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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 9, 2017  1:00 PM

Win10 Troubleshooting Alternative

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


January 4, 2017  11:35 AM

Handy PING Sweep Tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Network Scanners, Windows 10

In the song Hey You, Pink Floyd raises a question that all network admins have surely uttered. That question goes: "Is there anybody out there?" While its nuances aren't as dark for networks as in the song, this question is one that occasionally demands an answer. To that end, some kind...


January 2, 2017  5:19 PM

New WU Troubleshooter to Try

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

MS has included a built-in update troubleshooter for Windows 10 for some time now. But there's a new WU troubleshooter to try, if that tool fails or falters. It's available through an MS Support page entitled "Fix...

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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 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 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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