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December 11, 2015  1:27 PM

Understanding WaaS (Windows 10 as a Service)

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Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services, Windows Update Management

I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast and/or access details for this event). First and possibly  foremost among those topics is "Windows as a...

December 7, 2015  8:19 AM

DISM Does Updates, Too!

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DISM, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of PCs. But when I tried to update my Surface Pro 3, I encountered a repeated failure condition with error...


December 4, 2015  10:30 AM

Ouch! SFC and DISM may disagree in Build 10586.17

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DISM, Windows 10, Windows System Files

Every now and then, things happen in Windows-world that defy common sense, not to mention best practices. I've become a somewhat obsessive user of the system file checker (SFC) and the deployment image servicing and management (DISM) commands lately checking on the

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November 30, 2015  9:42 AM

Windows Administrivia: The Case of the Missing BIOS Access

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Bios setup, USB keyboard, Windows 10

As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H motherboard. But instead of switching over to the BIOS when I struck the DEL key during pre-Windows startup,...


November 25, 2015  10:17 AM

New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows installer, Windows Upgrades

Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from

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November 24, 2015  8:59 AM

Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

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

There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published on this topic, the items from

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November 20, 2015  9:14 AM

Cumulative Updates Increment Win10 Build Numbers: Implications?

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

On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, as shown in this screen capture from the Winver command:

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November 18, 2015  10:07 AM

Identifying Windows Images/Installers/ISO files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, windows installer

The more I dig into the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, the more "good stuff" I keep finding. Today's gem comes courtesy of Sergey Tkachenko, whose excellent WinAero.com site has come in for kudos from me many times already in this blog. Earlier this week he posted an item...


November 13, 2015  9:07 AM

Build 10586/1511 Makes Its Debut: Lessons Learned

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

Early yesterday morning (11/12), some of my Build 10240 Windows 10 PCs began offering access to the 10586/1511 Build. Throughout the course of the day, I was slowly but surely able to get most of my 10240 PCs upgraded to the latest Windows 10 version. Along the way, as is so often the case with...


November 11, 2015  9:52 AM

Updates Galore on 11/10/15, but No Build 10586!

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

Looking at my update history on my Windows 10 production PC this morning, I see a whole slew of updates hit the wire yesterday for that OS, but so far there's no sign of a Threshold 2 release showing up on PCs running Build 10240. In fact, all of my 10240 PCs still show that Build in their Winver...


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