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    • in reply to: Does the Win10 Search box still work for you? #2135222
      cmar6
      AskWoody Plus

      Windows 10 search has never worked at all on any of my machines. After first upgrading to Win 10, I tried to disable some Cortana capabilities following instructions on Ask Woody. Many versions ago, I may have succeeded in that but no more. In any case Windows 10 search does not function.

      In some versions, e.g., 1903 and 1909, there is an icon in the taskbar that can be clicked “Type here to search”. I can type a word or two into that box but then nothing happens, whatever I click on. This behavior is at least an improvement from earlier verisions of Win 10 where I did not have a search icon to click.

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      cmar6
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      As long as you have a deferral set for Quality Updates, you will see no Monthly CUs. The system is doing what you asked it to do – not offer you updates for 15 days.

      That is grayed out because you have the settings in Group Policy. Take a look at the settings I use (and the reasons I set them that way). If you use these settings, you should have no further problems. Semi-Annual Channel is no longer an option. GUI settings (you will have to undo your current GP settings under Windows Update and Windows Update for Business first so the pulldowns are not grayed out) and Group Policy setting. There should be only that one setting in Group Policy, everything else should be default.

      Disconnect from the Internet before you make the changes so you don’t initiate Updates till you are ready.

      As usual, superb tech support from PK. Even though my membership expires in 10/2020, I just extended it for an additional year, this time at mid level. You cannot beat PK’s expertise. He is Woody’s secret weapon against Windows confusion.

      For mysterious reasons, GP did not have the correct settings in “Configure Update” or in Business Updates/Quality updates.

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      cmar6
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      PK, I have a similar problem in ver. 1903 Pro. I don’t have Paused set, yet checking for updates finds nothing  Advanced options/Pause updates shows “Pause until/Select date”, which I think means that I have chosen not to pause. But Quality updates shows 15 days grayed out. How do I change that to zero? It has always been at “15” grayed out.

      Or will Windows eventually find the latest updates, but when?

       

      in reply to: How to manage your router – Part II #2084306
      cmar6
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      Lance Whitney:

      “To change DNS settings in the router, sign in with your administrator credentials and then look for a menu section labeled something akin to “Internet Setup” or “WAN settings” (often in an advanced-settings section). Next, look for a feature called “DNS address” or “DNS type” or something similar. If the address for the DNS server is tied to your ISP or is set to “Dynamic,” enter the address for the DNS service of your choice.”

      He does not explain why one would change the default DNS setting in the router. My Netgear router has “Use dynamic DNS Service” unchecked. What does that mean in Whitney’s terms?

      in reply to: Patch Lady – cleaning up the installer folder #2019146
      cmar6
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      PK: My \Windows.old\ is about 17.4 GB and contains 9 subfolders. When after the last feature or regular update do you feel safe in deleting all the contents of \Windows.old  ?

      in reply to: Patch Lady – cleaning up the installer folder #2019109
      cmar6
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      I used Patch Cleaner without issue so far. Can you mention the name of the folder on a different drive where Patch Cleaner stores the removed Win installer files.

      The only possible folder I could find was \Windows.old (17GB) also on my C: drive.

      in reply to: Microsoft to start pushing Win10 1809 customers onto 1909 #2015457
      cmar6
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      Yesterday, I updated 5 Windows 10 systems (2 Pro & 3 Home) using the recommended Win 1903.iso file. All but one of those machines updated to Win 1909; only one to Win 1903.

      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015315
      cmar6
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      Paul,

      Why not just stick with “Stop Updates”? I have been using it since AskWoody recommended it and it is fantastic; no downside at all.

      BTW, I just discovered that Windows local search now works for the first time ever in my Windows Home system. That was the reason I was going to try Classic Shell. However, Windows Explorer search does not work at all–widely reported on the net. Does anyone know if there is a manual fix for that?

      in reply to: windows search #2015244
      cmar6
      AskWoody Plus

      In Win 10 (Home & Pro), I have never had a functioning Windows search (of the local system) probably because I followed directions on AskWoody to minimize Cortana intrusiveness.

      It was my understanding that Windows ver. 1909 will allow me to restore Windows (local) search. How would I go about doing that? I have installed GPedit on the Home system?

      This would be instead of installing OpenShell.exe.

      Thanks, cma

      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015234
      cmar6
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      Next time you use the ISO to upgrade, disconnect from the Internet before you do. Then read carefully what the screen says before you press “Next.” If you’re not connected to the Internet, the install can’t do something you don’t expect. MS is devious.

      Will do. The date of my 1903.iso file was 11/14/19

      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015229
      cmar6
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      Did you disconnect from the Internet during the upgrade using the ISO?
      If not, did you allow the install to get updates from the Internet?

      PK, I did not disconnect from internet during upgrade using ISO.

      I don’t recall being given a choice about allowing the install to get updates from the internet. How do I prevent that?

       

      However, when I did the update from the same 1903.iso file on a Win 10_x64 (ver. 1809), I got version 1903. Go figure.

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      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015222
      cmar6
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      As recommended, I used the downloaded “Win10_1903_x64.iso” up update a Win 10 Home (ver. 1809) system. The update went well, but to version 1909, not ver. 1903.

      So does that mean that it does not matter what .iso file we get, MS will override that to get the latest feature version of Windows?

      in reply to: Where we stand with the November 2019 patches #2014334
      cmar6
      AskWoody Plus

      Did Woody or Susan just tell us to upgrade from ver. 1809 to ver. 1903? I could not tell.

      in reply to: Patch Lady – cleaning up the installer folder #2012726
      cmar6
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      Susan,

      Let’s say that on first reboot after using Patch Clean it appears that something is wrong with Windows. Would not Windows Restore put all the removed Windows files back in place?

      in reply to: Solving search problems in Windows 10 #2011916
      cmar6
      AskWoody Plus

      You can isntall Open Shell Menu (formerly Classic Shell) . It will give you a Win7-like desktop, menu, and search. Use the Settings to customize it. I use it on all my Win8.1 and Win10.

      PK: Do you have to reinstall Open Shell Menu after every Windows feature update?

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