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.

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

Last week, Microsoft pushed two buggy drivers onto Win10 machines. A bad keyboard driver triggered blue screens on HP computers. A buggy audio driver turned off Intel Audio sound. They were fixed over the weekend with KB 4468304 and...

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

Fingers point to the Patch Tuesday Win10 cumulative updates, a Windows-pushed HP keyboard driver, or a combination of both. A Microsoft agent says that it’s not just on HP machines and that the cumulative updates have been pulled, but...

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Yes, it's another Microsoft screwup. Even though it reissued the Win7 Servicing Stack Update and marked it as 'security,' many people won't see it. The problem: Ancient installer update logic. Don't hold your breath waiting for a...

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Yesterday Microsoft explained in full detail all four conditions that led to catastrophic data loss when installing the first release of Win10 version 1809. Here’s what you can expect from the second wave of releases, builds 17763.17...

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Given the likelihood Microsoft will push machines to the next version of Win10 Tuesday -- and the mess the 1809 upgrade created last week – you should lock everything down.

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

It took four days of complaints about deleted Documents, Photos and other files and late Friday, Microsoft finally pulled the Win10 1809 upgrade. Microsoft has known about the bug for months.

Did you upgrade to Win10 1809 and lose all of your documents and pictures? There’s a fix for that.

Did you upgrade to Win10 1809 and lose all of your documents and pictures? There’s a fix for that.

If, in spite of my warnings, you upgraded to the latest version of Win10, and you lost all of your \Documents, \Pictures, \Music, \Videos or other folders, DON’T DO ANYTHING until you’ve tried this fix.

How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing

How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing

With the October 2018 feature update to Windows 10 (version 1809, build 17763, Redstone 5) now available, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft.

Word to the Win10 wise: Don’t click 'Check for updates'

Word to the Win10 wise: Don’t click 'Check for updates'

Microsoft has unilaterally given itself permission to upgrade your Win10 PC to the brand-new version 1809, if you have the temerity to click “Check for updates.” Moral of the story? Never give a seeker an even break.

Time to install your September Windows and Office patches

Time to install your September Windows and Office patches

September patching started out looking sweeter and cleaner than we’ve seen in a long time. Then came four massive Win10 cumulative updates, which were quickly yanked. Now it seems the 'v2' crop is ready — and there's an explanation...

Bizarre circumstances surround fourth set of Win10 cumulative updates in two weeks

Bizarre circumstances surround fourth set of Win10 cumulative updates in two weeks

On the last Wednesday of the month, Microsoft re-released KB 4458469 for Win10 1803 and KB 4457136 for Win10 1709, raising many questions, including “Why (indeed, How) in the world do you re-release a cumulative update?”

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