Category : Windows Backup

Monthly patch rollups for Windows 7, 8.1 start October 2016


Monthly patch rollups for the Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 operating systems will commence in October 2016. Microsoft will also move the same monthly rollup model for the .NET Framework in October as well.

A rollup is multiple patches, “rolled up” into a single update, replacing individual patches for operating systems. Previous individual patches allowed users and administrators to select the patches they wished to apply, but Microsoft officials say this has led to fragmentation, with different PCs having different sets of updates installed.

“The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues. Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required. Rollups enable you to bring your systems up to date with fewer updates, and will minimize administrative overhead to install a large number of updates.” –  Microsoft said in a statement

Security and reliability patches will be included in the rollups, yet Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash updates will not. Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the Microsoft Update Catalog will have the monthly updates published.

Microsoft’s goal is for the monthly rollups to be fully cumulative, happening as the team adds patches previously released, so users can install the latest single rollup and be up to date.

Windows will release a single Security-only update, including new security patches for each month with individual patches no longer available. The Security update will not be available on Windows Update, but will be available from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog.





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Googledrive vs Skydrive – Cloud Storage

There are A LOT of cloud storage options available today. How do you pick the one that is right for you? I have tested a variety and have come the conclusion, at least for me that Skydrive and Google Drive are the best on the market.

Skydrive offers your 7GB free storage, where Google drive offers you 5GB. Now Skydrive is a Microsoft application that can link to your Windows Live account which links to your many of your Microsoft apps. Google drive links to your gmail account and integrates well with linking everything to that account.

Skydrive: free space is 7gb, file size limit is 2gb, there are various premium pricing available

Google Drive: 5GB free space, 10GB file size limit, Premium pricing is $60/year for 100GB.

Bottom line, they are both great, just depends on the amount of data you plan to use. Each allows you the capability to share your data with other users.

Unlimited Backup!

Backup’s are extremely critical for individuals and organizations to have in place. One solution I’ve found to be not only extremely cheap and affordable for any user, but also extremely safe and reliable is known as BackBlaze, a $4 dollar per month service that provides unlimited storage, end to end encryption, and integrates seamlessly with both mac and window’s based environments. Not only is this solution a great for anyone, it’s also extremely easy to use and setup, accessible anywhere through their easy to use website, and automatically keep’s itself in sync providing you reports of job success’s and failure’s.

Features Include:

  • Unlimited Storage
  • External Drive Support
  • Military-Grade Encryption
  • Continuous Backup
  • Automatically Finds Files
  • Automatic Throttle
  • Locate Computer
  • Free Web Restore
  • Restore to USB Hard Drive
  • Restore to Flash Drive
  • File versioning
  • 11 Languages

Windows 8 Reset and Refresh Features

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft is going to be implementing a reset and refresh feature that allows you essentially reset your PC back to factory defaults. It is going to be much like resetting a router back to factory defaults. I think this is a pretty neat feature as it will allow you to refresh you machine in a timely manner. This beats the Windows 7 solution which was to create a recovery disk upon first booting up the PC. In most cases people often ignored these messages.

There are going to be several options for this refresh and restore.


Quick: This mode just resets your computer to factory defaults and takes approximately 6 minutes.

Thorough: This mode rights random patterns to the sectors on your drives, which makes it much harder to recover personal data on that drive. Microsoft estimates that the process will take about 24 minutes without BitLocker encryption.

Refresh: This mode will actually back up your apps, personal data, and settings. It is claimed that this mode takes about 8 minutes to complete. The only bad part about this is that it only backs up and restores Metro-style apps that are approved in the Microsoft store. In turn, the good part about this is that it will actually create an HTML file and place it on the desktop that includes a list of the deleted applications.

Can’t wait to test…..