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  • Locked out of your refurbished computer?


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Corporate “leftovers” may impact your new computer.

    All of us want to purchase a good deal. Often I will look for refurbished computers, many of them systems coming off corporate leases, because they are an excellent value. Many times, they are less than three years old and support Windows 11. Some even come with Windows 11.

    Most of these systems have been reset to factory defaults, so the configuration process is basically the same OOBE you would get with a new PC. You start the boot process, set it up with either a Microsoft account or a local account with the email trick, and off you go. You’re happy: you have a well-built computer that is cheaper than anything you’d purchase elsewhere.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.39.0, 2023-09-25).

  • Patch Lady – so what’s KB4523786

    On a standalone PC that’s never seen Windows autopilot I am getting KB4523786 pushed out if I click on check for updates.   And I have never installed autopilot here. (proving once again NEVER ever click on check for updates).  Thank You Michael M for reporting this… as I’m pretty sure this is a detection error.  Hang loose and don’t install it.

    More details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.