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I spotted some events in a customer’s event logs that said the event source was Bowser and, like many before me, assumed it was a typo that had somehow escaped Microsoft’s eyes all the way into windows 10. Of course, that’s not the case, as explained by Larry Osterman years ago on his MSDN blog: The other day, someone sent an email to an internal mailing ......

Windows Update seemed stuck on some files. I found KB971058 (How do I reset Windows Update components?) which had a bunch of suggestions. The one I tried was: Delete the qmgr*.dat files. To do this, at a command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter: Del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Down... although ......

Two problems have appeared: Windows Update and Recovery is unresponsive – the page just show the circular hourglass thingy (what is it called?); also prevents shutting down Windows and I have to force it. Start menu no longer works – just have the standard Windows 7 UI. Some would say that was an improvement but I wouldn’t regard them as being particularly ......

Back in September I installed Windows 8.0 on my test machine at work. I had finally managed to get hold of a Volume Licence installation image from Mordac, our company’s Preventer of Information Services. Amusingly, a Volume Licence installation cannot use Windows Update to apply Windows 8.1 and requests for a VL version of the update fell on deaf ears. ......

Had a look at my Win10 virtual machine just now and saw the following: Wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The VM was installed with the Windows Technical Preview so I was not sure what previous version of Windows they were going to restore with. I went to Windows Update and all that had was a Definition Update for Windows Defender. Event Viewer next ......

Now that my home and work desktops are running Windows 8 (or locked down so I can’t install anything), I’m finally moving all my virtual machines from Virtual PC 2007. Losing the drag-and-drop feature was such a deal breaker in the past but now I’ve reached the point where the software just won’t install. As Hyper-V is there in the O/S, I won’t bother ......

I’d recently put Windows 8 on a test machine at work and started installing what software I needed. Pretty quickly I found I needed to install .Net Framework 3.5 which is now a ‘Feature’ instead of a separate download. Switching this on prompted me to download files from Windows Update. That seemed to go OK for a while. Unfortunately, after a few minutes, ......

Not particularly fresh news to some people but definitely important for anyone relying on SSL connections to websites who now need to plan for getting SSL certificates from a Root CA that uses SHA-2. Microsoft Security Advisory 2880823 Deprecation of SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm for Microsoft Root Certificate Program Published: November 12, 2013 Executive ......

Reference articles Microsoft Support Lifecycle Support is ending soon Microsoft Ends Support of Windows XP, Office 2003 in 2014! What does the end of support of Windows XP mean for Windows Embedded? Product Start date Mainstream support ends Extended support ends Windows Server 2003 R1 & R2 Varies 13/Jul/2010 14/Jul/2015 Windows Server 2008 R1 & ......

Orla Cox has blogged about the various threats to Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals on Symantec’s website: Demystifying Point of Sale Malware and Attacks There’s an associated whitepaper which is also worth a read: Attacks on Point of Sales Systems (PDF) The coming months should be interesting as cybercriminals start making use of the stockpile of Windows ......

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