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Having problems installing a Windows 10 Feature Update? - Read This

I've regularly had frustrating problems when installing Windows 10 feature updates as they would fail with Error 0x80070005. Most recently when trying to update Windows 10 (Build 17763.973) to the next round of Feature Updates from Microsoft.

Trying well known and documented troubleshooting steps have almost always resulted in being a complete waste of time.

So I've now come to the conclusion that the absolute "quickest way" of dealing with this frustrating error code is to not bother troubleshooting it at all. Rather, just jump straight to the following method when you get that error instead, which has now worked for me every single time without fail.

1. Browse to the Download Windows 10 Microsoft web page and click the "Update now" button

2. Run the downloaded file and allow Windows 10 to update in the background until prompted to restart.

3. Restart and you're done.

Saves a ton of troubleshooting (that almost always fails to resolve the 0x80070005 error) and will save your sanity too. This method will almost certainly work with many other Windows Update error codes as well.

I hope this helps some of you out.

Regards, Andrew
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51389623

Microsoft has fixed a glitch in Windows 10 that meant one of the operating system's core features stopped working.

Dozens posted on social media that Windows Search had stopped working for them on Wednesday morning.

Users said that when they used the desktop search tool it brought up a blank box rather than related results.

Hours after it was first reported, the company said it "resolved" the problem for most users but some may need to restart their computers.
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Windows 10 Blacked out search bar

The fix just needs an update to build  Build 18363.628 https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29171781/Windows-10-Cortana-search-box-goes-black-temp-fix-disables-Cortana.html
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With support for Windows 7 ending today, a remind that Microsoft is still allowing people to download the Win10 ISO and perform an upgrade.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
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by:McKnife
...just remember that you have no legal base to do an upgrade. It still works, but officially, the free upgrade phase ended years ago.
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https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2019/12/09/snatch-ransomware-reboots-pcs-into-safe-mode-to-bypass-protection/

Abstract: If you execute malware with an administrative user, your data is almost lost - but alas, there is still windows defender, which, with its tamper protection cannot be deactivated without manual interaction by the admin himself. But what about safe mode? If the ransomware can modify the boot options, it can restart the machine to safe mode and defender is off, there.

Now for my 2 cents: safe mode cannot be reached without suspending bitlocker, first. So why would Microsoft not add a tamper protection to bitlocker as well? That's worth considering, Microsoft!
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Saw this and it worked (and was easy) - How to download the windows 10 1909 iso:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-download-the-windows-10-1909-iso-from-microsoft/
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Well, this article shows me how easy to change version of PHP in Windows. This is useful especially I got some old php projects that only run well prior to php 7.0

How to install and configure multiple versions of PHP in IIS (no CMD needed)
https://blog.maqe.com/how-to-install-and-configure-multiple-versions-of-php-in-iis-no-cmd-needed-aea858b6041b
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Windows Update causing havoc with Access databases.

Access database applications world wide are experiencing errors related to a recent Windows update.

Reports are that people are getting an error when they run an update query that attempts to directly update a table in Access 2010, 13, and 16.  Here is a link to the Office support post about this.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/access-error-query-is-corrupt-fad205a5-9fd4-49f1-be83-f21636caedec

Another web site provides this information:

It appears that a security update for the CVE-2019-1402 vulnerability in each version of Microsoft Office causes this error. Here is the list of Office security updates that you can uninstall.

    Office 2010: Description of the security update for Office 2010: November 12, 2019 (KB4484127)
    Office 2013: Description of the security update for Office 2013: November 12, 2019 (KB4484119)
    Office 2016: Description of the security update for Office 2016: November 12, 2019 (KB4484113)

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Browser Tips Update

Further to my last post about testing a variety of browser performance statistics, I've recently discovered something that I think may be of use to other EE members.

When using Google Chrome as my default browser along with a variety of different AdBlocking extensions, visiting a page like this one: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ returns the following error after about 36 ads have been blocked. All further reading is prevented unless the site is whitelisted.

Google Chrome with Adblock Plus Extension
However, visiting the same page with the Brave Browser I can view the site and read any articles on there without ads and without triggering the Ad Blocker warning.

The site (along with a few others I've stumbled across) does not appear to recognize the built-in AdBlocker in Brave. How long that will remain to be the case I'm not sure.

I've also confirmed (from my own tests) that Brave is by far the quickest browser to use on Social Media sites like Facebook. Nowhere near the number of slowdowns that I experience with Google Chrome (or other browsers) that I've tested so far.

Further, using this extension (credit to McKnife for finding it) you can also leave Google Chrome as the default browser if you want to, yet easily send links to the Brave browser when needed. Works a treat here :)

I hope this little tidbit of information helps you out.

Regards, Andrew
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Happy birthday Windows XP - 18 years old today and still estimated to be the primary operating system on 3% of all PCs.
https://betanews.com/2019/10/25/windows-xp-2019-edition/
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How to Safely Dispose of Old Computers

People often wonder how they can safely dispose of their old computers without it costing too much. Here's a guide to a totally free method that I came up with.

1. Remove the hard drive, put a drill bit through it until you hear the platters inside shatter. Toss it in the bin.
2. Run a cleaning rag around the case and make it nice and shiny.
3. Place the computers in full view on the back seat of your car.
4. Park car in a quiet public car park with the windows cracked just enough so it's easy to reach in an unlock one of the doors.
5. Go and have some lunch or dinner.

When you return, I can almost guarantee the computers will be gone.

You're welcome :-)
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by:Brian B
We need a haha icon like Facebook.
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Microsoft Security Monthly Rollup update for October 2019

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4517389-and-kb4519338-released/

One of my users has reported a boot problem today, but the OS is Windows 7, not Windows 10.

As usual, the fix is to run system restore to rollback the update and let the OS to fix the boot problem on its own.

Are you affected?

If yes, share your experience with us.
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I know a lot of people say Windows Defender is "good enough". So keep this new bug in mind: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-defender-antivirus-scans-broken-after-new-update/
The TL;DR info is this: Full and scheduled scan is broken, custom scan still works.
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by:Lee W, MVP
How is this different from any other antivirus?  They all have update bugs from time to time.
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by:Brian B
Lee, the issue was it would say it had scanned when it didn't.
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A handy link to keep around for those who have to deal with Windows 10 updates: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/
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My colleague was trying to find a solution to auto-turn on a machine due to the power failure.

I thought the following article is a good start to refer to:

https://www.wintips.org/setup-computer-to-auto-power-on-after-power-outage/
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by:Brian B
One thing they didn't mention... Although they do recommend purchasing a UPS to protect from power fluctuations, there are other reasons I have experienced. When the power comes back on, it may flicker on and off. I have had this kill a PC because it kept switching on and off. You can avoid this by setting the UPS to not restore power right away. It also keeps the system up through small power blips.
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by:Ryan Chong
You can avoid this by setting the UPS to not restore power right away. It also keeps the system up through small power blips.
Got it Brian, that's definitely a good point to take note : )
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RDP Bug in Win10 v1903 - disconnecting RDP sessions WITHOUT LOGGING OFF causes one CPU core to spike
https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/c0agnb/1903_dwmexe_goes_to_100_cpu_on_remote_host_after/
Workaround:
As a workaround on all of my affected machines I have used Group Policy Editor to set
Local Computer Policy - Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Remote Desktop Service - Remote Desktop Session Host - Remote Session Environment
-> Use WDDM graphics display driver for Remote Desktop Connections to DISABLED
This forces RDP to use the old (and now deprecated XDDM drivers)
After rebooting, behaviour returns to normal and after disconnecting from an RDP session the RDP host (target machine) no longer shows DWM.EXE consuming CPU.

To my knowledge, this problem is not yet confirmed by Microsoft, although anyone can reproduce it on any hardware and any VM.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/after-exiting-a-remote-desktop-session-cpu-load/e21e7da0-9a64-4a14-a671-b7cb1b61f66e?auth=1&page=1 proves, that this problem is common (more than 10,000 people indicated that they have the same problem!)
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Hot Tip - Cant select Browser of Choice as default in Windows 10 - (Build 1809) - Here's the Fix

As Windows 10 (Build 1809) is being pushed by Microsoft now, a lot of folks are finding that they can't change the browser of their choice to be the default any more and that Microsoft Edge is maybe the only browser available to set as default in Settings > Default Apps

This actually happened to me after upgrading to Build 1809 and after doing a fair bit of troubleshooting, I finally found a fix. Follow the steps below:

1.   Open each browser you have with right-clicking its shortcut and selecting Run as Administrator

2.  When the browser opens, it should prompt you to be made default - Click that Prompt to say yes.

3.  Do this with each browser you want to reappear in SettingsDefault apps - then close the browser and do the same with the next one you want to appear in Default Apps again. Rinse and repeat for all of your browsers.

4. Proof that this works is in the screenshot below. After upgrading my 1803 Build to 1809, the "only" browser I was able to select as default was Microsoft Edge (Yuck!)  After going through the steps above, I can now select any browsers I have to be the default browsere at will.

Default Browsers Screen





Hope this helps you out.

Regards, Andrew
Volunteer Senior Editoria Editor
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by:Andrew Leniart
Indeed they are Ryan, and it's not without its problems either.

Check out this post I made just a few minutes ago.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/posts/6018/Hit-Tip-Cant-select-Browser-of-Choice-as-default-in.html
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by:Brian B
Well, I don't know why you posted what you did then. But anyway, if there is some documentation showing that the issue has been addressed, it would be helpful as proof by observation is not always the most accurate. Right now the Microsoft KB article about the registry not being backed up is still active. So if this issue has been addressed, hopefully they take the KB down.
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by:John
The author you quoted has been "charged" with quoting misinformation about Windows 10 - that is why I posted but I was thinking that new updates have fixed this issue and all is working well for me right now in terms of registry backups.
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Up Close With the Atari VCS

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/atari-vcs-raspberry-pi-gaming-desktop-pc,39647.html

This looks like it could be really cool and versitile.  You can even install Windows 10.
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by:Martin Nguyen
Thanks for the warning Thomas!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/06/11/new-security-warning-issued-for-googles-1-5-billion-gmail-and-calendar-users/

Here is the Google Calendar spoof/social engineering hack you mentioned. Thanks for the reminder to post it!
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Check them out and be sure to endorse one or both if you find it as useful as I have!

Regards, Andrew
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