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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 27, 2015  10:42 AM

OK, I’ll Bite into Start10 … Now What?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8 start menu, Windows 8.1

Anybody who's read this blog for any length of time has witnessed me repeatedly and enthusiastically recommending Stardock's great product, Start8, as a Windows start menu add-in/replacement for Microsoft's current flagship OS. In fact, I run it on every single one of my Windows 8 machines,...


February 25, 2015  2:57 PM

Dastardly Driver Download Delivers Browser Hijack(s)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Hardware Drivers, Scan for malware, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

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February 20, 2015  10:08 AM

Clean (Re)Install Benefits from Driver Backup Utility

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

In reading over an interesting article on Ars Technica...

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February 16, 2015  12:57 PM

Winaero mines Alt+Tab key combos, nice tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Keyboard Shortcuts, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Sergey Tkachenko, who's the mind behind the excellent Winaero.com site and blog, struck paydirt recently with his post on

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February 11, 2015  9:43 AM

KB 3001652 Goes Bad on Update Tuesday

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1, Windows Updates

Oho! Yesterday was "Update Tuesday," the second Tuesday of the month. Tuning into Windows Update just after lunch I noticed a big batch of updates (38 on Windows 8.1 systems with MS Office 2013 installed, 18-20 on those without a standalone version of Office onboard, including my son's PC which has...


February 9, 2015  9:39 AM

Windows 8.* Slowly Overtaking XP, 7 Still on TOP

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

Every now and then, I have to check in over at NetMarketShare.com, to see what's happening with the distribution of desktop OSes that the company detects on the Internet. This morning, I couldn't help but notice that as Windows XP's marketshare continues to decline -- as it should, being now well...


February 6, 2015  10:37 AM

Win10 Gets Smart About Paging Files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Paging file, Windows 10, Windows 8

In working on a Windows 10 story for SearchEnterpriseDesktop this week, I came to an interesting realization. In Windows 10, MS has finally broken with tradition when it comes to sizing the paging file (you can check this for yourself, no matter what version of Windows you run: by default the...


January 19, 2015  9:11 AM

TechNet Solution Guide Addresses WinDeployment Best Practices

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment tools, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

From the "better late than never" school of information sharing, I just found an October 2014 TechNet Solution Guide that many Windows administrators are likely to find captivating. It's entitled "

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January 14, 2015  9:04 AM

Windows 7 Now Off Mainstream Support

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows migration

OK folks, here's a transition point for you to note. As of today, January 14, Windows 7 is no longer on mainstream support at Microsoft. Going forward, it will get no new functionality, no new service packs, nor bug fixes that are not security-related. Should IT pros be concerned? Not really: MS...


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