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

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3297928/microsoft-windows/patch-tuesday-fallout-bad-docs-but-so-far-no-major-problems.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3297238/microsoft-windows/patch-tuesdays-coming-block-windows-update-and-pray-we-dont-get-fooled-again.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3296747/microsoft-windows/is-intel-building-a-new-version-of-its-coffee-lake-chipset-just-for-win7.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3296006/microsoft-windows/the-mechanics-of-windows-patching-in-plain-english.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3294984/microsoft-windows/windows-updaters-express-frustrations-microsoft-responds.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-still-reeling-from-one-of-the-worst-patching-months-ever.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3292576/microsoft-windows/yet-another-surface-book-2-problem-gpu-not-detected-microsoft-doesn-t-care.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3291786/microsoft-windows/july-windows-net-patches-appear-disappear-reappear-disappear-again.html#tk.rss_all 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 – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3290948/microsoft-windows/microsoft-dives-down-a-bizarre-non-cumulative-rabbit-hole-with-july-patches.html#tk.rss_all 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 – 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