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 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

On the one hand, Surface Pro 2 machines say they need a TPM firmware update. On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t have one -- and doesn’t appear to be working on one.

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Bugs galore in the July patches led to an unprecedented (and unexplained) re-release of everything, and a complete takedown of KB 4018385. Note to self: Who’s testing this stuff?

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

The July Patch Tuesday crop teems with bugs — some of them acknowledged. Snooping patches KB 2952664 and 2976978 return. If you ever needed a good excuse for delaying patches, this month is it.

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

With Patch Tuesday arriving, take a moment to make sure Auto Update is turned off. Reports of Win7 users getting pushed to Win10 (again) make the check even more imperative.

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

After six months, there's still no definitive answer from Microsoft about the slow writes speeds affecting the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book Pro 4.

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

June was a relatively benign month for Windows and Office patches, but the lingering problem with certain Win7 network interface cards, and a surprising revelation that Windows Defender isn’t being updated, should put Win7 folks on...

Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

If you’re involved in patching Windows, spend a few minutes to give your feedback.

Big Win10 1709 patch reinforces twice-a-month patching pace but, oddly, nothing new for 1803

Big Win10 1709 patch reinforces twice-a-month patching pace but, oddly, nothing new for 1803

Forget Patch Tuesday. Yesterday, Thursday, we saw patches for Win10 versions 1709, 1703 and 1607, as well as Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7, and 8.1, and for .Net (three different versions). The one version of Win10 that most needs...

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

If you have a Pentium III, for example, you may no longer be able to install Win7 Monthly Rollups or Security-only patches, in spite of Microsoft's promise to support you until January 2020. It’s all about SSE2 and some retroactively...

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to...

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

On Patch Tuesday, as usual, you’d be well advised to avoid the first round of traditionally buggy patches. A possible “fix” for the well-documented SMBv1 vulnerability may make this month particularly exciting.

Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces

Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces

On Saturday, a Microsoft contractor announced the end of Answers Forum support for Win 7 and 8.1, Office 2010 and 2013, Surface Pro and Pro 2, IE 10 and earlier, and Security Essentials. But what about buggy patches?

May Windows and Office patches are now relatively stable, but Win7 NIC problems persist

May Windows and Office patches are now relatively stable, but Win7 NIC problems persist

If you’ve been holding off on installing the May Windows and Office patches, now’s a good time to release the kraken and get them installed. Just be aware that there are still acknowledged, unresolved problems with Win7 updates...

Avast blames Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options

Avast blames Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options

Avast says it has fixed the problem that triggered Win10 April 2018 Update installation blue screens and dysfunctional 'boot to another operating system' options.

Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it

Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it

We saw it happen three times with Win10 1709. Now we’re getting reports of Win10 1803 being pushed to Pro PCs with “branch readiness” set to Semi-Annual Channel -- the setting that’s supposed to specifically keep 1803 away until it’s...

Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Several Win10 version 1803 upgraders have raised a red flag about Avast antivirus: After running the upgrade, PCs hit blue screens with nonsensical options. Now, there appears to be an official note on the Avast forum that says...

Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

If you shelled out $3,000 to $4,500 for a Surface Studio, you may be a bit disconcerted to discover that many don’t work with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Mice and keyboards keep disconnecting.

Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

The Monthly Rollup preview for Win7 doesn't fix the network driver bug in this month's Monthly Rollup. The 1607 and 1703 cumulative updates tackle long lists of boring fixes.

Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

The third Tuesday of the month brought a handful of fixes, but nothing that addresses the Win10 1803 solid-state drive fiasco, or the network clobbering in Windows 7 — and there are no Monthly Rollup Previews.

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