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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.

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Windows 7 Hits EOL January 14

Tomorrow, January 14, 2020, is EOL (end-of-life) day for Windows 7. Starting then, only a Extended Security Contract or running Win7 as a VM on Microsoft Virtual Desktop will keep that aging OS up-to-date. Time to migrate!

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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The free Patch My PC Updater program does a great job of identifying and updating out-of-date PC applications that it recognizes (around 300 in all).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!

Windows 10 Rules the PC OS World

OK readers: it’s no longer in any doubt. Windows 7 is set to shuffle off the scene next month (as much as it can, anyway). Windows 8 and 8.1 never amounted to much. Other OSes outside the Windows umbrella enjoy less marketshare than XP does, 5 years after its end-of-life came and went. There’s no

Slow ring info from Settings

New Roles for Slow and Fast Insider Rings

With a new definition of the Fast Insider ring as a place where new Windows 10 features and functions will come and (possibly) go, the Slow ring gains importance as the focus for detailed feedback on the next planned OS release. This changes my priorities.

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.

War Stories: The Case of the Persistent Device Driver

When it comes to keeping device drivers up-to-date, life with Windows 10 is always interesting. Lately, I’ve found myself in such circumstances with one of my two Lenovo X380 Yoga laptops. Lenovo’s System Update facility (now integrated in the Lenovo Vantage app) shows I need to install an Intel driver on the Fast Ring (Build

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.

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