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Comparing Windows vs. Windows.old

Examining C:\Windows vs. C:\Windows.old

In looking at the differences between the new Feature Upgrade C:\Windows folder for Build 19546 verus its Windows.old “equivalent” (Build 19541), I couldn’t help but notice more that was different than alike. Start with the intro image for this story. Windows.old (left) includes 86,332 files and 22,148 folders and is 15.3 GB in size (15.1

Google Password Checkup intro screen

Google’s Password Checkup Surprisingly Robust

An accidental launch of Google’s Password Checkup utility points out some possible security compromises and “less-than-best” practices in my password stable. I take corrective action, but it’s slow and intense work. Sigh.

Output from Patch My PC Updater

Admin Toolkit: Patch My PC Updater

The free Patch My PC Updater program does a great job of identifying and updating out-of-date PC applications that it recognizes (around 300 in all). It’s limited in scope, but good at what it does. Check it out!

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Ed Says: “Thanks for a Great Two Years!”

As I look back at two years at Win10.Guru, I reflect on successes with the Admin Toolkit and DISM series, and somewhat less enthusiasm for news and musings from readers. I resolve to offer more of interest and engagement in 2020. Happy New Year, All!

face on photo of T520 laptop

War Stories: T520 Update Issues Finally Resolved

When I see my Lenovo T520 is stuck at downloading updates, I try — and fail — to reset WU so I can try again. Catch-22! I fix it with a reboot and a disabled NIC. WU reset works, and updates begin flowing again.

USB Condoms Are No Joke

When you plug into a third-party USB port for power, all the data pins remain active, ready to be sniffed, attacked, or even exploited. By routing only power leads through, a USB condom stops such attacks cold.

The PC Is NOT Dead (10 Years Later)

In January 2010, the iPad made its debut. At the same time, at least one pundit announced “The PC is dead.” Wrong! Still can’t live without one today, nor for the foreseeable future.

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