Windows Enterprise Desktop:

February, 2014


February 28, 2014  12:14 PM

Resuscitating the Soul of an Old Machine on a Newer One

Posted by: Ed Tittel
crash forces migration to new PC, crashed machine forces emergency migration, Desktops, emergency migration no picnic

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, on desktop SkyDrive/OneDrive stays same, Skydrive to Onedrive transition, smartphones gain OneDrive app including iPhone

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?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 9 final in Q2 2015, Windows 9 RC for Aug-Sep 2014, Windows 9 rumors

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 Windows 9, this next release is said to provide remedies for many of the beefs that old-line mouse-and-keyboard Windows...

February 16, 2014  1:23 PM

Great Little Utility Backs Up Bootable UFDs

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, try Alex Beug's USB Image Tool to manage bootable UFD images, UFD image utilities speeds Windows installations

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, many widely-used applications get compatibility fixes in Feb 11 Patch Tuesday, Patch Tuesday brings massive compatibility update to 8.1

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.

February 10, 2014  10:14 AM

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
how-to restore Desktop tile in Windows 8.*

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, web application firewall blocks school district website access

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Dell vWorkspace offers strong VDI/remote access, Desktops

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

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Microsoft Store offers serious discounts on Win8 tablets

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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