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.

Big Win10 1709 patch reinforces twice-a-month patching pace but, oddly, nothing new for 1803

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

If you have a Pentium III, for example, you may no longer be able to install Win7 Monthly Rollups or Security-only patches, in spite of Microsoft's promise to support you until January 2020. It’s all about SSE2 and some retroactively...

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to...

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

On Patch Tuesday, as usual, you’d be well advised to avoid the first round of traditionally buggy patches. A possible “fix” for the well-documented SMBv1 vulnerability may make this month particularly exciting.

Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces

Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces

On Saturday, a Microsoft contractor announced the end of Answers Forum support for Win 7 and 8.1, Office 2010 and 2013, Surface Pro and Pro 2, IE 10 and earlier, and Security Essentials. But what about buggy patches?

May Windows and Office patches are now relatively stable, but Win7 NIC problems persist

May Windows and Office patches are now relatively stable, but Win7 NIC problems persist

If you’ve been holding off on installing the May Windows and Office patches, now’s a good time to release the kraken and get them installed. Just be aware that there are still acknowledged, unresolved problems with Win7 updates...

Microsoft Patch Alert: Major bugs introduced in May fixed, plenty of problems remain

Microsoft Patch Alert: Major bugs introduced in May fixed, plenty of problems remain

The good news? Those embarrassing SSD bugs in Windows 10 version 1803 seem to be fixed. The bad news? Just about everything else.

Avast blames Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options

Avast blames Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options

Avast says it has fixed the problem that triggered Win10 April 2018 Update installation blue screens and dysfunctional 'boot to another operating system' options.

Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it

Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it

We saw it happen three times with Win10 1709. Now we’re getting reports of Win10 1803 being pushed to Pro PCs with “branch readiness” set to Semi-Annual Channel -- the setting that’s supposed to specifically keep 1803 away until it’s...

Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Several Win10 version 1803 upgraders have raised a red flag about Avast antivirus: After running the upgrade, PCs hit blue screens with nonsensical options. Now, there appears to be an official note on the Avast forum that says...

Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

If you shelled out $3,000 to $4,500 for a Surface Studio, you may be a bit disconcerted to discover that many don’t work with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Mice and keyboards keep disconnecting.

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