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Windows 8 and 8.1 News
August 24, 2016
Microsoft's new monthly rollups will make Windows OS updates less hectic. IT won't be able to pick and choose which updates and patches to deploy, however.
January 11, 2016
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.
June 09, 2015
Every now and then I like to drop into NetMarketShare.com and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated ...
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.
Windows 8 and 8.1 Get Started
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IT can get lost in a Windows 10 upgrade. Save time and money by knowing the do's and don'ts of migrating to the new OS, and avoid common mistakes. Continue Reading
HyperTerminal is a communications and terminal emulation program that came with the Windows 98 and Windows XP operating systems. Continue Reading
To make sure all the extra devices users attach to their Windows desktops work right, you must ensure that the device drivers function properly. DISM and DriverBackup can both help. Continue Reading
Evaluate Windows 8 and 8.1 Vendors & Products
Weigh the pros and cons of technologies, products and projects you are considering.
A full upgrade to Windows 10 is easier said than done. Use this quiz to determine how ready you are to lead the migration charge. Continue Reading
When migrating to Windows 10, IT must decide whether to perform an upgrade install or clean install. The benefits of one are the weaknesses of the other. Continue Reading
Software as a service may be one reason for choosing Office 365 over Office 2013, but licensing and update frequency are other considerations. Continue Reading
Manage Windows 8 and 8.1
Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.
The quest to keep up with constant changes to software is tough for IT admins, but they can make their lives easier by automating the deployment process using PowerShell. Continue Reading
With free upgrade offer set to expire in 9 days, I perform and report on an 11th hour Win8.1 upgrade to Win10. Overall the results are quite positive. Continue Reading
IT admins can use Process Explorer in Sysinternals to find suspicious software, inspect process and object privileges, and more. Continue Reading
Problem Solve Windows 8 and 8.1 Issues
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IT pros should take a step back and decide if an upgrade to Windows 10 is right for their organizations, or they may encounter problems during the process. Continue Reading
Users and IT professionals sometimes have issues after a Windows 10 migration. Careful planning can mitigate these issues before IT undertakes a full-scale migration. Continue Reading
Careful use of keyboard sequences and the on-screen power button lead to a little-known Emergency Restart screen in Windows 10 (and 8 versions). Continue Reading