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February 25, 2017  4:37 PM

Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042

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

Late last week MS released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Little did I know that there would be "Interesting Issues in Insider Preview 15042." But after a couple of failed installs,  I found myself  "bitten" on my Dell Venue Pro 11. That's when I remembered that the

February 17, 2017  5:00 PM

New Windows 10 insider program coming for businesses

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Microsoft, Windows 10

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Insider Program for Businesses will cater to IT professionals. Through the program, nicknamed WIP4Biz, IT admins will be able to test new Windows 10 features with their existing systems and give feedback to Microsoft prior to go-live dates. There is already a Windows...


February 17, 2017  11:53 AM

Disconnect Drives Before Multi-Boot Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
bcdboot, Dual booting, Windows 10

Anybody can learn stuff, but lessons learned the hard way are the ones that stick with you. Case in point: I've got a Windows desktop PC I use as a test machine. Furthermore, I've got it set up as a dual-boot environment. On one SSD I've got a bootable installation of the Win10 Current Branch...


February 15, 2017  11:58 AM

Overcoming USB Flash Write-Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


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