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  • Bott: Windows 10 Update Rules Change Like a Game of Calvinball

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Feel frustrated by all the changing Win10 nomenclature, processes and paradigms? Believe me, you aren’t alone.

    Just yesterday, @teroalhonen pointed me to the new Win10 Release Information site, where I noticed a key, subtle change.

    Up until yesterday, the “Microsoft recommends” bullet on the right was located next to the “Semi-Annual Channel” entry. Until yesterday, it was the only official visual clue I had to what used to be “Current Branch for Business.” Now, it appears, Microsoft is recommending that Win10 business users install a one-day-old version of Win10 — a remarkable recommendation, given the past two years’ admonitions that it takes about four months for new versions to stabilize.

    Ed Bott has a great new article in RedmondMag wherein he likens the make-it-up-as-you-go-along nature of Windows 10 to the MIUAYGA heart of the Calvin & Hobbes classic Calvinball.

    Highly recommended.

  • Now available .NET 4.7.1

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 10:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday Microsoft released .NET 4.7.1, an in-place update for  .NET 4, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, and 4.7

    Details on Martin Brinkmann’s Ghacks.

    I know that .NET 4.7 has all sorts of weird problems. Anybody conversant enough with 4.7.1 to point out where the bodies are buried?

  • Big problems with Win7 Preview of Monthly Rollup KB4041686

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 07:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just saw a heads-up from @abbodi86 about the Monthly Rollup Preview for Win7 that was released yesterday. It’s KB 4041686, the 2017-10 Preview of Monthly Rollup.

    As you know, I strongly recommend against installing Previews — they’re “previews” precisely because they aren’t ready for prime time.

    Here’s the problem.

    After installing KB 4041686, a SFC (System File Check) scan will report and fix an error in \system32\drivers\en-US\usbhub.sys.mui — even though there is no error.

    This is precisely the problem @abbodi86 reported to Microsoft after installing the old KB 3125574, which is the “convenience rollup” I call “Win7 SP 2.”

    The bug was fixed in  KB 3181988, but it’s back again.

    If you install KB 4041686, you’ll trigger a bogus SFC error even if you have KB 3125574 installed.

    Is anybody at Microsoft listening?

  • Razer warns: Do NOT update to Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 06:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The Razer Insider blog has this warning:

    It is known that all Razer laptop systems are incompatible with Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299.15 that is rolling out today. DO NOT UPDATE. Razer has not updated compatibility with their drivers to support this version of windows and it renders the trackpad, keyboard, and USB features useless when waking from sleep mode on battery power.

    It doesn’t look like an official announcement, but if you have a Razer, you have one more reason to wait.

    Thx @tomwarren

  • Massive patch for those of you still on Win10 Anniversary Update

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 05:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday, Microsoft released a gonzo pig of a patch for any of you who are still using Win10 1607, the Anniversary Update.

    KB 4041688 brings Win10 1607 up to build 14393.1794.

    In addition to the couple-dozen-or-so bug fixes, it also triggers the bogus “Unexpected error from external database driver” error for some custom database programs.

    Remember, we’re still on MS-DEFCON 2, and the ink isn’t yet dry on last week’s 1607 patch.

  • Anybody else seeing redlining after installing KB 4041693 on Server 2012R2?

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 05:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just got this inquiry on Facebook, from EK:

    all of our windows 2012r2 servers, after installing the updates are clocking up the CPU. and the only way to bring down the CPU is to actaully stop and disbale the windows update service. Just wondering if you heard about this?

    Can any of you 2012R2 users confirm?

  • Windows 10 IQ Test – Part 2

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 at 05:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So how did you fare with the first Win10 IQ test?

    Try your hand at Part 2.