Scheduling Windows 10 Update Reboots

Microsoft will not support manual updates on Windows 10 Home PCs. Instead, all updates are automatically downloaded to your machine and then scheduled to install when your PC is idle. There are some exceptions and workarounds to that, but for most of us updates are a mandatory. The one thing that Microsoft will let you do, however, is decide when your system actually restarts to install the updates.

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Scheduling restarts

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 Windows 10 Schedule Restart

Step 1, Click the Settings app in the Windows 10 Start menu.

Step 2, Click Update & security

Step 3, Click Windows Update

As you can see on the screen above there’s already an option to select a restart time to finish installing an update. But we want to make sure we get notified every time the system requires a reboot. That we don’t have to constantly check-in with the Settings app to see if an update is ready for installation.

Step 4, Click on Advanced options at the bottom of the Windows Update screen. At the top of the next screen you’ll see a drop down menu under Choose how updates are installed.

Step 5, Click the drop down and select Notify to schedule restart.

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Windows Update’s advanced options make the OS notify you in order to schedule a restart.

Step 6, Click the back button in the upper left corner of the Settings app to return to the previous screen.

Step 7, Click the Select a restart time radio button and adjust the fields to your liking. You can choose any time in the next week to restart your system. If you’d rather restart right away there’s a Restart now button towards the bottom of the screen.

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Delete Wi-Fi Networks in Windows from the Command Line

Microsoft has removed the ability to delete Wi-Fi networks from the network list if the network isn’t in range. Manage Wireless Networks is also gone from the control panel. If you want to better manage Wi-Fi networks in Windows 8 / 10, you’ll need to head to the command line.

Forget this network doesn’t appear if the network is not in range. To delete old profiles, you’ll need to use the netsh command line utility.

To see stored wireless profiles, type:
netsh wlan show profiles
This will show a list of saved profiles of your connected WLAN devices. Then you’ll need to write/save/memorize the profile name that you want to change.

To see the stored key (WPA/WEP/etc) of a specific profile:
netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear
You’ll find the key content under security settings.

To delete a stored profile:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]
This will delete the stored profile of every WLAN interface.

If you want to delete the profile of a specific WLAN interface, you need to use the following:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name] interface=[interface name]

To set network priority
netsh wlan set profileorder name=”network_name” interface=”interface_name” priority

Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Windows usually connects to networks in this order – Ethernet, Wi?Fi and then Mobile broadband. Whenever you connect to a new Wi?Fi network, it’s added and stored in the list of profiles by Windows. The details stored in the profile could include its name, password, encryption method used, SSID, etc. Over a period of time this list of profiles can increase. At such a time, or to preserve your privacy, you may want to delete or remove the profiles. In this post we will see how you can remove, delete or forget Wireless Network Profiles using Windows 10 Settings app.

Delete, remove or forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

Press Win+I to open the Settings app. Select Network & Internet. Next click on Wi-Fi in the left panel. There you will see a link Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Click on it.

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In the window which opens, you will see two settings – Wi-Fi Sense and Manage known networks. Under Manage known networks, select the network, and you will see two options – Share and Forget.

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Click on Forget. This will delete the Wireless Network’s profile and connection details.

GMAIL considers Outlook a LESS than Secure APP

When you try to add a new Gmail account in Microsoft Outlook, you encounter the following symptoms:
•You are prompted for authentication, and your credentials are not accepted.

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•You receive the following error message in Outlook:
Your IMAP server wants to alert you to the following: Please log in via your web browser:
http://support.google.com/mail/accounts/bing/answer.py?answer=78754 (Failure)

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This is what it took to get it fixed
Log into your Gmail account on the web,
Then open a second tab to: admin.google.com
Click on the Security

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Click on Basic Settings

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Click on Go to Settings for Less Secure Apps

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Make sure check box is check to Allow access for less secure apps

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Now go back to your web email window
Open a second tab to: myaccount.google.com
Click on Sign-in & Security
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Make sure the slider is pushed to the Right (Turned ON) Allow less secure apps

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That should fix it!!

 

 

Why people who call ad blockers extortionists have got it WRONG

The internet went nuts last week after many people discovered that not only does Adblock Plus — one of the most popular ad blockers — not block all ads, but that it charges internet advertising companies and publishers to get themselves on its whitelist.

Adblock has actually been charging companies for a placement on its “Acceptable Ads” list — which means the ads abide by a policy that stipulates they must not be intrusive to the user experience.

The company won’t confirm how much it charges customers as it has individual, confidential contracts with each of the 70 or so companies it accepts payment from. Earlier this year, The Financial Times reported companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon were paying Adblock a fee of “30% of the additional ad revenues” they would have made were their ads unblocked.

On one hand, you can see why the publisher and advertising community might be annoyed. Adblock has essentially erected toll booths on the internet, and the only way to prevent Adblock from siphoning off revenue is to pay at the gate.

But many people fail to look at what Adblock is doing from the polar opposite view.

The view of an Adblock Plus customer

A top executive at a company that helps publishers make money from ads, which pays a “significant” amount to Adblock each year told Business Insider it is “happy” with the partnership.

Ultimately, he thinks the benefits outweigh the costs

“Our customers asked us over the years: ‘what can we do to to help monetize blocked traffic?’ So when we were approved as part of Adblock Acceptable Ads agreement, we felt fortunate that we were adding a service. If we can provide incremental revenue because some of our customers’ ads were being blocked, then believed we were doing what we’re supposed to be doing. We’re providing value to the publishers and the users. You pay because the alternative is zero,” said the executive, who asked for neither him nor his company to be

We also asked whether he sympathized with those people who accuse Adblock of extortion because it’s charging companies to remove something that wouldn’t even be a problem if Adblock didn’t exist.

He thinks those people need to look beyond blocking and realize what Adblock has done to actually benefit (yes, benefit!) the advertising sector: “We think that Adblock helped spark a conversation about what is a good ad experience, between pop-ups, privacy, tracking, and more — which is a good thing.”

Change your Windows 10 Screen Saver

By default, Windows 10 Screen Saver will start displaying saved pictures that are on your computer, some users may not want this default.

Step 1: Open Settings app. To open it, open Start and then click Settings. The Settings app can also be launched with the help of Windows + I keyboard shortcut.

 

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Step 2: Click on Personalization category to navigate to the same.

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Step 3: On the left-side, click Lock screen to see Lock screen related settings on the right-side.
Step 4: Scroll down to see Screen Saver Settings link. Click on Screen Saver Settings link to open the classic Screen Saver Settings dialog.

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Change Screen Resolution Windows 10

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Display on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced display settings link at the bottom of the right side.

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3. Select the display that you want to change the screen resolution of. If you are not sure which display belongs to what number, then you can click/tap on the Identify link to have each display’s number appear briefly to see.

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4. Under Resolution, move the slider left or right to select a screen resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080) that you want for the selected display, and click/tap on Apply.

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Why System Restore is Important in Windows 10

System Restore has served an important role for many users over the past 15 years of Windows, but it may be especially important for Windows 10 users in mission critical environments. In the lead up to the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has revealed that most Windows 10 users will be required to apply system updates via the Windows Update service.
Microsoft has long used Windows Update to deliver security patches, bug fixes, and new features to users, and most users were strongly urged to accept the updates as they became available. But a measurable number of Windows users failed to update in a timely manner, and there was nothing Microsoft could do to force these users to upgrade.
Some users had good reasons to delay or avoid applying Windows updates: updates could potentially conflict with certain software or hardware, particularly in large businesses where custom software and configurations are common, and some updates were known to have bugs that caused crashes or system instability. Other users simply neglected proper maintenance procedures and chose to leave their PCs unpatched.
Whatever the reason for avoiding Windows Updates, large numbers of Windows installations are currently running without the latest updates, a problem that creates a significant security vulnerability and one that Microsoft seeks to fix with Windows 10. Here’s how the Windows 10 update situation breaks down:
For all intents and purposes, there are three versions of Windows 10 that will be running on PCs this year: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Enterprise. Most consumers will get their free upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Pro based on the version of Windows 7 or 8 they are currently running.

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Windows 10 Home users will be required by the Windows EULA to accept and install all security and feature updates that Microsoft releases. Some options exist to delay the installation of these updates for a short period of time, but Windows 10 Home users will get all Windows updates soon after they are released.
Windows 10 Pro users, on the other hand, have a little bit more flexibility, but it comes with a pretty big catch. These users can defer Windows updates for up to 8 months by electing to join the Current Branch for Business (CBB), an update roadmap intended for businesses that need to manage and schedule updates for large groups of mission critical systems. Beyond that maximum 8-month staging period, however, Windows 10 Pro users won’t be able to receive any future security fixes or feature improvements until they’ve accepted all previous updates.
Out of these three primary versions of Windows 10, only Windows 10 Enterprise users have the ability to truly defer updates, and they can do so for years while still receiving support from Microsoft. This was a necessary concession by Microsoft, of course, to ensure that enterprise customers have the flexibility to accommodate their unique needs, and Windows 10 Enterprise customers are paying for the privilege, as this version of Windows is ineligible for the free upgrade offer.
This move by Microsoft to force most Windows 10 users to accept updates will likely be a positive change overall — preventing and combating security threats will be easier once the majority of Windows users are running the latest version of the operating system — but it’s sure to cause issues for some users, especially in the early days. That’s where System Restore comes in.
Chances are that you’ll be running a version of Windows 10 covered by Microsoft’s mandatory update policy. In addition to proper user backups (you’re keeping good backups of your data, right?) and the recovery tools included in Windows 10, System Restore can provide another layer of security if one of these upcoming mandatory Windows updates has an inherent problem, or at the very least causes a compatibility issue unique to your PC and configuration. You’ll need to give up a small portion of your drive for system restore points, but it’s likely that you won’t give that small sacrifice a second thought if a future botched update forces you to turn to System Restore.
We hope that Microsoft eventually sorts out this new process for updating Windows, and that future updates are extremely reliable. Until then, however, it’s almost a certainty that some Windows 10 updates will slip through with potentially catastrophic bugs and compatibility issues. Absent abandoning Windows entirely, users will be forced to accept this new reality, and while the vast majority of users will be completely fine, it won’t hurt to have a handy System Restore point standing by in case of trouble.

Turn ON System Restore in Windows 10

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System Restore is available and fully functional in Windows 10. However, the bad news is that this feature is turned off by default. Even worse, the interface to enable and manage System Restore is relatively hidden in the legacy Control Panel, and isn’t something that a typical user will stumble upon while browsing the new Windows 10 Settings app. That leaves users on their own to eventually discover the feature, hear about it from colleagues, or find an article like this one on the Web.
While there are new update and restore features built in to Windows 10, including the option to roll the system back entirely to the previous version of Windows, System Restore may still be a good choice for many users. Here’s how you can enable System Restore in Windows 10.
The easiest way to find the System Restore configuration window in Windows 10 is to simply search for it via the Start Menu. Just click on the Search or Cortana icon in your desktop taskbar, or tap the Windows Key on your keyboard, and type System Restore.

Valley Computer 206.730.1111 System Restore Windows 10

You’ll see a search result appear labeled Create a restore point. Click it and you’ll be taken directly to the System Protection tab of the System Properties window, which is where System Restore options are located. Alternatively, you can navigate to this same location via Control Panel > System > System Protection.

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If you’ve used System Restore in a previous version of Windows, you’ll recognize the interface. All eligible drives will be listed in the “Protection Settings” portion of the window, and you’ll need to manually enable System Restore on each drive you want protected. Due to the nature of System Restore, however, most users will only need to enable it on their primary C drive to gain adequate protection.
To enable System Restore in Windows 10, select your desired drive from the list and click Configure. In the new window that appears, click the option labeled Turn on system protection.
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System Restore is useless without drive space in which to store its restore points, of course, so you’ll also need to reserve a portion of your drive for this purpose in the Disk Space Usage section of the window. As you drag the slider to the right, you’ll see the designated usage space represented both in actual size as well as a percentage of your drive. The more space you assign to System Restore, the more restore points you’ll have at your disposal in the event of a critical system issue. Assigning too much space, however, limits what’s available to you for applications and user data, so be sure to strike a good balance. On all but the smallest of drives, we recommend reserving at least 10GB for System Restore.
With your changes made, click Apply and then OK to save your new configuration and close the window. System Restore will now be enabled for your selected drive, and you can let it operate automatically in the background or manually create restore points as desired. If you ever encounter an issue and need to perform a System Restore, just head back to this same window and click System Restore to launch the restore interface. Of note, in the event of catastrophic issues where Windows is no longer bootable, you can access your system restore points from the Windows 10 recovery environment.

How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC’s bandwidth

By default, Windows 10 turns your PC into a server for distributing updates to other machines. Using the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) option, you could download a Windows update once, then use that machine to spread the update to all the PCs on your local network. Unfortunately, the settings for the new P2P option default to sharing with other computers over the Internet, not just ones on your network
How to disable P2P updates in Windows 10
First, open the Start Menu and select Settings, then click Updates & Security.Valley Computer Systems 206.730.1111
Make sure Windows Update is selected in the left-hand navigation pane (it’s the default when you open Updates & Security) and then click Advanced Options in the main pane.
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You’ll see a lot of options and checkboxes. Peruse them if you’d like, but for today’s task, you’ll want to click on Choose how updates are delivered.
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Now you’re on the page with the options that legislate how Windows 10 handles P2P updates. By default, Windows 10 will both send and receive updates from devices on your network and the Internet at large.
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It’s the latter option that’s the potential data cap destroyer. Using the options on this page, you can opt to only allow P2P updates among machines on your local network, or disable them completely and rely on Microsoft’s servers alone—just like the good ol’ days.