Yeah I was wondering how he was going to handle that ALL manufacturers today are pretty much guaranteed to be doing some sort of tracking. Granted that tracking is so they can make the product better.
The author also didn't mention if they did a fresh install of Windows when they received the machine - to me that was his first downfall, but the fact that Lenovo has already shot itself in the foot, this doesn't help.
It's apparently a sporadic issue with Server 2012 r2 or Windows 8.1 running on Hyper-V on Windows 8.1/Server 2k12 R2 with Generation 2 VMs and secure boot. Secure boot needs to be disable for some updates. All expect for 3 out of the 98 were failing. Odd thing is there are four other 2k12 r2 Gen 2 VMs on the host that had no issues with the windows updates. Disabled Secure boot on the VM and it worked fine.
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