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  • July 22, 2015 22 Jul'15

    Driver Difficulties Return in Win10 Build 20140

    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 20 Jul'15

    QuickTime Poses Interesting Win10 Update Issue

    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 17, 2015 17 Jul'15

    Build 10240 Looks and Smells Like a Release Candidate

    Ha! Ha! No sooner did I post a blog about a build hiatus for Windows 10 Insider that did Microsoft release an honest-to-gosh release candidate in the form of Build 10240. How do I know this is a ...

  • July 15, 2015 15 Jul'15

    Are high-density servers and VDI meant to be?

    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 15 Jul'15

    Win10 Builds on Hiatus While MS Preps RTM Upgrade

    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 ...

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  • July 13, 2015 13 Jul'15

    RelMon Shows How Drivers Get Handled During Win10 Install

    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 10 Jul'15

    Win10 Build 10166 Pops Up

    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 08, 2015 08 Jul'15

    File History Requires Windows Search

    I'm working on my traveling laptop this week, so I'm on a different PC from usual. It's my trusty bigger-screen Lenovo T420 (Sandy Bridge 2.8 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, Plextor 256 GB mSATA SSD, and so ...

  • July 06, 2015 06 Jul'15

    First Win10 RTM Candidate Hits

    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 03 Jul'15

    Whoa! The Win10 Build "Hat Trick"

    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 01 Jul'15

    BAM! Here comes Win10 Build 10159

    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 30 Jun'15

    Win10 Build 10158 Lookin' Good

    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 19, 2015 19 Jun'15

    Handy Utility: Text Finding

    As a full-time writer and researcher, I am forever compiling materials that need to be combed for nuggets of information. Sometimes, particularly in connection with my occasional work as an expert ...

  • June 18, 2015 18 Jun'15

    Windows Driver Upgrade Tricks

    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 15 Jun'15

    Is the Ask Toolbar Malware? Maybe Yes, Maybe No...

    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 ...

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