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October 23, 2015  10:38 AM

Stop Win10 from Automatic Reboot After Updates

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

There has been plenty of heated discussion about the way MS has handled updates in Windows 10. Much of that discussion has centered around Windows 10's update push behavior, which forces updates on Windows 10 PCs whether the recipients want them or not (see one workaround for this in my

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October 21, 2015  11:11 AM

Interesting Network Printer Shenanigans on Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DHCP Reservation, Network printers, Windows 10

I've got a Samsung ML-2850 monochrome laser printer on my network, and I've been chasing around various ways to interact with it lately. It seems that unless you've got access to a print server, and set up that print server to offer the network printer up to network users, you can't access a...


October 19, 2015  1:15 PM

Simple Trick Fixes DISM /source syntax issues

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows versions, as well as the Windows Package Manager (Pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and intlcfg tools likewise...


October 16, 2015  10:08 AM

Oops! MS ticks “Upgrade to Win10” in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

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

Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. More than mildly curious upon reading about same, I checked the 8.1 boot image...


October 14, 2015  10:18 AM

MS Eases Activation in Latest Win10 Preview Build

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Windows Installer, Windows 10, Windows Product Activation

I've been steering clear of writing about Windows 10 Preview builds since the 10240 Build became publicly available starting on July 29, mostly in the interests of addressing the Windows 10 version that the vast majority of users have at their disposal. But a single change to the latest released...


October 9, 2015  9:29 AM

NetBIOS Tweak May Be Needed for Win10 NAS Access

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Network Share Access, Windows 10

In response to a question from an old friend and colleague, I started researching what might cause a NAS connection to vanish following an upgrade to Windows 10. It turns out that certain network shares, including NAS-related ones, have been known to vanish from access (and appearance in File...


October 5, 2015  9:48 AM

Reset/Refresh Windows Update to Fix WU Errors

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

Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update error code list," where...


September 28, 2015  9:57 AM

Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Product Key

After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains how activation works, and is particularly...


September 18, 2015  12:54 PM

Watch Out for Print Driver Changes in Win10!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Print Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible after my Win10 upgrade frenzy in late August, it actually disappeared entirely from the network....


September 14, 2015  11:06 AM

Latest Cumulative Update DOES Improve Win10 Stability

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

Something very interesting has happened to my Windows 10 production desktop since the last Cumulative Update was installed on that machine last week (I'm talking about KB3081455, dated 9/8/15). Prior to that update, I was...


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