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  • Have a Vizio TV? Disconnect it or dump it

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 19:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re concerned about Windows snooping, get a load of this…

    Have a Vizio TV? Disconnect it or dump it

    UPDATE: An anonymous poster on the Connected home forum pointed me to a manual workaround. In Nov 2015, Dan Graziano at CNet published step-by-step instructions for taking Vizio TVs offline. Give it a try and let us know how it worked.

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Time to make sure your Windows machine is locked down

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 14:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m anticipating non-security Office patches tomorrow. That’s the usual drop date, anyway – first Tuesday of the month. I’m not aware of any non-security Office patches that absolutely have to be installed right away, so I’m taking the MS-DEFCON level up (er, down?) a notch, as usual.

    Make sure you have Automatic Update set to “Never check for updates” or use a metered connection or “Pause updates” to keep Microsoft from forcing patches down your throat.

    If you’re using Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8.1, follow the instructions in AKB1000004: Disable Automatic Update in Vista, Win7 or 8.1

    If you’re using Windows 10, follow the instructions in AKB1000005: Disable Automatic Update in Windows 10

    Then watch here, or keep an eye out for problem reports on the web, before you re-enable Automatic Updates.

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

  • Win32 versus WinRT – and why you should care

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 10:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The discussion about Windows Cloud, the very-very latest leaked beta version of the (presumably) next version of Windows 10, prompted me to back up a second and explain the difference between Win32 and WinRT. It’s a key sticking point in what we’ve seen of Windows Cloud.

    I posted it as an inaugural “information” item in the Windows forum. Take a look and tell me what I missed.