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4 Days Ago   Surely you remember how the first release of Windows 10 version 1809 turned out — deleted files, panicked users, yanked upgrades that were unyanked and yanked again.

4 Days Ago   Last Tuesday Microsoft released patches — Monthly Rollups, Security-only, or Cumulative Updates — for every version of Windows. Every single one of those patches included a bug that changed the way Internet Explorer and Edge handle secure connections for the top-level domain gov.uk.

9 Days Ago   As of very early Wednesday morning, I don’t hear any loud screams of pain from the May Patch Tuesday bumper crop of patches. There’s still much we don’t know about the “WannaCry-like” security hole in pre-Win8 versions of Windows — more about that in a moment — but all indications at this point lead me to believe that it’s smarter to patch now and figure out how to fix any damage later.

11 Days Ago   This month should bring some interesting new developments on the Windows Update front. Microsoft is committed to shipping the new version of Win10, officially called the Windows 10 March Delayed to May 2019 Update, but better known to its friends as version 1903, later this month.

18 Days Ago   From my point of view, the new Win10 version 1903 — which is still baking in the beta Release Preview ring — has the potential to become the first “must have” version of Windows 10.

21 Days Ago   April was a tough month for Win 7, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 customers who ran specific antivirus products. Blue screens, freezes, slow-as-sludge drippings all bedeviled a large number of Sophos, Avira, Avast, AVG and even McAfee users.

22 Days Ago   While most of Win10-dom saw their second monthly patches a week ago, those of us who follow such things have waited with bated breath to see when the new cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 would arrive.

23 Days Ago   Windows 7 is nearing end of support. That’s an indisputable fact. Many Windows 7 users have been greeted by the cheerful death proclamation shown in the screenshot.

25 Days Ago   You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff. Admins, in particular, have had a tough month. April brought widespread breakdowns – bluescreens, hangs, very sluggish behavior – to hundreds of thousands of Win7 and 8.1 machines.

28 Days Ago   Microsoft usually releases patches on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Redmond time. So it came as something of a surprise when we saw the second round of April patches rolling out on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m.

30 Days Ago   After a couple of years of rattling around its release cage, Microsoft settled on a monthly patching pace that’s largely worked. First Tuesday (“A week”): Non-security (installed) Office patches Patch Tuesday (“B week”): Cumulative Updates for Win10 Monthly Rollups for Win7, 8.1, Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 Security-only versions of those Monthly Rollups .Net patches (recently removed from the main patches) Many additional patches To read this article in full, please click here

36 Days Ago   The latest Internet Explorer XXE zero-day depends on you opening an infected MHT file. MHT is an old file format that’s almost always opened by IE — no matter which browser you’re using, no matter which version of Windows.

38 Days Ago   A week ago, Microsoft released six patches that brought many machines to their knees. As I explained last Friday, when the dust cleared, it was apparent that all six of these April patches: Win7 and Server 2008 R2 Monthly Rollup (KB 4493472) and Security-only (KB 4493448) patches Win8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Monthly Rollup (KB 4493446) and Security-only (KB 4493467) patches Server 2012 Monthly Rollup (KB 4493451) and Security-only (KB 4493450 ) patches would trigger blue screens on reboot on most s

42 Days Ago   This month’s Patch Tuesday sent many Windows users running for cover. As I reported on Wednesday morning, Win7 and 8.1 machines running Sophos antivirus products frequently refused to boot.

44 Days Ago   Patch Tuesday seemed uneventful until loads of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines, as well as Win8.1 and Server 2012 R2 machines, rebooted overnight. Looks like we have another throat-clutching bad round of patches to contend with.

46 Days Ago   In theory, when Windows 10 version 1903 rolls out in late May, we’ll suddenly have tools at hand that’ll make it easy to temporarily turn off automatic updating.

50 Days Ago   I first saw Martin Brinkmann’s report on ghacks.net: Ran into a System Service Exception error on restart after installing the update on one machine. System Restore fixed the issue, Startup repair did not.

51 Days Ago   The first Tuesday of the month — “A” week in Microsoft’s infamous bafflegab — usually brings a healthy dose of non-security Office patches. This Tuesday was no exception.

52 Days Ago   Microsoft’s March patches are in reasonably good shape, as I explained earlier this week. Since that relatively clean bill of health, we’ve had some clarification about the missing second March cumulative update for Win10 version 1809: Yesterday, Microsoft tested another iteration of the long-anticipated update in the Windows Insider Release Preview ring.

52 Days Ago   March was an unusually light patching month – all of Office only had one security patch – and there don’t appear to be any immediate patching worries.

57 Days Ago   In yet another twist in the push-and-shove world of Windows 10 deployment, Microsoft has officially declared Windows 10, version 1809 ready for business. Well, OK, it isn’t exactly officially “ready for business,” but we’re at the mealy-mouthed analog.

60 Days Ago   Great way to wake up on Monday morning, especially if you own an ASUS machine. Kaspersky just published a teaser for a more thorough explanation to come in two weeks at the Kaspersky Security Analysts Summit in Singapore.

65 Days Ago   Those of you who discovered a new optional patch, KB 4493132, on your Windows 7 machines this morning can breathe a sigh of relief. Although Microsoft’s official documentation says the nagware “patch” (if you can call it that) should come through automatic update, in fact every report I’ve seen so far says that KB 4493132 is playing nice, sitting in the “Optional” list in Windows Update.

72 Days Ago   Patch Tuesday has come and gone, not with a bang but a whimper. As of this moment, early Wednesday morning, I don’t see any glaring problems with the 124 patches covering 64 individually identified security holes.

74 Days Ago   Every month’s a circus in the Windows patching realm. It’s hard to remember a single month in the past year where the initial monthly cumulative updates/monthly rollups didn’t include a real dog.

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