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

    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 20:50 woody 7 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 6 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 27 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 14 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 17 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?

  • Barry Simon to receive AMS Steele Lifetime Achievement award

    Posted on November 15th, 2015 at 10:36 woody 1 comment

    Those of you who remember the “Mother of all Windows” and “Mother of All PCs” books might be tickled to discover that Barry Simon – Mom’s co-author and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met – has just been announced as this year’s American Mathematical Society Steele award winner, for lifetime achievement.

    Barry’s an amazing guy. I “met” him when I posted a complaint about the mathematics behind a PC Magazine article. (The author of the article implied that a solution to an optimization problem in integers is passably close to a non-integer solution. Nevermind.) Barry disagreed with me. And if you’ve ever disagreed with Barry Simon, lemme tell ya, it’s an education unto itself. Like arguing with an encyclopedia. Barry won — although I still maintain my position was tenable — and we struck up a conversation that lasted through five enormous books.

    Although he’s probably best known, even now, as the co-author of “Methods of Modern Mathematical Physics” (no, his first name isn’t “Reed”), he’s about to release a new five-volume set “A Comprehensive Course in Analysis.” 

    Whenever I hear the term “smart,” I think “Barry.”

    It was a real honor and privilege to work with him and Mom.

    Wonder what Barry’s going to do for an encore? 

  • Upgrading a tiny PC to Win10 v 1511

    Posted on November 14th, 2015 at 12:17 woody 1 comment

    How about that. I wasn’t expecting this. From CJ:

    I have a small  Kangaroo PC that came with WIN 10 Home (very small, the size of a cell phone, you should check it out). I use it to stream video to my television from Amazon, NetFlix, etc.

    When I logged on today, it tried to update to the new version (1511, 10586) but I immediately got an “error” which I clicked on and it said to “ Install the next version of windows”.  I had previously pulled out the SD card (used for expanded storage) based on your article indicating that the SD card had caused some systems to hang.  I re-inserted the SD card, rebooted and checked for updates again.  It found the WIN 10 update again and this time downloaded it and installed with no issues.  The only complaint I have is that it took 1.5hrs on my slow processor.  Once it rebooted there was a noticeable delay while it finished the installation and hung the screen up with a message indicating it had installed a new version.  

    I would really have preferred a little more information on what is going on during the installation process, but maybe that is just me.