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Daily Archives: May 4, 2020

  • 4sysops: Configure updates and reboot options for Windows 10 using group policies

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 14:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Excellent article from Wolfgang Sommergut:

    Microsoft has repeatedly introduced new concepts to determine when to download and install updates and when to restart the computer. These concepts are reflected in a long list of settings, some of which are mutually exclusive or no longer have any effect in Windows 10.

    It’s hard to wade through the massive list of Group Policy Options for updating – and more changes are on the way.

    If you ever wondered what’s really going on with all of those settings, this is a great place to start.

    Thx @AlexEiffel

  • Windows 10X coming to a laptop near you – some day

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 11:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s official. Windows honcho Panos Panay just posted an update to Microsoft’s gameplan for Windows 10X, the Chromebook challenger due later this year on foldable devices.

    Oh. Wait a sec. No, the foldable devices are out.

    No. Wait another sec. It might not arrive this year.

    Panay starts with a recap of the Win10 version 2004 release we’re expecting later this month:

    In this update, we are going to make some things easier and faster for our customers like introducing a more streamlined way to pair Bluetooth devices in Windows… We are bringing practical improvements in the bigger things, like an improved tablet experience when you detach your 2-in-1’s keyboard, allowing you to keep the familiarity of your desktop while at the same time optimizing for touch. As always, we are continuing our focus on empowering everyone with Windows, and with the May 2020 Update we are bringing “drag and drop” to those who use our Eye Control functionality*. We are even bringing in some fun, like making kamoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)

    Which is great if you really want to streamline Bluetooth pairing, need a better experience when you detach your 2-in-1’s keyboard, use drag ‘n drop for Eye Control, and you’re suffering from a dearth of kamoji. Be still my beating heart. Add to that great advances for Windows under Linux, Notepad, and Cortana getting kicked to the Office curb, and we have a whole lot of cool stuff to look forward to later this month.

    With the marketing blurb out of the way, we get to the crux of the matter:

    With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility has enabled us to pivot our focus toward single-screen Windows 10X devices that leverage the power of the cloud to help our customers work, learn and play in new ways. These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market.

    So dual-screen phones/tablets aren’t in the near future. Nevermind. I wasn’t really that interested anyway.

    It would be nice if we could get an operating system that challenges ChromeOS for stability and ease of use, but still runs Windows programs. That’s the promise. Let’s see if we get it.

  • Simple ways to receive severe-weather alerts

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:12 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Nathan Parker

    Over this recent Easter weekend, major storms and tornadoes raged across the United States.

    The southern regions were hit especially hard, incurring massive damage and more than 30 deaths. It was tragic — but not at all rare, and not completely unexpected. Early severe-weather warnings might not reduce the destruction but can reduce fatalities.

    Following the recent storms, I felt the AskWoody community should be informed about some tools for receiving life-saving weather alerts. Many of these services are free or low-cost; others are geared more toward organizations.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).

  • 750MB of undeletable log files!

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Sometimes, Windows can’t or won’t delete old and/or no-longer-relevant log files.

    Worse, these files can be locked or still marked as “in use,” preventing you from manually deleting them.

    But you can use Safe Mode to rid your PC of hard-to-scrub log files — and reclaim potentially large swaths of disk space. Here’s how — along with a quick refresher on launching Safe Mode in Win8/10.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).

  • Is it safe yet?

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Every month, Windows users have to ask the same question: “Is it safe to patch yet?”

    As is all too common, the issues and concerns I had at the beginning of this month are not the ones I have a few weeks later. Case in point: I thought for sure we’d have more screams of frustration when the recent Office updates started blocking Web information requested by Visual Basic apps.

    But no: I’m mostly tracking possible issues with the Windows 10 1909 update. It’s sort of similar to how we’re feeling these days about staying in or going out; I don’t think you’ll see any issues, but I also can’t guarantee you won’t. It’s confusing, I know.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).

  • Controlling Windows update downloads

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By TB Capen

    Have you had a video stream suddenly start stuttering for no obvious reason — but you suspected it might be because Windows is downloading an update on one of your PCs?

    That’s relatively easy to test by simply shutting down all Windows devices. But it doesn’t automatically solve the problem: Windows update sucking up limited bandwidth.

    If you have a fast cable-based Internet connection to your home or office, this problem might never show its ugly head. But if you live in a rural area as I do, your only choice for Web access might be a relatively limited DSL service. (In my case, reliable connectivity is made worse by DSL running over old copper lines out on the street.)

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).