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  • Are we ready for the new Windows 10 1903?

    Posted on June 17th, 2019 at 02:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A Microsoft tweet announced that the company is now offering Win10 Version 1903 — but only to those who specifically seek it.

    Opening Windows Update and selecting Check for updates should trigger the Version 1903 download. If you clicked the button but did not receive the update, you probably have some sort of blocking condition. You’ll just have to wait — and you should.

    Out today in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.22.0.

  • Only 613,566,756 weeks to go

    Posted on June 16th, 2019 at 20:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just saw this on Reddit.

    Bring up the Calculator. In the upper left corner, click the hamburger icon and choose Date Calculation. Set the “to” date to December 31, 2019. At least in Win10 1809, here’s what you get:

    Looks like we have a loooooong year of patches ahead of us.

  • Patch Lady – 1903 breaks connector on Essentials

    Posted on June 13th, 2019 at 14:14 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you still using the Windows Server Essentials 2012 or Windows Server Essentials 2016 platforms in your client base that provides the ability to backup the client workstation as well as provide storage, just a heads up.  Every feature release there is a constant battle with the connector software on the clients.  In the past we’ve been able to tell people to reboot the pc several times and the connector “wakes” back up again.  Peter Perry reports that this time with 1903 you’ll need to totally uninstall the connector and reinstall it to get it to hook back into the console.

    It would be nice if Microsoft would support Microsoft, but …. apparently that’s always been asking too much for the Essentials platform.  Note that every feature release the connector software gets stomped on, mangled, or some other nuance that means for those of you running that platform it’s always been a challenge.

    <sigh>

  • How to work and play in Win10’s new Sandbox

    Posted on June 10th, 2019 at 02:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    First offered with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (aka Version 1903), the new Sandbox feature provides users a safe, protected area to install and run untested programs.

    Trying out new software is great, but installing and running unknown, untested, or possibly unsafe applications could present a significant risk to your Windows environment.

    One of the better safeguards is sandboxing, which isolates apps from the rest of your system.

    See the full story in the June 10, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.21.0)

  • IE 11 may go nuts if you don’t have Default Search Provider specified

    Posted on June 6th, 2019 at 01:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a weird one.

    At this moment – the middle of the night, US time – Microsoft lists a bug in many Win10 versions, but if you look for details about which patches may have introduced the bug, there’s no mention that I can find.

    Here’s the problem, as explained on the Release Information page:

    June 2019

    opening Internet Explorer 11 may fail

    Internet Explorer 11 may fail to open if Default Search Provider is not set or is malformed.
    Affected platforms:
    • Client: Windows 10, version 1809; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019; Windows 10, version 1803; Windows 10, version 1709; Windows 10, version 1703; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2016; Windows 10, version 1607
    • Server: Windows Server 2019; Windows Server 2016
    Workaround: To set the Default Search Provider, use the following steps:
    1. Open an Administrator Command prompt and type the following: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” http://microsoft.com
    2. After Internet Explorer has opened, go to the Settings menu and select Manage add-ons.
    3. Select Search Providers in left pane.
    4. Select the link Find more search providers in the bottom left of the dialog.
    5. A new Internet Explorer window should open, allowing you to select a search provider.
    6. Select Add under the Search Provider you prefer.
    7. The Add Search Provider dialog should open, select Add.
    8. You should now be able to open Internet Explorer 11 normally.
    Next steps: We are working on a resolution and estimate a solution will be available in mid-June.

    Got that?

    You might wonder, as I did, which patch(es) cause the problem — or if it’s a problem that’s affected all versions of Win10 since the early days. You might also wonder if Win10 1903 is affected.

    Looking at the individual patch listings, I don’t see this particular bug mentioned anywhere.

    Two possible conclusions: Either the patch docs are screwed up again — or this is a bug in Win10/IE 11 that’s been around, and not reported, since version 1607.

  • How-To Geek: Microsoft still isn’t testing Win10 1909 (or 19H2)

    Posted on June 5th, 2019 at 14:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek laments the fact that Microsoft hasn’t even started testing the next version of Windows 10:

    These big Windows updates are generally finalized the month before release, which means Windows 10’s October 2019 Update should be finalized in September 2019. Microsoft has less than four months to go before the latest build is stabilized and we haven’t heard anything about it yet.

    Microsoft has responded by saying, basically, don’t worry about it. We have it well in hand.

    I’ve been saying for – what? – six months now that the next version of Win10 will just be a big cumulative update. I don’t expect any worthwhile feature changes. Except Microsoft will have to put at least one feature change in there so they can justify calling it a “feature update.” And they have every incentive to make 1909 super-stable, because they’ll continue to support it (Enterprise and Academic versions) for 30 months.

    I’m not complaining, mind you. I think MS should go through a couple more no-new-feature “updates” and hit us with a long-overdue Service Pack.

  • A dozen reasons why you don’t want Win10 1903 — yet

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:22 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On May 21, Microsoft officially released the latest version of the last version of Windows.

    The Windows 10 May 2019 Update — formerly known as the Windows 10 April 2019 Update or Version 19H1, and more reliably and consistently referred to as Version 1903 — isn’t getting pushed out in droves just yet. Instead, the “RTM” version is available primarily to beta testers and to people who manually install it in various ways.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • New Windows 10 Windows Update explained

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 14:28 joep517 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ed Bott of ZDNet has published an article explaining the ins and outs of the new/revised Windows Update debuting with the Windows 10 May update (aka 19H1, version 1903) – Windows 10 version 1903: When will you get the next big feature update?. Don’t pay attention to the title there is an in-depth explanation of the Windows Update changes.

    As usual, Windows 10 Home users come out on the short end. They can not automatically defer any updates. All updates may be paused for a week at a time up to 35 days. On versions that have not yet reached their end-of-service date, feature updates are offered but are not installed automatically.

    Windows 10 Pro users can set deferral policies for both quality and feature updates. You can set these Windows Update for Business policies using the Windows 10 Settings app or by applying Group Policy.

    Enterprise and Education users have the same deferral policies as Pro users. Additionally, there is a 36-month servicing period for some versions.

    The biggest change though is that if you are running Home or Pro when a version nears its end-of-service date Microsoft will automatically upgrade the machine to the current release. In other words, end-of-service trumps deferral. Also, note that effective June 2019 there is only one servicing channel for Windows 10. That is the semi-annual channel.

    There is much more detail in the article. It behooves every Windows 10 user to read it.