Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2017


January 27, 2017  10:51 AM

Cloud Shell Rumors Hint Thin Client Model for Windows

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Thin client, Windows 10, Windows RT

A fascinating rumor is making the rounds on Windows news and rumor sites. As best I can tell it originates with Thurrot.com/Petri regular Brad Sams. His report is based "on documents I have seen," not hearsay. This quote comes from a brief Petri 1/26 item entitled "

January 25, 2017  10:53 AM

ShowKeyPlus for Your Admin Toolbox

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Admins will occasionally need to mess around with Windows licenses as they install new images or repair existing ones. For cases where digital licensing information from Microsoft doesn't automatically activate such PCs, a key finding-tool comes in handy. While there are many such tools around, one...


January 23, 2017  12:47 PM

Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020

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The German arm of Microsoft started banging the drum for retirement and replacement of Windows 7 last week in a fascinating blog post. It's entitled "Windows 7 Supports Ends in Three Years." (


January 20, 2017  11:01 AM

CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades

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Windows 10, Windows as a Service, Windows Upgrades

CSM is Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider program, granting subscribers access to Windows 10 licenses for $7 per seat per month. Customers of that program just got a nice bonus. MS has announced that they can "upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 at no additional...


January 18, 2017  4:22 PM

Admin Toolbox: MiniTool Partition Wizard

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk partitioning, hard disk management, Windows 10

In my ongoing quest for great additions to the Windows admin's toolbox, I've found and am learning MiniTool Partition Wizard. It's available in both freeware and commercial forms, for home and commercial use. That's a nice...


January 16, 2017  11:30 AM

Insider Preview ISOs Add Complexity

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

Last week, Microsoft released a new Insider Preview -- build 15007 -- to the fast track. I was not alone in experiencing problems getting that upgrade to download and install. Many people reported problems completing the download successfully (I was in that group). Others reported subsequent failed...


January 13, 2017  12:12 PM

Free Win10 Upgrade Still Available

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

When the cutoff date for free upgrades arrived on July 27, 2016, Windows users assumed that was the end of that. But as time has elapsed since then -- almost 6 months -- free upgrades are still on. True: the hated and obnoxious "Get Windows 10" (GWX) tool is history. So are FORCED upgrades. But...


January 11, 2017  12:31 PM

Win10 Compact Saves Room

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Desktop images, image compression, Image management, Windows 10

Among built-in tools that reduce disk footprint in Windows 10, the compact command supports compressing OS files. Essentially it works because it compresses static OS executable files. These remain unchanged over time, unless replaced outright.  Most modern CPUs...


January 9, 2017  1:00 PM

Win10 Troubleshooting Alternative

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Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Here's a Win10 troubleshooting alternative when attempting fixes: image repair or an in-place upgrade install. This insight has bubbled up as I've worked with the TenForums community over the past six months and more. Fixing many Windows 10 problems takes hours and hours. But using


January 6, 2017  2:09 PM

CMD.exe NOT Going Away in Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command line, Windows 10, Windows PowerShell

I reported here back on November 28, 2016, that MS swapped the command line prompt for PowerShell. This affects the Start and File Explorer context menus in Insider...


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