Hide Update(s) on Windows 10

Microsoft has made Windows 10 updates automatic with no obvious way to prevent them from installing.  There is a tool to prevent problematic update(s) from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.

To temporarily prevent the update from being reinstalled until an updated fix is available, a troubleshooter is available that provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates and drivers for Windows 10. You can obtain and run the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter by downloading it from the Microsoft Download Center:

Prevent a Windows 10 Update from Reinstalling

UPDATE: This tool may not work on the current 1709 Fall Creators update.

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Security Planner

Security Planner is an easy-to-use guide with expert-reviewed advice for staying safer online. It provides recommendations on implementing basic online practices, like enabling two-factor authentication on important accounts, making sure software stays updated, and using encrypted chats to protect private communications. More advanced users can receive advice on where to go for more help.

Answer a few simple questions to get personalized online safety recommendations. It’s confidential – no personal information is stored and they won’t access any of your online accounts.

via Schneier on Security

Last Day for Windows 10 Upgrade

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Thank you Microsoft, for your free upgrade.

I upgraded as many as I could… Windows 8.1 users and took 2-3 year old Windows 7 (Pro) machines into the new technology.

And the upgrade worked as designed.

So, Thank you Microsoft, for that free upgrade.

If you have a Windows 8.1 or newer computer, backup your data first and then upgrade today. In 2-4 years from now, it will be time for a new computer with Windows 12, 13, 14… and new technology is still further ahead.

Best way to upgrade right now is: msn.com

The splash screen to upgrade makes it easy. However; the upgrade will take a long time. My Updating Windows 10 blog post has more details.

On the 1 and 5 chance the upgrade doesn’t go seamlessly, we can always roll it back, within 30 days. That’s handy.

 

CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5000 | Geek Tool of the Day

Time to update your CD burning software. CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs.

And it also comes in a “portable” version!

Oh, and it’s FREE!

Dell Backup and Recovery Media Request Form

Have you bought a new DELL laptop or PC lately? Notice that you didn’t get any CD’s with it? And you aren’t sure what to do with the annoying DELL Backup and Recovery software pop ups?

If you haven’t run the DELL Backup and Recovery software to create re-install disks (rescue disks) for your computer, I suggest you do. I recently had a 3 month old Windows 8.1 PC corrupt out and the only option was to re-install the OS.

Of course, there was no rescue disks for that wayward system, but I did find this option. All you need is the Service Tag number and a system still under warranty. (Typically less than a year old)

Click on this link and follow the steps to order your recovery media.

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(Received the install CD the next day and fixed the system)

Geek Tool of the Day | Microsoft Fix it Portable

Microsoft Fix It Solution Center will automatically diagnose and repair common software problems in Windows, Internet Explorer or other Microsoft products.

I have used it numerous times  since it’s release in 2010 to fix printer issues, CD/DVD not found, and Internet Explorer issues just to name a few.

1.  Click here to download Fix It portable. (Provided  by Microsoft)
2.  Run the MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe file you just downloaded.

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3.  Accept the license agreement and specify a folder where Portable Microsoft Fix it will be downloaded.

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4.  Once the download completes, you will find a folder named Fix it portable.
6.  In the ‘Fix it portable’ folder, there will be a file ‘Launch Fix it.exe’. That’s your Microsoft Fix it portable edition.

Copy that folder to your USB flash drive and keep it handy for the next Windows issue you have.

Geek Tool of the Day | HandBrake

HandBrake: The open source video transcoder

 

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

  1. Convert video from nearly any format
  2. Free and Open Source
  3. Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Download link

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