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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – my favorite new windows update setting #2306340
      AskWoody Plus

      For Windows 10 1809 Home 32-bit, I have manually put in (even though it not suppose to have any effect) the registry settings to
      i) not upgrade
      ii) set the OS to 1809

      I also have Metered Connection On.

      The PC may have tried to upgrade the OS one time during the last month, but when I checked the OS, it was still on 1809.

      Currently I get no updates offered. I have to manually download and install the monthly Microsoft Updates. I like it this way. I check there are no outstanding updates using WUMT.

      PC still runs however the machine is kind of slow, so I only use it occasionally.

      P.S. I will likely apply the Nov 2020 patches, before doing the 1909 upgrade.

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2306294
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      Here is an improvement on the idea; knowing the two firewalls are using different technologies so if one type of firewall does not stop bad packets, the other firewall may work.

      The tough part is finding out what firewall each router is using, to ensure they are both using different firewalls otherwise it is a wasted effort to run the same traffic packets through the same type of firewall, except twice.

      in reply to: Windows 8.0 Recovery #2304994
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      I thought I would summarize the sequence I would have done this in hindsight. (Pre-download all the necessary ISO, Office and patches, so a certain amount can be performed offline.)

      Windows 8.1 Pro Refresh to Windows 8.0 Home
      apply Windows 8.1 ISO
      apply the Service Stack Update
      apply the Security Monthly Quality and Rollup
      apply .Net Framework
      enter Windows 8.1 Pro Feature key (I was online when I applied it)

      I apply a ‘hosts’ file to block malicious sites
      Connect online to run Windows Update; there are more than 100 patches (security and non-security)

      Probably best to get the current Windows Defender updates when you first go online.

      You can re-install Microsoft Office offline, then go online to get the latest Office Updates.

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      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2304991
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      The fibre router’s DMZ only allows for addresses beginning with 192.168.2. This must be different from what you have, after all this is a supplied “free” modem/router hence you sort of expected this, not to be full featured hardware/software. Probably better that I am behind a branded router.

      Thanks for your efforts.

      I am not concern about the double NAT. Because of the double NAT, I get to run through two firewalls and I am OK with it.

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2303152
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      correction: For this Fiber router, I cannot put the network outside of the’s DHCP range of addresses.

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2303150
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      I thought of one more advantage of putting inside the network, rather than in the DMZ. It is easier to do because you do not have to configure a DMZ, telling it which devices goes in the DMZ.

      For anyone considering this, weight the advantages and disadvantages and choose what fits best for your circumstance.

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2303149
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      So I thought I would try it out the DMZ.

      The way the ‘free” Fiber router ( works is you select the old router ( in the DMZ administration area (point and click). The old router ( will have a 192.168.2.z address given out by the Fiber router’s DHCP. By selecting it, it goes into the DMZ.

      The Fiber router seems to have no address reservation capability.

      I set the DMZ, and re-boot the fiber router and old router, and ran a tracert command. With the DMZ on, the trace route’s first few hops are:

      It was the same with and without the DMZ. With the DMZ on, I expected

      I thought it would skip over the router and go straight out to the Internet. I am sure if the DMZ was working or not. I turned the DMZ back off.

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2302656
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      I was poking around in the fiber router and understand.

      So as you said 192.168.2.z, and better to reserve an address (static address) so it does not change on any re-boot. I can look to see the range where the DHCP is allocating addresses, and choose an 192.168.2 address outside the DHCP range, so as to not cause a network address conflict.

      On more exploring, the fiber router does have a firewall, you just can’t turn it off.

      Once I understood a DMZ sits outside of the firewall, you knew it had a firewall.

      So an advantage of the DMZ is slightly faster traffic flow to the network, configuring the network  in the DMZ, because it will bypass the fiber router firewall.

      I like the network inside the network because traffic will have to pass through two firewalls; more security offset by slower traffic speed.

      in reply to: I’m almost ready for Windows 10 2004 … almost! #2302398
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      FWIW Windows 10 – 1809 Manual Download

      .Net Framework KB4576627 includes KB4576483 (.Net 4.8) and KB4570720 (.Net excluding 4.8)

      in reply to: Fiber Modem/Router to Old Modem/Router #2302393
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      Right now, the old router network is inside the fiber network as 192.168.2.x. All the devices that connect to the old router are 192.168.1.y.

      I am doing it this way for a few reasons.

      The Fiber modem/router is the “free” telco one (and not a brand I have heard of before) so I am not sure how much to trust it. I should probably treat it like a open free guest network.

      I cannot find a firewall on it whereas the old modem/router has it.

      My branded modem/router has the manufacturer’s firmware with periodic updates. I specifically bought it because it also has open-source firmware available.

      My previous modem/router also has the choice of open-source firmware, which I have since applied and will probably add as another private network under the address

      I did not want to re-do the settings on my network such as MAC-filtering. I use MAC-filtering to white-list devices that are known to me and hence allowed on my network. If I flash the open-source firmware on the old modem/router, I will have to re-setup everything to get it the way I have it now.

      I am thinking thorough the DMZ configuration and trying to understand. Do I set a DHCP Reservation address for the old router, then point the DMZ at the reserved address 192.168.2.z ?

      AskWoody Plus

      Some corrections:

      User-Agent Switch and Manager

      User-Agent Switcher and Manager

      All Windows Tabs

      Apply (all windows)



      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks I forgot to mention the SSU. Also it would be good to consider downloading the  Cumulative .Net Framework before hand too, to apply all patches offline.

      Because I am bias to Firefox, all standalone installs are available at


      in reply to: It’s time to be thinking about saving a copy of Win10 v2004 #2299997
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      I like the UserAgent method because I do not need to run in Admin mode, to download it.

      This has changed in Firefox, because you now need an AddOn, User-Agent Switch and Manager. In the AddOn, change the browser’s user agent to be non-Windows then apply to All Windows Tabs. Then it follows method 2 from Woody’s article. You will need to choose between a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10.

      I did not check if it is the Aug. 11 version, 19041.450, because I download the latest cumulative patch (once I want to upgrade to 2004) and apply the ISO and patches offline, before putting the PC on the Internet.

      in reply to: It’s time to be thinking about saving a copy of Win10 v2004 #2299996
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      I agree and do it for the same reason. Plus I can do the upgrade offline.

      in reply to: Admin and Standard User Accounts #2297391
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      I am dividing programs into 3 groups.

      1) programs that you install as Admin and can be used by Standard user.
      2) programs that can only be installed and used by Admin user
      3) programs that do not install but are simply run

      Also – the small program I downloaded may not have been the best example – I chose one from the OlderGeeks Freeware column here at AW, and it seems to be a run on demand type of program, not actually installed.

      This one falls into the third group.

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