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  • New bug reported with all of this month’s Windows patches

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 21:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the past hour or so, Microsoft has acknowledged a new bug in the latest cumulative update of every version of Windows 10, and in the Monthly Rollups for Win7 and 8.1. (Security-only patches for Win7 and 8.1 appear to be unaffected.

    Symptom:

    After installing this security update, Custom URI Schemes for Application Protocol handlers may not start the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites on Internet Explorer.

    Workaround:

    Right-click the URL link to open it in a new window or tab.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

    I don’t have any details as yet, but it sounds like avoiding IE is your best bet.

    Thx, Patch Lady!

     

  • Microsoft updates its Win10 auto-uninstall feature announcement

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 15:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember the gnarly Win10 auto-uninstall announcement that suddenly appeared yesterday? I was — and still am — scratching my head over that one. According to Knowledge Base article 4492307, Win10 will detect when you’ve tried to install a patch that prevented your system from rebooting, roll it back, then block that patch for 30 days.

    In the past few minutes, Microsoft updated the announcement. It now says:

    Disclaimer
    This new feature is only available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10, version 1903. This version of Windows 10 has not yet been released publicly.

    There’s also a picture of the notification you’ll receive if your machine won’t reboot after installing a bad update

    I still don’t understand how this is substantially different from the automatic bad update unrolling feature we’ve seen since Vista.

     

  • The ability to defer updates in Win10 version 1903

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 14:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We still don’t know what defer options Win10 version 1903 will have.  So understand, right up front, that this is speculation.

    Last week I raged about the apparent demise of deferral options in Win10 1903 Pro. Ends up, my vituperations were premature. I was working with a copy of the Win10 1903 beta that had been updated repeatedly. One theory has it that, once you click on Check for updates, the beta version of Win10 1903 changes its options. Be that as it may, people who have installed Win10 1903 from the latest ISO versions are seeing something different. @teroalhonnen was the first to nudge me and say that what I saw is not what everyone sees.

    Meh.

    Leopeva64, posting on Reddit and on Tenforums, has carefully constructed clean versions of Win10 version 1903, Pro and Home. He managed to install both without enrolling in the Insider program.

    Here’s what Pro looks like, in the latest latest test version:

    You can see a video on Reddit here.

    Here’s what Home looks like:

    You can see a much more legible video on Reddit here.

    If Microsoft ships Win10 version 1903 with the current arrangement, Win10 Home users will be able to Pause updates for 35 days. That’s tremendous – it gives you the ability to push off patches until the next month’s cumulative update appears. Win10 Pro users lost the ability to choose channels (SAC, SAC-T, Current Branch for Business, whatever), but the ability to defer “feature updates” (which is to say, version changes) for 200 days or more will help.

    Maybe Win10 1903 will be worthwhile after all….

  • Pardon the hiccup

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 09:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We just went down for about 20 minutes. Sorry about that.

  • Details emerging on the March 2019 Patch Tuesday trove

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 08:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    By and large this month’s patches — so far — aren’t much to be concerned about, unless you’re worried about attacks from nation states.

    Chrome has already been patched on your machine (trust me), so the major Win7 attack vector is sealed.

    The Win10 1809 patch fixes the “crazy” performance hit on some games, but it has a strange bug that knocks out audio in weird circumstances. That bug was introduced by the 1809 patch on March 1.

    There’s confusion over two different Win7 patches that are needed to implement SHA-2 security in July, but @DrBonzo and @PKCano have figured it out.

    And Office doesn’t get much respect. Or disruption.

    Of course, you shouldn’t install any of it until we hear from the cannon fodder. We’re still at MS-DEFCON 2.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Seven Semper Fi: Win7 to get SHA-2 encryption for patches, DirectX 12 for games

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 05:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In addition to the “Get Windows 10” nag screens I described yesterday, and a Servicing Stack Update that implements SHA-2 level encryption for future Win7 patches,  Tom Warren at The Verge says MS is allowing some game developers to use DirectX 12 technology in their Win7 games:

    the company is allowing some game developers to implement DirectX 12. The first game to appear with DirectX 12 support on Windows 7 is Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

    Microsoft heard feedback from Blizzard that features like multi-threading in DirectX 12 were bringing substantial framerate improvements to World of Warcraft on Windows 10. Blizzard wanted these same features on Windows 7, presumably because it still has a large base of players on this older OS. Microsoft originally launched DirectX 12 as part of Windows 10, and has not made it available for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users.

    As if you didn’t know, Microsoft will stop delivering security patches for Win7 in 10 months – end of life for the PC’s second-most-popular operating system.

    Martin Brinkmann has a summary of the official announcement on ghacks.net.

    Life’s a bit bizarre, wouldn’t you say?