Vol. 22, #31 - July 31, 2017 - Issue #1142

R.I.P mspaint.exe

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about items being deprecated or removed in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. We get excited around here when new Windows features are added. Well, not really. But we do get annoyed sometimes when Microsoft decides to deprecate or remove one of our favorite and much-used feature like Microsoft Paint--argh!! So we're focusing our discussion this week on the whole topic of deprecating/removing features from Windows. Also be sure to check out the Admin Toolbox section of this issue for some news about a new free offering from Kaspersky. And check out our IT Pro Fitness Corner for some fitness and nutrition tips submitted by our readers plus a horror story shared by one of our readers who prefers to remain anonymous. Plus we've got the other usual stuff :-)

Losing Microsoft Paint as a built-in feature of Windows makes me as sad as when I had to say goodbye to Windows 95 several months ago (lol). Maybe it's time for me to switch from using Microsoft Windows to installing the Dogbert 2000 operating system on my computers? Read more here:


Ask Our Readers - New newsletter layout

By now you've seen the new layout for our newsletter. It has new header and footer graphics and I think the font is different too, but the structure and organization (and content!) of WServerNews remains the same. What do you think of our new layout? Any problems or issues to report? Email us at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers - Whaaat??

This question comes to you from Your Editor. The other day I tried to open a KB page on TechNet and this is what I saw:

I thought maybe I'd been hacked or something, but an hour or so later when I tried to open the same page it displayed normally, so it was just something transient. But I've never seen anything like that when I tried to visit a TechNet page--have any of you readers ever seen such a thing? Or know why it would happen? Email me at [email protected]

Ask Our Readers: WServerNews has almost 100,000 subscribers worldwide. That's a lot of expertise to tap into. Do you need help with some issue or need advice on something IT-related? Got a question you'd like us to toss out to our readers to try and answer? Email us at [email protected]

From the Mailbag

A reader named David sent us this comment concerning my editorial in Issue #1141 Whither Windows Server:

I think your 2nd option is the correct one. I don't think customers are driving the push to hosted/cloud apps, I think MS is pulling it due to the "guaranteed" revenue stream. I think the push to Linux apps, however, is simply to broaden their audience, not driven primarily by "cloudification".

Another reader who prefers to remain anonymous and asked me not to directly share his email said that he feels that over the last 5-10 years the innovation that's been happening in the Linux world has far outpaced what's been happening on Planet Microsoft, especially with regard to the cloud. The anonymous reader works with different database platforms and says that the price of using Microsoft SQL Server keeps going up while MySQL and MariaDB deployments remain extremely cost effective. Do any other readers feel the same? Or differently? Email us at [email protected]

We also received one more comment concerning Issue #1139 Retro IT and the Mailbag of Issue #1140 Slave AI. Jon from Canada looks back in time and says:

In Third Year Computer Science at UBC (Vancouver) in 1972-73, I actually learned, and programmed in, Algol 60, Algol 68 and (mostly) Algol-W:

Haven't touched any of them since.

One of the more interesting Retro programming experiences that interests me, but not enough to set it up for myself, is the MTS (Michigan Terminal System) operating system developed by the University of Michigan in the mid-1960s for the IBM System 360 Model 67. Anyone can run it today, on any Linux platform that supports Hercules, the IBM mainframe emulator. I read about one guy who started it up successfully on a Raspberry Pi.

Both UBC and the University of Alberta used MTS on their Academic Systems for decades, though it died with the usage of IBM mainframes for Academic purposes in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

IBM System 360 emulated on a Raspberry Pi. What will come next?

Anyways, let's move on to the main topic of this week's newsletter…


R.I.P mspaint.exe

This news has been spreading like wildfire all over the internets so it's probably nothing new to most of you, but here's what's been happening in the last few days:

Microsoft releases a KB article saying that Microsoft Paint will be deprecated when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is soon released:


The internets go wild saying that Microsoft will be removing MS Paint from Windows 10 and users everywhere are in revolt saying they're going to switch to Macs. Waves of nostalgia break out everywhere as web pundits remember the numerous artistic creations users have made using MS Paint:


Alternatives to MS Paint are quickly recommended by geeks and users everywhere rush to download such utilities as: 



PaintShop Pro


Corel Photo-Paint


Microsoft (ICE)


PC Paintbrush 






 FastStone Image Viewer


Suddenly Microsoft shouts: Rejoice O ye fans of Microsoft Paint! We're only moving it to the Windows Store! 


You see, it's not so much Linux and open source per Of course that's not going to help ordinary users much who are shying away from the Windows Store in droves. And it's not going to help remote corporate users either when helpdesk asks them to press PrtScr to capture a picture of the issue they're facing, paste the clipboard into MS Paint, and send them the picture by email. Of course there are better ways (like TeamViewer) that helpdesks can support remote users, but you know, licenses cost money…se that Microsoft has a crush on. It's that, in 2014, the world is leaving the old desktop/application computing paradigm for a device/cloud services approach. Microsoft ruled the former; however, to continue to be a contender in the later, it's realized that it needs to work and play well with others. Yes, even Linux.

Anyways, the real issue I want to discuss here is the whole idea of deprecating utilities that don't have any pressing security concerns associated with them. Remember the outcry when HyperTerminal was removed from Windows Vista without previously telling users? Or when Outlook Express was removed from Windows Vista? Or when the Telnet Client was no longer installed by default on Windows Vista? Or when the Quick Launch toolbar was no longer installed by default on Windows 7? Or when Solitaire and other built-in games were removed from Windows 10?

Now I know it often makes sense to deprecate operating system features that have been superseded by better ones. But removing tools or utilities that large numbers of users still use, rely upon, or simply enjoy is in my opinion bad judgment if only because of the bad press it heaps upon Microsoft. What are our readers thoughts concerning this subject? Has Microsoft ever removed a utility or app from Windows or Windows Server that you have been relying on to get your work done or simply pass some time in diversion? Email us at [email protected]


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IT Pro Fitness Corner

This week we have a bunch of fitness and nutrition tips submitted by our readers to share with you:

Start with small steps (by Quentin Gurney)

Quentin is an enterprise architect working for a fortune 100 company.

If you want to lose weight, you can start by making small steps. I read a study at one point that suggested you can only handle small amounts of change, somewhere about 5% or you will get overwhelmed. Another interesting tidbit is that it takes about 28 days of regular practice to make a habit. The reason for that is that you are literally rewiring the white matter in your brain. So, combining these, you could lay out a plan for several months making minor changes approx every first day of the month, adding cumulatively to what you have already done. So for instance....

You can find Quentin here on LinkedIn:


Buy a fitness tracker (by Steve Mazzella)

Steve is 56 years old and is a Technical Project Manager for IT at a university. He reports that he has now lost 100 pounds and has been successful at maintaining most of the loss!

Buy a fitness tracker! I have a Fitbit Charge HR:


It turns your activity into daily metrics. Once you begin to see your activity translated into actionable numbers that you can track from day to day and month to month, it becomes useable information that you can apply to your life, and, it's incentive to do more. (Takeaway -- don't let it rule your life. Sometimes you need downtime. Be sure to take care of yourself and don't obsess)

You can find Steve here on LinkedIn:


Basic health maintenance (name withheld)

The following story was sent to us by one of our older readers who has experienced some serious health problems. The advice he gives in his last paragraph is for all of us who are IT pros:

On Thanksgiving 2015, I had a major gallbladder attack. I was on the bathroom floor for three days. I stopped drinking any carbonated beverages (I don't do alcohol) and have not had a soda/pop/coke since. When I was in college and after college, I drank a case of canned Coke EVERY day. I am surprised I have teeth, a stomach, intestines, a colon, kidneys or a gall bladder. For my body, carbonated beverages do tend to upset my gallbladder. Of course, everyone offered me the same advice, have it removed! No thanks, I got myself into this mess and I can get myself out of it.

I now drink water and every now and then, 100% red grape juice. I will turn 61 this year, still have all my body parts (well, expect for the wisdom teeth I had no issues with but the dentist swore I had to have them removed) and take no pills, potions, lotions, ointments, vitamins, minerals, herbs or drugs of any kind. Most of my friends my age have already had their knees and hips replaced and take a boatload of pills.
While my diet is not perfect (I find ice creams and pies hard to pass up), I try my best to eat as healthy as possible, drink plenty of water and walk as often as possible.

Does this sound like you? It could have been me easily about a decade ago when I weighed almost 250 lbs and my arms got sore working out with 5 lb dumbbells. Share your own story with our readers by emailing me at [email protected] 

Disclaimer:I'm not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Help other readers of this newsletter lose weight and get fit by sending your own weightloss and/or fitness tips to us at [email protected]

Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and question was this:

Unwitting customers in the United Kingdom who didn't read the terms and conditions for use of a public WiFi hotspot agreed to perform 1,000 hours of community service, including unclogging sewers and scraping gum off the street. If you created and sold a product or service, what terms and conditions would you like to sneak into the EULA for your unwitting customers who never read EULAs?

The best response we received was from longtime reader Don Hill who wins our Evil Genius Award for this suggestion:

"By placing an order via this Web site you agree to grant me a non-transferable option to claim, for now and forever more, your immortal soul. Should I wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from myself or one of my duly authorized minions."

We also received one more fascinating response to an earlier factoid where we asked whether any of you had any amazing cooking tips to share with other readers of this newsletter. Martin from Germany sent us this tip which we think also qualifies him for our Evil Genius Award (think Frankenstein!):

Hi Mitch, one way we did in some distant past: put an electrode into each end, connect them to a regulation transformer and slowly increase the voltage. Due to the resistance of the wiener it will heat up…

Anyways, let's move on now to this week's factoid:

: Fears have recently been raised that Britain's largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyberattack after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP operating system.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/mq9omf8o/

Question: Where else have you seen Windows XP being used lately?

Email your answer to us at: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


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This Week's Tips

Azure - Save money

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Windows 10 - Unified Write Filter

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Events Calendar

Do you know of any other IT conferences or events that you think readers of this newsletter might be interested in knowing about? Email us at [email protected] with the name, date, and location of the event along with the event URL.

Experts Live Europe on August 23-25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany


Microsoft Ignite on September 25-29, 2017 in Orlando, Florida


IT/Dev Connections on October 23-26, 2017 in San Francisco, California


SharePoint Unite on October 24-26, 2017 in Haarlem, Netherlands


DEVintersection on October 31 - November 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada


European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference on November 13-16, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland


SharePoint Fest on December 609, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois


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WServerNews - Product of the Week

Free Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory 


SolarWinds® Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory™ gives you instant visibility into user and group permissions and a complete hierarchical view of the effective permissions and access rights for a specific NTFS file folder or share drive – all from a user friendly desktop dashboard.  Browse permissions by group or individual user, and analyze user permissions based on group membership combined with specific permissions.  Unravel a tangled mess of file permissions: network share, folder, Active Directory, inherent, explicit, calculated and more.

Download the Free Permissions Analyzer Tool Today. 

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.