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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Windows 10 22H2 may leave you blue #2512626

      Are you ever been “caught between a rock and a hard place”?

      After reading this thread, the risk of the blue screen of death scared me so I went shopping for a backup external hard drive so as to do a full image backup before doing this month’s update.

      But then the hard place appeared when I read the hard drive reviews. Every drive I found such as Western Digital, Seagate, and Samsung had many, many reviews that said in part,

      “Broke after 6 months”, “PC would not recognize”, “Warranty service terrible”, “Destroyed and lost all my data”, “Could not return”, “Would not work on Mac or Chrome”, “Would not copy after 80GB”, “Would backup but not restore”.

      So what is a person to do as apparently all the newer electronics seem to be garbage?

      Thank goodness for all the successful updates reported above so now I can update with some confidence since doing an image backup seems impossible.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Windows 10 22H2 may leave you blue #2512041

      image which should be on an external USB hard drive.

      How large of a drive do I need for a Win 10 22h2 Home image? 4TB enough?? Is Western Digital or Seagate a better choice? Thanks so much for your help as it just keeps getting more complicated trying to stay current!!

      Edit: Thought of 2 more questions. Can you put more than one image on the external drive as I have 2 Win 10 PC’s?  Also, the drives seem to need the USB C connector and my laptop only has the older larger USB port (A??). Will a converter cable work? Thanks again.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Windows 10 22H2 may leave you blue #2511976

      Susan wrote, “ensure that you have a full backup of Windows 10 22H2, 22H1, or 21H1 and can thus restore your system”. “What if” I HAD done the full backup and HAD received the blue screen, how would I get the full backup into my PC since the PC would be dead with the blue screen and without an operating system? I will also have to search the forum “Backup” to see how to do a “FULL” Window 10 backup.

    • in reply to: Windows 10 Upgrade – More weird stuff #2508663

      Are you saying Chrome on the other PC worked

      On the Win 8.1 after the upgrade to Win 10 Edge would ask for some password upon clicking outlook sign in instead of the ID/password.

      On the Win 8.1 after the upgrade to Win 10 Chrome would ask for the ID/Password to outlook as normal.

      After doing the verify link (that asked for the MS account password) in the profile then Edge started properly asking for the ID/Password normally.

      So apparently in the upgrade process Windows wanted to verify the account (which is just extra security and a good idea) but it did not ask in the upgrade itself and I guess just turned on a bit in the profile to ask for it whenever I tried to sign on to a MS synced account, but since I was already signed in to the MS account during the upgrade maybe that it why it didn’t ask for it there. All very weird, but other than that the upgrade was very smooth.

    • in reply to: Windows 10 Upgrade – More weird stuff #2508571

      Which Edge are you using, MS or Chromium

      From About – “This browser is made possible by the Chromium”.

      I am thinking this was something MS stored in this particular PC due to the upgrade as my other PC with OEM Win 10 has not had such a problem. The upgrade (although done with the PC with a valid Win 8.1 license and while signed into MS account) must have left some unfinished business.

      Since it was the Profile setting in the PC that seemed to be incomplete after the upgrade and MS and Outlook are tied so tightly together then maybe Outlook sign in checks the profile in the PC or in the MS account to see if all is well while Chrome either does not care about that setting or has no access to it (I think one of the settings I turned off trying to fix this was something about not letting apps have access to the MS account.)

      Gee, I had a perfectly working secure PC and now hours and hours spent on this required upgrade. I know progress and modernization must occur but I wish these planned obsolescence events could go more slowly!!

    • in reply to: Windows 10 Upgrade Annoyances #2506038

      Just FYI, I also disabled all the others

      Many thanks. I also disabled 2 of the others that mentioned the “Welcome experience” and “finish setting up”.

      I wouldn’t recommend it as 8.1 is undoubtedly not adequately secure in this day and age

      I agree but when you think about the byzillion updates done on Win 8.1 and the probably byzillion updates not yet found or done on Win 10/11, I wonder if Win 8.1 is really the more secure one??? Anyway I have Win 10 now on all my PC’s and will wait for Susan to approve Win 11 before jumping on that bandwagon.


    • Well surprise, surprise. I tried again to sign in this morning and Gmail sent me the email code immediately and Outlook posted immediately.

      So now I suppose either someone from Gmail did see our posts and fixed something OR it is as I guessed that the Gmail system is just overwhelmed, and it is a matter of timing as to when you get a response.

      Since my previous efforts were in the afternoon and this one was early morning sounds like early morning is the best time to use Gmail??

    • I meant the alert emails that get sent when you change a password or first sign in with a new device.

      In your initial post you said the alert was where you changed your password in Gmail. So Gmail would be sending that alert to Outlook. So I am thinking that is still Gmail not sending for hours instead of Outlook not posting for hours.

      To illustrate, yesterday I tried to sign into Gmail at 4pm. Got the phone text immediately. Then Gmail said would send me a code to Outlook. That code arrived at 8:20 last night – long after initial request had expired. No other mails are giving me a problem on outlook.

      I would venture a guess that Gmail has so many scam accounts sending out all these scam emails (as I mentioned in above post) that their email system is overwhelmed and backlogged – thus the huge delay.

      As Paul T suggested send an email to Outlook noting time sent and time received. However, do not send from Gmail as you would not know whether Gmail delayed sending or Outlook delayed posting. Instead get a friend using another email besides Gmail to send test. If Outlook post immediately then it is the Gmail delaying. If Outlook post hours later or with wrong timestamp then it would be Outlook delaying.


    • I don’t think Outlook is the problem. It is Gmail. I cannot log into my Gmail because Gmail sends to 2fa verification code hours after the initial login request and by then the original request times out.  All other Outlook emails are coming in fine.

      I Googled to see if any one else has same problem and there are hundreds of reports over time of people trying to sign in to Gmail and usually the 2FA to the phone works but the code to the secondary email (like yours) comes in hours later.

      I tried to see if there was a way to directly contact Gmail and Google searches says that Google will offer no help and you are out of luck if you cannot get through their online recovery. There was even one report I found where the person had a PAID Gmail that they were locked out of.

      In addition fully 90% of the scam emails I get are from ******@gmail.com. There is a BIG problem with Gmail. I hope someone at Google will read this and do something about it.

    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Install or defer updates? Your choice. #2492486

      you are using basic authentication – mere username and password – it may need to be reset up to use modern authentication.

      Kind of scary so I Googled “modern Authentication” and found Microsoft article,

      https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/enterprise/hybrid-modern-auth-overview?view=o365-worldwide” which was like reading a dictionary.

      For us ordinary Home clients that just want a simple way to access our email, do we have to worry about down the line in a few years that Microsoft will do to us as they are doing with the Win 8 scrapping? That we’ll have to go through some horrendous process to sign into our email that is far more complicated than the current ID/password/text-to-phone 2FA?

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Install or defer updates? Your choice. #2491838

      Susan wrote, “You may find that you’ve been beating your head against the wall this month, trying to get your beloved email client to receive and send email.”

      I am confused. On Win Home versions does that mean emails accessed through the web like http://www.outlook.com, http://www.yahoo.com, or http://www.gmail.com will stop working?

    • in reply to: Real-life SSD reliability must be managed #2485225

      An “Indexing Window” opens, which shows the list of folders I had chosen in the past to be indexed.

      This and Ben Myers’ article has opened a whole another world. My list of folders has only couple thousand. However, I saw a whole bunch of new options I did not know existed. It has a choice of Classic or Enhanced search. There is a list of excluded files. There is a choice of File properties only to search or add on Content to the search. Also found a Microsoft help article with all kinds of stuff on Indexing – what it does and how it works. Whew! When I get a spare week I will have to go back into all this!! But again the question – to Index or not to Index??

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    • in reply to: Real-life SSD reliability must be managed #2484876

      You failed to mention when you said, “Number one on my list is to disable search indexing on SSDs”, that after unchecking Indexing it would ask if I wanted to do it to just Drive C or also all the subfolders. Presumably it would not make sense to just do the Drive without the subfolders so I checked subfolders and an avalanche of processing of thousands of subfolders started up. Since the whole purpose was to reduce drive writes to extend drive life, I think all these processing writes probably just shortened the life of my drive.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: A well-behaved September #2482792

      After installing IOS 16.0.2, every few times I turn the phone on I get a popup something like “Set up Apple Pay now to finish setting up phone”. Very irritating. I don’t want Apple Pay but they sure want my money! I guess this is kind of like MS trying to force creating a MS account instead of a local account.

      Why cannot corporations be satisfied with selling you the products you want without trying to squeeze every penny they can out of you with irritating pressure? This kind of pressure actually works in reverse making you less likely to buy that and future products.

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    • in reply to: It’s the end of the road for Windows 8.1 #2464332

      With Win 8.1’s 2% market share hackers won’t bother,

      My statistics may not be correct. I Goggled and Googled until exhausted trying to find an exact figure of number of Window’s users an all I got was share percentage. However, one article did mention 1.4 billion Windows in use worldwide.

      So if that is correct then 2% of 1.4 billion is 28 million Win 8.1 users. That is a lot of potential victims!! And yes that also shows why Microsoft is salivating to sell an extra 28 million copies of Win 11.

      But like the car manufacturers back in the 50’s who learned that planned obsolescence brought in foreign competition and Congressional legislation to require maintenance support, will this encourage Chrome, Apple, and others to work harder for a larger piece of the Windows pie? Already we have seen recent legislation to require cell phone makers to provide repair manuals and parts so consumers can DIY repairs.

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