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  • Microsoft Security Essentials warning about end-of-support for Vista

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 17:57 woody 33 comments

    Support for Vista will end on April 11 – three months from now. Apparently Microsoft Security Essentials is getting a little pushy about it. This from EB:

    This morning MSE (4.9.218.0) greeted me with a popup warning on my fully updated Vista SP2 X64 system with a questionable warning about operating system end of support, fixed itself in “Potentially Unprotected” status and provided a link to a Kb article that thinks I’m running XP!

    Following is a screen shot of the MSE interface.

    mse-vista

    And clicking the link takes me to a completely irrelevant https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14223/windows-xp-end-of-support

    I also updated MSE to the latest version (in a virtual machine) and received the same results.

    Sometimes it seems to me that MS documentation is handled by poorly programmed bots and the accuracy of information is not checked before it is released to the public.

  • Win10 cumulative updates: 14393.693, 10586.753, both with known problems

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 13:29 woody 10 comments

    Win10 cumulative updates are out.

    Win10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, KB 3213986 brings the build up to 14393.693.

    Win10 Fall (now “November”) Update, version 1511, KB 3210721 brings the build to 10586.753.

    Win10 RTM (now “1507”) KB 3210720 brings the build up to 10240.17236.

    ALL of them have this “known issue”:

    Users may experience delayed or clipped screens while running 3D rendering apps (such as games) on systems with more than one monitor.

    The workaround is to disable the second monitor. Frack.

    In addition, the 1607 patch has this known issue:

    The Cluster Service may not start automatically on the first reboot after applying the update.

    The “Workaround is to either start the Cluster Service with the Start-ClusterNode PowerShell cmdlet or to reboot the node. ”

    John Wink and Jen Gentleman (and likely others, soon) are helping both on Twitter, @MicrosoftHelps (great, new id) and on Reddit.

  • Windows 7, 8.1 patches are up

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 13:05 woody 145 comments

    OK, not exactly. Other than MSRT, there are no patches for 8.1, and only one small security patch (plus a Flash patch) for Win7.

    This month only we’re getting old-fashioned Security Bulletins (such as they are) plus the new Security Updates Guide.

    MS17-001 for Edge only – “important” (which means it isn’t really important)

    MS17-002 – Word 2016 and SharePoint Enterprise 2016 – critical

    MS17-003 – Flash Player but only on 8.1 and 10 – critical

    MS 17-004 – Only on Vista and Win7 – important

    Windows 7 

    January 10, 2017—KB3212642 (Security-only update)
    This update includes only security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

    January 10, 2017—KB3212646 (Monthly Rollup)
    Includes the Security-only update above, plus the non-security stuff in last month’s Dec. 13 Monthly Rollup.

    Windows 8.1

    “There are no security fixes or quality improvements for release on January 10, 2017. As such, there is no Security-only update nor Monthly Rollup release for this month.”

    That’s the lightest Patch Tuesday I’ve ever seen.

    Reminder: We’re still on MS-DEFCON 2. Wait to see what happens to everybody else.

  • Win10 beta build 15002 brings real improvement

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 09:55 woody 26 comments

    It looks like we’re going to have “metered connections” for both Wi-Fi and Ethernet – which makes it a lead-pipe cinch to throttle forced updates.

    Fingers duly crossed.

    Combine that with the new privacy guidelines just released by Terry Myerson, and the two biggest objections to Windows 10 might – might – be a thing of the past.

    Maybe.

    Is it possible that Microsoft is listening?

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows