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Daily Archives: July 29, 2020

  • How can a Win10 1903 user keep 2004 off their machine?

    Posted on July 29th, 2020 at 12:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting question from CN:

    Windows 1903 Home user…  I searched the forum for help with this, and I found a post, but I can’t find all the replies, and I can’t find instructions to help me stop this forced upgrade. The replies I can read seem to reference blocking strategies that I can’t use (perhaps for Windows Pro users?)

    Updates just resumed after a 3 week pause for the month of July. Win 2004 is now installing without my requesting it, accepting it, or clicking Check for Updates. I paused the install until September, but where on the forum can I find a way to allow other updates when we hit DEFCON 3 without installing Win 2004?

    Do you know of a reliable magic incantation to keep MS from pushing 1903 Home to 2004? I wrote about this back in May, but now it seems that MS is going after 1903 users without offering the circuit breaker “Download and install” option.

  • Windows 10 turns five years old

    Posted on July 29th, 2020 at 09:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Hard to believe how much has changed in five years.

    For a bit of nostalgia (not necessarily good nostalgia, mind you!) take a look at Terry Myerson’s announcement Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29

    Terry (who’s long since gone on to greener pastures) turns the floor over to Cortana “the world’s most personal digital assistant”:

    • We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. Don’t know where that number came from, but five years later Microsoft claims that Windows 10 runs on “more than 1 billion devices around the world.”
    • Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to get things done online in new ways, with built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier. And we all know how well the original Edge has fared.
    • Office on Windows: In addition to the Office 2016 full featured desktop suite, Windows 10 users will be able to experience new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all available separately. Wonder what happened to that?
    • Windows Continuum enables today’s best laptops and 2-in-1 devices to elegantly transform from one form factor to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC, and back. That didn’t turn out so well, either, eh?
    • Windows Hello, greets you by name and with a smile, letting you log in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices. With Windows Hello, biometric authentication is easy with your face, iris, or finger, providing instant recognition.
    • Windows Store, with easy install and uninstall of trusted applications, supported by the broadest range of global payment methods.

    Kinda funny how well the original vision has fared.