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February 12, 2018  5:54 PM

No Win10 Means No Office 2019

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Office 365, Windows 10

There's an interesting development on the Windows landscape. It's also perhaps a "killer reason" for Win10 upgrades. Here 'tis: MS has confirmed that Office 2019 will only be available on devices running Windows 10. Ouch! Those using older Windows versions can't upgrade. This info appears in a blog...

February 11, 2018  2:05 PM

KB4058258 Install Fail Fix

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

Lots of Win10 users are reporting issues when trying to install the Spectre follow-up Windows Update item, KB4058258. Many of those who've installed KB4056892 have reported issues when trying to add its replacement, KB4058258. A kind of "recipe" has emerged, for those who want to apply this...


January 26, 2018  4:02 PM

Skip Product Key When Sysprepping Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Deployment, Sysprep, Windows 10

When creating a generic image for Windows deployment, it may be desirable to skip over the product key when preparing that image. This is usually handled through the agency of an unattend.xml file. This happens during the 1 Comment     RSS Feed     Email a friend


January 22, 2018  1:15 PM

OneDrive File Attributes Uncovered

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command line, Windows 10

An alert TenForums member reports seeing some "new" attributes show up in the help file for the attrib command. Next, numerous community members...


January 19, 2018  1:15 PM

17074.1002 Introduces Involuntary Upgrade Repair Install

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

In Windows-speak, an upgrade repair install refers to upgrading a Windows installation to the version that's already running. This sounds like a waste of time, at first blush. But, consider that this replaces all OS files and device drivers, and rebuilds the registry from scratch. It also leaves...


January 15, 2018  12:35 PM

Operator Error Explains 4TB Drive Mystery

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

In December, I found myself perplexed. I was unable to mount either of a pair of 4TB HGST hard disks on my production desktop. Over the weekend, I finally solved that problem, and learned to my chagrin that I'd shot myself in the foot. It turns out that these dual-drive docks I'd been using...


January 12, 2018  2:34 PM

Win10 PC Brick-Avoidance Techniques

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

It's a sometimes scary world for Windows PC caretakers. That goes double when patching involves BIOS or firmware updates. That's been on for a week now, following the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities. First reported on January 2, related firmware updates have appeared since the day after that....


December 18, 2017  3:44 PM

Net User Command Controls User Access Hours

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command line, Powershell, Windows 10

Today, the GUI stuff gets most of the glory in Windows 10. Even so, friend and occasional guest blogger Kari Finn reminded me this morning that "real nerds do it at the command line!" I've been a user of the myriad of net commands there since first getting to know Windows back in the 3.x days. But...


December 13, 2017  4:51 PM

When Updating Drivers Check Vendor Support

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

I've been switching over from a test desktop to a Dell All-in-One for Insider Preview testing and experimentation. We've moved the Asrock Z97 Killer with i7 4770K CPU, 32 GB RAM, and 500 GB mSATA SSD, upstairs. In return, I've picked up and fixed his Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One touchscreen PC for use...


December 4, 2017  3:57 PM

Mosquito Rescues GPU Upgrade

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

My 13-year-old son is getting into PC gaming. That's how I found myself rooting around in the innards of his desktop PC this weekend, swapping out an aging MSI GeForce 760Ti card for a brand-new Asus GeForce 1070 Turbo. Because of the board and case layout, I had to disconnect the power on, HDD...


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