Microsoft releases a big bunch of bug fixes for older versions of Win10

Microsoft releases a big bunch of bug fixes for older versions of Win10

Yesterday, Microsoft released bug fixes for Windows 10 1607, 1703 and 1709, as well as the usual Previews for Win7, 8.1 and .NET. On Tuesday we got new versions of this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, likely in an attempt to fix the...

10/19/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

Deleted user files, looping blue screens, bad drivers, Edge mute, and at least one patch that didn’t: This month shows, more than ever, that you need to protect your machine from Microsoft’s bad patches. And for heaven’s sake, don’t...

10/17/18

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

There’s no official announcement that I can find, much less an explanation, but it looks as if you can no longer get KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup, through Windows Update. Microsoft apparently yanked it from WU last...

10/15/18

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

Last week, Microsoft pushed two buggy drivers onto Win10 machines. A bad keyboard driver triggered blue screens on HP computers. A buggy audio driver turned off Intel Audio sound. They were fixed over the weekend with KB 4468304 and...

10/15/18

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

Fingers point to the Patch Tuesday Win10 cumulative updates, a Windows-pushed HP keyboard driver, or a combination of both. A Microsoft agent says that it’s not just on HP machines and that the cumulative updates have been pulled, but...

10/11/18

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Yes, it's another Microsoft screwup. Even though it reissued the Win7 Servicing Stack Update and marked it as 'security,' many people won't see it. The problem: Ancient installer update logic. Don't hold your breath waiting for a...

10/10/18

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Yesterday Microsoft explained in full detail all four conditions that led to catastrophic data loss when installing the first release of Win10 version 1809. Here’s what you can expect from the second wave of releases, builds 17763.17...

10/10/18

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Given the likelihood Microsoft will push machines to the next version of Win10 Tuesday -- and the mess the 1809 upgrade created last week – you should lock everything down.

10/08/18

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

It took four days of complaints about deleted Documents, Photos and other files and late Friday, Microsoft finally pulled the Win10 1809 upgrade. Microsoft has known about the bug for months.

10/06/18

Did you upgrade to Win10 1809 and lose all of your documents and pictures? There’s a fix for that.

Did you upgrade to Win10 1809 and lose all of your documents and pictures? There’s a fix for that.

If, in spite of my warnings, you upgraded to the latest version of Win10, and you lost all of your \Documents, \Pictures, \Music, \Videos or other folders, DON’T DO ANYTHING until you’ve tried this fix.

10/04/18

Word to the Win10 wise: Don’t click 'Check for updates'

Word to the Win10 wise: Don’t click 'Check for updates'

Microsoft has unilaterally given itself permission to upgrade your Win10 PC to the brand-new version 1809, if you have the temerity to click “Check for updates.” Moral of the story? Never give a seeker an even break.

10/03/18

Time to install your September Windows and Office patches

Time to install your September Windows and Office patches

September patching started out looking sweeter and cleaner than we’ve seen in a long time. Then came four massive Win10 cumulative updates, which were quickly yanked. Now it seems the 'v2' crop is ready — and there's an explanation...

10/01/18

Bizarre circumstances surround fourth set of Win10 cumulative updates in two weeks

Bizarre circumstances surround fourth set of Win10 cumulative updates in two weeks

On the last Wednesday of the month, Microsoft re-released KB 4458469 for Win10 1803 and KB 4457136 for Win10 1709, raising many questions, including “Why (indeed, How) in the world do you re-release a cumulative update?”

09/27/18

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.

09/26/18

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.

09/25/18

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.

09/24/18

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?

09/20/18

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.

09/17/18

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...

09/12/18

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?'

09/10/18

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