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Monthly Archives: December 2020

  • Tasks for the weekend – December 26, 2020

    Posted on December 26th, 2020 at 22:29 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube video here

    Like Amy, I use the end of the year to take stock, clean up and possibly upgrade.  It’s that time of the year that I ask myself if my computer is running okay or if it needs a bit of help.  Does it need a bigger hard drive?  More ram memory?  CAN it be easily upgraded or if it’s a laptop, it’s so hard to pry it apart that they expect you to just by a new one.  You can typically search online for someone’s youtube video on how easy – or hard – it is to open up a laptop or desktop and change out parts.

    I typically go to and see if I can upgrade a part that is easy to change out.  This allows me to review the pricing and see if it’s worth the cost.  If I can’t easily upgrade something I will spend the time reviewing software installed and if anything should be removed.  I’ll use something like treesize free to review what is the hard drive hog on my machine.

    So do you use this time to review your computer?

    (note that computer shortages are still being seen, so consider upgrading what you have)

  • It’s unsubscribe season! Clean that inbox

    Posted on December 26th, 2020 at 15:18 amybabinchak Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The most wonderful time of the year is here! It’s unsubscribe season! Unsubscribe season is when I de-clutter my mailbox in a deep cleaning kind of way. This year, I couldn’t help myself, my annoyance level was so high that I started unsubscribing in mid-December but usually unsubscribe season happens after Christmas though the second week of January. Why then? Because every newsletter, every corporation, every hopeful salesperson, sends out their season’s greetings and predictions for the new year. This means that every last organization that has your email address will send you an email and by the grace of the can-spam act they are required to include an unsubscribe link. Every time you hit that unsubscribe link, a little bit of joy comes back into your life. Therefore, it’s the most wonderful time of year.

    Does it work?

    Years ago, I used to advise my clients not to click the unsubscribe button because all it did was verify that your email address had a live person attached to it. But the can-spam act changed all of that. It holds businesses responsible for generating mailing lists in a fair way and for making it easy and then honoring unsubscribe requests. So, hit that unsubscribe link and bring bits of joy back into your email life. It works!

  • Got a misbehaving Windows 10?

    Posted on December 25th, 2020 at 21:26 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you ever have a misbehaving Windows 10 that just will not install and update no matter what dism or sfc or powershell command or anything that you’ve tried, what’s the best (and quite frankly easiest) way to fix a system to get it working with Windows update again?

    By doing an inplace repair over the top.

    You will not lose data.  (that said, I would still recommend to back up your computer)

    Once upon a time I would run the Windows update troubleshooter or numerous googling on the web.  Now if I get a machine that won’t respond to a number of reputable steps on the web to fix the issue, I will simply do an inplace repair over the top.

    Remember…”If you have Windows 10 version 20H2 installed, then it is required to have KB4586853 for build 19042.662 or higher installed to be able to do a repair install and keep everything.”

    This is one of the reasons I recommend to always download an ISO of whatever version of Windows 10 that’s out and store it for a rainy day.

  • Twas the night before 2020 style

    Posted on December 25th, 2020 at 01:05 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Depending on where you live it’s either the night before or the day of Christmas.  I hope you will have or have had a wonderful day where ever you are.  Here’s hoping that all of your technology worked, your Christmas lights were all lit up, and more than anything else, you and your loved ones are hanging in there even if we can’t be as much together as we want to this year.

    The other night, Dolly Parton sang a song on her Christmas special that resonated with me because of this year.  Have a listen to the song here   (*) and more importantly read the lyrics here.

    This has been such an unusual year that I just want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you and especially thank Woody for starting this site.  I want to thank him for entrusting me to continue on with what he started.  I know I’m looking forward to 2021 and I hope you are too!

    Again thank you for all that you do here on

    “I believe to my very core we’ll walk again in the sunshine by the seashore
    That we’ll dance and we’ll sing and be happy again
    Don’t know how or when
    But we will again
    You’ll see ….”

    (*) If you can’t view the video from that link, try this one instead.  (thank you E in the comments for the link to one that works in Belgium)

  • Still working through the issues

    Posted on December 24th, 2020 at 10:58 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve moved to a new IP at

    Again I ask that you be patient as we deal with the migration issues (and post migration issues)


  • Bear with us again

    Posted on December 23rd, 2020 at 13:12 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re going to resize the server a bit to let the forums have a bit more “zing”.  So things will be bumpy for about 10 minutes.  Hang loose I’ll let you know when it’s over.

  • When should you patch?

    Posted on December 23rd, 2020 at 10:52 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Heard about the BSOD triggered by CHKDSK on 2004/20H2?  So did Microsoft and they fixed it.  But it once again points out that if you want patches immediately you need to ensure you have backups and understand that you may not be getting “perfect” patches.


  • Windows 7 ESU for 2021

    Posted on December 23rd, 2020 at 10:07 amybabinchak Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    UPDATE: Purchasing is now open.

    About 3,000 of you purchased the Windows 7 ESU from Harbor Computer Services last year. We offered to make this available to Woody readers after so many IT firms recklessly said that they wouldn’t. My feeling is that while I’d prefer that no one was running Windows 7 anymore, for those that are they need access to updates to retain some degree of security on those systems. We aren’t here to judge. My firm is also an advocate for healthy IT communities and so we agreed to sell the ESU license to all comers even though there’s no money in it for us to speak of. In our regular business, selling stuff is not our thing. We’re a services business.

    We’ve been getting a lot of email recently asking about the year two ESU license and we’ve been letting everyone know that we didn’t have any information yet from Microsoft or distribution. But just yesterday, we got word from our distributor that the license should be ready for purchase beginning on January 5th 2021. Keep that should in mind because this date is dependent on Microsoft hitting thier deadlines. It appears that the price will be $142 all in. This is less than the predicted $150-$200 so that’s some good news.  Keep in mind that last year Microsoft changed the pricing during the first month creating some chaos, so we’re braced for a sudden price change and will keep you posted.

    The process for making this purchase will be the same as last year. We’ll open a form on which you’ll provide all of the information needed for the purchase to take place. Then you’ll get an email from with your ESU license code and instructions for installing it.

    To prepare for your license purchase you will need:

    • Your tenant information from last year. Find that email from Ted. It’s in there and you were instructed to keep it in a safe place.
    • Credit card
    • Number of licenses needed
    • email address

    Keep an eye on this space in January for the URL to the purchase form.

    If you’d like to know more about the behind-the-scenes process. Please see this article from last year. How we automated the Win7 ESU-purchase process @ AskWoody

    – Amy Babinchak, president Harbor Computer Services, Third Tier and Woody contributor


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