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February 19, 2016  10:45 AM

US DoD Hurry-Up Windows 10 Deployment

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DOD, Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services

Industry observers have been keen to point out that while consumers have been fairly quick to move to Windows 10, enterprise users have not been quite as aggressive in their uptake. Thus, for example, when Microsoft revealed early in January that the total number of Windows 10 users had exceeded

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February 1, 2016  8:14 AM

Secunia PSI/CSI Engine Gets Right with Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
vulnerability management, Windows 10

I've been a big fan of Secunia's (now part of Flexera) Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) for half-a-dozen years or longer. The engine that makes both versions work scans PCs for installed software, and compares them to its sizable and comprehensive database of...


January 29, 2016  11:14 AM

How to Fix Unceasing (Re)Install of KB3119142 in Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Patch management, Visual C++, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Before the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 (KB3124262) appeared on 12/27, I'd already run into a problem with theKB3119142 "Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package" on a couple of my...


December 9, 2015  10:51 AM

SCCM Rolls Up to Windows 10 1511 Release Level

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Configuration management, System Center Configuration Manager, Windows 10

On December 8, 2015, Microsoft announced the release of a new version of its System Center Configuration Manager (the SCCM I used in the title of this post, for brevity's sake). There's some interesting stuff here, not least of which is that the product now explicitly references Windows 10, to the...


September 4, 2015  9:58 AM

Network Type Reset After Sleep Still Popping Up in Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Domain Administrator, Network Access Policy, Private networks, Windows 10

For months during the Technical and Insider Preview stages of the Win10 version track, I noticed that some of my PCs would switch from Private to Public network status following sleep (tablets, mostly -- both Surface and Dell Venue Pro 11 proved occasionally susceptible). The easy fix on my home...


August 28, 2015  12:10 PM

Windows Hello Compatible with Most Fingerprint Readers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Authentication, Biometrics, Windows 10

I've been aware of Windows Hello (the ability to use biometrics for login authentication and other access controls) in Windows 10 since MS first started talking about it late in 2014. Intel's RealSense cameras, which  exploit built-in 3-D recognition capabilities, have gotten the lion's share of...


June 15, 2015  11:07 AM

Is the Ask Toolbar Malware? Maybe Yes, Maybe No…

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
asktoolbar, malware

Over the weekend, I saw an interesting news item on the Windows 10 Forums. Entitled "Ask Toolbar gets the banhammer on Windows," it observes that "the

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May 15, 2015  9:25 AM

Win10: A Half-Month of Streaming Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Windows 10

In the brave new world of Windows 10, updates are no longer batched, but pop up when and as they appear. I decided to take a look at what that means by examining the Update Histories for my two current Windows 10 PCs, in terms of types and frequencies of updates involved. But first, of course, some...


May 13, 2015  10:41 AM

Beware the Ides of May: Beaucoups Updates!!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Security updates

Realizing that yesterday was "Update Tuesday," I opened up my update history on a production Windows 8.1 PC this morning, and found 40 (!) updates of varying shapes and sizes had been installed thereupon. You can read all about what hit yesterday in the MS

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May 6, 2015  10:11 AM

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

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


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