Tag Archive | Windows

Microsoft is annoying

I normally use openSUSE.  But I also have Windows 8.1 on my main desktop.  I rarely use it, but I do occasionally boot to Windows to install updates and to update the anti-virus (Windows Defender).

I have recently  run into two annoyances with Windows.

Fast boot

I recently wanted to copy a small text file to the Windows partition.  I have an entry in “/etc/fstab” to mount that partition at “/windows/C”.  But it is flagged with the “noauto” option, so that it does not automatically mount on boot.

So I used the command (as root)

mount /windows/C

This has worked for me in the past.  But this time, it gave me an error message complaining that the NTFS drive was hibernated and could not be safely mounted (unless mounting read-only).

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Windows 8.1, KB4019215 and KB4019114

I don’t often post about Windows, because I mainly use linux.  But this is a Windows post.  I should mention that the computer involved is a UEFI box, since that might be relevant.

My main desktop has both Windows 8.1 and openSUSE 42.2.  On Friday, I attempted to install the May updates for Windows.  The updates are the two listed in the subject line above.

The updates failed.

They seemed succeed.  I got the message to restart windows to complete the update.  So I rebooted.  Then I saw the messages about “working with updates”.  At around the 30% mark, it rebooted.  Then, on reboot, it continued until the 100% mark.  That looked good.

But then a message:

We couldn’t complete the updates

Undoing changes

Don’t turn off your computer

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Time changes and linux

If you are in North America, then you went through a time change yesterday — from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time.  And perhaps it caused you problems with your dual-boot computer.

If you are an opensuse fan, you will be thinking of installing opensuse 13.2 over the next few days.

Why not take the opportunity to deal with both problems at the same time.

My recommendation is to use UTC (Universal Coordinated Time, sometimes known as Greenwich Mean Time) in your BIOS clock settings.

Traditionally, many Windows users have set their hardware clock to local time.  That is the Windows default.  And it was almost a requirement of Windows.  However, recent Windows versions handle UTC pretty well, so it might be time for a change.

If you are still running Windows XP or an older version, you might prefer to stay with setting the BIOS clock to local time.  However, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 all do pretty well with the BIOS clock set to UTC.

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Windows 8.1 – part 2

I tried once again to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.  This time everything completed normally.

So here’s the secret.  If you do not want to create a Windows account, you must click on “Create a Windows” account.  Now that’s so obvious, I wonder why I missed it.

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Windows 8.1 – sigh!

Today, I tried “upgrading” my Win 8 box to Win 8.1.  It did not go well.

First a little background.  I was looking for a replacement linux box.  It turned out that I could get a better price for a box with Win 8 preinstalled, than for a box without Windows (or with linux).  So I went with Win 8.

I could have deleted Win 8, but decided to keep it, to gain experience with dual booting Win 8 and linux in a UEFI box.  I have not had any actual use for the Win 8 system.

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Windows security – sigh!

I doubt that Windows will ever be sufficiently secure.  I suppose I’m a skeptic or a cynic, or something.  Here I’ll comment on the recent java flap, and on a post at opensuse forums, where somebody thinks linux should change its security model to be more like Windows.

Java security woes

The has been a lot of discussion, over recent weeks, about security problems in java.  It seems that there were some flaws that were being exploited.  I first heard of those problems in thread, such as these, at the security forum of www.dslreports.com

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