Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

Full Article : Computerworld – Microsoft may have fixed July’s horrible, no good, very bad patches. Although the initial documentation for this month’s patches included warnings about many of the bugs that persisted from July, … Read more

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Full Article : Computerworld – July 2018 patches for both Windows and Office brought bugs and bugs of bugs — many of which haven’t been solved, even now. We have even reached the unprecedented stage where … Read more

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Full Article : Computerworld – Back in March 2017, Microsoft quietly started blocking Windows Update on newer generations of Intel and AMD hardware. Then, a month later, those running Windows 7 on Intel 7th … Read more

The mechanics of Windows patching – in plain English

Full Article : Computerworld – If you’re troubled by Microsoft’s patching policies, you aren’t alone. If you’re confused about Microsoft’s patching policies, hey, join the club. Here’s my guide to what’s really happening in … Read more

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Full Article : Computerworld – No doubt you recall patching guru Susan Bradley’s open letter to Microsoft brass, summarizing the results of her Windows update survey. The results were quite damning in many ways, … Read more

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

Full Article : Computerworld – If you ever wondered why people — and organizations — are taking longer and longer to willfully install patches, take a look at what happened this month. After a … Read more

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn’t care.

Full Article : Computerworld – I don’t know why Microsoft refuses to address legitimate, repeated, massively documented complaints about its Surface devices. We saw it happen with “Flickergate” — the profusely documented tendency of … Read more

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again

Full Article : Computerworld – Microsoft’s July 2018 series of patching missteps, with .Net security patches in particular, have left many admins in the lurch. Less than two weeks after they were first unleashed, … Read more

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches

Full Article : Computerworld – If you’re trying to apply this month’s patches — an exercise in futility that I continue to discourage — you may have found that this month’s patches and their … Read more

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

Full Article : Computerworld – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Susan Bradley, the driving force behind the 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 – 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 – 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 – 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