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Yes, Windows patches are a mess, but you should still install...

With a zero-day Word exploit nipping at our heels, it’s time to work around the recent crop of bugs and get your Windows systems patched.  Windows and Office patches have presented many challenges the past few months.

February Patch Tuesday was dropped, then Microsoft came back with an obviously forgotten Flash patch. March had a big batch of bugs.

And April has had more than its fair share of bugs, too, including one that dismantles Windows Update on certain AMD Carrizo computers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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

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.

Opt out of Insider to avoid Windows 10 beta build 16170

If you're in the Windows Insider Program, you're currently on build 15063 (likely 15063.14), and you want to stay with the Creators Update, you need to take your machine out of the Insider Program.
If you don't manually remove your PC from the Insid...

The Windows 10 Creators Update is now available for manual upgrading

Update Assistant tool lets you install the new version without waiting for Windows Update.

Review: Windows 10 Creators Update is quite a small major update

Arriving April 11, it's not that creative, but Windows 10 keeps getting better.

Mystery update KB 3150513 makes yet another reappearance

On Thursday Microsoft re-re-released KB 3150513, the mystery update that has long raised suspicions among those of us who prefer our Windows snooping to be overt, not covert.The release doesn’t appear on the Windows Update list or the Windows 10 Update list, but it was pushed onto all Windows PCs in the innocuously titled “Latest compatibility definition update for Windows.”  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

There’s a possible solution for Windows update bug that breaks Dynamics...

There’s new hope if you installed the latest Windows patches and saw your Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—or possibly CRM 2013 OnPremise—installing reports to go wonky.An anonymous poster on the AskWoody Lounge, working with a Microsoft support tech, has come up with a one-line fix that appears to work, at least in some cases.The problem can be traced to a change in the way Internet Explorer 11 version 11.0.40 handles certain CSS settings in Dynamics CRM.
In this particular case, the poster confirms:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

There’s a possible fix for Windows update bug that breaks Dynamics...

There’s new hope if you installed the latest Windows patches and saw your Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—or possibly CRM 2013 OnPremise—installing reports to go wonky. An anonymous poster on the AskWoody Lounge, working with a Microsoft support tech, has come up with a one-line fix that appears to work, at least in some cases. The problem can be traced to a change in the way Internet Explorer 11 version 11.0.40 handles certain CSS settings in Dynamics CRM.
In this particular case, the poster confirms:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft pulls botched WPD driver

The mysterious driver that wreaked havoc after appearing on many Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 PCs on Tuesday has been repudiated and pulled by Microsoft.The driver, listed as “Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762,”  appeared as an optional (unchecked) entry in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1. While Win7 and 8.1 customers had to check the installation box before the driver would be installed, it was a different story for Windows 10 users -- any patch that arrives in the Windows Update queue gets installed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here