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  • New Get Windows 10 dialog – I haven’t seen it, have you?

    Posted on June 29th, 2016 at 10:15 woody 23 comments

    We’re supposed to be getting a new Get Windows 10 dialog this week:


    I haven’t seen it yet. Have you?

    Most people expect it to arrive with a new version of KB 3035583, the notorious “Get Windows 10” patch. I’m not so sure.

    My theory is that Microsoft constructs the Get Windows 10 dialog on the fly – as one of the commenters here said, it’s a lot like a polymorphic virus technique. Could MS change the dialog without changing Windows 7 or 8.1?

    I have an inquiry into Microsoft about the behavior of the “Decline free offer” option. Simply put: Does that decline all future offers, or is it just “Delay and ask again”? Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet has received clarification from MS that the “X” in the upper right corner doesn’t stop the upgrade. It merely defers asking about it for an undetermined amount of time.

    If the red-x is selected on this new dialog, it will dismiss the dialog box and we will notify the device again in a few days.

    Stay tuned.

  • Challenge of the day: Make Google your default search provider in IE 11 on Win10

    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 11:54 woody 21 comments

    The method’s changed since the last time I looked. Tricky, Microsoft.

    (Protip: To make sure that you really set the default search provider, restart IE and see if Google’s still chosen.)

  • Cortana now restricted to Edge and Bing: It’s the clicks, stupid

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 at 08:28 woody 19 comments

    Likely the #1 way for Microsoft to make money off Windows 10.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Windows 10 beta build 14328 – here comes the future of Windows

    Posted on April 25th, 2016 at 06:30 woody 17 comments

    There’s much to like, a whole lot to quibble about, and more than a few problems with the latest and greatest beta version of Windows.

    What I want to know: How do you turn off Cortana? It’s easy in build 1511.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • It’s not time to install Windows or Office updates

    Posted on April 16th, 2016 at 10:39 woody 22 comments

    Just got a good question from CB:

    Hello Woody!

    First, I am fairly new to your website and want to thank you for your help.

    Here is my current problem: I’ve decided not to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10, and like so many, I have received all the dreaded stuff that MS sends because of this. Currently and it grows each day, I have 57 important MS Updates. I began searching their definitions about 2-3 months ago because I was suddenly receiving MS Updates each and every day and wanted to know why. In looking up their definitions on your website, I see that MS is not only dishonest, but the majority of these updates are for Windows 7 and 10.

    At this point, I really don’t know what do and would certainly appreciate any and all input and help.

    Thank you!

    My response:


    Right now is a bad time to install updates. Check back in a week or two, at which point we’ll probably move to MS-DEFCON 3. (Right now I’m waiting to see what MS does with KB3146706, but other problems may well surface.)
    When I switch MS-DEFCON levels, I always include complete instructions on what to apply and how.
    For now, make sure you run GWX Control Panel, and don’t sweat it!
  • Win7 security patch KB3146706 causing problems?

    Posted on April 16th, 2016 at 07:44 woody 61 comments

    I’m seeing lots of reports of MS16-044 / KB 3146706 throwing errors – most commonly blue screen 0x0000006B – that go away if the patch is removed.

    Remarkably, almost all of the reports (for example, this one on site vvcat) are in Chinese. Makes me wonder if there’s a conflict between KB3146706  and a program that’s commonly run in China. We saw something similar three years ago with KB 2823324, which triggered BSODs on many computers in Brazil.

    AskWoody denizen LL wrote to me and said that it looks like Microsoft is still distributing the patch through Windows Update, but isn’t checking it — which is typically a precursor to yanking the patch entirely.

  • Apple won’t tell you what your best friends know: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows NOW!

    Posted on April 15th, 2016 at 07:05 woody 34 comments

    Yeah, I like to take jabs at Microsoft – but this is just unbelievable.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: Adobe is trying to extricate itself from the QuickTime mess.

  • Windows 10 Insider beta build 14279 has a couple of improvements

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 at 14:19 woody No comments

    If Microsoft’s going to ship Redstone 1 by June, there’s a long way to go, and not much time left.

    Redstone 2’s apparently been pushed out to 2017.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows