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July 27, 2015  10:10 AM

After Raft of Problem Win10 Updates, MS Releases “Show or hide updates” tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Hmmmmm. Looks like I wasn't the only Win10 cowboy stuck out in the pasture with no lasso for a badly-behaved Windows driver updates. Numerous reports surfaced this weekend about an Nvidia graphics driver update that caused headaches for users with multi-monitor setups. In response MS has published...

July 22, 2015  12:10 PM

Driver Difficulties Return in Win10 Build 20140

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

For the last three builds of Windows 10 (10159, 10162, and 10166) the OS was remarkably well-behaved in installing drivers for my newest PC (a less-than-one-year-old Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 with an i5 4210Y CPU aka Haswell M, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NXP, and so forth). Alas that record was shattered...


July 17, 2015  1:28 PM

Build 10240 Looks and Smells Like a Release Candidate

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Ha! Ha! No sooner did I post a blog about a build hiatus for Windows 10 Insider that did Microsoft release an honest-to-gosh release candidate in the form of Build 10240. How do I know this is a candidate for sure? Simple: no more watermark at the lower right of the screen (which labeled the...


July 13, 2015  11:47 AM

RelMon Shows How Drivers Get Handled During Win10 Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

For a while now, I've been speculating about what goes on with device drivers each time a new Win10 Build goes onto one of my test machines. In visiting Reliability Monitor (RelMon) this morning, I finally got confirmation that Win10 starts afresh with drivers during the install process,...


June 18, 2015  11:57 AM

Windows Driver Upgrade Tricks

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Hardware Drivers, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8

Over the years, I've always struggled with some Windows drivers that prove more tricky or difficult to install than others. This goes double for those devices whose vendors provide installable executables to handle driver and environment updates, such as Nvidia, Intel, RealTek, Atheros, and others....


May 25, 2015  12:04 PM

Driver Cleanup Slims Down Win10 RecoveryImage

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Microsoft Windows Installer, windows installer

When I wrote a blog post on May 11 entitled "The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup," little did I know the post would turn out to be both useful and prophetic. But...


May 22, 2015  10:09 AM

Reflections on Win10 Build 10122

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, windows installer

The last couple of days have been exciting in my part of the world, mostly as a consequence of downloading, installing, and absorbing the latest Windows 10 build, 10122, which made its debut two days ago. As per current usual practice, Gabe Aul documented its release at Blogging Windows,...


May 20, 2015  10:49 AM

Flaky Synaptics Touchpad Driver Occasions Interesting Encounters

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows Updates

I'm using a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 as one of my two primary Windows 10 test machines at the moment, and it has become a recent focus for some interesting driver issues. Late last week, MS unleashed a new Synaptics HID TouchPad driver through Windows Update for Windows 10. As soon as I applied the...


April 10, 2015  10:39 AM

Problematic SP3 Drivers Identified

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

Over the past two weeks, I've been engaged in a part-time exercise to rebuild my Surface Pro 3 from a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 Update 1. This has proved to be an interesting exercise for many different reasons, not least of which has been an ongoing trial-and-error effort to determine which...


March 30, 2015  2:19 PM

Restoring Surface Pro 3 Poses Interesting Challenges

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Windows 8.1

In the wake of last week's firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, released outside the usual "Update/Patch Tuesday" timeframe, I decided to upgrade the drivers on that machine as well. I shouldn't have: one of the RealTek drivers I updated (for either RealTek Audio or the unit's built-in card...


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