Windows Enterprise Desktop:

March, 2016


March 28, 2016  12:07 PM

Achieving Windows Sleep Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Sleep Mode, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Now that Windows sleep appears to be working properly on my production PC, I've begun to understand that various influences can disturb that hallowed and blissful state. Starting last Thursday, I noticed that my PC was already running in the morning when I arrived in my office. Apparently,...

March 25, 2016  11:17 AM

Windows 10 Image Repair on Boot Fail

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10

What to do when a Windows 10 install gets damaged to the point where it won't boot? Why, repair the code, of course! That's what a recent post from Sergey Tkachenko over at Winaero.com reminded me of yesterday. It's entitled "


March 23, 2016  1:50 PM

Deployment Automation = Key to Scale

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Automation, Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services

Just saw a nice infographic from the folks at 1e.com. Their Nomad product lets Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager handle large-scale Windows deployments. "But wait!" I hear you...


March 21, 2016  10:36 AM

Temporary Files Cleanup: Build 14291

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, Temporary files, Windows 10

With the appearance of the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 (14291) an interesting feature has appeared in Settings. It's a tool for temporary files cleanup that also handles the Windows.old and other files retained by default for 30 days after a Windows 10 upgrade. Find it by following...


March 18, 2016  12:00 PM

Windows PE Tools for Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
system recovery, Windows 10, Windows PE

Windows PE stands for "Windows Preinstallation Environment." It's a minimal running subset of the regular Windows operating system that's designed to support Windows installation, deployment and repair. It's been around since the Windows Vista days, and an iteration for every subsequent version of...


March 17, 2016  12:58 PM

Switch to UEFI Boot Boosts Stability

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot manager, UEFI, Windows 10

On Leap Day (2/29) I made the switchover from my previous production desktop PC to a newly-built replacement. For the first 10 days or so I struggled with the build I'd put together. During that time, I slowly realized that a legacy BIOS environment with an MBR layout for the boot/sys drive was...


March 14, 2016  12:19 PM

Windows Sleep: Great When It Works

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
power options, Sleep Mode, Windows 10

Anybody who's been following sleep states and power management for the new Microsoft Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 knows that lingering and troublesome problems have plagued those platforms until recently. ( On February 17, MS released a firmware update that finally fixed things as reported in...


March 11, 2016  9:44 AM

GPT Disk Layout Matters for NVMe

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
disk management, GPT, Windows 10

I've been working with a new production PC for the past week, and only slowly realized that I had goofed with my initial install of Windows 10 on that machine. I had naively assumed that Windows 10 would recognize my NVMe drive needed a GPT disk layout and run the OS install accordingly. Not so: as...


March 9, 2016  12:00 PM

Emergency Restart Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
restart, Shutdown procedure, Windows 10

File this one under the heading of "I didn't know you could do that with Windows 10." This refers to what Sergey Tkachenko calls a "secret reboot mode" in Windows 10 (and 8 versions, too, apparently). It's available using the old three-fingered salute on Windows 10 PCs. (That means striking...


March 4, 2016  10:43 AM

Free MS eBook: Deploying Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment tools, System Center Configuration Manager, Windows 10

The latest free eBook from Microsoft Press is likely to strike a chord with IT professionals interested in or planning for upcoming Windows 10 deployments. It's entitled


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