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Daily Archives: October 11, 2019

  • Here’s where we stand with bugs in this month’s Patch Tuesday patches

    Posted on October 11th, 2019 at 09:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s given short shrift to the Start Menu critical error – but I see it popping up all over.

    Search isn’t working right – but that may be linked to a manually changed “BingSearchEnabled” registry setting (long recommended to turn off Cortana’s infernal habit of searching the web for everything you type in the search box).

    Edge won’t start.

    Outlook won’t start, or won’t authenticate with Office 365.

    VMWare looks flakey, but I haven’t found any details.

    The latest in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE on VMWare: Peter Deegan, over at Office Watch, has more details on the VMWare bug. He’s looking at VMWare 14 (which is a very old version) and KB 4517211, which is the “optional non-security” September cumulative update to Win10 version 1903. It isn’t clear to me if this is the same bug we’re seeing with the October Patch Tuesday patch, but it sure sounds suspicious. If you’re using VMWare and getting the error “VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows,” check it out.

  • Why was the Oct. 3 Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4524157, re-released?

    Posted on October 11th, 2019 at 07:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m scratching my head.

    As @mn- notes, the Oct. 3 Win7 Monthly Rollup — remember, that’s the official “out of band” patch, the third in a series of IE zero-day screw-ups — has just been re-released. The Update Catalog file is now marked Oct. 10.

    Looking inside the file, all the components are still timestamped Oct. 1. So this must be a “metadata” change.

    But why would MS change the metadata if the patch has already been superseded by the real Win7 October Monthly Rollup, KB 4519976, dated Oct. 8?

    A foolish inconsistency, no doubt. Can one of you WSUS wizards shed any light?