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.

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions

2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it wouldn’t push Win10 1803 upgrades onto 1709 machines if the machine has a .Net app (such as QuickBooks Desktop) that relies on TLS 1.2 security. Now it looks as if there’s a fix — but...

Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

In spite of an enormous number of erroneous “known issues” warnings, this month’s crop of Windows and Office patches seems to fix most of the bugs in last month’s patches.

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Another Patch Tuesday is approaching. To avoid the bug chaos that could happen -- like we saw last month -- make sure Automatic Update for Windows is turned off.

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Intel is in the process of releasing a souped-up Coffee Lake chipset that will actually work with Windows 7, according to Anandtech. The trick will be convincing Microsoft to allow updates to the new H310C.

A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft’s July patches

A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft’s July patches

Microsoft's Windows and Office patches for July are still a mess. Perhaps August will be better.

The mechanics of Windows patching - in plain English

The mechanics of Windows patching - in plain English

Microsoft’s John Wilcox last week posted a primer on Microsoft’s patching scheme, designed to help people understand how the company patches Windows. Here’s a translation in less obfuscatory terms, with a bit of real-world...

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Earlier this week, Susan Bradley published a comprehensive look at the results of her survey of nearly 2,000 Windows updaters. Now, Microsoft has officially weighed in.

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

In a fitting finale to a horrendous July patch cycle, Microsoft released 30 new separately identified .Net patches yesterday in 11 new Knowledge Base articles. But, for reasons unknown and unexplained, Win10 isn’t fixed yet.

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

Enterprise patching veteran Susan Bradley summarizes her Windows update survey results, asking Microsoft management to rethink the breakneck pace of frequently destructive patches.

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

So far this month, we’ve seen three big cumulative updates for each of the supported versions of Windows 10. And the month's not over yet.

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

New cumulative updates for all versions of Windows were released yesterday, July 24. Or were they?

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