Woody Leonhard

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Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including "Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies." Get the latest on and vent your spleen about Windows at AskWoody.com.

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Win7/8.1/Server patch conflicts abated, somewhat, but it’s still too early to install the April crop

Win7/8.1/Server patch conflicts abated, somewhat, but it’s still too early to install the April crop

The blue-screen-inducing behavior in Sophos and Avast antivirus products has been addressed by emergency new versions. Avira, oddly, has yanked its advisories, but there’s no announced all-clear. In all cases, it’s still much too...

This month’s Windows patching debacle gradually comes into focus

This month’s Windows patching debacle gradually comes into focus

April 2019 Windows patches wreaked havoc on many PCs, with crashes linked to Sophos, Avast and Avira products and debilitating slowdown reports on Win10 1809 machines. Who’s testing this stuff? Ends up the answer isn’t all that...

Widespread reports of freezing with yesterday’s Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups, KB 4493472 and  KB 4493446

Widespread reports of freezing with yesterday’s Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups, KB 4493472 and KB 4493446

While most of Patch Tuesday seems to be going relatively smoothly, Win7, Win8.1, Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 machines are seeing multiple problems with this month’s patches, both Security-only updates and Monthly Rollups. Sophos has...

Patch Tuesday’s coming, so lock down automatic updates

Patch Tuesday’s coming, so lock down automatic updates

Some day we may have decent Windows update-blocking settings, although I remain skeptical. For now, with Patch Tuesday nigh, it’s prudent to check and make sure you have automatic updating turned off.

Reliable reports of blue screens after installing this week's Win10 1809 patch KB 4490481

Reliable reports of blue screens after installing this week's Win10 1809 patch KB 4490481

I’m getting reports from many directions, on a wide array of machines, that the second March cumulative update for Win10 version 1809, KB 4490481, is throwing “System Service Exception” blue screens on restart

Microsoft releases 20 Office non-security patches — and doesn’t bother to document them

Microsoft releases 20 Office non-security patches — and doesn’t bother to document them

As is common on the first Tuesday of the month, yesterday Microsoft released its hoard of non-security Office patches. This time, though, there’s no official list of the patches — and many of them may have been released in March.

It’s time to install the March Windows and Office patches

It’s time to install the March Windows and Office patches

With one important exception and a few niggling details, the March patches for Windows and Office are ready to go. Here’s how to get them installed safely.

Microsoft Patch Alert: Most March patches look good

Microsoft Patch Alert: Most March patches look good

March was a comparatively light patching month and there don’t appear to be any immediate patching worries. A hopeful sign?

Microsoft unexpectedly declares Win10, version 1809 ready for business

Microsoft unexpectedly declares Win10, version 1809 ready for business

Windows 10, version 1809 has been declared “Semi-Annual Channel,” although that terminology is officially unsupported. Remarkably, the change comes before Microsoft issues its second March cumulative update, leaves us with numerous...

ASUS Live Update Utility cracked, installs ShadowHammer backdoor on 1M PCs, but only 600 targeted

ASUS Live Update Utility cracked, installs ShadowHammer backdoor on 1M PCs, but only 600 targeted

In yet another Rock Star malware announcement, Kaspersky unveils spectacular details of craftily subverted ASUS automatic update servers. Kaspersky estimates 1 million infections, but only 600 hand-coded machines targeted. Mostly,...

The new 'Get Windows 10' announcement arrives for Win7 in KB 4493132

The new 'Get Windows 10' announcement arrives for Win7 in KB 4493132

Unlike the infamous GWX debacle from when Win10 first arrived, this kinder, gentler nag can, in theory, be reliably disabled. It’s rolling out just now in an optional Windows 7 update, KB 4493132.

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