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  • Welcome to Patch Monday – bug fixes for Creators Update (KB 4040724) and for Anniversary Update (KB 4038801)

    Posted on September 25th, 2017 at 16:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Hey, if you’re gonna release out of band patches while the cats are away in Orlando, might as well make it a double.

    Today we got two – count ’em two – patches for the two latest versions of Windows 10. One’s pushed out through Windows Update, the other’s a hotfix that you have to install manually.

    • KB 4040724 brings Win10 Creators Update version 1703 up to build 15063.632. It’s supposed to fix the two acknowledged bugs in the earlier September cumulative update.
    • KB 4038801 brings Win10 Anniversary Update version 1607 up to build 14393.1737. Top item on the fix list: Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled. For some reason, these fixes are not being released for Server 2016. Go figger. It’s a hotfix; you must manually download this patch, if you want it.

    In addition, there’s a warning that you may get a Servicing Stack update:

    Windows Update Client Improvement

    Microsoft will release an update directly to the Windows Update Client to improve Windows Update reliability. It will only be offered to devices that have not installed any recent cumulative updates and are not currently managed (e.g., domain joined).

    Of course, we’re still at MS-DEFCON 2. Sit tight. No idea if either or both of these new patches will cause havoc.

  • Microsoft releases yet another update for Win10 Creators Update 1703, KB 4040724, build 15063.632

    Posted on September 25th, 2017 at 13:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This one’s supposed to fix the HP-related ten-minute blackouts, as well as the problems with Edge.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    Weird update: Nodwarca reports that he has TWO copies of KB 4038788 listed under Installed Updates, one installed Sept 12, the other Sept 24. Anybody else see that?

  • Bots are creeping into the Microsoft Answers forum – “directly.com”

    Posted on September 25th, 2017 at 12:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A real eye-opener from langware on the Microsoft Answers forum:

    I have read replies here in CPC (the Community Participation Center) about “directly.com”. I searched on the company and found this on their site:

    How it works

    Your best community members earn rewards for creating and optimizing automatic responses, personally answering customer questions, and handing off to agents when needed.

    That may help explain why so many bad Microsoft bugs are dismissed with official comments about the “small number of users” and/or “we are aware of the situation and will respond when there’s a solution” responses.

    Are the bots not particularly capable – or just entirely clueless?

    Thx to DP, who brought this thread to my attention. DP adds:

    Does not seem to bode well for the MS Community as a whole. One volunteer who has expressed her thoughts in this thread has had several of her posts deleted, she always speaks her mind. Seems MS doesn’t like hearing the truth.

  • This month’s Windows 8.1 patch apparently disables Microsoft Account login

    Posted on September 25th, 2017 at 08:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There are lots of hints around the web that this month’s KB 4038792, the 2017-09 Monthly Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, is leaving Win 8.1 customers unable to log in to their machines by using a Microsoft Account.

    If you haven’t already set up a Local Account, that’s a yuge problem.

    Microsoft’s known about the problem for almost two weeks. Initial posts blamed the Surface RT and original Surface Pro, but it looks to me like it’s a larger problem – one with automatic update, on Windows 8.1 itself.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Note: Günter Born came to largely the same conclusion this morning… as did Martin Brinkmann on ghacks.net.

    I think it’s great that Microsoft’s making a grand display today of quantum computing (and making a very tidy sum in the process). But what about the folks who are still running Windows 8.1 – who were actively discouraged from using Local Accounts back in the early days?