Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3290465/microsoft-windows/stung-by-a-festering-pile-of-bugs-on-patch-tuesday-ms-releases-27-more-patches.html#tk.rss_all In what is becoming a common occurrence, Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday brought along so many bugs that they necessitated a remediation round. This month, unusually, it took only six days … Read more

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3289630/microsoft-windows/surface-pro-2-owners-wonder-will-microsoft-ship-tpm-firmware-that-works.html#tk.rss_all If you have a Surface Pro 2, you’re in for yet another runaround. This time, the controversy surrounds the SP2’s TPM chip – the chip that controls access to … Read more

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3289787/microsoft-windows/microsoft-yanks-buggy-office-2016-patch-kb-4018385-republishes-all-of-this-months-patch-downloads.html#tk.rss_all As I reported yesterday, the July 2018 Windows and Office patches teem with bugs. We’re just beginning to see the fallout. The July 3 non-security Office 2016 patch KB … Read more

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3289506/microsoft-windows/patch-tuesday-problems-abound-server-2016-crashes-and-a-net-patch-goes-down-in-flames.html#tk.rss_all You know it’s going to be an Alice in Wonderland month when some sites report that Microsoft plugged 54 vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday, while others report 53. Fact is, … Read more

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3287912/microsoft-windows/make-sure-windows-update-is-temporarily-disabled-particularly-on-win7.html#tk.rss_all June 2018 was a relatively innocuous patching month, but even amidst the mediocrity there were a handful of persistent problems. We’ve seen the same pattern repeat  almost every month … Read more

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3287047/microsoft-windows/does-your-surface-book-2-or-pro-4-have-super-slow-write-speeds-you-arent-alone.html#tk.rss_all Way back in December, KyoHyoukKim, posting on the Microsoft Answers forum, had a simple question: My surface book 2 (15 inch, i7, 16G, 256G ssd) shows high read speed … Read more

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3286217/microsoft-windows/get-the-microsoft-june-patches-applied-but-watch-out-for-win7-nics-and-old-antivirus.html#tk.rss_all Windows 7 customers should be on the lookout for a couple of, uh, challenges this month, as the Win10 1803 trail of tears continues and Win10 1709 finally looks … Read more

Microsoft Patch Alert: Some bugs in Win 10 (1803) fixed, others persist

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-some-bugs-in-win-10-1803-fixed-others-persist.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s patches in June took on some unexpected twists. Windows 7 owners with older, 2002-era Pentium III machines got their patching privileges revoked without warning or explanation (and a … Read more

Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3284474/microsoft-windows/windows-update-survey-what-do-you-think-about-microsoft-s-patching-regime.html#tk.rss_all Susan Bradley, the driving force behind the patchmanagement.org mailing list, really wants to know: What do you, as an individual, think about Windows updates? She’s started two SurveyMonkey surveys … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3284166/microsoft-windows/big-win10-1709-patch-reinforces-twice-a-month-patching-pace-but-oddly-nothing-new-for-1803.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s Windows 10 patching pace is so fast at this point that one Patch Tuesday doesn’t cover all the bases. Instead, we’re seeing one massive Cumulative Update on Patch … Read more

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3282066/microsoft-windows/microsoft-quietly-cuts-off-win7-support-for-older-intel-computers.html#tk.rss_all If your PC doesn’t run Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2, you apparently won’t be getting any more Win7 patches. At least, that’s what I infer from … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3282525/microsoft-windows/win10-update-facilitation-service-joins-update-assistant-v2-to-make-sure-you-get-patched.html#tk.rss_all You can look at the new KB 4056254 Win10 Update Facilitation Service and the re-emergence of Win10 Update Assistant V2 from two different perspectives. On the one hand, you … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3280948/microsoft-windows/win10-1803-declared-fully-available-throwing-windows-update-for-business-under-the-bus.html#tk.rss_all After 45 days in the unpaid beta testing phase, Microsoft surprised most of the patching world yesterday by declaring that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is ready for deployment … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3280845/microsoft-windows/make-sure-windows-auto-update-is-temporarily-turned-off-and-watch-out-for-smbv1-fixes.html#tk.rss_all In May, we saw a host of bugs introduced by the Patch Tuesday “security” patches. By the end of the month, patches for those patches killed almost all of … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3279897/microsoft-windows/microsoft-axes-support-on-answers-forum-for-win-7-81-office-2010-2013-many-surfaces.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s in-unit PR staff continues to show its moxie, this time burying news about the demise of free tech support for a wide variety of products – covering half … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3278090/microsoft-windows/may-windows-and-office-patches-are-now-relatively-stable-but-win7-nic-problems-persist.html#tk.rss_all At least the really bad bugs, introduced by “security” patches earlier this month, have been fixed. The problems that remain reside in the dregs — not likely to bite, … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-major-bugs-introduced-in-may-fixed-plenty-of-problems-remain.html#tk.rss_all Once more we have a monthly Windows/Office patch scorecard that needs a guidebook. Or two. And we just got a handful of buried warnings about problems in old patches, … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3276646/microsoft-windows/avast-blames-microsoft-for-win10-1803-upgrade-blue-screens-nonsensical-options.html#tk.rss_all Looks as if we have a solution for the Avast-related blue screens in Win10 1803 upgrades that I talked about earlier this week. Avast heavyweight Ondrej Vlcek chose his … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3275955/microsoft-windows/microsoft-pushing-win10-version-1803-to-pcs-specifically-set-to-avoid-it.html#tk.rss_all If this weren’t so infuriating it’d be heartbreaking. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 version 1803 onto PCs that are specifically set to bypass the upgrade … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3275785/microsoft-windows/is-microsoft-avoiding-the-win10-1803-upgrade-on-pcs-running-avast.html#tk.rss_all What began as a complaint on Reddit about botched upgrades to Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, has apparently mushroomed. Now, according to MartinZ, a moderator on Avast’s … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3273493/microsoft-windows/yet-another-bunch-of-microsoft-surfaces-dont-work-with-win10-version-1803.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft made Windows 10 version 1803 available for download – and pushed to “seekers” – on April 30. It started sending the OS out to the unprotected masses on May … Read more

Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3273437/microsoft-windows/patch-update-monthly-rollup-previews-arrive-for-win7-81-along-with-updates-for-win10-1607-1703.html#tk.rss_all We just got a smattering of patches that seem to be in the “Oh yeah, we forgot” bucket. Windows 7 and 8.1 received Previews (which you should never install, … Read more

Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3273550/microsoft-windows/lots-of-little-microsoft-patches-but-nothing-for-this-months-big-bugs-and-no-previews.html#tk.rss_all Third Tuesday of the month and it’s time for bug fixes and Monthly Rollup Previews, right? Well, no. May’s Third Tuesday brought a big bag of .Net Framework Previews, … Read more

Win10 version 1803 incompatible with Toshiba solid state drives, too

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3272804/microsoft-windows/win10-version-1803-incompatible-with-toshiba-solid-state-drives-too.html#tk.rss_all It now appears as if Microsoft didn’t test the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, with its own Surface Pro (2017) laptops, with any machines that use Intel SSD … Read more

Microsoft finally stops screwing Surface Pro 4 owners with flickergate

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3272409/microsoft-windows/microsoft-finally-stops-screwing-surface-pro-4-owners-with-flickergate.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s new move to put PR groups inside its operating divisions is paying off. We’re now seeing the worst news shuffled out the door on Friday nights. This week’s … Read more