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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...


August 25, 2017  10:27 AM

MS Press Samples Autoruns Coverage

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Startup issue, Windows 10, Windows Sysinternals

The August 2017 Born to Learn MS Press Round-up blog post includes a welcome and valuable freebie. It features a link to a sample chapter from the latest edition of a terrific book. And...


August 23, 2017  9:55 AM

Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk Alternative

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
CHKDSK, PowerShell cmdlets, Windows 10

In the latest Win10 versions, PowerShell replaces the command prompt (cmd.exe) in the Winkey-X pop-up menu. And it runs most command-line programs unaltered, including chkdsk. But PowerShell also offers alternative cmdlets (pronounced "command-lets") as well. In fact, the Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk...


August 16, 2017  3:04 PM

MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Administrative tools, Boot, Windows 10, Windows tools

The MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10 permits admins to diagnose and repair computers that won't boot, or have problems starting as usual. DaRT 10 can recover unusable end-user PCs. It can also diagnose probable causes for underlying issues, and repair unbootable or locked-out machines....


August 15, 2017  10:17 AM

Ed Bott Issues Win10 Report Card

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Image management, Windows 10, Windows Defender, Windows Hello, Windows Update Management

About two weeks ago, long-time Windows watcher Ed Bott offered an interesting assessment of Windows 10 at ZDNet. It's entitled "Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card," and...


August 4, 2017  1:19 PM

Win10 Post-Repair-Install Issues Appear

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

Earlier this week, I reported on my experiences in performing a repair install on my production PC. To recap: in the wake of installing KB4032188 on that machine, I couldn't enter a pin or password to login after the reboot. Eventually, I did get that PC started. Because those boot issues kept...


August 2, 2017  5:24 PM

KB4032188 Causes Win10 Confusion

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

Microsoft released a new Current Branch cumulate update earlier today. Alas, the update known as KB4032188 causes Win10 confusion -- at least, on one of my PCs. After the mandatory restart to fully install it, I found myself in the vexing position of being unable to login. On one PC, the update...


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