War Story: Wandering Network Printer IP Address
October 30, 2020, Comments Off
Every now and then, I’ll send a print job off on my production desktop that goes to an application (today, it was Snagit) instead of target printer. When that happens, I know it’s time to reset the default printer using its new IP address. Let me explain. . .
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First 20H2 Upgrade Offer Appears
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First thing this morning, I observe on my Lenovo X390 Yoga that WU has finally extended an offer of KB4580364. After accepting that offer, I document my experiences and reactions with download, install, and post-install cleanup. It’s all good — and surprisingly interesting — stuff. Check it out!
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MS Catalog Gets Update to Remove Adobe Flash Player
October 28, 2020, 1 Comment
With end of support scheduled for the Adobe Flash Player on December 31, 2020, Microsoft releases a catalog update to uninstall that Player from Windows 10 (normally, it’s built right into the OS). Here’s a link…
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Trickling Out the 20H2 Release
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OK then, it’s official. According to the MS 20H2 Release Info/Status page, the company is ramping up offers of the upgrade only slowly. You can see their statement on this topic outlined in red in the lead-in graphic for this story. I’m not sure what this has to do with ensuring “a reliable download experience,”…
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Post-KB4579311 File Explorer Crash Is Real (and Happening)
October 25, 2020, Comments Off
In looking over my production PC’s Reliability Monitor output I see errors that ring a distant bell somewhere. Turns out lots of people are experiencing them in the wake of installing KB4579311 on their Windows 2004 PCs. Sigh.
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System CPA Gives Way to About Info in 20H2 Release
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With the release of 20H2, MS points what used to produce the System applet in Control Panel to Settings/System/About instead. I provide some bittersweet commentary, and an explorer shell string that produces the old CPA if that’s what’s really wanted.
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On-again/Off-Again Win10 Settings Header
October 23, 2020, Comments Off
MS has a banner for the Setting apps in A/B test right now, which means some users see it, and other users don’t. I provide details on an OS tweaking tool that lets enterprising users change this feature’s status (turn it off it it’s on; turn it on if it’s off).
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Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds
October 22, 2020, 3 Comments
Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…
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New PC Coming to Chez Tittel
October 21, 2020, Comments Off
As my oldest PC starts going a little wonky on me (I’ve not been able to upgrade it since Version 1909), I order a replacement for delivery on November 10. It’s a Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro with an i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. Should make a nice compact desktop for everyday computing.
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20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …
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When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…
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