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Windows 7 update lockout claims older Intel, AMD processors

Microsoft continues to shoot itself in the foot with buggy detection software, no documentation, and an infernal drive to block Windows Update on seemingly random machines. Now, some older Intel and AMD processors are unexpectedly getting the blocka...

Windows Updates getting even more complex, a little more controllable

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is adding non-security updates into the mix.

Why Windows 10 rollout is happening faster than shift from XP...

Gartner finds that 85 percent of enterprises will have started a Windows 10 deployment by the end of 2017.

Microsoft re-issues much-maligned Windows patch KB 3150513 — again

Microsoft has issued the KB 3150513 patch 10 times in the past year.

Each time it appears without notification or warning: There’s no entry on the Windows Update list or Windows 10 Update list, but it is pushed out the Automatic Update chute nonetheless.It's being pushed onto Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10 151,1 and now 1607 systems. You don’t want it.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]A year ago, I talked about the original incarnation of the patch, which Microsoft’s KB article described like this:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

There’s a way to undo the damage caused by Microsoft’s update...

Last week Microsoft released a series of patches for Windows 7 and 8.1 that disabled Windows Update on certain computers.

The stated intent is to force those with newer hardware to use Windows 10. Unfortunately, a few older PCs were also caught in the dragnet. Now there’s a movement afoot, led by a GitHub poster, to bypass that Update block.Let the whack-a-mole games begin.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]As I explained last month, this situation started when Microsoft declared it wouldn’t support Windows 7 or 8.1 on computers running Intel’s Skylake processors.

A few weeks later, Microsoft backed down and said it would support Win7 and 8.1, but only on a specific subset of Skylake-based PCs--and only until this year.

Faced with more jeers from the peanut gallery, Microsoft backed down again and said it would require Windows 10 on newer Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge processors, but left open the question of which older Intel and AMD processors would get zapped.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Shadow Brokers lessons: First, don’t panic

When security experts pored over the latest cache of stolen NSA tools, they saw a catastrophe.

The Shadow Brokers had included compiled binaries exploiting vulnerabilities in multiple Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Server 2...

Halo Wars on Steam might be first online Halo game without...

You're not high; original game's "definitive edition" lands on Steam on 4/20 for $19.99.

Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

Now anyone can hijack millions of vulnerable machines at will. No big deal! Analysis  The Shadow Brokers have leaked more hacking tools stolen from the NSA's Equation Group – this time easy-to-use exploits that attempt to hijack venerable Windows systems, from Windows 2000 up to Server 2012 and Windows 7 and 8.…

Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.But the company also refused to provide security ...

New processors are now blocked from receiving updates on old Windows

The promised update block is now in effect.

Microsoft plan to force PCs with newer processors to Windows 10...

Microsoft is working on a fix after Tuesday’s Windows 7 and 8.1 security updates misfired on some users, forcibly locking them out of future Windows updates.Microsoft has acknowledged that the updates’ detection mechanism, intended to force users with newer 7th generation processor chips to move to Windows 10, also caught people with 6th generation AMD Carrizo DDR 4 PCs, which were explicitly allowed under terms of Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy FAQ. Microsoft admitted erroneously blocking Windows Update on four different Tuesday patches: KB 4015549 (the Win7 Monthly Rollup), KB 4015546 (the Win7 Security-Only patch), KB 4015550 (the Win8.1 Monthly Rollup), and KB 4015547 (the Win8.1 Security-Only patch).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Windows 10 gets major update as Windows Vista reaches its end...

Windows Vista's rather unhappy life is at an end.