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  • Patch Lady – Office 365 eula is due to update

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 15:06 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you recently got that, it’s just due to click to run update as noted in an Office KB.  Bottom line, click through the accept it should be just fine afterwards.



    You may receive an unexpected pop-up message regarding the Office license agreement and may also be unable to access Office.


    We’ve identified that a recent feature update has modified the storage location of the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) acceptance information and is causing users to receive a pop-up message prompting them to accept the user agreement. We’ve initiated the process of reverting this update to mitigate impact.

    In the meantime, if you receive a pop-up regarding the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), clicking Accept should enable access to Office. Dismissing the pop-up may result in Office closing.

  • Patch Lady – guiding principles on patching

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 14:51 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today on the Windows IT blog there is a post about patching.  No, it’s not a response to my open letter, rather it’s an explanation of terms and guiding principles.  In it, it talks about …

    We use the following principles for the monthly Windows servicing process:

    • Be simple and predictable. IT managers should be able to plan for a simple, regular and consistent patching cadence. You shouldn’t need to stop what you’re doing to test and deploy an update. You should be able to plan a time, well in advance, to work on new updates. You also shouldn’t have to memorize multiple release schedules; the Windows release cadence should align with that of other Microsoft products.

    • Be agile. In today’s security landscape, we must be able to respond to threats quickly when required. We should also provide you with updates quickly without compromising quality or compatibility.

    • Be transparent. To simplify the deployment of Windows 10 in large enterprises or small businesses, you should have access to as much information as you need, and you should be able to understand and prepare for updates in advance. This includes guides for common servicing tools, simple release notes, and access to assistance or a feedback system to provide input.

    As I just realized that I’m behind on my master patch list for the month of July because I didn’t note the catalog only 1607 release for the .NET July side effects – I deeply question if July showcases simplicity, predictability or transparency.

    I mean no disrespect to Mr. Wilcox but July was not a stellar month in my book.

    For the record the .NET side effects appear to impact server side applications more than workstation side which is why Microsoft put an agility push to fix Server 2016 asap.  It’s also why these updates are only on the catalog site, not on Windows update nor on WSUS.  It takes less red tape to post them to the catalog site.  The rest of the .NET updates for Windows 10 will be out with the regular updating process expected (at this time anyway) to be on the 14th of August.

    For anyone wondering if I’ve been contacted by Microsoft:  I have been assigned a support number and a customer relationship manager has contacted me.  I’m still keeping the faith.  I know that these issues have to be fixed — ESPECIALLY if someday we all end up with machines in the cloud and nothing else.

  • What are YOUR favorite free Windows 10 programs?

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 14:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Every time a new edition of Win10 All-In-One For Dummies ships, there’s a lot of attention devoted to the list of my favorite free Win10 programs, near the back of the book. I usually stick to about 10 free programs (or should I say “apps”?), give or take a couple. I still think that those freebies, plus the admonitions about the things you don’t need, pay for the price of the book, all by themselves, ignoring the other thousand-or-so pages.

    When writing for Computerworld, I don’t have the same space constraints, so I expand the list to 30 or so of the “best” using criteria that are entirely personal.

    I’m going to update that list in CW shortly, and I’d like your help.

    Tell me about your favorite free Windows 10 apps. I’m not looking for snazzy. I want meat ‘n taters apps that really make a difference in how you get things done. Only two requirements:

    • They have to be free, or perhaps have a free version
    • They have to run on Win10. Why? The universe of great free Win7 programs has been largely stagnant. Don’t shoot the messenger.

    What do you use? Why do you like it? What are the downsides? Tell me about them here – and include links if you have them….

  • Windows 10 gets better with each release

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a slide making the rounds, posted by Michael Niehaus and cleaned up by Rafael Rivera.

    I assume some of you will have a few comments. Like this one:

  • Win10 usage share is slowly creeping upward (gerund used intentionally)

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 07:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer in Computerworld:

    According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 added nine-tenths of a percentage point in July, posting a user share of 36.6% of all personal computers and 41.4% of those running Windows… Windows 7 shed half a percentage point in July, slipping to 41.2% of all personal computers and 46.6% of those running Windows.

    Computerworld now predicts that Windows 7 will account for 35% of all active Windows editions when support ends in January 2020. At that time, Windows 10 should power nearly 59% of all Windows laptop and desktop PCs.

    Not just any version of Win10, mind you. Here’s the admonition I see in the Windows Store on my production Win10 1703 machine:

    That’s a tad overstated – support officially ends on Patch Tuesday, October 9, 2018, but there’s probably a week or two of leeway, waiting for the second official Win10 patch of the month.

    Come to think of it, if history is any indication, that may just be days. Oh well.