Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2015


November 30, 2015  9:42 AM

Windows Administrivia: The Case of the Missing BIOS Access

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Bios setup, USB keyboard, Windows 10

As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H motherboard. But instead of switching over to the BIOS when I struck the DEL key during pre-Windows startup,...

November 27, 2015  10:18 AM

As Win8.1 Closes in on XP, Win10 Jumps into the Marketshare Game

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Market trends, Windows 10

Every now and then, I like to check in on the Desktop Operating System Market Share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com. This morning, I had to fiddle the parameters a bit to get the site to show me the most recent stats (which for some reason first came up with a chart that didn't register Win10...


November 25, 2015  10:17 AM

New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

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

Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from


November 24, 2015  8:59 AM

Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Updates

There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published on this topic, the items from


November 20, 2015  9:14 AM

Cumulative Updates Increment Win10 Build Numbers: Implications?

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

On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, as shown in this screen capture from the Winver command:


November 18, 2015  10:07 AM

Identifying Windows Images/Installers/ISO files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, windows installer

The more I dig into the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, the more "good stuff" I keep finding. Today's gem comes courtesy of Sergey Tkachenko, whose excellent WinAero.com site has come in for kudos from me many times already in this blog. Earlier this week he posted an item...


November 16, 2015  11:01 AM

Build 1511 Boosts “Time Smarts”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DateTime, Time Zones, Windows 10

In getting to know the new build of Windows 10 released late last week, I'm starting to notice some interesting refinements here and there. In particular, v1511 now combines location and time zone by default, so that it can reset a device's time presentation automatically while on the move. I've...


November 13, 2015  9:07 AM

Build 10586/1511 Makes Its Debut: Lessons Learned

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Updates

Early yesterday morning (11/12), some of my Build 10240 Windows 10 PCs began offering access to the 10586/1511 Build. Throughout the course of the day, I was slowly but surely able to get most of my 10240 PCs upgraded to the latest Windows 10 version. Along the way, as is so often the case with...


November 11, 2015  9:52 AM

Updates Galore on 11/10/15, but No Build 10586!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Updates

Looking at my update history on my Windows 10 production PC this morning, I see a whole slew of updates hit the wire yesterday for that OS, but so far there's no sign of a Threshold 2 release showing up on PCs running Build 10240. In fact, all of my 10240 PCs still show that Build in their Winver...


November 9, 2015  10:34 AM

Simple Versioning Numbers in Win10 Presage Deployment Changes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Service packs, Windows 10

If you take a look at the Winver information from the latest Fast Ring build for Windows Insiders, aka Build 10586, you'll see some additional information in the second line of text therein, just below Microsoft Windows:


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