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August 24, 2015  2:27 PM

Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

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

In my recent efforts to upgrade and/or clean install Windows 10 on a whole passel of PCs lately -- a topic to which all 6 of my previous blog posts here have been devoted, starting on 8/10 -- I've been faced with checking device drivers for all of those machines post-install to see what's what, and...

August 19, 2015  10:34 AM

When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That’s Success!

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Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a series of preparatory tasks, in case that upgrade didn't produce either an upgraded system, or a...


August 14, 2015  11:41 AM

If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

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

The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Just for the record, this notebook PC was purchased in February 2012, and is outfitted with an...


August 11, 2015  12:20 PM

Win10 Stumbles Badly on Surface During Post-Install App Additions

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

Drat! I wrote too soon, or too optimistically, in yesterday's blog post about the contortions necessary to bring my Surface Pro 3 into "Windows...


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...


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