KB3184143 Update to Remove Get Windows 10 Offer

September 22nd, 2016

I disabled the Windows 10 upgrade offers on my Windows 7 PC a long time ago, but it sounds like this latest update will take care of them for good.

Microsoft released the update KB3184143 “Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer” yesterday which uninstalls several related and no longer needed updates on machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Get Windows 10 helped push the company’s Windows 10 operating system for a year thanks to a free offer and malware-like behavior at times.

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Disable Automatic Reboot after Windows Updates in Windows 10

September 20th, 2016

This trick proves very useful in cases where an unplanned reboot of a PC might disrupt a critical capability …

One of the most frustrating experiences on Windows is the operating system’s default updating behavior. Windows is configured to download and install patches automatically when they become available. Many require a restart before they are fully installed on the system, and Windows will restart the system automatically if that is the case. While you can delay the inevitable restart if you are in front of the PC at that time, there is little that you can do about it if you are not.

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HP Firmware Update Blocks Non-HP Ink Cartridges

September 19th, 2016

Apparently there’s no fix for this problem either. I guess the only solution is to avoid HP products like the plague the next time you need to buy a laser printer.

HP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company’s Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless. HP customers began to complain about the issue on September 13, 2016 on various online forums, the official HP forum, and on community sites like Reddit. All reported that a HP Officejet printer blocked non-HP ink cartridges from working, and that the device displayed one of the following messages to the user:

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Check to See if Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phone Might Explode

September 16th, 2016

OK, OK, I’ll admit it. This doesn’t have much to do with network technology, but it’s Friday, and I couldn’t resist the headline of this article.

There has been lots of talk already about the battery issue of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The faulty battery of select Galaxy Note 7 devices may explode, and several have exploded already. While some reports were exaggerated, Note exploded in the hands of a child, footage was uploaded online that showed a burning jeep which an exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone allegedly ignited.

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Microsoft Kill Switch for Windows 10 Insider Versions

September 15th, 2016

If you’re running an insider version of Windows 10, you might want to check this article out …

Microsoft revealed yesterday that it will kill old Windows 10 Insider versions that are expired so that devices won’t boot killed builds anymore. The company’s Insider program is designed to give users and companies a chance to test new builds of the Windows 10 operating system before they become available on the stable channel, and to provide Microsoft with data that it can use to fix or modify features.

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KB3189866 Stuck at 45% or 95%? Install it Manually Instead

September 14th, 2016

Microsoft will most likely address this problem eventually, but in the meantime, a manual update will take care of it.

Reports are coming in that the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, KB3189866 won’t install properly when Windows Update is being used. Users who experience the issue notice that the update stalls at 45% or 95% most of the time, and that it won’t continue with the installation after that point. The usual options to resolve update issues are not helping in this case. Restarting the computer, running Microsoft’s Windows Troubleshooter, clearing the update cache, or resetting Windows update settings don’t help as the update remains stuck whenever Windows begins to download it.

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PayPal Digital Gift Cards Code Leak

September 13th, 2016

Given the popularity of Gift Cards as a target for scams, it’s kind of surprising that PayPal allowed a simple leak like this to happen in the first place.

PayPal is not only a dominating force when it comes to making online transactions between individuals and companies, it also branched of in other areas such as gift cards. You may visit the site PayPal Gifts to purchase gift cards for various popular online and offline services using a PayPal account. The service has a security issue currently that is caused by an improperly configured server, or more precisely, a robots.txt file.

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Tweak the Windows 10 Taskbar

September 12th, 2016

The part that surprises me is that a Windows 7 taskbar management app still works on Windows 10.

You may tweak the Windows 10 taskbar to change or remove functionality using a program called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. The Windows 10 Taskbar offers nearly identical functionality as the taskbar in Windows 7. As you may know, Microsoft made several important changes to the taskbar behavior when it launched Windows 7. One primary change was the ability to pin programs and other files to the taskbar.

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