Tag Archive | Windows

Windows 10: Disable updates from non Microsoft sources

By default Windows 10 will gather updates to the OS not only from Microsoft but from other machines that have the updates. This is enabled by default and automatically adds your workstation as an updater of Windows 10 machines.

We recommend disabling this entirely or at least changing the setting to “PCs on my local network”.

The settings can be changed under Settings, Updates, Windows Updates, Choose how updates are delivered:

W10 Updates

Two citical updates for Windows released

MS15-056 updated Internet Explorer and fixed 24 vulnerabilities by “preventing browser histories from being accessed by a malicious site,” as well as “adding additional permission validations to Internet Explorer [and] modifying how Internet Explorer handles objects in memory,” the release said, noting that “customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

MS15-057 plugged a hole in Windows with which attackers could seize control remotely of a system if Windows Media Player “opens specially crafted media content that is hosted on a malicious website.”

These patches should be installed on all systems and are available from Windows Update. Inaddition to these Microsoft has released six non-critical updates.

Source: MS15-056 , MS15-057

Windows 10 releasing on July 29

Microsoft revealed this morning that Windows 10 will be released to customers on July 29, 2015 as part of a free upgrade offer and with new PCs. This date is when the free upgrade promotion for one year begins.

Windows 10 AnnouncementMicrosoft has also started deploying a software-based reservation system so that current Windows users can automatically register to receive the free update on their existing PCs.

Starting today users of eligible systems will start seeing an Icon in the taskbar of Windows 7 and * workstations.

We DO NOT recommend anyone who uses their PC for business applications sign up for this program. It is imperative that your business critical applications be tested prior to migrating to Windows 10. If you do reserve your copy now your system will automatically download a 3GB setup at some point prior to July 29.

You can now install a “clean” version of windows on a machine purchased through a retailer

If you have purchased a Laptop or Desktop with Windows installed in the last ten years you have probably received this machine with not only Microsoft Windows preinstalled but with a host of other software as well. Usually McAfee, Symantec or other Antivirus trials and any number of obscure or well known type software you probably never use.

New PC users either spent the first two hours with their new machine uninstalling this unwanted software or they simply leave it there in many cases using resources that are better utilized by software they are using.

The reason for this preinstalled software of course is financial. The margins of PCs has been moving steadily down and PC makers (Dell, HP, Acer etc) install this software not as a favor to these software providers but as a source of alternative revenue.

Microsoft has now released the software so that users of retail PCs can download “clean” installation media to allow you to wipe away the original installation and install your retail version of Microsoft Windows. There are some caveats of course. You must have the retail Key and it is not supported for Enterprise licenses. The links to the pages for supported operating systems are below:

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

January Patch Tuesday includes critical patch for telnet

A Vulnerability in Windows User Profile Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege. All clients should ensure their systems are patched tonight.

Source: Microsoft Support

Unscheduled critical Windows Server update released

While last week was the scheduled “patch tuesday” for November and saw major exploit patched, another has been patched today. The patch will fix the unnamed Elevation of Privilege issue for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. We recomend all clients apply the patch. The bulletin ID is MS14-068.

Microsoft launches Skype Qik video chat app

The Skype team at Microsoft has released a new companion app. Often the actual intent of a text based message is indeed lost. There are a host of short video messaging apps out there but now we have an option from a business focused company that works alongside a business class application.

Download here:




Source: Skype Blog