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Daily Archives: February 20, 2018

  • Anybody see the “Third Tuesday” Windows previews?

    Posted on February 20th, 2018 at 15:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    They’re usually out by now. Wonder if MS hit a snag?

  • Windows 10 1709 still isn’t ready for prime time — and the latest buggy cumulative update, KB 4074588, proves the point

    Posted on February 20th, 2018 at 07:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing a whole host of different problems with this month’s cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Revisited: How to update an old copy of Win7

    Posted on February 20th, 2018 at 06:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Credit: David Stanley, Nanaimo, Canada

    Kevin Beaumont just tweeted:

    Barry Dorrans replied with a reference to this advice from @SwiftOnSecurity in April 2016:

    [REVISED] If updating fresh Win7, first download these, install, and reboot to make update install faster:


    What struck me is how @SwiftOnSecurity’s advice (from April 2016) differs from our AskWoody advice (Feb. 2017, as amended) from @CanadianTech at AKB 3172605, basically:

    3… download and install either one or two updates manually. In most cases only the first (KB3172605) of these is needed. If that produces a result that says the “update is not appropriate for your computer”, you need to first install the 2nd of these (KB3020369), then install the first (KB3172605).

    Can anybody out there reconcile the differences? Which method is best?

    I have a sneaky suspicion we’re going to see lots of Win7 (re-)installs this year.

  • What happened to Windows Secrets?

    Posted on February 20th, 2018 at 03:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got an email from GW:

    This has gone on so many days, that I thought I’d ask you (even though this is the Askwoody address): When I try to access the Windows Secrets Lounge, at (and this has been going on for many days) I get “This site can’t be reached refused to connect.”

    a) Can you tell me why?

    b) If it has truly disappeared, I think it would be nice to mention it on Askwoody. I’ve been gone for a few days, so it’s possible you did already mention it. Thanks for any clues, and hoping things are OK,

    This caught me flat-footed. As you know, I haven’t written for Windows Secrets Newsletter for several years — since August 2015, in fact. I had no idea the site was down but, looking at it now, sure enough — there’s nothing there, there. I have no idea what happened to it. began as in February 2003. In July 2004, the service merged with, and the combined site was renamed

    Brian Livingston was the editorial director of from July 2004 to August 2010. The company was sold to iNet in late 2010, and iNet was sold to a US-based conglomerate called Penton Media in January 2015.  In September 2016, the British firm Informa plc bought Penton for $1.56 billion. As far as I know, Informa still holds the purse strings.

    As for… I haven’t a clue. I see that other Penton publications’ sites — notably and (Paul Thurrott’s original sites) — now  re-route to ITProToday, which is a name I haven’t heard before. As best I can tell, ITProToday doesn’t have a forum.

    Anybody out there know anything definitive?

    UPDATE: A few minutes ago, on Feb. 20, Windows Secrets Newsletter sent out a message that says:

    Hello to subscribers

    First, we’d like to apologize for the delay in reaching out. We had hoped that our service interruption would be only a day or two long, and we could resume publication last week. We were wrong.

    Here’s why you haven’t gotten a newsletter and you can’t access the site: There was an unprecedented hardware failure across several systems. The IT department has been working to remedy the failure and restore the affected sites from backups. We don’t have a timeline for restoration – but we don’t want you to think we’ve completely disappeared.

    You’ll receive double editions of the newsletter after the IT department has restored the site.

    Again, our apologies for not reaching out sooner. We’ll keep you informed of future developments.

    Interesting missive from a multi-billion-dollar company.