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  • RetiredGeek

    RetiredGeek

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    • #2396176

      Terry,

      Per official MS document:

      With Office 2010 end of support, security updates will stop. Office apps will work, but you may be exposed to security risks. Upgrading is recommended.

      You’re programs won’t stop working! They will only stop being updated. If you follow good security practices (Good AV/AM, Don’t download from unknown sources, Active Firewall, Think BEFORE clicking, etc.) you really don’t have a thing to worry about. Look at all the people still using Win 7 w/o issues.

      Your other option is Office 365 and if you watch for sales you can usually get for around $50 USD per year. I only buy on sale and always have my expiration date a couple of years out. Next sale just add another year. Since my Wife and I both use it it’s really a bargain especially when you consider it works on up 6 users and all their devices plus the 1Tb of OneDrive storage per user.

      BTW: I turn 72 shortly so it’s not some young whipper snapper offering this advice…LOL!

      HTH

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #2396057

      I went back to my Wife’s machine today and did an Image backup with every intention of clicking that Win11 box to see what happened. Well after a successful image I headed over to Settings – Update & Security and the box was GONE! Clicking check for updates did NOT bring it back. HTH

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395929

      Hey Y’all,

      So I checked my wife’s laptop, the only machine in the house capable of supporting W11, and there was the big block offer of W11. I then applied the .reg file supplied by Susan as my wife hates change, especially on her computer. I rebooted and checked again for curiosity if the notice was still there and it was.

      So my question is what happens if someone, not mentioning any names, should click on that offer? Will it install W11 or refuse to do so based on the registry entry?

      Inquiring minds what to know! They may also push that button since they have recent Image backups of the SSD! Of course this would be done when you know who is off the premises!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395927

      Joe,

      Thanks for the insight. I’ve uninstalled VBS and was surprised by the prompts I got when the machine rebooted, before actually getting into windows, to make sure I wanted to disable several features. This worried me as maybe some of these settings were in effect before I enabled VBS so I restored my EFI and Boot (C:) partitions from my recent images just in case.

      When I get a block of time I may retry VBS and give it more time to “settle in” as you say.

       

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395926

      zat_so,

      Sorry, but I think I’m out of my depth here. Without access to a Domain Server that I can run the Get-ADUser cmdlet against I can’t really debug this. If nobody else here chimes in with useful information I’d suggest you go to StackOverFlow.com and post in the PowerShell forum.

       

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395789

      zat_so,

      Ok, let’s give this a try:

      $Users = Get-ADUser
      If ($Users.count -gt 0) {
        $Users[0] | gm >> d:\path\ADUser-Members.txt
      }
      

      Post the file here. Remember to replace the d:\path with actual information for your system.

      Note: you can use a text editor to remove any sensitive information from the file before posting.

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395753

      zat_so,

      Next step is to simplify and see if we can find the problem. Try this:

      
      
      $ous = ‘OU=OU1,DC=xxxx,DC=xxxx’
      $Users = (Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase $ous) | Select SAMAccountName
      $Users = $Users | sort 
      $Users = C:\Users\Public\Documents\usernames.txt
      

      If that works try it again with the other term and see what results you get.

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2395723

      zat_so,

      This should do what you want:

      $ous = ‘OU=OU1,DC=xxxx,DC=xxxx’,’OU=OU2,DC=xxxx,DC=xxxx’
      $Users = $ous| ForEach { Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase $_ | Select SAMAccountName}
      $Users = $Users | sort 
      $Users >> C:\Users\Public\Documents\usernames.txt
      

      I don’t have access to a server so I wrote a little test program for the last half of the code:

      $users = "Minnie","Pluto","Mickey","Donald"
      $users = $users | Sort
      $users >> G:\Test\UserNames.txt
      <#
             Sample Output File Contents:
      
      Donald
      Mickey
      Minnie
      Pluto
      #>
      

      HTH

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #2395613

      alejr,

      Thank you very much! I was unaware of the shortened URLs in the Catalogue as I don’t use it.

      Below you can see the difference in what I was using in my program and the wonderful information you provided.

      Old URL: "https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/" +
               "$VerURL/windows-10-update-history"
      
      New URL: "https://support.microsoft.com/help/$VerURL"
      

      That’s what I love about the askWoody community there is always someone out there with the answer.

      The new file has been posted and you are given credit in the comments.
      THANKS again!

      
      

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2394816

      Alex, have you ever actually restored a BIOS with this program?

      Inquiring minds want to know!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2394698

      It Guy,

      You need to remember you’re not backing up an Operating System! You are Imaging a disk drive. Macrium doesn’t care which OS is on the drive it is just making a bit for bit copy of the entire drive.

      Thus, a saved Backup Definition file will work regardless of the OS that is actually on the drive. The only time you need to Change the Backup Definition file is if you create new partitions (in the case where your Definition File was not backing up all partitions) or the Destination drive changes.

      Actually, there are two ways to prevent the latter.

      The one I use is USBDLM (USB Drive Letter Management FREE!) it insures any one of my 5 backup drives are always mounted as Drive I: (for Image…).

      The other way is the setting in Other Tasks -> Edit Defaults -> Advanced Wrench Icon ->Destination Drive Discovery.
      MacriumUniqueVolumeId
      Note: this option locks your Definition to a SINGLE disk drive. Handy for individuals that only have one backup drive and don’t want to install additional software like USBDLM.

      HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2394199

      cmptrgy,

      To the best of my knowledge I don’t know of any Imaging program that backups the BIOS. The BIOS is stored in EPROM (a chip) and NOT on a magnetic storage device.

      On UEFI/Secure boot systems the EFI partition is stored on one of your magnetic storage devices but you still need a BIOS to kick off the code in the EFI partition.

      HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #2394193

      KWD,

      Are you sure you’re plugging the USB 3 HDD into a USB 3 port?

      I do all of my Macrium Reflect Images using a UDB 3 HDD Dock and bare 3.5″ drives.
      The last images I took of my main driver took 52 minutes to backup 2 SSD drives:

      Drive                               Disk Size Parti GPT      
       No.  Name                      SSD      / GB tions MBR Boot  Data Bus
      ----- -----                     --- --------- ----- --- ----- ---------
        0   Samsung SSD 960           Yes    232.89     5 GPT Yes   NVMe
        1   Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB Yes    238.47     1 GPT       SATA
      

      I’m using Reflect 6.3.1865 Home controlled by a PowerShell script I wrote to automate the process. I haven’t moved to v7 because the free version won’t exit to a calling version and I can’t see paying for an upgrade when I don’t need any of the features it offers.
      Here’s the report my PS script puts out.

      Macrium-Backup-Report
      HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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      KWD
    • #2393285

      Sorry Microsoft but this just sucks!

      DellXPS8920-Win11Comp
      Why can’t I make the decision if my CPU has enough juice?

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2392200

      I got mine!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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