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    I’m not computer stupid, but I am far from being an expert.

    I was an early subscriber to “The Langa Letter” and never got any bad advice from Fred’s newsletter, and came to trust him greatly.  Of course that eventually led me to become a subscriber here, at “AskWoody”

    I have Windows 10 Pro version 2004 and a VPN

    A long time ago you had printed instructions on how to keep my updates from going beyond version 2004 using the Registry or Group Policy.  I did that and have no problems, until now.  Yesterday, after I did updates it did not say I was up to date, like I normally saw, it said “You device is missing important security and quality fixes”.  I tried again with the same results.  Then it occurred to me that v2004 had likely been retired.

    Is version 20H1 now completely bug proofed?  I’m wanting a version that is not having daily problems with updates needing fixing or needing workarounds.  And like Fred, I trust you.

    Thank you

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    • #2418664

      You are a plus member and I just want to make sure you are receiving the newsletters?

      Which VPN service do you use?

      While I don’t recommend installing updates RIGHT NOW, towards the end of the month you can do one of two things:

      1. Change the registry key — see here for downloading the later registry key  Topic: 6000003 Registry keys and group policy settings to select specific feature @ AskWoody
      2. Or use the ISO page to click on update now, then run the .exe file and then use that to jump start the 21H2 install.  I now recommend 21H2.  Download Windows 10 (microsoft.com)

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

      • #2418683

        Hi Susan,

        Yes I get the newsletters.  I’m embarrassed to say I don’t keep up with reading them all the time, like I used to.  Obviously, I have to change that.

        The VPN I use is NORD.

        Thank you

    • #2418726

      Someone recently had an issue with Nord VPN where it lost the username and password to the application, but other than that, I’ve not tracked issues with Nord vpn.

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #2418730

      21H2 is as stable as we have come to expect – very good. We recommend you update to that version.

      Before you even think about updating, backup. You need an image backup on an external drive, preferably created by one of the free backup apps (Minitool is my current favourite). Also create a bootable recovery USB using the backup app and test that it boots and can find the backup file you have created.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2418731

      Is there any reason you use a VPN? It isn’t really required for regular internet surfing.

      cheers, Paul

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