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May 11, 2015  11:57 AM

The Importance of DriverStore Cleanup

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Hardware Drivers, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8

I've blogged repeatedly here about a great little free software tool called DriverStore Explorer (RAPR.EXE). In Windows environments all the way up to and including Windows...

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 6, 2015  12:11 PM

Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Printer drivers, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color printer upstairs (it helps to show color on the phone card for higher visibility access to its all...


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 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...


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