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Update Loop: Windows Update Fails Miserably...Again!!!

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:54

What is going on over at Microsoft, anyway...? Yet another strange set of Windows interface changes were rolled into a 2014 spring update that prompted a ton of forum complaints, particularly over the fact that the updates simply would not install correctly! It caused an install/uninstall loop that persisted no matter what one tried. Finally found an answer that worked in my case (which may not work in yours--see this post), to end the vicious cycle which went on for days. The prime issue for me was KB2919355, which had to be applied along with other updates in a specific order.

Recover Dual-boot Windows from a Busted Boot Loader!

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:29

True story... Came home the other day from work and my computer was powered up and staring at me, and I knew instantly that something was wrong because it was booted into Windows 7, which it should never do unless told (I have a dual-boot system config). Hmmm, I wondered..?? First, why was it on anyway, and second, why was it sitting at the Win 7 logon screen? I figured it wise to log in and poke around. Then I remembered that the last thing I had done several days before was to let Windows 8.1 apply updates and shut down on it's own. I had gone to bed and forgotten about it. Bad move!!

Best Stuff of 2013

on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 03:00

Well, if not spectacular, it was still a pretty solid tech year, in my opinion. This is my year end post where I try to sum up some of the best tech stuff I personally laid hold of, used or evaluated in the past year, and maybe throw out some tips about my picks. I did not get any major tech updates since last year's roundup (no new computers, tablets, or major component purchases, save for a better compact systems camera), but I certainly found some great accessory products. Mostly add-on stuff that will multiply the effectiveness of my current tech.