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April 25, 2016  11:08 AM

Driver Update Controls: Win10 14328

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

The latest 14328 build for the Windows 10 Insider Preview went to Fast Ring users last week. This so-called "Anniversary Update" should go public in July, about one year after Windows 10's initial release. This build includes LOTs of changes and enhancements (see this

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April 22, 2016  12:31 PM

Woo hoo! NVMe Boot Speedup Achieved

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot, UEFI, Windows 10

In late January/early February, I built myself a new desktop PC around an Asrock Z170 Extreme 7+ mobo and a blazing-fast Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD. Ever since I got my system up and running, I've been both bewildered and frustrated by that system's boot behavior. Even with Fast Boot enabled, the...


April 11, 2016  10:05 AM

Win10 CBB Update 1 Is Here!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
System Center Configuration Manager, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Last Friday, Microsoft published a post to its Windows for IT Pros blog to announce the transition of Windows 10 Build 1511 to the Current Business Branch (CBB). This means that the dynamics of an update to the CBB are playing out for real, for the first time. Let's take a look at this...


April 8, 2016  12:36 PM

Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Peer-to-Peer Networks, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

There's an interesting potential gotcha in the Windows 10 update process. Deep down in the Settings hierarchy lives a pane entitled "Choose How Updates Are Delivered," that controls where updates come from and even opens the door to sharing downloads from Microsoft with other network peers. In...


April 6, 2016  11:45 AM

Download Ready-to-Run Windows 10 VMs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft downloads, Windows 10

OK, so I'll recognize that not everybody has already dug into Windows 10. With that in mind, some admins may be interested to learn that there is a considerable variety of ready-to-run Windows 10 VMs available from Microsoft for download. These evaluation versions expire after 90 days of use, and...


March 28, 2016  12:07 PM

Achieving Windows Sleep Protection

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

Now that Windows sleep appears to be working properly on my production PC, I've begun to understand that various influences can disturb that hallowed and blissful state. Starting last Thursday, I noticed that my PC was already running in the morning when I arrived in my office. Apparently,...


March 23, 2016  1:50 PM

Deployment Automation = Key to Scale

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Automation, Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services

Just saw a nice infographic from the folks at 1e.com. Their Nomad product lets Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager handle large-scale Windows deployments. "But wait!" I hear you...


March 21, 2016  10:36 AM

Temporary Files Cleanup: Build 14291

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, Temporary files, Windows 10

With the appearance of the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 (14291) an interesting feature has appeared in Settings. It's a tool for temporary files cleanup that also handles the Windows.old and other files retained by default for 30 days after a Windows 10 upgrade. Find it by following...


March 18, 2016  12:00 PM

Windows PE Tools for Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
system recovery, Windows 10, Windows PE

Windows PE stands for "Windows Preinstallation Environment." It's a minimal running subset of the regular Windows operating system that's designed to support Windows installation, deployment and repair. It's been around since the Windows Vista days, and an iteration for every subsequent version of...


March 17, 2016  12:58 PM

Switch to UEFI Boot Boosts Stability

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot manager, UEFI, Windows 10

On Leap Day (2/29) I made the switchover from my previous production desktop PC to a newly-built replacement. For the first 10 days or so I struggled with the build I'd put together. During that time, I slowly realized that a legacy BIOS environment with an MBR layout for the boot/sys drive was...


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