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March 3, 2014  11:08 AM

Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
A free ad-driven Windows 8?, Desktops, Is Windows with Bing for real?, Windows with Bing for 8.1

The Web's been abuzz with rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 that could be offered as an "upgrade" to Windows 7 users who might otherwise be disinclined to migrate to Windows' upcoming Update 1 release scheduled for April 8 or thereabouts. Outlets as varied as

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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 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 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...

January 31, 2014  11:35 AM

New MS Theme Song: “Take the Long Way Home”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, rumors fly that MS will boot Win8.1 Update 1 direct to desktop

OK, so the latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 rumors are out, and they're reporting something nearly everybody who's ever used a Windows 8 version of any kind on a PC already knew, be that version beta, 8.0, 8.1, or whatever -- namely, that most users work from the desktop with a keyboard and a mouse, and...

January 29, 2014  10:33 AM

Upcoming Win8.1 Update to Reduce Disk & Memory Footprint

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Windows 8.1 Update 1 to add Metro apps to desktop and reduce disk/memory footprint

In the past 10 days, rumors about the upcoming Windows 8.1 update have started to circulate with some degree of urgency and plenty of frequency. There are two particularly interest elements in these rumors (see the end of this blog post for pointers to some particularly interesting sources for...

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