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February 13, 2015  10:16 AM

Puzzling Intel Chipset Situation

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Intel Chipset Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

I've been a big fan of the Intel Driver Update Utility for years, especially since the company published the standalone program version (v2.0) in mid-2014. With the introduction...

February 11, 2015  9:43 AM

KB 3001652 Goes Bad on Update Tuesday

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1, Windows Updates

Oho! Yesterday was "Update Tuesday," the second Tuesday of the month. Tuning into Windows Update just after lunch I noticed a big batch of updates (38 on Windows 8.1 systems with MS Office 2013 installed, 18-20 on those without a standalone version of Office onboard, including my son's PC which has...


February 9, 2015  9:39 AM

Windows 8.* Slowly Overtaking XP, 7 Still on TOP

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Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Upgrades

Every now and then, I have to check in over at NetMarketShare.com, to see what's happening with the distribution of desktop OSes that the company detects on the Internet. This morning, I couldn't help but notice that as Windows XP's marketshare continues to decline -- as it should, being now well...


January 22, 2015  4:09 PM

Subduing the Wily and Recalcitrant Windows.edb in Win8.1

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Indexing, Performance/Tuning, Windows 8.1

I am a great fan of checking in on my disks from time to time, especially my system/boot disk, which goes by C: on my system. The last time I fired up WinDirStat on my production system, my eyes...


January 19, 2015  9:11 AM

TechNet Solution Guide Addresses WinDeployment Best Practices

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Deployment tools, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

From the "better late than never" school of information sharing, I just found an October 2014 TechNet Solution Guide that many Windows administrators are likely to find captivating. It's entitled " 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


January 5, 2015  11:12 AM

CES Is On: Hope the Hype Hits!

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CES International, Intel, Internet of Things, lenovo, System on a Chip

Now that the holidays are behind us, and the New Year is unrolling before is, it's time for that annual technology extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), still one of the biggest and most wide-ranging of all the big technology conferences that take over Las Vegas from time to...


January 2, 2015  10:06 AM

Yes, Virginia: Windows *DOES* Defrag SSDs (Sometimes)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk defragmentation, SSD

Two persistent myths that attach to SSDs running under "modern" Windows OSes (version 7 and higher) are as follows: (a) defragging such disks is a bad idea (b) Windows doesn't defrag such disks by default, provided that it recognizes them properly. Visiting the Windows 8 Forums this morning...


December 31, 2014  11:50 AM

Win8.1 “Update 3” ISOs Available on MSDN

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Windows 8.1, Windows installation

Those using Windows 8.1, or who wish to install the latest version of the OS, should be pleased to learn that MSDN's latest version of that OS in ISO form has been synched up to the November update roll-up. At one time, this was to be known as "Windows 8.1 Update 3" but the version is labeled...


December 29, 2014  10:04 AM

MS Makes Recovery Images Available for Surface PCs

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Backup and Recovery, Troubleshooting, Windows installation

Ever since the original Surface and Surface Pro models were introduced, users have been able to refresh their installations or reinstall the OS using the device's recovery image, which is stored by default as a separate partition on its primary (SSD) drive. This enables easy repair or recovery for...


December 18, 2014  10:57 AM

Tis the Season, Part 3: 128GB SDXC Card Stocking Stuffer

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Memory cards

This is the third in a series of pre-holiday posts this week to highlight some small but potent high-tech devices, suitable for IT pros and enthusiasts alike, be they for yourself or somebody else on your Christmas list who fits that designation. Today's item of interest goes a bit bigger than the...


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