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December 7, 2016  11:37 AM

UUP Starts Getting Real

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

In early November, I blogged about Microsoft's Unified Update Platform (UUP). In that post, I reported that Insider Build 14959 would include UUP features and...

November 30, 2016  2:01 PM

WUMT Does Updates When WU Can’t or Won’t

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Toolbox, Windows 10, Windows Update Management, Windows Updates

Late last month, I wrote a blog post about Windows Update (WU) Alternatives. Little did I know at the time that one of the tools I wrote about would so soon save my bacon. I'm talking...


October 31, 2016  2:28 PM

Current Branch or Extended Beta?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Three Windows 10 release branches unfolded since the OS made its debut in July, 2015. Recent events and issues have me pondering this proposition: "Current Branch or Extended Beta?" Let me explain, first with some history, then with some recent observations. First the history part. At present,...


October 7, 2016  11:28 AM

Windows Updates: CAB vs MSU Files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Automatic Updates, Windows 10, Windows Updates

This morning, TenForums reported that Microsoft released a new Cumulative Update KB3197356 for Windows 10. But though some users have reported obtaining this through Windows...


September 16, 2016  3:43 PM

If WU Fails Try Update Catalog Download

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

WU is, of course, short for Windows Update. I was reminded recently that when the Windows Update service fails to update a PC, there is another way to grab and install the necessary files. It's called the Microsoft Update Catalog,...


July 25, 2016  10:38 AM

Win10 Slow-flow Anniversary Update

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

Next week, MS will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, August 2. The company has already announced it will be staggering that release for users in the Current Branch. These are the folks who get the latest release via Windows Update. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet cleverly refers to this...


June 29, 2016  10:03 AM

Windows 10 1608 Release?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Yesterday a news item hit the Windows blogs that simply offered this headline "Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2," with no additional content or explanation. This...


June 8, 2016  10:37 AM

WUDO Backfire on Narrow WAN Pipes

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

Found a fascinating story on The Register (UK) this morning, entitled "Is Windows 10 Ignoring Sysadmins' network QoS settings?" It explains how an Australian sysadmin observed a...


May 25, 2016  9:20 AM

Avoid Win10 Upgrade Tricks

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade, Windows Updates

Ever since Windows 10 arrived, Microsoft has been attempting what some might call Win10 upgrade tricks to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install that free upgrade. Over time, their approach has varied. Here's a litany of the various Windows Update offers MS has tried to move users up the OS...


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."...


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