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April 14, 2014  9:41 AM

WIMBoot Is the Secret to Leaner Win8.1 Update Installs

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Check out new WIMBoot facility, Desktops, WIMBoot enables smaller Win8.1 Update 1 installs

In spelunking around on TechNet, I've come across an interesting element in the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). It's called WIMBoot and it appears to explain quite nicely how it is that Microsoft has been able to trim down the size of Windows 8.1 Update 1 installations. In fact...

April 7, 2014  10:20 AM

Windows XP “Retires” Tomorrow — or Does It?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, governments likely to pay for extended XP life support, UK and Dutch governments pay to keep XP going

A couple of interesting stories in the news of late have challenged the conventional understanding that Windows XP will finally, finally shuffle off the stage on April 8, just as the latest Windows 8.1 Update is pushed out via Windows Update. Recent reports indicate that some governments are taking...

April 4, 2014  11:41 AM

Installing MSDN’s Windows 8.1 Update 1

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, installing MSDN Win8.1 update, Win8.1 update step-by-step

When you download the update from MSDN, the first odd thing you'll notice is that what shows up as a result is a ZIP file. Upon expansion, this is what the 64-bit version unpacks into:

March 28, 2014  3:47 PM

Will Microsoft gain more Office 365 users with Office for iPad?

Posted by: Diana Hwang

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella hammered home this week the message of reaching out to IT professionals, end users and developers with its Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite. First, Microsoft revealed

March 19, 2014  11:07 AM

MVA Releases Video Series “Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, free Win8.1 deployment course, Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start out on video

Through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, the company has released the complete set of videos from its recent

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March 18, 2014  9:42 AM

Is Surface 2 LTE the right fit for the enterprise?

Posted by: Diana Hwang

Microsoft's Surface 2 with 4G LTE capabilities became available this week but there are downsides that may prevent IT professionals from deploying it to their end users. Anything with

March 12, 2014  9:34 AM

Who Knew? Win8.1 Automatically Enables WBF-compliant fingerprint scanners for login

Posted by: Ed Tittel

In January of this year, I purchased a very nice Stylistic Q704 Tablet PC from Fujitsu's online store. The unit shipped with Windows 7 installed, but I immediately upgraded to Windows 8.1 on the premise that it makes no sense to use a touch-oriented device with the less touch-friendly Windows 7...

March 10, 2014  11:08 AM

Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update Files “Leak”

Posted by: Ed Tittel

Although I missed this particular boat last Thursday, it seems that files for the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update (apparently to be called the Spring 2014 Update) appeared online by mistake that day. For a while, editing a Registry key was all it took to gain access to the upcoming new bits for Windows...

March 7, 2014  12:23 PM

More on Windows 8.1 with Bing

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Win8.1 "Spring 2014 Update", Win8.1 with Bing details


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March 5, 2014  9:51 AM

Win8.1 Update 1 Released to Mfgrs (RTM)

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Windows 8.1 Update 1 goes RTM, Windows 8.1 Update 1 more keyboard+mouse friendly, Windows 8.1 Update 1 nearing GA release

According to sources that include Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and others, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been released to OEMs, a milestone usually abbreviated as RTM (for "release to manufacturing" or "release to manufacturers," a step that lets equipment vendors start building reference images for...

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