Posted on March 23rd, 2017 at 11:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
When the April Monthly Rollup for Win7 and 8.1 appears, a whole lot of people are going to wonder what hit them.
Article in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.Windows Patches/Security April 2017 Black Tuesday, Bristol Ridge, Kaby Lake, Skylake, update-kneecap
Posted on March 23rd, 2017 at 06:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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That makes three cumulative updates for Win10 Anniversary Update in the past eight days.
Details at InfoWorld Woody on Windows.Windows Patches/Security Dynamics CRM 2011, Internet Explorer 11, KB 4012204, KB 4012215, KB 4012216, KB 4016446, KB 4016635, KB 4016636, KB 4016637
Posted on March 22nd, 2017 at 14:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
They just keep rolling in.
See InfoWorld Woody on WindowsWindows Patches/Security Dynamics CRM 2011, KB 3150513, KB 3178690, KB 4013418, KB 4013429, KB 4013886, KB 4014329, March 2017 Black Tuesday
Posted on March 22nd, 2017 at 07:30 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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We have first sightings, and some idea of how the block will be implemented. But how to break the block?
See InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on March 21st, 2017 at 13:51 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Brad Sams just posted this on Thurrott.com.
Sounds like the events of two weeks ago, all over again:
I have a half-dozen Microsoft Accounts that I use regularly, so I decided to test.
As of this moment – 1:45 pm Central US Daylight – Edge refuses to log on to login.live.com, at least for me.
Downdetector reports all sorts of problems, starting about an hour ago.
Günter Born confirms the problem from Germany.
Office Portal says Outlook.com is down, but doesn’t say anything about Microsoft accounts in general.
Is it down right now reports that the outlook.com site is up, and it was last down five minutes ago. I have a feeling that’s in error – although, hey, you never know. It could be up in Antarctica, too.
Mary Jo has an update on her ZDNet blog. She reports that she believes the problems started about 12:30 pm Central Daylight.
If Microsoft accounts can’t log in, expect to see side effects with OneNote and OneDrive, as well as Outlook.com. But note that if you log in to a Windows computer with a Microsoft Account, you won’t have any problems. When the Windows login program can’t get in touch with the mother ship, it will respond to your last entered password or PIN (or, I assume, photo).
UPDATE: 3pm CDT (about 2.5 hours after it started) – https://twitter.com/maryjofoley/status/844277949734010882
Tero Alhonen says the Office Portal reports it’s all fixed. Mary Jo says OneDrive isn’t working, and Tom Warren corroborates. Mary Jo also reports problems with Xbox Live.
Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 21:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Full report in the morning.
Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 15:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Latest build number is 14393.969.
Two bugs fixed, but the CRM bug is still there.
Details in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 10:04 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
UPDATE: More info in this InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
On March 15, the Thursday after Patch Tuesday, Microsoft re-re-released KB 3150513. It’s innocuously titled “Latest compatibility definition update for Windows,” but it’s raised a lot of suspicion for those of us who prefer our Windows snooping overt, not covert.
This update provides the latest set of definitions for compatibility diagnostics that are performed on the system. The updated definitions will help enable Microsoft and its partners to ensure compatibility for all customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system. Installing this update also makes sure that the latest Windows operating system version is correctly offered through Windows Update, based on compatibility results.
Which is enough to get my tinfoil hat twitching.
We had a similar not-quite-documented appearance of KB 3150513 back in September.
Here’s what we know for sure:
The update includes files called Appraiser.sdb and Appraiser_telemetryrunlist.xml.
It was offered on just about every version of Windows you can name. The KB article lists prerequisites, but there are versions for Win10 1607, 1511, Windows 8 (!) and 8.1, and Win 7 RTM (!) and SP1. In addition @ch100 documents that a version is also available for Windows Server 2016, for the first time.
When it appeared in September, poster K hid it, but it re-appeared two additional times. At the time, I documented that it appeared twice, with two different dates, May 4 and May 11, 2016.
In September, @abbodi86 viewed it as a precursor to upgrading to the Win10 Anniversary Update (released July 2016):
it’s an update for the system’s compatibility database, which is related the famous schedule task “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”. This diagnostics is required to see if the current machine is applicable for RS1 upgrade through WU. Yes, it may involves sending “telemetry” feedback but isn’t whole Windows 10 is already telemetry-connected?
With regard to the March 15 release, @PKCano says:
This is being offered on all versions of Windows. It is a compatibility definition update. A new release for Win10, but Win7 and Win8.1 are seeing the earlier version appear if they installed KB2952664 (Win7) or KB2976978 (Win8.1) with the recent updates. The latter are prerequisites. It is also showing up in Win10.
And @abbodi86 says
Appraiser KB2952664 and Telemetry DiagTrack are built-in Windows 10 since RTM. Both KB2952664/KB3150513 are only needed for upgrade they have nothing useful for current Windows 7 (well, except providing MSFT with Appraiser statistics)
Other versions were released in the past for Windows 10 1511.
To me, without having the full details, it indicates that the functionality from KB2952664 in Windows 7 is built-in at least in Windows 10 1511 and 1607. Otherwise we wouldn’t see KB3150513 being on offer for those versions of Windows 10.
There was no KB3150513 release for Windows 10 1507.
Does anybody else have some definitive information on this beast? Is there any reason at all to install it, unless you plan on upgrading to the Win10 Creators Update version as soon as it’s available (which is an incredibly poor choice, but more about that later)?