Instead of tech gifts, give updates and support

Instead of tech gifts, give updates and support

If you're thinking about what tech gifts you can hand out this year, take a step back and think about what's really important: hardware upgrades and tech support.

Making sense of out-of-band Windows updates and KIRs

Making sense of out-of-band Windows updates and KIRs

Microsoft’s monthly security patches often have unintended side effects on Windows 10 and 11 systems. Out-of-band Windows updates and Known Issue Rollbacks can help. Here’s what you need to know.

For Windows 8, the end is near

For Windows 8, the end is near

For Windows 8 users still running the aging OS, the impending end-of-life deadline is getting close. Time to think about what to do next.

Beware going down the Windows beta-testing rabbit hole

Beware going down the Windows beta-testing rabbit hole

Many tech geeks like to try out new Windows (and Office) features before they officially arrive. But beta testing can get confusing if you don't know what you're doing.

What does Windows 10 22H2 bring to the table? Not much.

What does Windows 10 22H2 bring to the table? Not much.

Windows 11 isn't the only version to get a fall "22H2" update. Windows 10 has one, too. Here's what you need to know about it.

Microsoft Ignite in the rear-view mirror: What we learned

Microsoft Ignite in the rear-view mirror: What we learned

If you wanted to attend Ignite this year, you could go in person or keep tabs on things via the web. Either way, there was a lot to sort through.

Blogger’s notebook: File Explorer tabs, Ignite, and Windows 11 22H2

Blogger’s notebook: File Explorer tabs, Ignite, and Windows 11 22H2

It's a big week for Microsoft with the company's Ignite event taking place. With that backdrop, let's look at a few Windows tidbits to keep in mind.

Windows 11 22H2 is out, so why isn’t your PC getting it?

Windows 11 22H2 is out, so why isn’t your PC getting it?

Although the latest Windows 11 update was released two weeks ago, many users aren’t yet seeing it offered for download. Here’s why (and what you can do about it).

Windows 11 22H2 gets a slew of new group policy changes

Windows 11 22H2 gets a slew of new group policy changes

With the latest version of Windows 11 officially out, IT admins have a variety of group policy options at their disposal. Here's a look at what they do.

As Windows 11 22H2 draws near, Windows 10 hangs on

As Windows 11 22H2 draws near, Windows 10 hangs on

If your company is still largely running Windows 10 and you’re not at all sure when you’ll move to Windows 11, you’ve got company.

Email woes gotcha worried? How to fix problems and fend off attacks

Email woes gotcha worried? How to fix problems and fend off attacks

Email has become a major vector for attackers, prompting ISPs to tighten up their defenses. That, in turn, may be causing some issues for behind-the-times email users. Here's how to sort things out.

When Windows updating goes bad — the case of the problematic patch

When Windows updating goes bad — the case of the problematic patch

To update or not to update, for Windows users that is the monthly question. And with last month's KB5012170, you better get the answer right.

For most users, Windows 11 22H2 doesn’t move the needle

For most users, Windows 11 22H2 doesn’t move the needle

Data from my informal survey shows most Windows 10 users are content with the status quo, and feel no pressure to move to Windows 11 — even with version 22H2 arriving soon.

What excites you about Windows 11? Inquiring minds want to know....

What excites you about Windows 11? Inquiring minds want to know....

With Windows 11 22H2 arriving soon, some users may be ready to make the jump from Windows 10. If so, I want to hear from you.

Windows 11 22H2 arrives soon — are you ready to deploy?

Windows 11 22H2 arrives soon — are you ready to deploy?

The newest version of Windows 11 will be here soon, and if you've got new hardware, deployment shouldn't be a problem. But for Windows 10 users with older PCs, that's not necessarily the case.

Before you know it, Windows 11 22H2 will be here

Before you know it, Windows 11 22H2 will be here

And Windows 10 22H2 will arrive this fall, as well. Are you ready?

As technology evolves, obsolescence is a given

As technology evolves, obsolescence is a given

Remember the old TV show ‘The Jetsons’? How is it that people in the near future never seemed to worry about outdated technology?

For SMBs, Microsoft offers a new layer of server protection

For SMBs, Microsoft offers a new layer of server protection

Microsoft this month unveiled a preview of server protection aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, bundling the added security with Microsoft Defender for Business.

Thinking of an in-place Windows upgrade? Here's how to do it.

Thinking of an in-place Windows upgrade? Here's how to do it.

Not so long ago, IT admins would scorn the use of an in-place upgrade for Windows hardware. But you don't have to do everything from scratch now.

Now’s the time to prep for Microsoft’s Excel macro crackdown

Now’s the time to prep for Microsoft’s Excel macro crackdown

Though Microsoft has backed off earlier plans to block unsafe macros in Excel documents, that change is still coming. Here's what to do now to stay secure.

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