Windows 10 Virtual Desktop

I’ve seen a couple of articles on this. It’s still early and not complete. With the correct commercial (?) accounts, you can create a cloud based virtual Windows 10 Desktop. What’s it good for? I’m not sure. It probably has limited RAM and hard disk space. So it won’t be a full desktop. But you can install programs on it and run them remotely.

Here’s an article by Microsoft.

Hackers wipe US servers of email provider VFEmail

VFEmail is a free email system. We don’t use it but found the article interesting.

Since 2001, VFEmail has provided businesses and end-users a quick and convenient way to ensure their own security when it comes to email.

VFEmail scans each complete email, including attachments, for viruses and Spam before it gets to your INBOX. If a Virus is found, it is blocked at the gateway and isn’t even allowed onto our servers.

Here is the notice showing the damage:

!!!ALERT!!!! Update Feb 11 2019
www.vfemail.net and mail.vfemail.net are currently unavailable in their prior form.
We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker, last seen as aktv@94.155.49.9.
This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems. We are working to recover what data we can.

And here is the link to the ZDNet article: link

Windows 10 Home S Mode

A customer went to a local retail store and purchase a small PC. Almost all computers purchased this way have Windows 10 Home. If they need Pro, we upgrade it online. It’s a pretty simple process.

In this case, the customer wanted to install Office 365. It would not download. We got called in. Something has changed. The customer got Windows 10 Home S. The ‘s’ may stand for ‘secure.’ That is new. The main feature about it, is that you can only download applications through the Microsoft Store. Not a bad idea for a typical home user. But a problem for our customer.

However, if you want to install other programs, you have to switch from S mode to standard Windows Home or Windows Pro. That still requires that you log into Windows Store.

Here is a link from Microsoft that will help.

Windows 10 v1809 rollout for all

Although v1809 has been available for sometime. You had to force the install. The normal Windows Update did not find it.

In some cases, you could manually ‘Check for updates’ and it would show up. But not always. And I don’t know why.

The next method was to download v1809 and put it on a thumb drive. Run the ‘setup’ program after you log into your Windows 10 PC. A few more steps but that worked every time that we did it.

This release from Microsoft implies that you will be getting v1809 in the next few weeks.

Windows 10 v1809 rollout

The current version of Windows 10 is v1803. Microsoft had a bunch of issues with v1809. It was initially released in October 2018. The initial rollout was stopped.

I ran Windows Updates on a couple of machines in the last 24 hours. Two updated to v1809. My PC did not. Figures. 

I don’t know of any reason to not do the update. The problems seemed to be with specific brands of hardware and specific features. Hopefully, we are good to go.

A few hours after I posted this, I found an article by Paul Thurrott. He says that Microsoft has done a general release. The catch is that you have to manually run Windows Update. 

Windows 10 v1809 released – again

In early October, we were able to download v1809. Then they found an issue. On some number of upgrades, it was not keeping some of the user folders. Their documents were lost. We didn’t find this issue. It didn’t occur every time. At lease two of our trials were fresh loads. So, it wasn’t an issue. 

Microsoft pulled the release and re-tested. Five weeks later, they are ready to try again. When you go to the download page for Windows 10 (here) and select the option to download the tool, you now get v1809. 

The blog post by Microsoft is here

Transport Layer Security (TLS) v1.0 and v1.1 are going away

Microsoft is discontinuing support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1. Version 1.2 will be the default standard as of October 31, 2018.

The TLS is used on the web browsers, Internet Explorer and Edge. It is used by many email programs including Office 365. 

You may get by with the older version of TLS in some programs. Just be aware if something quits working in a Microsoft program as of 1 November, you should look to see if this option is causing it.