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Daily Archives: June 16, 2019

  • The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches

    Posted on June 16th, 2019 at 21:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I finally had a chance to put together a manifesto for a heretical position I’ve taken publicly for more than a decade:

    Windows Automatic update is for chumps

    Yes, you have to get patched sooner or later (although Group W holdouts will disagree), your Sainted Aunt Martha should be on auto updates, and a tiny number of patches have to go in right away. But in the vast majority cases, for the vast majority of people, installing patches as soon as they roll out just doesn’t make sense.

    Unless you have a staff charged with vetting patches, it’s much smarter to crowdsource patch beta testing. Don’t get pushed into blindly taking what comes out the auto update chute.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Reports that some update is clobbering LiteTouch.lnk, the restart shortcut for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    Posted on June 16th, 2019 at 20:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At first I thought this was a one-off, but now I’ve seen confirmation that it’s happening.

    For unknown reason, after installing updates, the LifeTouch.lnk scheduled task is deleted, so MDT doesn’t know to restart itself. From Dan Jackson:

    Ends up he’s working with Win10 1607 LTSC.

    There’s a confirmation tweet from Ray Tiley:

    Ray’s running Win10 1809 LTSC.

    There’s also a post on the TechNet support forum from AdminSN:

    does one of you know the problem that the Bitdefender deletes the shortcut LiteTouch.lnk and classifies it as a Trojan (Trojan:Script/Cloxer.A!cl)?

    Can anybody else out there confirm this problem?

  • Only 613,566,756 weeks to go

    Posted on June 16th, 2019 at 20:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just saw this on Reddit.

    Bring up the Calculator. In the upper left corner, click the hamburger icon and choose Date Calculation. Set the “to” date to December 31, 2019. At least in Win10 1809, here’s what you get:

    Looks like we have a loooooong year of patches ahead of us.