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August 25, 2017  10:27 AM

MS Press Samples Autoruns Coverage

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Startup issue, Windows 10, Windows Sysinternals

The August 2017 Born to Learn MS Press Round-up blog post includes a welcome and valuable freebie. It features a link to a sample chapter from the latest edition of a terrific book. And...

August 23, 2017  9:55 AM

Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk Alternative

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CHKDSK, PowerShell cmdlets, Windows 10

In the latest Win10 versions, PowerShell replaces the command prompt (cmd.exe) in the Winkey-X pop-up menu. And it runs most command-line programs unaltered, including chkdsk. But PowerShell also offers alternative cmdlets (pronounced "command-lets") as well. In fact, the Win10 PowerShell Chkdsk...


August 16, 2017  3:04 PM

MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10

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Administrative tools, Boot, Windows 10, Windows tools

The MS Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10 permits admins to diagnose and repair computers that won't boot, or have problems starting as usual. DaRT 10 can recover unusable end-user PCs. It can also diagnose probable causes for underlying issues, and repair unbootable or locked-out machines....


August 15, 2017  10:17 AM

Ed Bott Issues Win10 Report Card

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Image management, Windows 10, Windows Defender, Windows Hello, Windows Update Management

About two weeks ago, long-time Windows watcher Ed Bott offered an interesting assessment of Windows 10 at ZDNet. It's entitled "Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card," and...


August 4, 2017  1:19 PM

Win10 Post-Repair-Install Issues Appear

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Windows 10, windows installer

Earlier this week, I reported on my experiences in performing a repair install on my production PC. To recap: in the wake of installing KB4032188 on that machine, I couldn't enter a pin or password to login after the reboot. Eventually, I did get that PC started. Because those boot issues kept...


August 2, 2017  5:24 PM

KB4032188 Causes Win10 Confusion

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

Microsoft released a new Current Branch cumulate update earlier today. Alas, the update known as KB4032188 causes Win10 confusion -- at least, on one of my PCs. After the mandatory restart to fully install it, I found myself in the vexing position of being unable to login. On one PC, the update...


July 31, 2017  10:42 AM

Consult MAP Toolkit for Win10 Deployments

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Software Deployment Tools, Windows 10, Windows Deployment Services

The free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, aka MAP or MAP Toolkit, is available to Windows professionals online. For organizations who've not yet succumbed to the allure of Windows 10, it's probably a good idea to...


July 17, 2017  12:16 PM

Fsutil Cleans Up Excess Old Transactions

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

In reading over TenForums this weekend, I came across a new potential source of disk space consumption in Windows. It turns out that NTFS can sometimes allocate lots of space for transactions. It uses a built-in facility called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM), along with the Common Log File...


July 13, 2017  1:23 PM

Win10 Volume Shadow Copies May Need Cleanup

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Disk cleanup, Shadow Copy, VSS Backup, Windows 10

Mostly, the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service works behind the scenes. This service coordinates among backup tools, applications in need of backup, and OS-provided storage management and hardware. Usually abbreviated VSS, this service enables creation and capture of shadow copies. Helpfully,


July 12, 2017  11:05 AM

WUMT Rescues Win10 Release Preview 15063.483

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

I just got back from a 5-day family visit to northern Virginia on Monday evening. That meant the bulk of yesterday was spent catching up. That included dealing with the Patch Tuesday release of Cumulative Update KB4025342, and the latest Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). By and large, things...


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