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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...

November 20, 2017  11:38 AM

Restore Win10 Private Network Status

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

In the wake of last month's Fall Creators Upgrade, aka Windows 10 Version 1709, some glitches have popped up. Today's reported item is minor and easy to fix, but could be vexing nontheless. That's why I hope my readers can benefit from what I recently re-learned. That is, a Windows 10 upgrade will...


November 13, 2017  11:43 AM

New Win10 Means New MCT

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

Here's a potential gotcha I've seen popping up with some frequency online lately. When Microsoft releases a new Windows version, a new version of Media Creation Tool come out, too. Alas, the MCT is always named MediaCreationTool.exe. That filename can't tell what version of Windows 10 MCT supports...


September 9, 2017  1:43 PM

Build Install ISO for Current Win10 Image

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

Huh! Turns out there's an easy way to use a reference Windows installation to create an ISO file. This might not sound like a big deal, but give it some thought. For one thing, it means admins can use a customized Windows 10 installation to spawn as many copies as they like. For another thing, it...


August 4, 2017  1:19 PM

Win10 Post-Repair-Install Issues Appear

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
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...


June 21, 2017  11:04 AM

DISKPART Script Fixes Default Win10 Disk Layout

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

In two previous two blog posts, Kari the Finn and I explained how to use DISKPART during Windows 10 installation. We also described


June 19, 2017  12:51 PM

Exploring Win10 Clean Install Default Disk Layout

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

Last week, I posted a blog here about a sequence of DISKPART and other commands users can run to manually override Win10 default disk layout when performing a clean install. Like the material that follows here, it originated from friend and collaborator, Kari the Finn. I provide editing, color...


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...


June 14, 2017  12:27 PM

Pondering Build 16215 Plus Good Backup

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Beta Testing, Windows 10, windows installer

Late on June 8, 2017, Dona Sarkar announced Build 16215 for Windows 10 Insider Preview. It introduces a raft of improvements, changes, and new features. But...


April 12, 2017  10:55 AM

Creators Update Image Integrity Gotcha

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

Over the past weekend, I upgraded 5 installations to Creators Update. Yesterday, I did likewise to my production PC. It is now happily ticking along, running the new release without apparent problems. However, I've discovered an interesting issue. Image integrity checks on the new installation...


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