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  • Roundup of bugs in the November Patch Tuesday crop

    Posted on November 17th, 2017 at 07:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Tuesday problems continue, with a new acknowledgment from Microsoft about a dot matrix printer bug, continued reports of Win10 1703-to-1709 upgrades, one unconfirmed report of a forced 1607-to-1709 upgrade, and a memory violation error with CDPUserSvc

    If you have an Epson dot matrix printer, you’re hosed. EVERY patch this month will kill the driver — and it ain’t Epson’s fault.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • A question about Win7 Logfile compression

    Posted on November 17th, 2017 at 05:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this from VL:

    You did a Win 7 Logfile Compression Bug article which I found & used because my on my Win7 64 Professional Asus computer the C drive was almost completely full. In the article you said to move the files under CBS (they said ‘Persist’ on them mostly) & I tried doing that – I copied them to the D drive then deleted them from the C drive & the Recycle Bin and it freed up about 22 GB so thank you. Now I still had the Windows Modules installer d& it says it may not be able to update Windows that way – so should I put it on Manual Or Automatic again? And I could not find the ‘Cab’ files you had said to delete for good measure.

    I’m amazed that this article is so popular, even now, a year after it was published. Anybody care to enlighten me on changes?

  • Anybody out there running Windows 10 S?

    Posted on November 17th, 2017 at 00:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m trying to figure out which patches came out on Tuesday for Win10 S. If you know for sure, could you drop me a line?

  • Is there a Chromebook in your future?

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, you don’t need to spend $1 K on a Google Pixelbook, or $500 on a Samsung Chromebook Pro. There are good, cheaper Chromebooks that still pack all the oomph most people need, such as the smaller $311 Lenovo Flex 11 and the older – but still good – $290 Acer Chromebook 14. (All of those are affiliate links – click on them and AskWoody gets a tiny percentage, with no increase in price to you.)

    Whatever your poison, check out JR Raphael’s 40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity for some “hey, I didn’t know that” advice. Good stuff.

  • Surface Book 2 reviews are out – and they’re all thumbs up

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 at 08:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a reason why Microsoft sends hardware to known-friendly reviewers in advance of availability.

    You can see the effect now. The embargo just came off.

    Right now, on Techmeme, I see links to 10 different reviews of the Surface Book 2. Every single one of them raises a fanboi flag.

    Who knows? Maybe a month from now the world will come to the consensus that the US $ 2,500 (starting price) 15-inch model is the best laptop ever made.

    Given the Surface line’s amaaaaazing history, I’m skeptical. Still, ya never know.

    We’ll see. Stranger things have happened.

  • AskWoody is going down for repairs on Nov 23, US Thanksgiving day

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 at 04:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re all painfully aware of the problems with this site. The devs have been working on a shadow site that includes all of the latest content, but replaces the plumbing with something more stable.

    Since Microsoft is basically closed starting on US Thanksgiving day, November 23, I’ve chosen that as the target date for swapping out the old site, and bringing in the new. With a little luck, you’ll see almost no difference between the old and new site, although some of the old favorites will be back, like the list of most recent posts, the Search widget, and the sign in block in the upper right corner.

    If this works properly, the old flakiness will become a thing of the past.

    Hard to believe we built out the Lounge just ten months ago.

    Anyway, we’re going offline early in the morning on Nov. 23, and I expect the site will be down for a day or two. In the interim, we’ll continue to limp along with what we’ve got.

    See you on the flipside!

  • Patch Tuesday is rolling out

    Posted on November 15th, 2017 at 12:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A whole bunch of updates in Computerworld Woody on Windows

    Just a reminder, in case it isn’t patently obvious: We’re still on MS-DEFCON 2. There’s absolutely no reason to install any of this month’s patches. Wait and see what mayhem results.

    Martin Brinkmann at has his usual full list of patches. His summary:

    • Windows 7: 12 vulnerabilities of which 12 are rated important
    • Windows 8.1: 11 vulnerabilities of which 11 are rated important
    • Windows 10 version 1607: 12 vulnerabilities of which 12 are rated important
    • Windows 10 version 1703: 12 vulnerabilities of which 12 are rated important
    • Windows 10 version 1709: 9 vulnerabilities of which 9 are rated important

    Note the absence of “critical” patches. Always a good reason to avoid patching. As if you needed one.

    The Win10 version site is now fully functional, and I see:

    • Win10 1709 KB 4048955 Build 16299.64
    • Win10 1703 KB 4048954 Build 15063.726 (and 15063.728?)
    • Win10 1607 KB 4048953 Build 14393.1884 – there’s also an entry for KB4051033 , Build 14393.1913, but there’s no KB article, and no indication what it’s for.
    • Win10 1511 Enterprise and Education only (not Pro, not Home; see below) KB 4048952 Build 10586.1232
    • Win10 1507 LTSC only KB 4048956 Build 10240.17673
    • Win 8.1 KB 4048958 2017-11 Monthly Rollup
    • Win 7 KB 4048957 2017-11 Monthly Rollup

    Yes, that means Microsoft is actively supporting seven different versions of Windows – five of them as a Service.

    November 2017 Office Updates are available: article 4051890 It’s a massive list – MS says there’s 23 security patches and 43 non-security patches to Office 2010, 2013, 2016, and various server products.

    Thx @PKCano @teroalhonnen @barbbowman

  • If you’re only seeing older versions of the site…

    Posted on November 14th, 2017 at 18:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    … it isn’t your fault. Something happened about eight hours ago. I’ve received dozens of complaints that, when accessing the site, the most recent posts are from Nov. 8.

    Logging in seems to knock loose whatever’s causing the problem.

    UPDATE: @PKCano advises “If you see DDEAUTO as last post, Sctoll down to the calendar on the right, Click on Oct then click back to Nov. You don’t have to be logged in.”

    Workin’ on it…

    UPDATE: Ends up, it was a caching problem on our side. Everything should be OK. Sorry about that. Again.