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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...


May 6, 2016  10:13 AM

Free Win10 Upgrade Ends 7/29/2016

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

At the outset of 2015, Microsoft announced it would offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for devices running Windows 7 and 8.1. (Here's a Terry Myerson blog post devoted to...


April 25, 2016  11:08 AM

Driver Update Controls: Win10 14328

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

The latest 14328 build for the Windows 10 Insider Preview went to Fast Ring users last week. This so-called "Anniversary Update" should go public in July, about one year after Windows 10's initial release. This build includes LOTs of changes and enhancements (see this


April 22, 2016  12:31 PM

Woo hoo! NVMe Boot Speedup Achieved

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot, UEFI, Windows 10

In late January/early February, I built myself a new desktop PC around an Asrock Z170 Extreme 7+ mobo and a blazing-fast Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD. Ever since I got my system up and running, I've been both bewildered and frustrated by that system's boot behavior. Even with Fast Boot enabled, the...


April 11, 2016  10:05 AM

Win10 CBB Update 1 Is Here!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
System Center Configuration Manager, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Last Friday, Microsoft published a post to its Windows for IT Pros blog to announce the transition of Windows 10 Build 1511 to the Current Business Branch (CBB). This means that the dynamics of an update to the CBB are playing out for real, for the first time. Let's take a look at this...


April 8, 2016  12:36 PM

Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Peer-to-Peer Networks, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

There's an interesting potential gotcha in the Windows 10 update process. Deep down in the Settings hierarchy lives a pane entitled "Choose How Updates Are Delivered," that controls where updates come from and even opens the door to sharing downloads from Microsoft with other network peers. In...


April 6, 2016  11:45 AM

Download Ready-to-Run Windows 10 VMs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft downloads, Windows 10

OK, so I'll recognize that not everybody has already dug into Windows 10. With that in mind, some admins may be interested to learn that there is a considerable variety of ready-to-run Windows 10 VMs available from Microsoft for download. These evaluation versions expire after 90 days of use, and...


March 28, 2016  12:07 PM

Achieving Windows Sleep Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Sleep Mode, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Now that Windows sleep appears to be working properly on my production PC, I've begun to understand that various influences can disturb that hallowed and blissful state. Starting last Thursday, I noticed that my PC was already running in the morning when I arrived in my office. Apparently,...


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