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April 20, 2018  1:46 PM

God Mode Causes Win10 Office URL Insert Fail

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MS Office, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

God Mode is a nickname for a special folder in Windows. God Mode is not built into Windows, and requires some modest effort to create. For instructions about this, see my

April 16, 2018  1:19 PM

Fixing Recovery Drive Creation Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Recovery Drive, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

The built-in Windows facility to create a recovery drive can be a real life-saver. Simply type "recovery" into the Windows 10 search menu to fire this up. But sometimes, when you try to create such a recovery drive the process may fail en route to completion. In such cases an error message like...


April 13, 2018  10:07 PM

Updating BIOS UEFI When Windows App Fails

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
firmware update, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

So, I've got this Dell Venue Pro 11 7130 hybrid tablet. It's a pretty nice little machine, actually. If memory serves I bought it in 2013, so it's an older tablet. The recent Spectre/Meltdown firmware updates made it a bit wonky, though. It won't restart normally. I have to yank the battery and...


April 11, 2018  10:36 AM

When USB Hub Gets Weird Win-RAID Provides Fix

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
USB device not recognzed, USB devices, Windows 10

OK, so I'm poking around in Device Manager yesterday researching an NVMe issue. What do I spy, with my little eye? The dreaded "Other Devices" category, with the "Unknown device" beneath it (see screencap below). Because I know a little bit about this kind of stuff, my next move is to click on the...


April 9, 2018  5:29 PM

MS Releases Open Source Win3.0 File Manager

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

Late last week, Craig Wittenberg released source code for a slightly updated version of the old Windows File Manager on Github. "How old?" you ask. According to Tom Warren at


March 28, 2018  11:49 AM

Macrium Reflect Upgrade Cancels Backup Schedules

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Backup

Whoa! I got an unexpected shock in checking over my production desktop this weekend. Turns out that my recent upgrade from version 6 to 7 for Macrium Reflect Free came with certain consequences. That's right: that Macrium Reflect upgrade apparently...


March 19, 2018  3:26 PM

Understanding NTUser.dat in Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Registry, User Profile, Windows 10, Windows Registry

Saw a fascinating question on TenForums this morning, as I was making my "morning run" though the new threads there. It appeared in a thread named "ntuser.dat" and read "Why do I have so many ntuser.dat files?" Being one...


March 16, 2018  12:50 PM

Check Current Win10 for In-place Upgrade Repair

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

Just yesterday, I had an article go live on ComputerWorld. Its title explains its focus: "How to fix Windows 10 with an in-place upgrade install." I've already...


March 11, 2018  12:32 PM

Post Build 17115 Driver Fix Routine Still Works

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

I upgraded my Dell Venue Pro 11 to Insider Preview 17115 recently. This morning, when I got into my office I tried to remote into that PC. It didn't come up either in Remote Desktop Connection or when using NirSoft's FastResolver to scan...


February 25, 2018  1:32 PM

Win10 Upgrade Repair Install Tips

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

Last Friday afternoon, I went ahead and did what's called an "upgrade repair install" (URI) on my production desktop PC. For historical reasons I'm running the current production of Windows 10 Enterprise, x64, EN-us (US English). Recently, the machine has been acting up a bit, primarily with issues...


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