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May 6, 2015  10:11 AM

With Windows 10, MS will offer an “Update for Business” service

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows management

One of the most interesting tidbits to emerge from the Ignite conference so far has been Microsoft's announcement of its "Windows Update for Business" service. Terry Myerson himself, Microsoft's EVP for Operating Systems, made this announcement -- and offers an equivalent Blogging Windows...

May 1, 2015  10:42 AM

New Build, New Name, Lots of Win10 Action

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

Whoa! Has it really only been two days since the last time I posted? It seems like a lot more time has gone by than that, but perhaps that's because I've been pounding away at Win10 issues over most of the intervening days and hours. No sooner did I finally got my Dell Venue 11 Pro up and working...


April 29, 2015  10:56 AM

Venue 11 Pro Upgrade to 10061 Succeeds without ISOs

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

Just for grins, I decided to re-try the Windows Update download for Windows 10 Build 10061 on my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130 yesterday afternoon. The last two times I'd tried, I'd not sat in front of the machine while the upgrade was underway, and each time it failed upon attempting to reboot after...


April 27, 2015  8:51 AM

Win10: Not a “Free Upgrade” But a “Marketing and Promotional Activity”

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

Although Microsoft has itself described its upcoming plans to provide a no-cost copy of Windows 10 to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices to those who move up in the first year after its release as a 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


April 13, 2015  12:19 PM

System Refresh Leaves Interesting Items Undone

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup and restore, Disk image, Windows 8.1

In experimenting with a full system recovery recently on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I've been trying various methods to get from a current bad system state to a current good one. But while a recovery from a system image produces a complete restore of the system at the time of its capture,...


April 10, 2015  10:39 AM

Problematic SP3 Drivers Identified

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

Over the past two weeks, I've been engaged in a part-time exercise to rebuild my Surface Pro 3 from a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 Update 1. This has proved to be an interesting exercise for many different reasons, not least of which has been an ongoing trial-and-error effort to determine which...


April 6, 2015  10:06 AM

Fixing 2 Win10 Build 10049 Gotchas

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

I've got two test machines upon which I'm running the latest Win10 build, namely 10049. In getting those machines up and running, I've found myself subject to 2 inadvertent gotchas along the way. Because one prevents the build from activating, and the other sucks up beaucoups disk space (about 2.5...


April 3, 2015  10:58 AM

USB 3.1 Type-C Comes Closer to Your Desktop

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
USB, USB devices

"Why," you may be thinking as you read the title of this blog post, "would I care about a high-speed interface on my desktop when it's most likely to show up first and foremost on notebooks and tablets?" Why, indeed? And now that Asus has produced what looks like the first PCI-E x4 interface card...


April 1, 2015  9:59 AM

XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP

Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions coming up to approach the fading majesty of Windows XP, as shown in this morning's pie chart from


March 30, 2015  2:19 PM

Restoring Surface Pro 3 Poses Interesting Challenges

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Windows 8.1

In the wake of last week's firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, released outside the usual "Update/Patch Tuesday" timeframe, I decided to upgrade the drivers on that machine as well. I shouldn't have: one of the RealTek drivers I updated (for either RealTek Audio or the unit's built-in card...


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