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

Two more evolving threats: JavaScript in Excel and payment processing in Outlook

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3271436/microsoft-windows/two-more-evolving-threats-javascript-in-excel-and-payment-processing-in-outlook.html#tk.rss_all Once upon a time – dating back to the first “Concept” macro virus in Word – the Office folks were wary of new features that had possible security implications. … Read more

Surface Pro (2017) owners hitting Win10 1803 update blue screens. Now we know why.

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3272289/microsoft-windows/surface-pro-2017-owners-hitting-win10-1803-update-blue-screens-now-we-know-why.html#tk.rss_all As Win10 version 1803 rattles through the unpaid beta-testing phase, it’s snagged another victim — Intel’s aging SSD6 solid-state drives. Both Microsoft and Intel now admit that running Win10 … Read more

Patch Tuesday problems, fixes — but no cause for immediate alarm

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3271849/microsoft-windows/patch-tuesday-problems-fixes-but-no-cause-for-immediate-alarm.html#tk.rss_all Results are starting to roll in about this month’s Patch Tuesday, and it’s quite a mixed bag. For those of you struggling with the new Windows 10 April 2018 … Read more

Time to turn off Windows auto update – unless you’re using Win10 version 1803

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269731/microsoft-windows/time-to-turn-off-windows-auto-update-unless-youre-using-win10-version-1803.html#tk.rss_all April patches came in like a lion and out like a … lion – a big lion with lingering halitosis. If you’re using Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, … Read more

Win10 1803 bugs roll in: Chrome freezes, Skype burps, Alienware craters and… hey, Cortana?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269773/microsoft-windows/win10-1803-bugs-roll-in-chrome-freezes-skype-burps-alienware-craters-and-hey-cortana.html#tk.rss_all The new version of Windows 10 has been out for less than a week, and those who welcomed it with open arms (and the unfortunate seekers who got stuck) … Read more

It’s a mess: Microsoft patched Windows or Office on 11 different days in April

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269847/microsoft-windows/its-a-mess-microsoft-patched-windows-or-office-on-11-different-days-in-april.html#tk.rss_all It took a while to dig through all the announcements, but I’ve come up with a list of significant patches to Windows and Office released in April (ignoring the … Read more

Win10 1803 pushy upgrades: Never give a seeker an even break

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269727/microsoft-windows/win10-1803-pushy-upgrades-never-give-a-seeker-an-even-break.html#tk.rss_all One of the endearing qualities of Windows 10 is its redefinition of common household terms. Case in point: In Windows Update, clicking “Check for Updates” doesn’t just, you know, … Read more

Microsoft unexpectedly starts pushing Win10 version 1803 through Windows Update

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269566/microsoft-windows/microsoft-unexpectedly-starts-pushing-win10-version-1803-through-windows-update.html#tk.rss_all As announced, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, became available for download on April 30. If you really want to install version 1803, just go to the download page … Read more

How to block the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, from installing

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3232632/microsoft-windows/how-to-block-windows-10-april-2018-update-from-installing.html#tk.rss_all With Microsoft now rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, I take it as an article of faith that you don’t want to install it right … Read more

Time to install the April Windows and Office patches, but there’s a big problem with Win7

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269469/microsoft-windows/time-to-install-the-april-windows-and-office-patches-but-there-s-a-big-problem-with-win7.html#tk.rss_all Good things come to those who wait. If you resisted the drill sergeant scream of “GET THOSE PATCHES INSTALLED AS SOON AS THEY’RE OUT, MAGGOT!” you’re about to reap … Read more

Microsoft Patch Alert: April patches infested with bugs, but most are finally contained

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-april-patches-infested-with-bugs-but-most-are-finally-contained.html#tk.rss_all People think I’m joking when I refer to bug fixing as Microsoft’s next billion-dollar business. I’m not. This month woefully demonstrated why patching Windows has become much bigger – … Read more

Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269003/microsoft-windows/heads-up-total-meltdown-exploit-code-now-available-on-github.html#tk.rss_all Remember the Total Meltdown security hole? Microsoft spread the vulnerability in every 64-bit Win7 and Server 2008 R2 patch released this year, prior to March 29. Specifically, if you … Read more

The missing cumulative update for Win10 1709 appeared overnight — KB 4093105

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269271/microsoft-windows/the-missing-cumulative-update-for-win10-1709-appeared-overnight-kb-4093105.html#tk.rss_all Late last night — on a Monday, mind you — Microsoft released its second big cumulative update for Win10 version 1709. This completes the triumvirate of second cumulative updates, … Read more

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268942/microsoft-windows/you-won-t-believe-why-the-win7-monthly-rollup-kb-4093118-keeps-installing-itself.html#tk.rss_all Yesterday, I talked about the weird bug that makes April’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, re-install itself over and over, even when Windows Update says that it’s been installed … Read more

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268935/microsoft-windows/the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-win7-monthly-rollup-kb-4093118-installs-over-and-over.html#tk.rss_all Last week, Microsoft quietly re-released its buggy April Win7 Monthly Rollup patch, KB 4093118. You may recall the patch as a reaction to the Carnak the Magnificent situation we … Read more

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269043/microsoft-windows/patches-for-win10-1703-and-1607-and-a-brain-twisting-update-to-the-win7-ip-bug-fix.html#tk.rss_all Yesterday, the third Tuesday of the month, Microsoft dumped another big bucket of patches: KB 4093117 brings Win10 1703 up to build 15063.1058, many miscellaneous fixes, no known issues. … Read more

Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268732/microsoft-windows/does-moving-your-pen-drag-the-canvas-welcome-to-yet-another-bug-in-win10-1709-patches.html#tk.rss_all A Windows Ink engineer has confirmed that there’s a bug in the third Win10 1709 March Cumulative Update, KB 4089848, that breaks common pen movements in Photoshop, Lightroom and … Read more

Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268750/microsoft-windows/surprise-theres-a-new-version-of-this-months-buggy-win7-monthly-rollup-kb-4093118.html#tk.rss_all In one of the most bizarre patching contortions I’ve seen in a long time, Microsoft originally released this month’s Win7/Server 2008R2 Monthly Rollup patch, KB 4093118, with a little … Read more

Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268607/microsoft-windows/patch-tuesday-brings-some-surprises-some-early-crashes-and-a-surreal-solution.html#tk.rss_all With all of the problems in the January, February and March patches for Windows and Office, you’d think we would catch a break in April. In one sense we … Read more

What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268473/microsoft-windows/what-happened-to-the-new-spring-update-windows-10-version-1803.html#tk.rss_all Most of us expected Microsoft to drop its latest and greatest version of the last version of Windows yesterday. The highly anticipated version 1803, Redstone 4 — which many … Read more

Watch out for continuing bugs: Turn off Windows Update, temporarily

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268087/microsoft-windows/watch-out-for-continuing-bugs-turn-off-windows-update-temporarily.html#tk.rss_all March Windows patches were a mess. With the revelation of Total Meltdown, we recently discovered that all of this year’s Win7 patches left gaping security holes. It’s fair to … Read more

Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268133/microsoft-windows/get-the-march-patches-for-your-windows-machines-installed-but-watch-out-for-win7.html#tk.rss_all The quality of March’s patches set new lows, even by Windows’ tarnished standards. The Win10 patches flew fast and furious, with new Microsoft-induced bugs introduced and swatted multiple times … Read more

Microsoft jiggles — but doesn’t fix — buggy Win7 patches KB 4088875, KB 4088878

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268010/microsoft-windows/microsoft-jiggles-but-doesnt-fix-buggy-win7-patches-kb-4088875-kb-4088878.html#tk.rss_all Last night we were treated to new versions of the badly banged-up March Win7 patches. It looks like the new ones are the same as the old ones, but … Read more