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February 20, 2015  10:08 AM

Clean (Re)Install Benefits from Driver Backup Utility

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Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows utility

In reading over an interesting article on Ars Technica...

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February 18, 2015  5:09 PM

Don’t Forget About RecImgMgr

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Image Backup, Windows Backup

Slimware Utilities is the company behind RecImg Manager, a program that can capture and restore modern-format Windows images. This is the same kind of image that Windows 8 or 10 uses, when you elect to "refresh" a...


February 16, 2015  12:57 PM

Winaero mines Alt+Tab key combos, nice tool

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Keyboard Shortcuts, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Sergey Tkachenko, who's the mind behind the excellent Winaero.com site and blog, struck paydirt recently with his post on

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February 13, 2015  10:16 AM

Puzzling Intel Chipset Situation

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Intel Chipset Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

I've been a big fan of the Intel Driver Update Utility for years, especially since the company published the standalone program version (v2.0) in mid-2014. With the introduction...


February 11, 2015  9:43 AM

KB 3001652 Goes Bad on Update Tuesday

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1, Windows Updates

Oho! Yesterday was "Update Tuesday," the second Tuesday of the month. Tuning into Windows Update just after lunch I noticed a big batch of updates (38 on Windows 8.1 systems with MS Office 2013 installed, 18-20 on those without a standalone version of Office onboard, including my son's PC which has...


February 9, 2015  9:39 AM

Windows 8.* Slowly Overtaking XP, 7 Still on TOP

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

Every now and then, I have to check in over at NetMarketShare.com, to see what's happening with the distribution of desktop OSes that the company detects on the Internet. This morning, I couldn't help but notice that as Windows XP's marketshare continues to decline -- as it should, being now well...


January 22, 2015  4:09 PM

Subduing the Wily and Recalcitrant Windows.edb in Win8.1

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Indexing, Performance/Tuning, Windows 8.1

I am a great fan of checking in on my disks from time to time, especially my system/boot disk, which goes by C: on my system. The last time I fired up WinDirStat on my production system, my eyes...


January 19, 2015  9:11 AM

TechNet Solution Guide Addresses WinDeployment Best Practices

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment tools, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

From the "better late than never" school of information sharing, I just found an October 2014 TechNet Solution Guide that many Windows administrators are likely to find captivating. It's entitled "

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January 5, 2015  11:12 AM

CES Is On: Hope the Hype Hits!

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CES International, Intel, Internet of Things, lenovo, System on a Chip

Now that the holidays are behind us, and the New Year is unrolling before is, it's time for that annual technology extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), still one of the biggest and most wide-ranging of all the big technology conferences that take over Las Vegas from time to...


January 2, 2015  10:06 AM

Yes, Virginia: Windows *DOES* Defrag SSDs (Sometimes)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk defragmentation, SSD

Two persistent myths that attach to SSDs running under "modern" Windows OSes (version 7 and higher) are as follows: (a) defragging such disks is a bad idea (b) Windows doesn't defrag such disks by default, provided that it recognizes them properly. Visiting the Windows 8 Forums this morning...


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