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  • MS-DEFCON 2 – Deferring the April Updates

    Posted on April 11th, 2021 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    ISSUE 18.12.1 • 2021-04-11

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Brace yourself for April updates

    It’s the time of the month to pause for updates. You will recall that the March updates were very disruptive and many of you decided to not install that round. The April releases are cumulative so you won’t have to go back and install the March updates. Instead, we’ll take a long pause to see what April brings.

    If you are a home/consumer user, I recommend two actions to ensure you do not get inadvertent updates. First, select Start, Settings, Network & Internet, and then Wi-Fi or Ethernet (whichever connection you are using). Next click Manage known networks, click on the network that you use, click Properties and turn on Set as metered connection. This “tricks” the computer into thinking that your Internet connection is not unlimited (i.e., you might incur charges) and thus will only download patches once you approve the process.

    The second action is picking a deferral date after April 13, when the next Patch Tuesday security releases will be pushed out by Microsoft. Click on Start, Settings, Update & Security, then click on Advanced Options. Pick a date far enough in the future to give you comfort. I always wait at least a week, usually more. I’ll be reevaluating the update situation closer to the end of the month, but for now choosing April 30 should be safe enough.

    Remember: For those of you running Windows 10 1909, support is coming to an end. After May 11, 2021, 1909 will not receive security updates. In accordance with prior advice, update to 20H2; 21H1 is just around the corner.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Alert 18.12.1 (2021-04-11).

  • Tasks for the weekend – April 10, 2021 – change your Office

    Posted on April 10th, 2021 at 22:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube here

    Office Click to run normally installs on the monthly version. This means features can be installed every month. I find it changes too much too fast. So I recommend that if you want more stability that you choose the semi-annual version. Note ANY VERSION of Click to run can be done to made to do this flip to what I call the fuddy duddy versions that don’t change as much as the monthly version.

    You can follow this blog post to do this.

    To change to the semi-annual channel, from an administrative command prompt:
    cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun
    OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Deferred
    OfficeC2RClient.exe /update user

    It will take some time and then there you are, on the “fuddy duddy” version that I think works better.

  • Inside tech support scams

    Posted on April 10th, 2021 at 12:03 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    My Dad spotted this article in the latest AARP bulletin:

    Inside an International Tech-Support Scam (aarp.org)

    It’s an interesting read.

    As he says… “What’s the ultimate solution to this growing fraud menace? Realistically, it will require a mix of tough law enforcement, tighter regulations and increased education to warn consumers of these evil practices.”

    Just a reminder, if you have any stories or tips you can send them to Brian Livingston, Public Defender as scams and tricks are what he loves to investigate best.

  • How much RAM does your computer have?

    Posted on April 9th, 2021 at 19:50 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The other day someone said that their new “normal” for Windows 10 machines was 16 gigs of RAM. It got me to wondering…what is your normal amount of RAM that is in your Windows machine?

    How much RAM does your computer have?
  • Are you a Consultant or IT Pro?

    Posted on April 7th, 2021 at 23:38 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ll be speaking virtually at the SMBTechFest coming up on April 15th on the topic of Security in the news. If you are a SMB consultant I highly recommend signing up for the presentations.

    Highlighted speakers include

    Susan Bradley (yours truly), Bethany Roser, Derek Melber, Robert DeVito, James Kernan, Amy Babinchak, Mark Winter, Nicole Faletra, James Hatzell, Nicole Faletra, , Sarah Hansen, Ian McChord and more.
  • Windows Update for Business isn’t just

    Posted on April 6th, 2021 at 22:26 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Over on Computerworld I have an article about how Windows Update for Business isn’t just for business. I use it all the time on my standalone machines.

    If you are an IT Pro, I’d recommend following the twitter account of AriaUpdated. She’s the Microsoft Product manager for Windows Update for Business.

  • It’s time for 20H2

    Posted on April 5th, 2021 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Are you ready for 20H2? I am!

    If your computer hasn’t yet been offered 20H2, you aren’t alone. I’ve seen several laptops, including high end Dell gamer-style models, that haven’t been offered 20H2. A notification is shown in the bottom corner indicating that the system is coming to the end of support but when you click on the notice, nothing happens.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.12.0 (2021-04-05).

  • Tasks for the weekend – April 3, 2021 – Event Viewer

    Posted on April 3rd, 2021 at 22:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    YouTube here

    The event log can be the most helpful – or the most confusing thing you’ve ever seen. To find it go to the search box, type in event viewer and launch it. The main log files are Application, Security, Setup and
    System.

    One of THE MOST annoying events thrown off in the event log is the DCOM error. I see it typically with vendor software and 99.99% of the time it can be ignored. If you are having issues with your computer – sometimes the event viewer can help to identify a problem. Other times it’s like many things with Windows – annoyingly confusing.

    If you are an IT admin/IT pro I often recommend the subscription site of www.eventid.net as a great place to get guidance as to issues in the event log. If you don’t go into event log that much merely googling the event ID you see in the log files is enough to give you the guidance you need.

    Of course you can also ask here in the forums and we’ll try our best to help figure out the confusing event logs as best as we can.

    Remember we’re back this week and will be sending out the newsletter late Sunday night, early Monday morning!

  • Ready for change?

    Posted on April 1st, 2021 at 19:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft is working on new icons for the fall release of Windows.

    Now there are some icons that probably do need updating… for example I’ve heard that the younger generation thinks the file save icon looks like a coke machine. Seriously. As a person who still questions why Outlook’s yellow icon had to change to blue,  so far the changes aren’t as jarring to me as that was. If you are an insider beta tester you’ve seen the posts about the upcoming changes.

    Also be aware that the current insider release causes pinned Quick Access folders to be lost. It’s a bug, not intentional. Stay tuned, I’m planning on an article in the next few weeks with a preview of 21H2 (the fall release) which will be the big release of the year.

  • Windows update for business – fun fact

    Posted on March 31st, 2021 at 11:49 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    AH HA! The first unofficial documentation I’ve seen that confirms what @PKCano and others have noted: If you have certain settings in place, you DON’T get offered up the preview updates.

    Windows Update for business is merely local group policy settings that set certain patch settings.

     

  • Tomorrow is World Backup Day

    Posted on March 30th, 2021 at 19:38 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Tomorrow, March 31, is World Backup day, a day that you are supposed to take stock and make sure your computers are truly backed up.

    “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.”

    So what do you use for backing up your device? Personally, I’d urge you to do more than just backing up your documents and memories – you need to have a full image backup of your computer because you never know when a hard drive will fail, a patch will cause issues, or you accidentally save over the top of a file you didn’t intend to save over.

     

  • The ides of March

    Posted on March 29th, 2021 at 06:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    To patch or not to patch this month…. that is the question I attempt to answer this week in ComputerWorld.

    Printers side effects were the big issue (and still are) this month.

    (note that I’m going to have to reach out to the ComputerWorld editors… they missed part of the post I sent them…)

    It’s supposed to read:

    So for Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 you need to skip the updates released on March 9th and instead jump over to the March 18th update of KB5001649. It should be offered up to you as an optional update, or you can download it from the Catalog site. Because Windows 10 updates are cumulative you only need the one update (the third and final update Microsoft released this month).

    For Windows 10 1909, you need KB5001648. Once again it should be offered up to you as an optional update if you go to the Windows update interface or you can download it from the Catalog site like 2004/20H2 handles it’s updating, 1909 is cumulative.

    For Windows 8.1 the process is slightly different as the fixing patches are not cumulative. This time the updates are not documented on the Windows 8.1 history page but can be found if you dig into the 8.1 health release dashboard. On Windows 8.1 you need to install both the original update from March 9th of KB5000848 AND the fix up patch of KB5001640. These are not offered up as optional updates and you must download KB5001640 from the catalog site.

    Windows 7 is similar to Windows 8.1 in not having a cumulative update patch to fix it’s printing issues. After you install the original security only update of KB5000851 or the monthly rollup of KB5000841 (which includes security updates) is fixed by KB5001639 which is only available from the Catalog site.  So for these platforms you need to install two updates just like 8.1.