What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

You can download and install it manually, but in our tests the Win7 October Monthly Rollup is hard to find through Windows Update — and it won’t install automatically. Why?

10/30/18

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

While some folks with congenital Surface Pro 4 problems get free exchanges, others don’t even get the time of day. We could use some consistency in the exchange policy — and some sympathy for those who bought the worst Surface device...

10/26/18

No, Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘good enough’ for the Surface Pro 6

No, Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘good enough’ for the Surface Pro 6

With the way features are currently skewed, and the lousy quality of recent patches, every new PC should be configured with Windows 10 Pro. If you’re going to buy a Win10 Home PC, spend an extra $100 for the upgrade to Pro.

10/26/18

Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Almost a week after the big patches for earlier versions of Win10, Microsoft releases more than 50 individual fixes for 1803 in cumulative update KB 4462933. What took so long? Why so many? I have a theory.

10/25/18

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

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