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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:11 pm
by burger2227
Both the Desktop 1703 and laptop 1709 versions are slow to respond on wake up.

Desktop required a full reboot to use after a few days sleeping...
Malwarebytes
http://www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/13/17
Scan Time: 3:14 PM
Log File: 3f499396-c8af-11e7-83da-d4bed9dc715d.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.2.2.2029
Components Version: 1.0.212
Update Package Version: 1.0.3247
License: Free

-System Information-
OS: Windows 10 (Build 15063.674)
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: TED-PC\Ted

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 484444
Threats Detected: 9
Threats Quarantined: 8
Time Elapsed: 10 min, 20 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 9
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8989], [454820],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8989], [454820],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [4978], [454808],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.ASK, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [527], [454827],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8989], [454820],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Secure Preferences, Removal Failed, [4978], [454808],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [4978], [454808],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.Conduit, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [579], [454835],1.0.3247
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8989], [454820],1.0.3247

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
Desktop Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 installs AGAIN!...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:36 am
by burger2227
Laptop: Last failed install attempt on ‎10/‎29/‎2017 - 0x80240034
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KB4043961 second install failed? 6 times?

32 bit laptop seems to be waking up faster.

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• 2017-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x86-based Systems (KB4048955)

Downloading -100%

Downloading - 0% to 100%

Installing - 40%

Installing - 10% to 100%

Awaiting restart

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows Insider Preview - November 2017 (KB890830)

Installing - 0% to 100%
Install process took over 45 minutes to reboot prompt...

Bluetooth keyboard found in Bluetooth settings
+ Add Bluetooth or other device
but would not enter 0000 code into box...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:47 pm
by burger2227
Desktop upgraded again to 1709, would not wake up, had to reboot...

MalwareBytes found 10 Potentially Unwanted Programs(PUP's) related to Chrome browser:
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Malwarebytes
http://www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/17/17
Scan Time: 4:45 PM
Log File: 98bbb68c-cbe0-11e7-9840-d4bed9dc715d.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.2.2.2029
Components Version: 1.0.212
Update Package Version: 1.0.3285
License: Free

-System Information-
OS: Windows 10 (Build 16299.19)
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: TED-PC\Ted

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 484126
Threats Detected: 10
Threats Quarantined: 9
Time Elapsed: 9 min, 58 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 10
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8987], [454820],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\PROGRAMDATA\NTUSER.POL, Quarantined, [8987], [-1],0.0.0
PUP.Optional.Conduit, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [578], [454835],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8987], [454820],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [4978], [454808],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [4978], [454808],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.ASK, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [526], [454827],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8987], [454820],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.SafeSearch.ChrPRST, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Web Data, Replaced, [8987], [454820],1.0.3285
PUP.Optional.Trovi, C:\USERS\TED\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Secure Preferences, Removal Failed, [4978], [454808],1.0.3285

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
New updates today:

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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:01 am
by burger2227
Desktop (64 bit) is waking up better with faster resume.

32 bit laptop can take up to 10 minutes to be useable at wake up.

Tried to uninstall Chrome browser and deleted AppData\Local\Google\Chrome folder


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After reinstall of Chrome, still got PUP list from MalwareBytes. 2 Trovi were not quarantined

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:26 pm
by burger2227
Desktop 64 bit PC refused to wake up again and had to reboot!

Monitor turns on with mouse press with black screen that never displays anything...


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32 bit laptop keeps saying that battery is low and shut down last night...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:46 am
by burger2227
Laptop and desktop PC's have problems scrolling in Chrome browser.
Laptop is also slow at opening pages in Chrome...


Windows 10's future look could be Sets, a tabbed app interface
The concept includes two major components: the organization of the different app windows into Sets; and the longer-term evolution of how Windows intelligently recognizes how Sets should be formed, which is part of the rollout and evolution of Timeline. Timeline will be rolled out almost immediately to Insiders, followed shortly by Sets.
Ex-Microsoft Product Manager reveals the unsurprising reason for the company’s decline
Being abandoned by developers and the so-called “app gap” has been the main reason Microsoft has become an increasingly weak platform company. From a company that has been best known for their stability and backwards compatibility, Microsoft is now seen as an unreliable partner not worth betting on.

Of course, ultimately the issue is a lack of strong leadership in Microsoft over the course over many, many years, with the leadership itself being embattled by the board and shareholders.
Here's why Microsoft dropped its Delve app for Windows 10
On the Windows front, it looks like Microsoft is exploring new ways to make search more front-and center in Windows 10. A new, immersive search experience, similar to Apple's macOS Spotlight, will likely be testable soon by Windows Insiders. Users will be able to search for files, pictures, settings, apps and more via a search box that will be independent from the current Cortana search box in Windows 10.
Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures
To study this, researchers at Princeton University and the University of California asked a group of students to take notes at a lecture using pen and paper while another group used laptops. The experiment found that the students who used a laptop did not understand the lecture as well as those who wrote their notes out by hand. The researchers hypothesized that this was because students who wrote notes by hand had to process what the lecturer was saying and, in effect, summarize what was being said to keep up with the lecture. Additionally, they found that laptop note takers had a “tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim,” which mean they were less likely to process information into their own words, thus preventing them from truly understanding what was being taught.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:43 am
by burger2227
Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section
More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we've come to that point today. Google has shut down the "app" section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can't install Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:01 am
by burger2227
UK's GCHQ found out how to hack Windows Defender to own your PC
Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch for two severe flaws in Windows Defender. The flaws were discovered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a unit of the UK's spy agency GCHQ, which dispenses cyberdefense advice to the government and public.

Just last week, for example, the NCSC told UK agencies hosting information classified 'secret' never to use any Russian antivirus, including Kaspersky, due to the risk of Russian cyber-spies using it as a backdoor.

The NCSC's probe of Microsoft's antivirus uncovered two critical remote code execution bugs in the core of Windows Defender, called Microsoft Malware Protection Engine.
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W10 Desktop and laptop continue to arrange desktop icons to left side on reboots.
Desktop continues to go into a coma after a few days running...
does not wake up or notice improper Windows shutdowns using power button.


Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble
The resulting data, which Net Applications implied depicted Edge's real use, showed that the browser was a prime target of bot-wielding scammers. By comparing Edge's old and new shares, it was evident that as much as half of the earlier Edge traffic had been faked by bots. The portion of Edge's share credited to bots fluctuated month to month, but fell below 30% in only 4 of the 19 months for which Net Applications provided data.

Edge wasn't the only browser that came out looking worse than presumed prior. Microsoft's legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE) also was revealed as a Potemkin village. Under the old data regime, which included bots, IE's user share was overblown, at times more than double the no-bots reality.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:06 am
by burger2227
W10 update on 32 bit 1709 laptop:
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Note the notification on right authorizing a reboot.

After update reboot and sign in, Chrome browser resumed where it left off.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:38 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 Facial Recognition Feature Can Be Bypassed with a Photo
According to SySS researchers, Microsoft delivered updates to patch this attack only for Windows 10 branches 1703 and 1709, but not earlier 16** releases.

"SySS recommends to update to the latest revision of Windows 10 version 1709, to enable the 'enhanced anti-spoofing' feature, and to reconfigure Windows Hello Face Authentication afterwards," researchers say.

The last step of reconfiguring Windows Hello is necessary because the attack would still work even after the update and also if the user was already using the "enhanced anti-spoofing" feature before the update, as per the third proof-of-concept video released by SySS and embedded below.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:42 am
by burger2227
Microsoft 2017 in review: Wins, fails, and ??? moments

PC World's best Windows 10 tricks, tips and tweaks
Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check out the best tips and tricks here.
Eye tracking within Windows 10's Fall Creators Update
Eye tracking has quietly emerged as an alternative to the mouse, led by companies like Tobii. The concept is simple enough: Sensors within an eye tracker bar you mount on your monitor "watch" your gaze, guessing pretty accurately what you're looking at. Though Tobii sees eye tracking as a tool for productivity and gaming, Microsoft currently sees it as a purely assistive feature, rather than a productivity tool.
Paint 3D: Creating cool 3D scenes has never been so much fun
Though it shares a name, Paint 3D isn’t really like the familiar Microsoft Paint app at all. Paint 3D’s entire purpose is to create fun, cartoony 3D objects and scenes—and share them. A major part of Paint 3D’s appeal is the Remix 3D community, where you and other members can import, edit, then share digital objects and ideas. Another is the awesome Magic Select tool which functions as a free Photoshop-like editing tool for 2D and 3D content. Don't forget about the new Mixed Reality Viewer app, either!

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:36 am
by burger2227
Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for processor security bugs
Microsoft is issuing a rare out-of-band security update to supported versions of Windows today. The software update is part of a number of fixes that will protect against a newly-discovered processor bug in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company will issue a Windows update that will be automatically applied to Windows 10 machines at 5PM ET / 2PM PT today.
See further info on processor bug here

Windows 10 32 bitlaptop and 64 bit desktop now run with no issues for over a week.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:21 pm
by burger2227
Microsoft releases PowerShell script to check if your PC is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre

PowerShell can place copied commands at prompt with a right click.
Microsoft has also produced a PowerShell script that checks whether your PC is vulnerable. Use the following steps to install and run the test.

Press the Windows key and type PowerShell. Right click the PowerShell shortcut and select Run as Administrator.
Or right click Start button window and use Windows PowerShell(Admin).

Type or copy-paste Install-Module SpeculationControl and press Enter.
If you are prompted to install the NuGet provider, type Y and press Enter, and R if you are warned about installing from an untrusted repository.
Note: If the following comes up
To install version '1.0.3', run Install-Module and add the -Force parameter, this command will install version '1.0.3' in side-by-side with version '1.0.2'.
Then type or copy-paste Install-Module SpeculationControl -Force

The red area below appeared because Import-Module SpeculationControl Script execution was disabled by default.
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To set the script execution policy type or copy-paste: powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy AllSigned and hit enter.

About PowerShell Execution Policies
With the installation complete, type or copy-paste Import-Module SpeculationControl and press Enter.
Type or copy-paste Get-SpeculationControlSettings and press Enter.
In the list of results that's displayed, you're looking to see that a series of protections are enabled -- this will be listed as True. Microsoft explains that the ideal set of results looks like this:

Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection]

Hardware support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is enabled: True


Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load]

Hardware requires kernel VA shadowing: True
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: True
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: True
Windows OS support for PCID optimization is enabled: True
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Windows 10, 1709 January 4, 2018 Microsoft®Update Catalog (KB4058702)

After installing the 32 bit(x86) version of Jan 4 update (KB4058702) above and Jan 9 MS Update (KB4056892) laptop had following changes:
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One changed to True:
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
and two new categories:
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is disabled by system policy: False
Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is disabled by absence of hardware support: True


The 64 bit Desktop had the following changes after installing Jan 9 KB4056892 update from Microsoft®Update Catalog:
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Two more are True:
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: True
Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: True

and last one is new, Blue and very difficult to read:
Windows OS support for PCID performance optimization is enabled: False [not required for security]

* Install BIOS/firmware update provided by your device OEM that enables hardware support for the branch target injection mitigation.
* Install the latest available updates for Windows with support for speculation control mitigations.
* Follow the guidance for enabling Windows Client support for speculation control mitigations described in
https://support.microsoft.com/help/4073119

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:13 am
by burger2227
Microsoft may soon let you view the diagnostic data it collects from your PC
After receiving significant pushback from privacy authorities in Europe and other regions, Microsoft has been steadily refining their approach to collecting data from your PC.

The latest innovation, spotted by ZDNet in Windows 10 Build 17063 and 17074, appears to include the options to view and delete the diagnostic data that Microsoft automatically transmits to the mothership.

The links are not currently active, but when it does go live should go a long way to reassuring users regarding what data Microsoft collects.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:04 am
by burger2227
Microsoft tees up Windows 10 support of Progressive Web Apps
Google has been the main champion of PWAs, which are basically web sites and/or apps that behave like native apps. Microsoft also has been offering developers a way to turn their websites/apps into Store apps using its "Westminster" bridge. But now Microsoft is joining forces with Google and other PWA backers.

If Microsoft's new strategy works, PWAs may help increase the number and quality of apps located in the Microsoft Store. PWAs in the Store will be packaged as an AppX in Windows 10 and be able to run in their own sandboxed container.
Exclusive: Windows 10 S is Dead, Long Live S Mode
For Home and Education SKUs, you will be able to upgrade from Home S, to Home for free but Pro users going from Pro S to Pro will be charged $49. On the commercial side, Pro S is only available with Core, Value, Entry, and Small Tablet (if this doesn’t make sense, check out my other post here) with Core+ and Workstations being left out of the offering.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:11 pm
by burger2227
Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
March 13, 2018
Windows 10 1803 - the first Semi-Annual Channel release for the year - debuts on this date or soon after. Because the Oct. 17, 2017 launch of 1709, aka Fall Creators Update, was more than a month later than anticipated by Microsoft's professed plan, the date for 1803 will tell us which the company sticks to more tightly: the every-six-month schedule or the March and September targets.

April 10, 2018
Microsoft retires Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro version 1607, the mid-2016 feature upgrade dubbed Anniversary Update. But a recent change to Windows 10 support -- one that extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 and Windows 10 Education 1607 -- means that those SKUs won't be retired for another six months.

During the six-month "servicing extension" -- Microsoft's words -- Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will receive "security-only updates" that omit the non-security bug fixes provided in the first 18 months of support.

Oct. 9, 2018
Microsoft retires Windows 10 1703, the early-2017 feature upgrade labeled Creators Update, for customers running Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

For Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, today is the end of support for version 1607, aka the Anniversary Update from 2016. Those customers must migrate to a newer version – 1703, 1709 or 1803 – by this date to continue receiving security patches.

March 12, 2019
Windows 10 1903 launches on this date or soon after.

Microsoft removes Windows 10 1709, aka 2017's Fall Creators Update, from the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro support lists, halting security and non-security updates to devices running those editions.

April 9, 2019
Microsoft removes Windows 10 1709, aka 2017's Fall Creators Update, from the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro support lists, halting security and non-security updates to devices running those editions.
IE: Your PC must keep working well or it will not be given any more W10 service updates and upgrades...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:20 pm
by burger2227
• 2018-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4058258)- Error 0x80073715
Did not want to install on my 64 bit desktop...4 fails

Tried catalog download which also failed:
https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.co ... =KB4058258

Reboot and check About PC in Task Search bar for OS Build 16299.214. Update may incorrectly say install failed.

Help at the following page did NOT help!
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/win ... 050?auth=1

32 bit Laptop updated without a problem...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:03 am
by burger2227
2018-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4074588) - Error 0x80073715
Failed to install on 64 bit desktop

Update installed on 32 bit laptop without manual reboot or other assistance...


Restored desktop to 2-4-2018 and still failed to install last 2 cumulative updates...

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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:14 am
by burger2227
64 bit Windows 10 Desktop now fails to even update Windows Defender:

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32 bit Windows 10 laptop has continued to update:

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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:42 pm
by burger2227
Cured desktop update problem here: 5 Methods to Fix Windows 10 Update Error Code
Media Creation Tool was launched with Windows10 for improving the digital delivery of the system. This may take some more effort but is more reliable than the Windows Update.

Moreover, this can be used to force the updates and surpass the issues.

Here follow the ways how to make use of it:

1) Download Media Creation tool
2) And backup your data and license key.
3) Next, start the Media Creation Tool EXE and click Upgrade this PC now.
4) The tool will obtain and install the available updates.
5) After completing the whole process, restart your PC
The Windows 10 installation may take up to 2 hours

After Windows 10 install, had to use Windows Update where KB4088776 supposedly failed:

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Yet both above and Control Panel installed list says KB4088776 was installed

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REBOOT ANYHOW! Now Windows Update says the desktop is up to date...

Belarc says that the following updates were installed on 3-16:



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