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  • Microsoft claims it’s solved the USB problem with Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4090913

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 20:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Welcome to Patch Monday!

    A few hours after I posted my diatribe in Computerworld, taking Microsoft to task for not fixing Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, wouldn’tcha know it, but Microsoft released yet another cumulative update for 1709 that claims to fix one (not all) of the admitted problems with Win10 FCU.

    KB 4090913 brings Win10 version 1709 up to build 16299.251.

    According to the KB article its sole raison d’être is fixing the USB bug introduced in the last cumulative update.

    Addresses an issue in which some USB devices and onboard devices, such as a built-in laptop camera, keyboard, or mouse, stop working. This may occur when the Windows Update servicing stack incorrectly skips installing the newer version of some critical drivers in the cumulative update and uninstalls the currently active drivers during maintenance.

    That’s all she wrote. The other bugs are still there:

    • Windows Update History reports that KB4054517 failed to install because of error 0x80070643.
    • After installing this update, some devices may fail to start, and return INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.
    • Because of an AD FS server issue that causes the WID AD FS database to become unusable after a restart, the AD FS service may fail to start. / There is no way to undo the database corruption. To return your AD FS server to a functional state, you must restore it from a backup.

    There’s also an out-of-out-of-band Servicing Stack update, KB 4090914.

    I suggest you hold off until we find out if this patch actually fixes the problem, or if some other ogre jumps out and bites.

  • Drumroll, maestro! Introducing our new MVPs

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 20:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m very happy to announce the coronation of six new MVPs.







    Each has demonstrated both remarkable technical capabilities and — every bit as important — a willingness to help the hapless. Like me, for example.

    Please join me in welcoming them to the AskWoody sanctum sanctorum, and wish them a long and happy reign!

  • MS-DEFCON 3: Most February 2018 patches are good to go

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 13:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Unless you’re running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), now’s a good time to get all outstanding Microsoft patches installed.

    Important details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    KB Error: In the Computerworld article I list KB4077525 as the Security-only patch for Win7, but it’s for Server 2016. The Security-Only Feb patch for Win7 is KB4074587.

    Thx, @PKCano!

  • If you’re using the newer Office file formats in older versions of Office, the Compatibility Pack is going away in April

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As many of you know, Microsoft changed the format of Office documents in Office 2007. The old DOC documents became DOCX, XLS workbooks became XLSX, PPT Powerpoint stacks became PPTX, and various additional file formats (templates and the like) changed.

    The net result was that anybody who wanted to use Office 2003 to open or edit Office 2007 or later documents was up the ol’ creek without a paddle.

    That’s where the Office Compatibility Pack comes into play. There’s a complex description in KB 924074, but the upshot is that Office Compatibility Pack works like a babel fish for Office 2003 and the (free) Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers.

    Now comes word that Microsoft is discontinuing the Office Compatibility Pack in April. Specifically, the OCP download page now says:

    The Office Compatibility Pack is being retired in April, 2018. At that time, it will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates.

    For most of you that won’t make any difference. But if you’re still running Office 2003 (which is a mighty decent version!), it’d be wise to get the OCP installed now.

    Thx JNP.