Windows Enterprise Desktop:

June, 2015

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June 30, 2015  12:34 PM

Win10 Build 10158 Lookin’ Good

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation

Upon my return to the office after a week off this morning, I discovered the latest (and probably last) build before the upcoming 7/29 RTM for Windows 10 was available. The first install went pretty smoothly, with only a couple of minor glitches to clean up after the fact. Overall, things are...

June 19, 2015  10:23 AM

Handy Utility: Text Finding

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
full text search, Windows 7, Windows 8

As a full-time writer and researcher, I am forever compiling materials that need to be combed for nuggets of information. Sometimes, particularly in connection with my occasional work as an expert witness, this means LOTS of text and/or source code to search for specific strings -- gigabytes of...


June 18, 2015  11:57 AM

Windows Driver Upgrade Tricks

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

Over the years, I've always struggled with some Windows drivers that prove more tricky or difficult to install than others. This goes double for those devices whose vendors provide installable executables to handle driver and environment updates, such as Nvidia, Intel, RealTek, Atheros, and others....


June 15, 2015  11:07 AM

Is the Ask Toolbar Malware? Maybe Yes, Maybe No…

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
asktoolbar, malware

Over the weekend, I saw an interesting news item on the Windows 10 Forums. Entitled "Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows," it observes that "the


June 12, 2015  9:35 AM

Working Around Win10/8 Gotchas

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows 8

What with running two Win10 test machines -- a desktop and tablet/convertible -- I've been banging up against the limits of this new software from time to time, and have had to refurbish some troubleshooting skills. This was called to mind yesterday by two very nice bits of information I came...


June 10, 2015  3:00 PM

Welcome to Windows (10) World!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

When the Win10 flag showed up on my Windows 8.1 machines, perforce I signed up for the upgrade, knowing that I must track the latest and greatest of Windows OSes no matter what. I've read various opinions on Microsoft's early upgrade offer that vary all the from clever marketing ploy to a trick...


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 NetMarketShare.com 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...


June 3, 2015  9:53 AM

Stealth Update Brings Win10 Upgrade Offer to Win7&8 Users

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Two days ago a strange little Windows flag icon appeared in the notification bar on my Windows 8.1 PCs. A quick mouse-over on the icon produced the text "Get Windows 10." An equally quick click produced a Window offering early access to the upcoming and already promised free upgrade to the new OS...


June 1, 2015  10:13 AM

Refresh/Recimg.exe Gone Missing in Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk image, refresh, Windows 10

If you've been reading this blog lately, you've seen my recent discovery that duplicate or outmoded drivers in the Windows 10 DriverStore can unnecessarily bulk up the size of the RecoveryImage folder that Windows 10 builds each time an upgrade or clean install...


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