Patch Tuesday alert! Protect your machine by pausing updates

Patch Tuesday alert! Protect your machine by pausing updates

If you’re running Win10 1903 or 1909, setting up a temporary patching pause is quick and easy. Other versions, not so much. Opt out of cannon-fodder mode with these simple steps.

All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

The one pervasive bug — an Access 'Query xxx is corrupt' error in all Office patches — has a manual fix. Everything else looks good to go. For those of you who have been putting off patching until the coast is clear, well, the coast...

Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves – with a few exceptions

Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves – with a few exceptions

After all the calisthenics required by the October 2019 patches, November gave us a much-deserved break. Although Win10 1909 has some lingering problems, other versions– Win7, 8.1, Win10 1803, 1809, and 1903 – saw relatively few...

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

With support for the venerable Win10 version 1803 officially at an end, and 1809 not too long for this earth, it’s time to think seriously about upgrading. Fortunately, you have lots of options — and a surprising amount of control...

Mysterious app keeps you from shutting down — or does it?

Mysterious app keeps you from shutting down — or does it?

Some people are finding that Windows shutdown is blocked by a running program called G. Except there is no G, no G.exe, nothing even resembling G. In spite of what you’ve read, it isn’t a virus or other malware. It’s a bug — in...

Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net

Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net

While 'optional non-security' cumulative updates for Windows 10 are supposed to be on holiday hiatus, we just got a full assortment of optional patches for earlier versions of Windows — full of telemetry — including odd ones with no...

Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

If you’ve been seeing new Access 'Query is corrupt' errors, they’re likely caused by buggy Office patches released on Patch Tuesday last week. Microsoft has started releasing fixes for the bad Office security patches. One of them, for...

What we know about the Win10 version 1909 upgrade — and what you can do about it

What we know about the Win10 version 1909 upgrade — and what you can do about it

Microsoft magnanimously made the Win10 version 1909 upgrade a 'Download and install now' option for almost all PCs. The cumulative devil’s in the details, though, and extensive testing has filled out some of the picture. Here’s what’s...

Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year

Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year

November's Patch Tuesday packed a wallop — errors in Access; an annoying carousel of never-ending Malicious Software Removal Tool installations, now fixed; several new Servicing Stack updates; another IE 'exploited' security hole...

Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled

Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled

We’ve seen some very hairy Patch Tuesdays lately. With the added bonus of a Windows 10 version 1909 upgrade waiting in the wings, it would behoove you to get Automatic Update defanged for a while. Here’s how.

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

An unexplained and unacknowledged bug in Win10 version 1903 Pro Windows Update advanced options made deferral settings vanish. Without any forewarning, it appears as if the bug has been fixed in October’s 'optional, non-security'...

With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

October started in the cellar, with a third-time attempt at patching the CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day that nobody needed, but the situation has gradually improved. Get the October patches installed, but watch out for a...

Microsoft pushes, then yanks, rogue kinda-security patch KB 4523786, ostensibly for Autopilot

Microsoft pushes, then yanks, rogue kinda-security patch KB 4523786, ostensibly for Autopilot

Did you see a security patch for 'Autopilot on Win10 version 1903”'yesterday? Gotcha. Microsoft pushed it to many 1903 seekers — those who clicked 'Check for updates' — then pulled it overnight. It was supposed to go on...

The difference between Defer updates, Pause updates and Delay updates — and what happens with Win10 1909

The difference between Defer updates, Pause updates and Delay updates — and what happens with Win10 1909

Terminology surrounding Windows patches frequently goes through gut-wrenching, inexplicable changes — think Current Branch for Business, Semi-Annual Channel, and all the (Targeted) bafflegab. There’s another change afoot, though, with...

Getting pushed off Win10 1803? Don’t let Microsoft make you move to 1903.

Getting pushed off Win10 1803? Don’t let Microsoft make you move to 1903.

Windows 10 version 1803 hits end of support on Nov. 12 — which means the last security patches will appear next Patch Tuesday. Some customers report that Microsoft is getting very aggressive pushing their 1803 machines to 1903. You...

Windows 7 Pro gets nag patch KB 4524752 with a couple of eerily familiar registry keys

Windows 7 Pro gets nag patch KB 4524752 with a couple of eerily familiar registry keys

Last night, as promised, Microsoft started rolling out the patch to Windows 7 Pro that implements 'Support for Windows 7 is coming to an end' nag screens. While all indications at this point say that the nagging is tame, there’s an...

This month’s Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn’t play well with an Intel video driver

This month’s Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn’t play well with an Intel video driver

The first October cumulative update for Win10 version 1903, KB 4517389, triggers many complaints about rogue 'X' marks, black screens in Chrome, and an unnerving 'unexpected error; quitting' message on older programs. Microsoft hasn’t...

The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag

The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag

As usual for a third Tuesday, yesterday Microsoft released a round of “optional, non-security” cumulative updates for most Win10 versions. We also saw Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7 and 8.1, with an undocumented “compatibility...

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

It looks as if we’ve escaped the major inherited bug in Microsoft’s rapid-fire series of Windows patches — the printing problems have subsided. Now we’re seeing reports of a second wave of bugs: Start menu has critical errors, Edge...

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

It’s still much too early to give yesterday’s Windows patches a clean bill of health, but initial reports are most encouraging. In particular, the printer spooling problems introduced by the emergency manual IE zero-day patches on...

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