Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel

Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel

Somebody at Microsoft deserves a medal. There’s a new, test version of the next Win10 1809 cumulative update floating around – KB 4469342 – and it’s being distributed through the Insider Release Preview ring. That is precisely where...

11/16/18

How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want

How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want

With Win10 version 1809 knocking on your door, and version 1703 knocking on heaven’s door, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that you have some choice in which version of Win10 Pro you’ll get next. There's a trick, and this...

11/15/18

Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Microsoft’s stumbling all over itself trying to get Win10 1809 released. Unless you need an updated Notepad, a clipboard that works almost as well as free add-ons, or a screenshooter that can’t even save in JPG format, wait for more...

11/13/18

Time to block Windows Automatic Update — with a new twist for Win10 Pro

Time to block Windows Automatic Update — with a new twist for Win10 Pro

With Patch Tuesday right around the corner, it’s time to make absolutely sure that you won’t get the latest offal pushed onto your machine before we’ve had a chance to take a look. For those of you with any Win10 Pro version, I have...

11/12/18

Win10 activation server down; your Pro license is still good, despite the warnings

Win10 activation server down; your Pro license is still good, despite the warnings

A bug in Microsoft’s activation server has led to pandemonium among people trying to activate or re-activate their Windows 10 Pro licenses. No need to panic. Microsoft will fix it “within one to two business days.” (Try telling your...

11/08/18

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

Reacting to a recently discovered security hole in hardware-based encryption in solid state drives, Microsoft recommends that if you’re using BitLocker to protect a solid-state drive, you switch from hardware to software encryption. ...

11/07/18

It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

Yesterday, Microsoft suddenly stopped playing Three Card Monte with the Win7 Monthly Rollup. The Win10 1809 ‘up’grade remains under wraps. For the first time in a long time, the coast’s clear. Now’s an excellent time to get your...

11/02/18

What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

You can download and install it manually, but in our tests the Win7 October Monthly Rollup is hard to find through Windows Update — and it won’t install automatically. Why?

10/30/18

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

While some folks with congenital Surface Pro 4 problems get free exchanges, others don’t even get the time of day. We could use some consistency in the exchange policy — and some sympathy for those who bought the worst Surface device...

10/26/18

No, Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘good enough’ for the Surface Pro 6

No, Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘good enough’ for the Surface Pro 6

With the way features are currently skewed, and the lousy quality of recent patches, every new PC should be configured with Windows 10 Pro. If you’re going to buy a Win10 Home PC, spend an extra $100 for the upgrade to Pro.

10/26/18

Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Almost a week after the big patches for earlier versions of Win10, Microsoft releases more than 50 individual fixes for 1803 in cumulative update KB 4462933. What took so long? Why so many? I have a theory.

10/25/18

Microsoft releases a big bunch of bug fixes for older versions of Win10

Microsoft releases a big bunch of bug fixes for older versions of Win10

Yesterday, Microsoft released bug fixes for Windows 10 1607, 1703 and 1709, as well as the usual Previews for Win7, 8.1 and .NET. On Tuesday we got new versions of this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, likely in an attempt to fix the...

10/19/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

Deleted user files, looping blue screens, bad drivers, Edge mute, and at least one patch that didn’t: This month shows, more than ever, that you need to protect your machine from Microsoft’s bad patches. And for heaven’s sake, don’t...

10/17/18

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

There’s no official announcement that I can find, much less an explanation, but it looks as if you can no longer get KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup, through Windows Update. Microsoft apparently yanked it from WU last...

10/15/18

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

Last week, Microsoft pushed two buggy drivers onto Win10 machines. A bad keyboard driver triggered blue screens on HP computers. A buggy audio driver turned off Intel Audio sound. They were fixed over the weekend with KB 4468304 and...

10/15/18

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

Fingers point to the Patch Tuesday Win10 cumulative updates, a Windows-pushed HP keyboard driver, or a combination of both. A Microsoft agent says that it’s not just on HP machines and that the cumulative updates have been pulled, but...

10/11/18

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Yes, it's another Microsoft screwup. Even though it reissued the Win7 Servicing Stack Update and marked it as 'security,' many people won't see it. The problem: Ancient installer update logic. Don't hold your breath waiting for a...

10/10/18

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Yesterday Microsoft explained in full detail all four conditions that led to catastrophic data loss when installing the first release of Win10 version 1809. Here’s what you can expect from the second wave of releases, builds 17763.17...

10/10/18

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Given the likelihood Microsoft will push machines to the next version of Win10 Tuesday -- and the mess the 1809 upgrade created last week – you should lock everything down.

10/08/18

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

It took four days of complaints about deleted Documents, Photos and other files and late Friday, Microsoft finally pulled the Win10 1809 upgrade. Microsoft has known about the bug for months.

10/06/18

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