Windows Enterprise Desktop:

September, 2015


September 30, 2015  9:56 AM

Tips for Reducing Windows’ On-disk Footprint

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
disk management, Disk optimization, Windows 10

Reading one of Sergey Tkachenko's recent Winaero blogs yesterday, I learned that Windows 10 will compress the OS files on a system/boot drive. See his "Reduce the size of...

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September 28, 2015  9:57 AM

Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

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

After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains


September 25, 2015  10:57 AM

TechNet Steps Up for IT Pros with Win10 TechCenter

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment tools, TechNet, Windows 10

It looks like the documentary engines at TechNet are finally winding up to full speed where Windows 10 is concerned. Thanks to this recent article at the SuperSite...


September 23, 2015  1:40 PM

Win10 Build 10547 Clean & Compact

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Vista desktop sidebar, Windows 10

In working with the latest Win10 Insider Preview, I've been forcibly struck by how clean and compact it is. Whereas earlier Windows 10 installations (that is, C:\Windows and its many constituents) have averaged around 17-18 GB in size, this latest build weighs in at only 13.6 GB or...


September 21, 2015  11:32 AM

Back’n’forth with Win10 Update 10547

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Insider information, Windows 10

I've been working with Windows 10 releases since last Fall (about a year now) and have probably installed more than a dozen different preview releases during that interval. Nearly all of them have gone flawlessly, and in particular their handling of device drivers at nearly 100% accuracy and...


September 18, 2015  12:54 PM

Watch Out for Print Driver Changes in Win10!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Print Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible after my Win10 upgrade frenzy in late August, it actually disappeared entirely from the network....


September 16, 2015  10:26 AM

Bogus/Unneeded Driver Count Mounting Up on Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows stability

OK, I'll admit it: I don't know if Windows Update, DriverUpdate, DriverAgent, or something else is involved, but I'm seeing the number of outdated and/or unneeded (duplicated) drivers mount up in my various Windows 10 installations. I just cleaned up half-a-dozen of my machines using the excellent...


September 14, 2015  11:06 AM

Latest Cumulative Update DOES Improve Win10 Stability

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Something very interesting has happened to my Windows 10 production desktop since the last Cumulative Update was installed on that machine last week (I'm talking about KB3081455, dated 9/8/15). Prior to that update, I was...


September 11, 2015  1:39 PM

A ~5GB “pre-emptive” Win10 download?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Update Management

This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked...


September 9, 2015  10:08 AM

The Politics of Clean Install

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

For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by the vast majority of Windows experts and mavens. However, a response to my most recent blog from...


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