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November 17, 2017  12:05 PM

Realtek HD Audio Driver Tips

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I have to laugh at myself. I just troubleshot an issue with the latest version of the Realtek HD Audio drivers to learn I'd shot myself in the foot. Let me explain, and provide some Realtek HD Audio Driver tips along the way. I visit the Drivers...

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November 13, 2017  11:43 AM

New Win10 Means New MCT

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

Here's a potential gotcha I've seen popping up with some frequency online lately. When Microsoft releases a new Windows version, a new version of Media Creation Tool come out, too. Alas, the MCT is always named MediaCreationTool.exe. That filename can't tell what version of Windows 10 MCT supports...


November 1, 2017  4:06 PM

Bad RAM Nixes 1709 Upgrade

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

On October 23, just over a week ago I wrote that my 1709 upgrades to Windows 10 had gone mostly trouble-free. Alas, I was gilding the lily where one of my 1703 upgrades was concerned. At the time I wrote the post, the machine was in its final reboot phase just before handing off control to the new...


October 27, 2017  4:20 PM

Fixing Win10 Volsnap.sys Issues

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

For Build 17017 of the Insider Preview at least, and possibly for other recent Win10 builds or releases, a runtime error involving volsnap.sys may appear. These days, such errors are called "GSODs" because the screen that reports the problem is green. But I see reports of similar issues...


October 4, 2017  5:42 PM

Device Cleanup Tool Works

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, Windows 10

Anybody who's spent time working with Device Manager in Windows knows that drivers stay visible in the OS even when attendant devices are absent. That's why so many more items show up in DevMgr when you click "Show hidden devices" in its View menu. Sometimes Windows goes wild and lists many copies...


September 25, 2017  4:40 PM

Businesses Should Wait On Fall Creators Update

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

Ed Bott at ZDnet dispenses some excellent advice in today's Bott Report. In an article entitled "Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Fall Creators Update," he recasts conventional wisdom...


September 11, 2017  5:40 PM

German Court Case Foils Aggressive MS Updates

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

Maybe, to mangle Shakespeare, we don't need to kill ALL the lawyers. A recent suit in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, brought by its consumer protection agency has settled. It originated from the 6GB of pre-staged upgrade files for Windows 10. If you'll recall, MS uploaded a raft of files to PCs...


September 9, 2017  1:43 PM

Build Install ISO for Current Win10 Image

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, windows installer

Huh! Turns out there's an easy way to use a reference Windows installation to create an ISO file. This might not sound like a big deal, but give it some thought. For one thing, it means admins can use a customized Windows 10 installation to spawn as many copies as they like. For another thing, it...


September 5, 2017  11:37 AM

Win10 Fall Creators Update Hits October 17

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

OK,  now we've got a date for the next major public upgrade to Windows 10. In a post to the Windows blogs, EVP Terry Myerson made it official....


September 1, 2017  12:44 PM

LockHunter Reports Locked Windows Files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
File locks, File management, Folder Lock, Windows 10

In my never-ending quest for good Windows utilities, I'm always on the prowl for cool tools. In trolling over TenForums recently, I came across mention of a utility called LockHunter.  As the blog post title says, LockHunter reports locked Windows...


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