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July 20, 2016  1:02 PM

Hurry-up 11th hour Win8.1 Upgrade

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

As of this morning, only nine days remain for the free MS upgrade offer to convert Windows 7 or 8.1 devices into Windows 10. I'd been holding out on a Windows 8.1 installation on one of my test machines until yesterday. But I decided to go ahead and exercise the offer, to preserve the value of its...

May 23, 2016  9:48 AM

Why Upgrade Windows 7 to 10: Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean Install 7, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Updates

Last week, Microsoft released the so-called "Convenience Rollup" for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It's described in a 5/17/2016 Microsoft KB article entitled "Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1."...


May 6, 2016  10:13 AM

Free Win10 Upgrade Ends 7/29/2016

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

At the outset of 2015, Microsoft announced it would offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for devices running Windows 7 and 8.1. (Here's a Terry Myerson blog post devoted to...


April 27, 2016  10:31 AM

US Govt Sites Show OS Use on Web

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7

For a long time now, I've relied on NetMarketShare.com to provide some sense of the make-up of web traffic, especially as it pertains to desktop OSes. The US Government operates its analytics.usa.gov site, which provides a more general view of who's logging into their servers. Here's a partial...


February 15, 2016  10:57 AM

Tackling Windows Update Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Update Management

Every now and then, one of my test machines will balk when the time comes to install a new update for testing and evaluation. Figuring that other readers may occasionally find themselves in the same circumstances, I wanted to share some potential fixes and techniques for dealing with this when and...


February 8, 2016  11:21 AM

Windows 10 Desktop Share Passes XP

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP

As of the latest figures from NetMarketShare.com, Windows 10's desktop operating system marketshare has just surpassed that for Windows XP, that venerable, creaky and insecure OS whose support went bye-bye when it hit end-of-life status on April 8, 2014. Almost two years later, it's still kicking...


January 4, 2016  12:24 PM

Top 10 Posts for 2015

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows desktop

Thanks to the magic of Web analytics, and the generosity of TechTarget for sharing its data with me, I can report on -- and link to -- the ten most popular blog posts right here at Windows Enterprise Desktop for 2015. This data was provided to me in November, so it really only covers the...


December 16, 2015  3:56 PM

Win10: Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight. Really?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

Users who haven't used the GWX Control Panel to remove the "Get Windows 10" stuff from Windows 7 or 8.1 systems are now faced with an interesting choice when that runtime facility triggers in the OS. Here's what it looks...


October 16, 2015  10:08 AM

Oops! MS ticks “Upgrade to Win10” in WU on Win7&8.1 PCs

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

Since the latest Patch/Update Tuesday earlier this week on 10/13, the computer trade press has been rife with stories about Microsoft's accidental enablement of the Upgrade to Windows 10 option on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. More than mildly curious upon reading about same, I checked the 8.1 boot image...


June 19, 2015  10:23 AM

Handy Utility: Text Finding

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
full text search, Windows 7, Windows 8

As a full-time writer and researcher, I am forever compiling materials that need to be combed for nuggets of information. Sometimes, particularly in connection with my occasional work as an expert witness, this means LOTS of text and/or source code to search for specific strings -- gigabytes of...


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