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April 10, 2017  10:38 AM

Creators Update Delivers Easy Upgrade

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

Following release of Windows 10 1703 via the Media Creation Tool, I've been busy this weekend upgrading 6 of my 8 PCs. I'm delighted to report that Creators Update delivers easy upgrade experiences to early adopters. I hit zero snags upgrading those systems. Post-upgrade clean-up was more or less...

April 5, 2017  11:49 AM

Apparent Win10 Defender Update Issues Illusory

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

Over the past week to ten days, lots of users have been reporting issues with Windows Update and Windows Defender. This applies to versions 1607 (Current Branch) and 1703 (Insider Preview aka Creators Update). The symptom is that while Windows Update reports a Definition Update for Defender is...


March 20, 2017  1:45 PM

Create a Custom ISO for Windows 10 — Part 2 of 6

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

By Kari the Finn, guest blogger for Ed Tittel (Windows install expert at TenForums.com). This blog post is Part 2 in a 6-part series devoted to "Create a Custom ISO for Windows 10," Creator’s Update (coming sometime in April). The topic for this post is the first step in a 5-step process to...


March 10, 2017  10:48 AM

Taskkill Terminates Hung Processes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
CMD, System utilities, Tasks, Windows 10

Thanks to Sergey Tkachenko at WinAero.com I just learned about a handy Windows command I'd never heard of before. It's called Taskkill (or Taskkill.exe, if you prefer). Because Taskkill terminates hung processes in Windows...


March 10, 2017  8:13 AM

Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 leads the PC replacement pack

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Apple, Apple iOS, ipad, Microsoft, Surface Pro, Windows 10

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 is a more likely PC replacement than Apple's iPad Pro, thanks to Windows 10 and its Continuum feature. The tech industry continues to search for a device that offers close to the same portability as a smartphone along with the productivity of a PC. Laptops have...


March 7, 2017  4:24 PM

Benefiting from Cert Revocation

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

I've been working a lot in the office lately on projects that require lots of printing. My trusty Samsung ML-2850 networked printer was acting up over the weekend, in fact. I noticed some banding or streaking of toner on output pages, and wondered how much toner was left in my current cartridge....


March 1, 2017  2:34 PM

iPhone Issue Surrenders to Good Troubleshooting

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, iPhone, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I jumped into Device Manager on my production PC this morning in search of audio drive info. I couldn't help but notice that one of my Portable Devices flashed the yellow exclamation mark (!). Turns out my iPhone had apparently gone south (but this is one case where an iPhone issue surrenders to...


February 26, 2017  11:17 AM

Always Adjust Defaults After Clean Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

As the release for Windows 10 Creator's Update nears, the pace of Insider Preview releases is accelerating. Just last week, I got stuck upgrading my desktop test PC to Build 15031 Enterprise. Ultimately, I performed a clean install of that build, plus its usual aftermath. But I got caught by an...


February 25, 2017  4:37 PM

Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042

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

Late last week MS released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Little did I know that there would be "Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042." But after a couple of failed installs,  I found myself  "bitten" on my Dell Venue Pro 11. That's when I remembered that the


February 17, 2017  5:00 PM

New Windows 10 insider program coming for businesses

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Microsoft, Windows 10

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Insider Program for Businesses will cater to IT professionals. Through the program, nicknamed WIP4Biz, IT admins will be able to test new Windows 10 features with their existing systems and give feedback to Microsoft prior to go-live dates. There is already a Windows...


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