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  • Perceptions and deceptions as Microsoft re-instates Windows 10 build 1511

    Posted on December 1st, 2015 at 05:43 woody 10 comments

    Keystone KopsMicrosoft has been pulling strange Windows 10 patching shenanigans over the past week. What’s really going on at Redmond?

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • New (and slightly improved) version of the AskWoody site is up!

    Posted on November 30th, 2015 at 11:11 woody 29 comments

    I went through a couple of months of testing and comparisons, lots of blind alleys, more than a thousand bucks out-of-pocket, and come back to basically the same layout I had before. What you see is the new version of AskWoody.

    You’ll find a few improvements here and there (some of which I leaked earlier). All in all, I took the advice of an overwhelming percentage of viewers and employed my old “Ain’t broke, don’t fix” standard.

    The basic layout on the main page hasn’t changed much, but there are lots of small changes. The biggest improvement in the discussions area is (finally!) the ability to “nest” responses to comments. I’ll slowly be rolling out a few hand-selected ads, so be forewarned. Nope, I haven’t bowed to the Google adverlords, but instead found a way of bringing in ads that should be more appropriate for this site – and for you.

    Stay tuned. Interesting stuff ahead.

  • Why Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 v 1511 Threshold 2 release from its download page

    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 20:50 woody 23 comments

    Looks like they’re making stuff up as they go along.


    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Windows at 30: Microsoft’s biggest mistakes

    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 05:20 woody 11 comments

    I hope you’ve read my tribute to the truly great achievements brought to us by Windows over the past 30 years.

    Now here’s a look at the dark side.

    The straight story, from InfoWorld.

  • Connected User Services

    Posted on November 20th, 2015 at 08:13 woody 30 comments

    I’m on a mini-vacation, still connected, but not surrounded by my usual array of machines. So I was very disheartened to read this story:

    Ghacks is a generally-credible source, often breaking news.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have the machines at my beck and call to check this out. I’ll be looking into it, in depth, when I’m back in my office on Thanksgiving day (next Thursday). In the interim, if any of you have first-hand knowledge of what’s going on – or you see an article with a new perspective – please let me know.

    t/h MFM

  • Happy 30th birthday, Windows!

    Posted on November 19th, 2015 at 05:57 woody 15 comments

    First of a two-part series, looking at the amazing innovations and triumphs over the years.

    A trip down 64K memory lane.


  • What happened to the October patches?

    Posted on November 18th, 2015 at 06:25 woody 18 comments

    Just got this from EG

    Hi Woody,

    The last “relevant” post to ask this question in is 3 pages deep now and I’m sure many others have the same question too.

    I realize November’s updates are still being scrutinized but what’s the scoop with the October updates?

    They’re still in Defcon 2 as far as I can see so there’s a BUNCH of “Important” updates sitting in my pending list.

    Any chance you can start a new thread with the status of October’s updates… if nothing else just to let us know they’re not forgotten?

    Thanks Woody!

    On November 5, I opened the gates for October patches. See

    I’m still very skeptical of the November patches. We’ve already seen two of them re-issued, one that was bricking Outlook on some systems. There aren’t any killer security holes so, as long as you’re not using Internet Explorer, I say hold tight.

  • Problems with Excel 2007 Security Update KB3101554?

    Posted on November 17th, 2015 at 09:20 woody 11 comments

    Just got this from JR –

    Hi Woody

    I’ve found that Excel 2007 Security Update KB3101554 breaks the bar charts in some of my Excel 2007 SP3 spreadsheets. They go blank when you scroll the spreadsheet.

    The problem was rectified by a simple uninstall of the KB without even the need for a restart.

    Has anyone else found this?

    Best regards and many thanks for all that I’ve learned from your website and Dummies books over the years.

    I haven’t seen it yet. Have you?