Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2016

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...

November 28, 2016  1:03 PM

Build 14971 Drops Cmd.exe for PowerShell

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command Line Processor, Windows 10, Windows PowerShell

Here's an interesting tidbit from Dona Sarkar's announcement for Windows 10 Build 14971 from the Windows Insider Program. Though it appeared on...

November 25, 2016  12:23 PM

Admin Tools: Winaero Tweaker

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Anybody who follows this blog knows I turn regularly to Sergey Tkachenko's site for news and the occasional admin tool. I've been aware of his free (donationware, actually) Winaero Tweaker for some time, but never dug into it...

November 23, 2016  5:10 PM

Admin Toolbox: File Mgmt

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

This will be the first in a multi-part series on free or low-cost tools worth adopting for Windows desktop admins. Here, we take a look at two free tools for Windows file management: WinDirStat and

November 22, 2016  9:40 AM

Built-in Windows 10 ads annoy IT pros

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Enterprise Windows Computing, Windows 10

Advertisements are pretty unavoidable on your favorite websites and social media. Now users have to deal with them on Windows 10, too. On its lock screen, Windows 10 displays ads for apps, games and movies users can download from the Windows Store. Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise all come...

November 14, 2016  5:00 PM

Win10 Eyecandy Desktop Themes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Desktop images, Desktop Management, Personalization, Windows 10

The Windows desktop offers plenty of personalization controls to enable users to improve how desktops appear on screen.  This includes the ability to incorporate any number of way-attractive Win10 eyecandy desktop themes. This trick takes three steps:

1. Download...

November 11, 2016  1:57 PM

Heed SP3 Firmware Update Warning!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
firmware update, Surface Pro, Windows 10

I've owned and enjoyed my Surface Pro 3 hybrid laptop/tablet since I purchased it in late October 2014. Though there's been some recent controversy over battery life for this device, it's always worked reliably for me. In fact, it's never let me down when I needed it. All that may be about to...

November 9, 2016  10:04 AM

3.99 TB Cleanup Continues After KB3200970

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

Yesterday, the latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Current Branch, KB 3200970 appeared. After installing that item, cleanmgr.exe reports that the 3.99 TB cleanup continues. I first reported this on October 12 after

November 7, 2016  1:34 PM

Win10 Marketshare Flat in Q316

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
SHARE, Windows 10

The UK website, The Register, has thoughtfully consolidated Windows 10 marketshare numbers from my favorite sources. They report that Windows 10 growth appears as flat as a board for the just-ended calendar quarter. In looking for explanations for what makes Win10 marketshare flat in Q316, look no...

November 4, 2016  1:32 PM

Unified Update Platform Reduces Update Complexity

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

Yesterday, Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 Insider Preview build number 14959. Usually I don't cover previews here, because they sit at the bleeding or leading edge of Win10 technology. But a new feature in this build warrants mention. That feature is the Unified Update Platform, or UUP:...

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