Big brother has spoken

BEWARE!  getting a PC with the new Intel 7 series or the Ryzen series from AMD will force you to get Windows 10!

Have you seen this?

Unsupported hardware
Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates.

We knew Microsoft was planning to block installation of Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on systems with Intel 7th Generation Core processors (more memorably known as Kaby Lake) and AMD Ryzen systems; we just weren’t sure when. Now, the answer appears to be “Now.” (Actually started in April 2017) Users of new processors running old versions of Windows are reporting that their updates are being blocked. The block means that systems using these processors are no longer receiving security updates.
The new policy was announced in January of last year and revised slightly a couple of months later: Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, and all new processors on an ongoing basis, would only be supported in Windows 10. Windows 7 and 8.1 would continue to support older processors, but their chip compatibility was frozen.
Strangely straddling the two policies are Intel’s 6th Generation Core processors, aka Skylake. Some Skylake systems will continue to be supported in Windows 7 and 8.1. Others will not. Certain Skylake models shipped by 16 specific OEMs will continue to receive update support. But other Skylake systems will also need to upgrade to Windows 10 to receive ongoing updates.

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Windows updates causing problems

We have seen several office (Word, Excel, Outlook) security updates fail and then the email connector for QuickBooks and other programs to fail.  you will need to do a repair on office first then see if more needs to be done.

Here are good directions to do office repair, it’s easy and one of the things you can do yourself.

Repair or Re-install Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

Outlook 2016

Open up the Control Panel on your PC (and show All Control Panel items, if necessary) and click on Programs, then Programs and Features.
Find Microsoft Office 2016 in the list and highlight it.(Selection also say Microsoft Office 365)
Click Change.
Select Quick Repair and Repair then follow the prompts.
Outlook 2013

Open up the Control Panel on your PC (and show All Control Panel items, if necessary) and click on Programs, then Programs and Features.
Find Microsoft Office 2013 in the list and highlight it.
Click Change.
Select Repair and Continue then follow the prompts.
After the repair is finished, please try the sync again.
Outlook 2010

Open up the Control Panel on your PC (and show All Control Panel items, if necessary) and click on Programs, then Programs and Features.
Find Microsoft Office 2010 in the list and highlight it.
Click Change.
Select Repair and Continue then follow the prompts
After the repair is finished, please try the sync again.
Outlook 2007
Open Microsoft Office 2007.
On the Help menu, click Office Diagnostics.
Click Continue, and then Start Diagnostics.
Outlook 2003
Open Control Panel (Start>Settings>Control Panel)
Select Add or Remove Programs.
Select Microsoft Office/Outlook
Click the Change.
Select the Reinstall or Repair button, click Next.
Select Detect and Repair.
Click Install and follow any prompts provided by the repair tool.

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Hackers Say They’ve Broken Face ID a Week After iPhone X has been Released

As I have said many times before, for every security protection there is a hack.  Always be careful, sometimes the simple things are still the best.

Read full article here.

https://www.wired.com/story/hackers-say-broke-face-id-security/

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Havent seen a Windows XP machine in a while.

I forgot how simple and solid this OS is.  IF Microsoft would have kept working on this platform many people would be happy to run some of the old software that isn’t made anymore therefore will never be updated.

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The latest update causing QuickBooks 2017 Pro to crash?

Clients are complaining that the latest update for QuickBooks 2017 Pro and am now receiving the error “QuickBooks has stopped working: Windows is checking for a solution to the problem…” After several seconds the error message continues to “A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available”.  This wasn’t occurring before I installed the update.

We found the latest Microsoft .NET Framework update is not compatible with QB 2017 on Windows 7 computers. If this is the case, then go to control panel -> Programs and Features -> double click on Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 and choose repair option. Click continue/OK and finish reverting back to 4.6.1 ( the previous version).

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