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December 13, 2013  11:54 AM

Win 8.1 ISO USB Upgrade Is a No-Go



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, MS Store download required to get free Win8.1 upgrade, Windows 8 key doesn't work with MSDN 8.1 ISO installer

This will be my final installment on the subject of working around upgrade issues and problems regarding Windows 8.1. I've seen numerous sources that claim the combination of a bootable Windows 8 ISO-derived image, plus an edited edi.cfg file in

December 12, 2013  3:02 PM

Another Interesting Entry in the Windows 8–>8.1 Upgrade Serial



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, MS says no free upgrade from 8.1 ISO, Windows 8.1 upgrade issues

In the past month or so, I've documented various issues and potential gotchas in upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 This morning, I came across an extremely interesting item from Microsoft amidst its Windows 8 Website pages. The title of

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December 6, 2013  12:52 PM

Image Backup in Windows 8.1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Windows 8.1 image backup now part of File History, Windows 8.1 image backup still built-in

In prior versions of Windows, the built-in backup facility with its image capture capability provided images accessible to a variety of recovery tools, including the "Repair your PC" option available to those who book from a WindowsPE-based install ISO or a repair disk of some kind. With the...


November 27, 2013  2:53 PM

More Interesting 8.1 Upgrade Maneuvers



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, DriverAgent misreports some bad drives on Win8.1, Windows 8.1 clean install, Windows 8.1 driver issues, Windows 8.1 upgrade vs. clean install

As a person who loves to tinker with his systems, I couldn't stop myself from rebuilding my primary 8.1 test machine over the past couple of days. It's a brute of a system with an i7-3700K CPU, 32 GB RAM, almost 6 TB of storage including 2 SSDs, and lots of other bells and whistles. The ostensible...


November 25, 2013  11:46 AM

Lenovo T520 Notebook 7–>8–>8.1 Upgrade Goes Better Than Expected!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

One week ago, I posted a blog here entitled "Windows 8.1: More Than an Update, More than an...

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November 22, 2013  12:36 PM

New Secunia PSI Version Fixes Win 8.x Issues



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I've blogged many times here about the excellent Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) tool, which checks all the installed programs on a PC and compares them to its database of current (and fully patched, as in the case of the Windows OS itself) software programs and systems. Recent PSI...


November 20, 2013  3:13 PM

EMET Gets An Update to 4.1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a collection of Microsoft security tools and software designed to protect Windows users from zero-day exploits. I first blogged about it in September, 2012, and its general

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November 18, 2013  1:34 PM

Windows 8.1: More Than an Update, More than an SP



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I'm approaching a ten count on applying the Windows 8.1 update/upgrade to Windows 8 systems, many of which I had first to upgrade to Windows 8 to take advantage of that free upgrade from the Windows Store. As my count has crept up, I've begun to notice more interesting aspects of the process that...


November 15, 2013  1:20 PM

Bringing Back WEI to Win8.1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I found myself on the phone this morning, talking to my former MCSE trainer, Herb Martin, who also happens to be something of a PowerShell and .NET programming whiz as well. I've gotten far enough into my Powershell script to know I've got something potentially useful. Now it's time to bring in a...


November 13, 2013  11:18 AM

Windows Experience Not Entirely Gone from Win8.1 — Merely Invisible



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Woody Leonhard has been one of my ongoing sources for tips, tricks, and inside Windows (and MS Office) information for over 20 years now. That's why I was delighted to find an unusually tasty nugget of Windows insight and information in a recent Slideshow he put together for InfoWorld. Entitled "


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