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July 11, 2017  11:32 AM

Disk Cleanup Beats CCleaner Post-Win10-Upgrade

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Disk cleanup, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

In days gone by, I've recommended using Piriforum CCleaner for post-upgrade cleanups on Windows 10. But no longer does the third-party tool beat the built-in Disk Cleanup utility. In fact, the latter is now as fast (or faster) than the former, and it gets rid of more stuff, too. That's why I must...

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 hope this doesn't come across as over-eager. I don't think it is, at any rate....


April 10, 2017  10:38 AM

Creators Update Delivers Easy Upgrade

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

Following release of Windows 10 1703 via the Media Creation Tool, I've been busy this weekend upgrading 6 of my 8 PCs. I'm delighted to report that Creators Update delivers easy upgrade experiences to early adopters. I hit zero snags upgrading those systems. Post-upgrade clean-up was more or less...


January 20, 2017  11:01 AM

CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows as a Service, Windows Upgrades

CSM is Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider program, granting subscribers access to Windows 10 licenses for $7 per seat per month. Customers of that program just got a nice bonus. MS has announced that they can "upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 at no additional...


January 13, 2017  12:12 PM

Free Win10 Upgrade Still Available

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

When the cutoff date for free upgrades arrived on July 27, 2016, Windows users assumed that was the end of that. But as time has elapsed since then -- almost 6 months -- free upgrades are still on. True: the hated and obnoxious "Get Windows 10" (GWX) tool is history. So are FORCED upgrades. But...


July 20, 2016  1:02 PM

Hurry-up 11th hour Win8.1 Upgrade

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Upgrades

As of this morning, only nine days remain for the free MS upgrade offer to convert Windows 7 or 8.1 devices into Windows 10. I'd been holding out on a Windows 8.1 installation on one of my test machines until yesterday. But I decided to go ahead and exercise the offer, to preserve the value of its...


November 25, 2015  10:17 AM

New Cumulative Update Restores Build 10586, Incremented to .14

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

Wow! It's been a whacky week in advance of Turkeyday, with Version 1511 (Build 10586) gone over the weekend, then back again late yesterday. MS even furnished an explanation, which I reproduce from


November 20, 2015  9:14 AM

Cumulative Updates Increment Win10 Build Numbers: Implications?

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

On 11/18, later in the day, my Win10 systems picked up a new cumulative update: KB3118754. What made this update interesting was that it led to an increment in the Windows 10 Version number suffix, as shown in this screen capture from the Winver command:


November 6, 2015  9:49 AM

Win10 Build 10586 Recognizes “Digital Entitlement”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows Upgrades

If the rumor mill is correct, the current Win10 fast ring build represents the upcoming Threshold 2 release for Windows 10, and will be pushed out to the entire population of Windows 10 users next Tuesday. Wondering about what this might mean for installation and license management for those who...


September 9, 2015  10:08 AM

The Politics of Clean Install

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

For years and years, I've subscribed to the notion that a clean Windows install -- as opposed to an upgrade -- can be a desirable thing. In cruising the Web, I see that my belief is still shared by the vast majority of Windows experts and mavens. However, a response to my most recent blog from...


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