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  • November 28, 2014 28 Nov'14

    MS Music Deals: Region/Location Matters

    Hey! It's the holiday weekend so I'm departing from my usual more serious look at Windows platforms, tools, and technologies to dig into a vexing issue that momentarily impeded my pursuit of more ...

  • November 26, 2014 26 Nov'14

    ISOs Available for Win10 Build 9879

    As of Monday, MS has made ISOs available for the latest Windows 10 build, 9879 -- and apparently, the final complete build for 2014. Grab it from this Windows Insider Program Web page entitled ...

  • November 24, 2014 24 Nov'14

    Major Windows Server Hump Ahead: WS2003 EOL on 7/15/2015

    In researching a story for SearchWindowsServer late last week, I came face-to-face with some horrifying numbers. The first is a set of statistics from various sources that indicate more than 10 ...

  • November 21, 2014 21 Nov'14

    Intel's Driver Update Utility Gets a Makeover

    When I rebuilt my production PC at the beginning of November, I came face-to-face with a new incarnation of Intel's Driver Update Utility aka DUU. Now out in version 2.0, the tool no longer depends ...

  • November 20, 2014 20 Nov'14

    Educational gotcha from Windows 10 Technical Preview

    As I work with a new Windows version, I have a strong tendency to go haring off after internals info to better understand how things work. Recently, I've had great fun digging into the volume ...

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  • November 17, 2014 17 Nov'14

    Vssadmin keeps an eye on "hidden" system snapshots

    In working on this blog over the years, I've written repeatedly about a great open source file management project named WinDirStat. Short for Windows Directory statistics, this SourceForge project ...

  • November 14, 2014 14 Nov'14

    Check TenForums for Useful Win10 Info of All Kinds

    I've been a big fan of the various Windows Forums sites for years. This tight-knit but small group of Windows mavens punches well above its weight class, and has had great success with similar ...

  • November 12, 2014 12 Nov'14

    IT pros consider KACE systems management as a service

    Dell Software is investing in the cloud, and IT pros weigh in on KACE as a service-based systems management offering.

  • November 12, 2014 12 Nov'14

    MS Offers Create Installation Media Tool for Win8.1 Online

    For those who don't want to run a tool like the great Rufus, MS offers another option via the Windows 8 Web pages. Prosaically named mediacreationtool.exe, this utility is available as a free ...

  • November 12, 2014 12 Nov'14

    Microsoft's email Clutter tool helps to attain Inbox Zero

    Clutter is Microsoft's latest tool for Office 365 Outlook end users who want to dig out from the email chaos and achieve Inbox Zero.

  • November 10, 2014 10 Nov'14

    Can SSD Utilities Make a Difference?

    Having just rebuilt my production desktop one week ago, I'm still in the process of tweaking and tuning that system to bring it up to max performance. Over the weekend, I installed Samsung Magician ...

  • November 07, 2014 07 Nov'14

    Dell roadmap session centers on integration, skips KACE

    Dell Software outlined its product direction for its broad offerings during the roadmap session but left IT pros wanting to hear more about KACE.

  • November 07, 2014 07 Nov'14

    Great Admin Tool: System Restore Explorer

    Anybody who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that I collect – and blog about – useful Windows tools on a pretty regular basis. Here’s another one for consideration for your Windows ...

  • November 05, 2014 05 Nov'14

    After Two Weeks, I'm "Cautiously Optimistic" About Win10TP

    I've been running the Windows 10 Technical Preview (Win10TP, as I abbreviate it in my blog post title) for about two weeks now, and I'm feeling better about the environment and the experience of ...

  • November 03, 2014 03 Nov'14

    Adding Surface to the Mix Exposes "Interesting" Shared Account Settings Issues

    Earlier this month, I sold the Fujitsu Q704 Stylistic tablet PC that I purchased last January, having learned as much from it as I could, and having also decided it didn't present enough ...

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