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January 4, 2016  12:24 PM

Top 10 Posts for 2015

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

Thanks to the magic of Web analytics, and the generosity of TechTarget for sharing its data with me, I can report on -- and link to -- the ten most popular blog posts right here at Windows Enterprise Desktop for 2015. This data was provided to me in November, so it really only covers the...

December 24, 2015  1:44 PM

REAgentC.exe Lets You Examine and Manage WinRE Partitions

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Windows, Windows RE

TechNet describes Windows' built-in REAgentC.exe command as able to "configure a Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) boot image and a push-button reset recovery image, and to...


December 18, 2015  9:54 AM

Windows 10 Build 11082.1000 in Preview, 10586.36 in Production

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

It's been an interesting last couple of days on the Windows 10 front. Just yesterday, I got word that a new technical preview had become available, so I upgraded both of my test machines to what promises to be the first in a series of builds whose numerical designations begin with "11xxx" instead...


December 16, 2015  3:56 PM

Win10: Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight. Really?

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

Users who haven't used the GWX Control Panel to remove the "Get Windows 10" stuff from Windows 7 or 8.1 systems are now faced with an interesting choice when that runtime facility triggers in the OS. Here's what it looks...


December 11, 2015  1:27 PM

Understanding WaaS (Windows 10 as a Service)

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

I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast and/or access details for this event). First and possibly  foremost among those topics is "Windows as a...


December 7, 2015  8:19 AM

DISM Does Updates, Too!

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

Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of PCs. But when I tried to update my Surface Pro 3, I encountered a repeated failure condition with error...


December 4, 2015  10:30 AM

Ouch! SFC and DISM may disagree in Build 10586.17

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows System Files

Every now and then, things happen in Windows-world that defy common sense, not to mention best practices. I've become a somewhat obsessive user of the system file checker (SFC) and the deployment image servicing and management (DISM) commands lately checking on the


November 30, 2015  9:42 AM

Windows Administrivia: The Case of the Missing BIOS Access

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Bios setup, USB keyboard, Windows 10

As is often the case on a holiday weekend, I like to tinker with my PCs. This Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself wanting to access the BIOS on my production PC with its Gigabyte X77X-UD3H motherboard. But instead of switching over to the BIOS when I struck the DEL key during pre-Windows startup,...


November 25, 2015  10:17 AM

New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

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

Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from


November 24, 2015  8:59 AM

Media Creation Tool and MSDN Win10 Versions Diverge

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

There's been a whole lotta hoopla over the past few days about the sudden disappearance of Version 1511 (Build 10586) from the Media Creation Tool late Friday, 11/21. Of the many stories published on this topic, the items from


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