• rick41



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    • Windows 7 64-bit, Group A.  Updated and all seems OK (so far…)  But — as now seems to happen more months than not — Windows Media Player has to be re-configured.  An annoyance, but a minor one since all options/settings are retained except for how often to check for updates.

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    • Same here on *one* of my three similarly-configured Win 7 pc’s with Firefox 60.6.1 esr.

      But on pc #2, the same add-ons were left enabled and in the “main” add-on page, but with a caution message added, e.g., “Adblock Plus – free ad blocker could not be verified for use with Firefox.  Proceed with caution.”

      On pc #3, everything is working normally with 60.6.1 esr and (mostly) the same add-ons .  There aren’t even any messages of any kind.  (Maybe it will just take awhile for symptoms to show, since this is the first time I’ve fired up #3 in 2 or 3 weeks?)

      Weird that the situation would be different between the three pc’s.  This is all without any kind of action of my part.

    • Same situation here with 60.6.1 esr when I first opened it a few minutes ago.

      EDIT:  Just found that on my second Win7 pc, also with Firefox 60.6.1 esr, those same add-ons have been moved to the Legacy section and disabled.  Then on a third (which hasn’t been used in at least two or three weeks), everything looks and works completely normal (at least so far…).  Odd how the situation would vary between three similarly-configured pc’s.

    • Group A Win7 x-64.  Installed all three Important-tab updates I was offered (4489878, 4474419 and  890830), all of which were pre-ticked.  When finished, 4490628 (servicing stack) popped up and I installed it.  I was never offered 4493132 in either Important or Optional…not that I want it.  As mentioned in prior post, I had to take a minute to configure WMP again…mainly just clicking OK to retained settings.

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    • Group A, Win7 64-bit.  As is frequently the case lately, Windows Media Player had to be reconfigured after the updates.  Annoying, but it only takes a minute to address because it essentially saves my old configuration.  Specifics:

      Open wmplayer (which for me points to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe).  It will open to the first Configure screen.  Choose Custom Settings and click Next. Next tab should have preserved all your old choices, so just click Next again.  Choose “Choose the file types Windows Media Player will play” and click Next (unless you use WMP as your default video and audio player, in which case you should choose the “Make default” option).  The displayed associations list should be unchanged from what you had before, but you might want to skim through to be sure.  If OK as expected, just click cancel.  On the final configuration screen refuse the Bing online store unless you use it.

      After that simple process, I always find that the ONLY setting that has changed in the player itself is that “Check for Updates” in Options went from once a month to once a week, so I just change it back to monthly (not that it ever checks anymore, anyway…)


    • in reply to: Where we stand with the March 2019 patches #347890

      Group A, Win7 64-bit.  Still haven’t been offered the KB 4493132 “Win 7 ending” nag update.   I wonder why it is offered to some, but not others (as confirmed in numerous posts a few weeks ago).

    • “This specific security breach wasn’t directly responsible for the ShadowHammer infiltration, but it demonstrates an incredible lack of concern over simple security procedures.”

      Three months ago I bought an Asus router (RT-AC68U), but hesitated due to the company’s history of a lax attitude toward router security issues, including failing to keep customers apprised of threats (see link). Asus had even received warnings from the FTC regarding this.   While the router has performed beautifully thus far, it appears that attitude persists — across products —  and I’m now wondering if getting the Asus router was a mistake.

      Computerworld – Asus router warnings on privacy and security

    • Group A.  Just checked for updates — 11:30pm 3-20 — and I’m not being offered KB4493132 in either the Important or Optional tabs.  So I’m also wondering if it might have been pulled.

      Or, while I suppose this is unlikely, I was wondering if my machine is being excluded because its Win7 Pro 64-bit was a manufacturer-installed downgrade from Win 8.

    • in reply to: Miscellaneous, minor problems with the Patch Tuesday patches #329894

      Group A here. For reasons I won’t go into (embarrassment may be one :)) I took the rare step of running WU on my three Win 7 machines yesterday, while we’re still at MS-Defcon 2.

      No problems on two  of the machines, but on the third Word 2016 was molasses-slow when I tried to save a document.  Then a couple hours later I was trying to save another document, and had to give up and force close.  Explorer seemed unable to refresh.  Then Norton gave me an error message and clicking “fix here” accomplished nothing…then the Norton UI locked up.  There’s more that was messed up…I won’t go into it all, but the kicker was that — for the first time I can recall — I got a notification above the system tray that my copy of Windows was not genuine.

      Rebooted (I had to force-close one program..I forget which), but problems remained.  Rebooted again, this time into recovery mode.  Ran System Restore from there to try to undo the WU.  Fortunately the Restore seems to have been flawless, no remaining issues that I can find.  Will definitely wait for Defcon 3 before trying again…or maybe I’ll just wait until next month.

      BTW, I don’t know for sure whether it was actually necessary to run the the Restore from recovery instead just trying a full reboot first…but it just seemed like a “cleaner” way to proceed.  And I also have to wonder whether this was actually a problem with the updates themselves, or possibly just, e.g., some sort of unlucky application conflict that occurred while I was trying to update that machine.

    • in reply to: Patch Lady: Still on Win7? Get over it, for security’s sake #326842

      “That’s precisely what the title of the entry was supposed to do — make you think about it.”

      And indeed it did.  My initial reaction was “What??”  Followed by, “Interesting food for thought,  but I’ll likely still be with Win 7 at least somewhat after EOL.”  Followed by “People who felt offended by the title need to lighten up a little” (which does *not* mean they have to agree with Susan, at all).

    • in reply to: Patch Lady: Still on Win7? Get over it, for security’s sake #326826

      Susan, what do you think of Matthew’s (and others’) suggestion as an alternative, namely “moving up to Win-8.1 for those of us who bought PCs with a Win-8.1 license but Win-7 preinstalled?”  Thus obtaining extended support for 3 more years after 7’s extended support ends?  Thanks, Rick.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get December patches installed #244728

      Give it up to two hours, even if it looks like nothing is happening.  Based on info I found Googling that’s what I did with one of my similarly “stuck” Windows 7 updates a couple months ago.  The same update had installed promptly on my other two Win 7 computers.  Just as I was preparing to abort at the one-hour point — especially given no evidence of disk activity — it suddenly “came to life” and finished the installation.  After the reboot it confirmed a successful installation.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get December patches installed #243407

      Glad it worked out!  But had you just waited longer the first time — up to two, or even three hours — it’s likely your “stuck” installation would have eventually completed.

      A couple months ago, after the updates had gone smoothly on two of my Windows 7 computers, I ended up at an apparently “stuck” “configuring” screen on the third computer.  But I read about how it can sometimes take up to hours to finish.  After nearly an hour I was ready to force-close anyway, when — sure enough — it finally started counting percentage completion, quickly finished and rebooted, with all updates successful.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get December patches installed #243384

      Yeah, I’ve sometimes wondered what proportion of Windows 7 and earlier-version users are aware of that integration.  In fact, I’ve sometimes forgotten about it myself until I see files opened locally in my Computer lumped into IE history…or remember that Start/Run Autocomplete is toggled on/off via an IE setting.

      On a related note, what happens if you “turn off” IE in “Turn Windows features on and off?”  Will you still get offered the security update?  Again, confusion.  Also, is Edge an integral part of Windows 10?  Or is that OS finally, fully browser-divorced?

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get December patches installed #243155

      What exactly do you mean by “just stalled?” If it’s that the the machine just seemed stuck on some sort of Configuring Windows message, you really should have waited — a long time.  See my post linked to below, about a situation where an update that installed quickly on two of my Win 7 computers required 55 minutes to finish on my third Win 7 computer (with a Configuring Windows screen staring at me almost the whole time):


      As for a remedy for your current situation, if geekdom’s suggestion doesn’t work you could try a system restore back to before the update process was started, and try again.


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