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  • Microsoft blocking the Win10 version 1803 update on some PCs with Intel solid state drives

    Posted on May 8th, 2018 at 15:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Details are sketchy, but there’s a post on the Microsoft Answers Forum from “Microsoft Agent” Lonnie_L:

    When attempting to upgrade to Window 10 April 2018 Update select devices with certain Intel SSDs may enter a UEFI screen reboot or crash repeatedly.

    Microsoft is currently blocking some Intel SSDs from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance and stability issues.  There is no workaround for this issue. If you have encountered this issue, you can roll back to Windows 10, version 1709 and wait for the resolution before attempting to install the April 2018 Update again.

    Microsoft is currently working on a solution that will be provided in a near future Windows Update, after which these devices will be able to install the April 2018 Update

    That’s a whole lot of warning with a teeeny-tiny amount of useful information.

    Paul Alcorn at Tom’s Hardware has picked up the scent:

    The errors are surprising given that Intel’s SSDs use industry-standard protocols, such as SATA and NVMe, that ensure broad compatibility. We also don’t know if these issues pertain only to SSDs that use a certain protocol. Intel does deliver its own custom drivers for some products, so there is a chance that the fix may require a combination of a new Intel driver along with changes from Microsoft.

    There are good reasons to hold off on version 1803.

    Thx @sb

  • May 2018 Patch Tuesday has arrived

    Posted on May 8th, 2018 at 13:24 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The May Security Updates have been released for all versions of Windows. Today, Windows 10 v1803 becomes officially available.

    As usual, Martin Brinkman has his amazing overview available on the ghacks site. The updates according to operating system:

    • Windows 7: 11 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical, 7 important, and 1 low.
    • Windows 8.1: 11 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical, 7 important, and 1 low
    • Windows 10 version 1607: 18 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 14 important and 1 low.
    • Windows 10 version 1703: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 15 important and 1 low.
    • Windows 10 version 1709: 20 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 16 important and 1 low.
    • Windows 10 version 1803: 16 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 12 important and 1 low.

    Windows Server products

    • Windows Server 2008 R2: 11 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical, 8 important, and 1 low.
    • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 11 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical, 8 important, and 1 low.
    • Windows Server 2016: 18 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical, 14 important, and 1 low.

    Other Microsoft Products

    • Internet Explorer 11: 9 vulnerabilities, 6 critical, 3 important
    • Microsoft Edge: 18 vulnerabilities, 13 critical, 5 important

    Security Updates for Microsoft Office are available, including Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.

    There are also .NET Rollups and Security-only patches for Win7/8.1 this month.

    Unless you have a specific reason to install updates, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) has had time to evaluate them and/or Woody gives the DEFCON go-ahead. Patch reliability is unknown at this time.