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September 28, 2015  9:57 AM

Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

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

After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains how activation works, and is particularly...

September 18, 2015  12:54 PM

Watch Out for Print Driver Changes in Win10!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Print Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Over the past 10 days, I've been chasing down a strange problem with one of my network printers: the excellent Dell 2155cn has been a real workhorse for me for the past three years remained visible after my Win10 upgrade frenzy in late August, it actually disappeared entirely from the network....


September 14, 2015  11:06 AM

Latest Cumulative Update DOES Improve Win10 Stability

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

Something very interesting has happened to my Windows 10 production desktop since the last Cumulative Update was installed on that machine last week (I'm talking about KB3081455, dated 9/8/15). Prior to that update, I was...


September 11, 2015  1:39 PM

A ~5GB “pre-emptive” Win10 download?

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

This morning, I read Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' ZDnet story entitled "Windows 10 installer could be on your PC whether you want it or not" with some amusement. Then I asked...


September 9, 2015  10:08 AM

The Politics of Clean Install

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

For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by the vast majority of Windows experts and mavens. However, a response to my most recent blog from...


September 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, windows 10 upgrade, Windows installation

I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten...

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August 20, 2015  11:50 AM

Last Upgrade Anticlimactic + Lessons Learned

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

Whew! I'm pleased and relieved to report that my big upgrade push is over now, with all 8 PCs successfully upgraded to Windows 10 in at least one boot-up partition (a couple of my test machines still boot 8.1 so I can continue to test in that environment for a while). I was concerned about losing...


August 19, 2015  10:34 AM

When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That’s Success!

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

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a series of preparatory tasks, in case that upgrade didn't produce either an upgraded system, or a...


August 17, 2015  10:28 PM

Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

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

OK, I think I've got it figured out. If your PC started on Windows 7 and was then upgraded to Windows 8 (and 8.1 and the Update), it will probably be beneficial to take a step back (or forward) into a clean Windows 8.1 installation to properly prep your machine for the upgrade to Windows 10. I...


August 17, 2015  9:05 AM

Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

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

If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't succeed,..." provides the answer, and also finally gives me some good advice to dispense for achieving a...


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