With Patch Tuesday here, be sure Windows Update is paused

With Patch Tuesday here, be sure Windows Update is paused

With all the flotsam floating around, it’s easy to lose sight of Second Tuesdays. October’s arrives tomorrow and, with it, another round of Windows and Office patches. Take a minute to make sure you aren’t in the front lines, as...

The coast is clear to install September's Windows and Office patches

The coast is clear to install September's Windows and Office patches

It’s been an interesting month, with a couple of flubs, but no new major plugged security holes and Microsoft has replaced its buggy SQL Server 2019 patch. Win10 version 2004 continues to astound with the number of swatted bugs, but...

Microsoft Patch Alert: September 2020

Microsoft Patch Alert: September 2020

The September patches kicked up a bit of dust, but things look pretty stable now. I’m still skeptical of Windows 10 version 2004, but it’s getting closer to stable. Give it another month.

Pro tip: Sock away a clean copy of Windows 10 (2004)

Pro tip: Sock away a clean copy of Windows 10 (2004)

It looks like Microsoft will release the next version of Windows 10 – version 20H2 – sometime in the next couple of weeks. Now would be a good time to squirrel away an official, clean copy of Win10 version 2004, even if you don't ever...

Beaucoup bugs beset this month’s Windows patches

Beaucoup bugs beset this month’s Windows patches

July and August had relatively stable Patch Tuesdays. Not so, this month. Here’s the tip of the iceberg – the bugs that cropped up within a day of release.

With Patch Tuesday imminent, get Windows Update locked down

Patch Tuesday’s poised for another turn on the karmic wheel. Now’s a good time to check and make sure you’ve told Windows to pause patching. Wait for the crowdsourced beta testing to kick in. Let other folks take one for the team.

Yes, you can install the August Windows and Office patches now

Yes, you can install the August Windows and Office patches now

There are a few odd problems with the latest Microsoft patches, but they’re sporadic and reasonably-well understood. Go get the outstanding updates installed now, but avoid “optional” patches.

It's Patch Tuesday time. Make sure to have auto updates paused.

It's Patch Tuesday time. Make sure to have auto updates paused.

As Patch Tuesday rolls around again, now’s a very good time to double-check and make sure Windows Auto Update has been throttled. We see problematic patches every month, so put your machine on the sidelines while we watch the cannon...

Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

If it weren’t for the schizophrenic behavior of Microsoft’s preview patches, July updating would be a slam dunk. As things stand, you’d be well advised to go ahead and patch – but be aware of the odd behavior.

The Windows 10 'End-of-Service' myth

The Windows 10 'End-of-Service' myth

Microsoft publishes an “End of Service” date for each version of Windows 10. While you might think you can hold onto your version of Win10 until that date, Microsoft starts pushing you onto the next version four months early. That...

Windows Update is a bifurcated mess

Windows Update is a bifurcated mess

Windows 10 now has two different Windows Update subsystems, running simultaneously, with different rules, conflicting goals and little documentation. Can’t see this week's Previews? You aren’t alone.

Microsoft releases some 'optional, non-security, C/D Week' Win10 patches. Avoid them.

Microsoft releases some 'optional, non-security, C/D Week' Win10 patches. Avoid them.

In a return to its boorish behavior, Microsoft released several Windows 10 patches, presumably to preview non-security fixes as well as another .NET preview. Microsoft had stopped releasing these confusing middle-of-the-month patches...

Outlook went down for four hours Wednesday. What happened?

Outlook went down for four hours Wednesday. What happened?

The version of Outlook that runs on Windows PCs suddenly stopped working worldwide on Wednesday. The outage wasn’t caused by a bad patch. It wasn’t restored by an update. Microsoft isn’t saying much, but there’s a plausible...

It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Every month we see the same pattern: Microsoft releases a ton of patches, some of them go kablooey, the Chicken Littles cry that you need patch everything right now -- and there are no immediate security problems. Break the habit....

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

June was a cruel patching month, with loads of bugs, lots of initial confusion and a few belated fixes. We now have a pretty good handle on what’s going bump in the night. Here’s how to get your patching caught up.

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

The company intentionally removed the “update deferral” options from the Win10 version 2004 Update Advanced options pane, ostensibly “to prevent confusion.” Riiiiight. But there’s good news: a newly documented Pro, Education and...

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Microsoft has acknowledged that a combination of the June 2-or-later version of Microsoft 365 (nee Office 365) and the June Win10 cumulative updates cause Outlook to disavow its PST files. The source of the problem seems to be a bug...

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

According to official sources, the latest Windows upgrade contains a bug in the Storage Spaces feature. Information, as usual, is sketchy. We have no idea what triggers the bug, or whether rolling back to 1909 will fix it, but … why...

June cumulative updates cause multiple problems with network printers

June cumulative updates cause multiple problems with network printers

There are reports all over of the Windows June cumulative updates – KB 4560960 (Win10 version 1903/1909), KB 4557957 (Win10 2004), KB 4561608 (Win10 1809/Server 2019) and KB 4561612 (Server 2012) – breaking network printers....

Some Win10 PCs are apparently being upgraded to version 2004 without consent

Some Win10 PCs are apparently being upgraded to version 2004 without consent

I’m seeing an increase in the number of people who claim that their Windows 10 version 1903 or 1909 computers were upgraded to version 2004, without warning. The behavior might be due to a bug in the way Win10 handles “Pause...

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