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Daily Archives: June 25, 2020

  • Update to AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10

    Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 12:23 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you that have upgraded to (or been pushed into without forewarning or your permission) Win10 v2004, there will not be much difference dealing with Windows Update if you are running the Home Edition. “Pause” and “Metered connections” remain the best built-in controls. And, of course, there is always wushowhide.diagcab and third-party software.

    But those running the Pro Edition have lost one of the major means of Windows Update control. The pulldown settings for deferral of Quality and Feature updates have gone missing from the GUI at Windows Update\Advanced options.

    AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10 has been revised to reflect the changes between v1909 and v2004. Previous setting suggestions have been differentiated as applying to v1909 and earlier. And possible suggestions have been made for dealing with Windows Update in v2004 and later(?).

    So, those of you with v2004 (voluntary, or otherwise) who want to try one of the methods (you don’t need both), please let us know how well they work.

  • Patch Lady – hiding the GUI controls from us

    Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 11:05 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So as I read that last night I had to go fire up a 2004 to confirm.  Now as I see it what’s going on is in the GUI of a Windows 10 2004 you no longer see all the knobs to turn to defer all the stuff we recommend that you defer.  But to be honest I’ve seen where Microsoft has “made the GUI less complicated” in the last few feature releases and I can no longer depends on the advanced windows update settings of Windows 10 to best control the operating system.  I’m not convinced this is exactly “new” just something we’ve suspected for the last few feature releases where Microsoft decided to hide these settings in the GUI.

    As I see it, the local group policy editor on a Windows 10 Pro version still allows me to choose a deferral of 365 days.  That’s not the greatest solution to gaining control over your computer, but at least it means we are not without options.

    The 2004 feature release is still “offered” not shoved to me.

    Now then (and pardon the rant) what is more confusing is the fact that I have forgotten more about patching cadence than I can remember these days.

    We have gone from Current branch, current branch for business, Semi annual channel, semi annual targeted, oh now we changing our names to align the patching names to Office 365, oh now we are changing the name of Office 365, oh now we are changing the rings to channels, or is it channels to rings?  I can’t keep up… Oh we are supporting it for 12 months, no 18 months, no we’re doing 30 months for enterprise.

    Get the point that I’m exhausted with the constant churn in naming, servicing and moving things around …meanwhile Enterprises are running versions that I consider to no longer be appropriate because they too can’t keep up with the churn.

    The one thing I do wish that the Windows Health dashboard would do would be to put some estimate of impact.  Yesterday Woody posted about a new bug that causes spontaneous reboots.  But here’s the thing… it’s listed in the 1909 health dashboard as being triggered LAST month not THIS month so it’s not a June bug, it’s a May one.  I haven’t seen widespread reports of this in EITHER May or June.  I wish they would give some hint as to the magnitude of the issue.  I don’t think you and I will see this issue.

    • Keep up to date on bios and video card drivers.
    • Don’t use multiple antivirus software on your PC – in fact I recommend you stay with Defender.
    • Don’t use gaming hacks to get around licensing.
    • Don’t install ancient software that includes ancient drivers on Windows 10.

    Do those steps and you’ll probably sail through Patch Tuesday with zero issues.

    As of 1903 there is a new “target version option” in the local group policy editor and I think I’ll need to expand our “best practices” and start recommending THAT setting.  Hang loose a detailed discussion of these buried local group policy settings is in the works and will be in the AskWoody newsletter.  Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when (it won’t be this weekend though)

  • Acknowledged bug in the Chromium version of Edge

    Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 10:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    MS has admitted that there’s a bug in all Chromium-based versions of Edge that have either AdBlock (Plus) or Adblock for Youtube extensions installed. The bug makes YouTube videos break:

    If you’re experiencing this bug, you will likely encounter a black screen on the video player when attempting to load a video on YouTube. (See the screenshot below.) We’ve found that this behavior is happening on all operating systems and all Microsoft Edge channels.

    It sounds like MS isn’t really, really sure that the problem’s confined to AdBlock:

    We’d love to know if you’re seeing this error message but not using an Adblock extension, or if the above workaround doesn’t resolve the error. If so, please submit feedback through Microsoft Edge

    The solution? Disable the ad blocker.