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Daily Archives: June 1, 2019

  • New Windows 10 Windows Update explained

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 14:28 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ed Bott of ZDNet has published an article explaining the ins and outs of the new/revised Windows Update debuting with the Windows 10 May update (aka 19H1, version 1903) – Windows 10 version 1903: When will you get the next big feature update?. Don’t pay attention to the title there is an in-depth explanation of the Windows Update changes.

    As usual, Windows 10 Home users come out on the short end. They can not automatically defer any updates. All updates may be paused for a week at a time up to 35 days. On versions that have not yet reached their end-of-service date, feature updates are offered but are not installed automatically.

    Windows 10 Pro users can set deferral policies for both quality and feature updates. You can set these Windows Update for Business policies using the Windows 10 Settings app or by applying Group Policy.

    Enterprise and Education users have the same deferral policies as Pro users. Additionally, there is a 36-month servicing period for some versions.

    The biggest change though is that if you are running Home or Pro when a version nears its end-of-service date Microsoft will automatically upgrade the machine to the current release. In other words, end-of-service trumps deferral. Also, note that effective June 2019 there is only one servicing channel for Windows 10. That is the semi-annual channel.

    There is much more detail in the article. It behooves every Windows 10 user to read it.

  • Yes, pirate copies of Win XP and Win7 can install the “wormable” BlueKeep security fixes

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 01:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing references to this all over the web, but it looks like pirated copies of Win7 will get the BlueKeep fix through Windows Update, and the XP patch (manually downloaded) will work on pirated XP machines, too.

    All of the articles I’ve seen refer to a statement by Paul Cooke, who used to be Director of Product Marketing for Windows Client at Microsoft. Nowadays, according to his LinkedIn profile, he’s Senior Manager of Identity and Access Management at Providence Health & Services in Renton, but anyway…

    Back in 2009, Cooke, writing on the now-defunct Microsoft Windows Security Blog promised us all:

    There seems to be a myth that Microsoft limits security updates to genuine Windows users.

    Let me be clear: all security updates go to all users.

    I’m not at all comfortable with a promise made by an ex-employee more than a decade ago, but if you’re wondering, that’s the promise everyone’s quoting these days, and that’s where it came from.

    I can find no more-recent corroboration, but I’d welcome anything you can uncover.