Windows Enterprise Desktop:

October, 2018

October 29, 2018  1:27 PM

MS Posts New Win10 1809 Group Policy Reference

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Group Policy, Group Policy management, Group Policy Objects, Windows 10

Earlier this month, MS posted a complete set of Group Policy settings for 1809. Grab this document from the Microsoft Download Center. It shows up as an Excel file named...

October 26, 2018  11:42 AM

Operator Error Makes Insider Preview Reflect Bug Persist

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Troubleshooting, Windows 10

One of the funnier acronyms in computing is PBKAD. It stands for "person between keyboard and display." Thus, it refers humorously to the weakest link in most troubleshooting scenarios. Like me, for instance, after installing the latest Insider Preview for Windows 10 (Build 18267). At first, I...

October 24, 2018  9:02 AM

Second Data Loss Bug in 1809 Raises Serious Concerns About Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Data Loss, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Here we go again, apparently. Paul Thurrott is reporting a...

October 22, 2018  3:21 PM

Can WUMgr Replace WUMT?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows management, Windows Updates

Thanks to Martin Brinkmann at, I stumbled across a possible replacement for the excellent Windows Update MiniTool, aka WUMT. It's from a developer who goes by the name of a Disney character, David Xanatos. The program's name is Windows Update Manager, aka WUMgr. The program's

October 19, 2018  10:43 AM

Build 17763.55 Fixes USB Issues

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

A USB gotcha appeared among various woes in the wake of the initial 1809 release of Windows 10 (Build 17763.1). Having finally had time to test, I'm pleased to report that Build 17763.55 fixes USB issues. USB 3.0 devices, including drives and hubs, showed up in 17763.1 as USB 2.1. Now, they show up...

October 15, 2018  12:13 PM

Print Scan Drivers Move to Windows Update

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

Here's an interesting note, with interesting implications about Windows 10 version 1809. Entitled "What's new in printing in Windows 10, Version 1809" (dated...

October 12, 2018  5:21 PM

RunAsTool Elevates Privileges Per Application

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Administrative privileges, Windows 10

I attended SpiceWorld earlier this week. There, I got into a discussion with some fellow SpiceHeads about how to avoid unnecessary elevation of privileges for users. Sure, you can give regular users admin accounts. But if your reason for doing so is to let them run one or more specific applications...

October 10, 2018  10:50 AM

SpiceWorld 2018 Confirms Win10 Migration Intelligence

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

For the past two days I've been wandering the halls of the Austin Convention Center, along with two-plus-thousand fellow SpiceHeads. This humble Pimiento is palling around with Habaneros, Serranos, and a Ghost Pepper or two. I even saw two Pure Capsaicins achieve the spiciest of all designations...

October 8, 2018  10:30 AM

Alternate Win10 1809 Source During Hold Period

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

Wow! What a wild ride at Microsoft last week for Windows 10. On Tuesday, October 2 1809 was released. By Friday reports of bugs – especially a nasty one that “lost” files from the C:\Users folder hierarchy – led MS to withdraw 1809 from circulation. Some people who successfully installed...

October 5, 2018  10:36 AM

Check Those Win10 Installer UFDs

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

Earlier this week, MS released the 1809 October 2018 version of Windows 10. This happened on Tuesday, October 2, in a somewhat...

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