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Monthly Archives: October 2019

  • Have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or Older iPad Model? Time to Update It

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 07:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathan Parker:

    We have been discussing on the AskWoody Lounge that owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or
    some older iPad models need to update to iOS 10.3.4 (iPhone 5 and fourth generation cellular
    iPad) or iOS 9.3.6 (iPhone 4s or a handful of older cellular iPads). Apple provides more info

    For those who do not update their devices before November 3, there will be issues with GPS
    on these models. This issue does not affect iPod touch or any iPad models that have Wi-Fi only.
    It also doesn’t affect iOS devices newer than those listed in the support article.

    If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, customers will be required
    to back up and restore using a Mac or PC in order to update because over-the-air software
    updates and iCloud Backup will not work.

    So for those with these devices, it’s time to ensure they’re up-to-date.

    Apple has also recently launched a series of updates for devices this week, including macOS
    Catalina 10.15.1 and iOS 13.2. We’re tracking the latest updates on the AKB, and let us know
    anytime with your Apple questions!

  • Win10 version 1903 is likely the most-common version of Win10

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 06:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You know how I hate spewing AdDuplex numbers — they’re based on usage of a tiny sample of Microsoft Store apps, most of which you’ve never seen — but according to Ad Duplex, Win10 version 1903 is now running on more than half of all Win10 machines. Their graph:

    I have it on very good authority that there’s a special location in Dante’s Seventh Ring (is that like a Release Preview Ring?) for writers who use “M19U” instead of “Win10 1903,” but nevermind.

    You can draw any conclusions you like, but in broad strokes it looks like the Win10 world is rapidly converging on version 1903.

    I’ll have more on that in the next few days.

  • Goodbye Technet, MSDN – welcome to Microsoft Q&A

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 06:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s too early to tell how this is going to turn out, but MS has committed to freezing Technet and the MSDN network, and replacing them with the latest, greatest Answers forum yet, Microsoft Q&A.

    MSDN and TechNet forums are outdated. To provide the set of capabilities that our customers need and want, we created a robust, scalable, and reliable new platform called Microsoft Q&A.

    It doesn’t replace the Microsoft Answers forum, which will continue its role as a neglected wasteland of officially neglected complaints. Sorry. Microsoft Q&A supports:

    Azure Active Directory
    Azure Active Directory Domain Services
    Azure Active Directory B2C
    Azure Information Protection
    Azure DevTest Labs
    Azure Lab Services
    Azure Virtual Machines
    Azure Web Apps
    Universal Windows Platform
    Partner Center API

    Which leads to such titillating questions as:

    What types of applications can I deploy with Service Fabric Mesh?

    Not likely to be one of your burning queries, eh? Microsoft explains:

    This integrated experience will allow us to better prioritize and answer questions, and give users clearer paths between documentation, learning content, and answers. Microsoft Q&A also offers a much better set of permissions that will equip our moderators with improved tools.

    Which all seems well and good for the technically plugged-in.

    MS is making a clean break with its old MSDN and Technet forums. If you’ve earned “reputation” points in the older forums, they’re disappearing, at least for now:

    In the next few months, when a user searches for something that doesn’t appear when they’re browsing in Microsoft Q&A, we’ll use machine learning to display read-only questions and answers from MSDN and TechNet forums… Currently you can’t carry over your MSDN and TechNet reputation. However, in the future we’ll give you the opportunity to link Microsoft Q&A and MSDN and TechNet forums. When this is an option, your current badges and points from MSDN and TechNet forums will be displayed as part of your Microsoft Q&A profile.

    I wish them luck!

  • Patch Lady – Build numbers are not feature numbers

    Posted on October 30th, 2019 at 19:29 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So a couple of people have asked how we went from Windows 10 1903 to Windows 10 19013 .  Is it a typo?  Did we really jump from 1903 to 19013?  And the answer is… well one is a feature release name and the other is a build number.

    Currently if you have Windows 10 1903 and have installed the updates as of October 24th you will be on build 18362.449.

    There used to be a site called that kept track of all the builds but external pressures (probably trying to keep up with the build numbers) made them shift their focus.

    Bottom line Microsoft uses build numbers to track everything.  Us normal folks don’t.  We just call it Windows 10 and then go … uh…what changed?  And why?

    Lifewire has a page with the version numbers to help keep up to date as well.

  • Another patch-induced conflict: Transport Layer Security fails with error 0x8009030f

    Posted on October 30th, 2019 at 11:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has acknowledged a problem with the latest patches for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008,  2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and Server 2016 – Monthly Rollups, Security-only or (apparently) Previews of Monthly Rollups.

    When attempting to connect, Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) might intermittently fail or timeout.  You might also recieve one or more of the with the following errors:

    • “The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure Channel”
    •  error 0x8009030f
    • An error logged in the System Event Log for SCHANNEL event 36887 with alert code 20 and the description, “A fatal alert was received from the remote endpoint. The TLS protocol defined fatal alert code is 20.​”

    If TLS is failing on your up-to-date Win7, 8.1 or related Server based machines, now you know why. There’s a fix, documented in the KB article, but it’s messy.

    Thx @abbodi86

  • Another dumb block: MS induced “VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows”

    Posted on October 30th, 2019 at 08:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just heard about this from Office Watch, but checking around, it’s also described on Tenforums and on the VMWare blog.

    When you install any of the recent cumulative updates for Win10 1903 (the third cumulative update for September, or any of the three cumulative updates in October, including the most recent one), Windows starts blocking older versions of VMWare.

    The reason? MS removed VMWare from the Windows Application Compatibility database.

    Apparently VMWare version 15.5 — the latest version — gets around the block. But if you aren’t willing to pay for the latest version, you’re up the ol’ creek.

    The solution is so utterly trivial it boggles even my pre-boggled mind. You rename the program that runs VMWare, C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware.exe. The renamed file passes the Application Compatibility block, and you’re free to use the old version. Stupid.

    Does anybody know if there’s a reason why VMWare versions prior to 15.5 are prohibited from running on post-September-updated versions of Win10 1903?

  • Dedoimedo: Straight talk about Windows 7

    Posted on October 30th, 2019 at 06:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t agree with everything in the article, but @EP just pointed me to a remarkably well-written and, in my opinion, highly accurate guide to the end of Windows 7. Igor Ljubuncic, on his Dedoimedo blog, doesn’t mince any words:

    If you have a Windows 7 machine, you can continue using it past the operating system EOL date. I’ve laid down the recipe for good security, the hardware will work as long as it lasts, and the software won’t just vanish. You will have time to adjust, and this should coincide with hardware replacement. Once that happens, you should definitely leave Windows 7 behind, and get a modern up-to-date operating system to match the capabilities of your new machine.

    If you’re going to stick with Win7, he has a number of common-sense recommendations (and observations!) that ring true with me.

    I disagree with him on some nit-picking points:

    • I don’t like EMET because it borks too many programs that otherwise work just fine. You can try it, using his recommended method, but if you get too frustrated, don’t be afraid to turn it off.
    • Igor’s fond of Microsoft Office (or at least tolerates it). By and large, I’ve kicked my Office habit – moved to the free Google apps. Like Igor, I also have editors who need Word DOCXs, and I use Office for those, but I’d likely be just as happy using the free online version of Word. Books are a different story altogether, of course — it’s Word all the way with those. Not my choice.
    • He talks about Linux, but doesn’t touch on the most important Linux implementation for Win7 users — ChromeOS. You’ve heard me say it before, but for most people who aren’t overly concerned about snooping, a Chromebook should be your #1 candidate for a replacement computer. (And if you are concerned about snooping, you have a very long row to hoe with Win7.)

    As Igor says, this advice is for home users — if you’re running a 100-machine network, the considerations are quite different. But I still recommend the Chromebook. 🙂

    You’re going to hear a lot of fearmongering, tales of impending hell fire and damnation, from the mainstream press. Many of the people offering the sermons will have the best intentions. But they don’t know your situation, what you need, what you can afford (time and money)… and, ultimately, what’s best for you.

    Win7’s, uh, transition to EOL is not The End of the Universe as We Know It.

  • Where we stand with the October patches

    Posted on October 29th, 2019 at 13:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    What a weird month. First we got the third round of patches for a zero-day in Internet Explorer (which never materialized) and then Start, Search and print bugs reappeared.

    To date, most — but not all — of the bugs have been fixed.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.