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November 11, 2013  11:25 AM

Say! You CAN use Gadgets in Windows 8: 8GadgetPack to the Rescue



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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November 8, 2013  12:22 PM

Further Clarity on the UEFI-GPT Issues with Windows 8 Boot Manager



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Yesterday, I got on the phone with Jim Thomas and Anna Pankratova of Paragon Software, to dig a bit more deeply into the issues inherent in creating images for GPT boot drives on Windows 8 (and 8.1) UEFI systems. Thanks to their explanations, and a Paragon white paper they pointed me to ("


November 7, 2013  2:37 AM

Microsoft’s Ballmer predicts cloud computing impact on IT



Posted by: Diana Hwang
Desktops

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes the cloud is going to change the way IT professionals work – like it or not.

Ballmer addressed IT professionals this week in a fireside chat session in the U.K. during Microsoft's three-day Tech Days Online event.

“New skills will add more...


November 6, 2013  5:02 PM

Interesting UEFI Learning Adventure with Win8



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

In getting several (5) systems up and running on Windows 8 and 8.1 recently, I've had the chance to learn a great deal more recently about the way that UEFI systems work and behave, particularly when it comes to moving SATA drives around, and when seeking to switch a system over from a conventional...


November 4, 2013  12:55 PM

No Jumping SIDs with “Refresh Your PC”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I learned an interesting if somewhat painful and time-consuming lesson this weekend -- namely, the Windows 8.x "Refresh your PC" mechanism will not permit you to restore a backup from Win8.x one install on a computer to another Win8.x install on the same computer. I have to believe that's because...


November 1, 2013  4:33 PM

Surprisingly Strong Jump in Windows 8.1 Usage in First Month Post-Release



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

Numerous outlets are reporting about Windows 8.1 usage figures online, generally based on NetMarketShare numbers (see "Windows...

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October 28, 2013  5:19 PM

Thurrott Previews the Surface Docking Station



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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The much-awaited and anticipated Surface Docking Station from Microsoft gets a once-over in a recent piece from Paul Thurrot. The piece is entitled "Surface Docking Station: First...

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October 28, 2013  11:19 AM

How Microsoft is like a Weeble



Posted by: Diana Hwang
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Microsoft is like a Weeble. The company wobbles time after time but it doesn't fall down. This ability for Microsoft to bounce back up after wobbling on shaky ground this past fiscal year came to a head this week as the company began shipping the


October 23, 2013  10:37 AM

Hey! Hey! My Reliability Monitor Is Back



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

When I installed the Soluto startup and runtime monitoring and reporting tools on my production machine a while back, soon afterward I discovered that the Windows Reliability Monitor had quit working. I was never fully able to resolve why this happened, and went a couple of rounds with Soluto tech...


October 21, 2013  11:35 AM

Interesting Post-Win8.1 GA IE Shenanigans and Other Complaints



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops

I've upgraded three machines to the Windows 8.1 GA release now, including my primary production machine (I reported on an in-place upgrade on this machine from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 8 on October 4 in a post entitled "

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