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  • Woody’s Windows Watch: More on April’s abysmal Win7 and 8.1 patches

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 at 05:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Six (seven?) patches. Four (five?) antivirus programs. Bluescreens. Slow-as-sludge systems. Conflicting advice. Delayed warnings. Hundreds of thousands of machines put through the wringer.

    The people who know what happened with this month’s conflicted patches aren’t talking.

    Here’s what we know, and why it’s important to you — even if (especially if!) you run Windows 10.

    Woody pokes at the mystery and throws some well-deserved shade in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.15.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • LangaList: Should you force your machine onto Win10 1809 or wait for 1903?

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 at 05:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a tough question. Fred Langa takes you through the pros and cons, and offers some solace during these trying times. If every version of Windows were good, it’d be a no-brainer. Demonstrably, that isn’t the case.

    Fred also has a peek into a bit of history with us still — the old 8.3 filename. It’s there, on your system, whether you know it or not.

    LangaList lives in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.15.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Deanna’s Freeware Spotlight: Desktop Restore

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 at 05:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ever have your desktop icons move when you reboot or switch screen resolution?

    Randy and Deanna at The Older Geeks have a solution for you. There’s a free Windows Shell Extension from Jamie O’Connell at Midiox called Desktop Restore that lets you save your icon positions, give each configuration a name, and swap among them.

    More brilliant, free and crap-free software from Deanna McElveen at

    Details in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.15.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Windows Security: On beyond passwords

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 at 05:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lance Whitney returns with an explanation of Windows Hello ways to log in to Windows without a password. PINs, pics, swipes and winks, oh my! They’re not only faster and easier than using a password, they’re more secure too.

    Details in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.15.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.


  • Happy Easter 2019

    Posted on April 21st, 2019 at 11:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    La Resurrección, de Sebastiano Ricci. Imagen: Google Art Project

  • Patch Lady – .NET changes

    Posted on April 20th, 2019 at 18:00 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Back in the 7 and 8.1 era .NET was independently released and not part of the operating system – exactly – yes each shipped with a base .NET version, but other versions would come out and be offered up to those platforms.  On some platforms (you know we are talking about you Small Business Server) it became common knowledge that you did not upgrade .NET on that platform and just serviced it as is.

    Then along came Windows 10 with it’s cumulative patching model with everything patched in one shot.  If you wanted to upgrade to a newer .NET you didn’t install it, it came with the feature release.  And .NET updates on Windows 10 were not separate, they came with the cumulative update.  Well…. until 1809.  When 1809 was released the .NET updates separated back out from the operating system and you could separately install them.

    Coming with Windows 10 1903 .NET 4.8 will be released.  So far consistent, yes?  Well not so fast.  Once again Microsoft is changing .NET patching so that .NET is uncoupled again from the operating system.  .NET 4.7 was supported on Windows 10 anniversary edition  (I think that’s 1607? Can’t keep track of them)

    As noted in the .NET blog post

    Updates for .NET Framework 4.8 on Windows 10 versions 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803 and Server 2016 will now be delivered independently and side by side with Windows cumulative updates.

    Before to upgrade to a new .NET you had to go up a feature update to do so.  Now you can install .NET 4.8 on Windows 10 all the way back to 1607.  And when you do so, those .NET updates will be offered up separately from the Windows 10 operating system updates.

    I honestly think this is a good thing.  Lord knows my line of business apps don’t move to support new platforms as fast as they should.  But it is hard for me to try to keep track of what does what where on what platform and who’s on first and what’s on second and … you get the idea.  I honestly do not want to go back to the Windows 7 patch model of separate patches as I think the cumulative model – once we get the patch quality to where it should be – is what we need to do as it keeps our machines more secure – but at the same time you can tell that as Microsoft is listening to our complaints about patching, they are moving back to a model where things are more modular and optional.

    So Microsoft?  Good on you for listening and making changes in patching.  Now get that quality up.

  • If your AskWoody username is an email address…

    Posted on April 19th, 2019 at 21:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We have tens of thousands of new AskWoody accounts and will soon have hundreds of thousands of new posts.

    If you’re currently using an email address as your AskWoody account name, please get it changed. To see your username, log in. Open your profile by clicking on the link below your avatar (the picture in the upper right corner, which may just look like a gray watermelon). Click Edit. The username field is under Account, down the page a bit. It’s grayed out. You can’t change it.

    You don’t want to use an email address as your username. Lots of reasons why, but the big one is privacy — if you post something, your email address will be hanging out for anyone to see, and for every spider to crawl. It’s a Big Deal.

    You won’t be able to change the username yourself – WordPress doesn’t let anybody change usernames. Instead, I have to blast away the old and then you can register a new one. I can step you through the process. It only takes a few minutes. And you won’t lose your Plus membership. Promise.

  • Chag Pesach samech

    Posted on April 19th, 2019 at 16:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge