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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?

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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

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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 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

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).

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...

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