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  • Patch Lady – 1803 is now officially available

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 12:35 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you want to manually download the 1803 and install it using the manual download process, the iso is now out.

    Also be aware that if you manually go to Microsoft update and do not have deferrals in place (like if you are on the Home sku) you will see that the 1803 will begin to download.  Remember the only way to defer the 1803 update is with Pro and using the advanced options.  Remember, unlike Windows 7 you can’t manually go to Microsoft update just to see if it’s available, you will kick a download.

    Also be aware that 1803 will officially be pushed out on Microsoft update next week:

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-windows-10-april-2018-update-rollout-to-start-april-30/

    Q: When will existing Windows 10 users be able to get the April 2018 update?

    A: Tech savvy users who are interested in proactively grabbing the April 2018 Update can get it starting on April 30 by downloading it. Microsoft will start rolling it out to other Windows 10 users via Windows Update on Tuesday, May 8.

    Admins may want to review this page about what has been removed or planned to be replaced.

  • Watch out: Win10 1803 is getting rolled out to Win10 1709 PCs

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 12:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s announcement says:

    The April 2018 Update will be available as a free download beginning Monday, April 30.

    They didn’t say when good ol’ Windows Update would start kicking machines up. Many folks figured May 8, Patch Tuesday, but it looks like many folks were wrong.

    I’m seeing reports that Windows Update on version 1709 is now installing 1803, all over the world.

    Be careful out there. Get your machine locked down. There’s absolutely nothing in version 1803 that you can’t wait a month or two to get. Or a lifetime or two, for that matter.

  • Charlie Kindel announced that he’s leaving the Alexa project, and Amazon.

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 11:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Many of you will remember Kindel as the driving intelligence behind Windows Home Server — a product I loved and used constantly for many years. Even wrote a book about it.

    When he left Microsoft in 2011, he was a GM on the Windows Phone project. Two years later, he landed at Amazon, and the company’s never been the same.

    There’s an announcement on his personal blog that explains:

    I will clean my home office which is a freaking mess and work on car projects. I am hiring a CEDIA-level installer to completely refit my home automation system and I will project manage that. I hope to enjoy the awesome summer we’re about to have in Seattle with my family (both of my adult kids will be living in the Seattle area starting this summer). Professionally, I don’t know what’s next.

    If you didn’t know, his car restoration projects are legendary.

    Can’t wait to see what he does next. I’m sure it’ll be remarkable.

  • You still have time to get a copy of Win10 1709

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per a tweet from Paul Thurrott, the Download Windows 10 site is still offering version 1709. I just checked and it’s still there.

    If you think you may need a copy of 1709 in the future, hop over there and download an official ISO.

    Whatever you do, don’t burn it on a CD and then sell the CD as if it were a “genuine” 1709 CD.

    Update: as mentioned in the comments, the page is now offering version 1803. Sic transit gloria.

  • Win10 1803 megathread

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 10:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m just joking.

    The real megathread is on Reddit. But it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

    Here’s what I’m seeing on the latest build (bare metal machine):

    Kinda gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling about build quality, amirite?

    Keep me posted on your problems.

  • A remarkably unbiased review of Win10 April 2018 Update

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 at 07:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just finished reading Preston Gralla’s review of the new Win10 version 1803.

    You’re going to see lots of pie-in-the-sky reviews of Win10 1803 in the next few days. Microsoft has publisheda  massive list of improvements, complete with slick video explainers.

    For a more down-to-earth (and, in my opinion, far more accurate) take, read Gralla’s review.

    Bottom line, IMHO: There’s not much there, there.

  • Patch Lady – Get back to a schedule

    Posted on April 29th, 2018 at 11:02 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lately I’ve noticed that Windows patches have stopped being consistent.  No I’m not talking about bugs, I’m talking about timing.  Once upon a time updates came out any day, any time and if you were an admin at a firm you had to rush around and determine if you needed to apply the update.

    Then came the era of the “Second Tuesday”.  Microsoft made the commitment of releasing security updates on the Second Tuesday.  If updates came out any other day, we all knew that the update was an “out of band” or “out of cycle” update that meant it was a needed security patch that needed to be installed immediately.  Then we had the fourth Tuesday where non security Office updates were released or any other update that didn’t kick a reboot.  Any update that kicked a reboot was released on Second Tuesday to minimize the amount of rebooting.

    And now we have the new era of updating.

    Here’s what it’s supposed to be:

    First Tuesday of the month is reserved for non security Office updates.

    Second Tuesday of the month is supposed to be security updates and any update that kicks a reboot.

    Third Tuesday of the month is supposed to be preview updates for the following month’s Windows 7 and 8.1 releases

    Fourth Tuesday of the month is supposed to be for “clean up” updates for Windows 10 especially for Semi annual targeted (the old CB) to fix issues during the early release.

    Here’s our reality:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093105 Windows 10 1709 released on fourth Monday.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093112 Windows 10 1709 (main security update released on Second Tuesday)

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4089848 Windows 10 1709 – released on fourth Thursday

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088776 Windows 10 1709 (main security update released on Second Tuesday)

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4090913/march5-2018kb4090913osbuild16299-251 Windows 10 1709 released on first Monday

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4074588 Windows 10 1709 (main security update released on Second Tuesday)

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4058258 Windows 10 1709 released on fourth Wednesday

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4073291/windows-10-update-kb4073291 Windows 10 1709 released on third Thursday

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4056892 Windows 10 1709 released on first Wednesday

    It’s to the point where I see consultants disabling Windows 10 update services by setting up a task that runs daily to shut off the windows update service.  It’s to the point that I see consultants talk about “there was an out of band update yesterday” and I cringe because we’re becoming so numb to release cadence that we can’t tell when an update is an out of band for security purposes versus out of band because Microsoft released another fix.

    I applaud Microsoft for fixing bugs, but….. given this release cadence we are causing people to take drastic steps to control updating.

    Recently on twitter an image was posted about how Microsoft got feedback and made sure that everyone on campus understood customer pain.  But that image doesn’t fully encompass the true pain of Windows updating.

    1. People don’t trust that their machine will recover from updating.  Look at the drastic measures we are doing to ensure we can control updates.
    2. People don’t trust that their machine will get good solid notifications when a major update will occur.
    3. People don’t trust that updates do exactly what they say they do and nothing else.
    4. People don’t trust in the telemetry collection process.  [This is one that I respectfully disagree that telemetry is a bad thing.  I WANT Microsoft to get all the data points of how updates are good or bad.  Unfortunately telemetry is too much aligned with the forced updating problem and thus is getting a bad rap.]

    So Microsoft, with all the new emphasis on privacy and data collection in 1803, with all the push on GDPR,  please start by rebuilding the trust of Windows Updates.  Start with going back to consistent days.  Start by going back to specific days of release.

    We still have a long way to go.

  • How to really, truly block the pushed upgrade to the next version of Windows 10, version 1803

    Posted on April 28th, 2018 at 02:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s how to fend off Win10 version 1803, when it starts rolling out on Monday. The “official” deferral method was breached three times for version 1709, so a little extra protection may, uh, be in order.

    Computerworld How-To.