Windows Enterprise Desktop:

February, 2014

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February 28, 2014  12:14 PM

Resuscitating the Soul of an Old Machine on a Newer One

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As fate would have it, I was on an important conference call with clients yesterday at around 2:30 PM my time when I rebooted my machine after installing the recently-issued MS Office 2013 Service Pack 1. I was a bit surprised when the boot-up process hung, but figured something had reset the BIOS...

February 21, 2014  11:19 AM

SkyDrive Is Now OneDrive

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The word has been out for a few days now that MS has refreshed (and renamed) its cloud storage offering. What was SkyDrive on Windows 8 devices may now be replaced with OneDrive instead (

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February 17, 2014  12:56 PM

Windows 9 Rumors Heating Up: RC this September?

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With Windows 8.1 Update 1 now confidently predicted for March/April of this year, the rumor mill is grinding ahead into the next major planned release for Windows. Usually called

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February 16, 2014  1:23 PM

Great Little Utility Backs Up Bootable UFDs

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USB Flash Drives -- aka UFDs -- represent one Windows install medium of choice nowadays, particularly on newer PCs with USB 3 ports when matched up with USB 3 rated flash drives. These speedy little storage devices can deliver a complete Windows 7 install in under 20 minutes, and I've been able to...


February 12, 2014  12:23 PM

MS Posts Extensive 8.1 Compatibility Updates for Patch Tuesday

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OK, so yesterday was "Patch Tuesday," and MS posted a couple of interesting compatibility updates along with a number of security updates, and the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

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February 10, 2014  10:14 AM

Desktop Disappears: How to Recover the Desktop Tile in Windows 8.*

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A great recent post from Sergey Tkachenko over at WinAero explains how to recover the Desktop tile on the Modern UI Start screen for Windows 8 and 8.1, should it ever go missing. That post is entitled "

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February 7, 2014  11:10 AM

Huh!? Web Application Firewall Blocks Access to Local School District Server

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My 10-year-old son is a cheerful and active computer user, and is already able to download and print homework assignments from the fourth grade pages on his school's website. He's also a pretty interested gamer, and occasionally winds up installing unwanted software, toolbars, downloaders, and...


February 5, 2014  10:42 AM

Getting Desktop Virtualization Right

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I recently wrote an article with my old buddy Earl Follis for SearchVirtualDesktop entitled "Vendor options for VDI deployment -- sans Microsoft." In response, Rick Mack, an SME at Dell...


February 3, 2014  10:06 AM

Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8.1 Tablets

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When I started seeing the news online this morning about recent discounts on various Windows 8.1 tablets, I couldn't take them seriously. But upon traipsing over to the Microsoft Store online (the digital counterpart to Microsoft's brick-n-mortar stores around the USA and in other locations), I...


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