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      Tracey Capen
      AskWoody MVP

      BEST UTILITIES By Deanna McElveen Back in the day, if Windows 95 had sent out today’s Win10 telemetry, our 56K modem connections would have constantly
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      AskWoody Plus

      Back in the day, if Windows 95 had sent out today’s Win10 telemetry, our 56K modem connections would have constantly ground to a standstill.

      This joke falls a bit flat because

      1. 56k modems weren’t introduced until well into 1998 (e.g. US Robotics Sportster x2/V.90)
      2. 56k upload speeds didn’t come around until the v.92 protocol was introduced in 1999, and a lot of internet service providers didn’t fully support it until 2000

      Also, just for reference, the AskWoody home page — which is admirably small in size — would take about 90 seconds to download on a 56k modem.


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      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks Tracey and OlderGeeks, that WPD download opened up nicely, auto-updated, and displayed the nooks and crannies of windows tel-secretry all in one place for me to deselect.


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    • #2003474 Reply

      Da Boss

      Just a word of warning:
      People who haven’t used/tried WPD before (new to the program/application)
      This blocks a lot of sites associated with microsoft when using ‘3rd party block’ rules for the firewall. i.e. logging into outlook online
      Be careful, if you can’t access a site, sure as heck it’s this programs firewall rulesets blocking an IP range or specific IP.

      Recently discussed this program/app and how to get it set-up over here

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      E Pericoloso Sporgersi
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve been wondering what WPD stands for, but found no explanation here.
      At first I thought it meant “Windows Privacy Detective” or “Windows Privacy Defender”.
      But then I thought of googling for it (After 23 years computer use, this is still not my first reflex, but I’m getting there.)

      DuckDuckGo gave me: 

      So I conclude that WPD means “Windows Privacy Dashboard”.

      (My avatar is Winston, Croft Manor's majordomo in TR Legend.)

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      Carl D
      AskWoody Lounger

      I went back to O&O’s ShutUp10 a few months back after using WPD for a while. Windows 10 Professional 64bit 1903.

      The main reason was because WPD was causing one of the links in Settings (can’t remember if it was ‘System’ or ‘Apps’) to ‘crash’ back to the desktop when you clicked on it.

      Don’t know if this has been fixed or not? I was looking for a way to contact the author(s) at the time to let them know but I couldn’t find one. Not an easy one, anyway.

      Gigabyte GA-B250M-D3H Motherboard, Intel i5-7600 CPU, 32GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 1909 64bit.

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