Windows Enterprise Desktop:

July, 2018

July 30, 2018  10:37 AM

Clean Install Fixes Long-Standing Win10 Restart Issue

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Sometimes, the march of progress can be both rewarding and infuriating, where Windows 10 is concerned. Case in point: a series of failed upgrades on my Dell Venue Pro 11 recently turned into a clean install. I switched from a default disk layout with the WinRE partition first, to MS's preferred...

July 27, 2018  12:02 PM

PS Cmdlet Turns Win10 Networks Private

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I just clean-installed Windows 10 1803 on one of my test machines. In that install's wake, I found myself unable to RDP into that machine. "Oho!" I thought to myself "I bet the network is set Public, not Private." Although my presumption was correct, I had trouble figuring out how to make that...

July 25, 2018  4:56 PM

DISM Export-Image Grabs Selected Image Installer

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Found myself in a bit of a pickle yesterday. Downloaded the 1803 ISO using the Windows ISO Download Tool from HeiDoc.Net. Quickly learned that it includes 13 different Windows...

July 23, 2018  12:02 PM

Surface Pro Boot Requires Minimum Charge

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot failure, chrging battery, surface pro 3, Windows 10

This weekend, I learned the hard way that a successful Surface Pro boot requires minimum charge levels. How did I learn this, and what made it hard? My wife and son took our Surface Pro 3 with them to Germany, in case they needed a PC while there. Turns out they didn't, so it never even left its...

July 20, 2018  11:03 AM

Win10 Migration Survey Reveals 2018 Challenges

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services, Windows OS Migration

Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP, offers an interesting survey covering Windows 10 migration challenges. It's entitled "The 2018 State of Windows 10 Migration Challenges Report." (Sign-up link for download:...

July 19, 2018  3:36 PM

Dell Venue Pro 11 7130 Strange Upgrade Issues

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

I've owned a Dell Venue Pro 11 Model 7130 with keyboard dock since 2013. For a 5-year-old hybrid tablet, it still works and runs remarkably well. I've used it as a test machine for Insider Builds since the first Technical Peview of Windows 10 appeared in October 2014. Until recently, it's been more...

July 13, 2018  11:18 AM

Productivity Hurdles Emphasize Office PC Setup Benefits

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I've been working long half-days since last weekend, on the road in the DC area. I've been gone long enough now to really, really miss my home office setup. After writing a couple of white papers, 5 blog posts, and dealing with email and surfing, I've identified important personal productivity...

July 11, 2018  9:23 AM

MS Smartens Update Downloads

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Microsoft downloads, Windows 10, Windows Update

I'm on the road this week, working in the mornings from a hotel room. This morning, I'm downloading the latest round of Patch Tuesday updates released yesterday. Because the Network Meter gadget shows me that my download speed is in a band between 6-8 Mbps, I...

July 9, 2018  8:57 AM

The Occasional Resurgence of Windows.old

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

I'm working on my Lenovo T520 laptop this week, visiting with my Dad in his nursing home. Yesterday, I was scanning that PC's C: drive and saw two anomalies. First, a Windows.old folder, and second, the $GetCurrent folder. Both of these are related to Windows ugrades. Windows.old, of course, is...

July 6, 2018  3:31 PM

MS Win7 Cert Exams Expire July 31

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows 7 migration

I was amazed to learn yesterday, upon visiting Microsoft's Retired Exams page, that the Windows 7 exams are scheduled to retire at the end of this month. I suppose it should have come as no surprise, given that...

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