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  • MS-DEFCON 3: Time to get patched, but watch out for a few gotchas

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 at 17:23 woody No comments

    Article will launch verrrrrry early in the morning, on InfoWorld.

  • KB 3212646 is missing

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 at 16:35 woody 14 comments

    Can somebody tell me why the “January 2017 Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7”, KB 3213646, isn’t available? I get “this page doesn’t exist.”

  • How would you install Win7 from scratch?

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 at 14:44 woody 9 comments

    Getting more email questions that all boil down to:

    I have Win7 SP1 installed. I want to get it up-to-date, without installing the snooping stuff. How do I do that?

  • No previews of Monthly Rollups

    Posted on January 17th, 2017 at 15:34 woody 23 comments

    The English translation is up on InfoWorld Woody on Windows, Signs point to Microsoft’s imminent release of Windows 7 “Service Pack 3”


    If you’re just following along because you want to, you know, get your system patched and be done with it, you can skip this whole announcement. Look for an MS-DEFCON level change shortly.

    Those of you who follow along with all the gory patching details will be happy to know that there are no Previews of Monthly Rollups today, the “C” week Third Tuesday.

    The same thing happened last month – there were no Previews of the January Monthly Rollups for Win7 or 8.1. Which is good because there wasn’t any January Monthly Rollup for Win7, outside of a single security patch – and there wasn’t any January Monthly Rollup for Win 8.1, period.

    Microsoft has just posted that there is no Preview of the February Monthly Rollups. That’s probably because the February Monthly Rollups will only include security updates.

    I’ll try to translate all of this into English for InfoWorld, tomorrow morning.

  • Windows 7 is unfit for business? Yeah, sure.

    Posted on January 17th, 2017 at 10:25 woody 97 comments

    Here’s my contribution to fake news. You’ve read the headline. This is what you haven’t read.

    Late last week, the hardware-leaning site Myce published a translation of a Microsoft Germany PR release that says (via Google translate):

    Microsoft Deutschland recommends timely changeover to Windows 10 for a secure and modern IT… One of the most successful operating systems from Microsoft is gradually approaching the end of its life cycle : the extended support of Windows 7 will be completed in three years. This means for all customers with Windows 7 PCs that from January 14, 2020 there will be no security updates, updates and no technical support from Microsoft. .. it provides for higher operating costs – for example, maintenance, lost working time due to increased malware attacks, or even increased support requests. At the same time, many hardware manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7, which means that modern peripherals such as printers are no longer recognized.

    We’ve heard all of that before, and it isn’t any more true now than it was a year ago.

    Windows 10 has its benefits. I use it all day, every day, and I’ve written two 1,000-page books on the topic. I’ve come to terms with its insistence on updating things when I least want them, and its ill-defined snooping proclivities. But Win10 isn’t for everybody, and scare tactics like this don’t do anything for Microsoft’s credibility.

    I think Win7 is going to be around a lot longer than the author of this PR release.

  • Qi Lu moves to Baidu, becomes COO

    Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 21:26 woody 2 comments

    One of the most respected Microsoft execs ever, Qi Lu, has joined Baidu, according to Bloomberg.

    Almost four months ago, Lu left Microsoft, and the scuttlebutt had him departing for health reasons. Kara Swisher and Ina Fried at Recode said his health issues:

    “arose from a bicycle accident that took place several months ago, according to sources.”

    I posted at the time:

    The sources aren’t identified, and I haven’t found independent confirmation.

    He’s a helluva catch for Baidu.

    He fell off a bicycle in Seattle, and landed in Beijing. Details in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Reality check: How Windows 10’s proposed new privacy controls work in the real world

    Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 06:59 woody 51 comments

    You’ve read about the new Windows 10 Creators Update privacy push – a new setup routine, new questions, new online privacy dashboard. The proposal is so persuasive the government of Switzerland has called off its threatened privacy lawsuit, and even EFF has backed off its original scathing indictment of Windows 10’s assaults on privacy.

    Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening – and what isn’t happening – behind the scenes.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

    By the way, there’s a link to a cached Google page in the article that’s been changed. You can see a text version of the original Microsoft post here:

    The cached copy shows that on January 12, there was no mention of browser history stored on the web. Compare the new version of the View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge post with this old (Jan. 12) version

    View or delete browsing history in Microsoft Edge

    Windows 10 – Windows 10 Mobile

    > Your browsing history includes sites you’ve visited, passwords, info you’ve entered into forms, and cookies. Microsoft Edge remembers this info and stores it on your PC as you browse the web.

    > To view your browsing history, select the Hub icon  , and then History. To delete it, select Clear all history, choose what you want to remove, and then select Clear.

    What gets deleted when you delete your browsing history

  • ETA for the AskWoody Lounge: Sunday night

    Posted on January 15th, 2017 at 10:30 woody 29 comments

    UPDATE: We’re slowing down the pace, to make sure all of the “i”s are dotted and the “x”s crossed. Look for a gradual rollout over the coming couple of weeks.

    I’m not saying it’s perfect, but I am saying it’s much better.

    Looks like the AskWoody Lounge will go live over the next week or two. I hope.

    This blog – the part you see right now – won’t change much. But the Lounge appendage will add all sorts of new capabilities.

    Anonymous comments will always be welcome and encouraged – and they’ll be individually moderated (reviewed) to my stuck-in-the-mud criteria (no personal attacks, no swearing, no politics/religion).

    If you’re willing to register, though, there are several distinct advantages to AskWoody Loungers: Your replies will be published directly (although they’ll be subject to review by the moderators), there’s all sorts of new tools (including the ability to upload GIFs and JPGs in your reply), and it’ll be easier to do things like sign up for email notifications on new posts.

    At the same time, slowly, we’re going to grow out the content on the site. There will be forums specifically for asking questions about Windows, Office, and other platforms (including, yes, Linux for Windows users, macOS, iOS, ChromeOS and Android). The AskWoody Knowledge Base will hold answers that don’t necessarily agree with what Microsoft wants you to believe. I hope to archive some of the discussions we’ve had here. And everything will be much, much easier to search.

    We’re very fortunate to have several of the luminaries here at AskWoody signed up as AskWoody MVPs. They’re people you know and trust – even if they don’t agree with me!

    Most of all, I hope the AskWoody Lounge will bring out the best discussions of Microsoft-related hardware and software, unhampered by the Microsoft Party Line, for guru and Dummy alike.

    Let’s make it work….