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  • December 02, 2015 02 Dec'15

    US Gov't Usage Data: Win10 Grabbing Marketshare from XP and 7

    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 30 Nov'15

    Windows Administrivia: The Case of the Missing BIOS Access

    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 27 Nov'15

    As Win8.1 Closes in on XP, Win10 Jumps into the Marketshare Game

    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 25 Nov'15

    New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

    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 24 Nov'15

    Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

    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 ...

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  • November 20, 2015 20 Nov'15

    Cumulative Updates Increment Win10 Build Numbers: Implications?

    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 18 Nov'15

    Identifying Windows Images/Installers/ISO files

    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 13 Nov'15

    Build 10586/1511 Makes Its Debut: Lessons Learned

    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 11 Nov'15

    Updates Galore on 11/10/15, but No Build 10586!

    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 09 Nov'15

    Simple Versioning Numbers in Win10 Presage Deployment Changes

    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 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 ...

  • November 02, 2015 02 Nov'15

    Gadgets Come Back to Win10 Build 10576

    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 30 Oct'15

    Are Win10 Installs Losing Momentum?

    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 28 Oct'15

    Dell promises to innovate on next-gen Windows 10 PCs

    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 28 Oct'15

    Persistent Windows.old Folder Surrenders to Command Line Prompt

    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 26 Oct'15

    Win10 Build 10565: Bitten by the Dread KB3105208

    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 23 Oct'15

    Stop Win10 from Automatic Reboot After Updates

    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 22 Oct'15

    Dell, Microsoft CEOs discuss Windows 10 PC strategies

    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.

  • October 21, 2015 21 Oct'15

    Interesting Network Printer Shenanigans on Win10

    I've got a Samsung ML-2850 monochrome laser printer on my network, and I've been chasing around various ways to interact with it lately. It seems that unless you've got access to a print server, ...

  • 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 16, 2015 16 Oct'15

    Oops! MS ticks "Upgrade to Win10" in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

    Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on ...

  • October 14, 2015 14 Oct'15

    MS Eases Activation in Latest Win10 Preview Build

    I've been steering clear of writing about Windows 10 Preview builds since the 10240 Build became publicly available starting on July 29, mostly in the interests of addressing the Windows 10 version ...

  • 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 ...

  • October 07, 2015 07 Oct'15

    Surface Book Ups the Hybrid PC Ante

    I've been following Microsoft's progress in laying out and elaborating its Surface vision since the first version (and the RT model) emerged in 2012 or thereabouts. I went so far as to buy into the ...

  • October 05, 2015 05 Oct'15

    Reset/Refresh Windows Update to Fix WU Errors

    Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update ...

  • September 30, 2015 30 Sep'15

    Tips for Reducing Windows' On-disk Footprint

    Reading one of Sergey Tkachenko's recent Winaero blogs yesterday, I learned that Windows 10 will compress the OS files on a system/boot drive. See his "Reduce the size of your Windows 10 ...

  • September 28, 2015 28 Sep'15

    Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

    After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains how activation works, and is particularly ...

  • September 23, 2015 23 Sep'15

    Win10 Build 10547 Clean & Compact

    In working with the latest Win10 Insider Preview, I've been forcibly struck by how clean and compact it is. Whereas earlier Windows 10 installations (that is, C:\Windows and its many constituents) ...

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Ten Windows 10 features IT pros will love

    Microsoft aimed to please IT with these 10 enterprise-friendly enhancements in Windows 10 including security, MDM and more.

  • September 21, 2015 21 Sep'15

    Back'n'forth with Win10 Update 10547

    I've been working with Windows 10 releases since last Fall (about a year now) and have probably installed more than a dozen different preview releases during that interval. Nearly all of them have ...

  • September 18, 2015 18 Sep'15

    Watch Out for Print Driver Changes in Win10!

    Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible ...

  • September 16, 2015 16 Sep'15

    Bogus/Unneeded Driver Count Mounting Up on Win10

    OK, I'll admit it: I don't know if Windows Update, DriverUpdate, DriverAgent, or something else is involved, but I'm seeing the number of outdated and/or unneeded (duplicated) drivers mount up in ...

  • September 11, 2015 11 Sep'15

    A ~5GB "pre-emptive" Win10 download?

    This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked myself the question "I ...

  • September 09, 2015 09 Sep'15

    The Politics of Clean Install

    For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by ...

  • September 07, 2015 07 Sep'15

    Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

    I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten Forums, I found a ...

  • September 04, 2015 04 Sep'15

    Network Type Reset After Sleep Still Popping Up in Win10

    For months during the Technical and Insider Preview stages of the Win10 version track, I noticed that some of my PCs would switch from Private to Public network status following sleep (tablets, ...

  • September 02, 2015 02 Sep'15

    Win10 Windows Snipping Tool Gains "Delay" Feature

    There was a long period in my checkered career as someone who works with and writes about Windows, where I simply couldn't get by without a high-end screen capture tool. For most of that period, in ...

  • August 31, 2015 31 Aug'15

    75 Million Win10 Installations One Month Out

    On August 26, 2015, MS made it known that the Windows 10 installed count had surpassed 75 million. A quick look at the calendar shows me that 8/26 is exactly four weeks after 7/29 (the day Windows ...

  • August 27, 2015 27 Aug'15

    Windows 10 data collection sparks Microsoft privacy concerns

    Windows 10 constantly feeds your information to Microsoft, raising questions about how private your experience really is.

  • August 26, 2015 26 Aug'15

    Just in Time for Win10, Win8.1 Eclipses XP

    Every now and then, I like to drop in on the market share stats at NetMarketShare.com to see what's up in the desktop world as monitored via that company's observations of the Internet. When I ...

  • August 24, 2015 24 Aug'15

    Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

    In my recent efforts to upgrade and/or clean install Windows 10 on a whole passel of PCs lately -- a topic to which all 6 of my previous blog posts here have been devoted, starting on 8/10 -- I've ...

  • August 20, 2015 20 Aug'15

    Last Upgrade Anticlimactic + Lessons Learned

    Whew! I'm pleased and relieved to report that my big upgrade push is over now, with all 8 PCs successfully upgraded to Windows 10 in at least one boot-up partition (a couple of my test machines ...

  • August 19, 2015 19 Aug'15

    Windows 10 no savior for slumping PC market

    Windows 10 adoption won't spur the PC market as many users rely on tablets and other Windows mobile devices.

  • August 19, 2015 19 Aug'15

    When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That's Success!

    Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • July 10, 2015 10 Jul'15

    Win10 Build 10166 Pops Up

    Having been distracted by other projects for most of this week, I was pleased to have missed the latest Fast Ring release of Build 10166 by only one day. I got it fired up and running almost ...

  • July 06, 2015 06 Jul'15

    First Win10 RTM Candidate Hits

    As reported on lots of Windows watching sites -- WinBeta and betanews, for example -- a first Windows 10 build numbered 10176, labeled as a release candidate, has made its debut.  Most of these ...

  • July 03, 2015 03 Jul'15

    Whoa! The Win10 Build "Hat Trick"

    Confounding all expectations, MS followed up the wham, bam sequence of two Windows 10 builds on June 30 (10158) and July 1 (10159) with a third build yesterday (July 2: Build 10162). I'm hopeful ...

  • July 01, 2015 01 Jul'15

    BAM! Here comes Win10 Build 10159

    No sooner did I get Build 10158 installed than did Windows Update inform me that a new fast ring build (10159) was available. That's the smallest build ID increment I've seen so far, and the ...

  • June 30, 2015 30 Jun'15

    Win10 Build 10158 Lookin' Good

    Upon my return to the office after a week off this morning, I discovered the latest (and probably last) build before the upcoming 7/29 RTM for Windows 10 was available. The first install went ...

  • June 18, 2015 18 Jun'15

    Windows Driver Upgrade Tricks

    Over the years, I've always struggled with some Windows drivers that prove more tricky or difficult to install than others. This goes double for those devices whose vendors provide installable ...

  • June 15, 2015 15 Jun'15

    Is the Ask Toolbar Malware? Maybe Yes, Maybe No...

    Over the weekend, I saw an interesting news item on the Windows 10 Forums. Entitled "Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows," it observes that "the Ask Toolbar is a bad thing that nobody wants ...

  • June 12, 2015 12 Jun'15

    Working Around Win10/8 Gotchas

    What with running two Win10 test machines -- a desktop and tablet/convertible -- I've been banging up against the limits of this new software from time to time, and have had to refurbish some ...

  • June 10, 2015 10 Jun'15

    Welcome to Windows (10) World!

    When the Win10 flag showed up on my Windows 8.1 machines, perforce I signed up for the upgrade, knowing that I must track the latest and greatest of Windows OSes no matter what. I've read various ...

  • June 05, 2015 05 Jun'15

    Microsoft Surface 3 tablet redefines portability and power

    The Surface 3 is the most flexible and portable Microsoft tablet to date, with plenty of ports, cover options and strong battery life.

  • June 03, 2015 03 Jun'15

    Stealth Update Brings Win10 Upgrade Offer to Win7&8 Users

    Two days ago a strange little Windows flag icon appeared in the notification bar on my Windows 8.1 PCs. A quick mouse-over on the icon produced the text "Get Windows 10." An equally quick click ...

  • June 01, 2015 01 Jun'15

    Refresh/Recimg.exe Gone Missing in Win10

    If you've been reading this blog lately, you've seen my recent discovery that duplicate or outmoded drivers in the Windows 10 DriverStore can unnecessarily bulk up the size of the RecoveryImage ...

  • May 26, 2015 26 May'15

    Another DISM tip for compacting Windows installations

    While perusing the postings over at the Windows 10 Forums earlier, I caught an item there entitled "Trimming down Win10TP" that taught me a new way to use the Deployment Image Servicing and ...

  • May 25, 2015 25 May'15

    Driver Cleanup Slims Down Win10 RecoveryImage

    When I wrote a blog post on May 11 entitled "The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup," little did I know the post would turn out to be both useful and prophetic. But after investigating the disk ...

  • May 22, 2015 22 May'15

    Reflections on Win10 Build 10122

    The last couple of days have been exciting in my part of the world, mostly as a consequence of downloading, installing, and absorbing the latest Windows 10 build, 10122, which made its debut two ...

  • May 20, 2015 20 May'15

    Flaky Synaptics Touchpad Driver Occasions Interesting Encounters

    I'm using a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 as one of my two primary Windows 10 test machines at the moment, and it has become a recent focus for some interesting driver issues. Late last week, MS unleashed ...

  • May 18, 2015 18 May'15

    Interesting Theory about Win10 Defender & Update Stacking

    In my last post here, I observed the number and frequency of updates for Windows 10 arriving via an unthrottled and untrammeled Windows Update. By far, the biggest number of items in the 15-day ...

  • May 15, 2015 15 May'15

    Win10: A Half-Month of Streaming Updates

    In the brave new world of Windows 10, updates are no longer batched, but pop up when and as they appear. I decided to take a look at what that means by examining the Update Histories for my two ...

  • May 13, 2015 13 May'15

    Beware the Ides of May: Beaucoups Updates!!

    Realizing that yesterday was "Update Tuesday," I opened up my update history on a production Windows 8.1 PC this morning, and found 40 (!) updates of varying shapes and sizes had been installed ...

  • May 11, 2015 11 May'15

    The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup

    I've blogged repeatedly here about a great little free software tool called DriverStore Explorer (RAPR.EXE). In Windows environments all the way up to and including Windows 10, any drivers that ...

  • May 08, 2015 08 May'15

    With SP4 a'comin', please give us a clamshell keyboard dock

    In the wake of recent MS conferences like Build 2015 and Ignite, the pundits and prognosticators seem surprisingly unanimous with two short-term predictions. First, Windows 10 seems bound for ...

  • May 06, 2015 06 May'15

    With Windows 10, MS will offer an "Update for Business" service

    One of the most interesting tidbits to emerge from the Ignite conference so far has been Microsoft's announcement of its "Windows Update for Business" service. Terry Myerson himself, Microsoft's ...

  • May 01, 2015 01 May'15

    New Build, New Name, Lots of Win10 Action

    Whoa! Has it really only been two days since the last time I posted? It seems like a lot more time has gone by than that, but perhaps that's because I've been pounding away at Win10 issues over ...

  • April 29, 2015 29 Apr'15

    Venue 11 Pro Upgrade to 10061 Succeeds without ISOs

    Just for grins, I decided to re-try the Windows Update download for Windows 10 Build 10061 on my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130 yesterday afternoon. The last two times I'd tried, I'd not sat in front of ...

  • April 27, 2015 27 Apr'15

    Windows 10 security features may force hardware upgrades

    Windows 10 security features include hardware-based application whitelisting and facial recognition technology. What could go wrong?

  • April 27, 2015 27 Apr'15

    Win10: Not a "Free Upgrade" But a "Marketing and Promotional Activity"

    Although Microsoft has itself described its upcoming plans to provide a no-cost copy of Windows 10 to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices to those who move up in the first year ...

  • April 24, 2015 24 Apr'15

    Batting .500 with Win10 Build 10061

    If something happens once, it's impossible to tell if it's an anomaly or an expected behavior. Let it happen even one more time though, and a suspicion of pattern or predictability can't help but ...

  • April 22, 2015 22 Apr'15

    Internet Access Issues Aren't Always What They Seem

    Last week, my wife told me the Internet was running slowly, so of course I checked the Ookla Speed Test page to see what was what. When speeds in the usual range manifested, I assumed the problem ...

  • April 20, 2015 20 Apr'15

    What a Late-July Win10 GA Might Mean

    Lots of sources on the Web are reporting on a comment that Lisa Siu, CEO of AMD, let slip during the Q&A portion of a recent earnings call last Friday, which I reproduce here in its entirety: ...

  • April 17, 2015 17 Apr'15

    Win10 to Incorporate Biometrics Boost thru Windows Hello

    Back in mid-March, Joe Belfiore (VP of the OS Group at MS) posted about a new biometric authentication technology to Blogging Windows. It's called "Windows Hello" and although it has yet to make ...

  • April 14, 2015 14 Apr'15

    Windows 10 features Cortana, holograms, automatic updates

    Microsoft has taken the wraps off some Windows 10 features, including holographic technology, automatic -- and free -- updates, and more Cortana integration.

  • April 13, 2015 13 Apr'15

    System Refresh Leaves Interesting Items Undone

    In experimenting with a full system recovery recently on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I've been trying various methods to get from a current bad system state to a current good one. But while a ...

  • April 10, 2015 10 Apr'15

    Problematic SP3 Drivers Identified

    Over the past two weeks, I've been engaged in a part-time exercise to rebuild my Surface Pro 3 from a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 Update 1. This has proved to be an interesting exercise for ...

  • April 08, 2015 08 Apr'15

    Interesting Benefits of Click-to-Run Office Installation

    I've just recently rebuilt my Surface Pro 3 installation, and am still recovering from that aftermath. Upon discovering a link to "Click-to-Run" installation for MS Office Professional 2013 on my ...

  • April 06, 2015 06 Apr'15

    Fixing 2 Win10 Build 10049 Gotchas

    I've got two test machines upon which I'm running the latest Win10 build, namely 10049. In getting those machines up and running, I've found myself subject to 2 inadvertent gotchas along the way. ...

  • April 03, 2015 03 Apr'15

    USB 3.1 Type-C Comes Closer to Your Desktop

    "Why," you may be thinking as you read the title of this blog post, "would I care about a high-speed interface on my desktop when it's most likely to show up first and foremost on notebooks and ...

  • April 01, 2015 01 Apr'15

    XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

    Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions ...

  • March 30, 2015 30 Mar'15

    Restoring Surface Pro 3 Poses Interesting Challenges

    In the wake of last week's firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, released outside the usual "Update/Patch Tuesday" timeframe, I decided to upgrade the drivers on that machine as well. I shouldn't ...

  • March 27, 2015 27 Mar'15

    Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Leads to Learning

    When I saw through the various news outlets that Microsoft had released an out-of-band Firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, I knew it was probably worth jumping onto sooner rather than later. ...

  • March 25, 2015 25 Mar'15

    Getting to Win10 Build 10041, Slowly but Surely

    Last week, build 10041 for Windows 10 hit the fast ring for early adopters. Yesterday, it hit the slow ring for all adopters. I was able to upgrade my Windows 10 desktop without any issues during ...

  • March 23, 2015 23 Mar'15

    Is It Me, or Is It IE?

    In reading about a new version of and model for web browsing in Windows 10, I often find myself nodding along and thinking "'Bout time!" Over the past two years, I've been making a steady move away ...

  • March 18, 2015 18 Mar'15

    All Pirates Forgiven in Upcoming Free Windows 10 Upgrade

    A Reuters story from the WinHEC conference in China has got the Windows press and blog environment abuzz enough that it's being widely re-reported in most such outlets. In the story, Terry ...

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