Ed Tittel

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Ed Tittel is a long-time computing industry writer, consultant, and occasional expert witness. He’s the author of over 100 computer trade books, countless articles, and other stuff. For more info, please visit https://edtittel.com.

Published by Ed Tittel

The Windows PC Spares Collection

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
Even small fleets of PCs need a collection of spare cables, peripherals, and parts to keep things running and working properly. This article discusses what to keep on hand. With a modestly equipped collection of extras, spares and stand-ins, admins can troubleshoot and work around or replace specific components (or entire devices) for repair or replacement.

Using DISM /Get-Packages for Windows Image Inspection

- 12 min read-Ed Tittel
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerhouse for those who create, manage, and deploy Windows images. Learn how to use the /Get-Packages option in DISM to show what’s in the Windows Component Store for images you manage and deploy. This information provides vital insights to help keep images clean, even as updates are made.

Introducing Microsoft PC Manager (Beta)

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Lots of third-party tool makers for Microsoft Windows—such as Piriform, IObit, and Glarysoft—offer simple utilities to optimize, speed up, and clean up Windows. With the introduction of Microsoft PC Manager, available in a free English-language Beta test version, there’s a home-grown option for users to consider also.

Creating and Sharing Windows Terminal Profiles Across PCs

- 13 min read-Ed Tittel
Inside Windows Terminal—home to Command Prompt, PowerShell, Ubuntu Bash, and other command lines—there are many customizations and add-ons available for personalization. Once you create a specific personalization scheme, you can re-create the same look and feel on multiple Windows PCs to support a single user or a standardization scheme. Here’s how.

Using OhMyPosh to Customize the Windows Terminal Prompt

- 13 min read-Ed Tittel
This fourth article of the Windows Terminal series looks at a Windows PowerShell prompt customization tool called OhMyPosh. Through judicious use of third-party programs like OhMyPosh, Windows Terminal lets users select among dozens of predefined themes for PowerShell prompts with colorful glyphs and data. If they prefer, users can customize such themes or create new ones.

Using Text, Tabs, Panes, and Themes in Windows Terminal

- 15 min read-Ed Tittel
Inside Windows Terminal, home to multiple command lines—namely, Command Prompt, PowerShell, Ubuntu Bash, and others—character text is an integral part of the input and output experience. The way text looks, behaves, and is colored helps drive understanding and proper use. In this third article of the Windows Terminal series, learn how to manage key text attributes and appearance in working with Windows Terminal.

Understanding and Using Windows Terminal Color Schemes

- 14 min read-Ed Tittel
This second article of the Windows Terminal series explores color schemes, which is a named grouping of colors for cursors, text, background, foreground, and more. Color schemes determine the overall appearance of any open window in your environment. Learn how color schemes work, how to find and assign them, and how to create them.

Understanding and Using Windows Terminal

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
This first article of the Windows Terminal series gives an overview of its capabilities, with pointers to more details. Windows Terminal offers a complex host environment for command-line input, inside which admins and power users can run command-line shells. As the article illustrates, control over behavior, appearance, and layout is extensive.

A Graphical Winget Alternative: WingetUI

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
The Windows Package Manager (winget) runs at the Windows Command Prompt or in PowerShell. This fourth article in the winget series explores WingetUI. Winget is a graphical tool that supports winget, but also other package managers including Scoop, Chocolaty, PIP, and Npm. It gives users a simplified, streamlined package management experience.

Working With Winget Settings

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Winget (Windows package manager) runs in Windows PowerShell and Command Prompt, so users can manage app and application information, installations, updates, and more. Editing winget's settings.json file supports alternate visualizations, access to experimental features, and ways to change this tool’s default settings.

Dealing With Winget Upgrade Issues

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
Updating and maintaining applications, apps, and API support (like .NET) can get interesting on Windows operating systems. Winget helps tame this constant chore, and handles updates quickly and well. Learn what to do when upgrades fail or other issues occur.

Understand Winget, Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager

- 9 min read-Ed Tittel
Before deploying a Windows image, cleanups applied should include obsolete or unneeded component store elements, Windows drivers, temporary files, and more. Updating and maintaining applications, apps, and API support (like .NET) can get interesting on Windows operating systems. Winget helps tame this ongoing chore and handles most updates quickly and competently. This first article of the winget series reviews winget functions and features.

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