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    What to do when Windows Update fails

    LANGALIST PLUS

    What to do when Windows Update fails


    By Fred Langa

    Update problems can leave your PC vulnerable to hackers, malware, and other security threats. Here's how to overcome Windows Update failures. Plus: How to remove Windows 8 from a Win7/8 dual boot; why OneDrive should not be your only backup mechanism; and a new, free, small-footprint OS.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/what-to-do-when-windows-update-fails/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    To compete with mature O/S like Windows or Linux, Menuet needs much more than to be small - and possibly fast (since small often equals fast too).

    But with security so important these days, I wonder how well Menuet's security architecture stacks up.

    And of course speed to market with support for peripherals is important as is a base of middleware that makes development of highly functional applications easy.

    So, ability to port over open-source code from other platforms is important, which means that API compatibility is essential.

    So how well does Menuet really stack up as a long term prospect? Or is it simply a nice example of assembler programming that will never make it in the real world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Protopia View Post
    Or is it simply a nice example of assembler programming that will never make it in the real world?
    I thought the article rather implied this.

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    Well - sort of but not exactly. The article (quite rightly) doesn't go into details of this stuff - and so it is difficult to tell from the article alone whether this has a future or not.

    Looking at the web site, this has taken 10 years to get this far - and it really says nothing about the authors intentions, or a roadmap or indeed anything about the future.

    So I would say that Fred's comments "it’s a fabulous example of assembly-language expertise — interesting and fun to see in itself" are not just true but probably sum up the project's future too.

    (But then again I am not a great futurologist, so what do I know??)

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    Ran across this a few minutes ago:
    The System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) is a tool developed by Microsoft that is used to repair a computers Windows Update issues. Part of the repair stage is for SURTto locate and repair corrupt/missing update files, Windows Update registry keys and important system files. SURT goes through an extensive database that it uses to verify its files, to ensure none are missing or corrupt. This tool can help you fix most update issues, if they are from Windows Update installs or trying to install the latest Service Pack. A lot of Windows Update files will not be able to install if there are corruptions present on the machine. SURT is only available on Windows Vista, 7,Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2.
    http://thetechcookbook.com/system-up...ess-tool-surt/

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    Microsoft link to DISM/SURT...

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947821

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    Has anyone ever heard of Zorin OS and installed/used it? Heard about this OS back in 2013 and downloaded both the 32-bit and 64-bit version. It comes in a lite version that's 800 MB's in size.

    From what I could gather about this platform, if one had a machine running XP and it was insufficient to handle Win7, then you'd likely have no problem installing the Zorin OS on one's computer and it would run just fine. It's Linux based and gives one the opportunity to have either a WinXP looking desktop or Win7. It also offers a Mac OS X desktop look and feel but it's not free like the Windows look and feel versions. Supposedly it does not require a lot of RAM or disk space to install.

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    PCWorld did an overview of Zorin in July, 2014...

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/24580...e-windows.html

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