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September 28, 2022

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Front view of 7080 (Dell publicity photo)

Dell Optiplex 7080 Micro Is a Pint-sized Powerhouse

Interestingly enough, at around the same time I bought a Dell Optiplex 7080 Micro to replace a 9-year-old mini-ITX PC here at my home, the Dell Technologies business review team sent me a review unit of the same make and model. It’s more tricked out than I was willing to buy (I’ll provide the specs

Insert the device, run Create Rescue Media, and Reflect tells you what's what.

When to Rebuild Macrium Rescue Media?

When or how often to update the Macrium Rescue Media? Good question! Turns out that Macrium Reflect will happily tell you if and when your Rescue Media needs an update. Here’s how…

Dell Precision 5550 Mobile Workstation sideview

First Look: Dell Precision Workstation P-5550

Last Friday, FedEx dropped off a Dell Precision 5500 Mobile workstation with 8-core i7, Quadro T2000 graphics, 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. I’m still setting it up and getting to know this machine, but what I’ve seen so far, I like. Check it out!

The batch file opens a pick list by Win10 version.

AveYo MediaCreationTool.bat Digs Back to 1507

A series of indirect references lead me to GitHub developer AveYo’s hands-dandy MediaCreationTool.bat, which provides access to all known versions of Windows 10 (and its corresponding Media Creation Tool). Good stuff!

Adobe flash logo

MS Catalog Gets Update to Remove Adobe Flash Player

With end of support scheduled for the Adobe Flash Player on December 31, 2020, Microsoft releases a catalog update to uninstall that Player from Windows 10 (normally, it’s built right into the OS). Here’s a link…

20H2 status says MS is "slowly ramping up availability." No lie!

Trickling Out the 20H2 Release

OK then, it’s official. According to the MS 20H2 Release Info/Status page, the company is ramping up offers of the upgrade only slowly. You can see their statement on this topic outlined in red in the lead-in graphic for this story. I’m not sure what this has to do with ensuring “a reliable download experience,”

2 File Explorer crashes and 5 blackscreen events may indeed be a pattern.

Post-KB4579311 File Explorer Crash Is Real (and Happening)

In looking over my production PC’s Reliability Monitor output I see errors that ring a distant bell somewhere. Turns out lots of people are experiencing them in the wake of installing KB4579311 on their Windows 2004 PCs. Sigh.

Even though its says System/Control Panel you still go to "About."

System CPA Gives Way to About Info in 20H2 Release

With the release of 20H2, MS points what used to produce the System applet in Control Panel to Settings/System/About instead. I provide some bittersweet commentary, and an explorer shell string that produces the old CPA if that’s what’s really wanted.

Front & rear views, with all ports labelled.

New PC Coming to Chez Tittel

As my oldest PC starts going a little wonky on me (I’ve not been able to upgrade it since Version 1909), I order a replacement for delivery on November 10. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro with an i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Should make a nice compact desktop for everyday computing.

Even on a nearly 9-year-old laptop, Lenovo Vantage still does its thing.

Where Laptop OEMs Truly Add Value

It’s true one has to wait a while for OEMs to obtain, test and sometimes tweak device drivers, firmware, and BIOS/UEFI updates before making them available to users of their laptops and PCs. But some such offerings go on for a surprisingly long time, and are of exceptionally good quality. Read the deets…

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