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.

Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

The massive security hole introduced by Microsoft for 64-bit Win7 and Server 2008 R2 now has working proof-of-concept code — and it’s freely available on GitHub. While we haven’t seen exploits in the wild, it’s only a matter of days....

The missing cumulative update for Win10 1709 appeared overnight — KB 4093105

The missing cumulative update for Win10 1709 appeared overnight — KB 4093105

A massive cumulative update for the latest version of Windows arrived last night, complete with noteworthy fixes. No indication why, but many report that the bug fix isn’t being fed through Windows Update just yet.

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

A kludge built on a Carnak kludge, combined with a quirk in the way Windows Update works, has led to voluminous reports of KB 4093118 re-re-re-installing itself. Unless Microsoft fixes the bad setting, you may get re-installs...

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Multiple, angry reports say the newly fixed Win7 Monthly Rollup for April installs successfully, then installs again, and again — on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Win7. The only known solution is to hide the update.

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Just one week after a round of cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions, we get two additional, big patches for Win10 1703 and 1607. There’s also a confusing re-issue of KB 4099950, the largely misunderstood and poorly documented...

Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

The company hasn’t officially acknowledged the bug just yet, but a brave Microsoft engineer has presented a detailed explanation of it, complete with a manual Registry fix. It seems that beta testers liked the new behavior so much,...

Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Microsoft says it fixed the problem in April's Win7 Monthly Rollup that required installing the security-only patch KB 4093108 in advance, and it re-released KB 4093118.

Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 continue to get beaten into the ground, and the Win10 1709 patch prompts complaints, as the Windows security patching business gets even more complex.

What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

Most of the Windows testing world anxiously anticipated that Microsoft would drop Win10 version 1803 yesterday, but we got bupkis — and a tiny patch that may hold the clue for the delay.

Watch out for continuing bugs: Turn off Windows Update, temporarily

Watch out for continuing bugs: Turn off Windows Update, temporarily

Patch Tuesday is just around the corner, and it’s likely Microsoft will finally pull some of the buggy March patches out of the fire. With ten 'critical' patches rumored to be in the pipeline, don’t leave your machine exposed to...

Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

With Patch Tuesday right around the corner, it’s time to salvage the fixed parts of March’s patches and get them applied. Win7/Server 2008 R2 customers have to choose between a gaping security hole and even more bugs. Here's what you...

Microsoft jiggles — but doesn’t fix — buggy Win7 patches KB 4088875, KB 4088878

Microsoft jiggles — but doesn’t fix — buggy Win7 patches KB 4088875, KB 4088878

A big shakeup last night rearranged the way the buggy March Win7 patches install and clean up after themselves, but added to the lengthy list of known bugs. The key looming bug — “Total Meltdown” — remains a patching enigma.

ScottGu we need you: Please unscrew Windows

ScottGu we need you: Please unscrew Windows

With news about Terry Myerson’s imminent departure from Microsoft, and with the Windows team scattered to the far corners, we may have a chance to get Windows back into usable shape. Scott Guthrie is just the person to pull it off.

Windows patches for Total Meltdown, bluescreens, an IP stopper -- and little documentation

Windows patches for Total Meltdown, bluescreens, an IP stopper -- and little documentation

Last week ended with several bangs, including a confusing and potentially damaging fix for the Win7 Total Meltdown hole, a patch for the NIC/static IP bug in Win7, and a list of bluescreen fixes.

2 Friday night patch specials: A flawed Win7 Monthly Rollup preview and an IE fix

2 Friday night patch specials: A flawed Win7 Monthly Rollup preview and an IE fix

Microsoft rolled out a highly anticipated preview of the April Windows 7 Monthly Rollup, complete with multiple known bugs, and a rushed patch for IE on Windows 7.

More Windows patches — and warnings about the Win10 1709 update KB 4089848

More Windows patches — and warnings about the Win10 1709 update KB 4089848

On Thursday Microsoft released new cumulative updates for all Win10 versions, a couple of Servicing Stack updates, two previews of monthly rollups, a refreshed Windows Update cracker — and absolutely nothing that fixes the flaws in...

Did Microsoft admit that Surface Pro 4 Flickergate is a hardware problem?

Did Microsoft admit that Surface Pro 4 Flickergate is a hardware problem?

The infamous problem with screen flicker and shaking on the Surface Pro 4 – a problem so ubiquitous it spawned the flickergate.com web site – may be nearing a resolution. Finally.

When should you move to the next version of Windows 10?

When should you move to the next version of Windows 10?

With the imminent release of Win10 version 1803, the answer to that question leads to actions you need to take right away.

Microsoft stops pushing buggy Win7 patch KB 4088875, hopefully as a precursor to yanking it

Microsoft stops pushing buggy Win7 patch KB 4088875, hopefully as a precursor to yanking it

Microsoft no longer installs the Windows 7 March Monthly Rollup automatically, but KB 4088875 is still available in the Update Catalog.

Massive March Patch Tuesday relaxes antivirus restrictions, but there are problems

Massive March Patch Tuesday relaxes antivirus restrictions, but there are problems

With 74 separately identified plugged holes, every version of Windows and Office gets goosed. No known exploits for any “Critical” vulnerabilities, but there’s a report of more forced upgrades.

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