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    • in reply to: New security patch for Chredge #2136946

      agoldhammer
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      I have it installed on my Wn7 PC that drives my TV.  I just checked and it’s been updated to the current version, 80.0.361.48  that includes the security patch.  This runs independent of Windows updates.

    • in reply to: Does the Win10 Search box still work for you? #2135413

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      It works here, Win 10 Pro 1909, build 18363.592 vs. your reported 18362.592.  (Tangent alert!  Why the $&@#^% does Microsoft not have text-select and copy available on the About page?  Ugh!)

      My system just rebooted this morning to install the January KB4532938 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8

       

      I’m on the same build and search works for me even though I hardly ever use it.  I’ve not done anything special with respect to Bing and Cortona which I never use.  Patch updates are delayed for 15 days on my PC.

    • in reply to: Another January casualty: Windows Media Center #2110576

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      With the Jan. update is Media Center completely removed or just not supported anymore?

      It’s not supported in any way.  One will have to find a new television guide replacement as MSFT will not be providing data any longer.  Soft ware replacement for the guide information is HERE.  It’s easy to set up and cost is low.

    • in reply to: Another January casualty: Windows Media Center #2110573

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      Those of us who run Windows Media Center as a substitute for a cable TV box have precious few alternatives if one wants to record and play back DRM protected content.  Yes, there are solutions for unprotected content but none of them will run a cable card TV tuner.  I have VLC loaded on my TV PC for playing back DVDs and my general needs are modest as I have a Sony 32″ TV which is pretty much as big as I need.  I don’t archive much at all other than a handful of classic movies.

      Even though MSFT has dropped TV guide support for WMC, EPG123 is an excellent replacement for only $25/a year and in fact was far better than the MSFT Rovi alternative.  It’s a shame that WMC was not updated as it was and remains a nice application for those of us who don’t want to pay the exorbitant price for a cable box.   As long as my hardware holds out, I’m running WMC under Win7

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    • in reply to: Windows Defender Update offered to Windows 7 machine #2100257

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      MSFT Security Essentials will still be updated for Win7 PCs until 2023.

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – Does Woody tell you to not patch? #2088981

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      I’m maintaining a single Win7 PC that runs Windows Media Center on my TV with a cable card tuner.  There’s no other option here other than to rent a cable box from Verizon at $20/month (with DVR capability).  I don’t do any mission critical work on this PC and plan to use it until it no longer works.  The only Internet stuff this does is streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, and ESPN+.  I’ve migrated to the new MSFT Edge browser which will continue to be patched as necessary for Win7 machines for at least the next 18 months.

      As far as banking and bill paying are concerned, I do all of this on the Internet these days.  As long as one is careful to make sure and look at the SSL certificate and URL so that you know you are at the right website, you should be OK.  To date, I’ve never had and credit or bank information compromised.  Skimmers at ATMs, gas pumps, and other locations are far more problematic in terms of stealing credit card information than the Internet as long as one is prudent.

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    • agoldhammer
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      I’ve had Opera on my HTPC that runs Win7.  I just took the safe step and got rid of it and installed Edge.  MSFT will support Edge for another 18 months on Win7 and I just need it to stream about four content providers (movies and sports).  No other browsing at all.

    • in reply to: Chredge is available now #2086260

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      I have a Win7 PC running WMC for my television.  I need a browser for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, ESPN+ and Bleacher Report Live.  For some reason Firefox on this OS won’t play BR/Live (I get a bizarre HTML5 error which cannot be true since other things stream just fine) so I need an alternative.  I have been using Opera but they look to be in financial trouble.  I just downloaded Edge and it runs fine on Win7 and I checked all the sites a stream and they all work including BR/Live.  Since MSFT will support this for 18 more months on Win7 it seems to be a good alternative.

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    • in reply to: Chredge is available now #2085390

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      Upside – will be supported on Win7 for another 18 months

      Downside – Firefox is still the champion

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – what about media center? #2040342

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      The key issue is protected content and the need for a cable card if one is using Windows Media Center as a replacement for TIVO or a telecom cable box.  I’m tied to Win7 and WMC for the foreseeable future as this is my cable box solution (there have been attempts to port the program over to Win10 but it seems that every Win10 update causes problems).  I cannot move to Plex or some other solutions as they don’t support cable cards.  As noted by @ryegrass, I’ve updated to EPG123 for schedule information 18 months ago and that untied me from MSFT schedule updates.  The PC is protected by a firewall and the only thing I need to do is move potentially move to a new antivirus solution form MSFT Security Essentials.

      I don’t use this PC for email or random web browsing.  The only Internet stuff this PC does is video streaming from about five websites (Amazon Prime, Netflix, ESPN+ and a couple of more).  If any of those sites are compromised there are much bigger problems with the Internet than my little PC.  I have a system image and some redundant hardware in case there is a failure of some kind.

      IMO, Windows Media Center was a very nice piece of software and it is really too bad that MSFT decided to discontinue support.

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    • in reply to: Life of an UPS #2022714

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      I also keep my monitor on the UPS. If I can’t see what the PC is doing it’s pretty much useless to try to get a safe shutdown.

      It is always useful to remember the keyboard shortcuts to safely shutdown your computer.  For Win10 it’s:  <WIN>+X followed by U and U again

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    • agoldhammer
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      I’ve commented on my TV Win7 PC before.  I run Windows Media Center that drives a cable card channel tuner.  I cannot update this machine to Win10 as MSFT stopped supporting the program some time ago.  They have already nagged me that at EOL, they won’t be providing channel listings but I moved on a while back and am not reliant.  I will run this PC as long as possible as it is much less expensive then TIVO or a Verizon Box.  The only web work this PC ever does is streaming of Netflix, Amazon Prime, ESPN+ and BleacherReportLive (sports).  It’s doubtful that I am exposed to any threats from these sites and Security Essentials is all I’ve ever needed.  If all they do is update the that is OK.  One wonders how long third party AV solutions will support Win7.


    • agoldhammer
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      The only thing I noticed this morning was a pop up that said Firefox is blocking social media trackers from a website I commonly visit.  It’s on version 71.  I have not seen any glitches at all.

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    • in reply to: Win10 Add Mail Account Pop UP #2087573

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      This solved the problem!!!  Thanks.

    • in reply to: Patch Lady – what about media center? #2040418

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      You’ll be running a machine that will not be isolated from the internet and it will not be getting security patches.

      Those of us running Win7 WMC recognize this.  The PC hooked up to the television is dedicated only for that use and does nothing else.  It goes out once daily to Schedules Direct to download the updated channel guide.  The only other Internet use is for streaming and I’ve isolated the URLs for the streaming services that I use.

      I recognize that there “may” be some vulnerabilities but most problems are user inflicted by either dodgy emails or websites.  No email on this PC addresses the first and the second is dealt with by only going to websites I trust.  As I have already noted, if Netflix starts delivering malware there are much bigger problems.

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