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  • An update on the Windows Secrets/AskWoody transformation

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 15:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve been busy over the holidays….

    I hope to have the new Plus Membership routine up and working by tomorrow. Once we’re set for Plus donations (remember, you get to choose how much), I’ll post instructions, then slowly dismantle the advertising on AskWoody, and keep my fingers crossed.

    Tracey Capen is working furiously on the first AskWoody Plus Newsletter, which is on schedule for an early Monday morning release. All of the original crew is back — Brian, Susan, Fred and Tracey — and we have some original surprises afoot as well.

    Once again, sit tight. The transition won’t happen overnight, and the first few days (weeks? months?) are bound to be overwhelming, at least on this end. There’s a dynamite tech team pulling this through, and the software foundation’s rock solid.

    If we need you to do anything, we’ll let you know.

    The transition won’t be easy, but the results will be worth it. Guaranteed.

  • Upgrading from Win10 1803 to 1809 may break the built-in “Administrator” account, but you probably aren’t affected

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 10:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Two good reports over the weekend about a newly-acknowledged bug in the Win10 1809 upgrade sequence.

    Günter Born: Windows 10 V1809: Upgrade deactivates Build-In Administrator

    Martin Brinkmann: Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade could invalidate Administrator account

    Both articles describe a Japanese TechNet “Network & AD support team” official post that describes how upgrading from 1803 to 1809 may “invalidate” the built-in account called “Administrator.”

    Ends up, there’s very little chance that your system will get bit by the bug, unless you have  manually activated the built-in account called “Administrator.” It’s an elusive beast.

    When you set up a new PC, the installation sequence prompts you to create an administrator account — you probably have one with your name (or the name of the person who set up your machine, or the PC manufacturer’s name) on it. That account has all of the normal “administrator” level permissions.

    At the same time, the installation sequence automatically creates a second account, called “Administrator,” that has all permissions. But the installer hides that account by default.

    Few people enable the account called “Administrator.” It’s considered a security risk — for good reason. You can invoke the genie by playing with a Group Policy, modifying the Computer Management/Local Users and Groups/Users setting, or by a command line. No, I won’t show you how to do it.

    If you’ve never enabled the “Administrator” account, you don’t need to worry about the bug. If you have enabled the “Administrator” account, do yourself a favor and disable it.

    If the only account on your PC with administrator privileges is the one called “Administrator,” the upgrade should go through without killing it, according to the MS Japan post.

  • Countdown to End7: Win10 nudges Win7 out of first place, becomes most-used internet platform by a smidgen

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 07:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ya’ll know that I don’t trust the statistics from any of the major “network usage” measurement companies. They all rely on arbitrary definitions, sampling methods and/or fudging (er, statistical adjustment) that would make an American pollster blush. Still, if you ignore the two-decimal-place precision in the reported numbers, there’s an obvious and inevitable move from Win7 to Win10.


    Net Applications reports that in December, Win10 usage share hit 45.5% of all PCs running Windows, while Win7 stood at 42.8%. If you include all of the Netmarketshare-defined “desktop/laptop” computers (screenshot), Win10 was at 39.2%, Win7 at 36.9%, with the most stable version of Windows (8.1) at 4.45% and macOS X 10.13 at 2.84%.

    Gregg Keizer has a great summary in his Computerworld article:

    Nearly three and a half years after its release, Windows 10 last month surpassed its enterprise predecessor, Windows 7, as the most popular operating system on the planet…

    When Windows 7’s support ends, it should be powering slightly more than 36% of all Windows PCs, while Windows 10 will be running 55%.

    By comparison, Windows XP accounted for 29% of all Windows PCs when it dropped off the support list.

    Countdown to End7: 377 days.

  • Deanna’s Freeware Spotlight: DiskInternals Linux Reader v3.3

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 06:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Dual boot Linux? Need to access your Linux partition or drive from Windows?

    Need to recover data from a customer’s Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, Reiser4, HFS, HFS+, FAT, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS or UFS2 formatted drive but all you have with you is your Windows laptop?

    This is the tool for you!

    The program only allows read-only access so as not to damage the file system. It also ignores file security policies so you can grab anything you need.

    Download from