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March 5, 2014  9:51 AM

Win8.1 Update 1 Released to Mfgrs (RTM)

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Windows 8.1 Update 1 goes RTM, Windows 8.1 Update 1 more keyboard+mouse friendly, Windows 8.1 Update 1 nearing GA release

According to sources that include Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and others, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been released to OEMs, a milestone usually abbreviated as RTM (for "release to manufacturing" or "release to manufacturers," a step that lets equipment vendors start building reference images for...

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...

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