Back to

Windows Device Check

If Windows is not your primary OS, you can download sample Virtual Machines (with time limitations) from Microsoft through their project to improve IE support via https://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads (see also http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-windows-xp-for-free-and-legally-straight-from-microsoft-si/ and https://modernievirt.blob.core.windows.net/vhd/virtualmachine_instructions_2014-01-21.pdf)

Windows 10

  • OS Security Updates

GUI: Start --Settings --Update & Security --Windows Update

  • Firewall

GUI: Start, type Firewall (select Windows Firewall)

  • Privacy

GUI: Start --Settings -- Privacy

  • Anti-Virus Version
  • User privilege

GUI: Start, type 'User Account', select "Change User Account Control settings"

  • Drive Encryption

GUI: Bitlocker https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/device-security/bitlocker/bitlocker-device-encryption-overview-windows-10

  • Services Running

GUI: Start, type "Task Manager"

Windows 8

  • OS Security Updates

Control Panel Programs and features installed updates

CLI: http://www.techsupportalert.com/en/quick-and-easy-way-list-all-windows-updates-installed-your-system.htm

  • Firewall

GUI: Start (or Down Arrow Icon, PC Settings) -- Control Panel -- Windows Firewall

CLI:

Netsh Advfirewall show allprofiles

more detail: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/windows-firewall-from-start-to-finish

  • Anti-Virus Version
  • User privilege
  • Drive Encryption

Look for: Bitlocker, VeraCrypt. https://diskcryptor.net/wiki/Main_Page

  • Services Running

GUI: Right-Click on bottom taskbar, select "Task Manager"

Windows 7

In Windows 7, (GUI) Control Panel -- All Control Panel Items -- Action Center (Security tab) provides a quick run-down of most security features installed and their update status. It does not show drive encryption or specific versions.

  • OS Security Updates
  • Firewall

GUI: Control Panel -- All Control Panel Items -- Windows Firewall

CLI:

Netsh Advfirewall show allprofiles

  • Anti-Virus Version
  • User privilege

GUI: Control Panel -- All Control Panel Items -- User Accounts and checking also the User Account Control settings.

  • Drive Encryption

GUI: Control Panel -- All Control Panel Items -- BitLocker Drive Encryption; also look for VeraCrypt, https://diskcryptor.net/wiki/Main_Page

  • Services Running CLI:

tasklist

GUI: Right-click on task bar, select "Start Task Manager"

Advanced: Use TechNet/SysInternal's Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

Windows XP

If user is still operating on windows XP, recommendation is to upgrade to later windows. Windows XP is no longer supported and is not receiving security updates: https://www.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/xp/end-of-xp-support.aspx

If there is an organizationally critical system relying on Windows XP, removing it from the network and carefully managing data exchange with it may provide a bridge solution until a replacement process can be funded and rolled out.