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20 Hours Ago   This month’s Windows 7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923, appears to be on the skids. The KB article itself doesn’t mention anything. The patch is still available for manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

21 Hours Ago   Don’t know about you, but I’m well beyond fed up with all of the pushed Windows bugs. If you installed your Patch Tuesday patches last week like a good little lemming, Microsoft may have put you in an inescapable loop of blue screens, or turned off your audio.

4 Days Ago   It’s been a wild Thursday morning in patch land, with lots of BSODs to go around, cumulative updates, keyboard drivers, and a cast of suspects worthy of an Agatha Christie novel.

5 Days Ago   There’s a well-known bug in the Win7 update installer that can throw error 0x8000FFF unless you pre-install an upgrade to the installer. I wrote about this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) requirement about a month ago.

5 Days Ago   In one of the worst Windows rollouts in history — at least since Windows 3.1 — last week’s rollout of Win10 version 1809 left some PCs with empty Documents, Photos and other folders, and it managed to mangle user profiles for others.

7 Days Ago   September patches looked good for a while, then we got hit with four big, buggy Win10 cumulative updates. August Windows and Office patches went pretty well in spite of a last-minute rush to fix bugs introduced in earlier patches.

9 Days Ago   Starting late Friday night, Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade package from various locations. The official Download Windows 10 page is on version 1803, ISOs have disappeared, and 1809 is no longer available via WSUS.

11 Days Ago   Like all of its predecessors, the first version of this new version of Windows 10 is fraught with problems. Win10 version 1809, released yesterday, has triggered tales of locusts, frogs, lice, hail, boils and the death of every firstborn son.

12 Days Ago   I take it as an article of faith that you don’t want to install the latest version of Windows 10 right away. As we’ve seen, repeatedly, upgrading to a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it’s out leads to madness.

12 Days Ago   Back in May, when Microsoft rolled out Win10 version 1803, we saw a behavior never seen before: Some people, when clicking on “Check for updates” in Win10 1703 or 1709, were pushed into the Win10 1803 upgrade sequence.

14 Days Ago   Make it two months in a row. Back in August, Microsoft screwed up a bunch of patches, and finally fixed them on the last business day of August.

18 Days Ago   If you’ve been wondering about your Win10 version 1803 or 1709 patches, you aren’t alone. Looks like we have a completely new Windows patching rabbit hole.

19 Days Ago   Microsoft loves to play cat-and-mouse with Win10 version release dates, but as I explained yesterday, it looks as if the RTM version of Win10 1809 will be based on build 17763, and it’ll likely arrive on Oct. 2, coinciding with the Surface event in New York.

20 Days Ago   Yes, it’s like reading chicken entrails, but all of the chicks seem to be peeping in unison. It now appears as if Win10 build 17763 — the one that’s currently available on the Windows Insider Fast and Slow rings — has been anointed the “RTM” version, in fact if not in name.

21 Days Ago   Last Thursday, Microsoft released all of these Win10 cumulative updates: KB 4458469 takes Win10 version 1803 to build 17134.319 KB 4457136 turns Win10 1709 into build 16299.697 KB 4457141 moves 1703 to build 15063.1358 KB 4457127 transforms Win10 1607 and Server 2016 to build 14393.2517 Each of the cumulative updates includes dozens of patches for what appear to be minor bugs.

25 Days Ago   Do you remember the July patching debacle? We were treated to wave after wave of Win10 patches that didn’t work. Arguably worst of all, the .Net patches were so bad that the Microsoft .Net Framework team publicly — on Github, no less — posted a warning, advising those who had been suckered into installing the patches to curl up real tight and kiss their keesters goodbye.

25 Days Ago   As we near the end of patching’s “C Week” (which is to say, the week that contains the third Tuesday of the month), there are no show-stopping bugs in the Windows and Office patches and just a few gotchas.

28 Days Ago   ‘Softie Rodney Viana has posted details and a workaround for the “System.CodeDom.CodeBinaryOperatorExpression is not marked as authorized” bug. Apparently, installing last Tuesday’s KB 4457916 Security Only updates for .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 causes a hard stop with any SharePoint Workflows.

31 Days Ago   Best free apps for Windows 10 Image by ipopba / Getty Images With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience.

31 Days Ago   Best free apps for Windows 10 Image by ipopba / Getty Images With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience.

33 Days Ago   Consider the following Gedankenexperiment. You turn on your Chromebook (or phone or iPad), things whirr and glurg for a few minutes, and the computer throws up this message: Error.

35 Days Ago   August 2018 was a relatively innocuous patching month, although the final resolution to the August problems didn’t appear until late Friday night just as the month was coming to a close — on a three-day weekend in the US.

40 Days Ago   With the arrival of “Fourth Week” patches on the last working day of August, and having had a few days to vet them, it looks as if we’re ready to release the cracklin’ Kraken.

45 Days Ago   Time for the final August patching shoe to drop. Late last night Microsoft released a flurry of patches, posting them on the Microsoft Update Catalog. Some are available through Windows Update, some aren't.

53 Days Ago   So far this month we’ve only seen one cumulative update for each version of Windows 10, and one set of updates (Security only, Monthly Rollup) for Win7 and 8.1.

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