- September 07, 2015
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
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
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
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
Windows 10 constantly feeds your information to Microsoft, raising questions about how private your experience really is.
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- August 26, 2015
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
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
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
Windows 10 adoption won't spur the PC market as many users rely on tablets and other Windows mobile devices.
- August 19, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Windows 10 security features include hardware-based application whitelisting and facial recognition technology. What could go wrong?
- April 27, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
Microsoft has taken the wraps off some Windows 10 features, including holographic technology, automatic -- and free -- updates, and more Cortana integration.
- April 13, 2015
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
- March 17, 2015
Over at Thurrott.com this morning, I found a simply fascinating story about a new version of "OS compression" that's making its debut in Windows 10. The ultimate source for this info is a March 16 ...
- March 16, 2015
Thanks to a recent article at MakeUseOf.com I came across this weekend, I've been wondering if there isn't some master repository of keyboard shortcuts for the latest and soon-to-be-greatest ...
- March 06, 2015
I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color ...
- March 02, 2015
Back in 2011, I blogged here about a program named DriverStore Explorer. Aka RAPR, this is a CodePlex project that when run in administrative mode enables users to see all drivers in the Windows ...
- February 27, 2015
Anybody who's read this blog for any length of time has witnessed me repeatedly and enthusiastically recommending Stardock's great product, Start8, as a Windows start menu add-in/replacement for ...
- February 25, 2015
This weekend, I installed a HighPoint RocketU 1144C on my production PC, in search of solutions to a USB 3 drive access problem. There's a PLX PCIe 8609 DMA controller on that board, apparently ...
- February 23, 2015
By and large, I've got to give Dell credit for a winning solution in their 11" Venue Pro tablet with detachable keyboard. It's on par, features and power-wise with equivalent Surface Pro 3 models ...
- February 20, 2015
In reading over an interesting article on Ars Technica this morning, I realized that many online sources (including the otherwise redoubtable Ars) that describe how to reinstall Windows to ...
- February 18, 2015
Slimware Utilities is the company behind RecImg Manager, a program that can capture and restore modern-format Windows images. This is the same kind of image that Windows 8 or 10 uses, when you ...
- February 17, 2015
Enterprise adoption of Windows 10 isn't likely to follow the same pattern as for Windows 7, and that's a good thing, writes columnist Brian Madden.
- February 13, 2015
I've been a big fan of the Intel Driver Update Utility for years, especially since the company published the standalone program version (v2.0) in mid-2014. With the introduction of the 10.x.x.x ...
- February 11, 2015
Oho! Yesterday was "Update Tuesday," the second Tuesday of the month. Tuning into Windows Update just after lunch I noticed a big batch of updates (38 on Windows 8.1 systems with MS Office 2013 ...
- February 09, 2015
Every now and then, I have to check in over at NetMarketShare.com, to see what's happening with the distribution of desktop OSes that the company detects on the Internet. This morning, I couldn't ...
- February 06, 2015
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 ...
- February 04, 2015
Drat! It was with interest and curiosity that I jumped up to the Windows Store (beta) a few minutes ago, hoping to download and install the latest so-called "Universal Office apps for Windows 10" ...
- February 03, 2015
Amidst the TechNet blogs let loose last weekend, this interesting little item from the Server & Cloud Blog let it be known that, for the first time since the Windows Vista era, the next release ...
- January 22, 2015
I am a great fan of checking in on my disks from time to time, especially my system/boot disk, which goes by C: on my system. The last time I fired up WinDirStat on my production system, my eyes ...
- January 19, 2015
From the "better late than never" school of information sharing, I just found an October 2014 TechNet Solution Guide that many Windows administrators are likely to find captivating. It's entitled ...
- January 17, 2015
Huh? What's a "Punditsphere?" Glad you asked! It's the group of industry insiders, experts, gurus, and gadabouts that attach themselves to specific technology platforms, tools, and operating ...
- January 14, 2015
OK folks, here's a transition point for you to note. As of today, January 14, Windows 7 is no longer on mainstream support at Microsoft. Going forward, it will get no new functionality, no new ...
- January 12, 2015
About two months ago, I purchased a Dell Venue 11 Pro model 7130, when I read that it featured a Broadwell "M" class CPU in a compact 11" format. By the time all was said and done I spent around ...
- January 10, 2015
For the past year or so, Patch Tuesday has been remonikered Update Tuesday. In a blog post from the Microsoft Security Response Center on Thursday, January 8, Chris Betz discussed the topic of ...
- January 05, 2015
Now that the holidays are behind us, and the New Year is unrolling before is, it's time for that annual technology extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), still one of the ...
- January 02, 2015
Two persistent myths that attach to SSDs running under "modern" Windows OSes (version 7 and higher) are as follows: (a) defragging such disks is a bad idea (b) Windows doesn't defrag such disks by ...
- December 31, 2014
Those using Windows 8.1, or who wish to install the latest version of the OS, should be pleased to learn that MSDN's latest version of that OS in ISO form has been synched up to the November update ...
- December 31, 2014
Thanks to Windows and Office developments, Microsoft news was among our most popular coverage of the past year. See which articles came out on top.
- December 29, 2014
Ever since the original Surface and Surface Pro models were introduced, users have been able to refresh their installations or reinstall the OS using the device's recovery image, which is stored by ...
- December 18, 2014
This is the third in a series of pre-holiday posts this week to highlight some small but potent high-tech devices, suitable for IT pros and enthusiasts alike, be they for yourself or somebody else ...
- December 17, 2014
This week, in anticipation of next week's big holiday, I'm ruminating on little devices suitable for hi-tech stocking stuffers. Today's item of interest is a 128 GB SDXC memory card, which provides ...
- December 15, 2014
What with Christmas less than two weeks away, and the upcoming end-of-year break not far behind, I thought I'd lighten up this week with a series of carefully chosen stocking stuffers for high-tech ...
- December 10, 2014
Thanks to a recent post to the Windows For Your Business blog entitled "MDOP 2014 R2 Now Available," I'm happy to relay that message to my readership, and to those interested in Microsoft's ...
- December 08, 2014
Those who've been through Windows previews in the past have learned to approach their test setups with a certain amount of caution, if not downright trepidation. That's because MS has traditionally ...
- December 03, 2014
Now that I've discovered an easy way to reliably get to and download the crapware-free "Slim" version of CCleaner, I've returned to using it on my PCs. Just recently, Piriform released a new major ...
- December 01, 2014
Here's an interesting graph to ponder, more than 7 months after Windows XP reached "end of life" status on April 8, 2014: StatCounter's GlobalStats chart for Top Desktop, Tablet and Console OSs ...