- January 10, 2017
Shortfalls of the new MacBook Pro are evident, as Apple pays more attention to other areas of its business. The lack of touchscreen is a drawback for users who want 2-in-1s.
- January 06, 2017
Contrary to numerous reports, CMD.exe not going away in Windows 10. True, recent Insider Preview builds replace it with Powershell in many menus.
- December 29, 2016
Recently leaked Insider Preview Windows 10 build 14997 introduces lots of changes, among them a green screen of death. BSOD meet GSOD!
- December 23, 2016
IT pros work to defend against breaches and hacks, but it's their own users that continue to be a threat. This issue could drive workspace adoption in 2017.
- December 08, 2016
Microsoft's declaration in November that the latest version of Windows 10 is enterprise-ready created confusion in some businesses that had already been using it for months. After Microsoft ...
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- December 07, 2016
Windows 10 Insider program principals recently announced a release hiatus to handle changes as UUP starts getting real, and defines future update formats.
- December 02, 2016
Data on Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016 shows Windows 10 is muscling in on Windows 7. Reports differ widely on ongoing use of XP, though.
- November 28, 2016
Here's a bombshell from MS: Windows 10, Build 14971 drops Cmd.exe for PowerShell. What's up? Fortunately, batch files work in PowerShell so it's not so bad.
- November 22, 2016
Advertisements are pretty unavoidable on your favorite websites and social media. Now users have to deal with them on Windows 10, too. On its lock screen, Windows 10 displays ads for apps, games ...
- November 07, 2016
Now that the free upgrade has ended, Win10 Marketshare Flat in Q316 sums up the current situation.
- November 04, 2016
The Windows 10 Unified Update Platform (UUP) is rolling out in Build 14959; it promises to download and install changes only on Win10 installs.
- November 02, 2016
In the wake of the latest Win10 AU cumulate update, Woody Leonard blesses KB3197954 and gives the upgrade his seal of approval.
- November 01, 2016
The update model Microsoft uses for Windows 10 started last month on Windows 7 and 8.1. Some admins are concerned it takes control out of IT's hands and have noticed issues with the new model.
- October 28, 2016
Windows PCs continue to outpace Macs in business. Cost, application options and Apple's desktop and laptop strategy are all issues.
- October 24, 2016
When MS counts Windows 10 users, Xbox users are included. They recently published numbers that make factoring out xbox users easier.
- October 21, 2016
Paul Thurrott reports that Win10 AU zooms into majority status, now running on 77 percent of Win10 desktops. He also concludes that AU issues are mostly solved, but I disagree.
- October 20, 2016
A more affordable Workspace One bundle with less advanced management capabilities could appease IT pros who view workspace suites as too pricey.
- October 14, 2016
In an update to the OS next year, Microsoft looks to stop Windows 10 from crashing, prevent restarts from automatic updates and provide more details in Task Manager.
- October 13, 2016
MobileIron Bridge, a new add-on service, expands IT's Windows 10 application deployment options. Admins can now deploy and manage legacy applications via enterprise mobility management.
- October 06, 2016
Organizations that want to simplify device management and access are interested in workspace suites, such as VMware Workspace One.
- September 28, 2016
It's been two months since the free upgrade program ended. Though the installation count of Win10 hits 400M users, adoption rates are slowing dramatically.
- September 27, 2016
Despite the well-documented decline of the PC market, opportunities around 2-in-1s, niche markets and Windows 10 arise to keep businesses buying new computers.
- September 26, 2016
The upcoming Windows Defender Application Guard feature in Microsoft's Windows 10 Edge browser will help IT departments protect against malware from compromised websites.
- September 26, 2016
Windows Upgrade Analytics for Win10 makes telemetry data available inside organizations to help them get a grip on in-house Win10 upgrades and deployments.
- September 03, 2016
Looking at Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016, we see Windows 7 holding steady, 10 continuing upward, and other versions declining.
- August 31, 2016
More in-depth capabilities for managing the Windows 10 lifecycle are coming to the new unified endpoint management feature in VMware's workspace suite.
- August 24, 2016
Microsoft's new monthly rollups will make Windows OS updates less hectic. IT won't be able to pick and choose which updates and patches to deploy, however.
- August 15, 2016
Windows 10 Pro admins get an unwelcome surprise when they install the Anniversary Update; they lose out on the ability to block third-party applications.
- August 12, 2016
As of August 11, 2016 MS has updated its TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools with new information and coverage.
- August 10, 2016
For older Windows versions, MS offers online "fix-it" tools to address tricky issues. In Windows 10 Fix-Its MIA (missing in action) is the norm. Here's why.
- August 01, 2016
NTFS filenames have been limited to 260 characters in length, but a new Local Group Policy option in the Anniversary Update removes that restriction.
- July 25, 2016
Microsoft fires off its next Windows 10 RTM in the form of a slow-flow Anniversary Update. It is staggered across the user base, so some will have to wait.
- July 22, 2016
Spiceworks tells the Windows 10 SMB story so far, with adoption rates and plans (or lack thereof) for companies not yet using Microsoft's latest desktop OS.
- July 18, 2016
Removing Windows Phones from adoption rates means MS must watch as the Windows 10 1B milestone recedes past its projected date in fiscal year 2018.
- July 13, 2016
In Fall 2016, Microsoft plans to offer Win10 business subscriptions that include deployment, management and support for $7 per user per month. Wow!
- July 08, 2016
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management or APGM 4.0SP3 supports Win10 means comprehensive change control and better management for GPOs.
- July 01, 2016
Windows 10 adoption growth hits a new milestone of 350M, breaks 19% in desktop share, while Windows 7 share drops below 50%.
- June 29, 2016
A news item on Windows Insider indicates the Anniversary Release will drop on August 2. Does that mean the new release will be labeled Windows 10 1608?
- June 23, 2016
Microsoft's new Ready for Windows website aims to help businesses migrate to the new operating system by listing applications that are compatible with Windows 10.
- June 13, 2016
MS Buys LinkedIn, with all kinds of synergies sought for. Overlaps in training, certification, and professional development are most interesting!
- May 26, 2016
Attendees at Citrix Synergy 2016 share their plans for Windows 10 adoption this year.
- May 25, 2016
MS has rigged Windows Update to incent, incite and perhaps even trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. Read about their known Win10 upgrade tricks!
- May 19, 2016
Companies conducting a large Windows 10 migration could use a tool that automates much of the heavy lifting when transferring users' content.
- May 13, 2016
The CIO for the US DoD has decreed that it would upgrade all service branches to Windows 10 by early 2017; the USMC has hit a Win10 update snag.
- May 06, 2016
MS confirms that its free Win10 upgrade ends 7/29/2016 for Windows 7 and 8.1. Act soon to exercise it, and save an upgrade snapshot for later!
- May 05, 2016
Now that Build 1511 has reached CBB status, admins can no longer use group policy for blocking Store access in Windows 10 Pro. Deal with it!
- April 27, 2016
Analytics.usa.gov shows how user OSes break out for government websites, with interesting trends for OS use on web, especially Windows 10.
- April 25, 2016
The next release of Windows 10 includes driver update controls via Group Policy, shown in a new item added to Insider Preview 14328.
- April 18, 2016
Apple quit providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows PCs. Discovery of 2 zero day exploits makes it time to uninstall QuickTime for Windows NOW.
- April 15, 2016
Right after Microsoft moved the build for the Current Business Branch (CBB) to 10586, they started updating Win10 CBB with a cumulative update.
- April 13, 2016
The Windows 10 Tech Bench provides resources, image files, and info for IT pros. It's a professional alternative to the Media Creation Tool.
- April 12, 2016
More businesses plan to take advantage of Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer before it expires in July, but IT pros still have concerns about cost and privacy.
- April 11, 2016
Microsoft has announced the first update to its Current Branch for Business release for Windows 10 (Win10 CBB Update 1).
- April 08, 2016
By default Windows 10 can download updates from or share updates with nearby peer PCs on the Internet. Is it right that Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs?
- April 04, 2016
Windows 10 marketshare finds the OS in the number slot, vis-à-vis the other desktop OSes. Win10 still has a long way to go to pass Windows 7.
- March 28, 2016
Even when Windows goes to sleep, certain events can wake it up. Here are tips to keep it sleeping when that's what's wanted.
- March 14, 2016
For years Windows sleep has been a troubled topic, beset with problems during wake-up. Recent firmware and OS updates have apparently fixed these issues.
- March 07, 2016
The Windows 10 desktopshare continues to rise, while Windows 8 versions fall faster than XP. Go figure!
- March 04, 2016
With release of the free eBook "Deploying Windows 10..." Microsoft Press describes how to use System Center Configuration Manager to handle this task.
- March 02, 2016
Cumulative update KB 3140743 brings great reliability improvements to network discovery in Windows 10, along with numerous other OS features and functions.
- February 19, 2016
The US Department of Defense mandates all arms to undertake Windows 10 deployment, to conclude by January 2016. 4 million devices will be involved.
- February 17, 2016
With 2 hidden cumulative updates for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Update Catalog that never made Windows Update, are they for testing or real updates?
- February 12, 2016
A recent bare-metal Windows 10 install on a new PC confirms that the cumulative update approach minimizes updates needed to achieve currency.
- February 10, 2016
After six months of little or no information about updates for Windows 10, MS has launched a Web page that provides useful details about changes included in Windows Update items, starting with ...
- February 08, 2016
As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Windows 10 finally surpasses its desktop OS share, though Windows 7 remains firmly entrenched in first place.
- February 03, 2016
A mysterious Windows Update that acts like a cumulative update increments the Windows 10 build number to 10586.79, but is not available through the usual channels and must be manually installed. So ...
- February 01, 2016
A new revision to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector/Corporate Software Inspector lays some long-standing Windows 8 and Windows 10 errors to rest.
- January 22, 2016
Upon learning about the power cord recall on certain Surface Pro tablet models, I jumped onto the Microsoft website to request a replacement, and found the process simple and straightforward to ...
- January 20, 2016
A recent blog post from Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson shows how the company is using both positive and negative inducements to get enterprise users to migrate to Windows 10. On the positive side: new ...
- January 11, 2016
Thanks to some fine print in its Windows 8.1 support lifecycle policy, Windows 8.0 users lose maintstream support from Microsoft starting on January 12, 2016.
- January 08, 2016
An upcoming update to the Microsoft Intune service, now part of its Mobile Device Management toolset, will add support for native Windows 10 features, while also improving Android and iOS support.
- January 07, 2016
Microsoft says more than three-quarters of its enterprise customers are already testing Windows 10, which is the most quickly adopted OS in company history.
- January 06, 2016
Despite a new, more accurate way to count Win10 instances, Microsoft report that over 200 million such instances are in active use as of early January 2016.
- January 04, 2016
Looking over the traffic to the blog for 2015, some interesting items pop out in the "Top 10" viewed items for that year.
- December 21, 2015
As 2015 draws to a close, the staff of TechTarget's end-user computing sites took to Slack and held an hourlong chat about the year's biggest trends. Over the next few days, we'll bring you ...
- December 18, 2015
Report from the trenches on the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview (11082.1000) and a new cumulative update for the Current Branch version numbered 10586.36.
- December 16, 2015
Users who haven't used the GWX Control Panel to remove the "Get Windows 10" stuff from Windows 7 or 8.1 systems are now faced with an interesting choice when that runtime facility triggers in the ...
- December 14, 2015
For some purposes the compressed electronic software download (esd) file format that MS uses for some Windows 10 installers won't do: a real Windows image (.wim) file is required. Here are several ...
- December 11, 2015
I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast ...
- December 09, 2015
For the first time ever, MS has updated System Center Configuration Manager for Windows 10, and has even adopted Windows 10 (1511) version numbering. Lots of interesting additions to the product ...
- December 07, 2015
Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of ...
- December 04, 2015
Normally, the system file checker (SFC) and the deployment image servicing and management (DISM) facilities in Windows march in lockstep: here, I find a case where DISM says the component store is ...
- December 02, 2015
A recent set of data from the US Government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), shows clearly what common sense says is inevitable: that Windows 10's share of desktop users comes mostly at the ...
- November 30, 2015
As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H ...
- November 27, 2015
Every now and then, I like to check in on the Desktop Operating System Market Share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com. This morning, I had to fiddle the parameters a bit to get the site to show ...
- November 25, 2015
Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from ...
- November 24, 2015
There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published ...
- November 20, 2015
On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, ...
- November 18, 2015
The more I dig into the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, the more "good stuff" I keep finding. Today's gem comes courtesy of Sergey Tkachenko, whose excellent WinAero.com ...
- November 13, 2015
Early yesterday morning (11/12), some of my Build 10240 Windows 10 PCs began offering access to the 10586/1511 Build. Throughout the course of the day, I was slowly but surely able to get most of ...
- November 11, 2015
Looking at my update history on my Windows 10 production PC this morning, I see a whole slew of updates hit the wire yesterday for that OS, but so far there's no sign of a Threshold 2 release ...
- November 09, 2015
If you take a look at the Winver information from the latest Fast Ring build for Windows Insiders, aka Build 10586, you'll see some additional information in the second line of text therein, just ...
- November 04, 2015
In my continuing efforts to maintain the health and well-being of my Windows 10 installations, I've continued messing about with the built-in deployment image servicing and management tool ...
- November 02, 2015
Goody, Goody: one of the things I liked least about Build 10565 in the Windows 10 lead-up to the Threshold 2 Build scheduled for later this month (November 2015) has apparently been fixed in Build ...
- October 30, 2015
Between a couple of interesting stories reported at NeoWin.net and WinBeta.org recently, the rapid rise of Windows 10 installs appears to be slowing down from its initial explosive rate. Although ...
- October 28, 2015
Like a captain on a sinking ship, Dell remains committed to the PC market, and looks to hardware innovations and Windows 10 as the bailing buckets.
- October 28, 2015
Among my various desktops, laptops, and tablets, I've got an 16-month-old Surface Pro 3 purchased in August 2014. In working with the boot/sys drive recently I noticed I still had a windows.old ...
- October 26, 2015
If there are some distinctions to which Window10 testers should not aspire to attain, I'd have to say falling prey to the boot/system failures now widely associated with the recent KB3105208 ...
- October 23, 2015
There has been plenty of heated discussion about the way MS has handled updates in Windows 10. Much of that discussion has centered around Windows 10's update push behavior, which forces updates on ...
- October 22, 2015
The Microsoft-Dell partnership got competitive this year with Microsoft's first 2-in-1 device, but Dell's Windows 10 laptops differ in one important area.