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November 7, 2014  10:27 AM

Great Admin Tool: System Restore Explorer

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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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November 5, 2014  9:26 AM

After Two Weeks, I’m “Cautiously Optimistic” About Win10TP

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Windows 10, Windows installation

I've been running the Windows 10 Technical Preview (Win10TP, as I abbreviate it in my blog post title) for about two weeks now, and I'm feeling better about the environment and the experience of running this latest desktop OS from Microsoft than I expected to be. In fact, I'm more than just a...


November 3, 2014  9:57 AM

Adding Surface to the Mix Exposes “Interesting” Shared Account Settings Issues

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User account management, Windows 8.1

Earlier this month, I sold the Fujitsu Q704 Stylistic tablet PC that I purchased last January, having learned as much from it as I could, and having also decided it didn't present enough performance and stability for the costs involved in acquiring and maintaining that platform. Early last week, I...


October 22, 2014  10:23 AM

The TOTAL Commoditization of Windows PCs

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Android, Windows 8.1

In the last week's technology news, I've been struck by the recent confluence of several business and technology factors that either promise or threaten -- I can't yet really decide which -- to remake the world of personal computing as it's currently understood by those who come at it from the...


October 20, 2014  9:54 AM

Win10 cmd.exe Gets Major Enhancements

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CMD, Windows 10

In working with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and reading others' reviews of that environment, I've been forcibly struck by the major improvements and additions to the venerable old command line prompt environment, accessed in Windows versions through

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October 14, 2014  9:33 AM

Win7 Games On Win8 (and Win10)

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Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Here's something I hadn't seen before, on the lighter side. Check out the following screen shot, which shows the Windows 7 game collection running on the Windows 8 desktop (it works on the Windows 10 preview, too, according to Russian blogger and Windows maven Sergey Tkachenko).

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October 10, 2014  10:32 AM

Drat! Driver Difficulties Could Require Full-blown WinTroubleshooting

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Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

My son's desktop PC is a Haswell-vintage version of the excellent Dell XPS2720 touchscreen All-in-One. Mostly, it's a solid, stable, and dependable machine. But in the last two weeks, the network connection -- which comes through a Killer N1202 wireless 802.11n interface, there being no GbE access...


October 9, 2014  9:33 AM

Building the Perfect ISO UFD for Windows

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Installing/upgrading operating systems, Windows 10

In my most recent prior blog, I observed that if you're installing Windows 10 on a Windows 8.* machine, you can simply mount the ISO as a "virtual CD drive" and install from there. That said, it's still possible, if not downright inevitable, that you'll need to build a bootable UFD from which to...


October 6, 2014  9:32 AM

Windows 10 Technical Preview Also on MSDN

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Windows 10, Windows installation

In addition to the Windows Insider Program, qualified MSDN subscribers can also grab the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO files from the MSDN pages, where the

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September 29, 2014  7:50 AM

Could MS Be Getting “Ready to Rumble?”

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Windows 8.1

OK, so maybe I've been reading too much science fiction lately, and perhaps I'm seeing patterns where they don't exist. But please: ponder these data points and tell me if you can't agree that Microsoft appears more poised than it has for a long, long time to break out of its corner of the market...


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