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Daily Archives: October 5, 2019

  • Bears repeating: Don’t use Internet Explorer, and make some other browser your default

    Posted on October 5th, 2019 at 11:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lots of angst floating around because of the latest, buggy patches, but the bottom line is clear:

    • Don’t use Internet Explorer
    • Make some other browser the default

    Several of you have asked how to make a different browser the default, and it’s easy.

    First, install the browser you want. I use Google Chrome most of the time, but if snooping makes your skin crawl, try Firefox or one of the zillions of alternatives. As part of the setup process, you’ll be able to make your new browser the default. Follow the instructions.

    If you already have the browser that you want to use as the default….

    In Windows 10:

    Click Start > Settings, pick Apps (on older versions of Win10, you need to choose System). On the left, click Default Apps. On the right, under Web browser, click on whatever Microsoft has chosen for you (for many of you it’ll be Microsoft Edge). In the Choose an App list, pick anything except Internet Explorer.

    You don’t need to click Save. Just “X” out of the dialog.

    In Windows 7:

    Click Start > Control Panel. Under Programs, click the link that says Default Programs. On the left, choose the browser you want to use. On the right, choose Set this program as default.

    In Windows 8.1:

    Click Start > Settings, pick Search and Apps. Click Default Programs. Click Set your default programs, choose your browser from the list, and click Set this program as default.

    There are many variations on the theme — most browsers have handy shortcuts, inside the browser, that let you change the default as a browser setting. But at its most rudimentary, those paths should get you there.

  • All of the out-of-band patches were re-issued in the past few hours

    Posted on October 5th, 2019 at 06:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Every. Single. One.

    I just woke up to discover that all 50 of the 2019-10 patches in the Microsoft Update Catalog have been re-issued. They used to be dated Oct. 2. Now they’re dated Oct. 4. That kind of wholesale change is common when Microsoft changes “metadata” — the part of the patches that control how the patch gets installed. But it appears as if some of the patches (all of them?) have been yanked from Windows Update.

    @PKCano reports that the Win7 out-of-band patch, KB 4524157, has disappeared from Windows Update.

    The KB 4524157 Knowledge Base article says that it’s still available via Windows Update. But, apparently, the KB article lies. No surprise there.

    I just ran a wushowhide check on my Win10 1809 product machine, and it doesn’t show KB 4524148 — the 1809 out-of-band patch — as pending.

    Ztrucker on Tenforums reports, for Win10 version 1903:

    I had to get the Servicing Stack Update and Cumulative Update from the MS Catalog since Check for updates did not give it to me.

    Let me do a quick run through my virtual machines and the blogosphere and check back.

    The official Windows Update Status page doesn’t say anything about the new turn of events.

    @PKCano theorizes that MS isn’t even going to change the KB numbers, when the “for real” Patch Tuesday patches arrive on Tuesday. Kinda sweep everything under the rug.

    Oh. And the bugs are pouring in. Mayank Parmar at Windows Latest just published an article about the Sept. 26 patch for Windo 1903 — the third September cumulative update, KB 4517211 – breaking VMWare Workstation. Yesterday, Abhay Venkatesh at Neowin talked about the broken Start menu after installing the latest (fourth September cumulative update, KB 4524147) patch for Win10 1903. Venkat at Techdows has a smorgasbord report of bugs in KB 4524147 as well. Sergiu Gatlan has a report in BleepingComputer about the broken Start menu in KB 4524147. He, too, talks about the ongoing print problems.

    I just spot-checked the update downloads in the Catalog, and they contain files dated Sept 30 and Oct 1.

    We’re still at MS-DEFCON 1, folks. There’s absolutely no good reason to install ANY September patches.

    … and if you still think that the monthly patches are getting better, I know a fine opthamologist…