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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February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

Two imminent problems with Outlook haven’t been exploited yet, but they’re worrisome. Also, the new-new KB 2952664, in addition to its snooping duties, scans for Meltdown/Spectre protection – but only for those with Azure...

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

If February turns out half as bad as January, you’ll thank your lucky stars if you take a few minutes now and make sure Windows Update is turned off. Temporarily, of course.

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

It’s more than screen flickers, folks. Surface Pro 4 batteries are dying in droves, in many cases shortly after the warranty expires. So, too, are TypeCovers.

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

The latest Windows patches have a few identified problems, but for most people now’s the right time to get the January patches installed.

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Today is the 15th day this month that we’ve seen Windows patches, yanked patches, patches of patches and re-re-re-patches. Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update this month.

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

The venerable, now vulnerable, zipping/unzipping utility 7-Zip needs your attention. Here’s how to see if you have a bad version, and what to do about it.

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

With the aid of a remarkable new program from @MrBrian, we now have lists of which Microsoft Knowledge Base articles have changed, and when new versions were posted. Many surprises await.

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Disabling the disruptive 'Spectre 2' bugs in Intel processors has always been quite straightforward, but on Friday night Microsoft released a download-only patch that also does the job. You probably don’t want it.

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too.

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

If you own a PC from Dell, HP or Lenovo, chances are very good that the BIOS or UEFI firmware update you installed earlier this month is bad. Here’s how to dig yourself out of the Meltdown/Spectre mess.

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

Microsoft seems to have yanked all of its information about Surface device life cycles. Older Surface owners, in particular, wonder if they’ll ever see Meltdown/Spectre patches.

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