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  • February 19, 2016 19 Feb'16

    US DoD Hurry-Up Windows 10 Deployment

    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 17 Feb'16

    "Hidden Cumulative Updates" in Windows 10

    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 12 Feb'16

    Clean Win10 Install: Few Updates Needed

    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 10 Feb'16

    MS Starts Providing Update Details for Windows 10

    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 08 Feb'16

    Windows 10 Desktop Share Passes XP

    As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Windows 10 finally surpasses its desktop OS share, though Windows 7 remains firmly entrenched in first place.

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  • February 03, 2016 03 Feb'16

    Interesting OOB Windows 10 Update Poses Questions, Problems

    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 01 Feb'16

    Secunia PSI/CSI Engine Gets Right with Windows 10

    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 22 Jan'16

    Surface Pro Power Cord Exchange Dead Simple

    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 20 Jan'16

    Enterprises: Like It or Not, Here Comes Windows 10!

    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 11 Jan'16

    Say Goodbye to Windows 8.0?

    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 08 Jan'16

    Intune Service Update to Include Windows 10 Optimizations

    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 07 Jan'16

    IT getting 'aggressive' about Windows 10 adoption

    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 06 Jan'16

    Windows 10 in Use on Over 200 Million Devices

    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 04 Jan'16

    Top 10 Posts for 2015

    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 21 Dec'15

    Windows 10 undercuts 'tablet revolution'

    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 18 Dec'15

    Windows 10 Build 11082.1000 in Preview, 10586.36 in Production

    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 16 Dec'15

    Win10: Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight. Really?

    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 14 Dec'15

    Get Win10 ISOs from TechBench

    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 11 Dec'15

    Understanding WaaS (Windows 10 as a Service)

    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 09 Dec'15

    SCCM Rolls Up to Windows 10 1511 Release Level

    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 07 Dec'15

    DISM Does Updates, Too!

    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 04 Dec'15

    Ouch! SFC and DISM may disagree in Build 10586.17

    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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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