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November 30, 2016  2:01 PM

WUMT Does Updates When WU Can’t or Won’t

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

Late last month, I wrote a blog post about Windows Update (WU) Alternatives. Little did I know at the time that one of the tools I wrote about would so soon save my bacon. I'm talking...

November 9, 2016  10:04 AM

3.99 TB Cleanup Continues After KB3200970

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

Yesterday, the latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Current Branch, KB 3200970 appeared. After installing that item, cleanmgr.exe reports that the 3.99 TB cleanup continues. I first reported this on October 12 after


November 4, 2016  1:32 PM

Unified Update Platform Reduces Update Complexity

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

Yesterday, Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 Insider Preview build number 14959. Usually I don't cover previews here, because they sit at the bleeding or leading edge of Win10 technology. But a new feature in this build warrants mention. That feature is the Unified Update Platform, or UUP:...


November 2, 2016  10:38 AM

Woody Leonhard Blesses KB3197954

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

I guess it figures. No sooner do I post a blog questioning the10 stability of Windows 10's Current Branch does Windows guru Woody Leonhard declare that the OS is ready for prime time. In fact, the title of his 10/28 InfoWorld story reads


October 31, 2016  2:28 PM

Current Branch or Extended Beta?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Three Windows 10 release branches unfolded since the OS made its debut in July, 2015. Recent events and issues have me pondering this proposition: "Current Branch or Extended Beta?" Let me explain, first with some history, then with some recent observations. First the history part. At present,...


October 28, 2016  10:37 AM

Windows.old Cleanup Tool Does the Job

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

There's been a persistent problem with recent Windows 10 releases in the Current (1607, into build 143xx) and Insider (into build 149xx) source trees. After installing an upgrade, elements of Windows.old resist removal, even with Disk Cleanup. Upon further inspection -- as documented in


October 27, 2016  10:12 AM

Windows Update Alternatives

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

Microsoft's handling of updates has changed since the days of Windows 7. In that OS, users were presented with a slate of pending updates. Checkboxes next to each item let them select which ones they wanted, and which ones they didn't. In Windows 8 and 10 versions that is no longer possible using...


October 21, 2016  12:09 PM

Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

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

Paul Thurrott reports this morning that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) is now running on a sizable majority for active users of the latest flagship version. In fact, Win10 AU...


October 17, 2016  10:52 AM

MS Opens Its Update Catalog to Non-IE Browsers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Edge Browser, Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

For a long time, one beef among experienced Windows users has been the company's insistence on using Internet Explorer for grabbing updates. But starting in mid-October, 2016, MS opens its Update Catalog to non-IE browsers. But there's a catch. Those who visit the catalog using another...


October 12, 2016  10:15 AM

Cleanup 3.99 TB from 500GB Drive!

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

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and included another Cumulative Update: KB3194798. This one included a bit of a surprise. Cleanmgr.exe offered to cleanup 3.99 TB from my 500 GB C: drive. It's best appreciated from this screen cap:


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