Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2014


November 28, 2014  12:49 PM

MS Music Deals: Region/Location Matters

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Location Based Services, Windows 8

Hey! It's the holiday weekend so I'm departing from my usual more serious look at Windows platforms, tools, and technologies to dig into a vexing issue that momentarily impeded my pursuit of more usual Thanksgiving weekend activities last night -- namely, shopping! For those of you who don't...

November 26, 2014  10:10 AM

ISOs Available for Win10 Build 9879

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Clean install, Windows 10

As of Monday, MS has made ISOs available for the latest Windows 10 build, 9879 -- and apparently, the final complete build for 2014. Grab it from this Windows Insider Program Web page entitled " 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


November 24, 2014  10:29 AM

Major Windows Server Hump Ahead: WS2003 EOL on 7/15/2015

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Windows Server 2003, Windows Server migration

In researching a story for SearchWindowsServer late last week, I came face-to-face with some horrifying numbers. The first is a set of statistics from various sources that indicate more than 10 million servers are still running Windows Server 2003 in production mode in companies and organizations...


November 21, 2014  10:15 AM

Intel’s Driver Update Utility Gets a Makeover

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Intel Chipset Drivers, Windows 7, Windows 8

When I rebuilt my production PC at the beginning of November, I came face-to-face with a new incarnation of Intel's Driver Update Utility aka DUU. Now out in version 2.0, the tool no...


November 20, 2014  10:11 AM

Educational gotcha from Windows 10 Technical Preview

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DISM, Windows 10

As I work with a new Windows version, I have a strong tendency to go haring off after internals info to better understand how things work. Recently, I've had great fun digging into the volume shadow copy files and behavior under Win10TP. Somewhat less fun have been my attempts to figure out why the...


November 17, 2014  10:07 AM

Vssadmin keeps an eye on “hidden” system snapshots

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Microsoft Windows Vista, Volume Shadow Copy Service, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

In working on this blog over the years, I've written repeatedly about a great open source file management project named WinDirStat. Short for Windows Directory statistics, this SourceForge project...


November 14, 2014  11:38 AM

Check TenForums for Useful Win10 Info of All Kinds

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forums, Windows 10

I've been a big fan of the various Windows Forums sites for years. This tight-knit but small group of Windows mavens punches well above its weight class, and has had great success with similar sites for Windows 7...


November 12, 2014  3:01 PM

MS Offers Create Installation Media Tool for Win8.1 Online

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Windows 8.1, Windows installation, Windows tools

For those who don't want to run a tool like the great Rufus, MS offers another option via the Windows 8 Web pages. Prosaically named 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


November 10, 2014  9:46 AM

Can SSD Utilities Make a Difference?

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SSD, Windows 8.1, Windows Performance Management

Having just rebuilt my production desktop one week ago, I'm still in the process of tweaking and tuning that system to bring it up to max performance. Over the weekend, I installed Samsung Magician 4.4, the latest version of the SSD utility for the 500GB EVO 840 drive installed as the boot/system...


November 7, 2014  10:27 AM

Great Admin Tool: System Restore Explorer

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Volume Shadow Copy, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8

Anybody who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that I collect – and blog about – useful Windows tools on a pretty regular basis. Here’s another one for consideration for your Windows toolbox, from developer and Windows-head Nic Bedford (whose UK-based


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