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.

Installing Windows 7 from a backup? You need a BitLocker patch right away

Microsoft warns of Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript 'procedure call' errors after August patches

Microsoft warns of Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript 'procedure call' errors after August patches

Sometime in the past few hours, Microsoft posted official warnings about an 'invalid procedure call error' associated with August patches for all versions of Windows, from Win7 onward, and encompassing all flavors of Visual Basic....

It’s the Monday before Patch Tuesday – make sure Windows Auto Update is off

It’s the Monday before Patch Tuesday – make sure Windows Auto Update is off

Traditionally, August finds Microsoft in a mid-summer lull, with lots of folks on vacation and more than the usual chances of surprising screw-ups from second-string staff. It’s an excellent month to sit on the sidelines and see what...

Is Windows pushing you to upgrade? Don’t be bullied. There’s a middle path.

Is Windows pushing you to upgrade? Don’t be bullied. There’s a middle path.

Many people running Win10 version 1803 — the most common version of Win10 — are seeing dire notices that they need to upgrade to 'the next version of Windows,' by which Microsoft means 1903. Hogwash. You have options. Here’s what you...

New Surface firmware/driver update knocks out Wi-Fi on some systems

New Surface firmware/driver update knocks out Wi-Fi on some systems

The problem seems to lie with a new driver, “Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Net – 15.68.17013.110,” which was also installed on many Surface machines running the beta of Win10’s next version, 20H1 -- and caused similar problems. Is...

It’s time to install most of July's Windows and Office patches

It’s time to install most of July's Windows and Office patches

If you’ve been keeping your Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 machines clean with “Security-only” patches, July has an important change to consider. For most people, the coast is clear to install the July 2019 patches.

Microsoft Patch Alert: Welcome to the Upside Down

Microsoft Patch Alert: Welcome to the Upside Down

In July’s patches, Win7 basks in telemetry, the Win10 1903 RST upgrade block casts an unintentionally wide net, and we see problems with Visual Studio. Also: yet another fervent call to block the BlueKeep hole.

The push to Win10 version 1903 takes in more 1809 machines, yields few complaints

The push to Win10 version 1903 takes in more 1809 machines, yields few complaints

Those of you running Windows 10 version 1809 with the branch readiness level at Semi-Annual Channel are now part of the countdown to 1903 hegemony. The old Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) no longer exists, but there are few gripes. Is...

Reverse engineering the Win10 1803-to-1903 forced upgrade — coming soon to a PC near you

Reverse engineering the Win10 1803-to-1903 forced upgrade — coming soon to a PC near you

Having seen only a handful of promises, a couple of screenshots and a rapidly changing set of definitions, it’s hard to tell how Microsoft will actually push your Win10 1803 machine to 1903. Here’s what we’ve seen so far.

New Windows 7 'security-only' update installs telemetry/snooping, uh, feature

New Windows 7 'security-only' update installs telemetry/snooping, uh, feature

Three years ago, Microsoft promised to keep Win7 and 8.1 updated with two tracks of patches - Monthly Rollups that include everything and “security-only” patches that are supposed to be limited to security fixes. Guess what just...

  With Patch Tuesday here, make sure you temporarily block Windows Update

With Patch Tuesday here, make sure you temporarily block Windows Update

Last month brought a bevy of “silver bullet” patches, which fixed bugs introduced in earlier patches. This month, save yourself the bother. In most cases it’s easy to tell Windows to back off for a few weeks. You have to patch...

It's time to install the June Windows and Office patches

It's time to install the June Windows and Office patches

June was a lazy, buggy month for Windows and Microsoft Office, with silver bullet patches galore. Things have calmed down now, and it’s time to get the lot installed.

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