Windows Enterprise Desktop:

Troubleshooting


March 1, 2017  2:34 PM

iPhone Issue Surrenders to Good Troubleshooting

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, iPhone, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I jumped into Device Manager on my production PC this morning in search of audio drive info. I couldn't help but notice that one of my Portable Devices flashed the yellow exclamation mark (!). Turns out my iPhone had apparently gone south (but this is one case where an iPhone issue surrenders to...

February 26, 2017  11:17 AM

Always Adjust Defaults After Clean Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

As the release for Windows 10 Creator's Update nears, the pace of Insider Preview releases is accelerating. Just last week, I got stuck upgrading my desktop test PC to Build 15031 Enterprise. Ultimately, I performed a clean install of that build, plus its usual aftermath. But I got caught by an...


February 15, 2017  11:58 AM

Overcoming USB Flash Write-Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, USB Flash drives, Windows 10

Last month, I was mucking around with my Asus RT-AC68U router. Among other experiments, I plugged in a USB flash drive into one of its ports to share it with the network. This morning, I unplugged it from the router to try to use it for recovery on a temporarily disabled test PC. No dice: instead...


February 3, 2017  12:32 PM

Keep USB Drives Humming

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup and Recovery, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Last weekend, I ran into an interesting problem on a couple of my laptops. Those were a Surface Pro 3 and a Dell Venue Pro 11, each with the same problem. As I ran Macrium Reflect to back each one up, it would fail to complete. This was on the same hardware: an external Eagle Consus USB 3.0 drive...


January 9, 2017  1:00 PM

Win10 Troubleshooting Alternative

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

Here's a Win10 troubleshooting alternative when attempting fixes: image repair or an in-place upgrade install. This insight has bubbled up as I've worked with the TenForums community over the past six months and more. Fixing many Windows 10 problems takes hours and hours. But using


September 23, 2016  11:57 AM

BSOD — Insider Preview to the Rescue!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Beta Testing, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

It's one thing to read about Windows 10 problems. It's another thing entirely to live them through oneself. I follow the action at TenForums.com closely because it's a timely and reliable source for Windows insight and intelligence. That's why I knew what I was seeing after installing the latest...


September 21, 2016  10:13 AM

Windows Update Troubleshooter (Win10)

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

In the wake of recent Windows updates, lots of users have reported issues with Windows Update. This reminded me that there's a built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Other recent versions of Windows -- 7, 8, and 8.1, that is -- required a


July 5, 2016  11:27 AM

Reactivating Win10/Activation Troubleshooter

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Product Activation

Commencing with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14371 or later, the OS gains some potentially helpful activation capabilities. Users are permitted to link their Microsoft accounts (usually, e-mail addresses used to log into PCs and other Windows devices) to their digital licenses for the OS. These...


May 20, 2016  11:32 AM

Volsnap Error Signals Failing Disk

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk Drive failure, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

As fate would have it, I was on the phone yesterday when my production desktop starting dinging madly, ringing the USB device added (or removed) sound on and off repeatedly. "What in the world?" I thought to myself as I continued on with my call resolving to check things out ASAP once it ended....


March 28, 2016  12:07 PM

Achieving Windows Sleep Protection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Sleep Mode, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Now that Windows sleep appears to be working properly on my production PC, I've begun to understand that various influences can disturb that hallowed and blissful state. Starting last Thursday, I noticed that my PC was already running in the morning when I arrived in my office. Apparently,...


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