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July 11, 2020

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Strange Local Security Authority bug forces restart (Source: BleepingComputer.com)

Windows 10 2004 Gotcha Forces System Reboot

A fair number of Windows 10 2004 users are reporting that some PC’s are experiencing an LSASS (Local Security Authority Subsystem Service crash. It forces a reboot within 60 seconds of its occurrence. Ouch!

EOL is coming, but the downlaod remains avaialble

Adobe Flash EOL January 1, 2021

Although the news has been out since June 2017, it bears repeating that Adobe Flash Player hits EOL on 12/31/2020. Chrome and Firefox no longer support it, as its days are increasingly (and smaller) numbered.

1909 has Fresh Start, 2004 does not

Version 2004 Changes Recovery Options

In a welcome effort to reduce the number of Windows 10 reset, refresh and reinstall options, MS does away with “Fresh Start” in Version 2004, and directs users to “Reset this PC” instead. Good move!

5TB front view left, enclosure profile right

Interesting US$200 2.5″ Storage Experiment

I decide to spring US$200 for a 5 TiB 2.5″ Seagate drive and a double-high 15mm drive enclosure, thinking I will lose out on performance owing to its 5,400 RPM rotational speed. A comparison with a 7,200 RPM 2TiB drive comes out surprisingly well.

Dev, Beta and Release Preview channels replace the old ring model for Windows Insiders

MS Changes Insider Program to “Channels”

Out with the old, in with the new: MS is doing away with Ring-based Insider levels (Fast Ring, Slow Ring, Insider Preview) and moving to Insider Channels instead: Dev Channel, Beta Channel and Insider Preview Channel. Be prepared, this will probably show up in Settings soon.

Office download settings show new channel names

New Names for Microsoft 365 Update Channels

MS has introduced new names for Office update channels. These now include a Beta Channel (early adopters), Current Channel (and Preview version), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (and Preview version). You’ve been warned!

Network status should likely say "private"

Typical Post-Upgrade Networking Checks and Repairs

If you work on a (usually small) private network, and RDP, file sharing, or device sharing quits working (or works only intermittently) after a Windows 10 feature upgrade, here are some tried-and-true fixes to restore things to working order.

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