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September 22, 2014  10:14 AM

Ouch! “Zombie OS” Still Outweighs Win8 on the Desktop

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

Looking at the desktop operating system market share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com this morning, I couldn't help but observe that Microsoft's "zombie OS" -- by which I of course mean Windows XP, now nearly half a year out of ongoing support status -- still outnumbers installations of Windows...

September 19, 2014  9:10 AM

Enough Already: Time for a New Win8.1 Build

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
troubleshoot, Windows 8.1, Windows Hardware

Take a look at this recent graph from Reliability Monitor: it's today's output from my production PC and it shows a dismal reliability graph, with Internet Explorer leading the way into the cellar of late. Because I run enough other Windows 8.1 PCs, I know the problem is somewhere on this...


September 17, 2014  10:12 AM

Ack! Emergency WinReBuild Goes Surprisingly Smoothly

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 8.1, Windows installation

I'm not sure exactly what happened to my son's Dell XPS2720 All-in-One PC last week, but following the application of the Update Tuesday patches and fixes, the machine started flaking out big-time. The most obvious symptom was a set of recurring errors reporting a damaged or corrupt file named

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September 15, 2014  10:20 AM

Grab the Latest Sysinternals Suite (FREE)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Sysinternals, Windows tools

For those not already in the know, Sysinternals is the name of a former company that's now part of Microsoft that's long been a source for some of the very best Windows monitoring, management, and troubleshooting tools around. The brainchild of Microsoft Fellow Mark Russinovitch (whose praises I've...


September 10, 2014  10:03 AM

New Intel Graphics Drivers Can Boost Performance

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Display drivers, Windows 8.1

I ran across an interesting story on Neowin this morning. Entitled "New Intel drivers give up to 30%...

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September 8, 2014  9:28 AM

At IFA Berlin, Intel Takes Wraps Off Core M “Broadwell” Specs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Tablets

The IFA took place in Berlin, Germany last week, where Intel took the opportunity to share a lot more information about its latest upcoming family of mobile processors. (IFA is German, and stands for "Internationale Funkaustellung" which, literally translated, means "International Broadcast...


September 5, 2014  10:41 AM

Secunia PSI, CSI, and Windows 8.1

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

In the ongoing battle to increase system stability on my production PC, I've found a new point of interest and attack in the Reliability Monitor log for my primary production PC -- namely,

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September 3, 2014  9:41 AM

Rollup Redux: MS Re-releases KB 2975719 on September 2

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

In the wake of a series of botched Windows Updates that started on August 12 (our first "Update Tuesday" if you like the new nomenclature, or our most recent "Patch Tuesday" if you prefer the old), MS re-released another update yesterday. This one's an optional update rollup that applies to Windows...


August 29, 2014  9:53 AM

MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At...


August 27, 2014  9:50 AM

Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Adware, Windows 8.1

One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and enthusiastic user of Piriform's

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