Windows Enterprise Desktop:

August, 2014


August 29, 2014  9:53 AM

MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

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Windows 8.1

On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At...

August 27, 2014  9:50 AM

Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

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Adware, Windows 8.1

One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and enthusiastic user of Piriform's

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August 25, 2014  4:28 PM

Look Out Windows, Here Comes China

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The news sites are abuzz with word from the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency yesterday (August 24) that Chinese engineers are crafting their own home-grown operating system for desktop PCs and mobile devices. The Xinhua English newsfeed prominently features a piece entitled "

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August 22, 2014  9:26 AM

Chronic OneDrive/SkyDrive Problems Widespread

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Windows 8.1

OK, I confess: I don't always look at the Windows Reliability Monitor as often as I should. But when I did recently, I discovered an issue on my primary production Windows 8.1 desktop that further research showed me is pretty widespread. If you try a Google search on "

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August 20, 2014  12:09 PM

MS Recommends Uninstalling Any of 4 Recent Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

When MS pushed the August updates just over a week ago, they clearly did not expect the kinds of problems that have emerged in the wake of their release.

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August 18, 2014  10:49 AM

MS Quietly Extends Hotfixes for All Current IE Versions After Recent Security Update

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Internet Explorer

I didn't actually experience any problems myself -- at least, not that I noticed -- after last week's Update Tuesday brought a round of security updates for all current versions of the Internet Explorer (7 through 11, that is) for Windows. But when my colleague and co-worker Kim came to work in my...


August 15, 2014  10:33 AM

Precision Touchpad Updates on Update Tuesday

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TouchPad, Windows 8.1

I read with interest in the previews of coming attractions for last Tuesday's Windows updates that "Precision touchpad improvements" were on their way into Windows 8.1 as part of the limited set of functionality enhancements included in their number (which varied from a low of 18 KB items on...


August 13, 2014  2:20 PM

Intel Wireless Driver Update Causes Win8.1 Repair Gyrations

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Image Backup, Windows 8.1

After installing yesterday's "Update Tuesday" security and functionality updates on my Fujitsu Q704, I ran the Intel Driver Update Utility on that machine to see what might be new on that front, and discovered a new driver for the N-7620 Dual Band Wireless interface on that machine. I promptly...


August 11, 2014  9:54 AM

Numerous Security and Other Updates Due August 12

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Windows Security

When MS published its Advance Notification for the first-ever "Update Tuesday" coming August 12, it listed 9 security bulletins...


August 8, 2014  10:49 AM

EMET 5.0 Is Here: Grab It Today!

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EMET, Windows Security

EMET is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, a free security software add-in designed to detect and counter zero-day attacks on Windows systems. More specifically, the software can detect and foil "exploitation techniques that are commonly used to exploit memory corruption...


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