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October 27, 2016  10:12 AM

Windows Update Alternatives

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

Microsoft's handling of updates has changed since the days of Windows 7. In that OS, users were presented with a slate of pending updates. Checkboxes next to each item let them select which ones they wanted, and which ones they didn't. In Windows 8 and 10 versions that is no longer possible using...

October 21, 2016  12:09 PM

Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

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

Paul Thurrott reports this morning that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) is now running on a sizable majority for active users of the latest flagship version. In fact, Win10 AU...


October 17, 2016  10:52 AM

MS Opens Its Update Catalog to Non-IE Browsers

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Edge Browser, Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

For a long time, one beef among experienced Windows users has been the company's insistence on using Internet Explorer for grabbing updates. But starting in mid-October, 2016, MS opens its Update Catalog to non-IE browsers. But there's a catch. Those who visit the catalog using another...


October 12, 2016  10:15 AM

Cleanup 3.99 TB from 500GB Drive!

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

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and included another Cumulative Update: KB3194798. This one included a bit of a surprise. Cleanmgr.exe offered to cleanup 3.99 TB from my 500 GB C: drive. It's best appreciated from this screen cap:


October 5, 2016  10:12 AM

Repeat Cumulative Updates Need Cleanup

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

Microsoft pushed out 3 cumulative updates that hit my PCs in September. They appeared on 9/1, 9/13, and 9/26. After the third one came through at month's end, I found myself thinking: "I wonder if repeat cumulative updates need cleanup." Dashing into the Disk Cleanup utility ( 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 21, 2016  10:13 AM

Windows Update Troubleshooter (Win10)

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

In the wake of recent Windows updates, lots of users have reported issues with Windows Update. This reminded me that there's a built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Other recent versions of Windows -- 7, 8, and 8.1, that is -- required a


September 16, 2016  3:43 PM

If WU Fails Try Update Catalog Download

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

WU is, of course, short for Windows Update. I was reminded recently that when the Windows Update service fails to update a PC, there is another way to grab and install the necessary files. It's called the Microsoft Update Catalog,...


September 14, 2016  10:47 AM

Anniversary Update on 3 Month Schedule

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

An interesting item popped up from Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet yesterday. Basically, it reveals that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout will keep trickling out until early November. That's right: Anniversary Update on 3 month schedule stretches the delivery of Version 1607 until 1611. Here's the...


July 25, 2016  10:38 AM

Win10 Slow-flow Anniversary Update

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

Next week, MS will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, August 2. The company has already announced it will be staggering that release for users in the Current Branch. These are the folks who get the latest release via Windows Update. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet cleverly refers to this...


June 8, 2016  10:37 AM

WUDO Backfire on Narrow WAN Pipes

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

Found a fascinating story on The Register (UK) this morning, entitled "Is Windows 10 Ignoring Sysadmins' network QoS settings?" It explains how an Australian sysadmin observed a...


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