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November 22, 2019  1:20 PM

1909 Gets Generic Keys

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation

News is popping up all over the Web that generic keys for the Windows 10 November 1909 release are available. I'll be darned if I can find the list at microsoft.com, but it's available through countless third-party sources. I totally trust the guys at

July 22, 2019  12:38 PM

Upgrade Win10 Repair Install Saves Mangled T520 PC

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Upgrades

Part of my routine system maintenance on Win10 PC is to use the built-in Reliability Monitor. I'll check my PCs anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on issues and behavior. Good behavior warrants less frequency; and slowdowns, flakeouts, and blue screens warrant more. I endured a...


June 16, 2017  10:51 AM

Partition UEFI/GPT HDD Using Diskpart

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk partitioning, System Partition, Windows 10, Windows installation, windows installer

The most common way to set up a hard disk for Windows installation is by default. That is, users present the installer with a clean or wiped disk drive, and let the Windows Installer take things from there. While this works perfectly well, this comes with certain consequences. In this guest blog...


September 28, 2015  9:57 AM

Secrets of Win10 Activation & Keys Revealed

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Product Key

After months of wondering and speculation on this subject, Microsoft has finally published a web page entitled "Activation in Windows 10." It explains


September 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Oho! Explaining Clean Install for Win10 on Upgraded PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, windows 10 upgrade, Windows installation

I'd been wondering for some time how one could perform a clean install on an upgraded Windows 10 machine without providing a key. Thanks to the nice folks at the Windows Ten...

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August 17, 2015  10:28 PM

Disk Reformat Leads to 6 for 6 Score on Win10 Upgrade Installs!!!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Upgrades

OK, I think I've got it figured out. If your PC started on Windows 7 and was then upgraded to Windows 8 (and 8.1 and the Update), it will probably be beneficial to take a step back (or forward) into a clean Windows 8.1 installation to properly prep your machine for the upgrade to Windows 10. I...


August 17, 2015  9:05 AM

Win10 Upgrade Score So Far: 10 attempts, 3 Failures (1 Fixed)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 10, Windows installation

If you did a headcount of PCs here at Chez Tittel, you'd find only 8 of them. "So how is it that Ed has made 10 attempts?" you might be tempted to ask. The old saying: "If at first you don't succeed,..." provides the answer, and also finally gives me some good advice to dispense for achieving a...


August 11, 2015  12:20 PM

Win10 Stumbles Badly on Surface During Post-Install App Additions

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Drat! I wrote too soon, or too optimistically, in yesterday's blog post about the contortions necessary to bring my Surface Pro 3 into "Windows...


August 10, 2015  4:10 PM

Factory Reset Offers Way Out for Surface Pro 3 Catch-22

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Upgrades

In case you've been wondering, I've been on vacation since my last post went up on July 27. Though I had a great trip to Germany with my family, I ended up skipping blithely past the Windows 10 RTM date, and am just now catching up on production PC updates to Build 10240. My first candidate is a...


July 27, 2015  10:10 AM

After Raft of Problem Win10 Updates, MS Releases “Show or hide updates” tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Windows 10, Windows installation

Hmmmmm. Looks like I wasn't the only Win10 cowboy stuck out in the pasture with no lasso for a badly-behaved Windows driver updates. Numerous reports surfaced this weekend about an Nvidia graphics driver update that caused headaches for users with multi-monitor setups. In response MS has published...


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