Windows Enterprise Desktop:

December, 2013


December 30, 2013  1:33 PM

Fujitsu Makes Bold Entry into High-end Windows 8.1 Tablet Market

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Here's a classic good news-bad news scenario for serious Windows users seeking a lightweight Windows 8.1 tablet with acceptable battery life (which I define as more than 8 hours, or enough to get users through a whole day, or a long flight away from AC power). The Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 offers a...

December 27, 2013  10:49 AM

Extirpating persistent but un-needed Windows Drivers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Last summer, my trusty Dell All-in-One 968 became unusable, thanks to the failure of one of its color inkjets (if memory serves it was either red or magenta, depending on whether that device uses an RGBK or CMYK color model). Ever since its retirement via the safe electronics disposal available...


December 23, 2013  1:52 PM

Can Surface Pro 2 be a true notebook replacement?

Diana Hwang Diana Hwang Profile: Diana Hwang

Surface Pro 2 is being touted as a notebook replacement and I’ve been using it for the last few weeks to see if I can get my job done. But there’s a world of IT administrators out there who view the Surface Pro 2 with a skeptical eye. I put the Surface Pro 2 through its paces using our own...


December 20, 2013  3:30 PM

Free WEI Utility for Win8.1 Now Available

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

When I found out from Woody Leonhard in early November that the Windows Experience Index (WEI) widget was missing from Windows 8.1 (reported in this

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December 18, 2013  4:57 PM

Where’s Refresh/Reset in Windows 8.1? Sometimes, it’s MIA!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Those who make the update transition from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via download may encounter a situation where the "Refresh your PC" or "Reset to factory defaults" options may no longer be available to them. Refresh works with the most recent image created by the built-in RecImg command, where...


December 16, 2013  11:13 AM

On the Threshold of a Dream: The Next Windows Version

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I've been reading lots of rumor coverage lately about what's coming in the next major version of Windows, which has picked up a Threshold code name/moniker in some reporting. My favorite story in this vein is from Windows (and Office) maven Woody Leonhard who's been...


December 13, 2013  11:54 AM

Win 8.1 ISO USB Upgrade Is a No-Go

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

This will be my final installment on the subject of working around upgrade issues and problems regarding Windows 8.1. I've seen numerous sources that claim the combination of a bootable Windows 8 ISO-derived image, plus an edited edi.cfg file in

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December 12, 2013  3:02 PM

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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 Windows 8 Website pages. The title of

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December 9, 2013  4:56 PM

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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 have many reasons why this is the case, some good, some persnickety, and plan to visit all of them....


December 6, 2013  12:52 PM

Image Backup in Windows 8.1

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 available to those who book from a WindowsPE-based install ISO or a repair disk of some kind. With the...


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