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Daily Archives: October 28, 2019

  • Bowman: How to update the Marvell driver for your Surface — without installing Win10 version 1909

    Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 14:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a detailed, step-by-step explanation in this new video from Barb Bowman.

    There are quite a few folks desperate for fixed Marvell Wi-Fi drivers for Surface devices following bad drivers that were sent down through Windows Update in early August. The greatest impact seems to be on mesh type networks. You can, or course, roll back the bad driver. But if you need to test the “fixme” version, and intend to stay on 1903 until 1909 is “proven safe for mankind” (so to speak), there is an option.

    It seems possible to join the Insiders Preview Ring to get the “fixed” Marvell Wi-Fi drivers for Surface devices without being forced to download and install 1909 if you are already running 1903. 1909 “should” be offered as an optional update and I’ve made a short video explaining the steps, as there are multiple restarts in addition to the specific order of steps that need to be followed. I’ve tested this and it works for me. I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, but the worst that can happen is, if you are running 1903 and 1909 does install, you can open the classic Control Panel, Programs and Features, view Installed Updates, and UNINSTALL the 1909 update.

    Neat trick – and a safe way to get the drivers that’ll fix your WiFi.

  • How to view and protect the privacy of your MS account

    Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PRIVACY

    By Lance Whitney

    Microsoft accounts are used to sign in to Windows, access Office 365 and other services, purchase Microsoft products, and manage devices. But those accounts are also used by Microsoft to keep tabs on us.

    Through your MS account, the company can track the websites you visit, the activities you perform online, and even the places you go in the real world via your mobile device. You can, however, limit and remove the data Microsoft collects about you — to some extent. Within your online Microsoft Account page, you can view and clear your browsing history, check your privacy settings for specific apps and services, review and control targeted ads directed at you, and even download an archive of your Microsoft-related activities.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.39.0 (2019-10-28).

  • When and how to restore your local driver backups

    Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LANGALIST

    By Fred Langa

    In a recent column, I showed how to make local backup copies of all your system’s installed drivers.

    That article prompted a number of readers to ask for the reciprocal story: how to reinstall those previously saved drivers.

    So, here’s when and how and how not — to put those backup copies to good use!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.39.0 (2019-10-28).

  • Getting ready for Windows 10 1909

    Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    Many of us are still pondering Win10 1903 — and now Version 1909 is almost upon us. Here’s how not to be the next release’s beta tester.

    If the rumors are true, the next feature release for Windows 10 will begin trickling out on November 12. It looks like Version 1909 won’t be the big deal we thought it might be, which is all the more reason to not be one of the early adopters — unless you really like testing “beta” operating systems.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.39.0 (2019-10-28).

  • Freeware Spotlight — SyMenu

    Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    I’ve been in the computer-repair business for 20 years. I used to carry around a folder of floppy disks containing all my diagnostics and repair utilities — then it became a collection of CDs and later DVDs.

    Now I carry everything I need on a few flash drives hanging on lanyards. Those utilities are invaluable, but they also have an annoying side: keeping them all up to date and quickly finding the particular app I need on one of the drives.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.39.0 (2019-10-28).