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  • A panoply of problems with this week’s 210 critical Windows and Office patches

    Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    April 2017 Patch Tuesday’s 644 patches are crawling in bugs — but there are some solutions

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • MS-DEFCON 1: Don’t apply ANY Windows or Office patches

    Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 09:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I sure hope you folks followed my advice and locked down Windows Update prior to yesterday’s debacle.

    Going through the reports of Windows 7 and 8.1 machines getting blocked, I’ve decided to move to MS-DEFCON 1: Current Microsoft patches are causing havoc. Don’t patch.

    I do that fully realizing that there’s a full-on attack going with the new Word 0day, which may or may not be solved by one of the Office patches from yesterday. Stay tuned, don’t use IE or Edge, and don’t open any Word docs attached to email messages!

    And… spread the word. The machine you save may be your own.

    Several of you have asked…. yes, this includes Windows 10 cumulative updates and the Windows 10 Creators Update version change. Wait.

  • Microsoft’s plan to force newer Kaby Lake/Ryzen processor owners to Win10 backfires

    Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 06:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Draconian update shutoff, aimed at newer 7th generation processors, also snagged some 6th gen AMD Carrizo machines — and at least one Intel Celeron processor that I wasn’t expecting.

    If you install yesterday’s Monthly Rollup or Security-only patch on newer Win7 or 8.1 machines, you may get locked out of all future Windows Updates.

    It’s going to be interesting watching how Microsoft extricates itself from this one. Perhaps we’ll get a magic program that’ll turn Windows Update on again. Perhaps Microsoft will call off the 7th generation dogs, and just support Win7 and 8.1 for newer hardware, as long as the hardware supports Win7/8.1.

    Story in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.