The ups and downs of Trump [mostly down]

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned from his position on the campaign. The writing on the wall was there once Steve Bannon became campaign “CEO” – something Manafort was doing essentially. Bannon has no political campaign experience.

Trump has apologized for his previous remarks but some will say that this is just a temporary uptick for him as he will go back to his usual style. Whether or not CEO Steve Bannon suggested the change, nobody would know.

Trump’s former campaign chairman, Manafort, helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy. Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department.  Trump also promoted his pollster to campaign manager.

The New York Times published a detailed analysis of Trump’s business dealings and found that his real estate holdings are racked in debt. The report into the “financial maze” of Trump’s business dealings found that companies he owns have accrued $650 million in debt. The Avenue of the Americas building in Manhattan that is partially owned by Trump has a loan of $950 million owed to two who he has criticized about – China and Goldman Sachs [Clinton was once paid her $675,000 in speaking fees].

Trump, softening his stance, is starting to flip flop on things he said towards the beginning of the campaign. For example, he wanted to boot all [approximately] illegal 11 million people living in the US by using a “deportation force”. Now he says he wants to be “fair, but firm” toward them. Then he said “I just want to follow the law.” Trump indicated he was open to considering allowing those who have not committed crimes, beyond their immigration offenses, to obtain some form of legal status.

Trump’s first television ad of the general election specifically singles out illegal immigrants with criminal records, claiming that, if Clinton is elected, “Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” – which she has never indicated anything like that. [Some things never change!] His plans for a Mexican wall are still on.

The black vote dislikes so much, it is lower than the Libertarian and Green Party candidates at just under 2%. Jeez, low enough that even hard rocker, Alice Cooper, jokingly running again for president could get more black votes.

Trump’s campaign raised $64 million that way in July alone — the vast majority of which goes to his campaign, not the Republican Party.

Reports surfaced that disgraced Fox News executive Roger Ailes is serving as an informal debate adviser to Trump. Ailes recently stepped down from Fox amid a swirl of sexual harassment allegations and accusations that he used his power to spy on adversaries.

Trump and Pence went to tour the flooded areas near Gonzalez, LA with an 18 wheeler donated full of items [we will assume spent by himself]. Some wonder [sounds like something Trump would say!] if it is a bit of a vote bribe already.

A man who identified himself as half-Indian was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally recently out of concern that he was a protester, but the man insisted he was a Trump supporter and said he feels that he was racially profiled. A Muslim woman, was also kicked out of the same rally. She had been escorted from at least one Trump rally in the past for peacefully protesting.

Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has placed The Daily Mail and other news organizations “on notice… for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an escort in the 1990s,” Charles Harder, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement.

A Slovenian magazine that claimed a New York modeling agency that once represented Trump “also operated as an escort agency for wealthy clients.”

Trump supporters are running out of idea. After Trump said earlier that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS”, Trump minions are coming out with excuses about her. Giuliani said that she “looks sick” [as if he’s a medical doctor] or digging old information such as her fall in 2012 [an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration]. Trump is older than Clinton.

Trump has yet to pass some of the donations received to the various GOP organizations. He has sent some money to non-battle states such as New York and Connecticut – where he has little chance of winning.

A [obviously] conservative super PAC was renamed “Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC” once their candidate Ted Cruz lost the primaries. They are only interested in running anti-Clinton spots and group officials don’t like the label of a “pro-Trump” super PAC. You would figure this PAC would be pro Trump with that name.

Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat and DEF CON, says that the white-hat hacker community is becoming “all political” because of a “fear of the unknown” with US presidential candidate Donald Trump. [A white hat hacker is a computer security specialist who breaks into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security.]

Trump has known to made some creepy comments about his daughter Ivanka. A typical father, for one, wouldn’t be likely to speculate on the future breast size of his toddler, as Trump once did on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” when he was asked what his other daughter Tiffany had inherited from her mother.

In his high school years in a military academy, he received five draft deferments, one of which came as a result of a physician’s letter stating he suffered from bone spurs in his feet. Asked about the deferment at a rally last July, Trump told reporters he could not recall which of his feet was affected. His campaign later said he suffered from the temporary malady in both. [How do you forget bone spurs?]

 

Changes coming to Microsoft updates in October

As of October 2016, Windows will releasing single monthly rollups that will contain both security issues and reliability issues in the single update. The monthly rollup will be released the usual ways but not through the download center. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup. So to be current, you just need the latest rollup.

Over time, Windows will also add patches released in the past to the monthly rollup. Eventually all of the patches Microsoft will be included since the last baseline [unsure at this time what the baseline is] and the monthly rollup will become a fully cumulative update. They are unsure how IE will be included as multiple versions of IE are supported. Flash Player and servicing stack and some specialty updates are not included in the rollups.

As well, from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single security-only update which will collect all of the security patches for that month into a single update. But unlike the monthly rollup, the security-only update will only include new security patches that are released for that month. So at one point you will have 12 related security updates per year plus the latest cumulative update plus an IE update, a Flash update [Windows 8.1 only] and any specialized updates. Nothing else.

The .NET Framework updates will also follow the monthly rollup model with a monthly release that will be known as the .NET Framework Monthly Rollup. This monthly .NET Framework Monthly Rollup will deliver both security and non-security updates to all versions of the .NET Framework as a single monthly update. The Monthly Rollup will not automatically upgrade the base version of the .NET Framework that is installed. A separate security-only update on Microsoft Update Catalog and Windows Server Update Services every month.

Finally, the Microsoft Update Catalog website will be updated to remove the ActiveX requirement so it can work with any browser [it doesn’t work properly with Microsoft’s own Edge!]. Microsoft is expected to launch the updated site soon.

The news applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. As support for Vista and Server 2008 dies next year, they aren’t bothering to follow this schedule. Few reliability [non-security] updates are released for Vista and Server 2008 anyways.

 

And another week of Trump news

Donald Trump says he would implement a new immigration policy proposal under which the U.S. would stop issuing visas in any case where it cannot perform adequate screenings. Ummm. Usually governments do that already. Then he said it would be “extreme vetting” but offered little to no details.

Trump is also expected to propose creating a new, ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate’s stances on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. Wondering how fast that will be challenged in the courts.

An economic policy speech he delivered calling for lower corporate taxes and rolling back federal regulations – two areas which should greatly help his Trump Organization.

“My economic plan includes an across-the-board income tax reduction that helps EVERYONE, especially the middle class.” Tweeted Trump. I wonder how he is also expected to reduce the deficit if less taxes are coming in unless he cuts the budgets throughout the government and heavily.

Trump accuses Obama of being the “founder” of ISIS and Hillary Clinton its “co-founder”. Rudy Giuliani, still losing credibility, said “Before Obama, ISIS was an almost unknown, small little organization. … And here’s why it happened: because he withdrew the troops from Iraq.” Except, ISIS forming [but under different names] go back over 15 years. Giuliani is drinking the Trump Kool-Aid claiming the media is unfair [except Fox of course].

Trump tried to backtrack saying it was “sarcasm” but when he said it in interviews and rallies, for many it didn’t sound like sarcasm. Some right wing interviewers tried to ask him prior to the “sarcasm” comments whether he was joking [or otherwise]. He basically said he wasn’t.

Giuliani, promoting Donald Trump’s national security plan, said that in the “eight years before (President Barack) Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” Do the math. He forgot 9/11. A spokesman for the former mayor told The Associated Press later on that Giuliani was referring to a lack of major attacks during the remainder of George W. Bush’s term. Uh huh.

Trump continues to blame what he calls the “disgusting and corrupt media” for handing him problems instead of taking the blame for his dumb comments. I guess it won’t be easier for him from once the elections are over [either winning or losing] as he pissed off most of the media. I guess he thinks everyone is corrupt [but him]: media, Clinton, election system [well “rigged”], ……

Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, losing credibility fast, defended Trump [some suspect he is in line for a cabinet post if Trump ever became President]. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, acting more like a politician and less like a buffoon, said: “It sounds like just a joke gone bad.”

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says Trump is continuing to raise millions of dollars while travelling to key battleground states — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida — and remains personally “very connected”. But current polls says he is losing in those states.

When Manafort was asked on CNN about one of Trumps recent verbal errors, Manafort [like a good politician] tuned out on the question asked and when on a rant about Clinton.

The New York Times published a report alleging that millions in cash payments were designated for Paul Manafort by Ukrainian leaders during his time as a political consultant there. $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Manafort from [then-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich’s] pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Manafort’s lawyer obviously denied the story.

A group of about 50 Republicans who have served in senior national security and foreign affairs positions in the White House have written a letter encouraging Americans not to vote for Donald Trump. “Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President.” Trump tried to fight back saying “I’m not going to hire these people; I don’t want these people.” I don’t think they wanted to be hired by him.

The possibility of a Clinton victory are compelling enough that dozens of worried Republicans gathered signatures recently for a letter urging the GOP chairman to stop helping Trump and focus on protecting vulnerable House and Senate candidates. I guess those candidates would prefer to save their own skin and not try to get a Republican President. Trump threatened to stop fundraising for the party if they do.

Many people are saying that Trump is using “Many people are saying…” in his speeches because it’s his way of announcing something without having any proof that what he is about to say is true. At least many people are saying that!

Late last year, Putin said that al Qaeda and IS were “actually a U.S. invention.” Putin said the rebels that the United States has armed have sometimes switched to join extremist groups in Syria like the Islamic State.

Trump was open to trying Americans suspected of terrorism at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Asked specifically about U.S. citizens, Trump said he didn’t like that President Barack Obama and others wanted to try them in traditional courts rather than military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.

Unsubstantiated claims about Clinton’s health have gone from chatter on Twitter to an attack line by Trump. Without offering any evidence, Trump said that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS [Islamic State] and all of the many adversaries we face”. Trump, 70, is almost two years older than Clinton and heftier. Last year, in a letter accompanied by test results, her personal doctor Lisa Bardack said “she is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as the president of the United States”. Some coverage comes from right wing media and The National Enquirer [the latter is always right – hah!].

Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula. I guess Trump already thought that Crimea is part of Russia. He also blames Obama for the Russians taking Crimea.

An interviewer pressed Trump on changes to the Republican platform removing calls for the provision of lethal weapons so the people of Ukraine can defend themselves, which Trump said he had nothing to do with – and yet he is the party’s leader. “Just so you understand, he said very nice things about me. But I have no relationship with him. I don’t — I’ve never met him,” said Trump. But in a November 2015 Republican primary debate, Trump had said of Putin: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stalemates.” He’s losing his mind? How can you forget meeting a major foreign leader.

Trump claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin once called President Barack Obama “the N word.” There are no published reports to back up Trump’s claim about Putin’s use of the racially derogatory term.

Jeb Bush’s top adviser, Sally Bradshaw [a long-time GOP member], has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t want to vote for Trump.

After a scolding by Michael Bloomberg [former New York mayor], Trump claimed that Bloomberg’s last term was disastrous. And yet they did plenty of things together in those years including Bloomberg on hand for the beginning of the redevelopment of a golf course in The Bronx with Trump.

Trump is a spam-magnet, and appeared nearly 169 times as often in spam messages that use Hillary Clinton’s name. By June, Trump-themed lures jumped to 270 times the amount of Clinton-themed lures, and 34 times more than lures that used Trump and Clinton were used together as bait. In the run up to the Republican and Democratic national conventions in July, Trump lures remained more than 170 times more common than Clinton lures. Additionally, Trump-related spam volume increased, and the gap between Trump- and Clinton-related spam became more pronounced.

Melania Trump’s web site was taken down at one point. She claims it doesn’t reflect her business life. Others say because her academic credentials are not quite right.

In January, the USA Freedom Kids [3 pre-teenage girls] rocketed to viral fame after performing at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida. The manager of the group intends to file a suit against the Trump campaign and said he had secured the legal services of lawyer Marc Shapiro. He said the Trump campaign did not honor an agreement to let the group set up a table to sell its CDs at a rally and then canceled a performance without explanation in Des Moines, Iowa, after the group made a “very lengthy odyssey” to do a set at a Trump event. USA Freedom Kids continue to perform and are set to release an album in six weeks but the new album will not feature “Freedom’s Call” – the song they performed.

A Virginia hotel is fighting back against Donald Trump after the GOP presidential nominee criticized the air conditioning — or lack thereof — at an event there. And he threatened to not pay his bill for the room — a frequent move by Trump’s companies when he says he receives inadequate service. The hotel spokesman said the air conditioning was working – blaming any supposedly lack of air conditioning on the over populated conference room and heat outside the building.

Reports published by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal in June found Trump’s companies were facing hundreds of claims that Trump has stiffed people he contracted with for decades.

 

Ways of blocking the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

By now you know that Windows 10 Anniversary Update [a.k.a. v1607, Redstone 1, build 14393] is available.

If you are on a network domain [i.e. at a company usually] you won’t see it until the domain administrators manage the domain.

If you have the Professional edition, you can defer the update for four months. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Then Updates & security.
  3. On the right side, click on Advanced options.
  4. Check the box Defer upgrades.

If you have the Home edition [a.k.a. “Core” or consumer edition], there is very little you can do.

Note: If you bought the computer at a store, then it is most likely a Home edition.

Note: It is not guaranteed whether the procedure for Home edition users will work in the future.

While not confirmed [since I don’t have the Home edition but some say it works] you can try the following:

  1. Click on the link http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/2/F22D5FDB-59CD-4275-8C95-1BE17BF70B21/wushowhide.diagcab and save the file somewhere locally. This is a Microsoft tool to show or hide updates.
  2. Double-click on wushowhide.diagcab to run it.
  3. Click the link marked Advanced.
  4. Uncheck the box marked Apply repairs automatically. Click Next.
  5. The tool will run anywhere from about 30 seconds to a few minutes [depends on the speed of your computer].
  6. Click the option to Hide Updates.
  7. If you see a checkbox marked “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607”, check the box to the left of it [ignore the others] and then click on the Next button.

Note: If you do not see “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607”, then your computer is not scheduled to get the update at this time.

 

Facebook block clickbait ads, hopefully others follow

Finally, someone is doing something about clickbait ads.

Clickbait ads are those ads that show up on various web sites that announce something like “6-year-old saves grandmother. You won’t believe what happened next” or “A jaw dropping 0% interest rate on new loans.”

When you click on the link, it may bring you to the intended site but you also may experience pop-up web pages [where who knows what you will get]. As the advertiser is not too “kosher” regarding their ethics, who knows what kind of ads you would get. Porn? Scam site? Phishing site?

Facebook has announced it will use a new anti-clickbait algorithm that it is now rolling out to detect and remove these clickbait ads. The algorithm primarily looks for phrases often used in clickbait headlines but not in legitimate headlines, similar to email spam filters.

Clickbait is one of the most complained about parts of the News Feed on Facebook.

Facebook won’t be publicly publishing the multi-page document of guidelines for defining clickbait because “a big part of this is actually spam, and if you expose exactly what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, they reverse in engineer it and figure out how to get around it.”

Does it ever end, more on Trump

At a campaign stop today, Donald Trump seemed to jokingly suggest that Americans would be justified in assassinating Hillary Clinton should she become president and try to get rid of gun rights. This should spark another round of people stepping away from Trump. [And as usual, Trump is a liar. Clinton proposes some changes such as restricting certain guns as well as more thorough checks.]

Trump ignited new party tensions by refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain or New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Trump also claimed Paul Ryan had asked for his support in Ryan’s primary challenges, something Ryan’s aides denied. Trump also praises Ryan’s longshot opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign.”

“I strongly support Paul Ryan, endorse his re-election. He is a long-time friend, a strong conservative leader,” said Mike Pence – even though his boss doesn’t support him. Ryan came out to endorse Trump yet he wasn’t “there yet” on endorsing Ryan in his upcoming primary. Trump eventually endorsed Ryan, McCain and Ayotte.

Regarding Senator Ayotte, “I don’t know Kelly Ayotte. I know she’s given me no support – zero support – and yet I’m leading her in the polls. We need loyal people in this country. We need fighters in this country. We don’t need weak people.” He seems to care about himself winning than him and the party winning. Is he competing against her?

Already at least one GOP senator as well as the woman who help shape New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s national image have decided that they will vote for Hillary Clinton. Other said they won’t vote for Trump [but didn’t say they’d vote for Clinton] including Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Trump claims that “Our roads and bridges fell into disrepair, yet we found the money to resettle millions of refugees at taxpayer expense.” Except the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a report that the government needs to spend $1.4 trillion through 2025 to close the infrastructure funding gap and the State Department puts the cost of the resettlement program to taxpayers at less than $1.2 billion a year. So $1.2 billion is 1% of what’s needed to fix the infrastructure per year.

Trump also claims “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, before NAFTA went into effect [in 1994], there were 285,000 auto workers in Michigan. Today, that number is only 160,000.” In 1994, there were 200,000 autoworkers. By 2000, it jumped to 231,000. It only declined around 2008-2009. Most of the job losses went to other states – not to Canada or Mexico.

And Trump claims that “The United States also has the highest business tax rate among the major industrialized nations of the world, at 35 per cent. It’s almost 40 per cent when you add in taxes at the state level.” Many states have loopholes [something Trump is very familiar with] and end up paying little or nothing. The effective corporate income tax rate is around 27 per cent, roughly in line with global averages, according to government estimates.

Trump wants to drop the tax rate from 35% to 15%. Good luck in how the government can keep the debt down with that drop. Add complete deduction of expenses related to child care spending from their taxes.

A group of around 50 former security people whom have held jobs in various administrations, both Republicans and Democrats, have called Trump a danger to national security.

Recently, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch told hundreds of donors that make up his political network that Trump does not embrace, nor will he fight for, free market principles. That’s one reason Koch’s network, which has the deepest pockets in conservative politics, is ignoring the presidential contest this year and focusing its fundraising wealth on races for Congress. Donors and elected officials gathering at a Koch event in Colorado said they accepted the Koch brothers’ decision, even if it hurts the GOP’s White House chances.

Meg Whitman, a major GOP donor and former California gubernatorial candidate, said Tuesday she would support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making her one of the highest-profile Republican defections. Whitman, the president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, also said she would use her considerable resources to make a contribution to the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs.

A professor of law, economics and political science at the University of Southern California says the excuses Trump has given regarding him not disclosing his taxes don’t fly. IRS has stated there is nothing preventing him from releasing his tax information. It also shows that the public won’t find anything out of the ordinary that would affect his audit – other than how little he pays in taxes. [In comparison Warren Buffet keeps everything in his stock and donates heavily. No loopholes.] His excuse that there is nothing to learn and the public doesn’t care goes to the previous comment as well as let the public decide. The Mitt Romney excuse [where some say he lost the election] doesn’t fly because they say he paid little in taxes. Supposedly Trump pays less.

“I think we have never been this united,” said Trump even after the jumping ship of various GOP backers and party officials.

Trump was deeply upset when GOP leaders “took the other side” during his quarrel with the Khans, one person said, and blames his staff for not keeping top Republicans in line. Another person said Trump is irritated that planning in battleground states isn’t further along with less than 90 days until Election Day.

Somehow if Trump decided to quit before September 1, it would be theoretically possible for the GOP to come up with a nominee who could get on the ballot in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller, sounding a bit like his boss, “just finished up our strongest month of fundraising to date, we’re adding talented and experienced staffers on a daily basis and Mr. Trump’s turning out bigger, more enthusiastic crowds than Hillary Clinton ever could.” Uh huh. Wonder how they gage the “more enthusiastic crowds” part.

Miller also said a biased media was at work framing the issue as one of “Trump vs. Khan”. Seems that Miller is killing his chances with getting a job after November if he intends to stay as a spokesman as it would be logical for him to get a job in the same “biased media” – well, except for Fox.

When news came that $400 million [US] would be sent in cash [in various currencies] to Iran for paying back money on a military equipment order from the late 1970s just before the Shah was overthrown, Trump claimed that Clinton was the one that gave Iran the money – not for the payback but for the nuclear deal with Iran and then later he first said to pay for the release of some sailors in January 2015 that strayed into Iranian waters [make up your mind!]. Some GOPs maintain that the $400 million settlement was a ransom for the release of four private American citizens jailed in Tehran and freed a day after the Iran deal was implemented.

At a rally, Trump went after a woman and her crying baby telling her, she should leave with her baby. He kept on flip flopping on whether he was kidding or not. Nobody knew if she left but no more crying.

A military veteran gave his Purple Heart to Republican nominee Donald Trump, prompting the Republican nominee to declare that this was “much easier” than serving in combat.

According to the spokesman for an organization that administrates the Purple Heart “No one who isn’t entitled to the Purple Heart valor should have one.”

A Purple Heart recipient was stunned to see Trump treating the prestigious award like a flashy new toy. He figured if Trump has really always wanted a Purple Heart, he should have to earn it “the old-fashioned way”: by going into a war zone. So he’s raising money to help give Trump that chance. “I fully endorse his desire to earn one and would happily oblige his interest in doing so, by being one of the first to chip in to fly him to the conflict zone of his choosing,” the veteran wrote.

I guess Trump is getting nervous. He is calling the election “rigged” even before the election. I guess when he doesn’t get his way, it must be rigged.

Acting like a big baby, Trump is also complaining that two of the debates scheduled would fall on Sunday – during football games. He also deemed them “rigged”. I guess he did his homework and found out that’s where his voters will be.

Not surprising he went after the media basically saying they [I will assume excluding right-wing leaning media like Fox News] were not telling the truth. Uh huh.

 

Some issues with Windows 10 Anniversary Update

There have been reported some small issues. Microsoft will most likely release an update in the coming weeks to fix the issue.

Among the issues are:

Some Freezing:   New!

Some users are complaining that there system is freezing. So far there has been no response and no common thread on what is causing the problem.

Seems if you have the Windows 10 drivers for Intel Skylake Virtualization Technology machines and Avast on your system, it will cause your system to get a lovely BSOD. Avast has promised a fix. One of their files.

A Caveat:

While not a real compatibility issue, unlike going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 gave you up to a month to go back before you couldn’t, going from any major update to a newer major update will allow you just 10 days before you can’t go back. So when going from your current build to the Anniversary Update, you have just 10 days to make up your mind.

Settings:

Some settings may not migrate after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on a computer previously running the Windows 10 November Update. Microsoft is aware of the problem that could reset some personalization customization already configured. Currently, the company is working to release a fix in a near future, but there isn’t a specific date. These include pen settings, tablet mode settings, notification settings and virtual desktop settings. There is also an issue where Cortana disappears after the upgrade [is that a bad thing?].

Printing:

Brother has sent out a notice [I guess if you have registered] that if you are using a Brother printer [stand-alone or multi-function] using a USB cable there may be some printing issues. Brother is recommending uninstalling the current Brother software and install the latest. If you uninstall the software [or delete the printer queue] for a stand-alone printer, Windows Update may find the right drivers if you unplug the USB cable from the printer and replug. This is not true for multi-function printers. [Note: Microsoft will not fix this. Up to Brother.] According to Brother, no issue if you are using one of their printers with a wired or wireless network connection.

 

If you have certain editions of Windows 10, you may be able to defer the update for up to 4 months until you are ready. In Settings, click on Update & security. Under Windows Update click on Advanced Options. Then enable [check] Defer upgrades.

 

  • This page will be updated [and “re-released”] if anything else of interest comes in…
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