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Time to turn off Windows auto update – unless you’re using Win10 version 1803

With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, here’s your regular monthly warning. Given all the problems we’ve seen with patches this year, you’d be well advised to block automatic updating and wait for the screams to subside. This month,...

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020.

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Win10 1803 bugs roll in: Chrome freezes, Skype burps, Alienware craters and… hey, Cortana?

While it’s still early in the rollout cycle, the new and hastily released Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, build 17134.1, has delivered more than its fair share of bugs -- many of which are tied to Microsoft software.

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Windows by the numbers: It’s a topsy-turvy world, with Windows 10 down, 7 up

Migration watch: At a time when Windows 7's user share should be falling, and Windows 10 on the rise, Net Applications' data for April shows the opposite.

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It’s a mess: Microsoft patched Windows or Office on 11 different days in April

We’ve come a long way from Patch Tuesday, baby. In April, Microsoft dropped significant patches, or fixes, or fixes of patches on 11 different days. No wonder your admin’s getting gray hair.

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Win10 1803 pushy upgrades: Never give a seeker an even break

Microsoft’s rapid-fire announcement and release of Win10 1803 left many Win10 1709 users — and me — wondering why they were upgraded so soon. There’s an answer, but you probably won’t like it.


Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft scratches out gains as analytics vendor expels bots

Analytics vendor Net Applications tweaked its data to cull bot traffic, allowing Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge to show a small rise in user share.

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Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system. (Now updated for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.)

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Microsoft unexpectedly starts pushing Win10 version 1803 through Windows Update

Most of us were expecting the big push to 1803 to start May 8, but many Win10 1709 users are getting upgraded now. The only trigger? They clicked on Check for Updates.

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For IT, Microsoft 365 shows what still matters about Windows

You might think of it as a subscription bundle that gets your users Office and Windows, but for the company, Microsoft 365 is really about simplifying how businesses manage PC software.

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Why Microsoft gave Windows 10 (version 1803) a different name

Rather than recycling 'seasonal' names for OS upgrades, the company changed things up this time around.

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Review: Windows 10 April 2018 Update shows promise, but ultimately disappoints

Much-vaunted features such as Timeline and the Diagnostic Data Viewer sound highly useful in theory but come up short in the new Windows 10 release.

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Windows 10 April 2018 update: Key enterprise features

Timeline, Bluetooth sharing and an improved "do not disturb" feature are among the highlights of the new release, version 1803, code-named Redstone 4.

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How to block the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, from installing

With the spring feature update to Windows 10 (version 1803, build 17134, Redstone 4) now rolling out, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft.

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Time to install the April Windows and Office patches, but there’s a big problem with Win7

If you jumped the gun and installed some or all of the Win7/Server 2008 R2 patches when they became available, a minefield of patching problems awaits.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: April patches infested with bugs, but most are finally contained

Remember when Microsoft’s monthly patches brought a lot of protection, with an occasional hiccup? Now, almost every patch has a significant bug – and we have to wait until late in the month to get problems fixed. Welcome to April.

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Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

The massive security hole introduced by Microsoft for 64-bit Win7 and Server 2008 R2 now has working proof-of-concept code — and it’s freely available on GitHub. While we haven’t seen exploits in the wild, it’s only a matter of days....

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The missing cumulative update for Win10 1709 appeared overnight — KB 4093105

A massive cumulative update for the latest version of Windows arrived last night, complete with noteworthy fixes. No indication why, but many report that the bug fix isn’t being fed through Windows Update just yet.

Microsoft cites 24% jump in tech support scams

According to the FBI, cybercrooks have changed tactics and sometimes pose as government agents or tech support reps for GPS, printer or cable companies, or virtual currency exchangers.

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Microsoft boosts anti-phishing skills of Chrome, the IE and Edge killer

The company has released an add-on for Chrome – dubbed 'Windows Defender Browser Protection' – that effectively gives up a major asset in its own Edge browser.

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