Windows 10 Update has been changed to “recommended”

Microsoft has elevated the Windows 10 status to “Recommended” it was previously an “Optional” upgrade.

What this means to you: Windows 10 will surely download onto your computer as an upgrade. This will eat up several gigabytes of space and download bandwidth. For some systems, it will upgrade likely without your knowledge or consent.

Here is how to avoid the download, and upgrade only when you are ready, (which is ok to be never.)

I have 2 Registry files that will add the following items into registry, you can open them with notepad to verify there is nothing malicious in nature. Click on each of them to run and you will be forewarned about information being added to the registry. A reboot is required. The first prevents the automatic upgrade and the second get rid of the Get Windows 10 Reminder Icon.

DisableOSUpgrade and DisableGWX Please Right-Click each link and choose “save link as,” you can then double-click each file where you saved them and choose to run them.

 

Here is what is added to the registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

“DisableOSUpgrade”=dword:00000001

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX]

“DisableGWX”=dword:00000001

 

Updating Your Software

When removing Unwanted Software from a client’s computer I often get asked the question. How did that software get installed on my computer?

Unwanted Software makes it on your system in several different ways:

– By Mousing Over (Simply moving the muse over the top of) an Advertisement or other specially coded area of a Website

 – To protect against this, Primarily make sure to update the following commonly Exploited Software:

 – Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Java, and of Course Windows Updates.

 – By Unintentionally installing software bundled with a downloaded application or one of the Above updates (Not Windows Updates)

 – Scrutinize any software installation heavily before progressing each of the install pages. Decline to install anything extra at all. Trust me you do not want it.

Free software must be considered very carefully. There are plenty of free Open Source Applications out there that are very useful, but there are also TONS of deceptive ones that are nothing but malicious in nature.

Remember, Everything you read on the Internet Must Be True. 41-Free-Wink-Smiley

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The Holidays have arrived and Christmas is almost here!

Whatever your method of backing up, it is especially important this time of year to have good Backups. With extended time off Servers and other Important Systems can sit UN-noticed for extended periods of time with errors or alarms possibly causing more damage. Remember to enable those email notifications!

Give me a call and I’d be happy to go over different backup options with you. Whether it is utilizing a built-in solution or more feature rich 3rd party solutions, we can match up the right one for your needs.

I also now have Automatic Remote Offsite Storage of those backups at very affordable rates.

Get the most upgrade for your buck!

Undoubtedly PC’s can be had for very cheap today. All of those cheap PC’s have one thing in common that turns them into Virtual Sloths. Cheap Hard Drives!

Good news however, SSD hard drives are dropping in price every day, and one of the most substantial upgrades that you can make to ANY PC is to upgrade that Hard Drive to an SSD. You will see real-world improvements of around 10 times. That is a Thousand percent increase in speed! Even better news is that in the right hands the upgrade is painless and can be performed in less than a couple of hours.ssdstang

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For those who are interested in upgrading for Free to the new Windows 10, Beware! There have been lots of good reports, but a couple of key things need to be pointed out:

  • Windows 10 has a small footprint, and is designed to be fast. However, all upgrades even to SSD are noticeably slower that what you can get from a fresh install.
  • Some upgrades are going bad and require a re-install to fix.
  • There is no real advantage over a good working Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine. Unless there is a very specific feature you are wanting to take advantage of I would hold off.