Posts Tagged ‘Help’

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates for Windows 10 Version 1709 Creators Update

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1709(Fall Creators Update) Build 16299 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build number.Subversion number
    • e.g. 16299.19 = Build number 16299 Subversion number 19  (Initial Release, October 17, 2017)
      • Subsequent updates will be deployed via Windows Update and only modify the ‘Subversion number’
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Improvements and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
      • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
      • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

 

 

 

 

Revisions:

October 18, 2017:  Initial Draft Date

October 19, 2017: Initial Publish Date

November 14, 2017: Added link for ‘Progressing Windows as a service’ in Additional Information section; Minor edit content and links

 

Summary:  Microsoft makes Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available on October 17, 2017

 

Comments:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update, the next version major release for Windows 10, is now available as of 10 P.M. PDT October 17, 2017
  • Microsoft previously announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update would be rolled out in stages
  • A variety of methods/options are available to obtain the Fall Creators Update. The primary consumer methods are noted below. Also see the ‘How-To’ section for specific information on each method.
          • Media Creation Tool
          • Update Assistant
          • Windows 10 Windows Update (Manually check for updates)
  • The above methods are primarily intended for early adopters interested in installing the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s update in advance of the scheduled staged rollout automatically via Windows Update
    • Note: Staged rollout = Deployed automatically via Windows Update. Not everyone will receive the new Windows 10 Fall Creator bits at the same time.   If past history is an indication of timing, a staged-rollout may last for months.

 

How To:

  • Media Creation Tool – (Microsoft tool on the Windows 10 Software Download web page for creating Windows 10 USB/DVD media and optionally an ISO file for mounting or creating media)
  • Update Assistant
  • Windows Update
    • Windows 10 – Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update/Check for Updates)

 

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

October 17, 2017:  Initial Draft Date

October 18, 2017:  Initial Publish Date

October 18, 2017:  Added ‘What’s New’ link in Additional Information section; final editing/correction

Summary:  ‘How To’ select and run Windows Defender Offline in Windows 10

Comments:

  • Windows Defender Offline(WDO) is an antimalware scanning tool
  • WDO provides the ability to boot and scan the device in a trusted environment
  • WDO’s scan runs outside the normal Windows kernel and operating system
  • Scanning in a trusted environment outside the Windows kernel allows WDO to scan for and target malware that attempts to bypass the Windows shell(e.g. viruses and malware that can infect or overwrite the boot record data)
  • WDO can be run on devices using MBR(Master Boot Record) or GPT(GUID Partition Table)
  • The ‘How To’ section in this article is based on the current Windows 10 1703 version(Creators Update)
  • When WDO’s is instructed to run(required, it does not run on its own) it(and Windows) will restart the device, boot the device, pass control to WDO instead of the Windows kernel and operating system, and then perform the scan
  • WDO’s Offline scan should take less than 15 minutes when no infections are found and/or corrected
  • WDO may remove or quarantine items during its scan
    • Items removed or quarantined by WDO will be listed/shown in Windows 10 in Windows Defender’s Scan History section (located in the Windows Defender Security Center/Virus and Threat Protection/)
  • Note: To run WDO ensure Windows 10 is logged on with an Administrator account

How To:

  • Click the Windows Start Button and scroll down the alphabetical app listing and select Windows Defender Security Center
    • Optionally one can right click on the Windows Defender icon in the Task Bar Notification area and select open
  • Click on ‘Virus and Threat Protection’

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  • Click on ‘Advanced Scan’

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  • Select the ‘Windows Defender Offline scan’ option, then click ‘Scan Now’

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  • Acknowledge the prompt to ‘Save your work’ do so if necessary, then click ‘Scan’

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  • Once ‘Scan’ is clicked,  Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 will prompt with a User Account Control(UAC) notice dialog box requesting the user to allow changes to the computer.  Click ‘Yes’ to this required prompt to proceed with the restart process and allowing WDO to run and scan the device in the necessary offline mode.
  • WDO will scan (see screenshot below) then automatically restart the device

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Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

June 26, 2017: Initial Draft Date

June 27, 2017: Final Draft Date

June 28, 2017: Initial Publish Date

Summary: Windows 10 Creators Update installation prompts to review and choose privacy settings

Comments:

  • Prior to upgrading and installing the Windows 10 Creators Update on a device the Creators Update setup will prompt/alert the user to review and choose their privacy settings
  • The review and choice selection is a required step prior to upgrading your device
  • Microsoft states this requirement is part of their continued commitment to ‘your’ privacy on Windows 10 and to make sure your privacy settings are also ready(for Windows 10)
  • The configured(chosen) privacy settings will be the privacy settings in effect after installing the Windows 10 Creators update(i.e. the choice is applicable only to the installed Windows 10 Creators Update)
  • Upon completion of the review, choosing, and saving the privacy settings the upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update will proceed on the device

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

April 13, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

April 15, 2017: Edited ‘Comments’ section for better clarity

Summary:  This article shows how to remove and recreate a HomeGroup on Windows 10 for multiple devices

Comments:

  • There may be occasions where removal and recreation of the Homegroup on Windows 10 is necessary
    • End-user desire to remove and recreate HomeGroup anew with different sharing options
    • End-user choice to reset HomeGroup to ‘off’ and require other devices to re-join the network
    • Corruption in the Windows HomeGroup service and/or related Peer Networking Service Profiles’ configuration files
    • Inadvertently deleting the HomeGroup system files (Note: Rare, but its occurred more than once)
    • HomeGroup does have a few requirements on Windows 10
      • IPV6 is required
      • Admin rights are required for the logged on user to create a Homegroup
      • Both of the Homegroup Windows Services must be running(HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider)

 

How-To:

On the computer that created the HomeGroup

  1. Navigate to c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking[1]
    – delete idstore.sst
  2. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – leave HomeGroup
  3. Go back to the above ‘ServiceProfiles’ path and delete the remaining files in that same folder
    – Repeat the exact same above steps(1, 2, 3) on any other machines on the HomeGroup network
  4. Shutdown all machines
  5. Power up the machine you wish to create the HomeGroup(leave the other devices powered down(Note: Only a machine with administrative rights [aka admin] can create a HomeGroup)
  6. Logon to Windows
  7. Open File Explorer/View/Options/View Tab
    – scroll down to ‘Use Sharing Wizard’, toggle off, Apply, toggle on, Apply, close File Explorer
  8. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – create the HomeGroup (follow the HomeGroup wizard instructions and configure sharing options to your personal preference)
    – The wizard will provide a password for HomeGroup access ==> Write the password down – you’ll need it on the other device(s) to join the HomeGroup
  9. Power up the other device(one at a time if more than one other device exists)
  10. Logon to Windows
  11. Open File Explorer/View/Options/View Tab
    – scroll down to Sharing Wizard, toggle off, Apply, toggle on, Apply, close File Explorer
  12. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – Join the HomeGroup – follow each step provided by the HomeGroup setup wizard, enter the password when requested)
  13. Shutdown the device (Optional, but if other devices exist, its best to configure each device with only the host device on the network).
  14. Repeat Steps 9 through 13 for any other devices
  15. Power up each device and verify access to the HomeGroup’s shares established by the host device.

 

Footnote: [1]  c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking is a Windows System/Hidden folder, it may be necessary, even with admin rights, to configure File Explorer to show ‘Hidden files’ and when accessing agree to the prompt to obtain permission to access the folder and its subfolders. (This is expected and routine in order to access and clear out any old HomeGroup service profiles

 

 

Revisions:

April 12, 2017: Initial Draft Date

April 13, 2017: Initial Publish Date

April 15, 2017:  Added note in Comments and How-To section – Admin rights for HomeGroup creation

Summary:    Microsoft will begin rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, 2017

 

Comments:

  • Microsoft will begin to deploy the Creators Update on April 11, 2017
  • The Creators Update will be deployed via Windows Update
  • Deployment will, as in the past for major o/s feature updates, be a measured/staged rollout
      • i.e. not everyone receiving the new bits at the same time
  • The Creators Update is Version 1703 with an expected Build.Sub-build Number of 15063.0
  • Installation of 1703 will most likely download additional fixes and patches(during or immediately after installation updating the Sub-build number e.g. 15063.11)
  • On or shortly after the April 11th rollout the Media Creation Tool should be updated to allow Windows 10 end-users to create USB/DVD installation media and/or an ISO file for creating DVD media or mounting
    • Note: (1) If creating USB media use an 8 GB USB Flash drive; (2)if creating a DVD then Dual Layer DVD media will most likely be required
  • Notable new features included in the Creators Update are Paint 3D, improved Start Menu, Windows Defender Security Center, and additional Personalization options
  • Highly recommended to backup your operating system and data prior to installing the Creators Update
        •  ===> Image your operating system and backup your data to external media

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

March 30, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

April 1, 2017:  Added comments on USB Flash drive size(8 GB)

Summary:  How to create Windows 10 installation media using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Comments:

  • This article provides a text and graphical overview of the steps to create Windows 10 USB installation media using the available (free) Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  • The information shown is for using the latest available Windows 10 Version 1607 Media Creation Tool
    • The digital signature of the latest version is ‎Thursday, ‎December ‎8, ‎2016 1:14:04 AM
  • When creating Windows 10 Version 1607 media the following media capacities are required
    • USB Flash Drive – 8 GB
    • DVD disc – Dual Layer DVD – 8.5 GB
        • Note: When creating Windows 10 media containing both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) architectures for both both Home and Pro editions you should use USB media with a 16 GB minimum size
  • Windows 10 Version 1607 created media by design includes both Home and Pro editions
        • If desired, the option to create media for Windows 10 Home- Single Language is available, but only select this option is you are running Windows 10 Home Single Language
  • Direct link to download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool.exe)

 

Media Creation Process:

    1. Download and save the Media Creation Tool executable file (MediaCreationTool.exe)
    2. Right click the Media Creation Tool executable file and select ‘Run as Administrator’
    3. Connect a USB Flash Drive – As noted above an 8 GB size drive is required
    4. Accept the License Terms
    5. Choose ‘Create Installation media for another pc’; Click Next
    6. Choose a language, edition, and architecture; Click Next
    7. Select ‘USB Flash Drive’ on the ‘Choose which media to use’ page; Click Next
    8. Select and verify the correct USB Flash Drive; Click Next
    9. The tool will proceed to download, verify and create Windows 10 Version 1607 media
    10. Once Complete, the final screen will inform that your ‘USB Flash Drive ‘is Ready’

 

Graphical Overview of the Media Creation Process:

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Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

August 3, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

October 31, 2016:  Added more detail for clarification in the ‘Comments’ section

January 31, 2017: Added ‘Graphical Overview’ section

March 28, 2017: Rewrote entire article, added and updated information, deleted original from blog, republished

March 31, 2017:  Corrected  link about Downloading ISO file (Rhonda, Thanks for the ping)

April 6, 2017: Updated Publicize options

Summary:  Microsoft officially removed the ability to download the Windows Essentials 2012 Full Version installer file from their servers.

 

Comments:

  • Last week Microsoft officially discontinued the ability for end-users to obtain(download) the Full version installation file for Windows Essentials 2012. (The web version installer was removed some time ago)
  • The removal of the installer file has been expected since Microsoft ended all support for Windows Essentials 2012 in January 10, 2017.   Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2009 installer files were removed and ceased support quite some time ago.
        • End of support means no further updates(patches/fixes/compatibility), no security updates, no Junk Mail filter updates, and no support for use on current Microsoft supported operating systems(Windows 7/8.1/10)
  • The Windows Essential 2012 installer file may be available from other avenues(friends, third party sources) though caution is warranted from obtaining installation files from outside sources.
          • [Editor note: Not recommended and proceed at your own risk]
  • It would be prudent, if still using a Windows Essentials 2012 products(Mail, PhotoGallery/Movie Maker, Writer) to consider investigating and/or switching to an alternative program for your computing needs and experience.
        • Continued use of Photo Gallery(which is primarily a Photo Viewing application with some editing capability) may be acceptable from a risk standpoint
        • Open Live Writer, compliments of Microsoft, a replacement for Writer remains available as an open source program and has been since 2015
        • Windows Live Mail and its continued use as a mail/news client is feasible but do note that no future security updates will ever be released for the product(nor have any been released for some time) or definition updates for its built-in Junk Mail filter thus always practice safe computing when opening/previewing email and ensure a resident Anti-virus/Anti-malware client is running on your chosen operating system(e.g. Windows Defender on Windows 10)
  • It would also be a good idea to consider archiving any important data to an external source outside of Windows Essential application programs(e.g. email messages and Contacts exported/backed-up to an external thumb or hard drive).
  • FYI – The Windows Essentials suite of products (fka Windows Live Essentials) had a lifespan of just short of 10 years(first released in May 2007 as ‘Windows Live Installer’ comprising of the unified(web based) installers for Messenger, Mail, and Writer)

 

Revisions:

March 24, 2017: Initial Draft Date

March 26, 2017: Initial Publish Date

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1607(Anniversary Update) Build 14393 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1607 Build 14393.10  (1607’s initial release)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
          • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
          • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

 

Additional Information:

 

 

Revisions:

February 2, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date