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's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

June was a cruel patching month, with loads of bugs, lots of initial confusion and a few belated fixes. We now have a pretty good handle on what’s going bump in the night. Here’s how to get your patching caught up.

Microsoft Patch Alert: June 2020

Microsoft Patch Alert: June 2020

June’s crop of Microsoft patches brought printer problems two ways from Tuesday, a debilitating Outlook conflict, more LSASS failures, a zinger from the Microsoft Store, masses of Win10 version 2004 bugs – and no fix for the...

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

The company intentionally removed the “update deferral” options from the Win10 version 2004 Update Advanced options pane, ostensibly “to prevent confusion.” Riiiiight. But there’s good news: a newly documented Pro, Education and...

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Microsoft has acknowledged that a combination of the June 2-or-later version of Microsoft 365 (nee Office 365) and the June Win10 cumulative updates cause Outlook to disavow its PST files. The source of the problem seems to be a bug...

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

According to official sources, the latest Windows upgrade contains a bug in the Storage Spaces feature. Information, as usual, is sketchy. We have no idea what triggers the bug, or whether rolling back to 1909 will fix it, but … why...

June cumulative updates cause multiple problems with network printers

June cumulative updates cause multiple problems with network printers

There are reports all over of the Windows June cumulative updates – KB 4560960 (Win10 version 1903/1909), KB 4557957 (Win10 2004), KB 4561608 (Win10 1809/Server 2019) and KB 4561612 (Server 2012) – breaking network printers....

Some Win10 PCs are apparently being upgraded to version 2004 without consent

Some Win10 PCs are apparently being upgraded to version 2004 without consent

I’m seeing an increase in the number of people who claim that their Windows 10 version 1903 or 1909 computers were upgraded to version 2004, without warning. The behavior might be due to a bug in the way Win10 handles “Pause...

Microsoft Patch Tuesday is nigh: Pause updates now.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday is nigh: Pause updates now.

Take a minute right now and make sure you have Windows Update paused. Every month we see problems with patches -- some rare and innocuous, others toxic to a specific subset of Windows users. Step out of the line of fire. It’s easy.

It's a bumpy road for the Win10 version 2004 rollout

It's a bumpy road for the Win10 version 2004 rollout

Microsoft’s been testing the “final” version of Win10 May 2020 Update - better known as version 2004 - for almost six months now. The number and nature of extant problems at this late date hits a new low, even by Microsoft’s...

Get your May 2020 Windows and Office patches installed

Get your May 2020 Windows and Office patches installed

It was quite a month, with an undocumented drive-by patch, five (six?) zero-days, and voluminous reports of bugs that, with two exceptions, don’t appear to have any common cause. Now’s a good time to get Windows and Office patched.

How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing

How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing

I get it. You’re bored and want to try something shiny and new. And look! Here comes Windows 10 2004. But think twice before marching your PC to the front lines. Wait while we see what problems lurk. Here’s how to sit on the sidelines...

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