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July 20, 2016  1:02 PM

Hurry-up 11th hour Win8.1 Upgrade

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Upgrades

As of this morning, only nine days remain for the free MS upgrade offer to convert Windows 7 or 8.1 devices into Windows 10. I'd been holding out on a Windows 8.1 installation on one of my test machines until yesterday. But I decided to go ahead and exercise the offer, to preserve the value of its...

July 6, 2016  11:27 AM

Win10 USB 3.0 Boot (or Not)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot failure, usb 3 to usb 2, Windows 10

I'm still running two older Lenovo laptops, both with i7 2640M CPUs that date back to 2011. I purchased those machines in early 2012 to work on a book about Windows 8, especially because the X220 Tablet was one of the few compatible touch displays available at the time that was also fairly...


July 5, 2016  11:27 AM

Reactivating Win10/Activation Troubleshooter

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Product Activation

Commencing with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14371 or later, the OS gains some potentially helpful activation capabilities. Users are permitted to link their Microsoft accounts (usually, e-mail addresses used to log into PCs and other Windows devices) to their digital licenses for the OS. These...


June 29, 2016  10:03 AM

Windows 10 1608 Release?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Yesterday a news item hit the Windows blogs that simply offered this headline "Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2," with no additional content or explanation. This...


June 13, 2016  10:49 AM

Mind Blown — MS Buys LinkedIn

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Linkedin, Mergers & Acquisitions, Microsoft

I just got done watching Satya Nadella of MS and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn enthuse together on a YouTube video. It introduces the mind-boggling concept of merging those two companies together. As the announcement hits that "MS buys LinkedIn," Nadella...


June 8, 2016  10:37 AM

WUDO Backfire on Narrow WAN Pipes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update Management, Windows Updates

Found a fascinating story on The Register (UK) this morning, entitled "Is Windows 10 Ignoring Sysadmins' network QoS settings?" It explains how an Australian sysadmin observed a...


May 25, 2016  9:20 AM

Avoid Win10 Upgrade Tricks

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Updates

Ever since Windows 10 arrived, Microsoft has been attempting what some might call Win10 upgrade tricks to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install that free upgrade. Over time, their approach has varied. Here's a litany of the various Windows Update offers MS has tried to move users up the OS...


May 23, 2016  9:48 AM

Why Upgrade Windows 7 to 10: Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean Install 7, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Updates

Last week, Microsoft released the so-called "Convenience Rollup" for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It's described in a 5/17/2016 Microsoft KB article entitled "Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1."...


May 20, 2016  11:32 AM

Volsnap Error Signals Failing Disk

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk Drive failure, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

As fate would have it, I was on the phone yesterday when my production desktop starting dinging madly, ringing the USB device added (or removed) sound on and off repeatedly. "What in the world?" I thought to myself as I continued on with my call resolving to check things out ASAP once it ended....


May 16, 2016  10:40 AM

Get Top Win10 Deployment Issues Info

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment tools, Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services

Last week, Microsoft Support released an article to TechNet that details "Top Support Solutions for Windows 10." While many of them apply to power users and IT professionals...


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