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Daily Archives: February 3, 2020

  • Patch Lady – Windows 7 ESU lessons

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 20:07 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Some lessons to be learned from the Windows 7 ESU upgrade….

    1. You have to have a valid Windows 7 pro(*) license.  No pirated keys allowed.
    2. If you have an unused Windows 7 pro key you can STILL do an Windows anytime upgrade from Home to Pro.  When you get to the screen in the Windows anytime upgrade, indicate that you have a key, enter in it and depending on the speed of your computer, it will upgrade to pro.  Be patient .. it says it takes 10 minutes or longer…. it can be HOURS depending on the speed of the computer.  Then activate the key in the system section and then you can add the 1 year add on to keep it patched.
    3. The free upgrade from 7 to 10 still works.  Is it legal?  I would say no.  But Microsoft is totally ignoring that and letting the machines activate.
    4. Can you still buy a Windows 7 license if you don’t have a new one?  Yes, but man it’s hard to ensure that you are buying it from a reputable place online.  Everything looks a bit scammy to me.  And certainly don’t buy it from an ebay vendor.  There are a few on Amazon that look okay and not too scammy, but be careful.  If it’s too good to be true or too cheap to be a proper license, it’s probably not one.
    5. A healthy Windows 7 machine should have no problem installing this key and activating it.  A not so healthy one… you may have to manually install missing updates and run the Windows update troubleshooter to get it to healthy condition.
    6. Finally remember that the offer is still open and doesn’t close.  If you are small business and need to keep even one machine on 7 for a key business need, you can continue to get updates next week by purchasing a license.

    (*) or Ultimate license.

    Details now in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Is Microsoft messing with your Win10 Search box?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 10:46 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Howard Goldberg has been discussing the change in his Win10 version 1909 Search bar text, from “Type here to search” (shown above) to “Start a web search.” Digging deeper, it appears that Microsoft is changing Windows Search box builds without telling anybody.

    It’s a strange, and very visible, intrusion — and, given the lack of official documentation, your observations may help us understand.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Tools for monitoring drive health

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 01:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Lance Whitney

    Today’s PC storage media — traditional disk-based drives and newer solid-state models — are remarkably reliable.

    And that’s sort of a problem: we can become lulled into forgetting that they do fail — that there’s always a chance of a catastrophic malfunction, especially as the drive ages. So it’s good practice to periodically check your drive’s health and find potential errors before they result in lost data.

    There’s a plethora of utilities for checking the reliability and condition of both traditional platter-based drives and solid-state drives. Most use information gathered by the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T. or, simply, SMART) tools built into nearly every modern drive.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).

  • Locked out due to one broken keyboard key?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 01:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    When your keyboard malfunctions, common PC tasks such as simply typing in your sign-in password can become difficult — or even impossible.

    But every copy of Windows offers an easy-to-access on-screen keyboard that can help keep you going until your physical keyboard is repaired or replaced. Here’s how to instantly access and use that virtual keyboard.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).

  • Microsoft agrees to clean up a small Win7 mess

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 01:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    The NSA might have rained on Windows 10’s patching parade in January, but most of the attention was focused on the demise of Windows 7.

    You’d think Microsoft would get the last batch of free Win7 updates right — but apparently not. January’s Patch Tuesday fixes broke Win7’s wallpaper. If you used the “Stretch” option for background slide shows, you ended up with just black! Microsoft’s initial response? The fix would be offered only to those who had purchased Win7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) keys.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).

  • AskWoody Plus Newsletter — 2019 articles

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yearly TOC

    We know that you have your AskWoody Plus newsletters safely tucked away in your email archives.

    But that’s not an easy way to locate specific articles that you might want to read through again. So here’s the full list for 2019.

    Thanks for your ongoing support!

    16.47.0 — 2019-12-23
    Windows 7 Bradley Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license
    From the Publisher Leonhard A big year for AskWoody — and a bigger one to come
    LangaList Langa “Battery-limiting” apps help enforce the 80/20 rule
    Best Utilities McElveen Freeware Spotlight — Folder Painter
    16.46.0 — 2019-12-16
    Google Chrome OS Raphael The Chrome OS FAQ, Part III: You’ve got a Chromebook. Now what?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).