Windows Enterprise Desktop:

December, 2011


December 26, 2011  1:26 AM

An AHCI Dilemma Resolved at Long Last

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This past summer, I had to rebuild one of my test Windows machines when the original motherboard went south. When doing the rebuild, the machine crashed during the reboot part-way through the install process, and forced me to switch from AHCI to IDE mode for the disk drives I was using, even though...

December 23, 2011  4:26 PM

Safari iFRAME Exploit Leads to Zero-Day BSOD, Possible Remote Execution at Kernel Level

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Secunia posted Advisory SA47327 earlier this week, which explains that a specially-crafted Web page instantly crashes 64-bit Windows 7 Professional running the Apple Safari Web browser for Windows. According to the advisory "The...


December 21, 2011  5:17 PM

More Windows Troubleshooting Stories

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OK, so lately I've been both a little miffed, and more than a little curious, because my Windows 7 problem reporting hasn't been working properly. The error message information to explain why not is pretty darn cryptic and turned up a big, fat goose egg -- precisely nothing, that is -- when I...


December 19, 2011  4:31 PM

Microsoft’s Move Toward iOS

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On December 15, 2011, Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows appeared on Windows Weekly 239 with Mary-Jo Foley (another regular commenter on Microsoft and Windows operating systems and...


December 16, 2011  8:02 PM

MS AMD Bulldozer Performance Fix Up and Down in 24 Hours

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On Thursday, December 15, MS released a hotfix to "optimize the peformance of AMD Bulldozer CPUs..." for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2592546). Seems that the original code base wasn't properly set up to take full...


December 14, 2011  6:08 PM

PSI Flags Interesting Silverlight Issue

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As anybody who reads this blog regularly knows, I use and endorse Secunia's excellent Personal Software Inspector (PSI) software on my notebook and desktop PCs. This program takes a look at the OS,...


December 12, 2011  8:12 PM

Not everyone buys my “Heck no, we won’t go” argument for Win8

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In my last blog -- entitled "Heck No, We Won't Go! (from Windows 7 to Windows 8, that is)" -- I argued that given how happy most folks are with...


December 9, 2011  6:55 PM

Heck No! We won’t go! (From Windows 7 to Windows 8, that is)

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Here's a cheery bit of news from our friends over at MaximumPC. The story's headline "IDC: Happy Windows 7 PC Users Won't Switch to Windows 8" pretty much says it all. Quoting...


December 7, 2011  3:44 PM

Windows 8 Folds Upgrade Advisor into OS Install

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OK, I cheerfully confess that I glossed over the November 21 Building Windows 8 blog posting by Christa St. Pierre of the Windows 8 Setup and Deployment team, thinking that because I've gone through a couple of Windows 8 pre-release installs that I didn't really need to read it from stem...


December 5, 2011  5:55 PM

Windows 8 Beta Rumors Popping

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The word on the street is apparently out, and it's claiming that we'll see a large-scale beta release of Windows 8 sometime in January or February 2012.This is not too ridiculous to believe, by any means, considering that the developer preview made its debut around September 14. Among many...


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