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  • Oh boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP

    Posted on August 11th, 2017 at 10:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I think I’ll open the acronym up for your comments. Keep it civil, please.

    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Pro for Workstation PCs, or WTFCUPFWP

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Chrome readies built-in ad blocker in early version of Canary

    Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 11:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer at Computerworld has the story.

    Far-reaching consequences to this one, folks.

  • Ed Bott weighs in on two years with Windows 10

    Posted on August 3rd, 2017 at 09:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A very interesting analysis from my old friend, Ed Bott at ZDNet. Caution: ZDNet has a stupid sound-tracked video that plays every time I go on the site, so turn your speakers down or off before clicking.

    Here’s one that caught my eye:

    And after more than two years under the microscope, there’s still no evidence from credible security researchers that that data is being used for anything other than its stated purpose of product improvement.

    Compare and contrast that to the new Creators Update option:

    Get more relevant tips and recommendations to tailor Microsoft products and services for your need. Let Microsoft use your diagnostic data to make this work.

    Of course, I’m a loyal member of the tinfoil hat club, but that setting certainly must give everyone pause. Doesn’t it?

    Other than that, I generally agree with Ed’s findings. I’d be interested in hearing your take on Ed’s comments….

  • Netmarketshare: Win7 still at 50% usage, Win10 at 28%

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 07:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    StatCounter says it’s Win 7 at 46%, Win 10 with a bullet at 37%.

    No increase in Edge. Per Netmarketshare:

    Gregg Keizer has an interesting observation about web browsers in Computerworld and a detailed analysis of Windows version usage.

  • Win10 machines with “Defer feature updates” now getting pushed Creators Update

    Posted on July 31st, 2017 at 08:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a reason why your Win10 1607 PC with “Defer feature updates” is getting pushed onto 1703 — and you aren’t going to like it. Fortunately, there’s a partial solution.

    Tip: If you’re running Win10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, and don’t want to get pushed onto 1703, go into Windows Update and see if “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1703” is waiting download. If so, use wushowhide or a metered connection to block it. If it’s already downloaded and awaiting a reboot, DON’T reboot just yet.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: I can confirm that this method worked on my production PC. Per @netdef:

    If the updater shows 1703 still pending a reboot, and you have successfully used wushowhide.diagcab to block it, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete ALL subfolders and files in there (but don’t delete the Download folder itself.)

    Now at the Start menu, you should have roughly double the count of shutdown options listed.  Half are normal, the other half say something like Update and Restart or Update and Shut down.

    Restart the workstation without the Update option.

    Now when you recheck updates, the Feature update to 1703 should abort, and no longer be listed as pending.

    Brilliant!

    UPDATE: There’s a reason why you were caught flat-footed. You were probably waiting for the usual “4 months to CBB” delay. That interval is shrinking precipitously…

  • Some historical perspective on the “Microsoft won’t support Creators Update on Clover Trail computers” problem

    Posted on July 29th, 2017 at 07:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve been watching the furor erupt over Microsoft’s refusal to let Win10 Creators Update run on Clover Trail computers. Peter Bright has a good overview on Ars Technica.

    In a nutshell, folks with PCs running on the 2012-to-2014-era Intel Clover Trail Atom processor – they shipped with Windows 8.x – were offered a free upgrade to Windows 10, back when everybody else was pushed in that direction. Now, a year or two later, Microsoft says those who took the bait won’t be able to upgrade to Win10 Creators Update version 1703. Try to upgrade and, per Ed Bott on ZDNet, you get the message “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC.” Microsoft has magnanimously, and uncharacteristically, stated that it will continue to provide security updates for Win10 1607 on these particular computers until January 2023.

    Of course, consumer response has been frosty. But the problem only affects a “small number of users” so attention soon shifts to another hot topic.

    Bad Microsoft. Windows as a Disservice. What else is new?

    One of my favorite bloggers, Günter Born, published an article earlier this morning that changed my perspective. Born goes through the reason for Microsoft’s block on the upgrade — basically, the Clover Trail computers implicated have an integrated graphics chip, the GMA SGX 545, and Intel either can’t or won’t provide a driver update. We’ve seen that happen before, too.

    Here’s what turned my head. As I was looking at Born’s links, I stumble on something odd. He links to a list of Windows 8 tablets that don’t support Windows 10. His link goes to a German-language site. Here’s a link in English.

    The Clover Trail-based computers that got hit by the ban:

    Acer Iconia Tab W510 / W510P / W511
    Acer Iconia W3-810
    Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C / ME400CL
    Asus VivoTab TF810C
    Dell Latitude 10
    HP Elitepad 900
    HP Envy x2 11
    Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10
    Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2
    Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011 / K3011W
    Samsung ATIV Tab 3 XE300TZC
    Samsung ATIV Tab 5 / smartPC XE500T1C

    It’s a worthwhile list, but what struck me is the date on that post – and the reason for the post appearing. In it, poster Tourniquet says:

    At the time of wirting this, there are a couple of first generation Windows 8 Tablets that doesn’t officially support the Windows 10 upgrade. This is because of the Intel Atom Z2760 GMA (SGX 545) driver. Interestingly if you tried to reserve Windows 10 a week ago, there wasn’t a problem, but now the GWX says it’s not supported.

    And the date… July 31, 2015. Two years ago.

    Tourniquet goes on to say:

    We can only hope that Intel will provide new drivers (for Windows 10), but they didn’t when Windows 8 came out for they Atom Z500/Z600 so you never know.

    So it looks like the Clover Trail problem is two years in the making. You can point your finger at Microsoft or, I think, just as validly point your finger at Intel. Why did Microsoft allow the upgrade to Windows 10? Why won’t Intel come out with a driver? If they could iron things out for the Anniversary Update, why can’t they get together on the Creators Update? How long have folks at Microsoft and Intel known about this problem, and why wasn’t it divulged much earlier in the game?

    Looks like there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  • Microsoft says it’s time to install Win10 Creators Update

    Posted on July 27th, 2017 at 16:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At the same time, they changed the terminology — which was last changed in May. Tell me again, is it Semi-annual Clearance Sale (Broad)?

    What we used to know as “Service Pack 1” and then “Current Branch for Business” and then “Semi-Annual Channel (Broad)” has now been re-christened “Semi-Annual Channel” with a discrete “Microsoft recommends” bullet on the versions chart.

    Bottom line: Microsoft says the Creators Update has just passed its unpaid beta testing phase, and is now ready for businesses.

    Personally, I’m going to hold off until next Patch Tuesday. I’ve heard rumors there are many bug fixes waiting in the wings. Besides, the #1 new feature in Creators Update is the ability for Pro users to relatively easily delay patches – a skill you’ve no doubt learned by now.

    UPDATE: Gregg Keizer just posted his analysis on Computerworld.

  • Thurrott: We need a better plan for Windows

    Posted on July 25th, 2017 at 10:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul hits it out of the ballpark again.

    What [Windows] needs is a path to that future, one that has concessions for the needs to today, but a real plan to get us there [a better operating environment] over time… The thing is, they can’t. Not directly. But as you and I both know, what they can do is assume enough of the functionality and productivity of a traditional PC to make PCs even-less necessary to most people. And as they do, the ongoing free-fall in the PC market will simply continue as we race inexorably to a certain future.

    It’s a Premium article, which means it’s paywalled. $48/year well spent.