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  • Patching printers

    Posted on July 13th, 2020 at 01:30 Jamie Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    Patching printers

    The June bugs in Windows 10 that caused all of my PCL 5 printers to not print reminded me that there are several ways that printers need updating. The days when we could install a printer and never worry about it again are over.

    Susan BradleyBy Susan Bradley

    If you haven’t updated your printer lately, the first thing to review its printer driver. The older the printer, the more likely you will need something like a universal PCL 6 driver in order to have it work with Windows 10.

    Last and certainly not least, even in a home setting, I often have very good luck by setting up the printer on the wireless or wired network to determine the IP address assigned to the printer.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • A Win10 guide for Windows Update settings

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    By @PKCano

    For most PC users, the basic task of keeping Windows up to date involves a bewildering pantheon of terms.

    To make the process of patching Windows and Office a bit easier, here’s a simple summary of Microsoft’s updating system. This article isn’t aimed at business users who have the support of IT departments. It’s dedicated to consumers and small-business owners who strive to keep their machines safe from malware, operating-system flaws, and other threats. The descriptions below apply to Windows 10 Versions 1903 and 1909. I’m still looking at the updating-process changes in the new Win10 2004.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.25.0 (2020-06-29).

  • Update to AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10

    Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 12:23 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you that have upgraded to (or been pushed into without forewarning or your permission) Win10 v2004, there will not be much difference dealing with Windows Update if you are running the Home Edition. “Pause” and “Metered connections” remain the best built-in controls. And, of course, there is always wushowhide.diagcab and third-party software.

    But those running the Pro Edition have lost one of the major means of Windows Update control. The pulldown settings for deferral of Quality and Feature updates have gone missing from the GUI at Windows Update\Advanced options.

    AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10 has been revised to reflect the changes between v1909 and v2004. Previous setting suggestions have been differentiated as applying to v1909 and earlier. And possible suggestions have been made for dealing with Windows Update in v2004 and later(?).

    So, those of you with v2004 (voluntary, or otherwise) who want to try one of the methods (you don’t need both), please let us know how well they work.