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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...

April 25, 2016  11:08 AM

Driver Update Controls: Win10 14328

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

The latest 14328 build for the Windows 10 Insider Preview went to Fast Ring users last week. This so-called "Anniversary Update" should go public in July, about one year after Windows 10's initial release. This build includes LOTs of changes and enhancements (see this


April 11, 2016  10:05 AM

Win10 CBB Update 1 Is Here!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
System Center Configuration Manager, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Last Friday, Microsoft published a post to its Windows for IT Pros blog to announce the transition of Windows 10 Build 1511 to the Current Business Branch (CBB). This means that the dynamics of an update to the CBB are playing out for real, for the first time. Let's take a look at this...


April 8, 2016  12:36 PM

Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Peer-to-Peer Networks, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

There's an interesting potential gotcha in the Windows 10 update process. Deep down in the Settings hierarchy lives a pane entitled "Choose How Updates Are Delivered," that controls where updates come from and even opens the door to sharing downloads from Microsoft with other network peers. In...


February 15, 2016  10:57 AM

Tackling Windows Update Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Update Management

Every now and then, one of my test machines will balk when the time comes to install a new update for testing and evaluation. Figuring that other readers may occasionally find themselves in the same circumstances, I wanted to share some potential fixes and techniques for dealing with this when and...


January 29, 2016  11:14 AM

How to Fix Unceasing (Re)Install of KB3119142 in Windows 10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Patch management, Visual C++, Windows 10, Windows Update Management

Before the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 (KB3124262) appeared on 12/27, I'd already run into a problem with theKB3119142 "Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package" on a couple of my...


December 11, 2015  1:27 PM

Understanding WaaS (Windows 10 as a Service)

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

I'm currently on tap to develop a Webinar for Spiceworks that's sponsored by Microsoft on a number of Windows 10 topics (I'll add an update to the end of this post when I find out the broadcast and/or access details for this event). First and possibly  foremost among those topics is "Windows as a...


December 7, 2015  8:19 AM

DISM Does Updates, Too!

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

Later last Friday (12/4), MS fired off KB3122947, labeled "Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems." At first, I thought nothing of it, after getting it installed on a handful of PCs. But when I tried to update my Surface Pro 3, I encountered a repeated failure condition with error...


October 5, 2015  9:48 AM

Reset/Refresh Windows Update to Fix WU Errors

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

Occasionally, Windows Update will flake out on test or end-user machines that grab updates online. Typical symptoms include error codes like those documented in the KB938205 article "Windows Update error code list," where...


September 14, 2015  11:06 AM

Latest Cumulative Update DOES Improve Win10 Stability

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

Something very interesting has happened to my Windows 10 production desktop since the last Cumulative Update was installed on that machine last week (I'm talking about KB3081455, dated 9/8/15). Prior to that update, I was...


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