Windows Enterprise Desktop:

August, 2015

August 31, 2015  11:41 AM

75 Million Win10 Installations One Month Out

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10

On August 26, 2015, MS made it known that the Windows 10 installed count had surpassed 75 million. A quick look at the calendar shows me that 8/26 is exactly four weeks after 7/29 (the day Windows 10 hit RTM status, and Build 10240 became available to non-Insiders). A fascinating article on...

August 28, 2015  12:10 PM

Windows Hello Compatible with Most Fingerprint Readers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Authentication, Biometrics, Windows 10

I've been aware of Windows Hello (the ability to use biometrics for login authentication and other access controls) in Windows 10 since MS first started...

August 26, 2015  9:53 AM

Just in Time for Win10, Win8.1 Eclipses XP

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10

Every now and then, I like to drop in on the market share stats at to see what's up in the desktop world as monitored via that company's observations of the Internet. When I checked this yesterday, I saw that for the first time in the three years or so since Windows 8 versions...

August 24, 2015  2:27 PM

Windows 10 and Device Drivers Revisited

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10

In my recent efforts to upgrade and/or clean install Windows 10 on a whole passel of PCs lately -- a topic to which all 6 of my previous blog posts here have been devoted, starting on 8/10 -- I've been faced with checking device drivers for all of those machines post-install to see what's what, and...

August 20, 2015  11:50 AM

Last Upgrade Anticlimactic + Lessons Learned

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Product Key, Windows Upgrades

Whew! I'm pleased and relieved to report that my big upgrade push is over now, with all 8 PCs successfully upgraded to Windows 10 in at least one boot-up partition (a couple of my test machines still boot 8.1 so I can continue to test in that environment for a while). I was concerned about losing...

August 19, 2015  10:34 AM

When CYA Takes Longer Than the Upgrade Install, That’s Success!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down in front of my wife's PC  -- a mini-ITX box with a mobile Haswell i7, 16 GB RAM, ... -- and fired off my next-to-final Windows 10 upgrade. But first, I performed a series of preparatory tasks, in case that upgrade didn't produce either an upgraded system, or a...

August 17, 2015  10:28 PM

Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Upgrades

OK, I think I've got it figured out. If your PC started on Windows 7 and was then upgraded to Windows 8 (and 8.1 and the Update), it will probably be beneficial to take a step back (or forward) into a clean Windows 8.1 installation to properly prep your machine for the upgrade to Windows 10. I...

August 17, 2015  9:05 AM

Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows installation

If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't succeed,..." provides the answer, and also finally gives me some good advice to dispense for achieving a...

August 14, 2015  11:41 AM

If a Win10 Upgrade Fails, Then What?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Disk image, Windows 10, windows installer

The question that entitles today's blog post turns out to be more than fuel for idle speculation. I recently spent 9-plus hours trying to upgrade my Lenovo X220 Tablet from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Just for the record, this notebook PC was purchased in February 2012, and is outfitted with an...

August 13, 2015  8:47 AM

Win10 Upgrade to Dell XPS27 Easy-Peasy

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In complete and stark contrast to my experience with the Surface Pro 3, the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 on my son's Dell XPS27 went without a single hitch or hiccup. I turned the upgrade via Windows Update loose on that machine when we left to go out to eat last night, and when I got home from...

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