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.

Grab a free copy of Win10 version 1803 and save it for a rainy day

Grab a free copy of Win10 version 1803 and save it for a rainy day

With the release of the next version of Win10, version 1809, just around the corner, now is the best time to grab a free, clean copy of the current version of Win10, and stow it away.

Win10 version 1809 'RTM,' build 17763, now expected to drop Oct. 2

Win10 version 1809 'RTM,' build 17763, now expected to drop Oct. 2

Putting together hints from various reliable sources, it now appears as if the next version of Windows — build 17763 — has been signed off on.

Seeker's remorse: Where are KB 4458469 and the other Thursday Win10 cumulative updates?

Seeker's remorse: Where are KB 4458469 and the other Thursday Win10 cumulative updates?

Microsoft released a bunch of Win10 cumulative updates last Thursday. They’re still available for manual download from the Windows Update Catalog, but it looks as if the company stopped pushing them on Friday. It’s complicated.

What Microsoft has joined together, let no man put asunder. Except for .Net patches.

What Microsoft has joined together, let no man put asunder. Except for .Net patches.

Microsoft cracks open the cumulative update jumble for Win10 version 1809 and later, finally letting you install security patches and .Net patches separately. But can it walk the talk?

Microsoft Patch Alert: Despite weird timing, September’s Windows and Office patches look good

Microsoft Patch Alert: Despite weird timing, September’s Windows and Office patches look good

If you look beyond the inexplicable ‘Patch Monday’ dump and some forgettable vorpal blades aimed at the Meltdown/Spectre Jabberwocky, this month’s Windows and Office patches are the best-behaved in months.

SharePoint Workflows go belly-up when you install the September .Net Security Only patch

SharePoint Workflows go belly-up when you install the September .Net Security Only patch

Another major bug in this month’s patches, officially acknowledged, affects the Security Only .Net patch KB 4457916, for Win8.1 and Server 2012 R2. Install that patch and any defined Sharepoint Workflows will fail to run.

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10

From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Win10. Sometimes good things come in free packages.

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There’s a solution.

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There’s a solution.

Two very different installation oddities that have surfaced since Patch Tuesday have a similar source. Beware the insidious (and poorly understood) Servicing Stack Update. Remember: SSU before LCU except after C or if it sounds like...

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact

Patch Tuesday hits tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be benign, as it was in August. Maybe, as in July, the rolled out offal will break everything in sight. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches

Many of you skipped the July patches, and for good reason — they were a mess. Now, finally, it looks as if the combined July and August patches are relatively stable, as long as you avoid the Intel microcode fiasco. Here’s how to...

Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko

Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko

Overnight, Microsoft released 34 patches for all versions of Windows and .Net: Every version of Win10 gets a cumulative update; Win7 and 8.1 get Monthly Rollup Previews; all versions of .Net also get Previews. But beware the Ides of...

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions

Looks like the July 26 firmware/driver update for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 brought on even more bugs.

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.

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