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April 3, 2019  10:59 AM

Win10 KB4490481 Could Leave 6 Reclaimable Packages Behind

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
DISM, Windows 10, Windows Updates

Just yesterday, MS released a new cumulative update (CU) -- namely, KB4490481. For the first time in my experience, Win10 KB4490481 leaves 6 reclaimable packages behind. What does this mean? After you install...

March 26, 2019  10:59 AM

Win10 1903 Policy Handles Automatic Updates and Restarts

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Group Policy Editor, Group Policy management, Policy, Windows 10, Windows Updates

For the past few days I've been reading about a new Group Policy setting in 1903. Here's the deal: A new Win10 1903 policy handles automatic updates and restarts. As is sometimes the case, I had a little trouble running the specifics down. Good old Martin Brinkmann, at, came across with...

March 25, 2019  2:06 PM

KB4465065 Offers New Microcode Fixes

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
firmware update, Windows 10, Windows Updates

On March 19, Microsoft issued a new and comprehensive set of microcode fixes for Intel CPUs. These go back to Ivy Bridge (and perhaps earlier) and address potential issues on all of my PCs. They may do likewise for yours. In fact, KB4465065 offers new microcode fixes for three specific...

March 11, 2019  10:56 AM

Reboot Still Solves Simple Win10 Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Google Chrome, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Updates

As my day was getting rolling, I got a support request from the Boss. My wife Dina said "I can't access Chrome. I saw you installed updates yesterday. What's up?" And so indeed I had. When I went upstairs, I quickly observed she was right. No response when clicking the Taskbar icon for Chrome....

March 4, 2019  6:55 PM

Academics Say MS Updates Confuse Win10 Home Users

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

A recent UK academic study finds Windows 10 Home users mostly unaware about Windows Update controls. The overall update process is confusing them, too. That's why this post is entitled academics say MS updates confuse Win10 Home users. The

December 14, 2018  12:13 PM

Late-Month WU Items Equal Update Previews

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

Here's an interesting tidbit of information, courtesy of Forbes magazine. That story references a December 10 Windows Insider Program...

October 22, 2018  3:21 PM

Can WUMgr Replace WUMT?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows management, Windows Updates

Thanks to Martin Brinkmann at, I stumbled across a possible replacement for the excellent Windows Update MiniTool, aka WUMT. It's from a developer who goes by the name of a Disney character, David Xanatos. The program's name is Windows Update Manager, aka WUMgr. The program's

August 1, 2018  11:06 AM

Fixing Win10 Upgrade Stuck on Restart Issues

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

The pace of new Insider Preview feature upgrades has picked up lately. I've seen a least half-a-dozen in the last three weeks or so. And with increasing frequency, I've also encountered an interesting issue during installation. Sometimes, on some PCs, the upgrade proceeds until a first reboot is...

June 28, 2017  12:45 PM

Done Waiting for Win10 Version 1703

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

I admit it: I got tired of waiting for Windows Update to include my lone holdout PC in the April Upgrade to Version 1703. Given that it was officially let go on April 5, and today is June 28 (12 weeks to the day), I hopeĀ this doesn't come across as over-eager. I don't think it is, at any rate....

December 8, 2016  11:53 AM

Wait, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update wasn’t already enterprise-ready?

Ramin Edmond Profile: Ramin Edmond
Windows 10, Windows Updates

Microsoft's declaration in November that the latest version of Windows 10 is enterprise-ready created confusion in some businesses that had already been using it for months. After Microsoft releases a Windows 10 Anniversary Update,

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