DoctorLaptop’s Tips #66 – The Future of Windows – Facts and Speculation

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #66 – The Future of Windows – Facts and Speculation
Microsoft says Windows 10 is the last number-designated version of Windows, with only “Creator’s Updates” to follow. No Windows 11. Microsoft has already implemented the  move to their new “Windows as a service” biz model. MS will retire the old biz model where Windows came free with the computer. Did you know Win 10 mainstream support ends in Oct 2020!?!  Only 10 months after Win 7 becomes obsolete! Extended support for Win 10 ends Oct 2025. From then on you will have to rent a new version of Windows from Microsoft (and possibly rent a computer from them too!). The debut of the new rental Windows loaded computers is expected by 2021. This new rental version of Windows will not run on older computers; MS has already announced old processors will not be supported in the future. Here’s the proof, read ALL the small print for once!

win10 end of support

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/05/08/microsoft-windows-10-last-windows/#52c0af583328

Speculation: The new rental-version Windows may require you to sign-in to a verified account (as Win 10 tries to get you to do now with a MS/Outlook account) to access the internet, or possibly use the computer at all. New versions of your favorite apps will be rented not purchased, and will force you to store saved data on the cloud instead of your computer. As the Win 7 retirement date approaches (Jan 2020) Microsoft will begin “encouraging” Win 7 users to retire their old operating system by releasing buggy updates to break it, just as they did when Win XP and Vista neared the end of their life-cycles.

Happy computing…Naythan

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DoctorLaptop Alert! New, Worldwide Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Threat

DoctorLaptop Alert! New, Worldwide Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Threat Exposed – What You Need To Know

Two recently uncovered huge processor vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre have taken the whole world by storm. Vendors are rushing out to patch the vulnerabilities in its products. The issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all operating systems (Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, etc), smartphones and other computing devices made in the past 20 years. The flaws exist in processors, a building block of comps that acts as the brain, and could allow attackers to steal your passwords, encryption keys and other private information the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team says. Almost every computing system is affected by the Spectre bug. Meltdown appears to be specific to Intel chips. Google’s Cloud Platform has been updated to prevent the vulnerabilities, the company said. Apple revealed Thursday that all its Mac and iOS devices were affected by the flaws; Apple has already released some fixes for Meltdown, and will release others for Spectre in subsequent updates.
While patches for the Meltdown flaw in consumer units are available already from  Microsoft, Apple and Google, Spectre is not easy to patch and will haunt people for quite some time. Some researchers, including US-CERT, have suggested the only true patch for Spectre is for chips to be replaced, but this solution is impractical for the average user.
The best strategy for all users is to keep your devices fully updated, both the operating system and all installed software. Yes, this includes BIOS upgrades, something best left to properly trained engineers, as a BIOS upgrade error can render the device permanently unusable. Also, everyone needs to backup their valuable data NOW! Should your device be hit with one of these exploits I can retrieve the data from the hard drive, but it will need to be totally erased and have a new operating system installed before it can run an operating system again.

My famous Clean & Tuneup Maintenance Service (€50) can install all available patches and provide the best protection available.
Note to do-it-your-selfers: Antivirus programs can block the patches, fully uninstall your antivirus and disable Defender before installing the operating system patches and BIOS upgrades.

This is a new threat and warning info may not be 100% accurate as research continues, I will release more info as it becomes available. Read more here:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/03/technology/computer-chip-flaw-security/index.html
https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/meltdown-spectre-patches.html

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special
 
Tip #1: The latest info on the Spanish Facebook security scandal and the €12M fine they received here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/11/facebook-hit-12m-fine-spain-breaking-privacy-laws/
Want a free, secure alternative to FaceBook? Here is a safe Social Media site that takes your privacy seriously, an alternative to data collecting, overly intrusive FB. Many techs and citizen journalists are migrating to it. Join up and then invite all your contacts. https://mewe.com/
 
Tip #2: New Computer? Setting up a new Windows 10 computer can be tricky, tons of settings and options to choose, programs and drivers to install and your data needs to be imported from your old comp. Warning: do NOT inturrupt the initial setup process, if you start you must see it thru till the end or it will may cause severe problems. If you get stuck on a step, just accept the default setting and move on. It can be changed later if necessary. Inturrupting setup often causes a troublesome “hidden” super-admin account to be created which interferes with your normal admin account, and can only be removed by re-installing Windows.
 
Holiday Special: Setup new computer to your requirements, no data imported €40; with data import €55. Extra add-ons available like MS Office and IPTV for an additional fee. Ends 01Jan18.
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DoctorLaptop Alert for Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released on October 17th. Yes, another huge update. It’s a good idea to make a System Restore Point now, before you get the update, in case it goes wrong. Remember, Win 10 Updates may change settings without alerting you! If you have customized your settings, to eliminate update sharing or whatever, you should check these settings and return them to your preferred setting. Here is a summary of the changes.
-PDFs in Edge. Fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge and make notes directly on PDFs.
-Better storage management. With Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically remove files you don’t need using Storage Sense. Now, you can also choose to have files in your Downloads folder automatically deleted as well. Be careful with this one or you may find items in your Downloads folder missing without having deleted them! If in doubt, disable Storage Sense in Settings.
-Ransomware protections. Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards against malicious apps and threats like WannaCry.
-Currency converter in Calculator.
-Get web results in Cortana without opening your browser. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, flight status — and a myriad of other topics.
-One Drive Files on Demand. Access your files from in the cloud in File Explorer without downloading and using storage space on your device.
-And many security holes have been patched.

New Technology For Improving Quality of Old Videos – DoctorLaptop’s New Service

While the common wisdom up till now said you can never make an old video any sharper and focused than the original, new tech algorithms can do exactly that. It cannot perform miracles but it certainly can cleanup old VHS and TV broadcast recordings that have been copied to digital format. I have been testing this for a few weeks now and am pleasantly surprised at the improvements it makes to the old VHS tapes I copied to my computer. Contrast, focus, colors and fine details are improved. Some videos show better improvement than others. The preview function on this new software allows the user to see the before and after views simultaneously before actually performing the conversion to compare and decide if the processing is worth doing.
Bring me your videos on DVD or USB drive, we can load them and I will show you what improvement is possible. If you decide to proceed the fee is €25/hr of video play-time, with a €25 minimum. The process actually takes far longer than the playback duration of the vids.
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #64

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #64
1. Laptop battery wearing out? Learn how to recondition it. Free and no special tools or apps needed. You can skip Step 6.
https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-recondition-a-dell-laptop-battery
2. You can fix fading colors and contrast on your aging Windows 7 computer’s display.
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/fix-fading-color-computer-screen-57099.html
3. Overwhelmed by duplicate files? Use a tool in CCleaner to easily locate these and choose which to keep and which to delete. Be sure to keep at least 1 version of the file.
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-CCleaner-File-Finder
4. Only defragment a healthy computer. If you have any error messages or infections defragging will only make it worse.
5. Android wifi signal booster apps are a scam. If you read the fine print some even admit they are a placebo. They display a fake wifi strength improvement without actually doing anything. See test results of the most popular of these apps here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-net-speed-boosters-review/

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DoctorLaptop Windows Alert 13SEP17

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Immediately Patch Windows 0-Day Flaw That’s Being Used to Spread Spyware (Summary)

Windows 0-Day Flaw

Get ready to install a fairly large batch of security patches onto your Windows computers.

Affected Microsoft products include:
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Windows
.NET Framework
Skype for Business and Lync
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Office, Services and Web Apps
Adobe Flash Player

Also included in new updates is a patch for

How to Check For and Install Updates in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista

In Windows 10, Windows Update is found within Settings.

First, tap or click on the Start menu, followed by Settings. Once there, choose Update & security, followed by Windows Update on the left. Check for new Windows 10 updates by tapping or clicking on the Check for updates button. In Windows 10, downloading and installing updates is automatic and will happen immediately after checking or, with some updates, at a time when you’re not using your computer.

In Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, the best way to access Windows Update is to open Control Panel and then choose Windows Update. Tap or click Check for updates to check for new, uninstalled updates. Installation sometimes happens automatically or may need to be done by you via the Install updates button, depending on what version of Windows you’re using and how you have Windows Update configured.

Hey, Naythan. Went straight from your post to check on my W10 updates and it was downloading the new update.. However it failed to install. ‘Actualizacion acumulativa para windows 10 version 1703 basados en 64 (KB4038788) failed to install on 14/09/17. As far as I know I am not on a metred connection so I fail to understand why it did not install. Everything went well with the download and the P/C did shut down to enable installation. Previous installs no problem. Any ideas please amigo.

Naythan Harris A common prob. You can do this, Direct Download KB4038788 Offline Installer, link at bottom of this page https://www.digitalriser.com/download-kb4038788-windows…

But…?

Hmmm went through all that and it said the update was not applicable to my computer. Guess I downloaded the wrong thing. I cliked windows update…

Naythan Harris Then you may be missing the prerequisite update(s) that must be installed 1st. If it were me, I would go to Power Options/Advanced Setting and turn off Fast Start. Now restart , don’t be alarmed if the first few restarts are slow, the comp is organizing and installing downloaded updates and you may have some catching up to do if Fast Start was on. Manually check for updates after the 4th restart. Fast Start uses the Hibernate service to shorten the powerup time by saving the active settings of the current session, but by doing so blocks the full shutdown/restart cycle that installing some updates requires. Fast Start is a poorly implemented function and I disable it on most Win 10 machines I work on, as most Win 10 problems revolve around the updating process.