• Carl D

    Carl D

    @carl-d

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    • in reply to: November patches here we come #2400768

      Just updated PC2 in my signature, no problems so far. However, Microsoft also decided to “helpfully” install PC Health Check even though this particular system doesn’t qualify for Windows 11, it doesn’t even have any form of TPM whatsoever. It “popped up” while I was updating and I noticed it had been added to the Start Menu after I finished installing the updates.

      https://au.pcmag.com/migrated-15175-windows-10/90395/microsoft-is-force-installing-its-pc-health-check-app-on-windows-10-pcs

      “BleepingComputer reports that some users are noticing the app will reinstall itself even after manually removal. In response, Microsoft said it’s investigating the problem, which it called unexpected behavior”.

      Yes, of course it is. I’m sure its the same as all of the “unexpected behaviour” that occurred when they were pushing Windows 10 hard about 5 years ago.

      PC Health Check was easy enough to uninstall (for now, at least) and it hasn’t tried to reinstall itself so far. Possibly because I always have Windows Update blocked with a third party tool when I’m not doing the monthly updates plus I also have a truckload of MS IP addresses blocked with the Hosts file (which I also need to unblock when doing the monthly updates).

      I’ll update PC1 sometime in the next few days and I’m expecting the same installation of PC Health Check even though that PC also doesn’t qualify for Windows 11.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: The annoyances of printers #2396827

      I have 2 printers, a HP color laser and a little Brother mono. The HP is connected via ethernet cable to my modem/router and the Brother mono is connected with USB (which is the only option it has).

      Running Windows 10 21H1 and the only ‘gripe’ I have is that if I don’t turn the printers on for a week or so they ‘disappear’ from the list of printers and Microsoft Print to PDF becomes the default printer again. The drivers and software for the printers are still installed and all I have to do is turn the printers on and they ‘reappear’ again.

      This minor ‘niggle’ would probably be avoided if I leave the printers on all the time when the PC is on but I only turn the printers on when I need to use them.

      Its a strange ‘bug’ and its been happening for the last 3 or 4 Windows 10 releases, it could have been happening since the first W10 release in 2015 but I was still using Windows 7 until about 3 years ago (this ‘bug’ didn’t happen in Windows 7, btw).

      The attached image shows my printers (which are both turned off, of course) but if I don’t turn them on then one or both will probably have ‘disappeared’ by next week.printers

       

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

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    • in reply to: Windows 11 Spam all ready… #2375856

      I’ve added an exception to Defender (Windows Security) for the Hosts file otherwise, as you’ve said, Defender flags it as a risk and actually restores the ‘original’ Hosts file if it detects that any MS domains have been added to it.

      This behaviour suggests to me that MS were not being entirely truthful (fancy that!) by saying any changes to the Hosts file to block MS domains are ignored. The extensive hosts entries I have is supposed to allow Windows Update to work (Defender Updates still work) but I’ve found I needed to restore the ‘original’ Hosts file once a month (and temporarily disable StopUpdates10) to get the monthly Patch Tuesday updates.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Windows 11 Spam all ready… #2375839

      I see MS still hasn’t learned anything from the GWX fiasco. No surprise there since beginning with Window 8 they’ve ‘forgotten’ what an operating system is supposed to do – manage your PC’s hardware and run programs (not apps).

      So, where is this ‘spam’ coming from? I have Windows 10 Home and Pro fully up to date on 2 separate PC’s here and I haven’t seen it on either one so far?

      Mind you, both PC’s are not ‘worthy’ of a Windows 11 upgrade so far seeing as they have 4th and 7th Generation CPU’s  so that may have something to do with it?

      Plus, I run O&O’s ShutUp10 and StopUpdates10  and I also have just about every MS domain known to man blocked with the Hosts File (unless I’m doing monthly Windows Updates) so that might stop most or all of this rubbish as well?

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Windows 11 announced #2374715

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

      Found on another forum 🙂

      At the moment, neither of my 2 PC’s will be able to use Windows 11 – they have 4th and 7th Generation processors. But, my little Lenovo laptop which I bought a month ago with a Celeron N4020 CPU should be able to.

      TqNU3t4

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

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    • I don’t know about other parts of the world but here in Australia I’ve yet to come across a paywalled article that I haven’t been able to read at other non paywalled sites.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: June updates bring news #2370343

      “It did not say 2021-06 Moon and Temperature Update for Windows 10 Version 21H1 for x64-based Systems why do I have moon and temperature”

      To me it looks more like the Sun with a solar eclipse in progress 🙂

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: June updates bring news #2370336

      The new version of O&O’s ShutUp10 released on June 2nd had already “killed” this News and Interests nonsense for me even before I installed this month’s Windows Updates yesterday so I never even saw it.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • I don’t know how ‘well behaved’ Windows 10 is these days in regards to respecting settings made with services.msc because I use ‘other ways’ of making sure Windows 10 (Home and Pro) doesn’t update anything until I want it to but I do remember a few years and a few W10 releases back that if you disabled Windows Update by just using services.msc the Windows Update service would ‘magically’ turn itself back on again after a certain length of time (or a certain number of PC shutdowns and restarts).

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Patch Tuesday poll – how is the testing going? #2358007

      Windows 10 survived just fine on both systems in my signature.

      The usual Macrium Reflect backups were made before updating, of course.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Can you check your user name? #2344816

      All OK here, Susan.

      Nothing appears near my user name when I hover the mouse pointer over it, the only thing that appears is at the bottom left hand corner of my screen above the Windows 10 taskbar and it says: https://www.askwoody.com/forums/users/carl-d/

      Using Firefox 85.0.2 64bit

      I see the same thing when I sign in with Edge (new Chromium version).carldfirefox

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 2: Time to make sure you are pausing Patches #2342283

      Jumped right in and installed this month’s updates as usual – after making a Macrium Reflect image, of course.

      No problems so far, I use Windows Update Manager (WuMgr) to check for and install updates then I re-enable StopUpdates10 and I should be all good for another month.

      I see MS still insist on recreating and enabling the 2 scheduled tasks and re-enabling the 3 services for Edge every time I do the monthly updates, turned all that off again and also ran my .reg file to stop Edge from preloading every time you start Windows just in case (I can usually tell if that’s happening because CCleaner complains about having to close Edge before CCleaner can run even if I never use Edge).

      I also have a second PC here that I rebuilt a few months back (I’ll add the specs to my signature some time) and I’ll connect that up later and do the monthly updates.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Have you enabled Win10’s ransomware protection? #2339663

      Been using Windows 10’s ransomware protection for some time now.

      I have to allow an exception to Paint Shop Pro 9 (which still works with Windows 10 after 15 years or so) or the program refuses to start, I get an error message. Probably because PSP9 needs access to the My PSP Files folder in Documents.

      I also can’t save anything scanned with my Epson scanner/printer (the default save location is Documents) unless I allow an exception there (or temporarily disable the ransomware protection).

      Also, downloading images with Firefox seems to be a bit of a “hit and miss affair” with W10’s ransomware protection enabled – sometimes it lets me download the image, sometimes it won’t and I get a similar error message to PSP9. I usually just temporarily disable it in these cases.

      But, overall I believe the benefits of having the ransomware protection turned on definitely outweighs the possible inconveniences.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

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    • in reply to: So I opened up an HP and where’s the hard drive? #2336334

      Why do laptop manufacturers make things so inaccessible these days?

      The last 2 laptops I owned  (an Acer and a HP from 2007 and 2005 respectively) both had removable panels on the bottom so you could easily change the hard drive and RAM.

      Looks like they want to make things as difficult as possible these days probably because the laptops are cheaper to make that way plus it also forces the majority of users to pay to have hard drives, RAM, etc. upgraded or replaced at a service centre.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

    • in reply to: Windows Update Manager (WuMgr) #2318693

      Hmm, my experience is a little different.

      I’ve just started using Windows Update Manager (WuMgr) due to the November 2020 .NET Preview downloading and installing with this month’s updates – despite the fact that I have already installed the “proper” (i.e. non preview) November 2020 .NET update with last month’s updates (???).

      After “rolling back” with a Macrium image and using WuMgr this time instead of Windows Update here’s what I get:

      Image1

      There’s that darn pesky November .NET preview again. And, what’s with the Silverlight and Intel driver updates? They didn’t even show up when I ran Windows Update yesterday prior to restoring my Macrium image and then using WuMgr.

      I have hidden everything except the Security update (KB4592438) with WuMgr and just installed that update.

      Oh, and I also don’t appreciate MS recreating and re-enabling the 2 scheduled tasks and re-enabling the 3 services for Edge that I have specifically disabled every time I do the monthly Windows Updates. I like to update Edge when I’m good and ready seeing as I rarely use it anyway.

      Gigabyte B560M D2V Motherboard, Intel i5 11400 CPU, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card, 1x Samsung 870 EVO 250GB SSD, 1x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional 22H2 64bit.

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