Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Earlier this week, Susan Bradley published a comprehensive look at the results of her survey of nearly 2,000 Windows updaters. Now, Microsoft has officially weighed in.

08/03/18

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

In a fitting finale to a horrendous July patch cycle, Microsoft released 30 new separately identified .Net patches yesterday in 11 new Knowledge Base articles. But, for reasons unknown and unexplained, Win10 isn’t fixed yet.

07/31/18

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

Enterprise patching veteran Susan Bradley summarizes her Windows update survey results, asking Microsoft management to rethink the breakneck pace of frequently destructive patches.

07/30/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

So far this month, we’ve seen three big cumulative updates for each of the supported versions of Windows 10. And the month's not over yet.

07/26/18

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

New cumulative updates for all versions of Windows were released yesterday, July 24. Or were they?

07/25/18

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn’t care.

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn’t care.

In a situation eerily reminiscent of Surface Pro 4 screen Flickergate, many Surface Book 2 customers complain that the GPU suddenly disappears. Why doesn’t Microsoft come clean with an answer?

07/24/18

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again

This month’s security patches set new lows, even by Microsoft’s now diminished standards. Take the .Net patches. Please. At least four different versions in less than two weeks.

07/23/18

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches

Good luck trying to get an explanation in English — though an official Microsoft post in Japanese has a few hints.

07/20/18

Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

The bugs in this month’s Windows and Office patches were so bad that Microsoft rushed out a second set of patches six days later. Every version of Windows is affected.

07/17/18

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

On the one hand, Surface Pro 2 machines say they need a TPM firmware update. On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t have one -- and doesn’t appear to be working on one.

07/13/18

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Bugs galore in the July patches led to an unprecedented (and unexplained) re-release of everything, and a complete takedown of KB 4018385. Note to self: Who’s testing this stuff?

07/13/18

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

The July Patch Tuesday crop teems with bugs — some of them acknowledged. Snooping patches KB 2952664 and 2976978 return. If you ever needed a good excuse for delaying patches, this month is it.

07/12/18

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

With Patch Tuesday arriving, take a moment to make sure Auto Update is turned off. Reports of Win7 users getting pushed to Win10 (again) make the check even more imperative.

07/09/18

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

After six months, there's still no definitive answer from Microsoft about the slow writes speeds affecting the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book Pro 4.

07/03/18

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

June was a relatively benign month for Windows and Office patches, but the lingering problem with certain Win7 network interface cards, and a surprising revelation that Windows Defender isn’t being updated, should put Win7 folks on...

07/02/18

Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

If you’re involved in patching Windows, spend a few minutes to give your feedback.

06/26/18

Big Win10 1709 patch reinforces twice-a-month patching pace but, oddly, nothing new for 1803

Big Win10 1709 patch reinforces twice-a-month patching pace but, oddly, nothing new for 1803

Forget Patch Tuesday. Yesterday, Thursday, we saw patches for Win10 versions 1709, 1703 and 1607, as well as Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7, and 8.1, and for .Net (three different versions). The one version of Win10 that most needs...

06/22/18

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

If you have a Pentium III, for example, you may no longer be able to install Win7 Monthly Rollups or Security-only patches, in spite of Microsoft's promise to support you until January 2020. It’s all about SSE2 and some retroactively...

06/19/18

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to...

06/18/18

Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

06/15/18

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