Quick Clean For Supported OS: Windows 10 and 11 _ Lenovo ThinkPads

How cool is this not only for healthcare professionals but for the home user to deal with crumbs and dust? Very cool!
Lenovo Quick Clean application allows healthcare professionals to lock keyboard and mouse input so the laptop keyboard can be wiped down to sanitize the device. The user can use the default 2-minute timer or specify an amount of time to lock out input.
If the user finishes cleaning before the timer expires, pressing FN key plus Right Shift will exit the cleaning mode.


https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/downloads/ds540666-lenovo-quick-clean-for-windows-10-thinkpad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxE3lBpR2Es

 

Microsoft December 2021 Security Updates

The Microsoft December 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 67 CVEs:
  7 are rated Critical
 60 are rated Important severity.
Currently, five are listed as publicly known and one is listed as under active exploit.

More information:
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Dec

Details on all the CVE’s as well as information on Adobe Updates and more can be found here:
https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/12/14/the-december-2021-security-update-review

Review ThinkBook Yoga 14S With Windows 11 Upgrade

 

In mid-December Lenovo sent me a Mineral Grey ThinkBook Yoga 14S to review.  I was looking forward to trying the ThinkBook, because as an artist, I prefer the glossy display that this product offers.  This device was received as part of the Lenovo Insiders program. No additional compensation was involved. All opinions are my own.

Photo After Installing Windows 11 and My Preferred Apps:

Processor

11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor

 (2.40 GHz, up to 4.20 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 8 MB Cache)

Operating System

Windows 10 Pro 64 (Note: I upgraded to Windows 11 for my testing to see how ThinkBook performed with 11.)

Graphics

Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

Memory

8GB DDR4 RAM

16 GB DDR4 3200MHz (8 GB Soldered + 8 GB DIMM)

Storage

512 GB PCIe SSD

Display

14.0” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 300 nits

Camera

720p HD

Pen

Active Garaged Pen

Security

Fingerprint Reader

Keyboard

Backlit – US English

WLAN

802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.1

First look and Hands-On

The ThinkBook sports a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel display with thin top and side bezels. Lenovo’s manual sliding ThinkShutter on the top edge disables the webcam when it is not needed. Two hinges simply fold the screen back to convert the unit into Tablet Mode, Presentation Mode, or Tent Mode.

A view of the right side shows the power button/ fingerprint reader, a USB 3.2 Type-A port, a microSD card slot, a security lock slot, and a “garage” for the (included) stylus pen.  (Note: The security slot takes a slim type lock. Be sure to research compatible locks for this specific device. I ordered a Slim Nano lock based on Kensington’s ThinkBook Yoga 14S compatibility information but had to return it because it did not work – so save your receipt from wherever you order.)

On the left, you’ll find another USB-A 3.2 port, a USB-C 3.2 port (used by the AC adapter), a Thunderbolt r4/USB4 port, an HDMI connector for an external monitor, and an audio jack.

 

Camera

I was not overly impressed with the camera. It is fine for attending online meetings, but for photo work, the camera images were less than I expected. In all fairness, I may be spoiled by the quality and LED displays on higher end ThinkPads that I use regularly.

Audio

The speakers on the unit that received produced a thin, hollow sound. Dolby Audio software lets the owner choose among music, movie, game, and voice presets and play with an equalizer. Again, this is my first experience with ThinkBook; therefore I had a tendency to compare it with the ThinkPad line of laptops that I use every day. 

Keyboard

Typing on the ThinkBook’s backlit keyboard features quiet, low travel, quick key performance.  Some users my have a concern with the keyboard layout, however. The user will need to combine the Fn key and cursor arrows to experience functions for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys because those are not dedicated keys. A plus, however, is the handy top-row shortcut keys, including two to place and hang up on conference calls. I just needed to remember that the conference call keys are there so I could use them.  Another unique keyboard feature is that pressing the F9 key opens an online support window for troubleshooting and upgrades. I miss the red ThinkPad signature trackpoint that I am used to on laptops, but that would not be expected on this convertible ThinkBook. The buttonless touchpad is responsive and easy to use. It takes only a light tap to click.

Display

 The display is acceptable, with rich colors and good contrast. I appreciate ThinkBook’s glossy Gorilla Glass display that gives clarity to my images when running my graphics applications. One negative of glossy screens is that they don’t work well outdoors because of the glare. Fortunately, my setup at home and when traveling around town to coffee shops etc. is indoors, so no problem there.

Battery

ThinkBook had no problem running for 8 hours on one charge. (Note: This was run in power-save mode rather than using balanced or high-performance mode .) The bottom line is that the battery is adequate, but I would not consider it great.

Productivity 

While the ThinkBook could handle my graphics applications adequately, I felt that the i5 processor did not have as much power as an i7 would have when it comes to running graphics apps and playing music or video at the same time. The i5 unit that I received is definitely not for gamers. For fun I tested it next to an X-series ThinkPad with an i7 processor that was running the same OS, same settings and same applications. There was a definite lag on the ThinkBook. I realize that the two systems are different, but I feel that if I were going to make a purchase I would spend more to have an X1 Yoga with an i7 rather than the ThinkBook with i5.

Weight

About 3-1/2 lbs.

Conclusion

The ThinkBook seems to be solidly built. I consider it perfect for daily productivity at home or in a small office and for streaming entertainment rather than for any serious gaming. I feel that it is a perfect device to use for travel and casual business purposes.  Additional Details:  ThinkBook 14s Yoga (14″) – Mineral Grey | Lenovo US

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Microsoft Security Updates for November, 2021

Microsoft has released patches for 55 new CVEs in Microsoft products.
Severity Rating:
6 are rated Critical 
49 are rated Important

More information on these updates can be found here:
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Nov

and here (also includes details and link to Adobe Update information):
https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/11/9/the-november-2021-security-update-review

 

Windows Security Updates for October, 2021


The Microsoft October 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 71 CVEs:
 2 are rated Critical
 68 are rated Important
 1 is Low in severity.  

Note that the update includes the first “Update Tuesday” update for Windows 11.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/windows-11-update-history-a19cd327-b57f-44b9-84e0-26ced7109ba9

More information on today’s updates can be found here:
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Oct

In addition, details are here (also includes a link to Adobe Update information):
https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/10/12/the-october-2021-security-update-review

 

Windows 11: It’s All About Security, Folks

When it comes to Windows 11, Security is the name of the game. If Windows users care about that we’ll abide by Microsoft’s requirements for Windows 11 and not attempt to bypass them at the risk of slowing down our devices and their becoming less safe. Trying to circumvent those requirements would be like trying to take a Model T Ford out on one of our busy highways. First of all, its top speed would be 40–45 mph (64–72 km/h) and second, those vehicles were not built with seat harnesses, airbags, and brakes that would sufficiently stop a vehicle moving that fast.

 

To Be Specific:

As discussed over at Lenovo’s Windows 11 Board, there is a reason why a TPM 2.0 is needed for Windows 11 Compatibility. 

Regarding the processor requirement that has disappointed a few folks, upgrading to Windows 11 on a processor that is not supported, most likely will result in a computer’s performing slower than it did on Windows 10. Would you not want to be aware of that before installing a new operating system? During testing, users of Secured-Core PCs running Windows 10 with older processors reported major performance issues by enabling aspects of the Secured-Core PC on those older computers. Microsoft simply wants to move toward better-secured PC’s with the performance that we enjoyed in Windows 10. We can’t blame them for that – unless we don’t care about our security. 

For more information:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-intel-processors

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ways-to-install-windows-11-e0edbbfb-cfc5-4011-868b-2ce77ac7c70e


https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-11-Pre-Release-Discussions/Windows-11-Pre-Release-Notes/m-p/5085390

 

Windows 11 Is Here!

Windows 11 is rolling out and is available on NEW PC’s. 

The free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is scheduled to be phased and measured with a focus on quality. By doing this Microsoft makes sure of hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. It is expected that eligible devices will be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.

Windows 11 is packed with innovation. The new operating system features a new user interface (UI) design that has been built for simplicity and ease of use.

Users will find new built-in features:

* Windows Store has been rebuilt from the ground up. It has a new fluid UI and a change in some of the policies that determine what type of apps are permitted into the storefront.

* Microsoft Teams is built into Windows 11.

* Windows 11 will be compatible with many Android Apps

Xbox app will also be built into Windows 11. Game Pass subscribers will be able to download from a catalog of games that the service offers, and will be able to stream titles using Xbox cloud gaming. Cross-play between consoles and PCs will also be available.

 * Digital pen allows for creative and personal touches. This assists users in writing and drawing naturally in order to annotate a PDF, website, image, and more.

Voice typing makes the keyboard optional, allowing work to be transcribed into text easily. 

* Intuitive touch gestures enable fluid workflows. No mouse is necessary. The use of multi-finger gestures will enable quicker navigation.  

Feature Updates will arrive only once a year, as opposed to twice a year for Windows 10.

For more information on these features and others see: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/06/24/introducing-windows-11/

According to Lenovo Support:

* Windows 11 runs all the same apps as Windows 10

* The default browser is Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not available anymore

* if you have purchased a system with Windows 11 Pro, you can downgrade Windows 11 Pro to Windows 10 Pro (Windows 11 Home is not eligible for such a downgrade)

*If you have purchased a new system which comes with Windows 11 preloaded, for the first time setup, its necessary to have an active internet connection. Also keep in mind that the system will require you to download the latest Windows 11 updates before the initial setup is finished.

*Gaming performance in Windows 11 is about the same as in Windows 10, however, you might see a slight performance drop when it comes to games with older engines due to how the GPU feeds information to the CPU on the new Windows 11 operating system. One of the examples is the popular FPS game CS:GO

– Lenovo Windows 11 Support Center:
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht512575 

Windows Update will provide an indication if and when a PC is eligible for the upgrade. Users can check their PC’s eligibility by going to Settings/Windows Update.

* After upgrading if you may need to check you system’s drivers and downloads page at Lenovo Support to be sure you have the latest drivers. 

You can also use the updated PC Health Check app to see if your PC can run Windows 11.
For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11

Resources

Lenovo Windows 11 Support Center: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht512575 

Lenovo’s Knowledge Base and Guides: Windows 11 – Lenovo Support US

Check your OEM to see if your device is supported by them.  Here is Lenovo’s List of Supported Devices: If your device is not listed check back later to see if there have been updates. https://support.lenovo.com/solutions/ht512623-lenovo-devices-supported-for-windows-11

Microsoft Security Updates, September 2021

The Microsoft September 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 66 CVEs.

3 are rated Critical
62 are rated Important
1 Moderate in severity

Information regarding known issues with the security updates as well as the CVEs with FAQs, Mitigations and/or Workarounds can be viewed here:
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Sep
In addition the full list of CVEs released by Microsoft for September 2021 can be found here along with other updates: 
https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/9/14/the-september-2021-security-update-review-kpgpb

Windows Security Updates, August 2021

Microsoft August 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 44 CVEs.
7 are rated Critical

37 are rated Important
Microsoft reports that two of these bugs are publicly known and one is under active attack at the time of release.
Please use Windows/Automatic Updates to determine which updates are applicable to your particular system.

For more information:
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/releaseNote/2021-Aug
https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/8/10/the-august-2021-security-update-review

 

Windows Security Updates, July 2021

Microsoft July 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 117 CVEs.
Severity:
13 are rated Critical
103 are rated Important
1 is rated moderate   

According to Microsoft, six of these bugs are publicly known and four are under active attack at the time of release.
See Zero Day Initiative for more details: https://www.zerodayinitiative.com/blog/2021/7/13/the-july-2021-security-update-review

On July 6 an Out-of-Band update was released to address CVE-2021-34527, Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability for Windows 10 Versions 21H1, 20H1, 2004, 1909, 1809, 1803, 1507, and Windows 8.1
https://msrc.microsoft.com/update-guide/vulnerability/CVE-2021-34527

Download the update by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update
 The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  
To find the standalone package, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
 https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx