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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Windows 7 Pro gets nag patch KB 4524752 with a couple of eerily familiar registry keys

Windows 7 Pro gets nag patch KB 4524752 with a couple of eerily familiar registry keys

Last night, as promised, Microsoft started rolling out the patch to Windows 7 Pro that implements 'Support for Windows 7 is coming to an end' nag screens. While all indications at this point say that the nagging is tame, there’s an...

This month’s Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn’t play well with an Intel video driver

This month’s Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn’t play well with an Intel video driver

The first October cumulative update for Win10 version 1903, KB 4517389, triggers many complaints about rogue 'X' marks, black screens in Chrome, and an unnerving 'unexpected error; quitting' message on older programs. Microsoft hasn’t...

The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag

The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag

As usual for a third Tuesday, yesterday Microsoft released a round of “optional, non-security” cumulative updates for most Win10 versions. We also saw Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7 and 8.1, with an undocumented “compatibility...

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

It looks as if we’ve escaped the major inherited bug in Microsoft’s rapid-fire series of Windows patches — the printing problems have subsided. Now we’re seeing reports of a second wave of bugs: Start menu has critical errors, Edge...

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

It’s still much too early to give yesterday’s Windows patches a clean bill of health, but initial reports are most encouraging. In particular, the printer spooling problems introduced by the emergency manual IE zero-day patches on...

As Patch Tuesday approaches, turn off Automatic Update temporarily and — especially — disengage IE

As Patch Tuesday approaches, turn off Automatic Update temporarily and — especially — disengage IE

Tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday and, given all the havoc we’ve seen with the latest Windows patches, you need to get Automatic Update turned off for now. Based on a security report hidden behind a $690 Microsoft paywall, I also recommend...

Microsoft releases even more patches for the CVE-2019-1367 IE zero-day, and the bugs are having a field day

Microsoft releases even more patches for the CVE-2019-1367 IE zero-day, and the bugs are having a field day

Ten days ago, Microsoft released a half-fast set of manual patches aimed at fending off a newly described and “Exploited” Internet Explorer zero-day. Bugs crawled out of the woodwork. Yesterday, Microsoft finally released a true...

Time to install Microsoft's mainstream September patches – and avoid the dregs

Time to install Microsoft's mainstream September patches – and avoid the dregs

This month’s lightning rod patch — the fix for the peek-a-boo Internet Explorer zero-day CVE-2019-1367 — still isn’t in any of the pushed updates. Unless you’re a Chicken Little acolyte, avoid it, but get the rest of the September...

Microsoft Patch Alert: Botched IE zero-day patch leaves cognoscenti fuming

Microsoft Patch Alert: Botched IE zero-day patch leaves cognoscenti fuming

September’s surprise zero-day patch for Internet Explorer hole CVE-2019-1367 – released, but not released, then pushed sporadically, but only in preview, and never explained – leads us straight to the bottom of the barrel once again.

Surprise! Windows 10 version 1903 declared 'ready for broad deployment'

Surprise! Windows 10 version 1903 declared 'ready for broad deployment'

With several known and well-documented bugs still cluttering things up, Microsoft late Thursday declared Win10 version 1903 as ready for business deployment. Hard to tell if it’s a declaration of stability, or a pre-1909-release...

It's time to squirrel away a clean copy of Win10 version 1903

It's time to squirrel away a clean copy of Win10 version 1903

If you’re running any version of Windows other than version 1903, now’s an excellent time to store away a clean copy. It’s easy, free, and (depending on your internet speed) won’t take long. You never know when it’ll be useful.

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