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November 6, 2017  3:28 PM

Bogus Win10 Printer Update Alerts

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Device drivers, Windows 10

If you're running the latest Win10 version (Fall Creators Update Version 1709) and automate Update retrieval, you may be offered bogus printer drivers. Tools like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, aka MDT, or even the Windows...

September 22, 2017  10:02 AM

Add Precision Touchpad Drivers Anywhere

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Device drivers, TouchPad, Windows 10

One of the innovations added to Windows 10 is support for touchpad gestures. These let you manage the UI by using multiple fingers on the touchpad with various motions. But for such gestures to work, you must have the right hardware drivers installed. I'm talking about the subject of this post --...


July 19, 2017  3:59 PM

Add Custom Drivers to WinRE

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Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows RE

The Windows Recovery Environment (aka Windows or RE or WinRE) is a valuable tool for system recovery. But on some PCs, the standard collection of device drivers packaged with Windows itself may not cover your needs. You'll know if this means you when you find you must add device drivers after...


May 19, 2017  11:10 AM

Manage Win10 Drivers Using DISM

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Device drivers, DISM, Windows 10

Insider Preview Build 16199 was released for Windows 10 a couple of days ago (5/17). In the wake of its install, I checked on Windows 10 drive handling. To that end, I consulted the Reliability Monitor, which shows driver installs as it tracks system changes and errors. Sure enough,...


May 17, 2017  11:35 AM

Current MS Drivers Show Vista 2006 Date

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Device drivers, UPnP technologies, Windows 10

Take a look around inside Device Manager. If you do, chances are nearly certain you'll find one or more drivers dated 6/21/2006. That date is no accident, but could be a calculated distortion of its true vintage. 6/21/2006 is the release date for Windows Vista. Microsoft development engineer...


December 16, 2016  10:24 AM

Win-Raid Offers Updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 Drivers

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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,


May 11, 2016  9:53 AM

DISM Exports Drivers: Here’s How

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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....


August 24, 2015  2:27 PM

Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

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Device drivers, Windows 10

In my recent efforts to upgrade and/or clean install Windows 10 on a whole passel of PCs lately -- a topic to which all 6 of my previous blog posts here have been devoted, starting on 8/10 -- I've been faced with checking device drivers for all of those machines post-install to see what's what, and...


August 19, 2015  10:34 AM

When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That’s Success!

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Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a series of preparatory tasks, in case that upgrade didn't produce either an upgraded system, or a...


August 14, 2015  11:41 AM

If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

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Device drivers, Disk image, Windows 10, windows installer

The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Just for the record, this notebook PC was purchased in February 2012, and is outfitted with an...


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