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Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

The venerable, now vulnerable, zipping/unzipping utility 7-Zip needs your attention. Here’s how to see if you have a bad version, and what to do about it.

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Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense

Intel urged customers not to deploy firmware updates aimed at the Spectre and Meltdown flaws because the updates caused system instability; Microsoft reacted with its own release – KB4078130 – on Saturday.

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KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

With the aid of a remarkable new program from @MrBrian, we now have lists of which Microsoft Knowledge Base articles have changed, and when new versions were posted. Many surprises await.

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Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Disabling the disruptive 'Spectre 2' bugs in Intel processors has always been quite straightforward, but on Friday night Microsoft released a download-only patch that also does the job. You probably don’t want it.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too.

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Target, education: Windows S vs MacOS vs Chrome

As Microsoft looks to entrench their hold on the education market, can they compete with the appealing, competitive offerings by Apple and Google?

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Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

If you own a PC from Dell, HP or Lenovo, chances are very good that the BIOS or UEFI firmware update you installed earlier this month is bad. Here’s how to dig yourself out of the Meltdown/Spectre mess.


When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

Microsoft seems to have yanked all of its information about Surface device life cycles. Older Surface owners, in particular, wonder if they’ll ever see Meltdown/Spectre patches.

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Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 Fall Creators Update has a nasty habit of re-launching programs on reboot. In spite of repeated, pointed criticism, Microsoft is digging in its heels — or just ignoring the problem and hoping it'll go away.

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FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained

The 'Long-term Servicing Branch' of Windows 1o was initially aimed at enterprises that wanted to avoid Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model and delay frequent feature updates. Here's how it's supposed to work.

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Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

If you thought this month’s Windows/Office/.NET patching debacle couldn’t get any worse, hold my beer.

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More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Five Windows patches and nine for .NET released yesterday, Patch Wednesday “C,” leave many of us wondering what we did to deserve such abuse. Yes, there are bugs.

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IT buyer’s guide to business laptops

Business-friendly notebooks come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Here's help picking the laptops best suited to your organization’s various employees.

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InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

Security guru Steve Gibson cooks up a new, easy, no-bull utility that scans your machine and tells you, point blank, whether you’re vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre.

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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.

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How to make sure Windows gets the right patches coming to it

Windows users can take these steps to insure their PCs continue to receive security updates in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws.

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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.

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Microsoft stamps October's Windows 10 feature upgrade as enterprise-worthy

The company said Fall Creators Update has been tested enough that companies can deploy it when they're ready.

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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.

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Why is Microsoft so successful?

Why is Microsoft stock trading at yet another all-time high? The answer is simple: if you achieve all your goals, you probably didn’t set the bar high enough.

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