Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Take a look inside the new January Security-only patches specifically for Win7 and 8.1 AMD machines that were blue-screend by the original January Security-only patches. Win10 brickees still in limbo.

01/16/18

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

With Microsoft’s declaration yesterday that Win10 FCU (version 1709) is ready for business, there are some reports that Pro 1703 machines with 'feature update' delays set at 365 days are getting pushed.

01/12/18

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

A surprising admission from Intel: New firmware is causing "higher system reboots" on Intel Haswell and Broadwell chips, which appeared from 2013 to 2016.

01/12/18

Microsoft reinstates Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors — but which ones?

Microsoft reinstates Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors — but which ones?

Microsoft announced it’s bringing back this month’s problematic Windows security patches for some AMD processors. You get to guess which ones.

01/11/18

Surprise! Excel gets a variation of the Word DDE block settings

Surprise! Excel gets a variation of the Word DDE block settings

Tucked away in an old Security Advisory, Microsoft announces new registry settings that control the automatic behavior of Dynamic Data Exchange in Excel.

01/11/18

A mess of Microsoft patches, warnings about slowdowns — and antivirus proves crucial

A mess of Microsoft patches, warnings about slowdowns — and antivirus proves crucial

Yesterday Microsoft released 56 security patches and a warning about slowdowns. Stay calm. Only one patch is of immediate concern.

01/10/18

Microsoft yanks buggy Windows Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD computers

Microsoft yanks buggy Windows Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD computers

After five days of debilitating blue screens on AMD machines, Microsoft pulled the buggy patches very early Tuesday morning. More problems remain.

01/09/18

Buggy Win7 Meltdown patch KB 4056894 throwing blue screens

Buggy Win7 Meltdown patch KB 4056894 throwing blue screens

AMD Athlon systems bear the brunt of the bugs, but other Windows machines get bit, too. There are a few possible fixes, none sure-fire.

01/08/18

Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 signals early, abbreviated Patch Tuesday

We now have almost all of the pieces of Patch Tuesday cobbled together and dribbled out a week ahead of time, with Windows 8.1 conspicuously missing from the haul.

01/05/18

Windows, Meltdown and Spectre: Keep calm and carry on

Windows, Meltdown and Spectre: Keep calm and carry on

No need to panic over the lavishly publicized Meltdown and Spectre security holes. Behind the bellicose roars of certain doom, a handful of important facts stand out.

01/04/18

High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

High-demand tasks for the Surface Book 2 swamp a plugged-in battery

In a surprising, and disappointing, demo from Digital Trends, a plugged-in Surface Book 2 running common but demanding tasks shows battery drain.

12/28/17

Time to install Microsoft patches, except KB 4054517 for Win10 Fall Creators Update

Time to install Microsoft patches, except KB 4054517 for Win10 Fall Creators Update

Just about everybody should get this month’s patches installed now — except those of you who installed (or got forced into) the lump-of-coal Win10 version 1709.

12/22/17

Microsoft confirms stalled downloads, bogus errors in Win10 FCU update KB 4054517

Microsoft confirms stalled downloads, bogus errors in Win10 FCU update KB 4054517

Microsoft just confirmed two major bugs in this month’s cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update, KB 4054517 — which we described earlier this week. We also have confirmation of bugs in the November Excel 2016 patch and in...

12/21/17

Office as a malware delivery platform: DDE, Scriptlets, Macro obfuscation

Office as a malware delivery platform: DDE, Scriptlets, Macro obfuscation

Powerful behind-the-scenes features in Office have suddenly stepped back into the malware limelight, with an onslaught of mostly macro-less attacks starring jimmied Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

12/19/17

New patch KB 4057291 fixes last month’s buggy Radeon driver 22.19.128.0

New patch KB 4057291 fixes last month’s buggy Radeon driver 22.19.128.0

If you use Win10 with an older Radeon HD 2000, 3000, or 4000 series video card, an update pushed late last month likely crippled your monitor. This new patch reverses the damage caused by the bad driver.

12/19/17

Win10 FCU December patch KB 4054517 fails big time

Win10 FCU December patch KB 4054517 fails big time

This month’s cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update fails hard on many systems, with INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE, network problems and more. Several possible culprits identified, but no definitive solution.

12/18/17

Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far

Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far

Unless you use Internet Explorer or Edge, there’s very slim pickin’s in the patch pile this month. No need to apply any of the updates immediately.

12/12/17

It's time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off

It's time: Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off

The past few months have brought mountains of problems for those who updated Windows and Office automatically. You need to patch sooner or later, but there’s no reason to work as an unpaid beta tester. Get Auto Update turned off now.

12/11/17

Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015

Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015

Microsoft forgot to change an expiration date, and now all attempts to run Windows Update in Win7 are failing with the bogus message “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running.”

12/04/17

Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture

Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture

Long a mainstay of the old-fashioned Windows interface fan club, Classic Shell’s developer Ivo Beltchev has thrown in the towel, releasing the code to SourceForge

12/04/17

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