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  • 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 ...

  • August 14, 2015 14 Aug'15

    If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

    The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows ...

  • August 13, 2015 13 Aug'15

    Win10 Upgrade to Dell XPS27 Easy-Peasy

    In complete and stark contrast to my experience with the Surface Pro 3, the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 on my son's Dell XPS27 went without a single hitch or hiccup. I turned the upgrade via ...

  • August 11, 2015 11 Aug'15

    Win10 Stumbles Badly on Surface During Post-Install App Additions

    Drat! I wrote too soon, or too optimistically, in yesterday's blog post about the contortions necessary to bring my Surface Pro 3 into "Windows 10 land." After getting more or less everything ...

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  • August 10, 2015 10 Aug'15

    Factory Reset Offers Way Out for Surface Pro 3 Catch-22

    In case you've been wondering, I've been on vacation since my last post went up on July 27. Though I had a great trip to Germany with my family, I ended up skipping blithely past the Windows 10 RTM ...

  • July 27, 2015 27 Jul'15

    After Raft of Problem Win10 Updates, MS Releases "Show or hide updates" tool

    Hmmmmm. Looks like I wasn't the only Win10 cowboy stuck out in the pasture with no lasso for a badly-behaved Windows driver updates. Numerous reports surfaced this weekend about an Nvidia graphics ...

  • July 24, 2015 24 Jul'15

    Grrrr! No-refuse Synaptics Touchpad Driver Update Kills Device

    Starting on July 22, Windows Update on Win10 Build 10241 started offering me a Synaptics driver update for the touchpad on my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139. And man, did my system get caught in a crack, ...

  • July 23, 2015 23 Jul'15

    DaaS hasn't found a place in the enterprise

    DENVER -- Considering all the attention desktop as a service has gotten in the IT world over the last year, the technology has been a big failure. That’s what Brian Madden said in his welcome ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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