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October 18, 2013  10:30 AM

Win8.1 Rollup Installs Quickly, Easily



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Having deliberately installed the Windows 8.1 RTM version on my primary Windows 8 test machine recently, I was naturally eager to jump all over the promised "Update Rollup" yesterday when it appeared through Windows Update. Its application took all of 5 minutes, including both download and...

October 18, 2013  12:05 AM

IT administrators gain more control with Windows 8.1



Posted by: Diana Hwang
Desktops

Microsoft has made good on its promise to release its software at a faster cadence with the release of Windows 8.1 today with some features that may grab the attention of IT. This means you can now download Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store and upgrade your Windows 8 PC.  But should enterprise...


October 16, 2013  10:23 AM

Leaving XP Behind, Climbing onto Windows 7, Just as 8.1 Looms Large



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I volunteer at my son's school, where one of my gigs involves assisting with a Wednesday morning programming class on Microsoft's SmallBasic, and another one has me helping out with a way-cool robotics club orchestrated around the Lego MindStorms robot kits. It's not only fascinating and fun, it...


October 14, 2013  11:48 AM

Mechanics of the Upcoming Win8.1 Upgrade



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I found a fascinating article on WinBeta.org this weekend. If you can get past its enormous title "

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October 11, 2013  12:09 PM

One Week In, Windows 8 Upgrade Shows No Gotchas



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

One week ago today, I reported on an upgrade install on my production PC from Windows 7 SP1 to the current version of Windows 8, as an experiment in anticipation of the GA release for Windows 8.1 to occur next week on October 17/18. If anything, the system is actually more stable running Windows 8...


October 9, 2013  2:10 PM

Microsoft plays catch up yet again; this time, with Office for iPad



Posted by: Diana Hwang
Desktops

Alas…Microsoft is playing catch up yet again. This time the industry buzz is about exiting CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote comments at this week's

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October 9, 2013  10:17 AM

OMG We’re Up to a Full Decade of Patch Tuesdays!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

When I read Larry Seltzer's Zero Day blog post yesterday -- which appeared on a Patch Tuesday morning, by no coincidence whatsoever I'm sure -- I was both amazed and amused to realize that it has indeed been a decade since Microsoft changed from its prior practice of pushing patches...


October 7, 2013  9:54 AM

Interesting Poll Shows the Supreme Power of Self-Selection



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

The first thing one should always ask when reviewing any kind of poll result is "Who's in the survey population?" I was forcibly -- and humorously -- reminded of this essential basis for analysis upon taking a poll in an article about the impending release of Windows 8.1 (it's due out about 10 days...


October 4, 2013  9:47 AM

True Win7 to Win8 Upgrade Goes Surprisingly Well



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Almost forever, I've been a big proponent of the "clean install school" of Windows upgrade methodology. That is to say, rather than upgrading my systems from an older Windows version to a new one, I've been mostly inclined to blow away the older install in favor of a new one, followed by the...


October 2, 2013  10:46 AM

A Return to the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I'm facing an interesting issue that I'm sure is at least somewhere on the minds of fellow Windows-focused IT professionals -- namely, how well an upgrade might work from Windows 7 or Vista to Windows 8  in anticipation of the upcoming GA release of Windows 8.1 (a free upgrade to those with...


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