Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

A rather light Patch Tuesday this month brought security fixes for every version of Windows and every version of Office. Edge’s ChakraCore takes another one on the chin. Only one known zero-day, and it’s not directed at garden-variety...

12/12/18

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

If you enjoy drinking out of a toxic fire hydrant, by all means, keep Windows Update enabled. But if you’re a bit skeptical about Windows patches, here are the easy steps to set and verify that the wolves are barred from the door....

12/10/18

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

With the buggy Win10 version 1803 cumulative update officially yanked, two bad Office patches pulled, and the Win10 1809 forced upgrade momentarily defanged, the coast is clear to install November’s patches. Here’s what you need to...

12/07/18

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

The worst version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 10 SOND 2018 Update, just received its first cumulative update in more than three weeks. The fifth version of the “non-security” update, KB 4469342, was released late yesterday....

12/06/18

Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation

Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation

The cumulative update turns the Surface Book 2 into a quivering pile of blue screen mush. A week after pushing the patch, Microsoft acknowledges the problem, tells blue screen beneficiaries to pull the patch, and promises it won't...

12/05/18

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168

While Win10 1809 is back in the garage getting fixed, we have news of yet another cumulative update, which brings the test build number up to 17763.168. Other than a new acknowledged bug in 1809, we have no documentation, but Win10...

12/04/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: After months of bad news, November’s patching seems positively serene

Microsoft Patch Alert: After months of bad news, November’s patching seems positively serene

After a disastrous month of patching in October, Microsoft seems have finally decided to slow down and get its Windows 10 (version 1809) patch routine right.

11/29/18

New cumulative updates for Win10 1803 and 1709 — and a taste of what might be right in 1809

New cumulative updates for Win10 1803 and 1709 — and a taste of what might be right in 1809

Yesterday saw the usual Fourth Tuesday barrage of Win10 cumulative updates, with all currently supported versions getting a jab, except Win10 version 1809. With 1809 we got a look at expected fixes, while the testing pot still...

11/28/18

New beta-test version of Win10 1809 arrives, and — mirabile dictu! — it’s in the Release Preview ring

New beta-test version of Win10 1809 arrives, and — mirabile dictu! — it’s in the Release Preview ring

Once again, Microsoft brings hope to avid Windows watchers as it uses the correct, defined method to test build 17763.167 of Win10 1809. Remains to be seen if this is a fly-by-night fix for a hastily pushed patch, or a sign that the...

11/27/18

Heads up: A ‘critical’ Win7/Server 2008 patch coming in February/March that’s really critical

Heads up: A ‘critical’ Win7/Server 2008 patch coming in February/March that’s really critical

Microsoft is changing its method for electronically signing patches from an old approach known as SHA-1 to the much more secure SHA-2. If you want to continue to get Win7, Server 2008 and WSUS security patches, you need to install a...

11/20/18

Microsoft yanks two buggy Office patches but keeps pushing one that crashes

Microsoft yanks two buggy Office patches but keeps pushing one that crashes

On Friday afternoon, Microsoft pulled KB 4461522 and KB 2863821, two non-security patches that trigger Entry Point errors in various Office 2010 products. Security patch KB 4461529 is still being distributed, in spite of acknowledged...

11/19/18

Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel

Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel

Somebody at Microsoft deserves a medal. There’s a new, test version of the next Win10 1809 cumulative update floating around – KB 4469342 – and it’s being distributed through the Insider Release Preview ring. That is precisely where...

11/16/18

How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want

How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want

With Win10 version 1809 knocking on your door, and version 1703 knocking on heaven’s door, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that you have some choice in which version of Win10 Pro you’ll get next. There's a trick, and this...

11/15/18

Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Microsoft’s stumbling all over itself trying to get Win10 1809 released. Unless you need an updated Notepad, a clipboard that works almost as well as free add-ons, or a screenshooter that can’t even save in JPG format, wait for more...

11/13/18

Time to block Windows Automatic Update — with a new twist for Win10 Pro

Time to block Windows Automatic Update — with a new twist for Win10 Pro

With Patch Tuesday right around the corner, it’s time to make absolutely sure that you won’t get the latest offal pushed onto your machine before we’ve had a chance to take a look. For those of you with any Win10 Pro version, I have...

11/12/18

Win10 activation server down; your Pro license is still good, despite the warnings

Win10 activation server down; your Pro license is still good, despite the warnings

A bug in Microsoft’s activation server has led to pandemonium among people trying to activate or re-activate their Windows 10 Pro licenses. No need to panic. Microsoft will fix it “within one to two business days.” (Try telling your...

11/08/18

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

Reacting to a recently discovered security hole in hardware-based encryption in solid state drives, Microsoft recommends that if you’re using BitLocker to protect a solid-state drive, you switch from hardware to software encryption. ...

11/07/18

It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

Yesterday, Microsoft suddenly stopped playing Three Card Monte with the Win7 Monthly Rollup. The Win10 1809 ‘up’grade remains under wraps. For the first time in a long time, the coast’s clear. Now’s an excellent time to get your...

11/02/18

What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

You can download and install it manually, but in our tests the Win7 October Monthly Rollup is hard to find through Windows Update — and it won’t install automatically. Why?

10/30/18

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

While some folks with congenital Surface Pro 4 problems get free exchanges, others don’t even get the time of day. We could use some consistency in the exchange policy — and some sympathy for those who bought the worst Surface device...

10/26/18

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