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February 15, 2017  11:58 AM

Overcoming USB Flash Write-Protection

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Troubleshooting, USB Flash drives, Windows 10

Last month, I was mucking around with my Asus RT-AC68U router. Among other experiments, I plugged in a USB flash drive into one of its ports to share it with the network. This morning, I unplugged it from the router to try to use it for recovery on a temporarily disabled test PC. No dice: instead...

February 13, 2017  12:38 PM

Build 15031 Brings Dynamic Lock

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Locks, Windows 10, Windows Login

Cellphones are such a vital ingredient of modern life that we bring them with us everywhere we go. MS exploits this truism in the latest build of Windows 10, 15031. There's a new facility in the Sign-In Options called "Dynamic lock" that detect when the phone is out of Bluetooth range and locks a...


February 3, 2017  12:32 PM

Keep USB Drives Humming

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Backup and Recovery, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Last weekend, I ran into an interesting problem on a couple of my laptops. Those were a Surface Pro 3 and a Dell Venue Pro 11, each with the same problem. As I ran Macrium Reflect to back each one up, it would fail to complete. This was on the same hardware: an external Eagle Consus USB 3.0 drive...


January 20, 2017  11:01 AM

CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades

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Windows 10, Windows as a Service, Windows Upgrades

CSM is Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider program, granting subscribers access to Windows 10 licenses for $7 per seat per month. Customers of that program just got a nice bonus. MS has announced that they can "upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 at no additional...


January 13, 2017  12:12 PM

Free Win10 Upgrade Still Available

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Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

When the cutoff date for free upgrades arrived on July 27, 2016, Windows users assumed that was the end of that. But as time has elapsed since then -- almost 6 months -- free upgrades are still on. True: the hated and obnoxious "Get Windows 10" (GWX) tool is history. So are FORCED upgrades. But...


January 9, 2017  1:00 PM

Win10 Troubleshooting Alternative

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

Here's a Win10 troubleshooting alternative when attempting fixes: image repair or an in-place upgrade install. This insight has bubbled up as I've worked with the TenForums community over the past six months and more. Fixing many Windows 10 problems takes hours and hours. But using


January 6, 2017  2:09 PM

CMD.exe NOT Going Away in Win10

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Command line, Windows 10, Windows PowerShell

I reported here back on November 28, 2016, that MS swapped the command line prompt for PowerShell. This affects the Start and File Explorer context menus in Insider...


January 4, 2017  11:35 AM

Handy PING Sweep Tool

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Network Scanners, Windows 10

In the song Hey You, Pink Floyd raises a question that all network admins have surely uttered. That question goes: "Is there anybody out there?" While its nuances aren't as dark for networks as in the song, this question is one that occasionally demands an answer. To that end, some kind...


January 2, 2017  5:19 PM

New WU Troubleshooter to Try

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Windows 10, Windows Update Management

MS has included a built-in update troubleshooter for Windows 10 for some time now. But there's a new WU troubleshooter to try, if that tool fails or falters. It's available through an MS Support page entitled "Fix...

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December 29, 2016  12:36 PM

BSOD Meet GSOD!

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Blue Screen of Death, Windows 10

About mid December, Windows Insider boss Dona Sarkar nixed release of further Insider Preview builds in 2016. Even so, build 14997 leaked via


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