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September 17, 2014  10:12 AM

Ack! Emergency WinReBuild Goes Surprisingly Smoothly

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 8.1, Windows installation

I'm not sure exactly what happened to my son's Dell XPS2720 All-in-One PC last week, but following the application of the Update Tuesday patches and fixes, the machine started flaking out big-time. The most obvious symptom was a set of recurring errors reporting a damaged or corrupt file named

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September 15, 2014  10:20 AM

Grab the Latest Sysinternals Suite (FREE)

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

For those not already in the know, Sysinternals is the name of a former company that's now part of Microsoft that's long been a source for some of the very best Windows monitoring, management, and troubleshooting tools around. The brainchild of Microsoft Fellow Mark Russinovitch (whose praises I've...


September 10, 2014  10:03 AM

New Intel Graphics Drivers Can Boost Performance

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Display drivers, Windows 8.1

I ran across an interesting story on Neowin this morning. Entitled "New Intel drivers give up to 30%...

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September 8, 2014  9:28 AM

At IFA Berlin, Intel Takes Wraps Off Core M “Broadwell” Specs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Tablets

The IFA took place in Berlin, Germany last week, where Intel took the opportunity to share a lot more information about its latest upcoming family of mobile processors. (IFA is German, and stands for "Internationale Funkaustellung" which, literally translated, means "International Broadcast...


September 5, 2014  10:41 AM

Secunia PSI, CSI, and Windows 8.1

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

In the ongoing battle to increase system stability on my production PC, I've found a new point of interest and attack in the Reliability Monitor log for my primary production PC -- namely,

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September 3, 2014  9:41 AM

Rollup Redux: MS Re-releases KB 2975719 on September 2

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

In the wake of a series of botched Windows Updates that started on August 12 (our first "Update Tuesday" if you like the new nomenclature, or our most recent "Patch Tuesday" if you prefer the old), MS re-released another update yesterday. This one's an optional update rollup that applies to Windows...


August 29, 2014  9:53 AM

MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At...


August 27, 2014  9:50 AM

Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Adware, Windows 8.1

One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and enthusiastic user of Piriform's

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August 22, 2014  9:26 AM

Chronic OneDrive/SkyDrive Problems Widespread

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

OK, I confess: I don't always look at the Windows Reliability Monitor as often as I should. But when I did recently, I discovered an issue on my primary production Windows 8.1 desktop that further research showed me is pretty widespread. If you try a Google search on "

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August 20, 2014  12:09 PM

MS Recommends Uninstalling Any of 4 Recent Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

When MS pushed the August updates just over a week ago, they clearly did not expect the kinds of problems that have emerged in the wake of their release.

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