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Hello and Welcome,

Daytime Main Meeting this week:

Please remember, our Main Meeting this week is Tuesday, July 16, from 12.30pm to 3.30 pm.


Windows 10 version 1903 Update — REPORT:

Friday, July 12: The Windows 10 Update and Security Settings page showed three "Patch Tuesday" fixes waiting to install, so we let it do that, rebooting afterwards.

Then before attempting any Feature Updates (i.e. for Windows 10 version 1903), we decided to check the system files using the "sfc /scannow" (or System File Check) command. This ran perfectly, giving the message "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations" — so comforting.

To be thorough, we decided to reboot and run it again — with the exact same perfect result.

This time there was a message that the Feature Update, 1903, was indeed ready to install. We had to click the "Download and install now" button to prove that we really wanted this update.

We watched the slow-climbing download percent for a couple of hours to about 1pm — into the start of the Communications SIG meeting. So far so good.

Another reboot and more (driver?) software to install. A final reboot took us to about 3:15 pm or so (with just two members staying after the end of the Comms SIG watching the install). A quick check on the System Settings page and yes, it says 1903. We tried the New Edge and Vivaldi browsers which worked †well, so it's just a matter of testing the rest of the system thoroughly over the next few days.

We did, of course, have an image backup on hand (~ 4 weeks old), but we need a System Recovery DVD (which we think we'll find in our Desktop storage room). Oh, and it would be nice to try out a system recovery run (on a separate disk, of course) in case anything should go wrong. We could plan that for later meetings.


†See the Edge oddity described in the paragraphs, below.

Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Jul 16th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

We'd like to keep testing the new Windows 10 version 1903 to be sure that everything works as expected. We'll look up the list of new features available and see how they all work.

The one feature that we know does not work is the "Reading View" mode in the new Edge Browser: Open a Newsletter in Edge and click on the "Reading View" icon (the picture of an open book). Suddenly you have the whole year's Newsletters displayed in a very long web-page instead of the single Newsletter page you had a moment ago. What a strange bug.

Any other Windows 10 test suggestions would be welcome.

Main Meeting - Tuesday Jul 16th - 12:30 pm (1:00 pm meeting start) - 3:30 pm  - DAYTIME-MEETING

The meeting will feature the Network-attached Storage (NAS) by Synology.

Web Design - Saturday Jul 20th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Continuing tutorials and member discussions about HTML and CSS for web-pages.

Meeting Next Week:

Digital Photography - Friday Jul 26th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

47 2019/07/06 - 14:00-17:00 - 06 Jul, Saturday - Penrith Group
48 2019/07/09 - 17:30-20:30 - 09 Jul, Tuesday - Programming
49 2019/07/12 - 09:30-12:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Friday Forum
50 2019/07/12 - 12:30-15:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Communications
51 2019/07/16 - 09:30-12:30 - 16 Jul, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
52 2019/07/16 - 12:30-15:30 - 16 Jul, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
53 2019/07/20 - 13:30-16:30 - 20 Jul, Saturday - Web Design
54 2019/07/26 - 09:30-12:30 - 26 Jul, Friday - Digital Photography

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Tech News:

“How do I remove malware from my Windows laptop?”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See The Guardian article by Jack Schofield Thu 11 Jul 2019 17.00 AEST.

Don's laptop is infected with malware and he'd like a clean machine, what's the best way?

"What's the cheapest way to get my Windows laptop swept and cleaned out of malware etc?" Don.

There are two obvious ways to clean a Windows laptop, and both of them are free. The first is to run a number of anti-malware programs to find and remove the bad stuff. The second is to reset it to factory condition.

Most people take the software approach. This can take quite a long time, but you don't have to re-install all your programs and data.

If you don't have a lot of programs and data to restore, then a reset could be quicker. In this case, you can either use Windows 10's built-in reset system or take the nuclear option of reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch. I recommend the nuclear option for bad virus infections and for laptops that only have 32GB of built-in storage. It's also the best option if you are going to sell a laptop, or give it away.


Assuming you run antivirus software and have a firewall turned on, you can generally avoid Windows malware by keeping all your software up to date — which I do — and by not making any silly mistakes. Today, this seems to apply even if the only antivirus software you run is Microsoft's Windows Defender. Which in my case, it is.

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“Windows 10 preview tests password-free sign-ins”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the Engadget article by Jon Fingas | @jonfingas | 07.10.19 in Personal Computing.

It's just your face, a finger or a PIN after that.

Microsoft is taking its disdain for passwords to a new level. It just released a Windows 10 preview for Fast ring Insiders that gives you the option to make all accounts on a particular device "passwordless" when logging into the operating system. Flick a switch in settings (under Accounts -> Sign-in options) and a password won't work at all. You'll have to use Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprint detection, a PIN code or a physical security key to unlock your system. If you don't already have Hello enabled, Microsoft will walk you though it the next time you sign in.

The feature is only available on a "small portion" of users' PCs at the moment, so it may take a week or more to see it. And since this is the Fast ring, you shouldn't be surprised if there are any bugs.

There are other reasons to consider the release, at least. The Your Phone screen feature now works with more Surface devices, right up to newer hardware like the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2. You can also quickly create calendar events from the taskbar. So long as you're prepared for glitches, this could be a meaningful sneak peek at where Windows is going in the near future.

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“Microsoft Windows 10 update may take 50m PCs off the Net”:

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese Monday, 08 July 2019 07:21.

A Microsoft update for Windows 10, issued on 27 June, could result in breaking the installations of more than 50 million users, with the company warning that applying the update could cause the remote access connection manager to stop working.

The company has committed to providing a fixed version of this update only by late July.

Known as RASMAN, the tool controls how Windows 10 connects to the Internet and is needed for virtual private network services to run as they should.

On its support page, Microsoft said the glitch would only affect those who had updated to the latest version of Windows 10 which is 1903.

"The Remote Access Connection Manager (RASMAN) service may stop working and you may receive the error '0xc0000005' on devices where the diagnostic data level is manually configured to the non-default setting of 0," the company warned.

"You may also receive an error in the Application section of Windows Logs in Event Viewer with Event ID 1000 referencing 'svchost.exe_RasMan' and 'rasman.dll'‌."

"This issue only occurs when a VPN profile is configured as an Always On VPN (AOVPN) connection with or without device tunnel. This does not affect manual only VPN profiles or connections."

From Twitter:

Yusuf Mehdi | @yusuf_i_mehdi

Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million #Windows10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows.


3:00 AM - Mar 8, 2019

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PS: We don't use the Remote Access Connections Manager (RASMAN), so it won't affect our installation — Ed.

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Bob Backstrom
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