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BROKEN UPDATE I: The Microsoft update KB4480970 has broken my remote access to Windows 7:

After the recent Patch Tuesday Windows 7 updates of 8th Jan, remote networking fails. Two of my Linux Ubuntu 18.04 machines failed to connect after the update. See a more detailed description of the problem.

Comment by George Guel:

This is what finally worked for me:

An analysis of the issue was published on the German admin website Administrator.de. The analysis confirms the network share issue and that it is caused by the installation of KB4480960 or KB4480970.

The issue is triggered only if the user attempting to make the connection is an administrator on the machine that hosts the Share. If the user is "just" a user on the device that hosts the share, the connection should be fine.

A workaround has been published to address the issue. It modifies the Windows Registry and should be run on the system that hosts the share. Note that you need to run it from an elevated command prompt.

reg add HKLM­\SOFTWARE­\Microsoft­\Windows­\CurrentVersion­\Policies­\system /v LocalAccount­TokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Then reboot the PC.

The Registry entry defines how administrator credentials are applied for remote access. A value of 1 sets the restrictions to Audit mode.

Removal of the updates† resolves the issue as well but will remove the security patches on the target system that Microsoft released in January 2019.

I used the "reg add" command. After I rebooted the computer I was able to use remote desktop and connect remotely to the network shares. I hope this can help someone else.

George Guel

Microsoft's reply:

"We are aware of this incident and are presently investigating it. We will provide an update when available."

Footnote from "WildBill" on AskWoody:

I'll wait for the Computerworld article, but the tinfoil-hat guy in my brain says this is just the beginning of a MS plot to irritate Windows 7 users monthly. Why? To upgrade to Win 10 whatever, of course! "See? Windows 7 is old & starting to break down. Don't stay unprotected in 2020, upgrade to Windows 10 ASAP. It's better now!"

The above registry fix worked for me, thankfully — [ Ed ].


BROKEN UPDATE II: †Uninstalling a KB update, say KB4480970:

Open a new command prompt as Administrator.

Type the following command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:4480970

The update is now uninstalled.

Wusa.exe is the Windows Update Standalone Installer. The wusa.exe file is in the %windir%­\System32 folder. The Windows Update Standalone Installer uses the Windows Update Agent API to install and remove update packages.


Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Jan 15th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Web Design - Saturday Jan 19th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone

The 19th is our first Web Design meeting for 2019. Over the break we have had an e-mail discussion on web site security. Google is insisting on calling any non-HTTPS site insecure. That means that our club site could be listed as insecure. John Lucke has agreed to give us a run down on HTTPS and how it works.

Here's a link to a Sitepoint article on the basics of what HTTPS is.


We will also have a discussion on what we would like to do this year. I have been following an e-mail course on Responsive web design which came with a small booklet. It recommended a few free web design tools we could look at.

So I hope to see you all on the 19th.

Steve South

Meetings Next Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Jan 22nd - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Digital Photography - Friday Jan 25th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Meetings This Month:

1 2019/01/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Jan, Saturday - Penrith Group
2 2019/01/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Friday Forum
3 2019/01/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Communications
4 2019/01/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Jan, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
5 2019/01/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Jan, Saturday - Web Design
6 2019/01/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Jan, Tuesday - Main Meeting
7 2019/01/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Jan, Friday - Digital Photography

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Tech News:

“Windows 10 Home Will Finally Let You Pause Updates”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman JANUARY 4, 2019, 9:15PM EDT.

Only Windows 10 Professional users can pause Windows updates today, but that's about to change. Windows 10 Home users will soon be able to pause updates for up to seven days.

This feature should arrive for everyone when the next release of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1, is finished. It should be released sometime around April 2019. Paul Thurrott first noticed this change, and it's something Microsoft didn't mention in any Windows Insider blog posts.

Of course, there's a limit: You can only pause updates for seven days at a time. To do so, you'll just head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. There's now a "Pause Updates for 7 days" option here, and it works on Windows 10 Home.

Windows 10 won't install any updates while it's paused. However, when you unpause updates — either when the seven day period expires or if you click the "Resume updates" button — Windows will immediately check for updates and install them.

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“What Is CES, and Why Should I Care?”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman JANUARY 6, 2019, 6:40AM EDT

The Consumer Electronics Show happens every year in early January, and it's hard to keep up with all the gadget news during CES. But what exactly is CES, can you go, and why should you care?

What Is CES?

CES is the "Consumer Electronics Show." It's held in Las Vegas each year in early January. The first CES happened more than fifty years ago.

More than 182,000 people attend CES, with more than 4,400 companies showing off their products. That's according to the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES. Individuals and companies come from all over the world to attend.

The show is enormous, and it sprawls out across the city of Las Vegas. There are two massive show floors covering the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and Sands Expo center, making up more than 2.75 million square feet of space in total. On top of that, many companies have private suites at the hotels where they show off their products by invitation only.

So Can I Go?

Sorry! Despite the name, CES isn't actually for consumers. It's an industry convention centered around consumer electronics, not an electronics show for consumers. It brings together everyone from technology journalists to big companies, startups, suppliers, purchasers, and other businesses.

To register and gain admission, you have to convince the Consumer Technology Association of your industry credentials.


Look, let's be honest: If you're not involved in the technology industry, you shouldn't care about CES. CES is an industry event. It pops up in the news because journalists are getting hands-on with the latest products, and you might be interested in those products.

CES is a deluge of news and products, many of which will never be released or may not be released for a while. Not all of them are interesting. Do you want to see ten different smart dog collars that monitor your pet's fitness activity? Do you want an Alexa-enabled kitchen faucet so you can turn the water on and off by speaking a command? Do you want yet another "smart assistant," a bunch of selfie sticks, or an autonomous drone? What about a huge number of basically identical smart TVs, some of which run Firefox OS for some reason? Perhaps you're interested in a smart trash can, or a huge and expensive laundry folding robot? We've seen all those things at CES.

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“Windows 10 Will Soon "Reserve" 7 GB of Your Storage for Updates”:

See the How-To Geek article by JOSH HENDRICKSON @canterrain JANUARY 8, 2019, 2:49PM EDT.

Windows Updates need a lot of disk space, which is a problem on devices with small amounts of internal storage. Microsoft is fixing this by "reserving" some disk space for updates in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1.

Microsoft has been pushing cheap laptops with small hard drives for years now. But anyone who has ever used one has quickly run into a major issue: They usually don't have enough storage left over to install major updates. This leaves them without important patches, security fixes, and new features. While you shouldn't update to the latest version of Windows on the first day, you do want to eventually get there. So this is a serious problem.

Right now, the workaround is to either delete as many files and programs as possible or download the update to external storage. Neither answer is always easy, especially for a college student who has a cheap device, no USB drive, and a need to keep all their files and programs.

Microsoft is trying to address this with a method that is bound to be controversial. Starting in the next major release (and available to Insiders now), Microsoft will reserve at least 7 gigabytes of space on your hard drive.

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Bob Backstrom
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