Woody Leonhard

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Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including "Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies." Get the latest on and vent your spleen about Windows at AskWoody.com.

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Get the March Windows and Office patches installed, but watch out for known bugs

Get the March Windows and Office patches installed, but watch out for known bugs

Microsoft pushed four separate patches in March, including one to plug a leaked hole and another to fix a bug in an earlier patch, but never mind. The problems with the March patches are reasonably well understood. Now would be a good...

Reading between the lines about Microsoft 'pausing optional updates'

Reading between the lines about Microsoft 'pausing optional updates'

Starting in May, Microsoft won’t be releasing separate “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches for Win10. That much is clear -- and welcome. But what about the bugs that have to be fixed? What happens to testing? Will the new...

Microsoft Patch Alert: March 2020 brings two ‘sky-is-falling’ warnings, with no problems in sight

Microsoft Patch Alert: March 2020 brings two ‘sky-is-falling’ warnings, with no problems in sight

We’ve seen two – count ‘em two – security holes this month accompanied by blaring “Microsoft warns millions of users” clickbait-y headlines. Bah. Humbug. Once again, there’s no immediate threat. Here’s what you really need to know.

Disappearing SMBv3 patch, non-security Office patches, and a so-far-mild Patch Tuesday

Disappearing SMBv3 patch, non-security Office patches, and a so-far-mild Patch Tuesday

With lots of drama over a patch that was never released, and a handful of non-security Office patches that should’ve been released a week ago, this month’s Patch Tuesday is progressing surprisingly well.

Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow. We're in uncharted territory. Get Automatic Updates paused.

Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow. We're in uncharted territory. Get Automatic Updates paused.

Even in the best of times, it’s wise to hold off on updating Windows until the dust has settled. This month, there are two additional, extraordinary reasons. Take a few minutes to make sure you aren’t in the line of fire.

In spite of the disappearing Windows desktop bug, now’s a good time to install the February patches

In spite of the disappearing Windows desktop bug, now’s a good time to install the February patches

It doesn’t look as if Microsoft is going to fix the 'temporary profile' bug in the February Win10 cumulative update that causes random users to lose their desktops and files, but we have a pretty good handle on how to recover. Get...

With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause Updates

With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause Updates

Microsoft has not yet acknowledged — much less fixed — the widely publicized bug in its February Patch Tuesday update that causes Win10 1903 and 1909 customers’ desktops to disappear. If you haven’t yet installed KB 4532693, make sure...

The mess behind Microsoft’s yanked UEFI patch KB 4524244

The mess behind Microsoft’s yanked UEFI patch KB 4524244

Patch Tuesday’s truly odd Win10 patch KB 4524244 wreaked havoc before it was finally pulled last Friday night. Since then, accusations have flown about Kaspersky, in particular, and Microsoft’s complicity in signing a rootkit. There’s...

February Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative update causing desktops to disappear

February Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative update causing desktops to disappear

Reports are starting to pour in about a bug — or maybe a conflict — with the February cumulative update for Win10 1903 and 1909, KB 4532693. Installing the patch may leave your machine with a swapped-out main profile, removing all of...

Patch Tuesday: 99 holes, 'exploited' IE fix, Win7 mayhem and UEFI ghost

Patch Tuesday: 99 holes, 'exploited' IE fix, Win7 mayhem and UEFI ghost

Microsoft’s February 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes are out, and the result is a huge, jumbled mess. With 164 patches plugging 99 separately identified security holes, klaxon calls to fix an “exploited” IE JScript hole, an unidentified UEFI...

Thought you already paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates? Think again.

Thought you already paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates? Think again.

Even if you bought and paid for Win7 extended security patches, and even if you’ve followed all of the instructions to install the ESU key, and even if Microsoft’s test program said your installation was complete — it wasn’t. And...

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