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  • Patch Lady on the C week

    Posted on September 18th, 2018 at 22:12 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Lady here – and not tracking any major issues with the September updates so I’ll probably flip them to go ahead and install (for us corporate patchers) by the end of the week.

    But here we are on the C week of patching – on a Tuesday – in a week where two of the Windows 10 released received an update but the rest did not and wondering exactly how are we going to know when an update is “out of band” when other than the non security updates for Office on the A week (week 1) and the security updates on the B week (week 2), in the last month no other update seems to come out on a set schedule.  The last few months the C and D week releases have not been consistently released on Tuesdays.  Normally we would see updates on days OTHER than Tuesday and know for sure it was an out of band.  Now it’s probably a C or D week that was meant to be out on Tuesday.

    Mary Jo today talks about a “Managed” desktop and it’s also blogged about on the Microsoft 365 blog whereby Microsoft will be deploying and managing business desktops.  My response?  Bring it on, because I think Microsoft themselves needs to understand better the state of patching today.  Mary Jo’s post talks about that initially the devices supported will be Microsoft’s own Surface devices and I’ve tracked some nasty issues relating to firmware updates and patches on that platform.  So much so that people have had to take units and receive replacement units in order to get a functioning system.  This managed desktop won’t be offered to consumers, nor does it look like it’s economical to small businesses given that it has The Microsoft 365 Enterprise sku which is about a $50 a month software license for merely the software. let alone the cost of the hardware.

    Bottom line, I think ultimately there are only good things that can come out of this.  Microsoft will see first hand that servicing systems is like and I’m looking forward to changes made as a result.

  • G’mar Hatima Tova

    Posted on September 18th, 2018 at 19:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

  • Make your own room for new Windows versions

    Posted on September 18th, 2018 at 17:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday Microsoft posted an article called Windows 10 update issues on devices with low storage space.

    It explains how running Windows Update may freeze if you don’t have enough drive space.

    Symptoms

    On Microsoft Windows 10 systems that have limited storage space (such as thin clients or embedded systems), when you run Windows Update, the update initialization may fail.

    Cause

    Windows Update does not check systems for adequate space requirements before it initializes.

    There follows a laundry list of things you can do to free up space on your hard drive or SSD.

    What you won’t find is an explanation of why the installer can’t simply look for sufficient space before, you know, installing, and falling over gently if there isn’t enough room.

    @rpodric has a great analysis:

    So… could somebody tell me why Windows can’t check before stepping in the ooze?

    Would somebody also tell me why Microsoft ever allowed “Windows” machines to be sold with 32 GB of storage?

    Windows as a Tired Old Relic….