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    ISSUE 18.47.1 • 2021-12-09 By Susan Bradley We’ve come to the last patch we ever have to worry about. Well — for 2021, anyway. Of course, in January w
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2405350

      Thanks! Bit puzzled here. What W10 version do you recommend: 21H1 or 21H2? I hoped to be freed for rumble for some time…. Invane I recon.

      * _ the metaverse is poisonous _ *
      • #2405359

        From another thread this morning . . .

        That was pretty quick! Thanks, Susan, for the one-liner I requested that appeared today in the DefCon alert. In case anyone missed it:

        Follow the prompts to install Windows 10 21H2. I’m comfortable with that version at this time and recommend it.”

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    • #2405376

      Can I presume this means we should also update Local Group Policy Target Update Fature to now specify 21H2 instead of 21H1 that you advised us to do previously?

    • #2405383

      If you use a vpn don’t do it! If you use privatezilla don’t do it! Wreaks havoc on networks. Make sure you have a full backup image if you do. The askwoody email advice was given 12/8/21 by Susan Bradley, the advice was to update, from 2004 to 21H2 now. I did so last night. Everything went as expected until rebooting and log in and finding all vpn credentials were missing from their apps. Credentials for vpn were gone. How does that happen? 2 different vpn’s. Even re-supplying them wouldn’t work! I have non browser password manager and know the credentials were good. I worked with one of the vpn’s customer support for an hour and they had no clue, or weren’t talking about why windows would be able to delete my vpn credentials! They sent me to their page for changing my credentials, w/o answering any of my questions. Nope, not going to do it! Not until you tell me why my current ones are gone, useless. Instead I ended support, and am doing a image reinstall. Cost me several hours and I’m not finished yet. I never go online without a VPN. As an adjunct to this post, I am politically active. I got a strange phone call a month ago, (supposedly) from my isp. I do not as a rule answer phone calls that are not in my address book, especially when they never leave a message. I have dozens of calls from different numbers that just keep on calling, though I don’t answer them and none of them ever leave a message. Suspicious to me. I answered a call while driving and I wasn’t paying attention to the number. They said they were so and so ISP, and asked me if I was me! I told them no. LOL. It was a creepy call, I think someone posing as my ISP, or the ISP was perhaps working with some gov entity. I did not have the speaker phone on and everything I said echoed back to me from the earpiece. I’m done with smartphones now. I thought, “they’re recording the call.” I also use vpn on the smartphone. Recording me I don’t know. I don’t think it was my ISP at all. They said my name after that, (never asked me my name until then), and said is this a good number to reach “my name,” and I said no. They said ok, letting me know they doubted me, I guess, and then, they just said ok and hung up! They always send emails about buying their newest whatever and never ask me if I’m me in those. I never reply to any or click on any link in them. So what’s up with all that? Only thing I can figure, is that it’s been more than two years that they can’t see any of my internet traffic due to the vpns! What say ye? The world has become a very dangerous place.

      • #2405412

        If you are still on 2004, then yes you need to update.  Was everything there but the credentials?  Do you use the apps provided by the vpn vendors?  These types of calls are widespread.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

        • #2405629

          As goes the vpn? Yes.

          I rolled back to my latest image successfully and then changed my vpn credentials. Then I went to check on updates today and there was only a “quality update,” but no “most recent version,” was available. Seems to be ok so far. What do you make of this?

    • #2405455

      FWIW on my 21H1 Home system, I couldn’t get offered 21H2 until I first responded to the big box pushing Win 11 option “stay on 10 for now”.

    • #2405509

      Following Susan’s line that 21H2 is OK, I updated from 21H1 to 21H2 this morning.  It took a long time to finish.

      Then, after a reboot or two, I ran my usual .bat which in turn runs
      sfc /scannow
      Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
      sfc /scannow
      To my surprise, the first sfc /scannow indicated there WERE integrity violations, which it repaired.  I almost never see that.  There were no further errors or repairs in the DISM (because I check the related logs) or second sfc /scannow.

      My second surprise was that Update then prompted me to install KB4023057, which is triggered when your hard drive is short on free space.  I have plenty of space in my OS hard drive (and there are two other HDDs that can be used for any temporary .cab expansion) , but I ran it anyway.  Will that be a problem?

      Thoughts?  Thanks.

      • #2405587

        Updated this morning from 21H1 Pro to 21H2 Pro. No drama, very quick.

        KB4023057 resurfaced and is again hidden.

        Win10 22H2 Pro, MBAM Premium, Firefox, OpenOffice, Sumatra PDF.
    • #2405544

      Update then prompted me to install KB4023057, which is triggered when your hard drive is short on free space.

      It isn’t triggered by short free space. KB4023057 is a ‘bi-monthly’ update.

      Not just free space.

      It may take steps to free up disk space on your device if you do not have enough disk space to install Windows updates.

      This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed. These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows.

      This update may try to reset network settings if problems are detected, and it will clean up registry keys that may be preventing updates from being installed successfully.

      This update may repair disabled or corrupted Windows operating system components that determine the applicability of updates to your version of Windows.

      This update may compress files in your user profile directory to help free up enough disk space to install important updates.

      This update may reset the Windows Update database to repair the problems that could prevent updates from installing successfully. Therefore, you may see that your Windows Update history was cleared…

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    • #2406123

      Moved to 21H2 this morning before the December CU release tomorrow.

      Took about 5 minutes total including restart.

      KB4023057 showed up in wushowhide – hid it once again.

      Windows 10 Pro x64 v22H2 and Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 (RIP)
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