Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 19:52 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
If you’re concerned about Windows snooping, get a load of this…
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.
Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 14:01 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.
Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 10:39 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.