• November 04, 2015 04 Nov'15

    Another Worthwhile DISM Source "Trick"

    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 ...

  • October 19, 2015 19 Oct'15

    Simple Trick Fixes DISM /source syntax issues

    I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows ...

  • October 09, 2015 09 Oct'15

    NetBIOS Tweak May Be Needed for Win10 NAS Access

    In response to a question from an old friend and colleague, I started researching what might cause a NAS connection to vanish following an upgrade to Windows 10. It turns out that certain network ...

  • 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 ...

  • February 06, 2015 06 Feb'15

    Win10 Gets Smart About Paging Files

    In working on a Windows 10 story for SearchEnterpriseDesktop this week, I came to an interesting realization. In Windows 10, MS has finally broken with tradition when it comes to sizing the paging ...

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  • July 22, 2014 22 Jul'14

    Microsoft talks up services, mum on Windows strategy

    Microsoft has acknowledged that users aren't just tied to desktop OSes, shifting its focus to Office 365 and DaaS rather than its Windows strategy.

  • August 19, 2013 19 Aug'13

    "Run as Administrator" Adds to WinDirStat File Visibility

    I've written repeatedly about a great, free SourceForge utility called WinDirStat for this blog over the years. But just this morning, I learned something about the program I didn't know -- namely ...

  • July 27, 2011 27 Jul'11

    Auto-Update for KB2310138 Spreads Consternation for MSE Users

    OK, so if you're running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed then you must figure out what to do with an update that Microsoft pushed yesterday in its increasingly typical "2nd Patch ...

  • March 22, 2011 22 Mar'11

    Microsoft sweetens MDOP deal and releases Intune

    Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console is ready, and an MDOP 2011 update is due this year which will be offered to a wider customer base.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Creating an IT admin's PowerShell toolbox

    The PowerShell scripting tool in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should be the staple of any IT administrator's toolbox. Learn how it can help you.

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    "Please Wait" Can Mean "Wait Forever..."

    According to MS KB Article 983551 (6/10/2010; Rev: 2.0) some computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can freeze at the "Please wait" display that precedes appearance of the desktop on ...

  • February 02, 2010 02 Feb'10

    Enterprises hold onto Microsoft Office despite Google Apps option

    Google Apps is making headway over Microsoft Office in startups and SMBs. But inside enterprises? Not so much.

  • October 29, 2009 29 Oct'09

    Can open source OSes ever compete against Windows desktops?

    Though Linux desktops get better and better, convincing a Windows shop to switch remains wishful thinking.

  • April 28, 2009 28 Apr'09

    Microsoft wraps Office SP2 with better doc support

    Microsoft Office 2007 service pack 2, which is ready for download, supports an expansive list of document formats.