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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 19, 2015  1:15 PM

Simple Trick Fixes DISM /source syntax issues

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

I've been messing around with the MS Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool since it made its debut along with Windows 8, when it replaced the ImageX tool built into previous Windows versions, as well as the Windows Package Manager (Pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and intlcfg tools likewise...


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...


July 8, 2015  2:18 PM

File History Requires Windows Search

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

I'm working on my traveling laptop this week, so I'm on a different PC from usual. It's my trusty bigger-screen Lenovo T420 (Sandy Bridge 2.8 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, Plextor 256 GB mSATA SSD, and so forth). In checking over the system, I discovered that File History was turned off, and when I tried to...


June 9, 2015  9:56 AM

Win8 Versions Overtake XP: Where’s Win10?

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

Every now and then I like to drop into NetMarketShare.com and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated to watch those dynamics unfold. However antediluvian this makes me, I'm not ashamed that I still...


May 26, 2015  7:26 PM

Another DISM tip for compacting Windows installations

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Image management, Windows 10, Windows 8.1

While perusing the postings over at the Windows 10 Forums earlier, I caught an item there entitled "Trimming down Win10TP" that taught me a new way to use the Deployment Image Servicing and...


April 13, 2015  12:19 PM

System Refresh Leaves Interesting Items Undone

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Backup and restore, Disk image, Windows 8.1

In experimenting with a full system recovery recently on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, I've been trying various methods to get from a current bad system state to a current good one. But while a recovery from a system image produces a complete restore of the system at the time of its capture,...


April 10, 2015  10:39 AM

Problematic SP3 Drivers Identified

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Surface Pro, Troubleshooting, Windows 8.1

Over the past two weeks, I've been engaged in a part-time exercise to rebuild my Surface Pro 3 from a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 Update 1. This has proved to be an interesting exercise for many different reasons, not least of which has been an ongoing trial-and-error effort to determine which...


April 1, 2015  9:59 AM

XP Holding Steady While Win8.* Versions Close In

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

Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions coming up to approach the fading majesty of Windows XP, as shown in this morning's pie chart from

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