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  • MS-DEFCON 2: Time to make sure you’re locked down

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 at 11:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Tomorrow’s Black Tuesday. Time to make sure your cows are in and the barn door’s closed.

    Make sure you have your Vista, Win7 and 8.1 Windows Update set to “Notify but don’t download.” If your Windows 10 machine is set up with a Wi-Fi connection, set it to a metered connection. To do all of that, see the Automatic Update tab above.

    This month I’ll be trying a new trick. I’m going to see if I can get wushowhide to hide the Win10 cumulative update (assuming there is a cumulative update) before my Win10 machines download and install the patch. It’s all in the timing. For details on running wushowhide, see my discussion about the Outlook 2010 Calendar bugs. You’re most welcome to join me in testing the catch-if-you-can technique. (I’m still too skittish to shut down Windows Update in Win10 entirely.)

    Anyway, I’m headed to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.

    If you’re able to test the hair-trigger wushowhide approach on a working Win10 system, chime in here and tell me how it goes.