Windows Enterprise Desktop:

December, 2016


December 29, 2016  12:36 PM

BSOD Meet GSOD!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Blue Screen of Death, Windows 10

About mid December, Windows Insider boss Dona Sarkar nixed release of further Insider Preview builds in 2016. Even so, build 14997 leaked via

December 26, 2016  12:48 PM

Panoramic Desktop Themes for Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
background, Wallpaper, Windows 10

In keeping with my lighter topics for the holiday break, I'm looking around for new desktop themes. Because I use two 27" monitors on my production PC, I need big images that span both displays. As it turns out, this means I need panoramic desktop themes for Windows 10. Good thing there are plenty...


December 23, 2016  3:45 PM

Free Win7 Games Download

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Games, Windows 10

For folks who've been at the Windows game for a while, it's surprising what can cause nostalgia amidst that crew. In my case moving from Windows 7 to 8 and beyond meant leaving the old games folder behind. It also meant giving up some favorite time-wasters that included FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire,...


December 21, 2016  5:15 PM

Secondary Malware Scanners

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Malware prevention, Scan for malware, Windows 10

Neither business nor home users should run PCs without malware or endpoint protection in place. But what one package misses another might still find, so a periodic secondary scan is also wise. That's why savvy Windows admins usually install or access secondary malware scanners at regular intervals...


December 19, 2016  1:10 PM

Win10 Drive Cloning 101

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Hard Drive Cloning, UEFI, Windows 10

Swapping out disk drives happens on Windows systems for various reasons. Driving factors can include improved performance (HD → SSD), added capacity (smaller → larger disk), or drive replacement (damaged or failing disk → healthy disk). Whatever that reason might be, a typical operation...


December 16, 2016  10:24 AM

Win-Raid Offers Updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 Drivers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, USB devices, Windows 10

If you've followed this blog lately, you know I'm a big fan of TenForums.com. This Windows 10 self-help site is a huge source of news, information, and tools referrals. I hit paydirt yesterday when I found a mention that German website Win-Raid offers updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 drivers. Actually,


December 14, 2016  11:35 AM

DiagTrack Stop Fixes Win10 Update Ills

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

Last week's cumulative Win10 update KB3201845 apparently delivers unwanted side-effects. For some users, that update clobbered the Connected Devices Platform Service (CDPSVC). In turn, this kept DHCP from working. No DHCP, no IP...


December 12, 2016  2:29 PM

Protection Counters Failed Win10 Changes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup and Recovery, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

I follow the online traffic on various heavily-trafficked Windows 10 forums. As I keep up, I'm amazed how many users suffer after scheduled or unscheduled system changes. Every capable admin knows that restoring a system back before trouble strikes is a sure cure. But alas, not everybody...


December 9, 2016  10:19 AM

WUMT Works with UUP

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

On December 8, Microsoft released its first major Windows 10 build using the new Unified Update Platform. So far, many users -- including yours truly -- experience Download hanging at 0% progress. MS has issued a


December 8, 2016  11:53 AM

Wait, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update wasn’t already enterprise-ready?

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Microsoft's declaration in November that the latest version of Windows 10 is enterprise-ready created confusion in some businesses that had already been using it for months. After Microsoft releases a Windows 10 Anniversary Update,


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