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    • in reply to: Macrium Reflect Free – patch how often? #2297760
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      On my Win10 1909 system, I get a notification in the Windows notification area that Macrium Reflect Free has an update available. Some users might have those notifications turned off, but the Reflect application itself also pops up a notification of an update when I open the app.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      in reply to: Macrium Reflect Free – patch how often? #2297693
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      I second Bundaburra’s answers and have a few additional thoughts:

      1. I usually read the update notes (which appear when the program notifies you of a new version, as Bundaburra indicated) to see if anything is likely to affect me before I update. I sometimes go months or longer before updating if nothing is relevant; many of the fixes are for features I don’t use or don’t have in Macrium Reflect Free.

      3. The update notes will also tell you when you *need* to create new rescue media because of an update. I agree with Bundaburra about making new rescue media from time to time.

      4. If your question is whether you can use the new program version and/or new rescue media to view/restore any old backups you might keep, there shouldn’t be any problem. I keep some older image backups for different reasons and haven’t had a problem accessing those backup images using a newer version of Macrium Reflect Free or new rescue media. I do always test my new rescue DVD’s right after making them to make sure they work.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      in reply to: Many identified problems with this month’s patches #2297428
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      I installed the August rollup (Group A) using abbodi86’s standalone script on my Win7 Home Premium hp laptop and haven’t had any problems printing (Brother printer, HL-L2395DW).

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      in reply to: Macrium Reflect – Full Image Backups #2295027
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      I use the free version of Macrium Reflect and have found it to be very reliable and fairly easy to use. Like krism, I image all of the partitions on my internal drive.

      The Macrium Reflect image will include all of the files and folders on the drive, at least if you choose to image all of the partitions. You can even copy individual folders or files from the image if you need to, but to do that, or even to view the files, you have to use the Macrium Reflect software. That’s one reason why it is a good idea to also make a separate backup of your user data, as jbrid123 suggests.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      • This reply was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by jburk07.
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Updated Win10 Pro v 1909 as follows without problems so far:

      KB4565351 August 2020 Cumulative update
      KB4569751 August 2020 .NET Cumulative Update

      I was apparently lucky and avoided the .NET Preview KB4570723. On August 21 it showed up in wushowhide, so I hid it. (I also hid KB4023057, which showed up at the same time.)

      When I then opened Windows Update, the .NET Cumulative Update KB4569751 showed up there, along with the August monthly CU KB 4565351.

      So does this mean I happened to catch the .NET Preview in wushowhide in time to hide it before it superseded the .NET CU, which was already in the Windows Update queue? The .NET CU KB4569751 never appeared in wushowhide after that, although it continued to appear in Windows Update. I don’t remember having seen it in wushowhide before then, either, but I wasn’t paying close attention around Patch Tuesday.

      At any rate, as I was getting ready to install the updates yesterday, I checked wushowhide and the .NET Preview was still showing hidden. Although the .NET Cumulative Update KB4569751 didn’t show up in wushowhide, it did still show up in Windows Update, pending download, so all was good.

      The Windows Defender Antimalware platform update to 4.18.2008.9 also appeared in Windows Update (and in wushowhide) along with the latest Defender “Security Intelligence Update.” As usual, the first time I clicked the Download button in Windows Update, the Defender updates disappeared, since they had already installed automatically, and I was again offered the Download button, which I clicked again to start the downloads. The installation took about 35 minutes before the restart.

      The updates and the SSU for this month are showing up as expected in Installed Updates, and the laptop is now on version 18363.1016. Everything seems to be working normally so far.

      I also updated our Windows 7 Home Premium laptop with the following updates using the abbodi86 standalone installer:
      KB4571729 August 2020 Monthly Rollup
      KB4570673 SSU, and
      KB4569767 .NET 3.5.1 update.
      Then I used the revised DotNET installer_r to install KB4569775 .NET 4.7 update.

      That laptop is also working fine, and I haven’t had any problems with printing.

      Thanks again to abbodi86 and to Woody, PKCano, and everybody else who shares their information here on AskWoody. Your help is much appreciated.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Ah, thanks for the clarification.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks for this info, PKCano.

      Just an fyi cross-reference to anyone who might be reading this later:

      Note the additional information provided by abbodi86 in this exchange with KYKaren on another thread, in posts #2292596, #2292609, #2292935, #2293051, and #2293054.

      Summary, as I understand it:
      If Feature Update 2004 shows up in Windows Update with the Download and Install link, it apparently won’t show up in wushowhide (see posts #2292596 and #2292609).

      However, if you set TargetReleaseVersion to 2004 (and possibly also if you’ve set the feature update deferral period and it has ended – not entirely clear), it will show up without the Download and Install link, and it *will* show up in wushowhide (see posts #2292935, #2293051, and #2293054).

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      in reply to: Who’s Still Using Win 7? #2292911
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      A question then – do you run both 0Patch and the MS patches on the same computer? How does that work out?

      Yes, I do have 0Patch running on the same computer with the MS ESU patches. I haven’t had any conflicts or problems with that setup.

      I think I remember reading that 0Patch doesn’t apply its fix for a vulnerability if Microsoft has patched the problem. In one case earlier this year, I don’t recall which vulnerability it was, 0Patch used a different approach than MS did, so they might both be applied. At any rate, I’m glad they both work (so far, at least).

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Right, I understand that. I was wondering whether 2004 will show up in wushowhide *after* the 200-day deferral period is over. Assuming there are no other problems with my computer that might make it “unworthy.”

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by jburk07.
      in reply to: Who’s Still Using Win 7? #2292517
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Hello @lhiggins,

      I still use Windows 7 on 2 laptops, although in our house we mainly use Linux Mint 19.2 (1 on an older desktop, 1 on a laptop in dual boot with Windows 7, and a third on another laptop in dual boot with Windows 10) for most everyday surfing, shopping, etc. I keep some ongoing household records in “legacy” spreadsheets in Windows 7 and find it easier to continue using Excel for those; LibreOffice Calc is fine, but sometimes the spacing is different, or it prints funny, or I’m not able to find a font I like etc. It’s just easier for me to keep using MS Office 2013, and I also like to use Windows 7 for my photo storage, and as with the Office documents, that is something I can do offline.

      There are occasional times that I do go online with Windows 7, though, and for that I am using 0patch Pro on both laptops. Thank you for your work exploring and sharing info about that application before the Win7 EOS! On one laptop I use Kaspersky Internet Security and Malwarebytes (old version) and on the other I use Bitdefender free and Malwarebytes free and keep the browsers up to date. Like you, I make regular image backups with Macrium Reflect, as well as frequent separate data backups.

      I will mention one other thing that you might have already considered but rejected. On the laptop that has Windows 7 Home Premium, I decided to try abbodi86’s standalone installer script to install the ESU patches, and that has worked well. I hesitated at first for ethical reasons, but finally justified it to myself on the basis that MS doesn’t offer an ESU license for Home Premium licenses. It’s also hard to feel that I’m taking advantage of Microsoft after all their heavy-handed disregard for Windows 7 consumers and just plain careless disregard for quality assurance in the past several years. So I just wanted to mention that as a possible option since using the script has not been difficult and in fact feels easier than relying on Windows Update, once you get things set up.

      It’s a shame that Linux didn’t work out for you. I know you’ve discussed your reluctance to try dual-boot before, but I’ll just throw in my experience FWIW. When I first tried dual boot, like you I tried it first on an older laptop and went on from there. Beginning with that one, I used Macrium Reflect to clone Windows to a new hard drive or SSD first – usually a larger one, but using Macrium it’s also easy to resize the Windows partition if needed – and replaced the old internal drive with the new one. I booted up the computers with their new drives and then installed Linux Mint using the “install alongside Windows” option in the installer. (You can also just make an image first, then switch out the internal drives, and then restore the image to the new drive before installing Mint.) That has worked perfectly on all 4 Dell computers I tried it on. They just booted up and ran. And in addition to image backups, I had the actual old internal drive that I could put back in if something went wrong.

      I am not a technically advanced user, but I am retired so I have a lot of time to explore topics. There’s a lot of good, detailed information online and helpful YouTube videos about replacing hard drives or SSDs. I seem to recall you’ve added or replaced memory in one of your laptops, so if you’ve done that, it’s not so very different to switch out the internal drive. Just something to think about in case it helps.

      This probably goes beyond what you actually wanted, but hopefully it’s still in the spirit of your post.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      So will wushowhide show the 2004 feature update when my feature deferral period runs out? I’m on 1909, Pro, with group policy set to 2 and feature update deferred for 200 days. I don’t use metered connection or pause. I use wushowhide to hide quality and/or other updates when needed (KB4023057 showed up earlier this month and I hid it). For some reason I had thought that the feature update wouldn’t show up to be hidden in wushowhide.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      I think you should be able use the live Linux install USB drive to reformat your SSD. After I gave up on my external-install SSD, I was able to see it on another Linux computer using GParted, though I didn’t do anything with it since I didn’t know if the SSD had some defect that had caused my problem. Judging from the responses here, though, I guess there could have been other things at fault.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Just out of curiosity, what SSD did you use for your external install? Mine was a 240GB SanDisk Plus, and Linux Mint 19.2 kept freezing, with apparent file system corruption requiring manual fsck after re-boots. I re-installed Linux and it happened again, so I gave up on using an external SSD since I didn’t want to have to buy another SSD to try.

      I was interested in Paul T’s and JohnW’s comments that the problem could be the USB in the laptop or the USB controller in the SSD. I’ve been using another one of those (admittedly very inexpensive) SanDisk Plus 240GB SSDs as an internal disk in an old Dell desktop dual-booting Mint with Windows for almost a year, so far without problems. I guess time will tell whether that SSD model is just not great quality or the problem was maybe with the USB connection.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get the June patches installed #2279394
      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Here are my results for June 2020 Win10 patches (no problems):

      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909, with settings as recommended by PKCano (Group Policy set to Notify for download/install):

      After making an image backup, clicked the Download button to install KB4561600 Adobe Flash and KB4560960 June Cumulative updates.

      Both patches installed, and Installed Updates also shows the SSU KB4560959 installed, as expected.

      No problems with printing or anything else so far.

      I haven’t seen v 2004, since I have feature updates deferred for 200 days.
      I also haven’t seen the Chredge update, not that I want it. Is it considered an optional update so that feature deferral also controls that? Or will Chredge just show up whenever Microsoft decides to send it?

      Many thanks to Woody, PKCano, Susan, and everyone else posting here for another smooth patching month.

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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      jburk07
      AskWoody Plus

      Results for June 2020 Windows 7 patching:

      Win7 Home Premium x64:

      After the regular image backup, used abbodi86’s script to install the June Rollup KB4561643 and June SSU KB4562030. Took about 10 minutes including the restart and both patches are showing up in Installed Updates.

      I’m using primarily Linux Mint these days but I still occasionally need to use Windows 7 online. It’s great to be as up-to-date as possible. Thanks to abbodi86 and PKCano for all your help on this!

      Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
      Group A:
      Win7 Pro x64 SP1 Haswell, 0patch Pro, dual boot with Linux
      Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Ivy Bridge, 0patch Pro, mostly offline
      Win 10 Pro x64 v1909 Ivy Bridge, dual boot with Linux

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