Windows Enterprise Desktop:

June, 2016

June 29, 2016  10:03 AM

Windows 10 1608 Release?

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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 27, 2016  11:22 AM

Anniversary Update Signs Positive

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Windows 10

For the last six months or so, I've been blogging sparingly about the Insider Preview releases for Windows 10. But a handful of releases have been flying thick and fast over the past three weeks. With all Anniversary Update signs positive, it's time to let admins know the next major release of...

June 24, 2016  12:04 PM

Tools: Handling NirLauncher Updates

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Nir Sofer is a prolific developer of great, free Windows utilities. As I blogged here in December 2014, he bundles his most popular tools into a runtime collection...

June 22, 2016  12:46 PM

Slim Down Windows Images for Deployment

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Image management, Windows 10

One of my favorite sources for blog fodder here is This has been a great source for me over the years for Windows tools and utilities. I still visit there once or twice a week to see what's new and what's changed. Earlier today, I renewed my acquaintance with a Windows tool I've...

June 20, 2016  12:10 PM

Win10 Lockscreen Images Unlocked

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lock, Windows 10

A familiar lockscreen for Windows 10 appears as the first image in this blog post. It's an ocean view seen from a tidal cave on the shoreline. Microsoft makes some 170-odd images available right now. Each one comes in two versions: one in portrait, the other in landscape layout. Find this and all...

June 17, 2016  11:26 AM

Windows 10 Fresh Start Tool Appears

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Clean install, Management tools, Windows 10

I've more or less stopped covering Insider Preview releases for Windows 10 in this blog. That's because they're coming fast and furious now, and admins usually have more to do than track beta OS releases. But yesterday, when MS released its second build this week -- namely 14367 -- the covering

June 15, 2016  10:57 AM

Performing an SSD SysBoot Drive Swap

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SSD install, UEFI, Windows 10

There are many benefits to the modern Windows alternative to the Basic Input Output System (aka BIOS) that provides the basic bootstrapping services on PCs needed to boot and launch an operating system. That alternative is called the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (aka UEFI). UEFI supports...

June 13, 2016  10:49 AM

Mind Blown — MS Buys LinkedIn

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Linkedin, Mergers & Acquisitions, Microsoft

I just got done watching Satya Nadella of MS and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn enthuse together on a YouTube video. It introduces the mind-boggling concept of merging those two companies together. As the announcement hits that "MS buys LinkedIn," Nadella...

June 10, 2016  2:48 PM

Win10 OEM Keyfinder

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Windows 10

Some tools have lots of capabilities, others have a few, or only one. Here's a tool that Windows Admins will appreciate, especially those tasked with upgrading PCs from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10. The name of the tool is the Windows OEM Product Key Tool from...

June 8, 2016  10:37 AM

WUDO Backfire on Narrow WAN Pipes

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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...

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