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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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BIOS Flash Updates

Over the years, I've had BIOS updates totally ruin a couple of mainboards on me that I had to replace at my own expense for client machines I was working on, so I tend to shy away from flash updating any BIOS unless I see a specific need to do so to address a specific problem a machine is having.

I do the same with my own computers, so it was with a little trepidation that I decided to update the BIOS on my self-built Windows 10 machine today - necessary because of the recent security flaw that was discovered and I found it addressed.

So for those of you using this now relatively out dated mainboard that I have: Intel Corporation DH67CL - I can say that you can go ahead and use the 2018 Flash update available for it with confidence. No ill effects from my own experience.

This has been a community service announcement! :-)
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Acronis True Image 2019 just released!
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Acronis True Image 2019 just released!

Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

Windows 10 1809 is back... and with Mapped Network Drives Bugs!

Download the ISO from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
But wait, there's more! Just when you thought it might be safe to update:
You [may] experience the following issues in Windows 10, version 1809:

    In Windows Explorer, a red X appears on the mapped network drives.

    Mapped network drives are displayed as Unavailable when you run the net use command at a command prompt.

    In the notification area, a notification displays the following message:

Could not reconnect all network drives.
More info here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4471218/mapped-network-drives-don-t-work-in-windows-10-version-1809

And yes, you SHOULD be using GPOs instead of legacy batch scripts to map your network drives.

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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for the info about your experiences John.

I had other more serious issues myself, but as I said, all now resolved. All info will be included in my article :)
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by:Andrew Leniart
As promised, the article has now been written and submitted for editing.

For anyone interested, it can be viewed and read at the following link:

Upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1809 - A documented experience of the entire process


Cheers... Andrew
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Listen Up!

IPv6 is here to stay. Removing it can break networking. Do not remove it.

SMBv1is a security hole and has been removed from Windows 7 & above, Server 2008 & up.
SMBv1 has been removed meaning you cannot connect to old operating system, old NAS devices and old printer/scanners.
SMBv1 is a security hole. Do not enable it.

Window 10 is going to update. Get used to it. The people who turned Windows 7 updates off and then blamed Microsoft when their operating got hacked and hosed caused this.

Home group has gone (Windows 10 V1803 and up). Get used to Password Protected sharing and learn how to use it. I wrote an article about this  (look in my Articles for Folder Sharing on modern computers). Do not turn passwords off.

Windows 10 is not Windows 7, does not work like Windows 7 and has dispensed with some old Windows 7 ideas. There is no going back. Get used to it.

You got ransomware from people opening email from strangers. Get a Spam Filter. Train Employees, keep Off-Site backups. It is not a technology problem - it is a management problem.

Amortize expensive software and hardware to create cash for new equipment. "I am stuck on XP because the equipment is too expensive to upgrade" is not an option. Get your accountant to explain this to you.





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but ask A before AAAA...
(AAAA...)  

Que?
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DNS Query A = IPV4 address translation, AAAA = IPv6 address query.
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Have you been having problems with Windows 10 Pro suddenly not being activated?  Well, there's a reason for that...

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/08/microsoft-is-having-activation-server-issues-right-now/
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I have windows10 and log on with user name and password. I then have to log onto a Citrix Cxa server using the icon and input same user name and password.

If I log onto the pc with a different user name to what’s on Citrix cxa it don’t log onto the server properly.

Also if I log off on windows and then input my details the following day it’s lost all the settings.

Should I be logging onto windows 10 and then Citrix server but when I log off I obviously log off the server but should I be using switch user instead of log off on windows 10?
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Glenn,

What you have done here is made a Post, which is just a way of sharing information with the Experts Exchange community.

To get help with your question from our experts, please use the blue "Ask a Question" button at the top of your browser.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Recently I ranted about Windows 10 and the disappearing scroll bar on the start menu (was driving me nuts).   So digging around, low and behold, there is a setting for that under Settings, Ease of Access, Display:

screen shot
If this has been driving you crazy as well, welcome to some relief!
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Apple Service when purchasing a computer from them

I just ordered and purchased an Apple Mac Air laptop, along with a couple of genuine Apple accessories direct from Apple's online store and thought I'd share my experience when dealing with them.

The Positives

  • Firstly, the Chat support when purchasing I found to be outstanding. The representative I spoke to was highly knowledgeable when compared to other representatives I've chatted to from other Vendors like DELL and HP. All other vendors I think could take a page from the type of people they hire to assist potential purchasers from Apple.

  • Apple promised to keep me up to date with the progress of my order and every promise made was honored. This again I found to be excellent to experiences I've had with other Vendors, where I got (as an example) an SMS saying that my order was processed and would be delivered soon. That would be great if those SMS's didn't actually come until "after" the product was delivered. Apple's progress reports on the other hand, were all spot on.

  • The boxing of the products I ordered, being the Mac Air Laptop itself, an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter and a Lacie Porsche USB 3.0 1TB external drive were very nicely boxed.

  • The initial setup process for the new laptop was very nicely done and extremely easy to follow, with layman types explanations given every step of the way. The
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Apple undoubtedly provides one of the best user experiences around. From the purchasing process, all the way through onboarding and then the ongoing relationship with the product -- all top notch.

The cost of their hardware I often justify (to myself), in the build quality and the fact that the accompanying operating system(s) (iOS, OSX, etc) is of equally high quality.

As far as the accessories go though, I sympathize with you on the price points. When I first bought my series 1 "magic mouse" I choked on the price, but went forth just because I wanted the multi-touch gestures (without having to use the touchpad). I've had the mouse for almost 9 years though, so I have to say the investment paid off. Those new wireless "magic keyboards" I haven't really looked into but I wouldn't be surprised if they last through a decade of heavy usage.
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TIP  SECURITY  ENCRYPTION & CERTIFICATES

In-place upgrade of encrypted Windows systems using reflectdrivers

Apparently since Win10 v1607 there exists a parameter "/reflectdrivers" in the Windows setup (setup.exe on the DVD / USB stick) see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-setup-command-line-options

This can be used to tell Setup the location of the encryption drivers (eg Veracrypt) and finally be able to perform upgrades without decrypting!

The Veracrypt developer shares this in a forum post and gives a syntax example for his product:

setup.exe /ReflectDrivers "C:\Program Files\VeraCrypt" /PostOOBE C:\ProgramData\VeraCrypt\SetupComplete.cmd

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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4100347/intel-microcode-updates-for-windows-10-version-1803-and-windows-server
Gee, more spectre2 microcode updates on the way for win10 1803. Those CPUs were not covered until now and are still not covered by previous windows versions and previous windows 10 builds (like 1709).
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Windows 10 Version 1803 is just out in Production. 1.5 Hours left in April, 2018 . I think it is supposed to be named the April 2018 Update and it is still April.

1.5 hour install on my X1 (SSD drive) and so far, so good.

2.0 hour install on my M73 (7200-rpm hard drive). Still working but should be good.

Note: 1.75 hours actual install on my M73 and it is now running V1803

The wait is over.

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My Recent Experiences with Linux!

As a staunch Windows OS supporter, it's been quite a few years since I've installed a Linux distro for myself to experiment with. Why? The installation process (at the time I experimented last time) was complicated and frustrating, as was just using Linux itself.

So, after reading a few questions and comments here and there, I decided it was time to give it another shot. I first downloaded and set up an Ubuntu Studio ISO in an Oracle VM Virtualbox VM. I was suitably impressed with both the installation and relative (and intuitive) ease of use.

Encouraged by that result, I decided to try another Linux distro called ChaletOS which claimed it would give newbies like me an easier transition to Linux by giving me a familiar GUI interface to Windows 7. Again, I wasn't disappointed. Linux distros have indeed come a long way since I last experimented.

Installation was an absolute breeze and puts both Windows 7 and Windows 10 installers to shame! Ease of use? Fantastic, especially with the ChaletOS build. I think I'm starting to understand why Linux tends to have such a 'cult' type following.

I've still got a lot to learn and experiment with, but my first impressions are nothing but positive. If you're in a similar position to me, I'd encourage you to give Linux another try. By setting up in a Virtual Machine, you have nothing to lose and potentially, much to gain.

Cheers...

Andrew
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by:John
Interesting discussion. I always encourage people to use what they like. Businesses tend to adopt Windows and I have businesses with that.
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Some businesses do, other use other software that requires yet other systems.
My daily bread comes from running OpenVMS environments.( 99.999+ uptime requirement RTO = 15minutes max total per year planned or unplanned).  Quite different specs. And some Unix clusters almost the same requirements, slightly more relaxes max 1 hour of outage a year, that predict arrival times of busses & light rail trains at  (~60,000) stops with a continous update from vehicles. with announcements on each stop for the next 3 vehicles.
(and about 6 stops ahead of a vehicle).   Somehow windows is not even considered to be remotely an option for those environments.
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Windows 10 V1803 does not appear to be out yet.

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and Windows 10 V1709 DID update to 16299.371. No issue.

But if I run Updates again, all done - nothing to update.

I went to the Media Creation Link and run Upgrade this PC. That puts an icon on my desktop and it tells me I have the latest version. I did that yesterday and I have tried it every 8 hours ago and nothing.

So no V1803 yet except for Insider machines (yes, I have it installed on my insider machine).
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Ubiquiti relatively new in the USA, but the quality and price of their products make them is now on the rise, thy grow very fast, if you have any of their products you may want to look in their Network Management System [UNMS] from where you can manage all you Ubiquiti devices from one central place via a web page, and even from a phone, it is still in bate but already have nice amount of management. The only down side with Ubiquiti is support.
In short I will be give guide how to install UNMS on a virtual machine in hyper-v and change the default port for security [you don’t need to have a server, since windows 10 supports hyper-v].
As you can see on their website you need to have 64-bit (x64) CPU and assign
•      2 GB RAM (Minimal)
•      16 GB storage (Minimal)
To follow this guide you should also own a domain and have a static ip, you can make it work without but this guide is based with the above requirements.

1-      Download and install Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) 64-bit
2-      Once your done with the instlation and you have the machine up and running open the terminal and Run the following script, curl -fsSL https://unms.com/install > /tmp/unms_inst.sh && sudo bash /tmp/unms_inst.sh
3-      Login to you domain host and add a DNS a record at you domain host to point to your public IP you can call it however you want [acb.initializebiz.com]
4-      Get your local IP address make it static in your router or reserve in domain controller
5-      Open a web browser Locally and enter the …
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Thank you for paying attention to my post.

On my lest article I posted Editor Comment me the following;
The article is full of spelling and grammar related errors. I mentioned when I published your last submission that a considerable amount editing was required to correct both spelling and grammar mistakes. I often find it helpful to slowly read each sentence and paragraph slowly and aloud to myself to see how it sounds.  

I understand and am sympathetic to the fact that English may not be your first language, which is possibly why you are running into so many difficulties, however, the purpose of an editing process isn't to rewrite your articles for you so that they read well and make sense.

A few corrections here and there are always tolerated during the editing process, but you really need to make more of an effort to get your work as close to perfect as possible before submitting for editing and publication.  

Perhaps get a fluent English friend to proof read your work for you and make suggestions for improvements, or at the very least, run your text through an online Spelling and Grammar checker. There are many such services on the Web you could take advantage of, both Free and Paid.

Since I am limited in time, and don’t have that much time to spend on writing the article to accommodate the requirements of submitting an article on top of the time it takes to put together the article, but still want to voluntary information that others may find helpful, I stopped trying to post articles and rather use post where I can just drop it in, as to post there is no requirements.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Ok I understand we've been using Ubi kit for quite a while now
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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Microsoft just released a new standalone Setup diagnostic tool - if you're having issues installing or upgrading a system, this tool may be able to assist in getting things working or understanding why they aren't.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag
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Windows 10 did a forced update.  All my Chrome browser tabs were gone when I opened Chrome; I had tabs I really needed open to use today.  On a hunch,  I pressed CTRL+SHIFT+T on my keyboard and brought them all back.  That was awesome.
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OWASP Proactive Controls
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OWASP Proactive Controls

Learn the most important control and control categories that every architect and developer should include in their projects.

Clock.JPGIf you wish to add seconds on your computers clock in the task bar, you may find this helpful when you are measuring how long a certain task take, do the following; open the registry [run/regedit] go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced create a new DWORD value, name it ShowSecondsInSystemClock set the value to 1, restart.
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Nice tip Abraham. Didn't know that one.
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Had a inserting experience, did a clean windows install on a new hard drive and all network drivers were missing after installation, I download the drivers from the manufactures website [intel] but I got an error that no network card was detected. I tried my luck with re installing windows, in windows 10 it’s very easy, in settings/update & security/recovery/reset this PC/get started, I selected it should clean everything and do a fresh install. I did not need any media to do the re install, this time the installation was completed perfect with all drivers.
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Note: Intel-NUC-Kit-NUC7i5BNH only supports windows 10
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When I run iTunes Windows wants to install iCloud for Windows. Not new and not an error, just Microsoft bugging us
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Thanks for clarifying John... I've not struck that problem as yet. I'm still on v12.7.1.14 of iTunes though so it's either something with the latest update or Win 10 specific - I'm on my Win 7 box atm.
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I have not read this yet,  but out says it can be distributed.  hope it helps.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-network-troubleshooting-guide/
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In continuation to my previous post https://www.experts-exchange.com//posts/3606/Had-the-following-issue-and-took-these-steps-to-solve-it-I.html  where I pointed out that when it comes to troubleshooting you should always start from the bottom and work your way up. The previous post was about cmd, this one will be about booting in safe. And few examples of my own experience.

Example one
Computer started and got till the dotted circling [windows 10] and there it got stuck. Since I did not hear any noise from the computer, I did not start in the direction of hardware diagnostic, rather I rebooted and logged in safe mode without networking. Why without networking as said start as low you could and work your way up. Okay I was able to log in. now I tried to login to safe mode with networking [one step up], ow was not able to login. Okay so now I know the issue is related to network, I took a step back and logged in again in safe mode without networking. from my experience I find many times components drivers like network or graphics card to be the causes of not being able to login or computer crash, I opened device manager, expended network adapter, right click, uninstall driver (don’t worry about the drive windows will reinstall it at the next login), reboot and issue solved.

Note: driver issues are more common on refurbished computers or windows 7 PC upgraded to windows 10. My recommendation when you update a driver to do it from the component manufacturing’s site …
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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.