By - Woody Leonhard

How to block the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, from installing

Surely you remember how the first release of Windows 10 version 1809 turned out — deleted files, panicked users, yanked upgrades that were unyanked and yanked again. Heaven knows that the release of Windows 10 version 1903 couldn’t be any worse, but there’s every reason to wait and see. For almost everyone, the new features in version 1903, known to some

By - Woody Leonhard

Over the weekend Microsoft unleashed a flurry of Windows updates to fix the ‘gov.uk’ bug

Last Tuesday Microsoft released patches — Monthly Rollups, Security-only, or Cumulative Updates — for every version of Windows. Every single one of those patches included a bug that changed the way Internet Explorer and Edge handle secure connections for the top-level domain gov.uk. Here’s how Microsoft describes it: After installing the May 14, 2019 update, some gov.uk websites that don’t

By - Woody Leonhard

If you’re running Windows XP, 7 or associated Servers, patch them

As of very early Wednesday morning, I don’t hear any loud screams of pain from the May Patch Tuesday bumper crop of patches. There’s still much we don’t know about the “WannaCry-like” security hole in pre-Win8 versions of Windows — more about that in a moment — but all indications at this point lead me to believe that it’s smarter

By - Woody Leonhard

Patches are coming Tuesday. Make sure Windows Update gets locked down.

This month should bring some interesting new developments on the Windows Update front. Microsoft is committed to shipping the new version of Win10, officially called the Windows 10 March Delayed to May 2019 Update, but better known to its friends as version 1903, later this month. It’s still in beta testing at this point. As prelude to that momentous occasion,

By - Woody Leonhard

Patches are coming tomorrow. Make sure Windows Update gets locked down.

This month should bring some interesting new developments on the Windows Update front. Microsoft is committed to shipping the new version of Win10, officially called the Windows 10 March Delayed to May 2019 Update, but better known to its friends as version 1903, later this month. It’s still in beta testing at this point. As prelude to that momentous occasion,

By - Woody Leonhard

New Win10 1903 ‘Download and install now’ — for cumulative updates, too?

From my point of view, the new Win10 version 1903 — which is still baking in the beta Release Preview ring — has the potential to become the first “must have” version of Windows 10. It all hinges on one new feature, “Download and install now,” which brings back the ability to control updating almost as well as we could

By - Woody Leonhard

Now’s the time to install the April Windows and Office patches

April was a tough month for Win 7, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 customers who ran specific antivirus products. Blue screens, freezes, slow-as-sludge drippings all bedeviled a large number of Sophos, Avira, Avast, AVG and even McAfee users. Looks like we’re over that hump, with the AV manufacturers scurrying to fix their wares. Current state of AV

By - Woody Leonhard

Win10 version 1809 gets its laggard second ‘April’ cumulative update, KB 4501835

While most of Win10-dom saw their second monthly patches a week ago, those of us who follow such things have waited with bated breath to see when the new cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 would arrive. “C Week” (the week containing the third Tuesday of the month) came and went, then “D Week.” Then we hit “E Week” —

By - Woody Leonhard

About that Windows 7 End-of-Life nag screen: It ain’t working

Windows 7 is nearing end of support. That’s an indisputable fact. Many Windows 7 users have been greeted by the cheerful death proclamation shown in the screenshot. Microsoft We don’t know how many Windows 7 customers have seen that screen, but we do know what effect the death announcement has had on Windows 7 usage so far. Zip. Nada. According

By - Woody Leonhard

Microsoft Patch Alert: April patches have sharp edges, with several missing, others reappearing

You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff. Admins, in particular, have had a tough month. April brought widespread breakdowns – bluescreens, hangs, very sluggish behavior – to hundreds of thousands of Win7 and 8.1 machines. This wasn’t a “small percentage” kind of event. For some companies, rebooting overnight on Tuesday brought seas of blue screens on Wednesday morning. The