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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...


March 27, 2015  11:32 AM

Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Leads to Learning

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, firmware update, Surface Pro

When I saw through the various news outlets that Microsoft had released an out-of-band Firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, I knew it was probably worth jumping onto sooner rather than later. Little did I realize that tinkering with device drivers might cause some heartburn along the way. Whereas...


March 2, 2015  9:10 AM

Driver Cleanup Remains a Solid Disk Space Reclamation Tactic

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Disk cleanup, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Back in 2011, I blogged here about a program named DriverStore Explorer. Aka RAPR, this is a CodePlex project that when run in administrative mode enables users to see all...


February 25, 2015  2:57 PM

Dastardly Driver Download Delivers Browser Hijack(s)

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Device drivers, Hardware Drivers, Scan for malware, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

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February 23, 2015  10:44 AM

Interesting Win10 Driver Problem on Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Device drivers, Windows 10

By and large, I've got to give Dell credit for a winning solution in their 11" Venue Pro tablet with detachable keyboard. It's on par, features and power-wise with equivalent Surface Pro 3 models but the Broadwell Mobile processor makes the unit run at least 20° C cooler than the SP3 does at...


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