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1492

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Posted: 12/31/21 02:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BTW, when upgrading to a new OS, I always make a separate 'bare-metal' image as a secondary backup. WIN has it's own restore to previous versions built-in. Though if the restoration process fails, it's helpful to have a separate backup image.

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I would love to keep my Windows 10 Pro forever, if that were allowable. I don”t thinking that’s gonna happen, though. My Toshiba laptop isn’t able to upgrade to W11, anyway. [emoticon]


Maybe it will last? I'm still running Windows 7 because I can't stand Windows 10. When they get Windows 11 a little more settled, maybe it won't be too bad and I'll upgrade.

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Bill, if you are connecting to the Internet with WIN7, you're taking a risk of using any legacy OS with no security patching moving forward. Most all who caught the WannaCry crypto ransomeware got it from unpatched WIN 7 machines. Hope you're not accessing any financial accounts?

Don't think anti-malware software can protect you. It just takes a cyber criminal to exploit a vulnerability in OS allowing elevated privileges to disable security on your system. They can then do pretty much anything they want.

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Trackrig wrote:

mr. ed wrote:

I would love to keep my Windows 10 Pro forever, if that were allowable. I don”t thinking that’s gonna happen, though. My Toshiba laptop isn’t able to upgrade to W11, anyway. [emoticon]


Maybe it will last? I'm still running Windows 7 because I can't stand Windows 10. When they get Windows 11 a little more settled, maybe it won't be too bad and I'll upgrade.

Bill
Yeah, I feel your pain. I'm still running a couple of Windows 7 machines because I also hate the "phone interface". Although I did recently get a laptop with Windows 10 and it's not too bad, but there sure is a lot of "stuff" running all the time, and way too many tools buried and not too easy to access, until you figure it all out anyway. Old dogs and new tricks kind of thing.


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It just amazes me how a company like Microsoft, who are so good at everything else they do, can put out a product like Windows 8 and 10. That's how the public sees them is through the way their computers operate. It took me a long time to get over this before I'd buy Microsoft stock.

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I have Windows 11 on my M1 Mac Mini with 43" 4K Samsung display using Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Pro Edition.

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My trusty Toshiba laptop is getting long in the tooth (over 10 yrs old), but still works well. When support for W10 runs out in 2025, and if my Toshiba is still going strong, I may opt for a different operating system at that time (Linux?) [emoticon]


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1492 wrote:

Bill, if you are connecting to the Internet with WIN7, you're taking a risk of using any legacy OS with no security patching moving forward. Most all who caught the WannaCry crypto ransomeware got it from unpatched WIN 7 machines. Hope you're not accessing any financial accounts?

Don't think anti-malware software can protect you. It just takes a cyber criminal to exploit a vulnerability in OS allowing elevated privileges to disable security on your system. They can then do pretty much anything they want.


I HAVE seen "fully patched" and "up to date" PCs behind very heavily configured firewalls fall victim to virus/malware just as easily or even easier than fresh baremetal install of OS with zero patches.

Wannacry and lots of other ransomware/malware/virus is typically initially delivered via emails, email attachments or emails with links embeded that often look like an official email from someone you know.. Folks blindly open, click the attachments or links and bam it is launched.. Once launched if your PC is a member of a IT domain it will then attempt to move through that network.

Basically in a nutshell, the best "security" is not really trying to steel armor island your PC. It is more about being suspicious of emails and not to blindly trust everything. Investigate, check the actual email address before opening or clicking on it, often times the email will show your friends or known business name "alias" but if you look closer the actual email address is different..

Don't click the links in any email when it comes to any email purporting an account issue (your account will be locked if you don't respond type of thing), a shipping issue (there has been an error with your shipment type of thing that you didn't order), those links can take you to spoofed websites which could initiate installing a virus, malware, ransomware and/or make you divulge personal information ("Phishing").

Instead of clicking on links in any email to get to a website, go directly to the website on your own from your browser and not from the email link.

On edit..

Wanted to also add, that there are some very practical and effective ways to harden your PC from unwanted stuff.

Always use a adblocker, I use AdBlockPlus, works a treat on the third party inline ads (typically blue text with double underlines) which if you hover over will popup an ad.. Another way to harden your PC is to run NoScript in your browser.. NoScript blocks JavaScripts from running, JavaScripts have full administrative access to your PC making all of those Windows updates pretty much a useless affair.

However blocking JavaScripts from running will break most websites so you have to one by one enable them to get the website to work..

* This post was edited 01/06/22 04:32pm by Gdetrailer *

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In my opinion,Windows XP was the best of all the Window versions. Why couldn't they make updated versions of that instead of what they're doing?

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Mayor30 wrote:

In my opinion,Windows XP was the best of all the Window versions. Why couldn't they make updated versions of that instead of what they're doing?


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