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October 27, 2016  10:12 AM

Windows Update Alternatives

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

Microsoft's handling of updates has changed since the days of Windows 7. In that OS, users were presented with a slate of pending updates. Checkboxes next to each item let them select which ones they wanted, and which ones they didn't. In Windows 8 and 10 versions that is no longer possible using...

October 21, 2016  12:09 PM

Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

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

Paul Thurrott reports this morning that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) is now running on a sizable majority for active users of the latest flagship version. In fact, Win10 AU...


October 17, 2016  10:52 AM

MS Opens Its Update Catalog to Non-IE Browsers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Edge Browser, Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

For a long time, one beef among experienced Windows users has been the company's insistence on using Internet Explorer for grabbing updates. But starting in mid-October, 2016, MS opens its Update Catalog to non-IE browsers. But there's a catch. Those who visit the catalog using another...


October 12, 2016  10:15 AM

Cleanup 3.99 TB from 500GB Drive!

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

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and included another Cumulative Update: KB3194798. This one included a bit of a surprise. Cleanmgr.exe offered to cleanup 3.99 TB from my 500 GB C: drive. It's best appreciated from this screen cap:


October 10, 2016  1:06 PM

RegEdit Gets Address Bar

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
RegEdit, Windows 10, Windows Registry

Normally, I don't write much on Insider Preview releases for Windows 10 here. But the latest build, 14942, includes a small but significant and noteworthy change. It appears as a single line of data in the Registry Editor, aka regedit.exe. In that single line...


October 7, 2016  11:28 AM

Windows Updates: CAB vs MSU Files

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

This morning, TenForums reported that Microsoft released a new Cumulative Update KB3197356 for Windows 10. But though some users have reported obtaining this through Windows...


October 5, 2016  10:12 AM

Repeat Cumulative Updates Need Cleanup

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

Microsoft pushed out 3 cumulative updates that hit my PCs in September. They appeared on 9/1, 9/13, and 9/26. After the third one came through at month's end, I found myself thinking: "I wonder if repeat cumulative updates need cleanup." Dashing into the Disk Cleanup utility ( 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 23, 2016  11:57 AM

BSOD — Insider Preview to the Rescue!

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

It's one thing to read about Windows 10 problems. It's another thing entirely to live them through oneself. I follow the action at TenForums.com closely because it's a timely and reliable source for Windows insight and intelligence. That's why I knew what I was seeing after installing the latest...


September 21, 2016  10:13 AM

Windows Update Troubleshooter (Win10)

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

In the wake of recent Windows updates, lots of users have reported issues with Windows Update. This reminded me that there's a built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Other recent versions of Windows -- 7, 8, and 8.1, that is -- required a


September 16, 2016  3:43 PM

If WU Fails Try Update Catalog Download

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

WU is, of course, short for Windows Update. I was reminded recently that when the Windows Update service fails to update a PC, there is another way to grab and install the necessary files. It's called the Microsoft Update Catalog,...


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