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Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 redlining, bluescreening, borking USB

The February patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, has drawn criticism and problem reports of many shades, from many corners.

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Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade

Based on the current progress for Windows 10 version 1809, due out this fall, it now looks like the spring update for the OS will arrive on April 3 or 10.

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Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Stefan Kanthak, reporting on the Bugtraq mailing list, shows how Microsoft’s own security patch download links are based on HTTP, not HTTPS

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17101, released on Feb. 14, 2018.

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Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

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February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

Two imminent problems with Outlook haven’t been exploited yet, but they’re worrisome. Also, the new-new KB 2952664, in addition to its snooping duties, scans for Meltdown/Spectre protection – but only for those with Azure...

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Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

What you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4074588, released Feb. 13, 2018.

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Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system.

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Windows 10 S comes to an undignified — but not unexpected — end

Well, that didn’t take long. While Microsoft claims that Windows 10 S is now a Windows 10 “mode,” the truth is that this attempted counter to Google Chrome OS has floundered.

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Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

If February turns out half as bad as January, you’ll thank your lucky stars if you take a few minutes now and make sure Windows Update is turned off. Temporarily, of course.

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FAQ: Microsoft monkeys with Windows 10 support – again

Microsoft unveiled a slew of changes to Windows 10 support, acknowledging that its rapid development-and-release tempo is still being resisted by enterprises.

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Cortana explained: How to use Microsoft's virtual assistant for business

Cortana has a massive installed base in Windows 10, but Microsoft's virtual assistant doesn't get the same respect as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google Assistant. Here's what Cortana does and how it's uniquely positioned for the...

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020.

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The future of Windows-as-a-Service

Moving to a cloud- and stream-based service could do amazing things to our security exposure and remove much of the pain of patching.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 posts strongest share gains since mid-2016

Migration watch: Windows 10's share of all Windows PCs is now expected to exceed Windows 7's by September 2018. Even so, large numbers of users will still be using the older OS when support ends in two years.

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Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

The latest Windows patches have a few identified problems, but for most people now’s the right time to get the January patches installed.

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Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft's IE and Edge shed share as Chrome gains

Browsers from Microsoft and Mozilla lost some of their user share in January, with Google's Chrome grabbing what its rivals lost.

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