Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2009


November 30, 2009  3:00 AM

At long last, production PC settles down



Posted by: Ed Tittel
good reliability index from production PC, keep things simple to keep them working, Windows 7, Windows 7 Reliability Monitor

I may be asking for trouble, but it looks like I've finally gotten my production PC to settle down and behave itself. After about 13 weeks of ups and downs I've finally fixed all the drivers, gotten the various system components to behave, and have dealt only with very basic Windows and Internet...

November 29, 2009  11:09 PM

Where Windows 7 Starter Falls Down…For Me



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows 7 Starter edition, Windows 7 Starter Edition limitations

OK, so I've been running Windows 7 Starter on a couple of netbooks and my wife's mini-ITX Core 2 Duo system for a couple of months now. And while I still like this OS, especially for its slim footprint and modest profile, I've discovered a few things I don't like about it as well — enough so, in...


November 25, 2009  5:58 PM

Windows 8 Foreshadowing Now Underway



Posted by: Ed Tittel
MS desktop and server OS release cycle, next Windows releases, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

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November 22, 2009  9:07 PM

OEM Install Issues Are Real and Serious



Posted by: Ed Tittel
troubleshooting Windows install problems, Windows 7, Windows 7 install, Windows 7 OEM install issues, Windows 7 Upgrade advisor

In the wake of my latest blog on bargain Win7 versions, I got an e-mail from a former student and regular corresponent, asking about some...


November 21, 2009  11:14 PM

Ed Bott Scores Again with money-saving Win7 suggestions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Buy a new Win7 PC and upgrade another PC at half price, Windows 7, Windows 7 discounts and deals, Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack, Windows 7 student discount

Everybody who reads this blog is probably on the clock for an IT job of some kind. But let's face it: that means you're probably handling systems off the clock as well, for family and friends. Everybody can benefit from money-saving tips for software, and Ed Bott has put together a real nonpareil...


November 21, 2009  10:52 PM

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Helpful Even Post-Upgrade



Posted by: Ed Tittel
even on systems running Win7, W7UA catches software and hardware issues, Windows 7, Windows 7 Upgrade advisor

The obvious use for the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (W7UA) program is to evaluate and report on hardware running some earlier version of Windows to help professionals prepare for an upgrade to that OS....


November 16, 2009  5:13 PM

Interesting Win7 Issues with Spyware Doctor with Antivirus



Posted by: Ed Tittel
PC Tools Spyware Doctor, Win 7 crashes running pctsSvc.exe, Windows 7 app crashes

I'm a long-time fan of PC Tool's highly-regarded Spyware Doctor antispyware products, and have run at least one version of this product family on a like number of test and production machines for going on four years now. In the last month, I've had problems with their latest and greatest combined...


November 13, 2009  6:32 PM

MS Unleashes Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Download Center, Windows desktop security compliance management, Windows enterprise desktop, Windows security management tools, Windows Server security compliance management

On November 11, 2009, MS released version 2.51 of its Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series through the Microsoft Download Center. Though not all...


November 11, 2009  9:55 PM

Patch Tuesday, November 09



Posted by: Ed Tittel
11/10/2009 Windows Updates, Patch Tuesday, Windows updates

Here we go again: yesterday (11/10/2009) was another Patch Tuesday. This time around we see some reasonably serious critical level updates, where we find many versions of Windows affected (desktops: 2000, XP, and Vista; servers: 2003 and 2008) but no mention of either Windows 7 or Windows Server...


November 9, 2009  3:28 PM

Super Windows 7 Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts



Posted by: Ed Tittel
boost Windows 7 productivity, Windows 7, Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts, Windows 7 mouse shortcuts, Windows 7 shortcuts

Whenever Microsoft rolls out a new OS, it's always interesting to see what kinds of shortcuts get eliminated, added, or changed in that process. From my own experience, Windows7 offers plenty of neat and usable shortcuts to help savvy users make the most of its runtime environment. Thus, for...


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