Windows Enterprise Desktop:

September, 2014


September 29, 2014  7:50 AM

Could MS Be Getting “Ready to Rumble?”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

OK, so maybe I've been reading too much science fiction lately, and perhaps I'm seeing patterns where they don't exist. But please: ponder these data points and tell me if you can't agree that Microsoft appears more poised than it has for a long, long time to break out of its corner of the market...

September 26, 2014  9:54 AM

Free Forensics Tool Clones Raw Drive Data

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows utility

DataNumen is a Hong Kong based software company that specializes in data recovery technologies. For an outfit I'd never come across before, I was interested to observe a who's-who list of flagship customers for their software on the company's "

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September 24, 2014  10:14 AM

Piriform Speccy Worth a Look

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Toolbox, Windows 8.1, Windows utility

In trolling over some of the Windows 8 Forums looking for "interesting" Windows 8 problems, I ran across numerous references to another nice tool from the folks at Piriform (about whose

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September 22, 2014  10:14 AM

Ouch! “Zombie OS” Still Outweighs Win8 on the Desktop

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

Looking at the desktop operating system market share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com this morning, I couldn't help but observe that Microsoft's "zombie OS" -- by which I of course mean Windows XP, now nearly half a year out of ongoing support status -- still outnumbers installations of Windows...


September 19, 2014  9:10 AM

Enough Already: Time for a New Win8.1 Build

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
troubleshoot, Windows 8.1, Windows Hardware

Take a look at this recent graph from Reliability Monitor: it's today's output from my production PC and it shows a dismal reliability graph, with Internet Explorer leading the way into the cellar of late. Because I run enough other Windows 8.1 PCs, I know the problem is somewhere on this...


September 17, 2014  10:12 AM

Ack! Emergency WinReBuild Goes Surprisingly Smoothly

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 8.1, Windows installation

I'm not sure exactly what happened to my son's Dell XPS2720 All-in-One PC last week, but following the application of the Update Tuesday patches and fixes, the machine started flaking out big-time. The most obvious symptom was a set of recurring errors reporting a damaged or corrupt file named

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September 16, 2014  2:57 PM

Can Microsoft Do It Right With Windows 9?

Diana Hwang Diana Hwang Profile: Diana Hwang

Microsoft is covering its bases on the enterprise and consumer fronts. First, the company on Sept. 30 will show a technical preview of Windows 9 highlighting its enterprise focus. Second, Microsoft said it would acquire Mojang, the popular maker of the addictive Minecraft game for $2.5...


September 15, 2014  10:20 AM

Grab the Latest Sysinternals Suite (FREE)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Sysinternals, Windows tools

For those not already in the know, Sysinternals is the name of a former company that's now part of Microsoft that's long been a source for some of the very best Windows monitoring, management, and troubleshooting tools around. The brainchild of Microsoft Fellow Mark Russinovitch (whose praises I've...


September 12, 2014  9:46 AM

Interesting Experience with MS Malicious Software Removal Tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Malicious code

Earlier this week, Update Tuesday occurred, bringing with it anywhere from one to two dozen updates (more for machines with MS Office installed, less for those without). As is my usual practice, I updated the half-dozen plus computers here in the house, and watched them go through the update...


September 10, 2014  10:03 AM

New Intel Graphics Drivers Can Boost Performance

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Display drivers, Windows 8.1

I ran across an interesting story on Neowin this morning. Entitled "New Intel drivers give up to 30%...

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