Windows Enterprise Desktop:

August, 2017


August 30, 2017  2:32 PM

MS Stops Insider Preview Issues Lists

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Release management, Windows 10

Here's an interesting and counter-intuitive bit of Windows 10 news for you. As of  Build 16273, MS no longer includes known issues in its Insider Preview release info. That was the section I read first and foremost. It helped me decide if I wanted to update my test machines to the latest Fast Ring...

August 28, 2017  11:25 AM

Office 32-bit versus 64-bit

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
32-bit (x86), MS Office

Those who've followed Windows OSes and applications for the past decade know that the 64-bit takeover is history. Circa Windows 7's July 2009 release date, most new PCs were already 64-bit. Today, you must work to find and buy a 32-bit Windows PC running Windows 10. If you succeed, you've probably...


August 25, 2017  10:27 AM

MS Press Samples Autoruns Coverage

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Startup issue, Windows 10, Windows Sysinternals

The August 2017 Born to Learn MS Press Round-up blog post includes a welcome and valuable freebie. It features a link to a sample chapter from the latest edition of a terrific book. And...


August 23, 2017  9:55 AM

Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk Alternative

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
CHKDSK, PowerShell cmdlets, Windows 10

In the latest Win10 versions, PowerShell replaces the command prompt (cmd.exe) in the Winkey-X pop-up menu. And it runs most command-line programs unaltered, including chkdsk. But PowerShell also offers alternative cmdlets (pronounced "command-lets") as well. In fact, the Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk...


August 18, 2017  10:12 AM

Great Win10 Date/Time Calendar Trick

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Calendar control, Windows 10, Windows Taskbar

No matter how much you might know about Windows 10, there's always something new to learn. I picked up a winner from Ed Bott's ZDNet column the other day. He explains how to use the pop-up...


August 16, 2017  3:04 PM

MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Administrative tools, Boot, Windows 10, Windows tools

The MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10 permits admins to diagnose and repair computers that won't boot, or have problems starting as usual. DaRT 10 can recover unusable end-user PCs. It can also diagnose probable causes for underlying issues, and repair unbootable or locked-out machines....


August 15, 2017  10:17 AM

Ed Bott Issues Win10 Report Card

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Image management, Windows 10, Windows Defender, Windows Hello, Windows Update Management

About two weeks ago, long-time Windows watcher Ed Bott offered an interesting assessment of Windows 10 at ZDNet. It's entitled "Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card," and...


August 14, 2017  5:33 PM

Numbering Decimal Versus Binary Bytes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk size, Disk space, Windows 10

One thing I sometimes think about is the difference between binary and decimal numbers. This difference can be particularly interesting when it comes to sizing storage like HDs or SSDs. Manufacturers use decimal numbers to count the bytes of storage they provide. Then they describe them using...


August 8, 2017  3:28 PM

Hackers are coming: How IT can learn from the HBO ransomware attack

Alyssa Provazza Alyssa Provazza Profile: Alyssa Provazza
Endpoint security, HBO, Ransomware

Game of Thrones fans who want to avoid spoilers are running for cover in light of last week's HBO ransomware attack. End-user computing administrators should take notice and learn about security measures that can protect their employees' data from similar attacks. Hackers


August 4, 2017  1:19 PM

Win10 Post-Repair-Install Issues Appear

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Windows Installer, Windows 10, windows installer

Earlier this week, I reported on my experiences in performing a repair install on my production PC. To recap: in the wake of installing KB4032188 on that machine, I couldn't enter a pin or password to login after the reboot. Eventually, I did get that PC started. Because those boot issues kept...


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