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October 19, 2015  1:15 PM

Simple Trick Fixes DISM /source syntax issues

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows versions, as well as the Windows Package Manager (Pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and intlcfg tools likewise...

October 16, 2015  10:08 AM

Oops! MS ticks “Upgrade to Win10” in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

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

Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. More than mildly curious upon reading about same, I checked the 8.1 boot image...

July 8, 2015  2:18 PM

File History Requires Windows Search

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

I'm working on my traveling laptop this week, so I'm on a different PC from usual. It's my trusty bigger-screen Lenovo T420 (Sandy Bridge 2.8 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, Plextor 256 GB mSATA SSD, and so forth). In checking over the system, I discovered that File History was turned off, and when I tried to...

June 9, 2015  9:56 AM

Win8 Versions Overtake XP: Where’s Win10?

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

Every now and then I like to drop into and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated to watch those dynamics unfold. However antediluvian this makes me, I'm not ashamed that I still...

May 26, 2015  7:26 PM

Another DISM tip for compacting Windows installations

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Image management, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

While perusing the postings over at the Windows 10 Forums earlier, I caught an item there entitled "Trimming down Win10TP" that taught me a new way to use the Deployment Image Servicing and...

April 13, 2015  12:19 PM

System Refresh Leaves Interesting Items Undone

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup and restore, Disk image, Windows 8.1

In experimenting with a full system recovery recently on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I've been trying various methods to get from a current bad system state to a current good one. But while a recovery from a system image produces a complete restore of the system at the time of its capture,...

April 10, 2015  10:39 AM

Problematic SP3 Drivers Identified

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

Over the past two weeks, I've been engaged in a part-time exercise to rebuild my Surface Pro 3 from a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 Update 1. This has proved to be an interesting exercise for many different reasons, not least of which has been an ongoing trial-and-error effort to determine which...

April 1, 2015  9:59 AM

XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

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

Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions coming up to approach the fading majesty of Windows XP, as shown in this morning's pie chart from

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March 30, 2015  2:19 PM

Restoring Surface Pro 3 Poses Interesting Challenges

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Windows 8.1

In the wake of last week's firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, released outside the usual "Update/Patch Tuesday" timeframe, I decided to upgrade the drivers on that machine as well. I shouldn't have: one of the RealTek drivers I updated (for either RealTek Audio or the unit's built-in card...

March 23, 2015  10:15 AM

Is It Me, or Is It IE?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

In reading about a new version of and model for web browsing in Windows 10, I often find myself nodding along and thinking "'Bout time!" Over the past two years, I've been making a steady move away from IE to Chrome and Firefox, not necessarily because I want to, but because so many of the websites...

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