Windows Enterprise Desktop:

August, 2019


August 30, 2019  12:59 PM

Wonky Wi-Fi Forces Public Network Status

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Router Troubleshooting, Wi-Fi network, Wi-fi ptoblems, Windows 10

Ah, the forces of entropy and gradual failure. How they can sometimes fool us into finding and fixing problems that don't exist. What do I mean? Seems that my Asus RT-AC86U Wi-Fi router has been slowly failing on the 5 GHz channel. At...

August 28, 2019  1:25 PM

Hello Face Yes Hello Face No

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Biometrics, Camera, Facial recognition, Windows 10

Last April, Lenovo sent me a couple of great loaner laptops. The Thinkpad Yoga X380 (i7-8650U quad core, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD) is a great, compact 13.5" traveling laptop. The Thinkpad X1 Extreme (i7-8850U 6-core, 32 GB RAM, 1+1 NVMe SSDs) is a 15" brute that also travels nicely, too. In fact,...


August 26, 2019  12:04 PM

Lenovo X380 Ethernet Extension Follies

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Ethernet adapters, lenovo, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Last week, I decided to order an Ethernet dongle for my 8th generation Lenovo laptops. Each of them -- the Thinkpad Yoga X380 and the X1Carbon Extreme -- includes a proprietary Ethernet interface. It connects to each of those computer's inbuilt Intel I219-LM GbE adapters. Ordering and obtaining the...


August 24, 2019  2:34 PM

Partially Disconnected USB Cable Puts Mouse MIA

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, USB connection, Windows 10

As the old saying goes: "If it ain't one thing, it's another." Earlier this week, I sat down at my desk and awoke my production PC from its slumbers. Keyboard worked just fine, but the mouse was MIA. This put me into a more-or-less typical troubleshooting drill. Checked the mouse power switch: on....


August 21, 2019  2:16 PM

MS Store Now Includes Notepad

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Microsoft stores, Notepad, Windows 10, windows app store

Insiders running on the Fast Ring can now download and use Notepad from the Microsoft Store. When you visit the store, search  on "Windows Notepad." Even so, you'll have to wade some distance...


August 19, 2019  12:35 PM

Defender PowerShell Hash Mismatches Fix Coming

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows Defender, Windows System Files

Last month,  I wrote a blog post here about co-called "corrupt file" messages originating in SFC /scannow. On Friday,...


August 16, 2019  2:49 PM

1903 Hyper-V Networking Interference?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Hyper-V, Troubleshooting, Windows Update Management, Windows Updates

Yesterday, in the wake of the August 13 KB4512508 update, I noticed some of my local PCs were devoid of Internet access. Upon further investigation, I discovered a few things. First, only wirelessly connected...


August 14, 2019  12:44 PM

Too Many Different Win10 Temperatures

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Hardware Management, temperature monitoring, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

In my last post, I wrote about cleanup as a technique to get PCs to cool off a bit. Since then, I've found myself in an investigation that shows determining PC temps can be a tricky business. In fact, using three different toolsets, I get three different sets of temps for my Lenovo T520. Thus I...


August 12, 2019  5:24 PM

Clean-up Cools Down T520 Laptop

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

My Lenovo T520 sits on a stand atop a small  filing cabinet at the left end of my office desk. I can access it by rotating my desk chair to the left. Mostly, I remote into it from my main production PC right in front of me. Over the weekend, my wife came into the office to talk to me. She stood...


August 9, 2019  12:07 PM

Post BIOS Upgrade Beeping Means Trouble

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

I've got half-a-dozen machines that I use to test Windows 10 Insider Previews. Just yesterday, I upgraded my Dell XPS 2720 (Haswell i7-4770S, 256 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM) to Build 18956. After an upgrade I always clean up the PC, update anything that needs it, then make a pristine image backup. One...


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