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Daily Archives: September 5, 2019

  • Patch Lady – master patch lists

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 23:35 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Question to the AskWoody plus members:

    I added a new variation of the master patch lists due to a request from Tina.  In addition to the Win10 only, the pre Win10 and the Office updates spreadsheets, I’m going to put a spreadsheet and PDF that has all the updates for the month in one tab of the spreadsheet.

    Now here’s the question – do you want me to release separate sheets for each month so that you can go to any month to look up an update, or would you rather that I pile each month’s updates into one big spreadsheet?

    The reason I am going to still keep breaking out the Windows from the Office updates is that at some point in time we’ll all be on click to run and no longer tracking individual updates.

    Head on over to the Master Patch List tab and let me know what you think?  Stay tuned I plan to do monthly Patch Podcasts as well.  Let me know if you have other suggestions or comments.



  • Has anybody seen an “early” notification to upgrade from 1809 to 1903?

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 14:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A friend just dropped me a note, pointing to an interesting announcement from Microsoft, dated August 29:

    Feature update install notification on Windows 10, version 1809 (the October 2018 Update)

    We’ve had reports on August 29th that some customers running Windows 10, version 1809 (the October 2018 Update) have received notification to install the latest feature update (version 1903) early. Updating remains in your control. To install the update, you must select one of the following options: “Pick a Time”, “Restart Tonight,” or “Restart Now”. If you are not ready to update at this time, simply dismiss the notification by clicking the arrow in the top right corner. If you have updated to Windows 10, version 1903 and would like to go back to your previous version, see the instructions here.

    That’s a fascinating note for all sorts of reasons. First, I don’t understand why an upgrade notification would appear “early” (or, indeed, what “early” means). Second, the instructions imply that the 1903 upgrade hasn’t been downloaded – and the method for avoiding the update is quite unlike any of the usual 1903 updates that I’ve seen.

    Anybody else see the notification? It isn’t showing up on my production 1809 machines.

  • Things I didn’t know: “Check for updates” in Win10 1903 now warns about optional and feature updates

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 07:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I must’ve been sleeping when this announcement hit the waves:

    Best I can tell, as is so often the case, Ed’s right. It looks like Microsoft has fixed one of the most abominable come-ons in Windows history. In every test I could come up with, clicking Check for Updates only in Win10 1903, triggers an “Optional updates available” notice and “Download and install now” link, instead of just carpet bombing the PC with anything in the update bucket.

    Are any of you seeing anything different? It hasn’t always been so.

    If that behavior’s true and consistent, I now have a second good reason (after Pause updates on Home) to upgrade to 1903.

    A related observation: It looks like we’ve definitively lost the user interface for “Choose when updates are installed” in Win10 1903 Pro if either feature or quality deferrals are non-zero. At first I thought that was a bug. Now I guess it’s a … feature?

    UPDATE: Ed just changed his long-standing ZDNet explainer about Windows updating. He’s included a section on this new “Download and install now” behavior for “optional” (= not Patch Tuesday) patches.

    As of version 1903, Windows 10 no longer installs feature updates automatically. Instead, as with the optional cumulative updates delivered in the “C” and “D” weeks, the update is listed as available in Windows Update, but you have to click Download And Install to kick off the installation. This change affects all editions, including Windows 10 Home.

    As best I can tell, that behavior changed very recently. It may have coincided with the change in the appearance/disappearance of the “Choose when updates are installed” part of the user interface in Win10 1903 Pro.

    There’s a whole lot of paddling going on beneath the surface. Fortunately, the changes (if they work the way Ed describes) are definitely in the right direction.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Another Win10 version 1903 redline bug: Disconnected RDP sessions peg dwm.exe at 100% utilization

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 07:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s an oldie but goodie just mentioned to me by Günter Born….

    In Win10 version 1903, if you use a computer to RDP into another computer, and then disconnect the RDP session on the second computer (without logging out), dwm.exe redlines one core on the originating machine.

    Apparently, disabling the WDDM driver using Group Policy fixes the problem.

    Microsoft knows about the problem — it’s documented on Answers forum and other posts here and here and here and here and here. There are lots of posts on the Feedback Hub, too.

    It’s not clear (at least to me) if this is an Intel driver problem, or a Win10 1903 problem. But it’s definitely widespread. And I’ve only seen it reported on Win10 1903.