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.

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

The warning, which encompasses just about every Intel processor out there, from all PC manufacturers, takes effect immediately. And there’s no indication when it will get fixed.

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 Fall Creators Update has a nasty habit of re-launching programs on reboot. In spite of repeated, pointed criticism, Microsoft is digging in its heels — or just ignoring the problem and hoping it'll go away.

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

If you thought this month’s Windows/Office/.NET patching debacle couldn’t get any worse, hold my beer.

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Five Windows patches and nine for .NET released yesterday, Patch Wednesday “C,” leave many of us wondering what we did to deserve such abuse. Yes, there are bugs.

InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

Security guru Steve Gibson cooks up a new, easy, no-bull utility that scans your machine and tells you, point blank, whether you’re vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre.

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Take a look inside the new January Security-only patches specifically for Win7 and 8.1 AMD machines that were blue-screend by the original January Security-only patches. Win10 brickees still in limbo.

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

With Microsoft’s declaration yesterday that Win10 FCU (version 1709) is ready for business, there are some reports that Pro 1703 machines with 'feature update' delays set at 365 days are getting pushed.

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

A surprising admission from Intel: New firmware is causing "higher system reboots" on Intel Haswell and Broadwell chips, which appeared from 2013 to 2016.

Microsoft reinstates Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors — but which ones?

Microsoft reinstates Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors — but which ones?

Microsoft announced it’s bringing back this month’s problematic Windows security patches for some AMD processors. You get to guess which ones.

Surprise! Excel gets a variation of the Word DDE block settings

Surprise! Excel gets a variation of the Word DDE block settings

Tucked away in an old Security Advisory, Microsoft announces new registry settings that control the automatic behavior of Dynamic Data Exchange in Excel.

A mess of Microsoft patches, warnings about slowdowns — and antivirus proves crucial

A mess of Microsoft patches, warnings about slowdowns — and antivirus proves crucial

Yesterday Microsoft released 56 security patches and a warning about slowdowns. Stay calm. Only one patch is of immediate concern.

Microsoft yanks buggy Windows Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD computers

Microsoft yanks buggy Windows Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD computers

After five days of debilitating blue screens on AMD machines, Microsoft pulled the buggy patches very early Tuesday morning. More problems remain.

Buggy Win7 Meltdown patch KB 4056894 throwing blue screens

Buggy Win7 Meltdown patch KB 4056894 throwing blue screens

AMD Athlon systems bear the brunt of the bugs, but other Windows machines get bit, too. There are a few possible fixes, none sure-fire.

Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

We now have almost all of the pieces of Patch Tuesday cobbled together and dribbled out a week ahead of time, with Windows 8.1 conspicuously missing from the haul.

Windows, Meltdown and Spectre: Keep calm and carry on

Windows, Meltdown and Spectre: Keep calm and carry on

No need to panic over the lavishly publicized Meltdown and Spectre security holes. Behind the bellicose roars of certain doom, a handful of important facts stand out.

High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

In a surprising, and disappointing, demo from Digital Trends, a plugged-in Surface Book 2 running common but demanding tasks shows battery drain.

Time to install Microsoft patches, except KB 4054517 for Win10 Fall Creators Update

Time to install Microsoft patches, except KB 4054517 for Win10 Fall Creators Update

Just about everybody should get this month’s patches installed now — except those of you who installed (or got forced into) the lump-of-coal Win10 version 1709.

Microsoft confirms stalled downloads, bogus errors in Win10 FCU update KB 4054517

Microsoft confirms stalled downloads, bogus errors in Win10 FCU update KB 4054517

Microsoft just confirmed two major bugs in this month’s cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update, KB 4054517 — which we described earlier this week. We also have confirmation of bugs in the November Excel 2016 patch and in...

Office as a malware delivery platform: DDE, Scriptlets, Macro obfuscation

Office as a malware delivery platform: DDE, Scriptlets, Macro obfuscation

Powerful behind-the-scenes features in Office have suddenly stepped back into the malware limelight, with an onslaught of mostly macro-less attacks starring jimmied Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

New patch KB 4057291 fixes last month’s buggy Radeon driver 22.19.128.0

New patch KB 4057291 fixes last month’s buggy Radeon driver 22.19.128.0

If you use Win10 with an older Radeon HD 2000, 3000, or 4000 series video card, an update pushed late last month likely crippled your monitor. This new patch reverses the damage caused by the bad driver.

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