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December 15, 2014  9:15 AM

Tis the Season, Part 1: Hi-tech Stocking Stuffer 64GB Compact UFD

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Flash drive, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

What with Christmas less than two weeks away, and the upcoming end-of-year break not far behind, I thought I'd lighten up this week with a series of carefully chosen stocking stuffers for high-tech types. If you're in a giving mood, you can hand these things out at low expense; if you need some...

December 12, 2014  10:47 AM

Windows Utilities Nonpareil: NirLauncher

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows utility

Since 2011, I've blogged at least half a dozen times about various utilities from Nir Sofer, an apparently hyperactive developer with a penchant for building terrific Windows utilities of all kinds. He updates them quite frequently, too: I get at least one dozen notices a month about changes to one...


December 10, 2014  4:45 PM

New Version of MDOP Now Available

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
MDOP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Deployment Services

Thanks to a recent post to the Windows For Your Business blog entitled "MDOP 2014 R2 Now Available," I'm happy to relay that message to my readership,...


December 8, 2014  9:41 AM

Win10TP to RTM Upgrade: A “Matter of Intent”

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

Those who've been through Windows previews in the past have learned to approach their test setups with a certain amount of caution, if not downright trepidation. That's because MS has traditionally blocked the simple upgrade path from technical previews/betas to final releases, as denoted by the...


December 3, 2014  10:23 AM

CCleaner Gets Faster, Cleaner v5 Incarnation

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows utility

Now that I've discovered an easy way to reliably get to and download the crapware-free "Slim" version of CCleaner, I've returned to using it on my PCs. Just recently, Piriform released a new major version of this tried-and-true Windows Utility (the current version is labeled v5.00.5050). It...


December 1, 2014  10:08 AM

Win 8.1 Usage Crosses WinXP on StatCounter

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows XP

Here's an interesting graph to ponder, more than 7 months after Windows XP reached "end of life" status on April 8, 2014: StatCounter's GlobalStats chart for Top Desktop, Tablet and Console OSs shows that Windows 8.1 instances detected online have finally exceeded those for Windows XP as of the end...


November 17, 2014  10:07 AM

Vssadmin keeps an eye on “hidden” system snapshots

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Windows Vista, Volume Shadow Copy Service, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

In working on this blog over the years, I've written repeatedly about a great open source file management project named WinDirStat. Short for Windows Directory statistics, this SourceForge project...


November 12, 2014  3:01 PM

MS Offers Create Installation Media Tool for Win8.1 Online

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows installation, Windows tools

For those who don't want to run a tool like the great Rufus, MS offers another option via the Windows 8 Web pages. Prosaically named 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


November 10, 2014  9:46 AM

Can SSD Utilities Make a Difference?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
SSD, Windows 8.1, Windows Performance Management

Having just rebuilt my production desktop one week ago, I'm still in the process of tweaking and tuning that system to bring it up to max performance. Over the weekend, I installed Samsung Magician 4.4, the latest version of the SSD utility for the 500GB EVO 840 drive installed as the boot/system...


November 7, 2014  10:27 AM

Great Admin Tool: System Restore Explorer

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Volume Shadow Copy, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8

Anybody who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that I collect – and blog about – useful Windows tools on a pretty regular basis. Here’s another one for consideration for your Windows toolbox, from developer and Windows-head Nic Bedford (whose UK-based


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