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  1. Windows updates will soon be able to be delayed for up to 35 days. For RVrs and others this allows them to download from free WiFi instead of using their paid data plans. Windows pro can still defer all system upgrades and get only the security updates as I do with my main system. Excerpt: "Microsoft could finally be solving one of Windows 10's biggest irritations: automatic updates. Winaero’s Sergey Tkachenko noticed a new feature that would allow users to delay an update for up to 35 days in a recent leaked build of the Windows 10 Creator Update." More details here: http://gizmodo.com/microsoft-might-finally-kill-automatic-windows-10-updat-1790565593
  2. We have the following devices in our motor home: 1 - Lenovo Yoga, W10 1 - Apple MacBook Pro, latest OS 2 - LG tablets, Android 1 - iPad, iOS9 1 - iPhone, iOS 9 1 - Samsung S6, Android 1 - Nexus 7, Android 1 - Apple TV, who knows So we were gone for 2 months in the summer, everything except LG tablets, Lenova Yoga, iPhone and Samsung phone turned off. These were updated as we could while we were overseas. When I got back I turned my Verizon system back on. During the next 2 days, I used 3Gig of data just to update all the software. That does NOT include the 6G update to the latest MacBook OS! I actually deleted Pages, Numbers etc. on the iPad as they also used over 2Gig to update just those programs. Wasn't using it anyway. I am going to turn off all automatic updates wherever possible, go get some coffee at Starbucks, and use their data as much as we can. A side note, Verizon does not have a rollover data so I had 30G of monthly date that expired (15G per month) so the month I got back I was low on usable data very quickly. I have added a T-Mobil plan with rollover, works real well so far, and I'll do a side by side comparison for a month to see how it all shakes out (T-Mobil is much cheaper than Verizon, and has rollover). So far, it has worked well even in iffy areas, == John
  3. Whoa! Microsoft is in rare form the past three months. This is the worst string of updates that are Microsoft' fault, I've seen in recent memory. I've been lucky in that I haven't seen any problems, but that is luck this time. since the layoffs, and the departure f Ballmer, the changes made allowing a new division to be in charge of their own updates doesn't seem to be working. I'll do 10 in any event and make my own decisions. But they need to get their spit together if they want to stay in business. Saying that other OS' have had bad patches, or done more damage, as we see in comments after this article and others is making excuses for MS. Saying one hates MS or uses Linux sounds like what we see in may places and sometimes here. Neither contribute to the topic, solve anything. But I have to criticize them for dropping the ball too many times in the past days since the new CEO took over. No choice but to be patient. For those with problems, here is the corrected, updated, struck through,and ongoing ZDNet article with the latest info. Excerpt: "We have had an absolute deluge of problem updates from Redmond recently and some have been serious. What's up at Microsoft? The last several months have seen a disturbing string of problems in updates released for Microsoft products. Last week we saw three four. It's time to worry about what's behind it all. This isn't the first time I've brought this up. In Summer of last year Microsoft had buggy Patch Tuesday updates three months in a row. There had been others that year, some of which crippled systems. The following list includes problems observed in just the last six months: •Microsoft's June patches broke Office Click-to-Run for some •August Windows updates cause systems to go into reboot loops (among other problems) •September Lync server security update may not install successfully •A file synch issue in OneDrive for Business force Microsoft to pull and reissue an update •An update to add SHA-2 hashing to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could cause system reboots •New ciphers included with a security update to Schannel caused connections to drop and programs to become unresponsive •October updates to Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 could stop fields from updating (*) •An Exchange 2010 update issued in December could stop Outlook from connecting to the server. It was withdrawn and reissued •December update KB3004394 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 can cause an inability to install future updates •December update KB2553154 for Office 2010 disables ActiveX controls Update on December 15: They keep coming. KB3008923 describes problems with MS14-080, the December Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer: Known issues with this security update •We are aware of some reports of functional issues on sites that use nested modal dialog boxes on Internet Explorer 11 that occur after you install this security update. Microsoft is researching this issue and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available. •We are aware of some limited reports of Internet Explorer 9 crashing after you apply this security update. Microsoft is researching this issue and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available. The MS14-080 security bulletin itself has no mention of any problems" More in the article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/has-microsoft-stopped-testing-their-updates/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61
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