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September 11, 2015  1:39 PM

A ~5GB “pre-emptive” Win10 download?

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

This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked...

September 9, 2015  10:08 AM

The Politics of Clean Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by the vast majority of Windows experts and mavens. However, a response to my most recent blog from...


September 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, windows 10 upgrade, Windows installation

I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten...

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August 20, 2015  11:50 AM

Last Upgrade Anticlimactic + Lessons Learned

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

Whew! I'm pleased and relieved to report that my big upgrade push is over now, with all 8 PCs successfully upgraded to Windows 10 in at least one boot-up partition (a couple of my test machines still boot 8.1 so I can continue to test in that environment for a while). I was concerned about losing...


August 19, 2015  10:34 AM

When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That’s Success!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a series of preparatory tasks, in case that upgrade didn't produce either an upgraded system, or a...


August 17, 2015  10:28 PM

Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

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

OK, I think I've got it figured out. If your PC started on Windows 7 and was then upgraded to Windows 8 (and 8.1 and the Update), it will probably be beneficial to take a step back (or forward) into a clean Windows 8.1 installation to properly prep your machine for the upgrade to Windows 10. I...


August 17, 2015  9:05 AM

Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows installation

If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't succeed,..." provides the answer, and also finally gives me some good advice to dispense for achieving a...


August 14, 2015  11:41 AM

If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Disk image, Windows 10, windows installer

The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Just for the record, this notebook PC was purchased in February 2012, and is outfitted with an...


August 11, 2015  12:20 PM

Win10 Stumbles Badly on Surface During Post-Install App Additions

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Drat! I wrote too soon, or too optimistically, in yesterday's blog post about the contortions necessary to bring my Surface Pro 3 into "Windows...


August 10, 2015  4:10 PM

Factory Reset Offers Way Out for Surface Pro 3 Catch-22

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

In case you've been wondering, I've been on vacation since my last post went up on July 27. Though I had a great trip to Germany with my family, I ended up skipping blithely past the Windows 10 RTM date, and am just now catching up on production PC updates to Build 10240. My first candidate is a...


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