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February 15, 2013  5:37 PM

USB Image Tool Makes It Easy to Bounce Around Amidst Bootable Tools, Installers, …



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I've got over half a dozen different USB flash drives (UFDs, in Microsoft-speak) sitting on my desk right now, but that's still not enough for me to keep resident all of the different bootable installers, UEFI shells, and diagnostic tools I also have on hand. I had been using Acronis True Image to...

February 13, 2013  4:12 PM

UEFI Only Boot Works Fine, But No UEFI Advanced Boot Option!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

In working through the various tutorials and information I've found on making UEFI boot work with Windows 8, I've gotten to the point where I'm comfortable with setting up and installing a UEFI-based version of the OS. The secret is to build a FAT32 formatted install UFD using the Windows 8 ISO...


February 11, 2013  4:52 PM

What Does Desktop Marketshare Tell Us Anymore?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

A quick peek at the latest desktop operating system market share pie graph from NetMarketShare.com shows that Windows continues to dominate, with a least a 86 percent overall share. In that mix, Windows 7 rules at 44.48%, XP follows next at a still-high 39.51%, and Windows 8 trails far behind at...


February 8, 2013  4:23 PM

Another new Flash Player version released to counter zero-day exploits



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

With documented exploits for both Mac OS and Windows reported in the field, Adobe released another Flash version last night, moving up from version 11.5.502.146 to 11.5.502.149 in the process (see both numbers in my Flash Player Settings Manager window, after updating IE with the ActiveX version,...


February 6, 2013  4:19 PM

The Pundits Weigh in on Surface Pro



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

The real-PC version of Microsoft's Surface tablet, the Surface Pro, becomes publicly available this Friday, February 9. So far, I've seen stories on the new tablet from Paul Thurrott (SuperSite for Windows), Ed Bott (The Bott Report, ZDNet),  David Pogue (NYT), Jon Phillips (PCWorld), and...


February 5, 2013  3:36 PM

Michael Dell’s internal letter to employees on going private



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Desktops

Dell has officially gone private. The company has been in a transformation phase for some time as cloud computing, tablets, and mobile devices

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February 4, 2013  5:30 PM

Interesting Gotcha for Windows Recovery Disks



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Don't ask me why -- because I can't answer that question -- I chose to use one of my Centron 128 GB USB drives to build a recovery and repair boot-up disk this weekend. I used the Recovery Drive option on one of my Windows 8 machines. Here's the crux of the matter: the disk partition for the...


February 1, 2013  3:50 PM

TechSpot Proffers Nice Win8 Boot Repair Article



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

As an inveterate tinkerer, and somebody who's always finding reasons to troubleshoot Windows systems, I'm always on the lookout for good tips, tweaks, tricks, and repairs. This morning I found a good one over on TechSpot, by Julio Franco entitled "

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January 30, 2013  3:58 PM

Win8 Gains New chkdsk Features



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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This morning, I was poking around on the Windows 8 Forums site, and found a nifty tutorial on the...


January 28, 2013  6:24 PM

Last Chance for El-Cheapo Win8 Upgrade



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

At midnight, Wednesday, January 31, the Microsoft budget upgrade offer for Windows 8 expires. I just jumped up to the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer page, and learned that those promo codes Microsoft...


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