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"Windows 10's package manager flooded with duplicate, malformed apps."
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/windows-10s-package-manager-flooded-wit...alformed-apps/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
<BUMP to Post #421, above: Crickets . . . ?>
Vanishing Folders | Win-10 Moves in Mysterious Ways:
Update 20H2 trashed a few installed items here -- games most evidently -- shoving them into a folder section with the heading Windows_Old. Now, there is not trace of this folder anymore. Whatever got relocated there appears to be gone. (A good search utility failed to turn up anything, on keyword searches.) There is now just a folder entitled "Windows10Upgrade", that does not contain what I was looking for. Had I known this might happen, I would have backed up that Windows_Old section before it could disappear. Leaves you wondering what future Win Updates may zap. Best to keep a close watch on this possibility.
[EDIT: in a couple cases, I was able to open install archives with a utility, extract and reinstate necessary files that must have gotten moved into the now vanished 'Windows_Old' section, as a workaround for restoring said programs. Reinstalling them from scratch might have worked as well, but I wanted to test out that method using the extractor.]
Last edited by Seeker47; 10th Jun 2021 at 14:57.
Windows 10 ""News and Interests"" is the new Active Desktop
"Windows 10 News and Interests enabled for everyone in latest update."
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-news-and-interests-enabled-...latest-update/"Like this facility, I don't exist."
Well, my digging for a solution has only begun, but already there is this
which includes various links in the article responses. Hopefully one of those will prove effective, without causing significant damage. I'm gonna start with a Registry-based one, then move on to tossing the new EDGE overboard. Won't miss that at all. A pity we apparently can't tank 21H1 altogether, without also disposing of the latest security fixes in the process.
[EDIT: and this: https://www.askvg.com/tip-completely-disable-and-remove-news-and-interests-feature-in-windows-10/ ]
Last edited by Seeker47; 15th Jun 2021 at 09:59.
Have now ditched this intrusive and unwanted "feature", using the method presented in the AskVG article linked above. (It had also had the effect of squeezing out the available space for pinned items on your taskbar.) This was just the latest privacy invading, data mining inroad slipped in my MS . . . and it surely won't be the last.
I had checked that, but I guess it must have been right before the latest version had dropped.
O&O had to be aware of this, was hoping they would get right on it. Turning it Off in Windows
might not be sufficient; I'd rather zap it in the Registry. Even that probably won't stop them from re-enabling it with a future update.
Majorgeeks also provides a download link directly from the developer's site, if that's what you prefer.