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November 9, 2015  10:34 AM

Simple Versioning Numbers in Win10 Presage Deployment Changes

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Service packs, Windows 10

If you take a look at the Winver information from the latest Fast Ring build for Windows Insiders, aka Build 10586, you'll see some additional information in the second line of text therein, just below Microsoft Windows:

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November 6, 2015  9:49 AM

Win10 Build 10586 Recognizes “Digital Entitlement”

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Windows Upgrades

If the rumor mill is correct, the current Win10 fast ring build represents the upcoming Threshold 2 release for Windows 10, and will be pushed out to the entire population of Windows 10 users next Tuesday. Wondering about what this might mean for installation and license management for those who...


October 28, 2015  9:32 AM

Persistent Windows.old Folder Surrenders to Command Line Prompt

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

Among my various desktops, laptops, and tablets, I've got an 16-month-old Surface Pro 3 purchased in August 2014. In working with the boot/sys drive recently I noticed I still had a windows.old folder hanging around, courtesy of my September upgrade to Windows 10 on that machine. "Hmmmm," thought I...


October 23, 2015  10:38 AM

Stop Win10 from Automatic Reboot After Updates

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

There has been plenty of heated discussion about the way MS has handled updates in Windows 10. Much of that discussion has centered around Windows 10's update push behavior, which forces updates on Windows 10 PCs whether the recipients want them or not (see one workaround for this in my

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October 21, 2015  11:11 AM

Interesting Network Printer Shenanigans on Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DHCP Reservation, Network printers, Windows 10

I've got a Samsung ML-2850 monochrome laser printer on my network, and I've been chasing around various ways to interact with it lately. It seems that unless you've got access to a print server, and set up that print server to offer the network printer up to network users, you can't access a...


October 19, 2015  1:15 PM

Simple Trick Fixes DISM /source syntax issues

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows versions, as well as the Windows Package Manager (Pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and intlcfg tools likewise...


October 16, 2015  10:08 AM

Oops! MS ticks “Upgrade to Win10” in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. More than mildly curious upon reading about same, I checked the 8.1 boot image...


October 14, 2015  10:18 AM

MS Eases Activation in Latest Win10 Preview Build

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Windows Installer, Windows 10, Windows Product Activation

I've been steering clear of writing about Windows 10 Preview builds since the 10240 Build became publicly available starting on July 29, mostly in the interests of addressing the Windows 10 version that the vast majority of users have at their disposal. But a single change to the latest released...


October 9, 2015  9:29 AM

NetBIOS Tweak May Be Needed for Win10 NAS Access

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Network Share Access, Windows 10

In response to a question from an old friend and colleague, I started researching what might cause a NAS connection to vanish following an upgrade to Windows 10. It turns out that certain network shares, including NAS-related ones, have been known to vanish from access (and appearance in File...


October 5, 2015  9:48 AM

Reset/Refresh Windows Update to Fix WU Errors

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

Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update error code list," where...


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