Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

Yet another bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803

If you shelled out $3,000 to $4,500 for a Surface Studio, you may be a bit disconcerted to discover that many don’t work with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Mice and keyboards keep disconnecting.

05/20/18

Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

The Monthly Rollup preview for Win7 doesn't fix the network driver bug in this month's Monthly Rollup. The 1607 and 1703 cumulative updates tackle long lists of boring fixes.

05/17/18

Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

The third Tuesday of the month brought a handful of fixes, but nothing that addresses the Win10 1803 solid-state drive fiasco, or the network clobbering in Windows 7 — and there are no Monthly Rollup Previews.

05/16/18

Win10 version 1803 incompatible with Toshiba solid state drives, too

Win10 version 1803 incompatible with Toshiba solid state drives, too

First we find out Win10 version 1803 doesn’t work with Intel SSD6 solid state drives -- thus, by implication, many Surface Pro (2017) machines -- now we learn it also doesn’t work with Toshiba SSDs.

05/14/18

Microsoft finally stops screwing Surface Pro 4 owners with flickergate

Microsoft finally stops screwing Surface Pro 4 owners with flickergate

In a well-orchestrated Friday night news dump, Microsoft has announced a reversal of its customer-antagonistic flickergate policy. If you have a Surface Pro 4 that flickers like a firefly in heat, you can now exchange it for a...

05/11/18

Two more evolving threats: JavaScript in Excel and payment processing in Outlook

Two more evolving threats: JavaScript in Excel and payment processing in Outlook

In the well-established Office Ready-Fire-Aim tradition, Microsoft adds two new “features” that beg to be abused. Details appeared at Build, and the bad guys already have their keyboards primed.

05/11/18

Surface Pro (2017) owners hitting Win10 1803 update blue screens. Now we know why.

Surface Pro (2017) owners hitting Win10 1803 update blue screens. Now we know why.

Microsoft and Intel now agree: If your machine has an Intel SSD 600p or SSD Pro 6000p, don’t force it to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Surface Pro 2017 owners with a compromised SSD have an extra hurdle: bad...

05/11/18

Patch Tuesday problems, fixes — but no cause for immediate alarm

Patch Tuesday problems, fixes — but no cause for immediate alarm

Important takeaways from this month’s Patch Tuesday: Get Win10 1803 updated if you can, but watch out for bogus lingering partitions; Remote Desktop flakiness has a solution; and the VBScript zero-day reiterates how badly broken...

05/10/18

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

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,...

05/07/18

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

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.

05/04/18

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

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.

05/03/18

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

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.

05/03/18

Microsoft unexpectedly starts pushing Win10 version 1803 through Windows Update

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.

05/01/18

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

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.

04/27/18

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

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.

04/25/18

Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

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....

04/24/18

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

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.

04/24/18

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

A kludge built on a Carnak kludge, combined with a quirk in the way Windows Update works, has led to voluminous reports of KB 4093118 re-re-re-installing itself. Unless Microsoft fixes the bad setting, you may get re-installs...

04/20/18

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Multiple, angry reports say the newly fixed Win7 Monthly Rollup for April installs successfully, then installs again, and again — on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Win7. The only known solution is to hide the update.

04/19/18

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Just one week after a round of cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions, we get two additional, big patches for Win10 1703 and 1607. There’s also a confusing re-issue of KB 4099950, the largely misunderstood and poorly documented...

04/18/18

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