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  • Bob99



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    • #2396212

      Interesting. For me on 21H1 using FF 93.0, the naked “the” (no quotes) works just fine. Immediately prior to this post, it found 74 instances of the word on this page, both capitalized and non capitalized instances.

      Perhaps those having problems with FF’s search feature here on AskWoody have tweaked a setting in about:config that’s affecting the search feature as an unknown side effect of the setting. Here on AW, I run FF accepting only first party cookies and blocking EVERYTHING else that enhanced tracking protection allows me to block. I’m also blocking the canvas extraction it’s asking for with no issues other than not seeing folks’ avatars, both personal and default.

    • #2395970


      Since you’ve already used Susan’s registry file, take a look at AKB2000013, and see how the registry file fits into the overall scheme of the method to clear the WU queue. I have hunch that, once WU scans for available updates and sees that you want to stay in Windows 10, it won’t put up the offer to go to Windows 11. BUT, to speed things along you may want to follow the routine in the AKB, substituting the use of the registry file for the use of wushowhide.

      That’s how I look at it anyway…WU has found an update for you that it would like to install, but you don’t want to install it so you have to get rid of it from the WU cache by hiding it or otherwise making WU not know that it’s available for you.

      Remember, WU scans on its own about every 22 hours or so unless you’ve told it otherwise. Using Susan’s file is what I would call “telling WU otherwise”.

    • #2395295

      What Brian’s article describes is malicious SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and he happens to illustrate how that affects the results on Google, because Google is the biggest target for the bad actors.

      As has been illustrated above by others, this also has happened to Bing. I would venture a guess that it has also happened to Yahoo and StartPage as well, since they are search engines themselves in their own right.

      As has also been pointed out above by @rc-primak , DuckDuck Go is the same as Google, but stripped of Google’s unwelcome invasion of privacy, so it can be affected by malicious SEO as well.

      Basically, be careful sifting through results for searches, and pay attention to the actual URLs of the links provided by hovering your mouse over them to make sure they go where the text in the result says they go. One way to help this concept out is to have your browser display what’s called “punycode” that can make text look like one word but actually be another. @Microfix can fill in the details of exactly what punycode is more than this basic explanation.


    • #2395288

      I’m back from the Apple Store expedition and getting some of the highest priced gasoline in the U.S. due to the region I live in.

      GREAT to hear that you were finally able to access the system info, Oscar!

      On my expedition, I did notice a difference in the menu if you just clicked the Apple versus clicking it while holding down the Options key. And that difference is that just clicking on the Apple produces a menu whose first choice is the “About” item, whereas clicking the Apple with the Options button held down produces a menu with “System Information” for its first choice. This display unit had Big Sur on it when I asked a store employee “Which version of the OS is on the Macbook Pro over here?”

      Just for comparison, the unit on display in the store already had a battery cycle count of 34! I’ll admit that, although the display was a 16″ display, some of the data on the Power info page was hard to read without glasses. However, I knew to look for the number of cycles so I did and found it had 34 listed as the number of cycles.

      Oscar, as far as your individual unit goes, after reading your entire post, I wonder if, while plugged in with the unit in active use, the charger only supplies enough current to run the unit but not simultaneously charge the battery for some reason. Perhaps there have been issues with chargers overheating and so Apple decided to change the power profile within the OS to eliminate charging the battery with the unit in active use if it’s over a certain amount of charge already.

      Or, perhaps they may have been taking certain other things into consideration as well that have recently been presented or discussed in other threads here on AskWoody, such as with the unit in active use only charging the battery up to 80%, and not charging it unless its charge drops to 40% while in active use to help reduce the number of charging cycles it experiences.

      Just a couple of thoughts of why you’re seeing what you see with your battery’s charge.

      To test this theory, try using the Macbook on battery until the charge level drops to just below 40%, like, say, 39% or 38%, and then plug in the charger to see what happens after a bit. If the battery doesn’t start charging, open up a new thread about the problem and hopefully someone will be able to help.

      BTW, I think it’s fantastic that your battery only has 98 cycles on it after 4½ (or perhaps 5½ since we’re in 2021) years of use, especially since the store’s fairly new (or so I would like to think) unit had 34 cycles on it.

      EDIT: One final thing: Perhaps the amber light on the Macbook has a dual purpose: one to indicate that the battery is charging if you’re not using it and it’s turned off, two to indicate that the unit is on AC power if it’s in active use, no matter if the battery is charging or not.



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    • #2395255

      But, the page at the last link posted by Alex says to:

      1. Hold the Option key and click the Apple  menu. Choose System Information.

      The only thing that doesn’t show up in the quote above is the actual “Apple” symbol that’s in between the words “Apple” and “menu” on the original page I quoted from.

      From what’s shown on that page, once you select System Information from the choices that are supposed to show up, you’ll then see a laundry list of items listed under the word “Hardware”, one of them being “Power” which you then click to get your battery’s current status. If that doesn’t happen, then it’s time to ask Apple just what’s going on and just how you’re supposed to check the full technical details of your battery’s current health, not just pay attention to a green-colored icon.

      It sounds as if you have possibly not tried that exact step referred to above by Apple, of holding down the Option key while clicking the Apple menu item on the screen.

      I DO believe you, though, that you’ve tried it the way you’ve described and the way DrB describes. BUT, neither sounds like the way Apple describes it.

      No offense of any kind intended towards anyone, and my sincere, honest apologies if any has been taken.

      Oscar, for a bit of self education (since I’m a Windows user not a Mac user), I’m going to stop by a nearby Apple store and see for myself on one of their MacBooks if the sequence described on their own support page works as shown or if it brings up the screen in your earlier post. If it works as shown on their support page, I’ll then ask which version of their OS is installed on the machine. Either way, I’ll report back here in this thread with the results.

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    • #2395241

      It’s been Microsoft Defender Antivirus for more than a couple of years now:

      Pardon me and several others for having “lazy tongues” then, for not using its newer nomenclature.  😉

      That line (starting “Yes, you read it correctly…”) was meant for those not knowing that MS Defender is the newer name for Windows Defender, and wondering “what’s the difference?”. That’s also why I called it that (WD) in the title, because I realize that there are still many folks who don’t know (or forgot, as I had until reminded of it 😳)  that Windows Defender had been renamed.

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    • #2394048

      What if I just put in Windows 10 in the first box and don’t specify a target version in the second box, will that block Windows 11 without tying me to a particular Win10 release.

      To answer the question, I believe that if you specify Windows 10 without specifying a version number in the box below it, such as 21H1 or 21H2 for example, MS will then give you the latest Feature Update after the number of days or after the specific date you have set in Group Policy, albeit the Feature Update for Windows 10 not for Windows 11. In other words, if you’re currently on Windows 10 version 21H1 (or any other earlier version probably), you’ll be pushed to Windows 10 version 21H2 after the number of days or after the specific date you have set in Group Policy, but you WILL stay on Windows 10, you won’t be pushed to Windows 11. This setting is located in Group Policy under Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update>Windows Update for Business. Once you double click on the Windows Update for Business folder, look for the item labeled “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received”. Double clicking on that will show you the settings currently in effect.

      That second box is used to help you stay on your current version until YOU are ready for your computer to receive the latest Feature Update, NOT when MS thinks you should receive it. Many times the latest Feature Updates have had problems due to poor or incomplete code in some aspects which then would bring computers to their knees in the worst cases, or cause the computer to slow way down in many other cases. This is why most folks here don’t usually install the Feature Update on the day it’s released.

    • #2393783

      I wouldn’t be surprised top learn that 21H2 is the last semi-annual update for Windows 10, with 10 receiving nothing but monthly security updates after 21H2 is released. As PK said above, it’s the historical norm for most of MS’s past OSes, full support for 5 years then monthly security rollups for the next 5 years.

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    • #2393312

      In post 2393282 above (in reply to @The-Surfing-Pensioner ) I said:

      If you’re interested in just what these settings are and what to change them to, simply reply back to this post and we’ll let you know just what to set to which setting.

      Well, here’s the requested reply. I have two settings in Group Policy (GP) and one outside of GP that help keep me off the radar for the Windows Insider Program (as far as I know, anyway).

      The setting I have outside of Group Policy is to set the feedback from Windows to Microsoft to the “Required diagnostic data” level. To do this, go to Settings>Privacy. Now, select “Diagnostics & feedback” from the choices in the grey area on the left side of the window. That will bring up a screen by the same name. On that screen, there will be two settings to choose from, “Required diagnostic data” and “Optional diagnostic data”. Click on the circle for “Optional diagnostic data”, and that should be all you need to do there.

      Now, in Group Policy, go to an area you’re already somewhat familiar with, the Windows Update for Business folder in GP. As a reminder, it’s in Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update, tucked “under” the Windows Update folder.

      But first, let’s revisit a setting @Alex5723 referred to above, the Notify setting being set to 2. The actual name of this setting is “Configure Automatic Updates”, and it’s located within the actual listings/settings in the Windows Update folder of GP. Double click on it to open its options, or settings. There’s a screenshot of this in AKB2000016, at this location. Click the blue link (“this”) to be taken directly there in a new tab. As you can see in the first screenshot in that post, this is to be set to “2-Notify for download and auto install” in the first drop-down box in the “Options:” section of that window. What this will do is prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates without telling you. You’ll have to click the “Download and Install” button (or whatever it’s called when WU is ready to download and install an update) in Windows Update to install any updates it finds on its own. Once you have set it to “2-Notify for download and auto install”, click the “OK” button at the bottom of the window to save the settings.

      OK, on to keeping you out of the Insider program. There are two settings in Group Policy that have kept me off the program thus far, and one of those settings is shown in AKB2000016. The screenshot is in the very same post I referred you to above, but it’s the second screenshot in that post. Click here to open the screenshot in a new tab where you can enlarge it to see it better. The name of the setting is “Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received”. Per the instructions in the post, this should be Enabled, and in the drop-down menu on the “Options” side of the window should be showing “Semi-Annual Channel”. If it doesn’t, click on the drop-down menu to change it to that. As PK says in the text above the screenshot, you can select to defer these Feature Updates up to 365 days, but I just set the number of days to 1.  Please leave the box labeled “Pause Preview Builds or Feature Updates starting:” BLANK, DO NOT enter a date. Click OK to save the settings.

      Now, go down to the Windows Update for Business setting labeled “Manage preview builds” and double click on it to bring up its options. In this box, select the “Enabled” circle and then below that in the “Options” box, select “Disable preview builds” from the choices in the drop-down menu. Per the setting’s built-in help/description:

      Selecting “Disable preview builds” will prevent preview builds from installing on the device. This will prevent users from opting into the Windows Insider Program, through Settings -> Update and Security.

      Once you’ve set this option in the drop-down menu, simple click the OK button to save the setting. This will keep you from inadvertently being signed up for the Windows Insider program in the future, unless Microsoft decides they know better than we about what should be on our machines. 😉

      I believe these settings will also opt you out of the insider program currently as well. If I’m incorrect @PKCano , @sb , @b , @EP , or any of the other MVPs here, please feel free to correct me/this sentence.

      Any further ??s, please start a new thread, as this is off topic for this thread. I put my response here for the sake of simplicity in finding it. Any further discussion of being put into the Windows Insider program inadvertently, or avoiding such fate, merits being on its own thread. My apologies to the Mods/Managers.

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    • #2393282

      …Also, I have apparently opted into the Windows Insider Program – I wasn’t aware that I’d done that; is it a good idea?…

      The Windows Insider program enables folks to preview future editions of Windows, such as Windows 11, future editions of Windows Feature Updates or even preview versions of the monthly Quality Updates before they’re made public. If you like this concept, then its a great feature to have enabled and be signed up for.

      However, if you don’t want to be the proverbial canary in the coal mine, then you might want to opt out of the insider program. To do so is just a matter of changing some settings within Group Policy to prevent you from being in the program and from inadvertently being signed up for it in the future. If you’re interested in just what these settings are and what to change them to, simply reply back to this post and we’ll let you know just what to set to which setting.

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    • #2391802

      @opt1 said above in post #2391778:

      Oh – You almost had me setting aside time to update our PCs this weekend when I saw the “4” all clear MS-DEFCON at the top of the test forums page.

      This still exists as of this writing. Any real way to fix the image so it doesn’t mistakenly dupe a user into updating too early and inadvertently becoming one of the “canaries”?

      If @opt1 nearly fell for it, there might be a few others who might fall for it before they realize that the MS-DEFCON status indicator reflects the status on a certain date that was seven months ago, not today.


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    • #2390963

      Given your specs, you might want to look into seeing if Dell still sells the Alienware line of computers. Those used to be some really decent prefab’d gaming rigs. However, I don’t know if they’ll let you take the memory all the way up to 128 gigs.

      The remainder of the sellers probably don’t have anything even close to what you’re looking for, especially if you’re dead set on having the specific mobo from Gigabyte.

      Oh, and as @ScotchJohn said above, DON’T skimp on the power supply. Sounds like you’ll be needing at least a 600W unit, especially if you’re going to be looking at one of the latest cards/chips from NVidia, like the 3000 series.

      As an alternative, see if there might be another system builder such as another local mom and pop shop that you trust to build the system for you. They might be able to get the parts as well as build it, or they may very well be willing to build it for you for a flat fee if you bring them all of the components.

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    • #2390662

      Runs OK but not exactly quick & snappy…. It actually ran a little faster with Windows 7. By faster I mean more responsive with less lag. Maybe Win 10 is too busy downloading updates in the background, or Windows Defender is busy scanning for malware in the background which can make the system feel a bit sluggish, not sure.

      As you have seen, Windows 10 is a resource hog, especially compared to Windows 7. Because of this, if you want to continue to use Windows 10 on that laptop, probably the single best thing you can do to make windows 10 more responsive is to double the installed memory to 8 gigs from the current 4 gigs.

      However, laptops sometimes have memory that is soldered in and isn’t replaceable, or doesn’t have a special extra socket inside the case to add more memory. Before trying to add more memory, check HP’s site to look at the specs for the laptop to see if it will support more than 4 gigs of memory.

      If, on the other hand, you want to primarily use Linux on the laptop, then @Ascaris (or any of the other MVPs here who are Linux enthusiasts) can give you some good info on just how well the latest iterations of Linux should do with 4 gigs of memory and a 2GHz, two core processor.

    • #2390660

      I’m wondering why the SIU updates that are posting without actions don’t show in Windows Update>View Update History>Definition Updates as do the ones that pass through WSH?

      Probably because WU didn’t touch them, they were handled by Windows Defender directly. Same thing goes for me…the SIU updates that WU doesn’t install aren’t listed in the WU Update History at all, yet I still have them.

      Occasionally, upon first booting one of my computers up, I’ll get a notification from WU that there are updates to install. Upon clicking on the notification, I then usually find that the needed update(s) are for Windows Defender. I then go look in Windows Defender to see that Defender has already installed them, at which time I click on the “download and install” button in WU. After about a second or two, WU suddenly shows that I’m already up to date.

      Like you said, this behavior makes for one less thing to worry about or get grey hairs over.  😉

    • #2390659

      I’ve never uninstalled a Feature Update, so ‘m not sure just what problems may arise for you, especially since you said that…

      I went ahead and did feature update today on 3 of 5 systems.


      This has created an unintenstional mess.

      I have checked on my systems and have found that I can uninstall the last feature Update I installed (the one from 20H2 to 21H1), using the “Programs and Features” app within Control Panel and then clicking on “View installed updates” in the upper left corner of the window. In that list is where the Feature Update to 21H1 is listed and, when I clicked on it to highlight it, the Uninstall option appeared above the listing of all of the installed updates. This shows that you should be able to uninstall it.

      However, if you do choose to uninstall the Feature update to await MS-DEFCON 3 or higher, please start a new topic for guidance from those here who can better help you should you experience problems uninstalling it or after uninstalling it and rebooting.

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