Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

In spite of an enormous number of erroneous “known issues” warnings, this month’s crop of Windows and Office patches seems to fix most of the bugs in last month’s patches.

08/15/18

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Another Patch Tuesday is approaching. To avoid the bug chaos that could happen -- like we saw last month -- make sure Automatic Update for Windows is turned off.

08/13/18

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Intel is in the process of releasing a souped-up Coffee Lake chipset that will actually work with Windows 7, according to Anandtech. The trick will be convincing Microsoft to allow updates to the new H310C.

08/10/18

A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft’s July patches

A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft’s July patches

Microsoft's Windows and Office patches for July are still a mess. Perhaps August will be better.

08/10/18

The mechanics of Windows patching - in plain English

The mechanics of Windows patching - in plain English

Microsoft’s John Wilcox last week posted a primer on Microsoft’s patching scheme, designed to help people understand how the company patches Windows. Here’s a translation in less obfuscatory terms, with a bit of real-world...

08/08/18

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Windows updaters express frustrations. Microsoft responds.

Earlier this week, Susan Bradley published a comprehensive look at the results of her survey of nearly 2,000 Windows updaters. Now, Microsoft has officially weighed in.

08/03/18

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

If at first you don’t succeed, .Net, .Net, .Net again

In a fitting finale to a horrendous July patch cycle, Microsoft released 30 new separately identified .Net patches yesterday in 11 new Knowledge Base articles. But, for reasons unknown and unexplained, Win10 isn’t fixed yet.

07/31/18

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating

Enterprise patching veteran Susan Bradley summarizes her Windows update survey results, asking Microsoft management to rethink the breakneck pace of frequently destructive patches.

07/30/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

Microsoft Patch Alert: Still reeling from one of the worst patching months ever

So far this month, we’ve seen three big cumulative updates for each of the supported versions of Windows 10. And the month's not over yet.

07/26/18

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

July Windows updates, for all versions, are stumbling all over themselves

New cumulative updates for all versions of Windows were released yesterday, July 24. Or were they?

07/25/18

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn’t care.

Yet another Surface Book 2 problem: GPU not detected. Microsoft doesn’t care.

In a situation eerily reminiscent of Surface Pro 4 screen Flickergate, many Surface Book 2 customers complain that the GPU suddenly disappears. Why doesn’t Microsoft come clean with an answer?

07/24/18

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again

July Windows .Net patches appear, disappear, reappear, disappear again

This month’s security patches set new lows, even by Microsoft’s now diminished standards. Take the .Net patches. Please. At least four different versions in less than two weeks.

07/23/18

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches

Microsoft dives down a bizarre non-cumulative rabbit hole with July patches

Good luck trying to get an explanation in English — though an official Microsoft post in Japanese has a few hints.

07/20/18

Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

The bugs in this month’s Windows and Office patches were so bad that Microsoft rushed out a second set of patches six days later. Every version of Windows is affected.

07/17/18

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

On the one hand, Surface Pro 2 machines say they need a TPM firmware update. On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t have one -- and doesn’t appear to be working on one.

07/13/18

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Bugs galore in the July patches led to an unprecedented (and unexplained) re-release of everything, and a complete takedown of KB 4018385. Note to self: Who’s testing this stuff?

07/13/18

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

The July Patch Tuesday crop teems with bugs — some of them acknowledged. Snooping patches KB 2952664 and 2976978 return. If you ever needed a good excuse for delaying patches, this month is it.

07/12/18

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

With Patch Tuesday arriving, take a moment to make sure Auto Update is turned off. Reports of Win7 users getting pushed to Win10 (again) make the check even more imperative.

07/09/18

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

After six months, there's still no definitive answer from Microsoft about the slow writes speeds affecting the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book Pro 4.

07/03/18

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

June was a relatively benign month for Windows and Office patches, but the lingering problem with certain Win7 network interface cards, and a surprising revelation that Windows Defender isn’t being updated, should put Win7 folks on...

07/02/18

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