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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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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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by:Andrew Leniart
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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by:John Hurst
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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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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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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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by:Abraham Deutsch
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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by:William Fulks
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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by:John Hurst
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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Whoops! Thanks for the head's up!
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WTS sessions win10 1703 bug help

Windows 10 pro, home .
LsaEnumerateLogonSessions returns and rotating multiple session id id WTSActive in the multiple looks.

WTSQuerySessionInformation is every two or 3 session active.

This issue occurs because Windows has no previous versions at 10 build 1703.

I have more than 1 active LogonSessions.  
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How do I install windows essentials 2012 on windows 10 without getting a 0x800c0006 error
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Hi there. I notice you have entered this as a post, but it sounds like a question. To get the most answers from the Experts, you should probably re-enter this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page.
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I've had a couple of instances were Windows 10 is being allocated IPv6 addresses despite there not being a IPv6 DHCP Server on the network.  It's caused some Domain connectivity issues.  Anyone else seen anything similar to this?
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by:Shaun Vermaak
That is an IPv6 site-local address. MS recommends against disabling IPv6. I would add IPv6 range to DHCP (https://www.ultratools.com/tools/rangeGenerator) because site-local addresses sometimes contains the MAC address
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by:David Atkin
That's what we've been doing, disabling IPv6.  I've struggled to find any other information about the problem which is why I've asked really.

@Shaun, thank you for the site local address info
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Hey, EE experts! Have you ever painstakingly typed out step-by-step instructions in answer to a question?

If you're using Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, you have a tool that can help with that.

Go to apps and hunt down STEPS RECORDER (it's in Windows Accessories). You're welcome.
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by:Craig Kehler
We predominantly use Jira Capture for it's integration in to tickets and test sessions. It's a pain in IE though so I tend to use the snipping tool, trying out Snip now. Thanks for the heads up :)

I've used Jing in the past for recording steps. It's pretty good
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by:Colleen Kayter
Craig, Jing is good for showing video, but steps recorder actually gives you text. Very useful, very lean when video is not an option.
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Hi all,

we have procured Dell Latitude E5580 which is supported only windows 10 and we are using Kaspersky drive encryption. the issue is once the drive encryption is done, the key board is not working on Kaspersky authentication agent window on boot up screen as this laptop is having only HID keyboard.

requesting you all to help us.

thank you in advance.

Manoj
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Dear Experts, Hard drive issue... Out of 180 C-drive only 36.1 gb is visible and there is no unallocated issue visible in disk management. It shows one drive very of 180 gb however when I check in my computer it shows 36.1 GB.
I TRIED using  third party disk management and almost all of them shows 180 or 36.1 drive as unformatted. Please note, I can't format the drive as some very important monitoring tools are running on this machine which cannot be migrated on another computer. This is happening on Intel nuc machine, windows 10 on a domain system.
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Follow this link to do that and you should get a solution quickly
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For anyone that has a similar issue

Windows 10 Pro
VS 2008
Windows Forms App for Symbol MC3190 - Windows 5 CE

After Windows 10 update, VS 2008 failed to load the project - with error :
File  microsoft.compactframework.visualbasic.targets not found
Confirm that the path in the <Import> declaration is correct, and that the file exists on disk.

I seem to have solved this by installing
NETCFv35PowerToys.msi
from
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/download/details.aspx?id=13442

Rgds,
Jonathan
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Disable Automatic Reboot After Updates Installation

I want to inform you that Windows 10 and 2016 receives updates very often. About once a week it gets important fixes and patches requiring a system reboot to be installed. By default Windows 10 and 2016 is configured to reboot automatically for the installation of important updates. But this can cause inconveniences to you.

However, you can disable automatic reboot after updates installation via Windows Update settings, TaskScheduler, Group Policy and Registry Editor.

  • How to turn off auto-reboot in Settings App

This method allows you to choose time when you don’t want your PC to be rebooted in any case. But nevertheless your PC will be able to reboot to install updates when active hours end.

      1. Go to Settings.
      2. Click on Update and security.
      3. Click on Active Hours and specify when you don’t want your PC to reboot.
      4. If the restart has already been planned, you can also click on Restart Options and modify the restart time and postpone updates installation.

  • How to disable off automatic reboot using the Task Scheduler

One more way to disable auto-restart after installing updates is to disable the task in the Task Scheduler:

      1. Launch the Task Scheduler.
      2. Go to Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/Update Orchestrator.
      3. Right-click on the task named Reboot.
      4. Select Disable.

  • How to disable automatic restart for installation of updates using the Group Policy
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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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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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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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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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.