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      AskWoody_MVP

      Speaking from VERY personal experience:  not only do you want to replace that battery, you want the swollen battery turned into an acceptance site ASAP – i.e NOT in your home nor car.

       

      Fire hazard.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      Known issue.

      Fix:

      (Warning: misuse of the following may seriously damage your system.)

      Credit Rafael Rivera, MVP

      Power users can disable the new Windows Search experience using the following steps:

      1. Download Mach2 ( https://github.com/riverar/mach2/releases )
      2. Open an elevated command prompt and issue: mach2 disable 18755234
      3. Restart File Explorer (or Windows) (Logout and back in works best.)

       

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

      in reply to: Word opens on its own when computer starts #2264121
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      AskWoody_MVP

      Hmmm, looks like their problem returned – not as resolved as I hoped.

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/word-opens-multiple-new-blank-documents-on-reboot/#post-2264120

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      in reply to: Word opens multiple new blank documents on reboot #2264120
      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      This is starting to look like a symptom of a different problem.

      On a hunch: clear all the RunOnce entries. Then BEFORE shutting down or logging off, close Word, and check Task Manager for any “hung” instances of Word (winword.exe). If any exist, then force close them.

      Betting that

      a) if you do that experiment (not intending that you make this a permanent process) that the entries will not return.

      b) we’re looking for reasons why Word is hanging in the background when you close it.

      Things to look for: A bad NORMAL.DOT Word template. Corrupt fonts. A corrupt Office install. Bad sectors on the hard drive.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

      in reply to: Welcome to the Build conference #2264116
      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      I have never seen this problem before (and have done many in place upgrades.)

      From whence art thou obtaining the upgrade key?

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      in reply to: Welcome to the Build conference #2263981
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      AskWoody_MVP

      Windows 10 1709 and up gets a new Native Package Manager!

      Command line application/package automated download and install . . .

      This changes everything for IT support.

      But also: how mature will it be, and can it be disabled for security?

      I have so many questions about one new feature.

      Edit: Live on Github, and it’s also open source.
      https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli

      This is highly encouraging.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      in reply to: Cloud a good idea? #2263509
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      AskWoody_MVP

      Like others here, I use cloud file services to sync active project and reference files between devices.

      But I do not use cloud services for my backups . . . (for one thing it would be really expensive for the years and years of stuff I’ve accumulated over time.)

      Also: considering enabling MFA on your cloud file storage service.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      Oh good grief people. There was no malicious intent regarding telemetry on packaging a CMD based sniffer utility. This function has been optional under a different name for all Windows editions since at least the XP days (and I think since Windows 2000.)

      It’s used on demand by sysadmins for network troubleshooting, security auditing and development testing. It does not, nor ever has, sniff traffic unless you turn it on – and even then only for short sessions. (The data output of network sniffers can grow into truly ginormous log files!)

      And it cannot sniff your entire LAN unless you know how to set managed network switch parameters for mirroring, or have an old fashioned network “hub” (not a switch) handy.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      in reply to: It looks like Windows 10 2004 has been released #2262952
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      AskWoody_MVP

      That person – depending on if Win10Pro is running, and depending on the feature release deferral settings, is about to get either 1903 or 1909.

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      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      Pushing users to having a means of recovery would be infinitely wiser advice to push, than pushing them not to update. It would allow them to fix soooo many more problems than just a bad update.

      Yep.

      Backups! Verify backups! Verify “where” that backup resides! Verify/test that restoring that backup both works and that the restore process is understood!

      . . . and make sure one backup is offline at all times.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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      AskWoody_MVP

      My observation: today’s fast track reliable exploits are being used by organizations that try very hard to stay under the radar. The smart one’s don’t release something into the wild. They are using them for tightly targeted victims. And in most cases, these targeted exploits are being used in this fashion long before they are a) reported and b) patched.

      Delayed patching is another ball of wax. I think I’ve made my position clear here in the past that a very small delay, for end users that are low risk, without the resources to recover gracefully from a botched patch, can make that decision for themselves. And in that light, Woody provides a decent service.

      But that is wholly inappropriate for business, for high risk targets, for ( -IMO- ) anyone that does banking or handles Intellectual Property or works for an essential service. The list I think is long, that’s just a sampling.

      I don’t call them Zero-days either.

      And Woody, asking the question you asked on Twitter is asking someone with actual knowledge that is also a responsible netizen to break all sorts of NDA’s. Any answers on non-historical samples are likely to be fake, or from the wrong crowd.

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      in reply to: Wi-fi booster or range extender help #2260772
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      AskWoody_MVP

      I would agree with you at the engineering level.

      Problem (in layman’s terms) is too many manufacturers have fuzzed the line in their marketing. Most folks cannot tell the difference anymore, and many products being sold as extenders are poor performing booster bridges that use the same radio for their back-haul as their client broadcast. It’s the same marketing trend that greatly exaggerates the actual throughput advertised on new Wi-Fi equipment with misleading numbers.

      Seen way too many cases where someone added a cheaply made “extender” and made their home Wi-Fi worse.

      Buyers beware indeed . . . .

      Disclosure: I am a partner (as a small part of my business) for a commercial grade networking company — which likely makes me a bit of a Wi-Fi (among other things!) snob.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

      in reply to: Wi-fi booster or range extender help #2260676
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      AskWoody_MVP

      Not a big fan of Wi-Fi extenders, many of the models out there are not much more than snake oil.

      But when they work, they are a cheap-ish solution to your problem. One that I know works is the NETGEAR WiFi Mesh Range Extender model EX7300. Price should be around 150 usd.

      A better solution for home use is a distributed mesh system. Right now the best system in my opinion is the AmpliFi Gamer’s Edition WiFi System by Ubiquiti. Cost is around 350 usd.

      The best solution is a roaming Wi-Fi system with multiple wired access points on a controller system. But effort in installing, configuring and the cost involved is much higher than the two options above.

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – the minimum amount of RAM #2260329
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      AskWoody_MVP

      I’m not _quite_ embarrassed enough to not admit this: I recently forgot to adjust the default RAM allocation on a new VM before trying to install Server 2019 into the instance.

      Setup failed.

      That’s . . . all I needed to get off my chest tonight!

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

      in reply to: Which is the Best SSD SATAIII #2258686
      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      Samsungs EVO and Pro lines are very good, known for being both top performers and highly reliable. However Samsungs QVO budget line has not earned the same reputation.

      Which branding line failed on you? Were the failures in different computers, or sequential failures in the same computer?

      And are the computers running Windows 7 or 10 – I ask because they treat SSD’s very differently.

      In Windows 10 you can install and let all settings stay default (except for some rare cases where Win10 can’t “see” it’s an SSD).

      In Windows 7 you MUST disable the weekly automatic disk de-fragmentation schedule on SSD drives. That weekly task can quickly wear out SSD’s – especially if they are very full. Nor is it needed on SSD’s.

      ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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