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  • Kicking the Win10 2004 tires

    Windows 10

    By TB Capen

    The newest Windows is trickling out to a PC near you — or maybe not.

    The mystery with Version 2004 is why it’s been offered to some systems but not others. That was the case on three of my PCs. So to get a look at the newest Windows, I forced an upgrade. Here’s what I found.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.37.0 (2020-09-21).

  • Is Windows 1511 Update unhiding the 1607 patch – again?

    I just got a report from AElMassry that Windows Update unhid the “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607” again.

    Many people were caught unawares around January 20, when a similar unhiding took place. I talked about it then.

    Now it seems that, once again, 1511 users who have hidden the “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607” are seeing the patch reappear. As I said two weeks ago:

    I can understand why having the 14393.447 build available could trigger hidden 1607 upgrades to become unhidden. After all, that’s what happens with earlier versions of Windows – when a new version of a patch rolls out, it’s usually automatically taken off the hidden list.

    But this is the first time I’ve seen it for Win10, and it seems disconcerting that folks who have intentionally hidden the 1607 upgrade are now getting it installed silently – on both Win10 Home and Win10 Pro machines.

    If you’re trying to block the upgrade to 1607 (Anniversary Update) by using wushowhide, watch out. Your system may be back in play.

    UPDATE: Fascinating explanation from the mailing list (which I’m not supposed to quote directly): It looks like this new version of the upgrade to 1607 is different from the one released in late January – the upgrade in late Jan was 3 GB, this one is 4 GB. That’s what would trigger another round of unhiding.

    Sure nice of Microsoft to warn us….

  • OK to update the Junk Email Filter?

    Reader BS writes:

    I have Vista Home Premium. Thanks for the blanket OK to install updates for Windows Defender and the Malicious Software Removal Tool, but what about Windows Mail Junk Email Filter?

    I never used Outlook or Outlook Express or anything MS email related. Should I update these?

    If you don’t use Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook or Outlook Express, you don’t need to update the junk email filter. But I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. The updates are generally innocuous.