Windows Enterprise Desktop:

May, 2016


May 25, 2016  9:20 AM

Avoid Win10 Upgrade Tricks

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

Ever since Windows 10 arrived, Microsoft has been attempting what some might call Win10 upgrade tricks to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install that free upgrade. Over time, their approach has varied. Here's a litany of the various Windows Update offers MS has tried to move users up the OS...

May 23, 2016  10:41 AM

Windows 10 free upgrade clock is running out

Eddie Lockhart Eddie Lockhart Profile: Eddie Lockhart

IT administrators that don't have the ball rolling on a Windows 10 upgrade for their companies might be haunted by Will Smith's voice reading Raphael de la Ghetto's poem in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: "Tick tock clock, the clock is...


May 23, 2016  9:48 AM

Why Upgrade Windows 7 to 10: Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean Install 7, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Updates

Last week, Microsoft released the so-called "Convenience Rollup" for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It's described in a 5/17/2016 Microsoft KB article entitled "Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1."...


May 20, 2016  11:32 AM

Volsnap Error Signals Failing Disk

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk Drive failure, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

As fate would have it, I was on the phone yesterday when my production desktop starting dinging madly, ringing the USB device added (or removed) sound on and off repeatedly. "What in the world?" I thought to myself as I continued on with my call resolving to check things out ASAP once it ended....


May 18, 2016  2:54 PM

Fingerprint Reader Requires PIN

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Fingerprint authentication, Windows 10

Here's an odd fact of Windows 10 life: MS has made much of Windows Hello for biometric identification including support for fingerprint readers at login. But if you try to set up Windows Hello on a properly equipped PC, you must first define a personal identification number (PIN) as an alternate...


May 16, 2016  10:40 AM

Get Top Win10 Deployment Issues Info

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

Last week, Microsoft Support released an article to TechNet that details "Top Support Solutions for Windows 10." While many of them apply to power users and IT professionals...


May 13, 2016  12:26 PM

Old Hardware Makes USMC Hit Win10 Update Snag

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DOD, Large-scale deployments, Windows 10

In Q4 2015 Terry Halvorsen, the Chief Information Officer for the US Department of Defense decreed that all branches of the military needed to migrate to Windows 10 by Q1 2017. As it often does, the US Marine Corps (USMC) volunteered to go first in this effort. In all the DoD has around three...


May 13, 2016  9:30 AM

What’s the deal with HCI for VDI?

Margaret Jones Margaret Jones Profile: Margaret Jones

The converged and hyper-converged infrastructure markets have gotten a lot of lip service lately, especially with respect to supporting VDI deployments. There are several reasons


May 11, 2016  9:53 AM

DISM Exports Drivers: Here’s How

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, DISM, Windows 10

As I learn more about the built-in Windows command line tool for Deployment Image Servicing and Management, aka DISM, I'm always amazed at its many capabilities. As anybody who's upgraded Windows installations knows, Windows sometimes fails to produce the right device drivers during that process....


May 9, 2016  1:26 PM

Windows 10 Pilot = Key to Success

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Pilot, Windows 10

With the free upgrade deadline for Windows 10 approaching on July 29, more businesses are thinking about migrating to that desktop OS version. But the vast majority of commercial concerns -- particularly those with thousands of users and OS licenses -- already obtain Windows from Software Assurance...


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