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August, 2018

August 27, 2018  10:52 AM

PS Get-HotFix Cmdlet Checks Update Status

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

If you're anything like me, you watch for news about Windows Updates as they're released. Two of my favorite sources for such info are Twitter and TenForums. On Twitter, the Windows 10 Team is pretty good about posting info for updates and upgrades (e.g. #WindowsInsider and @donasarkar). At...

August 24, 2018  9:54 AM

KB 4093836 Summarizes August 2018 Spectre Microcode Updates

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

On August 21, Microsoft released a spate of Intel-validated microcode updates for various Spectre exploits. These cover the following new items:

  • Spectre Variant 3a (CVE-2018-3640: "Rogue System Register Read (RSRE)")
  • Spectre Variant 4 (CVE-2018-3639: "Speculative Store...

August 22, 2018  12:18 PM

Windows Defender Blocks PUAs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
enterprise cyber security, Windows 10, Windows Defender

Among a surprisingly complex and interesting collection of advanced features, Windows Defender blocks PUAs. PUA stands for "potentially unwanted application." According to Trend Micro, PUAs are best...

August 20, 2018  10:58 AM

Win10 Version 1809 Makes Official Debut

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

Windows 10 Insider Preview releases have been flying thick and fast recently. On August 10, we saw Build 17735. On August 14, Build 17738. And on August 17, 17741. That's three in an 8-day period. The latest build -- 17741 -- also has another distinguishing characteristic. It shows that Win10...

August 17, 2018  12:16 PM

Win10 Registry Includes AllowExperimentation Key

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Registry hacks, Registry settings, Windows 10

If you search the Registry on installations of Windows 10 Pro or higher versions (Enterprise, Education, Workstation) you can find all kinds of interesting stuff. Case in point: those who look will see that the Win10 registry includes AllowExperimentation key. It appears in two locations, in...

August 15, 2018  11:17 AM

Add Recovery Partition to Win10 Boot Menu

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
F11 System Recovery Partition, Recovery procedures, system recovery, Windows 10

Found myself on an odd track this morning. I started playing with reagentc and diskpart at the command line. Next thing you know, I discover the boot prompt for the recovery partition on my Lenovo T520 isn't working. This leads me on a quest to set things back to rights. So, I start researching how...

August 13, 2018  12:32 PM

About Logitech Driver Interface Drivers

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

Something interesting happens on Windows 10 systems with Logitech mice and unifying transceivers. Go into Device Manager, and turn on "Show hidden devices" in the View menu. On such PCs, you'll see a usually hidden device category called "DriverInterface" show up. On systems with a Logitech mouse...

August 10, 2018  1:22 PM

NoMo Snipping Tool Try Screen Sketch Instead

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Screen capture, Windows 10

With the upcoming release of Windows 10 this fall, Version 1809, the Snipping Tool may be no more. Those who run the Skip Ahead version of the Insider Preview can see a warning to that effect. In essence, this says "NoMo Snipping Tool Try Screen Sketch instead." Here's how this looks in the...

August 8, 2018  11:13 AM

Manual Download Works When WU Finds Nothing

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I follow the news at Among other things, it keeps me up with new Insider Preview releases. It also cover updates and changes in Windows-World. This morning I saw a interesting headline in its News Forum. It reads  

August 6, 2018  5:57 PM

Fast Ring Win10 Builds 17728 and 17730 May Require Clean Install

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, windows 10 upgrade

One week ago today, I blogged about a clean install on one of my Dell PCs (Venue Pro 11 7130). With Fast Ring Builds 17728 and 17730, another of my Dells has forced this manuever again. That machine is a 2014 XPS 2720: i7 4770S mobile CPU, 16 GB RAM, Intel HD3000 graphics, and a Samsung EVO 250 GB...

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