Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809

  1. IronZorg89's Avatar
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       #350

    HRPuffnstuff said:
    I just wanted to say that since I clean installed 1809 followed by this latest update my system flies again.
    I didn't do any clean Install, but both of my machines have been like on steroids since after upgrading to the Windows 10 October Update 2018 (1809).
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  2. VBF's Avatar
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    Posts : 577
    Win 10 Pro
       #351

    IronZorg89 said:
    How exactly did you do it?. When I first tried the .exe file from the link given by "Winactive", I got a message from Windows (I didn't take a snapshot of it, too bad) saying that this app is not safe for you computer, something of the genre. So I just cancelled it. I did not want to take any chance, despite the fact that WD or MBAM didn't find anything, which is kind of weird.

    Now, with the new link provided by @PrivacyFreak, it looks like there is only a .zip file. If I open the latter, do I copy the .exe file or the whole .zip file to the C:\ drive.
    Go to Specucheck which is actually https://github.com/ionescu007/SpecuCheck/releases
    There you will see a list of Assets thus:

    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    Assuming you want the 64-Bit version, click on SpecuCheck.exe and when prompted, SAVE it somewhere helpful (I use my Downloads Folder)

    Then COPY SpecuCheck.exe to C:\ (You may need to provide administrator permission)

    Run Command Prompt (Admin)
    That will open the Command prompt screen thus:
    (Excuse my colour scheme!)
    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    The CD C:\ command sets you to the root of C:\ (It stands for Change Directory)
    The DIR command shows you what files are IN the root of C:\

    One of them is SpecuCheck.exe, so the last line in my screenshot is awaiting an "Enter"
    Voila!

    One of the good things about growing up with DOS (and VMS) is I once had to use command lines to do EVERYTHING! You young people with your GUIs don't even realise you've got it made...

    A word of warning - it is NOT a good idea to get into the habit of putting executables in the root of your system drive. ONLY do it in cases like these, when you know that the file is safe and there is no other way to run it. In this case it could probably be run from a Users folder but that makes the command lines more tricky.
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  3. ddelo's Avatar
    Posts : 2,260
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #352

    VBF said:
    Go to Specucheck which is actually https://github.com/ionescu007/SpecuCheck/releases
    There you will see a list of Assets thus:

    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    Assuming you want the 64-Bit version, click on SpecuCheck.exe and when prompted, SAVE it somewhere helpful (I use my Downloads Folder)

    Then COPY SpecuCheck.exe to C:\ (You may need to provide administrator permission)

    Run Command Prompt (Admin)
    That will open the Command prompt screen thus:
    (Excuse my colour scheme!)
    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    The CD C:\ command sets you to the root of C:\ (It stands for Change Directory)
    The DIR command shows you what files are IN the root of C:\

    One of them is SpecuCheck.exe, so the last line in my screenshot is awaiting an "Enter"
    Voila!

    One of the good things about growing up with DOS (and VMS) is I once had to use command lines to do EVERYTHING! You young people with your GUIs don't even realise you've got it made...

    One unimportant comment. There is no need to copy the file in the root C:\

    It can by run from any folder e.g. %userprofile%\Downloads
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  4. VBF's Avatar
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    Posts : 577
    Win 10 Pro
       #353

    ddelo said:
    One unimportant comment. There is no need to copy the file in the root C:\
    It can by run from any folder e.g. %userprofile%\Downloads
    Indeed it can - we cross-posted while I was editing my original post - see my "Word of warning" in my original post - I was trying to keep it simple for someone not used to command lines.
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  5. ddelo's Avatar
    Posts : 2,260
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #354

    VBF said:
    Indeed it can - we cross-posted while I was editing my original post - see my "Word of warning" in my original post
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  6. VBF's Avatar
    VBF
    Posts : 577
    Win 10 Pro
       #355

    ddelo said:
    We must stop meeting, and cross-posting like this
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  7. PrivacyFreak's Avatar
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #356

    IronZorg89 said:
    How exactly did you do it?. When I first tried the .exe file from the link given by "Winactive", I got a message from Windows (I didn't take a snapshot of it, too bad) saying that this app is not safe for you computer, something of the genre. So I just cancelled it. I did not want to take any chance, despite the fact that WD or MBAM didn't find anything, which is kind of weird.

    Now, with the new link provided by @PrivacyFreak, it looks like there is only a .zip file. If I open the latter, do I copy the .exe file or the whole .zip file to the C:\ drive.
    The executable is free from malware. I check all my downloads with VirusTotal. So, don't worry about it.

    You can copy the executable (.exe file) that you extract from the .zip file to C:\ so it's easily accessible from the Command Prompt.

    Also, from the Motivation and Caveats sections of the page I linked in my previous post, note that the author of the utility recommends that you rather use the PowerShell Cmdlet Module provided by Microsoft:

    "Since then, Microsoft has done great work to expose that data from the kernel-mode in a concise matter, which succinctly indicates the kernel’s support and usage of the various mitigating technologies and hardware features, and released a PowerShell CmdLet Module to retrieve that data. SpecuCheck, therefore, remains only as a research tool and is not recommended – please use the Microsoft-approved PowerShell Module instead."

    "SpecuCheck relies on undocumented system calls and information classes which are subject to change. Additionally, SpecuCheck only returns the information that the Windows Kernel is storing about the state of the mitigations and hardware features – based on policy settings (registry, boot parameters) or other compatibility flags, the Windows Kernel’s state may not match the true hardware state. The goal of this tool is to give you a Windows-specific assessment, not a hardware assessment that is OS-agnostic.

    SpecuCheck is only a research tool and is not recommended for general or commercial use – please use the Microsoft-approved PowerShell Module instead."


    For more on the PowerShell script, see
    https://betanews.com/2018/01/05/micr...pectre-script/
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  8. IronZorg89's Avatar
    Posts : 2,358
    Windows 10 pro x64-bit
       #357

    VBF said:
    Go to Specucheck which is actually https://github.com/ionescu007/SpecuCheck/releases
    There you will see a list of Assets thus:

    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    Assuming you want the 64-Bit version, click on SpecuCheck.exe and when prompted, SAVE it somewhere helpful (I use my Downloads Folder)

    Then COPY SpecuCheck.exe to C:\ (You may need to provide administrator permission)

    Run Command Prompt (Admin)
    That will open the Command prompt screen thus:
    (Excuse my colour scheme!)
    Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-image.png

    The CD C:\ command sets you to the root of C:\ (It stands for Change Directory)
    The DIR command shows you what files are IN the root of C:\

    One of them is SpecuCheck.exe, so the last line in my screenshot is awaiting an "Enter"
    Voila!

    One of the good things about growing up with DOS (and VMS) is I once had to use command lines to do EVERYTHING! You young people with your GUIs don't even realise you've got it made...

    A word of warning - it is NOT a good idea to get into the habit of putting executables in the root of your system drive. ONLY do it in cases like these, when you know that the file is safe and there is no other way to run it. In this case it could probably be run from a Users folder but that makes the command lines more tricky.
    Thanks a lot!. Very well explained. I finally did it, and here is the result from SpecuCheck:
    Attachment 212706

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Current Status of Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809-specucheck-result.png  
    Last edited by IronZorg89; 17 Nov 2018 at 15:37.
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  9. VBF's Avatar
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    Posts : 577
    Win 10 Pro
       #358

    IronZorg89 said:
    Thanks a lot!. Very well explained. I finally did it, and here is the result from SpecuCheck:
    Attachment 212706

    As @PrivacyFreak said - no thanks required. Do read his caveats above though - this is a useful tool but with limitations.
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  10. PrivacyFreak's Avatar
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #359

    PrivacyFreak said:
    ...
    For more on the PowerShell script, see
    https://betanews.com/2018/01/05/micr...pectre-script/
    Also, here's a link to a guide from @Brink
    Windows Client Guidance against speculative execution vulnerabilities
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