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  • Welcome to Patch Thursday – KB 4052232 is supposed to fix the Jet database problem, but only for the old Fall Update, version 1511

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 at 15:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Maybe Microsoft’s trying to minimize the screams. All I know for sure is that there’s a new patch for 1511 that just hit the Catalog.

    Yes, Microsoft declared that, as of Oct. 10, 1511 will no longer receive security updates. But, boy howdy!, here’s a fix for the “Unexpected error from external database driver” bug in all of the October Windows patches. Microsoft says this post-mortem 1511 fix:

    Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is, “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)”.

    This particular patch, KB 4052232, is only available from the Catalog — you have to manually download and install it. It brings 1511 up to build 10586.1177.

    The big surprise: As best I can tell, there’s no analogous patch for any other version of Windows — not Win7, not 8.1, not Win10 1607, not 1703 — although they all show acknowledged reports of this same bug.

    UPDATE: Yep, it was fixed in 1607, KB 4052231 , but not in 1703. At least, not yet.

    Thanks to Yuhong Bao.

  • Download-only cumulative update for Win10 Creators Update, KB 4049370

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 at 15:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like we have a tiny cumulative update for you Win10 1703 users who are still running 1703 on Surface Laptops. It’s download only — so it won’t show up in Windows Update.

    KB 4049370 will bring you up to version 15063.675. Its sole purpose, according to the KB article, is to fix a bug introduced in the Sept. 12 cumulative update:

    This release is intended for Microsoft Surface Laptop audiences only. This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

    • Addressed issue where after installing KB4038788, some Microsoft Surface Laptops boot to a black screen. Additionally, you must press the power button for a long time to recover.

    If you bought a Surface Laptop, you have my condolences.

    Thx to Tero Alhonen.

  • Keizer: Windows 7 won’t shrink fast enough

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 at 12:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Depending on whose numbers you trust, Win7 runs on more than half of all Windows machines, while Win10 is only on 33%.

    Detailed report from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld.

    Computerworld calculated that, with the 12-month trend in Net Applications’ data, Windows 10 should pass the 33.3% line during December.

    There’s a whole lotta staying power.

  • Surface Pro 4 shaky screen and bad Type Cover woes continue

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 at 04:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft “support” has been painfully inadequate, frequently telling customers to go pound sand — er, to re-install Windows, update drivers, or pay for repairs.

    Every time I read a post blasting Consumer Reports for yanking its “Recommended” rating for the Surface Pro, I shudder. Microsoft fanbois say the problems aren’t all that bad. I say hogwash.

    Microsoft has repeatedly dumped on its Surface Pro customers — from batterygate and bluescreens on the Surface Pro 3 to horrendous driver/firmware problems with the Surface Pro 4 — Microsoft has consistently displayed a callous disregard for many vocal, disenfranchised Surface Pro customers.

    Here’s the latest recap of ongoing problems with the Surface Pro 4 – and a little dig at the Surface Pro 3, now that my SP3 battery is well and truly dead. It lasted three years.

    To quote AlexN: Friends don’t let friends buy Surface.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.