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March 20, 2017  1:45 PM

Create a Custom ISO for Windows 10 — Part 2 of 6

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

By Kari the Finn, guest blogger for Ed Tittel (Windows install expert at TenForums.com). This blog post is Part 2 in a 6-part series devoted to "Create a Custom ISO for Windows 10," Creator’s Update (coming sometime in April). The topic for this post is the first step in a 5-step process to...

March 10, 2017  10:48 AM

Taskkill Terminates Hung Processes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
CMD, System utilities, Tasks, Windows 10

Thanks to Sergey Tkachenko at WinAero.com I just learned about a handy Windows command I'd never heard of before. It's called Taskkill (or Taskkill.exe, if you prefer). Because Taskkill terminates hung processes in Windows...


March 10, 2017  8:13 AM

Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 leads the PC replacement pack

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Apple, Apple iOS, ipad, Microsoft, Surface Pro, Windows 10

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 is a more likely PC replacement than Apple's iPad Pro, thanks to Windows 10 and its Continuum feature. The tech industry continues to search for a device that offers close to the same portability as a smartphone along with the productivity of a PC. Laptops have...


March 7, 2017  4:24 PM

Benefiting from Cert Revocation

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

I've been working a lot in the office lately on projects that require lots of printing. My trusty Samsung ML-2850 networked printer was acting up over the weekend, in fact. I noticed some banding or streaking of toner on output pages, and wondered how much toner was left in my current cartridge....


March 1, 2017  2:34 PM

iPhone Issue Surrenders to Good Troubleshooting

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

I jumped into Device Manager on my production PC this morning in search of audio drive info. I couldn't help but notice that one of my Portable Devices flashed the yellow exclamation mark (!). Turns out my iPhone had apparently gone south (but this is one case where an iPhone issue surrenders to...


February 26, 2017  11:17 AM

Always Adjust Defaults After Clean Install

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

As the release for Windows 10 Creator's Update nears, the pace of Insider Preview releases is accelerating. Just last week, I got stuck upgrading my desktop test PC to Build 15031 Enterprise. Ultimately, I performed a clean install of that build, plus its usual aftermath. But I got caught by an...


February 25, 2017  4:37 PM

Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042

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

Late last week MS released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Little did I know that there would be "Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042." But after a couple of failed installs,  I found myself  "bitten" on my Dell Venue Pro 11. That's when I remembered that the


February 17, 2017  5:00 PM

New Windows 10 insider program coming for businesses

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Microsoft, Windows 10

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Insider Program for Businesses will cater to IT professionals. Through the program, nicknamed WIP4Biz, IT admins will be able to test new Windows 10 features with their existing systems and give feedback to Microsoft prior to go-live dates. There is already a Windows...


February 17, 2017  11:53 AM

Disconnect Drives Before Multi-Boot Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
bcdboot, Dual booting, Windows 10

Anybody can learn stuff, but lessons learned the hard way are the ones that stick with you. Case in point: I've got a Windows desktop PC I use as a test machine. Furthermore, I've got it set up as a dual-boot environment. On one SSD I've got a bootable installation of the Win10 Current Branch...


February 15, 2017  11:58 AM

Overcoming USB Flash Write-Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, USB Flash drives, Windows 10

Last month, I was mucking around with my Asus RT-AC68U router. Among other experiments, I plugged in a USB flash drive into one of its ports to share it with the network. This morning, I unplugged it from the router to try to use it for recovery on a temporarily disabled test PC. No dice: instead...


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