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July 27, 2015  10:10 AM

After Raft of Problem Win10 Updates, MS Releases “Show or hide updates” tool

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Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Hmmmmm. Looks like I wasn't the only Win10 cowboy stuck out in the pasture with no lasso for a badly-behaved Windows driver updates. Numerous reports surfaced this weekend about an Nvidia graphics driver update that caused headaches for users with multi-monitor setups. In response MS has published...

July 24, 2015  5:19 PM

Grrrr! No-refuse Synaptics Touchpad Driver Update Kills Device

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Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Update Management

Starting on July 22, Windows Update on Win10 Build 10241 started offering me a Synaptics driver update for the touchpad on my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139. And man, did my system get caught in a crack, because not only did that update fail to install, but my touchpad quit working completely on that...


July 22, 2015  12:10 PM

Driver Difficulties Return in Win10 Build 20140

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

For the last three builds of Windows 10 (10159, 10162, and 10166) the OS was remarkably well-behaved in installing drivers for my newest PC (a less-than-one-year-old Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 with an i5 4210Y CPU aka Haswell M, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NXP, and so forth). Alas that record was shattered...


July 20, 2015  1:21 PM

QuickTime Poses Interesting Win10 Update Issue

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

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know I'm a big proponent of Secunia products, most notably Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI, but they also have a corporate version called...


July 17, 2015  1:28 PM

Build 10240 Looks and Smells Like a Release Candidate

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Ha! Ha! No sooner did I post a blog about a build hiatus for Windows 10 Insider that did Microsoft release an honest-to-gosh release candidate in the form of Build 10240. How do I know this is a candidate for sure? Simple: no more watermark at the lower right of the screen (which labeled the...


July 15, 2015  11:33 AM

Win10 Builds on Hiatus While MS Preps RTM Upgrade

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

Thanks to Paul Thurrott, I am now hip to Gabe Aul's additions to the Windows Insider

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July 13, 2015  11:47 AM

RelMon Shows How Drivers Get Handled During Win10 Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

For a while now, I've been speculating about what goes on with device drivers each time a new Win10 Build goes onto one of my test machines. In visiting Reliability Monitor (RelMon) this morning, I finally got confirmation that Win10 starts afresh with drivers during the install process,...


July 10, 2015  4:01 PM

Win10 Build 10166 Pops Up

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation

Having been distracted by other projects for most of this week, I was pleased to have missed the latest Fast Ring release of Build 10166 by only one day. I got it fired up and running almost immediately: it took less than half an hour, all told, to download and install on my trusty desktop test...


July 8, 2015  2:18 PM

File History Requires Windows Search

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

I'm working on my traveling laptop this week, so I'm on a different PC from usual. It's my trusty bigger-screen Lenovo T420 (Sandy Bridge 2.8 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, Plextor 256 GB mSATA SSD, and so forth). In checking over the system, I discovered that File History was turned off, and when I tried to...


July 6, 2015  10:40 AM

First Win10 RTM Candidate Hits

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

As reported on lots of Windows watching sites -- WinBeta and

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