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Multiple Takes on Win10 Hardware Requirements

Everybody, even Microsoft, knows that the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 fall far short of providing a positive user experience. Another, new MS Docs item provides more useful guidance on minimum hardware configs. Let’s compare and contrast them, OK?

June 1903 Updates Block Certain USB Device Pairings

Here’s an interesting note from the Windows Support team. Dated June 11, 2019, it coincides with the “Patch Tuesday” updates for Windows 10 that month. The title explains things: “Some Bluetooth devices may fail to pair or connect after applying June 11, 2019 or later updates.” In simpler terms, this means that recent security updates

Chinese Military Seeks Windows OS Alternative

Seems like China is looking for ways to do its own computing thing, independent of the west. Some of this is being forced upon them, as with Huawei’s recent decision to accelerate development of a Windows replacement code-named Hongmeng (see Week 22 Newsbytes for more info).That move comes as Microsoft has stopped licensing Windows to

UEFI Secure Boot Ins and Outs

Because Secure Boot blocks unrecognized software elements from loading during the boot process (before Windows starts running), it may interfere when you’re installing or updating boot-related software, firmware or drivers.

Intel Discloses Another Serious Chip-Level Vulnerability

At the outset of 2018, the Windows community reeled in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Recently, Intel has disclosed a new set of chip-level vulnerabilities. On May 14, the company published a support bulletin entitled “Side Channel Vulnerability Microarchitectural Data Sampling.” According to many security experts and Windows watchers — see this

Weekly Windows Newsbytes – Week 17/2019

Microsoft third company to pass $1 trillion market value On Thursday, April 25th, Microsoft became the third US company to cross the $1 trillion (£774 billion / €897) market value threshold , after Apple and Amazon.  Here’s more from BBC Business News on this topic: Microsoft hits $1 trillion market valuation New Security Baseline for

1903 Drops Password Expiration Policies

Since forever, MS has enabled security & privacy policies for passwords that include password expirations. I remember this stuff from the NT 4 days, circa 1994, when I was writing training materials about admin topics for the MCSE exams. You can read about this ancient and soon-to-be-defunct stuff at MS Docs: Set the password expiration

ToolKit Item: Sandboxie by Guest Author Bo Elam

[Note from Ed Tittel: This post about Sandboxie comes from guest author Bo Elam, whom Kari and I met on TenForums, where he is something of a regular visitor, and a passionate advocate for Sandboxie. Who better to write this Toolkit Item?] I’ll start this article on Sandboxie with a few words on how I

Windows Updates: Get Ready for SHA-2

OK, it’s coming. Version 2 of the Secure Hash Algorithm, aka SHA-2, is going to take over sole authentication duty from SHA-1 in 2019. You can read more about this at Windows Support, but I’ll provide the broad strokes of what’s going on here. Long story short: SHA-1 has been around for a long, long

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