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December 10, 2014  4:45 PM

New Version of MDOP Now Available

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


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