Looking at a 1TB Surface Pro 2017? Make sure you know what you’re getting

Looking at a 1TB Surface Pro 2017? Make sure you know what you’re getting

The new 1TB Surface Pro 2017 actually has two 512GB drives buried inside. That saves Microsoft money, but it drives some owners nuts.

08/18/17

Where’s the KB 4034661 jumbo bug fix for Win10 Anniversary Update?

Where’s the KB 4034661 jumbo bug fix for Win10 Anniversary Update?

The automatically installed patch is supposed to contain dozens of bug fixes for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but it hasn’t gone out through Windows Update yet.

08/17/17

Where we stand with this month’s Windows and Office security patches

Where we stand with this month’s Windows and Office security patches

August has seen a relatively normal number of bugs in Windows and Office security patches, some acknowledged by Microsoft, some not.

08/15/17

Two of this month’s Windows 7 patches cause second-screen problems

Two of this month’s Windows 7 patches cause second-screen problems

Two German sites report graphics problems in some applications when using multiple monitors. Solution: Uninstall the bad patches.

08/14/17

Another undocumented Surface Pro update — Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework

Another undocumented Surface Pro update — Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework

New undocumented driver updates for Surface Pro 2017 include “Intel driver update for Intel(r) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant."

08/14/17

Oh, boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.

Oh, boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.

Microsoft’s just-announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs continues the product’s rapid descent down the rabbit hole.

08/11/17

More problems with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016

More problems with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016

New reports of broken WSUS connections and deleted Restore Points, plus MS confirms bugs in the August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016.

08/11/17

Microsoft Surface reliability problem: It’s more than hardware and software

Microsoft Surface reliability problem: It’s more than hardware and software

Consumer Reports yanked the “Recommended” imprimatur for Surface devices — but Microsoft’s service should be sent to the woodshed, too.

08/10/17

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover suddenly stops working

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover suddenly stops working

I’m seeing more and more reports of borked Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover keyboards, likely linked to last month’s firmware/driver updates.

08/10/17

Windows as a service in a nutshell, explained

Windows as a service in a nutshell, explained

Microsoft just posted a succinct, accurate description of the new 'Semi-Annual Channel' terminology, but there are a few important loose ends.

08/10/17

Windows 10 1607 cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History

Windows 10 1607 cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History

If you’re updating the Anniversary Update, version 1607, it’s a good idea to take a screenshot of your Update History before installing this month’s KB 4034658.

08/09/17

It’s time to check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic Update

It’s time to check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic Update

With Patch Tuesday just around the corner, you should seriously consider disabling Automatic Update, and wait until the unpaid beta testers have their say.

08/07/17

The case against Windows Automatic Update

The case against Windows Automatic Update

If you’re moderately conversant with your Windows machine, you should consider avoiding Automatic Update. Here’s why.

08/07/17

New Surface Pro 4 driver restores Windows Hello — and this time it’s documented

New Surface Pro 4 driver restores Windows Hello — and this time it’s documented

Microsoft says the buggy, undocumented 1.0.65.1 driver, pushed through Automatic Update earlier this week, caused problems on only "a small number of devices."

08/04/17

Microsoft releases dozens of bug fixes for Win10 Creators Update, build 15063.502

Microsoft releases dozens of bug fixes for Win10 Creators Update, build 15063.502

Five days after Microsoft declared Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, ready for business, it re-released KB 4032188 and dozens of bug fixes.

08/02/17

The fine print behind Microsoft’s new Surface financing plan, Surface Plus

The fine print behind Microsoft’s new Surface financing plan, Surface Plus

Microsoft joins Swedish online financing firm Klarna to offer consumers zero-percent, 24-month financing and a limited 18-month upgrade option on all current Surfaces.

08/01/17

Surface Pro 4 problems: Windows Hello disappears, shaky screen

Surface Pro 4 problems: Windows Hello disappears, shaky screen

Surface Pro 4 camera refuses to log in with Windows Hello after an undocumented bad driver was installed. Meanwhile, the shaky screen problem continues.

08/01/17

Win10 machines with 'Defer feature updates' now getting Creators Update

Win10 machines with 'Defer feature updates' now getting Creators Update

There’s a reason why your Win10 1607 PC with "Defer feature updates" is getting pushed onto 1703 — and you aren’t going to like it. Fortunately, a partial solution exists.

07/31/17

Microsoft releases KB 3213643, 2956078, 4011078, 4011052 to fix June Outlook security bugs

Microsoft releases KB 3213643, 2956078, 4011078, 4011052 to fix June Outlook security bugs

Six weeks after rolling out four botched security patches for Outlook, Microsoft claims it’s fixed the bugs — and tackled three new exposures to boot.

07/27/17

Tiptoe through the bugs and get Windows and Office updated

Tiptoe through the bugs and get Windows and Office updated

It’s time to get the July patches rolled into your Windows and Office systems, in spite of a handful of niggling bugs.

07/26/17

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