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

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

If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to...

06/18/18

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

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

06/15/18

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

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

On Patch Tuesday, as usual, you’d be well advised to avoid the first round of traditionally buggy patches. A possible “fix” for the well-documented SMBv1 vulnerability may make this month particularly exciting.

06/11/18

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

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

On Saturday, a Microsoft contractor announced the end of Answers Forum support for Win 7 and 8.1, Office 2010 and 2013, Surface Pro and Pro 2, IE 10 and earlier, and Security Essentials. But what about buggy patches?

06/11/18

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

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

If you’ve been holding off on installing the May Windows and Office patches, now’s a good time to release the kraken and get them installed. Just be aware that there are still acknowledged, unresolved problems with Win7 updates...

06/02/18

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

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

The good news? Those embarrassing SSD bugs in Windows 10 version 1803 seem to be fixed. The bad news? Just about everything else.

05/30/18

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

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

Avast says it has fixed the problem that triggered Win10 April 2018 Update installation blue screens and dysfunctional 'boot to another operating system' options.

05/25/18

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

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

We saw it happen three times with Win10 1709. Now we’re getting reports of Win10 1803 being pushed to Pro PCs with “branch readiness” set to Semi-Annual Channel -- the setting that’s supposed to specifically keep 1803 away until it’s...

05/24/18

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

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

Several Win10 version 1803 upgraders have raised a red flag about Avast antivirus: After running the upgrade, PCs hit blue screens with nonsensical options. Now, there appears to be an official note on the Avast forum that says...

05/23/18

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

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

If you shelled out $3,000 to $4,500 for a Surface Studio, you may be a bit disconcerted to discover that many don’t work with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Mice and keyboards keep disconnecting.

05/20/18

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

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

The Monthly Rollup preview for Win7 doesn't fix the network driver bug in this month's Monthly Rollup. The 1607 and 1703 cumulative updates tackle long lists of boring fixes.

05/17/18

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

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

The third Tuesday of the month brought a handful of fixes, but nothing that addresses the Win10 1803 solid-state drive fiasco, or the network clobbering in Windows 7 — and there are no Monthly Rollup Previews.

05/16/18

Win10 version 1803 incompatible with Toshiba solid state drives, too

Win10 version 1803 incompatible with Toshiba solid state drives, too

First we find out Win10 version 1803 doesn’t work with Intel SSD6 solid state drives -- thus, by implication, many Surface Pro (2017) machines -- now we learn it also doesn’t work with Toshiba SSDs.

05/14/18

Microsoft finally stops screwing Surface Pro 4 owners with flickergate

Microsoft finally stops screwing Surface Pro 4 owners with flickergate

In a well-orchestrated Friday night news dump, Microsoft has announced a reversal of its customer-antagonistic flickergate policy. If you have a Surface Pro 4 that flickers like a firefly in heat, you can now exchange it for a...

05/11/18

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

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

In the well-established Office Ready-Fire-Aim tradition, Microsoft adds two new “features” that beg to be abused. Details appeared at Build, and the bad guys already have their keyboards primed.

05/11/18

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

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

Microsoft and Intel now agree: If your machine has an Intel SSD 600p or SSD Pro 6000p, don’t force it to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Surface Pro 2017 owners with a compromised SSD have an extra hurdle: bad...

05/11/18

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

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

Important takeaways from this month’s Patch Tuesday: Get Win10 1803 updated if you can, but watch out for bogus lingering partitions; Remote Desktop flakiness has a solution; and the VBScript zero-day reiterates how badly broken...

05/10/18

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

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

With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, here’s your regular monthly warning. Given all the problems we’ve seen with patches this year, you’d be well advised to block automatic updating and wait for the screams to subside. This month,...

05/07/18

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

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

While it’s still early in the rollout cycle, the new and hastily released Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, build 17134.1, has delivered more than its fair share of bugs -- many of which are tied to Microsoft software.

05/04/18

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

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

We’ve come a long way from Patch Tuesday, baby. In April, Microsoft dropped significant patches, or fixes, or fixes of patches on 11 different days. No wonder your admin’s getting gray hair.

05/03/18

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