Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 7 Version KB4054518

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4054518 on December twelve two thousand seventeen for Windows 7 operating system. This update includes three quality improvement fixes. This update does not include any new features.

* structured query language server reporting services drop down list scroll bar not working
* updated time zone information
* microsoft scripting engine and server security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 7 security updates, then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 release 2 Service Pack 1. Microsoft corporation is not aware of any issues after installing this update. Also, they did NOT specify that you need to reboot your computer after this update is installed.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4054517

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4054517 on December twelve two thousand seventeen. This update resolves nine issues. This update does NOT include any new features.

* microsoft edge button
* windows defender device guard blocks applications
* reset programmable logic controller bit
* bluetooth devices not supporting bonding
* touch keyboard not supporting 88 standard languages
* touch keyboard has no input method editor on off switch
* updated time zone
* system center virtual machine manager "0x80070057 invalid parameter" error
* microsoft scripting engine, Edge web browser, and server security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become the only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This Microsoft update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709 operating system. This update does NOT replace any previous update. Your Windows 10 operating system build number will now be 16299.125 after installing this update.

MAC System Update – 10.13.1 Install Enables Root Security Flaw

The most recent MAC system update 10.13.1 which was supposed to fix the root security flaw, actually enables it again. Apple Incorporated has not responded yet to this further problem. When Macintosh operating system high sierra was released, there was a major security flaw, where by someone could access your Macintosh by typing in root and NOT entering anything for a password.

This would allow anyone potentially access to all your files. Also, they could delete your files if they wanted to. This is a major computer security no no. You never want anyone to have root access on your Macintosh computer, unless you explicitly give them that access.

Apple Incorporated released MAC system update 10.13.1 that was supposed to resolve this issue. However, individuals that installed this patch that were running Macintosh operating system 10.13, also known as high sierra, still had this security flaw. One possible solution to make sure that indeed this root security flaw is patched is to install MAC system update 10.13.1 again.

Also, make sure to reboot your Macintosh computer after this update is installed. Some users have noticed that this MAC system update 10.13.1 does NOT install successfully until their Macintosh was rebooted. For whatever reason Macintosh users were not notified to reboot their computer after this 10.13.1 update installs.

After upgrading from Apple Macintosh 10.13, high sierra, to 10.13.1 you are advised to download 10.13.1 again and install it. Finally, you want to reboot your Macintosh computer so that this patch installs completely. Some Macintosh endusers claimed that after they upgraded from high sierra 10.13 to 10.13.1 they were notified by the App Store that 10.13.1 was available again.

Also, when they installed MAC system update 10.13.1 a second time, they noticed they had two 10.13.1 updates installed. There is no word yet from Apple Incorporated if they are going to release another update to fix this second problem with the root security flaw.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4051963

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4051963 on November thirty two thousand seventeen. This update resolves twelve issues. This update does NOT include any new features.

There is one known issues after installing this update. After installing this KB4051963 update, Internet Explorer 11 endusers may have difficulties opening up a drop down menu via a scroll bar. This applies to those users whom use Structured Query Language Server Reporting Services.

A work around is to NOT use document mode 11. This issue only affects document mode 11. You can enable document mode 10 by pressing F12 key. Select the "Emulation" tab and then selecting 10 on a "Document mode" menu.

Microsoft is aware of this issue and is working on a future fix.

* internet explorer stopped working script
* internet explorer input method editor
* internet explorer graphics rendering
* internet explorer forms submission
* browsing invalid uniform resource locator hash lost
* applications stop responding with web proxies
* microsoft directx 9 games full screen mode performance degradation
* forza horizon 3 and forza motorsport 7 not working
* feedback frequency settings not being saved
* remote network driver interface specification 5 not obtaining internet protocal address
* manually changing timezone required restart
* Epson SIDM dot matrix and TM point of sale printers not working

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become the only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This Microsoft update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709 operating system. This update does NOT replace any previous update. Your Windows 10 operating system build number will now be 16299.98 after installing this update.

MAC System Update – For High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple Incorporated released Apple macOS 10.13.1 security update on November twenty nine two thousand seventeen. This update includes one major security fix.

* administrator rights bypass

There is a major security vulnerability with Apple Macintosh operating system high sierra 10.13. This vulnerability does NOT apply to macOS 10.12.6 or earlier. Basically, an intruder could bypass normal administrator authentication without supplying a password.

There was a problem with the validation of credentials on macOS high sierra 10.13. In order to install this update on your MAC operating system Sierra, you open the Application Store then select "Updates". If this macOs Sierra 10.13.1 update is available, then click on an "Update" button next to it.

If for some reason you do not have the application store on your MAC, then click on "Apple" menu and then choose "Software Update". You may need to install other available updates before macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 becomes available on your MACintosh. Finally, you can configure your MACintosh running operating system X El Capitan version 10.11.5 or newer, to automatically download updates.

In Apple Store preferences choose ”Download newly available updates in the background". Now, your MACintosh will automatically download these updates for you and notify you when they are available to install. The build number on your Macintosh will now be 17B1002 after installing this update.

If after installing this Macintosh operating system high sierra 10.13.1 security update, you still need root access, you will need to enable the root account. Also, you will need to reset this root account password. You may run into issues with file sharing authentication and or connecting to files after installing this 10.13.1 update.

This would require you to repair file sharing on your Macintosh.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4048955

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4048955 on November fourteen two thousand seventeen. This update resolves twelve issues. This update does NOT include any new features.

There are two known issues after installing this update. After installing this KB4048955 update, Internet Explorer 11 endusers may have difficulties opening up a drop down menu via a scroll bar. This applies to those users whom use Structured Query Language Server Reporting Services.

A work around is to NOT use document mode 11. This issue only affects document mode 11. You can enable document mode 10 by pressing F12 key. Select the "Emulation" tab and then selecting 10 on a "Document mode" menu.

Another problem after installing this KB4048955 update is that some Epson Serial Impact Dot Matrix and TMPOS printers will NOT print. This problem is NOT a drivers issue and installing older drivers will NOT solve this problem. Microsoft is aware of both these issues and is working on a future fix.

* mixed reality portal stops responding
* microsoft directx games black screen switching between windowed and full screen mode
* android and or ios digital video recorder game playback compatability
* microsoft designer keyboard function keys stopped working
* universal serial bus and head mounted displays connected standy mode
* trusted platform module vulnerability
* get storage job report failure
* Unexpected error from external database driver 1. Microsoft JET Database Engine
* application tiles missing from start menu
* microsoft edge wait timeout stops responding
* universal windows platform javascript applications may stop working
* additional security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709. This update does NOT replace any previous update.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Slowness Diagnostic

Acer Laptop Computer

A computer repair customer brought me an Acer Laptop Computer with issues with slowness and sticking keys. This model is the Acer Aspire e1-470p-6659 laptop with Windows 10 installed. The customer complained of sluggish performance, system freezing, and having to reboot this laptop.

Also, he showed me some of the keys were sticking. I recommend that you run virus, spyware, malware, and system scans. I use Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and sometimes Combofix.

This Acer laptop computer would not mount my universal serial bus flash drive. I know this flash drive is healthy because I was able to mount and remount this device on another computer. This is an indication that perhaps there are malware, spyware, viruses, corrupt windows installation, and or trouble some hard drive.

Now that I cannot mount a flash drive, that has all of my software tools, I will have to download Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Combofix, and or additional anti-virus software from the Internet. I am NOT able to boot into Windows safe mode, because of those clowns at Microsoft have disabled the advanced boot options menu in both Windows 8 and Windows 10. There is a way to enable this menu, but I will save that for a different blog post.

I prefer to perform malware, spyware, and virus remediation in safe mode. However, I will run these program scans in normal windows mode. Also, I run chkdsk and sfc scans as part of diagnosing a slow computer.

You can kick off one or both of these commands at a command prompt with administrative rights.

C:\>sfc /scannow
C:\>chkdsk c: /f /r

When running the chkdsk command you want to type a Y for yes when warned about a file is in use message. You will need to reboot your computer in order for a chkdsk scan to begin. Depending on size and health of your hard drive a chkdsk scan can take hours to complete.

Finally, I run an anti-virus scan. I reccomend Avast or AVD antivirus, but you can certainly use which ever antivirus you prefer. Also, you may not be able to download and or install anti-virus on a really problematic computer. That is when you might have to use Microsoft's built in Windows defender.

If you are having problems mounting a flash drive, downloading software, installing software, getting safe mode to work, etc. you may need to burn a CD-ROM with a portable anti-virus version of software. During my Acer Laptop Computer troubleshooting the slowness issue, both Malwarebytes and Superantispyware did NOT detect any negative objects. Also, I could not install Combofix on Windows 10 as this program does NOT support Windows 10 yet.

Also, I noticed both C and M keys stick and fail to work the first type I tap them. This could be a drivers issue, but I am leaning towards a possible loose cable or even failing laptop keyboard. I am going to enable the Windows 10 advanced boot options menu, so that I can see if booting into safe mode will allow the keyboard to work properly.

This would indicate a drivers issue, when Windows 10 boots into normal mode. The last thing I will do is to reseat the laptop keyboard. Also, I will test the hard drive for failure and or bad sectors if an anti-virus scan does not detect any viruses.

Also, if the chkdsk scan does not fix these issues, then reinstalling the operating system on the hard drive after it tests good will be the final solution.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4051613

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4051613 on November one two thousand seventeen. This update resolves issue for Adobe Flash player. This update does NOT include any new features.

There is one known issue with this update. After installing this KB4051613 update, if you install any language packs, they will get removed. You must install language packs before installing this Microsoft knowledge base.

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows Server Version 1709, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Version 1709 also known as Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 Version 1703 Creators Update, Windows 10 Version 1607, Windows 10 Version 1511, Windows 10 Release to Manufacturing, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1. This update does NOT replace any previous update.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 7 Version KB2952664

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB2952664 on October thirty one two thousand seventeen for Windows 7 operating system. This update is optional and just performs diagnostics. This update does not include any new features.

* customer experience program diagnostics
* application and device compatibility

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 7 security updates, then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, and Windows 7 Ultimate. You need to reboot your computer for this update to take effect.

HP Elitebook Notebook – 8440P Windows 10 Installation

HP Elitebook Notebook

One of my computer repair customers brought in an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P. In two thousand sixteen he successfully upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. However, recently he ran into some computer problems and tried to restore his computer.

When I received his laptop Windows 7 restore had removed his user data. However, he still wanted to have Windows 10 working on his HP Elitebook notebook 8440P. As long as you have successfully upgraded or installed Windows 10 and activated the license, then you can install Windows 10 again without entering in the product key.

You need to make sure that you know what architecture hardware you have. Remember you can only install x86 32 bit operating system on x86 32 bit hardware. Also, you can only install x64 64 bit operating system on x64 64 bit hardware.

Also, you need to know what operating system was previously loaded. For example you cannot load Windows 10 home premium on a computer that had Windows 10 professional installed. During the upgrade process from Windows 7 or 8.1 you could only upgrade like to like.

For example you could have upgraded Windows 7 professional to Windows 7 10 professional for free. In order to change the type of operating system you would have to purchase another license. Now that you know what architecture your hardware is and the operating system you are going to load, you can use Microsoft's free media creation tool to either burn a DVD or USB flash drive with Windows 10 installation.

Also, you can use Microsoft's media creation tool to download an installation ISO. With this ISO you can use a free program like Rufus to create a bootable USB Windows 10 installation flash drive. Once you have your installation media, then you can proceed to installing Windows 10 on an HP Elitebook Notebook 8440p.

In order to boot off DVD or USB flash drive you can press the "Esc" key on your keyboard. A special boot menu will open up where you can press F9 to pick which device to boot from. This allows you to boot off of your DVD or USB drive without changing the boot order in the Basic Input Output System.

Most times you will not be asked to enter in your Certificate of Authenticity sticker product key. If you do you will be prompted to enter it in when asked. I recommend you entet it in now instead of entering this product key after Windows 10 installs.

I had to reinstall Windows 10 on this HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P because when I tried to activate Windows 10, I kept getting an error claiming that Microsoft servers could not be accessed. You might be prompted to select the version of Windows 10 to install. Make sure you pick the correct version, for example choose Windows 10 professional if that is what your license key allows.

You cannot install Windows 10 home premium with a Windows 10 professional license. You will then need to accept Microsoft's license agreement. If you are upgrading your current operating system, choose the upgrade option.

If you are performing a clean install of Windows 10 then choose the "Custom: Install Windows only" option. You can click "Next" at the "Where do you want to install Windows?" prompt. Windows 10 will now download install files to the hard drive and begin the installation.

Continue with the installation and follow all the prompts. You will be asked if your computer is personal or a work computer. Also, you will be asked to configure signing into windows with a Microsoft account.

I recommend that you create an offline account instead. If you choose to login with a Microsoft account, then you will need internet access to login. If you forgot your password or lack internet access, you will not be able to login to your Windows 10 computer.

You can choose to make Cortana your personal assistant or not. Also, you will be asked to configure Windows 10 privacy settings. You can change these later, but you might want to set them to your liking now.

Eventually Windows 10 will finish installing and you will see the Windows desktop. Congratulations, you have just successfully installed Windows 10 on your HP Elitebook Notebook 8440P.