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  • September 11, 2015 11 Sep'15

    A ~5GB "pre-emptive" Win10 download?

    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 09 Sep'15

    The Politics of Clean Install

    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 07 Sep'15

    Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

    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 04 Sep'15

    Network Type Reset After Sleep Still Popping Up in Win10

    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 02 Sep'15

    Win10 Windows Snipping Tool Gains "Delay" Feature

    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 ...

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  • August 31, 2015 31 Aug'15

    75 Million Win10 Installations One Month Out

    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 28, 2015 28 Aug'15

    Windows Hello Compatible with Most Fingerprint Readers

    I've been aware of Windows Hello (the ability to use biometrics for login authentication and other access controls) in Windows 10 since MS first started talking about it late in 2014. Intel's ...

  • August 27, 2015 27 Aug'15

    Windows 10 data collection sparks Microsoft privacy concerns

    Windows 10 constantly feeds your information to Microsoft, raising questions about how private your experience really is.

  • August 26, 2015 26 Aug'15

    Just in Time for Win10, Win8.1 Eclipses XP

    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 24 Aug'15

    Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

    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 20 Aug'15

    Last Upgrade Anticlimactic + Lessons Learned

    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 19 Aug'15

    Windows 10 no savior for slumping PC market

    Windows 10 adoption won't spur the PC market as many users rely on tablets and other Windows mobile devices.

  • August 19, 2015 19 Aug'15

    When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That's Success!

    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 17 Aug'15

    Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

    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 17 Aug'15

    Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

    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 ...

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