Windows Enterprise Desktop:

September, 2016


September 28, 2016  11:10 AM

Win10 Hits 400M Users as Adoptions Slow

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

On Monday, September 26, during the first day of its Ignite conference, Microsoft officials disclosed that Windows 10 now runs on 400 million active devices. Thanks to Mary Jo Foley sharing this news, I can...

September 26, 2016  6:30 PM

MS Upgrade Analytics for Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Predictive Analytics, Windows 10

Today at its Ignite Conference, MS issued a flurry of announcements and info. Less than a month after the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it's no surprise that Windows 10 items dominated. In fact, I've just finished listening to several sessions online (available on the conference


September 23, 2016  11:57 AM

BSOD — Insider Preview to the Rescue!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

It's one thing to read about Windows 10 problems. It's another thing entirely to live them through oneself. I follow the action at TenForums.com closely because it's a timely and reliable source for Windows insight and intelligence. That's why I knew what I was seeing after installing the latest...


September 21, 2016  10:13 AM

Windows Update Troubleshooter (Win10)

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

In the wake of recent Windows updates, lots of users have reported issues with Windows Update. This reminded me that there's a built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Other recent versions of Windows -- 7, 8, and 8.1, that is -- required a


September 19, 2016  10:06 AM

Toggle Remote Connections Restores RDP

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I found myself embroiled in a discussion on TenForums.com recently, wherein I dug into 802.11n sufficiently to confirm my recollection that newer implementations are dual band. That is, they can communicate wirelessly at either 2.4 or 5 GHz, depending on configuration. After this discussion, I...


September 16, 2016  3:43 PM

If WU Fails Try Update Catalog Download

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

WU is, of course, short for Windows Update. I was reminded recently that when the Windows Update service fails to update a PC, there is another way to grab and install the necessary files. It's called the Microsoft Update Catalog,...


September 14, 2016  10:47 AM

Anniversary Update on 3 Month Schedule

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

An interesting item popped up from Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet yesterday. Basically, it reveals that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout will keep trickling out until early November. That's right: Anniversary Update on 3 month schedule stretches the delivery of Version 1607 until 1611. Here's the...


September 12, 2016  1:15 PM

TaskSchedulerView IDs Cmd.exe Popups

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Batch files, task scheduler, Windows 10

For the past few months, I've been bedeviled with a strange phenomenon. Every now and then, several times a day, a command line window (cmd.exe) pops up on my desktop, runs a batch file, then disappears. The whole thing usually takes less than a second to...


September 7, 2016  10:43 AM

Boot Win10 From USB Media

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Boot Disk

With UEFI replacing BIOS on most modern PCs, and SSDs for boot drives, many rigs use fast boot settings to launch into action as quickly as possible. Some machines boot fast enough to make detecting and responding to Function key input problematic. Microsoft recognizes this, and has added new...


September 6, 2016  11:58 AM

Discovering WMIC (WMI command-line)

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Rooting around for a good way to view current drive letter associations at the command line this weekend, I stumbled across command line access to the Windows Management Interface, aka WMI. Known as WMIC (the WMI command-line utility) it delivers access to and control over all kinds of Windows...


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