Here Is How To Manually Initiate The Windows 10 Creators Update

April 11, 2017

Typically those in the IT field will not immediately download an OS upgrade (or major update) until there is assurance all the bugs and problems have been worked out; HOWEVER, if you are one of the brave you can NOW download the Windows 10 Creators Update. As a general rule of thumb, backup your personal files.

CLICK HERE and you will be taken to Microsoft’s site where you can download the Update Assistant.

Windows 10 Creators Update

Once you download and run the Update Assistant, the update process will begin with the update files being downloaded to your PC (which will take some time). While the update files are being downloaded you can continue doing what you were doing on your PC; however, when performing updates (or upgrades) such as this, I typically do not do anything. Once the update files have been downloaded, the actual update process will automatically begin (which will also take some considerable time, so be patient).

Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10

Windows 10 “Creators Update” Coming April 11

March 29, 2017

The Windows 10 “Creators Update” will be the 2nd major update to Windows 10, since its’ public release in 2015.  Rollout of this update is to start on April 11th. You can read more about the “Creators Update” and its’ new features by clicking on the source link below (which will take you to the official Windows 10 “Creators Update” site).

Most folks at home don’t keep up with major Windows changes as we do in the tech world and end up scratching their heads when the update(s) hit their computers. Pass the word and explain, a new update is rolling out on April 11th and to expect the update to take some time to install.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out to customers around the world on April 11 as a free update and Surface Book, Surface Studio are coming to new markets.

Source: Windows 10 Creators Update coming April 11, Surface expands to more markets – Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog

Extend the Lifespan of the Windows 8 Developer Preview or the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview

February 18, 2012

This post applies to anyone who has been using the pre-release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview or the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview…

Windows 8 Update

You can extend the lifespan (or usage) of these products to January 15, 2013 by performing a Windows Update. Following the install of this update, Windows 8 will automatically try to reactivate after a restart and will continue restarting until an activation is successful. If you fail to perform the update you will receive notice on your desktop, 14 days prior to expiration, alerting you that the pre-release version will expire.

You can read in more detail about the expiration of these products and the steps to take to extend their lifespan by visiting Microsoft Support [click here] .



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How to Manage Windows Updates from the System Tray

May 1, 2009

There are those occasions where the Microsoft Update alert in the system tray will continuously bug you until you proceed with the update, which is a good thing from a system security perspective.  However, there are those special occasions where you may not want the update to proceed.

Windows Update

My Tech friend, buddy, brother of the geeks, TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone has put together a clear, concise “quick” tutorial (Tip of the Day) about what to do when you want or need to manipulate the update process.  TechPaul provides an excellent (very recent) example that is very helpful to all and easy to learn.

I encourage you to read:

Tech-for Everyone: Do Not Want That Update?  How to Stop A Nag

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What is “Microsoft Patch Tuesday”?

December 7, 2008

Microsoft Patch Tuesday…Most computer users when they hear the term “Microsoft” spelled out in front of something else (such as “Patch Tuesday”), you start thinking it is some type of Microsoft software program… “Patch Tuesday” is the second Tuesday of each month, as designated by Microsoft, to release security updates via their update service. Most computers are configured by default to automatically receive these updates.  For example this coming Tuesday (December 9th) you will be receiving 8 bulletins and 6 critical updates.  Keeping your computer patched with these security updates is important in protecting your computer from the vulnerabilities that Microsoft has identified.


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Coming on Patch Tuesday: 8 bulletins, 6 critical

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The final Microsoft Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be a big one: 8 bulletins covering serious code execution flaws in a wide range of ubiquitous software.According to the company’s advance notice mechanism,� six of the eight bulletins will be rated “critical,” Microsoft’s highest severity rating. The “critical” updates will cover holes in the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Visual Basic and Visual Studio, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
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