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  • Patch Lady – finally got an HP Envy 8 Note 5000 upgraded

    Posted on April 20th, 2018 at 13:16 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    180whenever may not be released yet, but I FINALLY got a 32gig HP Envy 8 Note 5000 upgraded to 1709.

    I had to:

    1. Temp disable Windows update services and delete the entire c:\Windows\Software distribution folder to carve out enough room on the C drive.  Don’t worry you can nuke that folder and re-enabling Windows update will recreate the folder structure.
    2. I had to use the Windows media site to download the ISO and transfer it to a MicroSD card.  Note I did this on my beefier Surface that has a SD slot. Once I downloaded the ISO I then moved the SD card from my Surface over to the HP Envy.  I then double clicked on the ISO where Windows 10 mounted it as a usable CD drive.  I then clicked on setup.  It ran the setup, I selected to keep the data.
    3. Between nuking the Software distribution folder and going into the system to tell it to move all file save locations to the MicroSD, it now saw that it had enough room to install.  I started it about 9 a.m this morning and it finished at 11 a.m.

    I’m now running the disk clean up as I only have 2 gigs free on the C after the install.

    Interestingly enough not all MicroSD’s are created equal as the SD card I purchased a while back for my Surface worked like a champ but the recent one we purchased for this HP Envy at the start of this project kept unmounting indicating it had an error.  I’ll be going back and getting another of the MicroSD cards that obviously worked perfectly.

    The process – while do-able – is an advanced technique, not for the faint of heart and required one to purchase additional equipment.

    I go back to my request to Microsoft:

    All devices sold with Windows 10 should be in a condition that can complete the upgrade between feature releases with the resources they have at hand when they are shipped from the manufacturer.

    No devices sold with Windows 10 should EVER be in a condition that it demands expert pruning of windows folders in order to install a feature release. 

    No device sold with Windows 10 should EVER be in a condition that demands additional storage space with nothing but the operating system installed on the 32gig hard drive in order to complete a “Windows as a service” process.

  • Has the “real” Win10 version 1803 just been pushed?

    Posted on April 20th, 2018 at 13:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I like Mary Jo’s acronym, RTM = Release to Muggles.

    Source: Wikimedia

    Microsoft just released build 17134 to the Release Preview Ring of Dante’s…. well, whatever.

    That’s usually a sure indication that it’s very close to RTM, er, full release. (Except, admittedly, it didn’t happen with 17133.)

    Don’t be too surprised if you wake up Monday morning to a Windows blog post announcing the latest, greatest version of the last version of Windows. Don’t know what they’ll call it, but I’m still hoping for “Win10 Terry Myerson Swansong version 1803.”

  • How to change your Win10 Network Profile from Public to Private

    Posted on April 20th, 2018 at 08:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good question from SC:

    Hi Woody,

    After being upgraded to Version 1709, Build 16299.309, I can no longer find my “Network Profile” where I can change from Public to Private.

    Any idea where it might be or what happened?

    By the way, is working great.

    I’ve been wondering that, too. I found the definitive answer on the MS Answers Forum, from a poster named TotallyInformation:

    Up until Creators Update, you could change it from either Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced Options or Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet with the setting “Make this PC discoverable”.

    However, it would appear that by some miracle of bonkers thinking from with Microsoft, there is no way to change this at all now from settings!

    To change it now, you either have to delete the network profile and let it recreate – make sure you choose the right setting! Or you can use PowerShell:


    Which lists the profiles and from which you need to find the index number

    Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex 1 -NetworkCategory Private

    Where 1 is the index number of the profile to change so may be something other than 1

    Hats off to TotallyInformation!

    UPDATE: There is a way to do it, in an obscure corner of the Settings app. See the comments for details. Thanks, @mcbsys!

  • Now we know why this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, installs itself over and over

    Posted on April 20th, 2018 at 07:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Our own abbodi86 traced down the problem.

    You gotta wonder who’s putting together these kludges for Microsoft’s second-most-popular version of Windows. Half a billion users. Billions and billions of bucks. And a dumb mistake that has some Win7 users pulling their hair out.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Abbodi86 has a more detailed analysis — and a fascinating discussion of the different levels of metadata — here. He also has a suggested fix for Microsoft, if they’re listening.

    It looks like Microsoft needs to fix things before the May Monthly Rollup, to avoid the same endless re-installation problems.

  • Patch Lady – KB4099950 gets a revision

    Posted on April 19th, 2018 at 14:59 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On April 17, KB4099950 was revised.  But not exactly the nicest of revisions as it demands an uninstall and reinstall:


    More information


    • This update must be installed before you install KB4088875 or KB4088878.
    • If you have previously installed KB4099950 prior to April 17, 2018 please uninstall the older version of KB4099950 and reinstall to assure you have the most recent version.

    Based on my read of this if you have already installed the April cumulative update rollup of KB4093118 you do not need to take action.

    BUT if you installed KB4099950 prior to the March updates, they are now saying to uninstall and reinstall this update.  Abbodii in the Patch management list notes that ….

    The article is a bit misleading

    KB4099950 itself has not changed at all, same version since the release

    they only added/bundled PCIClearStaleCache.exe outside the msu file, to be used by WU/WSUS, since they only handle cab files not msu

    My action plan:  I’m still a A style patcher not a B style patcher and I’m jumping over the March updates on my servers and installing the April cumulative updates on my Servers.

    If you are a B patcher (aka security only update installs only touch your machines, not the cumulative update) it’s my understanding the loss of networking never impacted the “B” security only patches.

    To me all this unfortunately reinforces that you are wise to hold back a bit in installing updates.

  • AskWoody server gets upgraded. Do you see anything different?

    Posted on April 19th, 2018 at 12:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve had a string of record-breaking days here on AskWoody, and the devs just upgraded the server configuration.

    They’ve also fixed the caching problems that we had. I think.

    Anybody out there seeing problems?

    Looks like we’re on target to have another record-breaking day today.

  • The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

    Posted on April 19th, 2018 at 09:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Short version: Microsoft released a buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup this month, KB 4093118. Then, last week, it quietly replaced the buggy version with a new version.

    Now there are reports everywhere that this new version installs itself — 5, 7, 12 times — and keeps on demanding to be installed again.

    You can do it.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • A “thank you” to those of you who help out here on AskWoody

    Posted on April 19th, 2018 at 07:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge