• Don’t forget about….

    The other day I was reminded that sometimes it feels like we focus on the new shiny thing instead of the thing we’ve had for years.  Not to worry…. all of this Windows 11 coverage isn’t going to crowd out me making sure that you have all the information you need to use your Windows 10 machine. We still also have forums for Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and even older operating systems. If anyone starts to wax poetic about Windows NT, however, I draw the line. Dealing with drivers and dip switches on that platform was NOT fun.

    Windows 10 is going to be supported until October 14, 2025 and if you are like me, you are going to squeeze every single last bit out of that operating system – or rather – until the hardware won’t run it or it it’s too risky to run it anymore. Like many other businesses and consumers of every size and budget, I have too many systems still running it and even with budgeting for upgrades, I still predict that once 2025 comes, they will allow extended security updates – but probably with a hook to Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

    Therein is my first reminder of anyone using hardware that is starting to get a bit older. Make sure you take care of it. Start always with having a backup of that operating system. I will once again urge everyone to ensure you have a backup method that makes sense to you. If you want an EXACT image of your computer, make sure you have a third party backup software that makes an exact copy.

    It annoys me that to this day Microsoft stresses backing up to their cloud (onedrive) as a preferred way to backup rather than making sure we backup the operating system. Sorry Microsoft, Apple is superior here with their built in backup solution versus your “Windows 7” era backup solution.

    So it’s the weekend before Patch Tuesday. Set your deferrals to ensure that you won’t receive updates right away?

    If you do have Windows 11 Home, look out for a registry key in Monday’s newsletter that I’m hoping will keep Home systems from receiving “moment” updates.

    So? Got your backup running this weekend?