, EOS stands for "End Of Support" and refers to the official cut-off dates for support from Microsoft for these various operating systems. Next, kudos to Ed Bott for totally ...
- August 11, 2010
With 14 security bulletins, Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday is the largest of the year so far. Install these seven fixes first, and avoid malicious websites.
- August 10, 2010
Microsoft says Windows 7 will make your IT team's life blissful. The reality is that IT pros are experiencing some headaches.
- August 04, 2010
In a couple of recent blogs, I've been reporting about a particularly nasty strain of malware based on a Windows Shell Vulnerability that affects all desktop versions of Windows from 2000 through ...
- July 28, 2010
"One step forward and three steps back" must've been the guiding force for my first day back from vacation yesterday, where I struggled both mightily and frantically to get my working life back on ...
- July 27, 2010
Here's an interesting table from CNET that reports on the 64-bit installed Windows base vis-v-vis 32-bit versions by OS for Windows 7, Vista, and XP: It certainly looks like the ability to access ...
- July 13, 2010
Three of Microsoft's four security bulletins for July 2010 are "critical." Make sure to apply them to systems running Windows, Office and Outlook as soon as possible.
- June 22, 2010
According to MS KB Article 983551 (6/10/2010; Rev: 2.0) some computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can freeze at the "Please wait" display that precedes appearance of the desktop on ...