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  • Patch Lady – watch those deferrals

    Posted on July 15th, 2019 at 23:58 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From the Windows update twitter account comes this reminder:

    Customers on Windows 10, version 1809 using Windows Update for Business set to Semi-Annual Channel and a 0-day deferral: your 60-day one-time deferral period will end on Tuesday, July 23, and your devices will begin updating to Windows 10, version 1903.

  • Create an MS Family to share your computing resources

    Posted on July 15th, 2019 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Lance Whitney

    Setting up a Microsoft Family lets you easily give others access to your Windows computer, Office 365 subscription, and shared Outlook calendar.

    We tend to be very protective of our computers. We’re often reluctant to let others use our personal machines because, well, we each have things we want to keep private. But Microsoft and Windows give you an option have it both ways: privacy and sharing.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.26.0 (2019-07-15).

  • A welcome change in Win10’s cleanup tools

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Version 1903 adds new and useful functions to Win10’s Settings/Storage menus. The new Storage also corrects some truly boneheaded user-interface mistakes Microsoft made in the previous version!

    Plus: A reader recommends a free tool to fix Win10 permissions issues, and making and using custom versus generic recovery drives.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.24.0 (2019-07-01).

  • Really useful Windows 10 features

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Amy Babinchak

    When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, I’ll bet lots of users don’t bother to investigate the changes and new features — unless Microsoft moved the users’ cheese.

    Then I hear from clients, complaining that something in the UI is different and they’re not happy with the change. After upgrades, most Windows users tend to just continue doing what they’ve always done. And that’s too bad, because some of the new features are truly useful.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.24.0 (2019-07-01).

  • Patch Lady – a new default I’m not fond of

    Posted on June 24th, 2019 at 11:16 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
    I am a fuddy duddy
    Microsoft, if I wanted that view I’d do it.  Don’t mess with my settings.

    If you hate that new default in 1903 as much as I do, go into view, group by and select none.

    And remember that the downloads folder is cleared out if you use the disk cleanup tool and select all, so don’t use the downloads folder as a file cabinet.

  • How to maximize your battery charge in Win10

    Posted on June 24th, 2019 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Lance Whitney

    It always seems that your portable PC runs out of juice at some highly inopportune moment — such as when you’re about to email that must-deliver report, and there’s nowhere to plug in.

    Your notebook’s power settings can have a huge impact on battery life. Age is also an important factor — a three- or four-year-old battery might not last an hour. (Time to replace it!) Fortunately, Windows 10 offers several tools and techniques to keep your battery alive for as long as possible.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.23.0 (2019-06-24).

  • Win10 version 1903 disappearing Update settings described, but not explained

    Posted on June 23rd, 2019 at 20:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Of all the problems with Win10 1903 – the version that’s being pushed onto unsuspecting machines right now – this one’s the worse.

    In Win10 1903 Pro, if you go into Windows Update, advanced options, you get a pane that looks like this.

    Several of you have noted that, if you specify deferral options as I have here (non-zero numbers in either of the two bottom boxes), the entire “Choose when updates are installed” part of the advanced options dialog disappears.

    @abbodi86 has undertaken some experiments with the settings. Here’s what he has concluded:

    Yep, the Feature Update deferral box disappears once i change the entries to non-zero.

    Maybe it’s an intentional move so the user cannot change the period frequently? 🙂

    Anyway, the Feature Update deferral period can be still controlled with registry setting

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings] “DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays”=dword:0000016d

    Group policy can be used to show you the feature update deferral period. The box will show up greyed, but at least you can know the period

    @abbodi goes on to say that he tested changing the Quality Update deferral period the same way, with the same result — if you set it to anything other than zero, the whole section disappears.

    Here’s what really galls me. This is a known bug (feature?), replicable on any Win10 1903 Pro machine. Microsoft has documented the bewilickers out of its new 1903 features that let anybody defer forced updates. (Ironic that the ability to pause forced updates is 1903’s most important new feature, eh?)

    Yet in this, the most fundamental way to control forced updates, we clearly have a bug (feature?) that severely limits your ability to control updating — and we haven’t heard a single squeal from Microsoft.

    I’ve been hoping that the second monthly cumulative update for Win10 1903 will fix this bug, but we haven’t seen it yet. And if it is fixed, it isn’t clear to me how Microsoft will install the fix. Will it obey the settings hidden in the user interface (but still accessible in the registry, and through Group Policy)? Or will it just push through the fix?

    Microsoft’s seeing the aftermath of one fundamental flaw: The beta test versions of Win10 1903 didn’t include the full “defer updates” regimen. Feature update deferral and Quality update deferral weren’t tested outside of Microsoft. And you can see the result.

    MS takes full control of updates on Windows Insider installations, so even if three million people are in the program, not one of them tests forced update deferrals.

    Sorry, folks, 1903 isn’t even half ready for prime time.

  • Patch Lady – well not quite ready

    Posted on June 19th, 2019 at 14:52 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yes this is an infamous Acer Spin with the 32 gig of hard drive space that can’t get an upgrade to 1903 right now.  Stay tuned as I monitor and see when it is deemed worthy.