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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
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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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Starting with Angular 5

Learn the essential features and functions of the popular JavaScript framework for building mobile, desktop and web applications.

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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Windows 10 Automatically Uninstalls Problematic Software Updates

http://harjit.us/windows-10-automatically-uninstalls-problematic-software-updates/
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Hi Everyone. I would like to share a basic but working PowerShell script to clean up the Windows 2016 Start Menu (from ProgramData and Default User) and the Public Desktop. This is useful when using a Workspace Manager like RES or Citrix WEM. I've added this script at shutdown (local GPO) so we do not need to manually clean-up the folders after every application update or new installations.

#Start Menu Clean-up at Shutdown 

Robocopy "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" "C:\StartMenu\ProgramData\Programs"  /e /is /move /xj /r:0 
New-Item "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" -ItemType "directory"
Robocopy "C:\StartMenu\ProgramData\Programs\Administrative Tools" "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools" /e /xj /r:0 

Robocopy "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" "C:\StartMenu\Default\Programs" /e /is /move /xj /r:0 
New-Item "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" -ItemType "directory"

#Desktop clean-up at shutdown

Robocopy "C:\Users\Public\Desktop" "C:\StartMenu\Public\Desktop" /e /is /move /xj /r:0 
New-Item "C:\Users\Public\Desktop" -ItemType "directory"
Robocopy "C:\Users\Default\Desktop" "C:\StartMenu\Default\Desktop" /e /is /move /xj /r:0 
New-Item "C:\Users\Default\Desktop" -ItemType "directory"

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by:John
I have had V1809 running since last October. V1903 is due out in early May (in a week or so). I have had V1903 running on an Insider machine and there have been a number of V1903 updates including a big one today. So it appears they are making ready for production release on or about May 7 or May 14 (May 14 is the second Tuesday)
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It's here! Win 10 1809 .... Our Windows 10 v 1803 PCs which use Windows Update for Business, (configured by AD Group Policy and with no deferments in place) to use the Semi Annual Channel are auto upgrading to v 1809 this morning ....
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by:John
A number of users apparently had issues with V1809 so widespread distribution was delayed; so much so that the V1903 feature upgrade (running well on my own Insider laptop) will delayed until May to assure adequate testing
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for all you VMware fans out there, and a Cautionary Tale! (why not to use vCenter Server for Windows), and keep continually upgrading as each version of vCenter Server comes out, at a client site, where they've been using Windows Server 2012 to Host vCenter Server, and have resisted heavily to use VCSA. (Linux Appliance). They upgraded from 5.0 to 5.5, and then 5.5 to 6.0 (which caused many days of issues).

Now just trying to upgrade from 6.0e to 6.0h, has caused VMware Support a headache, trying to get this to go... and it's now been over 1 week, trying to get this to function!!!!
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
Hi Andrew,
Thanks for sharing it here, let us know how it is resolved when you got the chance.
hopefully, all is well for you.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)
Finally FIXED!

It would appear, the Installer does not modify the server.xml file, which needed to be manually fettled, for the upgrade to work!!!

No Kb about this anywhere!
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Enforce File Type Associations

In a Windows 2016 published Desktop, Citrix users are able to use the "Open with..." command in the context menu and set their own file type association. This is by design. One solution to enforce the FTA at logon is to use the "SetUserFTA" software from Christoph Kolbicz's Blog or to use a GPO to assign a "Default Associations Configuration File" (thanks to McKnife) . Another way is to detect and remove user defined File Type Associations in the registry via a script. The registry key is locked down with a "Deny" access control set to everyone including the Administrators. The following script will remove the "Deny" access control, and then proceed to the deletion of the user defined file type association. This script runs at logon and at logoff and have been tested successfully.

# REMOVE HKCU File Type Association
# in addition to OEMDefaultAssociation.xml
Function RegACL-Reset
{
$hkey = 2147483649 
$reg = [wmiclass]"root\default:StdRegProv"
$ace = $reg.GetSecurityDescriptor($hkey,$hsubkey).Descriptor.DACL
$reg.psbase.Scope.Options.EnablePrivileges = $true
$sd = ([WMIClass] "Win32_SecurityDescriptor").CreateInstance()
$sd.ControlFlags = 0x0004
for($i=0;$i -lt $ace.length;$i++)
{
 if($ace[$i].AceType -ne 1)
 {
  $SD.dacl += $ace[$i] 
 }
}
$reg.SetSecurityDescriptor($hkey,$hsubkey,$sd)
}

# .XML - Remove user defined .XML file type association
$testreg = Test-Path -Path 

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by:McKnife
Fine. And no hard feelings, I hope :-)
At least I learned that there are some policies which have no effect when not domain-joined - for whatever reason Microsoft enforces this...
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by:Olivier MARCHETTA
No worries :-).
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SQL Server Management Studio : Windows Authentication from a non-domain-joined computer.

When trying to connect with an Windows integrated account to a domain-joined Microsoft SQL Server 2017 from a non-domain-joined computer or a computer joined to another non-trusted domain, you get a "login failed" on every connection attempts.

The solution (or workaround) is to use the Windows Credential Manager to pre-configure the domain user account to be trusted by SSMS with the following steps:

Open Credential Manager (type Credential Manager from the Start Menu)
Click "Add A Windows Credential"
Populate the network address field with the name and port number of the SQL instance you wish to store credentials. For example: MyMSSQLServer.domain.org:1433 (1433 is the default port, you may need a different port, especially if you are connecting to a named instance).
Populate the "User Name" including the domain name: "DOMAIN\Username"
Enter the "Password"
Click OK

Done! Restart SSMS, try connecting to the remote SQL Server from your non-domain joined machine and this time your login should work!
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Google Chrome is hopeless for reading social media - Preliminary findings below

I am currently undertaking a comparison of 6 Web Browsers which will eventually be turned into an article of my findings - most likely once Microsoft Edge has been reincarnated into the planned Chromium based platform.

In the meantime, thought I'd share a preliminary finding that is quite definitive when reading Social Media - Facebook in particular.

Using Google Chrome on Windows 10 (64-bit) in my case, you may be finding that if browsing Facebook for a while, as you keep scrolling down your feed, it will get slower, and slower, and slower, until the point where is gets so frustratingly slow, that you end up closing Chrome completely, re-opening it and starting again, at which point speed returns to normal.

Sound familiar? Keep reading.

Doing the same tests with the Brave Browser, I have noted none of the noticeable slow downs in performance of Facebook pages when used for the the same amount of time. The same has proven true to some extent on YouTube, though tests on YouTube and other social media platforms have not been as extensive yet.

My preliminary finding is as follows: Dump Chrome for Social Media like Facebook and YouTube and use the Brave browser for that purpose instead. It makes a *huge* difference on my system.

For the sake of completeness, by "quite some time", I'm talking
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by:Scott Fell
I manage multiple FB business pages and am on FB a lot. I don't notice any slowness except when my internet is poor (like when I am in the country)

I downloaded Brave. It is a Chromium browser with ad blocking and that is why it seems faster.   I looked at some others that did a write up and it seems it is faster (because of the ad blocking) but not the speed up it shows.  

Perhaps it would be good to explain what is does, the motivation for publishers etc and that it is in infancy, something to watch for.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your interest Scott.

I don't notice any slowness except when my internet is poor (like when I am in the country)

I initially put it down to that until I started doing browser comparisons. Internet speed can certainly be a factor but it doesn't make sense (to me) why FB reduces itself to a crawl after a couple of hours of 'continuous use', yet if Chrome is completely closed out and reopened - speed and page response times instantly return to normal. How would you explain that?

I downloaded Brave. It is a Chromium browser with ad blocking and that is why it seems faster.   I looked at some others that did a write up and it seems it is faster (because of the ad blocking) but not the speed up it shows.

Yep, good point and one I've taken into consideration. I've used two add-blockers with Chrome - uBlock Origin and AdBlock Plus and have even had them set to their highest levels. If it's ads that are causing the problem, then either Brave has an outstanding ad blocker that far exceeds the performance of the two third party ones I've used, (only one at a time of course) or those two ad blockers are the cause of the slow downs. Nothing else makes sense to me. What's your take on that?

Perhaps it would be good to explain what is does, the motivation for publishers etc and that it is in infancy, something to watch for.

A bit beyond my skill set unfortunately. I'm doing these comparison exercises from a user standpoint - the internals of the browsers and how they work I only have a very elementary understanding of.

Thanks for your input into this - appreciated.

Regards, Andrew
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Just spotted .. New version of Rufus can download official Windows ISO files

Rufus 3.5 with Windows 10 and 8.1 download option
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by:Polydore Dracopoulos
nice tip, will try it, thanks!
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