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February 2, 2017  4:56 PM

UUP Gets Teething Problems

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Since last November, I've mentioned the Unified Update Platform 5 for Windows 10 five times in this blog. It made its debut with Insider Preview build 14959, and as of yesterday, we're up to build 15025. It's proving to be something of a pain, as I work with downloading and installing frequent...

January 25, 2017  10:53 AM

ShowKeyPlus for Your Admin Toolbox

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Admins will occasionally need to mess around with Windows licenses as they install new images or repair existing ones. For cases where digital licensing information from Microsoft doesn't automatically activate such PCs, a key finding-tool comes in handy. While there are many such tools around, one...


January 23, 2017  12:47 PM

Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020

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The German arm of Microsoft started banging the drum for retirement and replacement of Windows 7 last week in a fascinating blog post. It's entitled "Windows 7 Supports Ends in Three Years." (


December 9, 2016  10:19 AM

WUMT Works with UUP

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On December 8, Microsoft released its first major Windows 10 build using the new Unified Update Platform. So far, many users -- including yours truly -- experience Download hanging at 0% progress. MS has issued a


December 5, 2016  5:26 PM

The Long Win10 Tail Carries a Nasty Barb

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The long tail is a concept popularized in the early 2000s by writer Chris Anderson, who first used the term in an eponymous Wired magazine story. Simply put, the long tail concentrates on the tail end of certain statistical...


November 25, 2016  12:23 PM

Admin Tools: Winaero Tweaker

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Anybody who follows this blog knows I turn regularly to Sergey Tkachenko's Winaero.com site for news and the occasional admin tool. I've been aware of his free (donationware, actually) Winaero Tweaker for some time, but never dug into it...


November 23, 2016  5:10 PM

Admin Toolbox: File Mgmt

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This will be the first in a multi-part series on free or low-cost tools worth adopting for Windows desktop admins. Here, we take a look at two free tools for Windows file management: WinDirStat and


October 24, 2016  4:24 PM

Factoring Out Xbox in Active User Count

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As part of its latest earnings report, MS reported on October 20 that for Q1 F72017 (Jul-Sep, 2016) there were 47 million active Xbox Live users. This number interests me, because it suggests how many...


September 28, 2016  11:10 AM

Win10 Hits 400M Users as Adoptions Slow

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On Monday, September 26, during the first day of its Ignite conference, Microsoft officials disclosed that Windows 10 now runs on 400 million active devices. Thanks to Mary Jo Foley sharing this news, I can...


September 19, 2016  10:06 AM

Toggle Remote Connections Restores RDP

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I found myself embroiled in a discussion on TenForums.com recently, wherein I dug into 802.11n sufficiently to confirm my recollection that newer implementations are dual band. That is, they can communicate wirelessly at either 2.4 or 5 GHz, depending on configuration. After this discussion, I...


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