• December 12, 2013 12 Dec'13

    Another Interesting Entry in the Windows 8-->8.1 Upgrade Serial

    In the past month or so, I've documented various issues and potential gotchas in upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 This morning, I came across an extremely interesting item from Microsoft amidst its ...

  • December 09, 2013 09 Dec'13

    Acronis True Image 2014 Still Great, But Loses Luster with Windows 8.*/UEFI Wrinkles

    I've been a fan and devoted user of Acronis True Image for half a decade or longer, but am struggling a bit with the latest version (2014) when combined with Windows 8 versions (either 8 or 8.1). I ...

  • December 06, 2013 06 Dec'13

    Image Backup in Windows 8.1

    In prior versions of Windows, the built-in backup facility with its image capture capability provided images accessible to a variety of recovery tools, including the "Repair your PC" option ...

  • December 04, 2013 04 Dec'13

    Win8.1 Store Upgrade Snafu/Catch-22

    Over the past week, I've had several members of the "old guard" -- colleagues who go back with me to the stone age of networking, during the glory days of Novell NetWare in the late 1980s and early ...

  • December 02, 2013 02 Dec'13

    Best Driver Strategy for Upgrading Windows from 7 to 8 to 8.1 Confirmed

    Over the holiday weekend, I migrated several more PCs from 7 to 8 to 8.1, and made some deliberate variations along the path from the initial starting point (Windows 7 SP1 ) to the final ...

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  • November 27, 2013 27 Nov'13

    More Interesting 8.1 Upgrade Maneuvers

    As a person who loves to tinker with his systems, I couldn't stop myself from rebuilding my primary 8.1 test machine over the past couple of days. It's a brute of a system with an i7-3700K CPU, 32 ...

  • November 25, 2013 25 Nov'13

    Lenovo T520 Notebook 7-->8-->8.1 Upgrade Goes Better Than Expected!

    One week ago, I posted a blog here entitled "Windows 8.1: More Than an Update, More than an SP." The point I was trying to make therein was that upgrading to Windows 8.1 involves some interesting ...

  • November 22, 2013 22 Nov'13

    New Secunia PSI Version Fixes Win 8.x Issues

    I've blogged many times here about the excellent Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) tool, which checks all the installed programs on a PC and compares them to its database of current (and ...

  • November 20, 2013 20 Nov'13

    EMET Gets An Update to 4.1

    The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a collection of Microsoft security tools and software designed to protect Windows users from zero-day exploits. I first blogged about it in ...

  • November 18, 2013 18 Nov'13

    Windows 8.1: More Than an Update, More than an SP

    I'm approaching a ten count on applying the Windows 8.1 update/upgrade to Windows 8 systems, many of which I had first to upgrade to Windows 8 to take advantage of that free upgrade from the ...

  • November 15, 2013 15 Nov'13

    Bringing Back WEI to Win8.1

    I found myself on the phone this morning, talking to my former MCSE trainer, Herb Martin, who also happens to be something of a PowerShell and .NET programming whiz as well. I've gotten far enough ...

  • November 13, 2013 13 Nov'13

    Windows Experience Not Entirely Gone from Win8.1 -- Merely Invisible

    Woody Leonhard has been one of my ongoing sources for tips, tricks, and inside Windows (and MS Office) information for over 20 years now. That's why I was delighted to find an unusually tasty ...

  • November 11, 2013 11 Nov'13

    Say! You CAN use Gadgets in Windows 8: 8GadgetPack to the Rescue

    Thanks to old friend, occasional co-author, and MS Security MVP Deb Shinder, I'm now aware of a snazzy little utility named 8GadgetPack that restores those ever-so-handy-and-informative desktop ...

  • November 08, 2013 08 Nov'13

    Further Clarity on the UEFI-GPT Issues with Windows 8 Boot Manager

    Yesterday, I got on the phone with Jim Thomas and Anna Pankratova of Paragon Software, to dig a bit more deeply into the issues inherent in creating images for GPT boot drives on Windows 8 (and ...

  • November 07, 2013 07 Nov'13

    Microsoft's Ballmer predicts cloud computing impact on IT

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes the cloud is going to change the way IT professionals work – like it or not. Ballmer addressed IT professionals this week in a fireside chat session in the U.K. ...