Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2018

January 31, 2018  9:07 AM

Announcing the winners of the Access Innovation Awards

Alyssa Provazza Alyssa Provazza Profile: Alyssa Provazza
Amazon, Dell, Thin client, VDI, VMware, Windows 10

This special issue of Access highlights end-user computing projects that took unique approaches to tackling challenges around desktop and application delivery. We recognize two organizations for their innovative initiatives that improved productivity for end users and simplified...

January 29, 2018  10:40 AM

MS Issues Spectre Reversal Update (Catalog Only)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10

In an ongoing saga of reboot and instability issues, MS jumps into Spectre updates with a new patch, KB4078130. It's available only from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Download and apply it only on systems that have gone...

January 26, 2018  4:02 PM

Skip Product Key When Sysprepping Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment, Sysprep, Windows 10

When creating a generic image for Windows deployment, it may be desirable to skip over the product key when preparing that image. This is usually handled through the agency of an unattend.xml file. This happens during the 1 Comment     RSS Feed     Email a friend

January 24, 2018  12:37 PM

Intel Now Advises Against Installing Spectre Patches!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
security breach, Windows 10

Until Monday, prevailing wisdom on Spectre-related microcode patches for Intel CPUs was "Patch ASAP!" For most owners of such gear, this meant "Patch as soon as your OEM or motherboard vendor makes one available." No more. Intel has fielded numerous complaints from those who followed this advice,...

January 22, 2018  1:15 PM

OneDrive File Attributes Uncovered

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command line, Windows 10

An alert TenForums member reports seeing some "new" attributes show up in the help file for the attrib command. Next, numerous community members...

January 19, 2018  1:15 PM

17074.1002 Introduces Involuntary Upgrade Repair Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows installer

In Windows-speak, an upgrade repair install refers to upgrading a Windows installation to the version that's already running. This sounds like a waste of time, at first blush. But, consider that this replaces all OS files and device drivers, and rebuilds the registry from scratch. It also leaves...

January 17, 2018  12:56 PM

MDT PS Wizard Covers MS Deployment Toolkit Wizards

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment, MDT, Windows 10

Anybody who's worked the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) know that it's all about the wizards. Lots of wizards (dozens, anyway), in fact. That's what makes a new, free PowerShell script called MDT PS Wizard attractive. The...

January 15, 2018  12:35 PM

Operator Error Explains 4TB Drive Mystery

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk drives, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

In December, I found myself perplexed. I was unable to mount either of a pair of 4TB HGST hard disks on my production desktop. Over the weekend, I finally solved that problem, and learned to my chagrin that I'd shot myself in the foot. It turns out that these dual-drive docks I'd been using...

January 12, 2018  2:34 PM

Win10 PC Brick-Avoidance Techniques

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

It's a sometimes scary world for Windows PC caretakers. That goes double when patching involves BIOS or firmware updates. That's been on for a week now, following the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities. First reported on January 2, related firmware updates have appeared since the day after that....

January 10, 2018  1:46 PM

More Details on KB4056892 Wintel Vulnerabilities

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10

As I mentioned in a 1/5 blog post, major vulnerabilities for Intel and Amd processors emerged over the holidays. KB4056892 addresses them, at least in part. But running...

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