Windows Enterprise Desktop:

Troubleshooting


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

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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...


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

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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...


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 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 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...


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