Posted on January 28th, 2015 at 11:58 No comments
In spite of WIMboot.
Posted on January 28th, 2015 at 07:21 1 comment
For those of you who are still holding off on installing the December and January patches…
Except for a few known problems, they’re looking OK. I’m going to wait and see what Susan Bradley says on Thursday in Windows Secrets Newsletter before giving a blanket go-ahead with warnings.
The warnings will likely include as-yet-unresolved problems with Excel macros and several others.
Let’s see how it shakes out. In the interim, rest assured that, unless you have state secrets or your work for a foreign intelligence organization, you don’t have much to worry about — there aren’t any mass clobberings going on with the December and January patches.
Keep your powder dry and use Firefox or Chrome…
Posted on January 28th, 2015 at 07:12 No comments
I haven’t seen this problem – or its solution – documented anywhere. Kinda cool.
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Posted on January 27th, 2015 at 11:56 8 comments
Just in from Randy the Tech Professor…This year is off to a big start! TWO Adobe Flash patches, an Adobe Air patch, and of course an Oracle Java patch. The remaining patches are for Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey.Here is the link: http://randythetechprofessor.
com/third-party-program- updates-for-the-month-of- january-2015
Posted on January 26th, 2015 at 21:16 No comments
Just got this message from John H:
You probably remember how I pestered you about my Windows Explorer crashing every time I right-clicked on it to bring up a context menu. Well, problem solved and you are not going to believe what caused it.
It was Spybot Search & Destroy. That’s right, one of my favorite “indie” tools for fighting obnoxious tracking and spyware. I was having trouble updating it and ran across the following whilst looking for a solution:
An entry in the thread confirmed that the free version also suffers from this bug.
No wonder I couldn’t find what was causing my Windows Explorer to crash! I installed this version of Spybot right after the December patches. It never occurred to me that it could be the problem.
Fortunately, the work-around did the trick. But I can’t help wondering how many other people might be affected by this bug since SS&D turns on the WIN Explorer Integration automatically when you install it.
Posted on January 24th, 2015 at 06:43 11 comments
I know, it’s frustrating.
If you’re trying to install the latest Windows 10 build on a Windows 8.1 machine, you may be greeted by that notice. I got it while trying to put build 9926 on a brand new Asus Transformer.
The culprit? WIMboot. It’s a Microsoft technology that squeezes Windows into a smaller footprint, so Windows can essentially boot from a compressed image. That’s great for cheap machines, but it doesn’t play well with the Windows 10 installer.
I haven’t found any workaround. After trying for an hour to install 9926 directly from a UEFI-enabled USB drive, I finally gave up. Sorry, Rufus. No luck.
Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 12:40 2 comments
It’s build 9926.
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Instructions on my InfoWorld blog.
Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 06:47 1 comment
And a conspiracy theory.
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