Today's Patch Tuesday brings fireworks and — a magic bullet?

Today's Patch Tuesday brings fireworks and — a magic bullet?

The world is expecting a Thor’s thunder clap of a Windows patch later today. Given Microsoft’s track record with flashy hyper-hyped patches, a bit of skepticism is in order. Here’s a bit of history, and an invitation to a ringside...

With Patch Tuesday arriving, get Windows Automatic Update under control

With Patch Tuesday arriving, get Windows Automatic Update under control

If you’re running Win7, 8.1, or Win10 1903 or 1909, putting on a temporary patching pause is quick and easy. Other versions, not so much. Here’s how to run to the sidelines, so you can watch while the pioneers engage in unpaid Windows...

The December 2019 Microsoft patches get the all-clear

The December 2019 Microsoft patches get the all-clear

There was – and is – no pressing reason to install the December 2019 patches, other than the imminent arrival of January’s Patch Tuesday on Jan. 14. The only major hiccup lies in wait for those who install Win7 patches (or .NET...

Why — and how — I’m moving Win10 production machines to version 1903

Why — and how — I’m moving Win10 production machines to version 1903

As a card-carrying member of the Ain’t-Broke-Don’t-Fix Society, I’ve been keeping my production machines on Win10 1809. It’s now time to move on — but not all the way to Win10 version 1909, which continues to have a major Search bug.

Bugs continue to haunt Win10 version 1909

Bugs continue to haunt Win10 version 1909

Billed as the kinder, gentler update to Windows, the latest version 1909 is still plagued by persistent wake-up and botched search.

Microsoft blinks: Security Essentials will continue to receive updates after Jan. 14

Microsoft blinks: Security Essentials will continue to receive updates after Jan. 14

According to an official post, the company will continue to ship updates to Microsoft Security Essentials after Win7’s demise on Jan. 7. At least, that's what we've been promised. The FAQ hasn't been fixed yet.

Will Microsoft stop updating its Security Essentials on Jan. 14? Are you sure?

Will Microsoft stop updating its Security Essentials on Jan. 14? Are you sure?

A very poorly worded support document and a glimpse at the past have me wondering if Microsoft will, in fact, continue supporting its premier Win7 antivirus product after Win7 hits the skids next month.

Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag

Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag

December’s Patch Tuesday seems to be causing few problems — no doubt because it’s a very minimal crop, with very few announced bug fixes. The 'exploited' security flaw is a yawner. A one-off patch for Autopilot, KB 4532441, has...

Patch Tuesday alert! Protect your machine by pausing updates

Patch Tuesday alert! Protect your machine by pausing updates

If you’re running Win10 1903 or 1909, setting up a temporary patching pause is quick and easy. Other versions, not so much. Opt out of cannon-fodder mode with these simple steps.

All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

The one pervasive bug — an Access 'Query xxx is corrupt' error in all Office patches — has a manual fix. Everything else looks good to go. For those of you who have been putting off patching until the coast is clear, well, the coast...

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

With support for the venerable Win10 version 1803 officially at an end, and 1809 not too long for this earth, it’s time to think seriously about upgrading. Fortunately, you have lots of options — and a surprising amount of control...

Mysterious app keeps you from shutting down — or does it?

Mysterious app keeps you from shutting down — or does it?

Some people are finding that Windows shutdown is blocked by a running program called G. Except there is no G, no G.exe, nothing even resembling G. In spite of what you’ve read, it isn’t a virus or other malware. It’s a bug — in...

Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net

Microsoft releases Monthly Rollup previews for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008 SP2, 2012 and .Net

While 'optional non-security' cumulative updates for Windows 10 are supposed to be on holiday hiatus, we just got a full assortment of optional patches for earlier versions of Windows — full of telemetry — including odd ones with no...

Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

If you’ve been seeing new Access 'Query is corrupt' errors, they’re likely caused by buggy Office patches released on Patch Tuesday last week. Microsoft has started releasing fixes for the bad Office security patches. One of them, for...

What we know about the Win10 version 1909 upgrade — and what you can do about it

What we know about the Win10 version 1909 upgrade — and what you can do about it

Microsoft magnanimously made the Win10 version 1909 upgrade a 'Download and install now' option for almost all PCs. The cumulative devil’s in the details, though, and extensive testing has filled out some of the picture. Here’s what’s...

Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year

Patch Tuesday arrives with Access error, 1909 in tow, and a promise of no more 'optional' patches this year

November's Patch Tuesday packed a wallop — errors in Access; an annoying carousel of never-ending Malicious Software Removal Tool installations, now fixed; several new Servicing Stack updates; another IE 'exploited' security hole...

Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled

Patch Tuesday alert: Make sure Windows Auto Update is temporarily disabled

We’ve seen some very hairy Patch Tuesdays lately. With the added bonus of a Windows 10 version 1909 upgrade waiting in the wings, it would behoove you to get Automatic Update defanged for a while. Here’s how.

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

An unexplained and unacknowledged bug in Win10 version 1903 Pro Windows Update advanced options made deferral settings vanish. Without any forewarning, it appears as if the bug has been fixed in October’s 'optional, non-security'...

With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

October started in the cellar, with a third-time attempt at patching the CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day that nobody needed, but the situation has gradually improved. Get the October patches installed, but watch out for a...

Microsoft pushes, then yanks, rogue kinda-security patch KB 4523786, ostensibly for Autopilot

Microsoft pushes, then yanks, rogue kinda-security patch KB 4523786, ostensibly for Autopilot

Did you see a security patch for 'Autopilot on Win10 version 1903”'yesterday? Gotcha. Microsoft pushed it to many 1903 seekers — those who clicked 'Check for updates' — then pulled it overnight. It was supposed to go on...

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