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June 19, 2015  10:23 AM

Handy Utility: Text Finding

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
full text search, Windows 7, Windows 8

As a full-time writer and researcher, I am forever compiling materials that need to be combed for nuggets of information. Sometimes, particularly in connection with my occasional work as an expert witness, this means LOTS of text and/or source code to search for specific strings -- gigabytes of...

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....


June 12, 2015  9:35 AM

Working Around Win10/8 Gotchas

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows 8

What with running two Win10 test machines -- a desktop and tablet/convertible -- I've been banging up against the limits of this new software from time to time, and have had to refurbish some troubleshooting skills. This was called to mind yesterday by two very nice bits of information I came...


June 9, 2015  9:56 AM

Win8 Versions Overtake XP: Where’s Win10?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Every now and then I like to drop into NetMarketShare.com and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated to watch those dynamics unfold. However antediluvian this makes me, I'm not ashamed that I still...


May 15, 2015  9:25 AM

Win10: A Half-Month of Streaming Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows 10

In the brave new world of Windows 10, updates are no longer batched, but pop up when and as they appear. I decided to take a look at what that means by examining the Update Histories for my two current Windows 10 PCs, in terms of types and frequencies of updates involved. But first, of course, some...


May 13, 2015  10:41 AM

Beware the Ides of May: Beaucoups Updates!!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Security updates

Realizing that yesterday was "Update Tuesday," I opened up my update history on a production Windows 8.1 PC this morning, and found 40 (!) updates of varying shapes and sizes had been installed thereupon. You can read all about what hit yesterday in the MS

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May 11, 2015  11:57 AM

The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup

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

I've blogged repeatedly here about a great little free software tool called DriverStore Explorer (RAPR.EXE). In Windows environments all the way up to and including Windows...


May 6, 2015  10:11 AM

With Windows 10, MS will offer an “Update for Business” service

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows management

One of the most interesting tidbits to emerge from the Ignite conference so far has been Microsoft's announcement of its "Windows Update for Business" service. Terry Myerson himself, Microsoft's EVP for Operating Systems, made this announcement -- and offers an equivalent Blogging Windows...


April 1, 2015  9:59 AM

XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP

Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions coming up to approach the fading majesty of Windows XP, as shown in this morning's pie chart from

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March 6, 2015  12:11 PM

Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Printer drivers, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color printer upstairs (it helps to show color on the phone card for higher visibility access to its all...


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