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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...


December 17, 2014  2:00 PM

Tis the Season, Part 2: 128 GB SDXC Hi-tech stocking stuffer

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Memory cards

This week, in anticipation of next week's big holiday, I'm ruminating on little devices suitable for hi-tech stocking stuffers. Today's item of interest is a 128 GB SDXC memory card, which provides a nice storage boost to any smartphone or tablet capable of accommodating that much storage in such a...


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

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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”

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

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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

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...


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