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Daily Archives: October 22, 2019

  • Patch Lady – am I out of touch?

    Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 22:50 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    What’s up with “dark mode”?  Every app, every operating system, every geek thing that comes across my view is popping up with “dark mode”.  Clearly I am in the minority about dark mode because I find that it makes things harder to read, not easier.

    And while I’m on a grumpy “what’s up with that” mood…. things that annoy me when it comes to graphical user interfaces include….. I find it annoying that the Outlook icon is blue and somewhat close to matching the Word icon color and is no longer Yellow.  What’s up with that?  I find it annoying that the colors in Office are very washed and whited out.  All of these decisions are probably due to the fact that Microsoft is moving more things to the web and away from the desktop.  But until we’re all up on the web, I just wish there were more colors in my Office applications, that my Outlook icon was Yellow.

    Clearly I am getting old.

  • Rings within Insider Rings – where you end up, nobody knows

    Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 13:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Those of you in the Insider Program have a choice to make. I’m having a hard time guessing where this is all headed.

    Right now, I can confirm that if you’re in the Release Preview Ring on a completely clean copy of 1903 and check for updates, you end up on 1903 build 18362.448 with an offer to upgrade to 1909

    Looks like Slow Ring is on 1903 (build 18362.10024?), but “you’ll be updated to 20H1/2003 shortly” and you won’t be offered a chance to move to 1909. If I read the tea leaves correctly.

    Fast Ring is a big question mark. Right now, Fast is on 20H1/2003, but will it move to 20H2/2009? Or will it move to 21H1/2103?

    Skip Ahead is also a big unknown. Will it go to 20H2/2009 or 21H1/2103?

    Another way to rephrase the question… Is Microsoft going to switch over to giving us a Service Pack late in the year every year – or are we going back to the old two-versions-every-year pace?

    A related question: Could Microsoft possibly make this any more complex?

  • What do you tell folks who say they’re happy with Win10 – and it never causes problems?

    Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 10:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I say, hoooray!

    Good for you. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    But at the same time, have a little compassion for the folks who aren’t having such a happy time with it.

    It’s absolutely true that hundreds of millions of people are using Windows 10, and almost all of them, almost all of the time, have no problems with Win10 or its updates. I think that’s great.

    I’ve been using Win10 all day every day since before it was released, and I’ve had very few problems, too (although, as you may have noticed, I’m a bit circumspect about installing updates).

    My Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies books, at almost 1,000 pages each, are now in their third edition. So, yeah, I know Win10 pretty well. But I don’t recommend Win10 for everybody, and I certainly empathize with those who have Win10 problems.

    The simple fact is that we don’t know how many people get zapped with the odd and sundry bugs that crop up in Windows and its patches. Microsoft may have an idea of how many, or few, get hit with each new bug. But they aren’t saying  — and, frankly, even if they did I wouldn’t believe them.

    For those of you who say you manage a gazillion PCs, always update them immediately, and have never had a problem — man, I’m envious. Please keep posting here to tell us when things go right!

    But for every success story I hear like that, I see a story like the one in my local newspaper yesterday:

    Failed software update causes long delays at driver’s license centers throughout Tennessee

    All driver’s license facilities throughout Tennessee were unable to provide service Monday due to a failed computer update.

    The facilities experienced an IT issue that all but halted service, causing frustration among customers and state employees.

    As the article goes on to explain, nobody seems to know quite what went on. Was it a botched Win7-to-Win10 upgrade? A server problem?

    “It appears that all facilities across the state were impacted on some level (some more than others)… The software issue impacted the entire system which included card issuance, use of iPads and credit card payments.” … a similar system failure, which halted payment processing, occurred Friday. The system was down for two and a half hours.

    I don’t know what happened, but the IT folks certainly got the short end of the stick. It always happens that way: No matter who or what’s at fault, IT’s the proximate cause, the easy (and sometimes the only discernible) villain.

    So if Windows is working fine for you, I’m you’re biggest fan.

    If not… well, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of you, there’s always help around here.

  • Windows Insiders: If you’re in the Slow ring, you’re about to get pushed to the next-next version of Win10, version 2003 (a.k.a. 20H1)

    Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 07:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul Thurrot caught this – it went right over my head.

    If you’re one of the (16 million?) folks in the Windows marketing beta… er, Windows Insider program… you should check which ring you’re on. If you’re in the Slow Ring, and are currently beta testing Win10 version 1909, you’ll be switched over to testing Win10 version 2003 (or whatever they’ll call it) “very shortly.”

    Paul nails it:

    Last night, Microsoft updated a blog post that was originally posted 11 days earlier. This marks the second time they’ve released news to this post by editing the post, and the company seems to be clueless about the fact that these updates are basically sent into a black hole: Without issuing a new post, no one will ever be alerted to the news.

    Although I subscribe to the Windows Insider Twitter account, I didn’t notice the tweet. One of my test machines is on the Slow Ring — and it’s about to get pushed to version 20H1/2003. Oh boy.

    Anyway, word to the wise, and thanks Paul.