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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

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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...


March 25, 2015  2:21 PM

Getting to Win10 Build 10041, Slowly but Surely

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

Last week, build 10041 for Windows 10 hit the fast ring for early adopters. Yesterday, it hit the slow ring for all adopters. I was able to upgrade my Windows 10 desktop without any issues during the fast ring phase, but I've been struggling to update my Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130 throughout this time...


March 23, 2015  10:15 AM

Is It Me, or Is It IE?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

In reading about a new version of and model for web browsing in Windows 10, I often find myself nodding along and thinking "'Bout time!" Over the past two years, I've been making a steady move away from IE to Chrome and Firefox, not necessarily because I want to, but because so many of the websites...


March 18, 2015  12:26 PM

All Pirates Forgiven in Upcoming Free Windows 10 Upgrade

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

A Reuters story from the WinHEC conference in China has got the Windows press and blog environment abuzz enough...


March 17, 2015  12:18 PM

New OS Compression in Windows 10

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

Over at Thurrott.com this morning, I found a simply fascinating story about a new version of "OS compression" that's...


March 6, 2015  12:11 PM

Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Printer drivers, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color printer upstairs (it helps to show color on the phone card for higher visibility access to its all...


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