• May 02, 2014 02 May'14

    From Now On, ALL My Win8.* Installs are RAID

    You can call me "slow on the uptake" when it comes to figuring out how to take best advantage of advanced Windows 8 technologies if you like, but I've only recently realized that the best way to ...

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Fast moving Microsoft Windows 8.1 update train railroads IT

    Microsoft's faster Windows 8.1 update cadence has a major impact on IT pros who don't have time to test applications and third-party software.

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Shed Unwanted Windows 8.* Apps

    There are many ways to clean up unwanted software on Windows PC using either built-in utilities such as the "Programs and Features" element in Control Panel (formerly known as "Add/Remove ...

  • April 25, 2014 25 Apr'14

    Great Tool: NirSoft WifiInfoView

    Anybody who's been reading this blog for awhile knows I'm a great fan of master utility builder Nir Sofer, the Israeli software development dynamo who's behind the terrific website. ...

  • April 23, 2014 23 Apr'14

    Script Browser Makes 10K-plus PowerShell Scripts Immediately Available

    This interesting post last week on the Windows PowerShell Blog is entitled "A World of Scripts at your Fingertips -- Introducing Script Browser," and explains how you can download the ...

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  • April 21, 2014 21 Apr'14

    MS Relents on Win8.1 Update Application Timing

    When I reported here on April 8 that the "Windows 8.1 Update 1 is NOT Optional," I was working from the then-current and correct understanding that MS would require all users to apply the Spring ...

  • April 16, 2014 16 Apr'14

    Refresh Adventures Show It's NOT the "Same as Backup"

    As I've observed many times in this blog over the years, I'm a hopeless tinkerer. This even applies to my production system when the whim strikes and time permits. My current production machine ...

  • April 14, 2014 14 Apr'14

    WIMBoot Is the Secret to Leaner Win8.1 Update Installs

    In spelunking around on TechNet, I've come across an interesting element in the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). It's called WIMBoot and it appears to explain quite nicely how it ...

  • April 11, 2014 11 Apr'14

    Universal apps may be the Trojan horse for Windows 8 adoption

    Microsoft's universal apps have developers and some IT admins interested in delivering Windows Phone 8.1 into the enterprise.

  • April 10, 2014 10 Apr'14

    End of Windows XP support brings IT to a fork in the road

    Windows XP support has ended, and those who have yet to move off of the old OS stand at the junction of traditional PC upgrades, DaaS or VDI.

  • April 08, 2014 08 Apr'14

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 Is NOT Optional

    Here's an interesting note from Michael Hildebrand's April 7 post to the Ask Premier Field Engineering (PFE) Platforms blog entitled "Exploring Winodws 8.1 Update - Start Screen, Desktop and Other ...

  • April 07, 2014 07 Apr'14

    Windows XP "Retires" Tomorrow -- or Does It?

    A couple of interesting stories in the news of late have challenged the conventional understanding that Windows XP will finally, finally shuffle off the stage on April 8, just as the latest Windows ...

  • April 04, 2014 04 Apr'14

    Are universal apps, Windows 8.1 updates enough to entice IT shops?

    Microsoft unveiled a Windows 8.1 update and vowed to help developers create universal apps that run across Windows devices ranging from phones to Xbox One.

  • April 04, 2014 04 Apr'14

    Installing MSDN's Windows 8.1 Update 1

    When you download the update from MSDN, the first odd thing you'll notice is that what shows up as a result is a ZIP file. Upon expansion, this is what the 64-bit version unpacks into: Update 1 ...

  • April 02, 2014 02 Apr'14

    Win8.1 Spring Update on MSDN

    [Update: 1:40 PM CST after Nadella's Keynote at BUILD ends] The Windows 8.1 Update downloads are now available via MSDN. Here's a screenshot of what's up there, straight from the lastest "New ...