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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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Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Office 2010
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Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Office 2010

This course will introduce you to the interfaces and features of Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. You will learn about the features that are shared between all products in the Office suite, as well as the new features that are product specific.

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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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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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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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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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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Free Tool: SSL Checker
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Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

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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More key findings from the Spectre and Meltdown patches.

Microsoft found that users running Windows 10 on newer chips (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPUs) should not notice any slowdowns. While there are some single-digit performance penalties, they are reflected in milliseconds.

On Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 on devices with older chips (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPUs), benchmark tests showed more significant penalties and users may actually notice a decrease in performance. On Windows 10, only some users should experience slowdowns, but on older versions of the operating system most users are expected to notice performance issues.

Azure cloud platform had not seen any noticeable performance impact. Some users may experience networking performance impact, but that can be addressed using the Azure Accelerated Networking feature.

Red Hat has also reported seeing measurable performance impact, ranging between 8 and 19 percent, for operations involving highly cached random memory.

Amazon said it had not observed any significant performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads, but some AWS customers have complained about degraded performance after the patches were applied starting with December.

Apple, which started performing tests after releasing updates in December, also said it had not seen any measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS.

Google also claimed to have observed negligible impact…
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I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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https://www.syss.de/pentest-blog/article/2017/12/18/460/
Abstract: You use Windows Hello with face recognition? You also at some point in time used windows 10 v1607 or earlier releases? Time to reconfigure windows hello and also check your camera model and, if you take security serious, start over with a new photo.
->Scroll down a little for the english version.
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DMA-Attackhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4057300/devices-not-working-before-log-on-a-computer-running-windows-10-1709 - interesting. Because Win 10 v1709 works more "consistently" when enforcing a certain DMA-security-related GPO, some devices will no longer work!
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Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

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Want to share my experience since this issue is discussed on the internet I followed the solution I found on YouTube all offered the same solution and none work for me but..
A windows 10 machine hung on startup the window 10 startup circle stopped circling and that's it. The option to login did not shows up.
I restarted it into safe mode as soon I logged in I got the following msg “Microsoft edge can’t open with built in administrator account windows 10”
I searched on YouTube how to fix this error msg, the solutions offered was how to modify the security policy’s for the build in admin. Did not work for me.
What did work was I uninstalled the network drivers (in device manager) did a restart and the system boot was successful.
Seams that since window had an issue with the network driver it gave an error on Microsoft edge. But not sure why it include in the msg the misleading end of being relate to the built in administrator account.
Hope you may find this helpful
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I have seen this message often.  When I log in with a different account, no problems.  This may be due to the fact that the machines where I see the problem are on a domain.
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In my case the computer was not joined to a domain.
Since the network driver was what kept the computer from booting and the app the in the error was edge which make sense to have a connection to the network card driver, I assume that the troubleshooting would work in other scenarios and logging in with a different account would not work in this case.
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According to tech support site BleepingComputer, victims can "trick" the program into shutting down: once they reach the PayPal purchase screen, they can hit Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box, and then enter http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt. This makes the program think they've paid the $25, and it shuts down.

https://www.cnet.com/news/this-scam-tricks-you-into-buying-fake-tech-support-software/
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Great Post and Heads Up Kyle.
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A weird Windows 10 issue I have not seen before.

Yesterday morning I started as normal but there was no internet. Bah Humbug!  I use my Rocket Stick to get morning email and head to a client. 4:00 pm there was still no internet.

I got home, reset the modem and internet came back. That was about 7:00 pm. I restarted everything: Modem again, router, wireless, printer and both computers.

The printer worked on my Desktop but my laptop said "out of paper" No, it was not. Standard troubleshooting steps did not resolve the issue. So I did a Driver Repair (Programs and Features). I have done this before.

Now here is the weird issue:  Restart (have to) and the display turned upside down!. No tablet controls would fix this. The only fix I could beyond what I did was to restore to the prior point. I did this (20 minutes) and that fixed the display. I spent some time updating software that got lost in the restore and all is well.

But I have not seen anything like this before. New territory.
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I'd check to see if your tablet installed any new Windows Update or vendor updates overnight. Might have picked up something buggy that screwed with your drivers.
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I think the Printer repair step went wrong.

The laptop was fine; repair printer - weird problem; roll back and fine.

I don't know why the repair went bad but all was well before and all is well now.  

Thanks.
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Windows 10 Version 1709 is due out Tuesday October 17. I have it running now and so far (from the point of view of quality) it looks pretty good.

Microsoft has admitted they pushed Version 1703 out the door before vendors could adapt to it.

So far it appears they have learned to test twice before issuing once.

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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.