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,...

04/13/18

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.

04/13/18

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.

04/12/18

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.

04/11/18

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...

04/09/18

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...

04/06/18

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.

04/05/18

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.

04/02/18

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.

04/02/18

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.

03/26/18

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...

03/23/18

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.

03/21/18

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.

03/15/18

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.

03/14/18

Turn Automatic Update off, temporarily, in anticipation of another round of pernicious patches

Turn Automatic Update off, temporarily, in anticipation of another round of pernicious patches

January’s patches were horrible. February’s were a little better. Take a moment now to make sure you aren’t tossed in with the cannon fodder, and wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

03/12/18

Microsoft again forced upgrades on Win10 machines specifically set to block updates

Microsoft again forced upgrades on Win10 machines specifically set to block updates

For the third time in the past four months, Microsoft 'accidentally' upgraded Windows 10 1703 machines to version 1709 in spite of explicit, correctly applied, deferral settings.

03/12/18

Microsoft forces Win10 1709 upgrades on PCs set to restrict telemetry

Microsoft forces Win10 1709 upgrades on PCs set to restrict telemetry

Howls of pain from Win10 1607 and 1703 users who were forced to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today. No advanced warning. This is the third time some Win10 customers have been pushed onto Win10 1709.

03/08/18

Microsoft claims KB 4090913 fixes last month's Win10 1709 USB bug

Microsoft claims KB 4090913 fixes last month's Win10 1709 USB bug

Microsoft released another out-of-band patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, along with a Servicing Stack Update, KB 4090914. The jury’s still out on whether the patch works.

03/06/18

Get the February Microsoft patches applied, unless you’re using Win10 Fall Creators Update

Get the February Microsoft patches applied, unless you’re using Win10 Fall Creators Update

Last month’s patches and repatches have stabilized, except for one glaring problem: KB 4074588, the latest patch to Microsoft’s flagship operating system, still stings far too many.

03/05/18

Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664

Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664

This month’s fourth-Tuesday patches includes a bevy of bug notices and a warning to uninstall old Previews, the fourth “Monthly Channel” update this month for Office 365, and our old snooping friend KB 2952664.

02/28/18

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