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    • in reply to: Got a Western Digital My book? #2373568

      I have one, but it’s “only” on my home network. My home network, though, is obviously connected to the web, so I pulled the plug on the WD just in case.

      Before I did, I checked the WD. Everything was still there, but better safe than sorry.

      I also have two Synology NAS drives, but like the WD, they’re not accessible from outside my router.

      Synology seems much, much more serious about protecting their customers than WD. No update since 2015 is inexcusable.

      Thanks to Susan for the heads up.

    • in reply to: June 2021 Win 10 Update & Classic Shell #2373350

      I still use the original Classic Shell and have had no problems with it with the June 2021 Updates for 21H1.
      My NUC desktop

    • in reply to: Keep Running Windows 7 Safely for Years to Come #2372732

      Ummm ->Error: Duplicate reply detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that.

      That’s nice to know, but how ’bout a solution? Well, I guess I figured one out by myself.
      I see this topic has been moribund since February and that the Bypass ESU scripts available at My Digital Life have been mentioned obliquely. Here at Woody’s there is at least one thread dedicated to the latter: https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/standalone-installer-script-for-windows-7-esu-regardless-the-license/

      Just for the record, I’d like to add that I’ve used the Bypass with 100% success every month from the very beginning (Feb 2020?). Though it sometimes requires a bit of fooling around, which in turns requires some Windows knowledge and experience, it works – or at least it has, month after month so far.

      As for the problem some people appear to have with creating an account for My Digital Life, that’s up to you.

      Also, someone commented that there’s lots and lots of “junk” postings on the My Digital Life page. I agree, but you really don’t have to read past the very first Bypass posting. It provides all the info you need.

      Interestingly to me, most of the postings in this thread were written before the ESU regime went into effect, and I guess the many helpful suggestions made will indeed contribute to your being able to “Keep Running Windows 7 Safely for Years to Come”. Having said this, I’d nonetheless contend that having access to a method that permits installation of the “real” M$ updates deserves consideration.

      In closing, some members of this Forum have questioned the legality of the ESU Bypass. All I can say is that each of us lies alone in the grave or the crematorium urn.

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    • Keep it cool!

      This is my main machine, an old Lenovo S20 ThinkStation. Among other things, it has two Matrox C420 GPUs, which are passively cooled.

      It’s been about 33°C (ca. 90°F) here in Berlin (Deutschland= Germany) the past few days. This, of course, doesn’t break any records, but the first day my system fan was a-churnin’, so I decided to bring in some reinforcement.

      Here’s how it’s running right now:

      Sorry, but the Fahrenheit folks will have to do the math yourselves.

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    • in reply to: 12 June 2021 – Two Updates for 21H1 #2371176

      Now you know why I say “don’t check for updates”  🙂  Checking for updates INSTALLS updates.  My take Shared code base means interesting out of bands @ AskWoody

      Thanks very much for your message. As I wrote, “Having nothing better to do just now, I decided to check for Windows Updates.” I’m well aware that in Win10, “checking” basically equals “installing”.

      However, after a few years of updating Windows – back in spring 1986, I somehow wound up with Windows 1.0 next to DOS on my very first computer, an “IBM Compatible” – I feel pretty comfortable with my ability to overcome surprises.

      I don’t share a lot of people’s angst vis-à-vis Windows updates, but then again, I only use my computers in the comfort of my home. Furthermore, and I know this will raise eyebrows, for any “serious” work, I only use my Win 7 machines, so if Win 10 really does bomb, I’ll just reinstall it (though certainly not “happily”).

      Actually, I usually check for updates on my Win10 machine a couple of times a week, and I avidly follow this and other Win-update-related sites in an attempt to see what the devs are up to. Having said this, though, I’ve never bothered to sign up to be a Windows insider; I’m not that interested.

    • in reply to: Choosing an email provider: Your biggest decision #2370209

      Please excuse me, but the topics being discussed here are hopping around and crisscrossing in a way that makes following things arduous.

      I’ll try to pull a couple of things together, but before I do, I’d like to repeat my message about knowing whether your various email accounts and clients are IMAP or POP3. Check this first, and make sure you know how the difference between the two will impact your email processes.

      Now …

      1. PKCano’s tip is important: “Right click on the top area and check MenuBar and any other toolbars you want. Or use Settings to add the MenuBar”.

      In the “MenuBar” one sees Tools and other items (under the dropdown menus) that offer a wide range of crucial options.

      Mozilla’s decision to hide the MenuBar by default is incomprehensible to me.

      2. You don’t have to “open” the .xpi files. In fact, at least in the ancient version of Thunderbird that I still use, the easiest way to install any add-on is to reduce the size of the TBird window on your monitor, go to Tools -> Add-ons, and when the AOM (add-ons manager) opens, find the .xpi file where you’ve saved it, and simply slide it with your mouse into the AOM.

      If the file is OK (not corrupt) and compatible with the TBird version you’re using, you should see a message that the program wants to install an add-on, for which you then grant permission.

      In your specific case, since there’s an indication that the add-on is somehow corrupt, I have no idea what the problem is.

      3. The screenshot “My-Thunderbird-Screen” shows you’re accessing your “Local Folders”, for some reason.

      To the best of my knowledge, this won’t enable you to see your mail. Is your TBird on the internet and connected to your mail server? If so, you should see another list of folders above the “Local Folders” (Inbox, Unsent Messages, etc.).

      At the top of that upper list, you should see the “complete name” of your account as it’s shown under Tools -> Account Settings (assuming you’ve set it up right): “your email address” on “your incoming mail server”, e.g. mickeymouse@disney.com on secureimap.disney.com or something like that.

      When you finally figure out how to import your mail from the other program, I’m pretty sure they’ll be in the “top” Inbox rather than in the Inbox under “Local Folders”.

      OK, let’s see how this gets digested.

    • in reply to: Choosing an email provider: Your biggest decision #2369737

      Sorry to split hairs here, but after reading the entire thread, it appears that there’s been some overlap (confusion?) in the use of the terms email “provider”, “client”, and “program”.

      In regard to Thunderbird, I’m ok with calling it a client or a program, but in my (perhaps limited) understanding of things, it simply can’t accurately be referred to as an email “provider”, which is the original topic of this thread.

      I understand the email provider (and you can have several simultaneously) to be the organization whose “domain name” appears in your email address, e.g. gmail.com, protonmail.com, gmx.de, t-online.de, etc.

      The client or program you use provides the “window” with which you access the mails you receive via your provider(s).

      It might also be worth pointing out that there was a hiatus in this thread between August 2020 and June 2021.

      I apologize to those who might find this posting trivial. I also recognize that I might have missed the boat somewhere. Whatever.

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    • in reply to: 20H2 to 21H1 FU Observations #2366178

      I went to the page M$ set up and downloaded Windows10Upgrade9252.exe (6075kb)

      If you were running 20H2 you should have download KB5000736 (110KB) that takes a couple of minutes to install.
      Or, set TVR / registry entry to 21H1.


      Where were you when I needed you?

    • in reply to: 20H2 to 21H1 FU Observations #2366177

      You were coming from 20H2?


    • in reply to: 20H2 to 21H1 FU Observations #2366084

      Perhaps I should have mentioned that my Win 10 is a German version, but I run it in English.

      Also, I’ve attached an image of my desktop.NUCdesktop

    • in reply to: 20H2 to 21H1 FU Observations #2366081

      My experience was very different.

      I have an Intel NUC8i3BEH with a 500gb Samsung 970 pro m.2 drive and 16gb RAM. My monitor is a 4K Samsung U32R592C. My internet connection is 100mb/s.

      I like the NUC – my first computer with Win 10; I use it for “experimenting”. The six other computers I have, which I use for “work”, are all still running Win7 pro updated using the wonderful “Bypass”.

      I was running a single retail license of 20H2 with a few customizations, most noticeably of which is “Classic Shell”, which gives the machine the Windows 98 look that all of mine have. It includes a customized “Start” button.

      On to the update …

      On 19 May or whenever it was that 21H1 was released, against all computer common sense, I decided to get it. It didn’t show up on WU, so I went to the page M$ set up and downloaded Windows10Upgrade9252.exe (6075kb). The download, of course, was done in a flash, but then the fun started.

      After clicking “Install”, the entire process took over an hour – closer to 90 minutes! I have no idea why. At some points, each additional percentage (e.g. from 74% complete to 75%) took 4-6 minutes. I really thought there was something wrong, but at 89% the screen flashed and I was told the update would now restart my machine (several times), and I should sit back and relax. Unfortunately, I had a cardiology appointment (no joke), so I had a hard time relaxing, but the update, and the three or four restarts got done in time.

      I already had my jacket on when 21H1 was up and running, and I immediately saw the colors on the monitor were off. However, I was off to the cardiologist’s, and fixing things would have to wait.

      When I finally got to looking at things, I found the following: almost everything was as it had been, but the driver for my monitor was gone (device manager showed a pnp device), and my external USB 3.0 HDD was completely gone from the system – Disk Management didn’t even see it.

      In the end, it took about an hour to get the machine the way I wanted it, but now things seem to be OK.

      I have no idea why the process went so slowly (the computer is reasonably fast) or why my hardware got messed up. Fortunately, I have a bit of computer experience and pretty much knew how to fix things.

    • I believe @abbodi86 reported it earlier #2262211.

      He certainly did. I made my comment in an attempt to provide some additional context.

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    • It wasn’t a “clunker”; there was apparently an intentional change in Microsoft’s programming.

      In any case, people working on the Bypass ESU effort at MDL have now come up with a solution that permits installation of the .NET patch.

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