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January 22, 2018  1:15 PM

OneDrive File Attributes Uncovered

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Command line, Windows 10

An alert TenForums member reports seeing some "new" attributes show up in the help file for the attrib command. Next, numerous community members...

January 19, 2018  1:15 PM

17074.1002 Introduces Involuntary Upgrade Repair Install

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Windows 10, windows installer

In Windows-speak, an upgrade repair install refers to upgrading a Windows installation to the version that's already running. This sounds like a waste of time, at first blush. But, consider that this replaces all OS files and device drivers, and rebuilds the registry from scratch. It also leaves...


January 17, 2018  12:56 PM

MDT PS Wizard Covers MS Deployment Toolkit Wizards

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment, MDT, Windows 10

Anybody who's worked the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) know that it's all about the wizards. Lots of wizards (dozens, anyway), in fact. That's what makes a new, free PowerShell script called MDT PS Wizard attractive. The...


January 15, 2018  12:35 PM

Operator Error Explains 4TB Drive Mystery

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Disk drives, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

In December, I found myself perplexed. I was unable to mount either of a pair of 4TB HGST hard disks on my production desktop. Over the weekend, I finally solved that problem, and learned to my chagrin that I'd shot myself in the foot. It turns out that these dual-drive docks I'd been using...


January 12, 2018  2:34 PM

Win10 PC Brick-Avoidance Techniques

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

It's a sometimes scary world for Windows PC caretakers. That goes double when patching involves BIOS or firmware updates. That's been on for a week now, following the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities. First reported on January 2, related firmware updates have appeared since the day after that....


January 10, 2018  1:46 PM

More Details on KB4056892 Wintel Vulnerabilities

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10

As I mentioned in a 1/5 blog post, major vulnerabilities for Intel and Amd processors emerged over the holidays. KB4056892 addresses them, at least in part. But running...


January 8, 2018  12:39 PM

RegHack Fixes Unwanted Win10 Thumbnail Deletions

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
File Explorer, Windows 10

Behind the scenes, Windows runs all kinds of background tasks to keep things working smoothly -- in theory, at least. However, users on TenForums.com report that...


January 5, 2018  12:38 PM

KB4056892 Fixes Critical Win10 Security Bugs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
cybersecurity, Security management, Windows 10

Over the holidays, news emerged about a horrible flaw in x86 processors. Alas, it affects Intel and AMD hardware alike. This is hardware level stuff that will change layouts for future processors, because it exposes PCs to deep security vulnerabilities. In the meantime, users must...


December 29, 2017  10:38 AM

Windows 10 for 2017

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10

This is my last post for 2017, so it's apt to reflect on the reigning desktop OS this year. We've worked our way through two Creators updates (Versions 1703 and 1709), each of which brought changes. Some of the big improvements have included mixed reality, OneDrive files on demand, and fluent...


December 23, 2017  12:08 PM

Undoing 7Zip ISO Association

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
File Explorer, Windows 10

Huh! I learned something interesting yesterday, thanks to some nice sleuthing work from my frequent Win10 collaborator, Kari Finn. We'd been chatting earlier in the week, and he'd asked me to open an ISO file to examine its contents. When I right-clicked on it, the "Mount" entry in the context...


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