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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.

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And your point is?  Nobody is complaining when Echelon spy on everyone else.
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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For all you people who turn Updates OFF.  Patch Tuesday today and miles of patches. BIG ones for Windows 10 and 7. Updates for XP and Servers. Hop to it.

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by:John Hurst
There is no issue with having manual updates and checking weekly (servers).

My barb above was aimed at people who turn updates off and leave them off. Then they come in here wondering what happened.
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most of our Windows 10 machines, are now being served with the Creator Update, and a new version of Windows, and if you wondered where your old files went, that are missing, from your User Profile, Documents....

check Windows.old\Users!
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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Using 2003 or XP?  Something older?  I have little sympathy for you.  Things get old.  Software is constantly evolving and those creating it utilize new features and capabilities that (in theory) bring you more capabilities and ease of use.  It's impossible for any software developer to support everything they've ever created indefinitely.  Their abilities to continue innovating would grind to a halt.  Even for the largest of companies, like Microsoft.  They MUST cut off support at some point.  Microsoft has, it would seem, set this standard to 10 years.  Given how long that is and the advancements that can be done in 10 years, in my opinion, that is reasonable.  XP and Server 2003 are now 14+ years old.  WELL BEYOND their support life.  

Now I'm confident Microsoft doesn't actively seek to "break" their newer products ability to connect to the older, now unsupported ones, but I would say it's reasonable to EXPECT they no longer test and see if a Windows 10 computer can connect to a 2003 domain.  They MAY, at points, decide to remove functionality from 10 but I'm confident they do so to improve security.  And if that aspect that is removed happens to be the "main" way something was done in an older version that is no longer supported? Well, they warned you!

Ten years is a reasonable time frame.  If you're using what is now antiquated technology, I have little sympathy.

"Fine Lee, but what about me - I use a program that controls a device that requires it run on …
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by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
I suppose in the end that what it boils down to is whether you consider safety a function of software or not.  I would say not.  

 But if you do, the problem is in measuring how safe it is and I don't think you ever can.   You can throw a battery of tests at it, but what's safe today may not be safe tomorrow.

 On the flip side, upgrading is no guarantee of being safe either.   To use your car analogy, if my new vehicle uses a Takata air big, then I'm not very safe am I despite that I now have an air bag.  

 So do I use "safety" as a measure in the decision to upgrade or not?   I don't see how you can.

 One could even make the argument in general that by upgrading into a situation with more complexity then what I currently have, I will probably be less safe than I am now (more complexity = more potential holes).    So in regards to safety, not upgrading may be a better choice.    Sometimes, the Devil you know is better than the one you don't.  

 To wrap this up,  I don't think there are any simple answers here of course, but I don't hold it against people for not wanting to upgrade.  I also don't think software vendors should sunset support for products they release.    If someone calls me on something I wrote 15 years ago, I'm not going to say "sorry, can't support that" just because it's old and they decided to keep it.
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by:Lee W, MVP
Funny, as I was formulating my response to you yesterday, I was going to include a reference to the Takata airbag thing - any time you add new capabilities, you get more complicated and though overall safety can improve, it can also, in some circumstances, become less safe.  I believe there is a net benefit (both with airbags and with new software's increasing complexity).

I guess it depends on how you value things.  To me, safety (security) is extremely important.  And I think most people should feel that way.  As such, people need to take responsibility for their continued existence and accept how technology generally (and technology companies) generally work and the economics attached to it.
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"Microsoft has done the right thing by making the patch available even for older, unsupported systems. But it shouldn't proactively push out the patches, as there are usually some business reasons why companies are still running old and unpatched systems," he said.

"By forcefully pushing a patch, it could do just as much harm, causing systems and applications to become unreliable."


http://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-patching-windows-xp-forever-wont-stop-the-next-wannacrypt/
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WannaCry... I really wanna cry... this whole thing is insane. No, I've not been infected... nor have any of my clients. And yes, it's still possible some of my, shall I say, lesser attentive clients could be infected tomorrow or at some point in the future. But this whole thing is driving me nuts. It wouldn't be a story if IT management had taken security and patching seriously. The malware uses an exploit patched two months ago. If people patched regularly, nothing would be infected. I hate to say this - largely because the policy annoys me and has seriously inconvenienced me on more than one occasion - but this is exactly why Microsoft has started forcing Windows 10 computers to patch and reboot on a monthly (or more frequent) basis.

Let me be clear - there are thousands of new threats EVERY DAY. The way you protect yourself is by being diligent about your own security and learning to use technology / implement technology in a manner that keeps it as secure as possible. Absolute security is not possible - security itself is a balance of minimizing the threat risk and minimizing the user's inconvenience. But the way to be safe - and to protect your valuable information - is to take a tiered approach and, among other things, educate yourself/your users so they understand what to look for. Implement policies that minimize access - we're not trying to suggest your administrative assistant is untrustworthy - but do they really need access to the accounting data to do their …
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
150 Countries affected and at least 250,000 devices, and $48,000 paid so far in Ransom monies!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
a little bit busy at present!!!!

Layer Technologies.....

1. Anti-virus
2. Patch
3. Whitelist of apps which are allowed to run!
4. Reduce Admin rights!
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Is there any problem after installing it on the production server?
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Ran into a problem today when trying to install Windows 10 Feature Updates on an Full Disk Encrypted (FDE) system.  The machine had DESlock+ installed onto it and was refusing to install the latest Build.

I used the following article to get round it:
https://support.deslock.com/index.php?/Default/Knowledgebase/Article/View/379

You need to Download the Media Creation tool, save an ISO and then install the DESlock+Win10Update utility:
https://support.deslock.com/resources/KB379/DESlock+Win10Updater.exe

When the Utility Runs, you need to point it at the mounted Win10 ISO.  It will then complete.
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I wish I knew about this tool a week ago.  I would have tried it then.  Great video by a member who has been with EE for some time.  This is their first video and they hope to make more!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/5838/AOMEI-Backupper-Pro-Cloning-software.html
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by:Dustin Saunders
I've used AOEMI to clone a hard drive to a SSD before, no complaints.  EaseUS Todo worked well for another time also (but was free) http://www.todo-backup.com/
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I think they also used to have a partition manager that was pretty useful, could do tasks outside of the Windows OS limitation.
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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.