Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2016

January 29, 2016  11:14 AM

How to Fix Unceasing (Re)Install of KB3119142 in Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Patch management, Visual C++, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Before the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 (KB3124262) appeared on 12/27, I'd already run into a problem with theKB3119142 "Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package" on a couple of my...

January 27, 2016  10:01 AM

Latest Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Includes an “Oops!”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
firmware update, Surface Pro

On January 19, Microsoft released a System Firmware Update for the Surface Pro 3 that included an item related to Pen settings for the Surface Pro 4 Pen. In the wake of numerous subsequent reports of crashes and blue screens resulting from this item, MS has removed it from that firmware update...

January 25, 2016  10:09 AM

PowerShell for SCCM Confers Automation Benefits

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Powershell, System Center Configuration Manager

The Technical Preview version of Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) offers some pretty tasty capabilities, including up-to-date support for...

January 22, 2016  3:10 PM

Every VDI deployment has its thorn

Margaret Jones Margaret Jones Profile: Margaret Jones

VDI has always faced an uphill slog. Implementation is time-consuming and expensive. The technology only fits certain use cases, and with so many moving parts and people to please, a lot of problems can crop up. If your higher-ups are on board with doing VDI and you get the infrastructure right,...

January 22, 2016  10:53 AM

Surface Pro Power Cord Exchange Dead Simple

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In case you missed the news, MS has issued a recall on the power cords from all Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 models sold before March 15, 2015. As the owner of a Surface Pro 3 purchased on 3/14/2014 -- according to my online warranty info for the device -- I'm entitled to claim a...

January 20, 2016  10:46 AM

Enterprises: Like It or Not, Here Comes Windows 10!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Windows Computing, Windows 10, Windows OS Migration

Wow! Has there been a lot of Windows 10 action at the enterprise lately, or what? The Internet has been abuzz with everything from rants to raves for enterprises interested in -- or already piloting or deploying -- Windows 10. In fact, I can't help but see something of a "stick and carrot" approach...

January 18, 2016  12:42 PM

Big Benefit of WaaS: One Update to Clean Install, and Done!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
WaaS, Windows 10

Thanks to a recent story on WinSuperSite, a positive and powerful benefit of Windows 10's new "Windows as a Service" posture is now evident. Because the Windows Update stream includes regular...

January 15, 2016  9:49 AM

Settings Reset in Windows 10 Reinforces Desktop.ini Trick

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Control panel, Desktop Management, Windows 10

As part of the most recent "Patch Tuesday," MS pushed Cumulative Update KB3124263 out to all Current Branch users for Windows 10. As sometimes happens, this caused some settings in the runtime environment to be reset. Perforce, this meant reaching out to restore such tweaks as I find useful or...

January 14, 2016  2:19 PM

Answering Key Windows 10 Questions

Margaret Jones Margaret Jones Profile: Margaret Jones
Windows 10

When I started working on SearchEnterpriseDesktop, I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. The information that IT administrators need about Windows isn’t always easy to find—and it's often difficult to digest. There are so many versions and editions of the OS, each with its own quirks, and...

January 13, 2016  11:47 AM

Where Does Key Recovery for Windows 10 Re-Install Stop?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Reading over the recent forum posts at Spiceworks this morning, a thread entitled "Windows 10 reinstalls after July 2016?" caught my eye. Inquiring readers want...

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