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    KB4457133

    This update says: "...Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows..." the wording of which suggests turning on certain automatic logging/scanning/reporting features that I...
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    Upper Right Screen Notification Dialog logged?

    Is the notification dialog that appears briefly in the upper right of the screen (8.1) logged in any manner? A few times now I've heard the dialog's Heads Up sound and looked at the screen too late to see whatever the notification dialog said. I've since changed the duration of the dialog to 5...
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    Why did I =just= get KB3038936, an August =2015= update

    This update theoretically installs a new version of Defender for Windows 8.1, which is okay, but from August 2015? What's goin' on?
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    Desktop Start screen icon rolling

    When I am getting ready to log out of my Windows 8.1 system, I click the start flag lower-left to switch to the "Apps" view, then click on my upper-right self and select "Sign Out". If I just click on that upper-right name then simply exit the resulting dialog the desktop icon on the Start...
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    27,000 bytes sent to markmonitor.com - why?

    As most of us know, Windows makes about 479 connections to markmonitor.com for whatever reason it has, none of which seem to be clearly revealed yet (for example, while typing this post my PC has 5 port 443 connections to markmontor.com - one by explorer.exe, one by malwarebytes, and three by...
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    Solved Automatic updates enabled for Defender ONLY?

    I have automatic Windows Update turned off - simply download and notify me when necessary, but do not automatically install; this allows me to review and reject "updates" I simply don't want - usually having to do with intimate tracking and/or Windows 10-anything on this 8.1 system...
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    Optional update kb3107998 for certain Lenovo computers

    So, okay, an optional update showed up this morning to remove some broken Lenovo software: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3107998 But this machine I'm typing at is an ancient-ASUS-motherboard machine, not a Lenovo. Now, in this house there IS a Lenovo laptop (that has yet to be...
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    Bad typist needs character twiddler for Windows 8.1

    I make way too many mistakes in typing like "ahve" instead of "have". In the Good Ol' Days, as an Emacs user, I got used to simply hitting CTRL-T and having those two characters swap locations. Anything like that in Windows? [note, for those Linux/Unix bash users out there the same ctrl-t...
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    DCOM Error events showing up quite a bit

    I'm getting quite a few errors showing up in the event logs like this: The server {BF6C1E47-86EC-4194-9CE5-13C15DCB2001} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout. and The server {1B1F472E-3221-4826-97DB-2C2324D389AE} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout...
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    Uh...okay...YOU explain it!

    A text message in an event log: User has Dismissed the Toast for Notification Id 11468. Is this a Special Toast? false Here's the XML code of that event...if it helps: - <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> - <System> <Provider...
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    A folder named tifilefetcher.exe

    While looking into reasons Store apps download but never install, I went over to my C:\Users\MeMeMe\AppData\Local\Packages folder to confirm that all the apps that I uninstalled had their folders there removed as well. They were gone - yay. But... There was a folder there called...
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    Solved Peculiar problem with a few related Windows 8.1 apps

    For the longest time - not really sure HOW long, BTW - my system would get log entries and event entries about failures to update Store apps. I've done just about everything to resolve this, including just recently doing a "repair install" that may have fixed some OTHER problems but certainly...
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    Properly formatted DISM command incorrectly parsed

    When I execute a DISM command in an administrator-level command window, the command line is being incorrectly parsed by either DISM, an API it calls, or by CBS, or an API CBS calls. This causes an "invalid path"-type error after the argument to "/Source:" argument is incorrectly parsed. From...
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    Of the 8 "optional" updates today for 64-bit 8.1 Pro...

    ...three of them are to be hidden, IMHO. The others look like standard good fixes. The three to not install/update are: This one is just because my system doesn't have this problem: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3060746 The next two look like more tracking and Windows 10 stuff...
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    Latest couple Firefox versions slow/freeze whole system

    Using 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro with an automatically updated Firefox, currently version 40.0.2. Start up Firefox and...nothing. Check Process Explorer and see Firefox is there. Try to start up TCPview and...nothing. Decide to go back to Process Explorer and kill off Firefox - before I get that...
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    Getting error events about skydrive but not used

    With a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro system I'm intermittently getting error events like: The server {BF6C1E47-86EC-4194-9CE5-13C15DCB2001} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout. Looking further into it the registry says that server is: C:\Windows\System32\skydrive.exe Of course...
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    Solved How do I stop a scheduled automatic install of 10!?

    I have been putzing around for a couple solid weeks trying to track down why the Software Protection Service is giving an apparent error on one item: 9e473b6d-b591-4c46-9c44-90a865f22e76, 1, 1 [(0 [0x00000000, 1, 0], [(?)( 1 0x00000000)(?)( 2 0x00000000 0 0 msft:rm/algorithm/hwid/4.0 0x00000000...