Windows Enterprise Desktop:

February, 2018


February 28, 2018  12:52 PM

Fixing Missing Mouse or Keyboard

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

In the wake of the recently-released KB4074588, lots of PCs with this update installed have resbooted to "lost" USB peripherals. In particular, many users have reported neither mouse nor keyboard present....

February 27, 2018  7:14 PM

Win7 Still Activates Win10 2/27/18

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
activation, Windows 10

I'm working my way through a box of failed laptops right now. My sister sent them to me over the holidays, so I could make necessary repairs, where feasible. Right now, I'm batting one for three, but hopeful that I might make progress on the other two soon. I just upgraded one of them from Windows...


February 25, 2018  1:32 PM

Win10 Upgrade Repair Install Tips

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

Last Friday afternoon, I went ahead and did what's called an "upgrade repair install" (URI) on my production desktop PC. For historical reasons I'm running the current production of Windows 10 Enterprise, x64, EN-us (US English). Recently, the machine has been acting up a bit, primarily with issues...


February 21, 2018  3:07 PM

Win10 Safe Mode Breakout Technique

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
CMD, command prompt, Safe Mode, Windows 10

There's been a rash of issues lately with Windows 10 updates and Insider Preview upgrades. Some of these have left PCs with boot problems. I read about a particularly interesting case in point on TenForums this morning. Its title "


February 19, 2018  1:33 PM

Bootrec Fixes Win10 Boot Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
command prompt, Windows 10

For those who regularly install, upgrade, update or repair Windows 10 installations, the occasional boot problem is inevitable. When such things occur, don't panic. Turn to your trusty repair kit instead. And fortunately, the basic Win10 install media -- and the vast majority of bootable repair,...


February 16, 2018  10:52 AM

Do Try Microsoft Teams

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Office 365, Windows 10

If you're an Office 365 subscriber with a company email address enrolled, you owe it to yourself (and your company or organization) to give Microsoft Teams a try. It's the new "teamwork hub" for the Office 365 environment. It's likely to replace Skype for Business in the next year or two, too. To...


February 14, 2018  12:32 PM

Update 7-ZIP to 18.01 NOW

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Security

You might not think that a compression tool like 7-Zip could pose security problems for Windows. If so, you'd be wrong. I just  learned -- courtesy of a January 31...

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February 12, 2018  5:54 PM

No Win10 Means No Office 2019

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Office 365, Windows 10

There's an interesting development on the Windows landscape. It's also perhaps a "killer reason" for Win10 upgrades. Here 'tis: MS has confirmed that Office 2019 will only be available on devices running Windows 10. Ouch! Those using older Windows versions can't upgrade. This info appears in a blog...


February 11, 2018  2:05 PM

KB4058258 Install Fail Fix

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

Lots of Win10 users are reporting issues when trying to install the Spectre follow-up Windows Update item, KB4058258. Many of those who've installed KB4056892 have reported issues when trying to add its replacement, KB4058258. A kind of "recipe" has emerged, for those who want to apply this...


February 7, 2018  2:14 PM

Windows 10 Gets S Modes

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

When Microsoft Announced Windows 10 S last year, the general response was a resounding “Huh?” Windows 10 S restricts users to apps from the Microsoft Store. In fact, that’s what the “S” in Windows 10 S stands for. The idea is  a more secure and streamlined Windows 10 experience. Thus,...


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