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Daily Archives: December 12, 2019

  • Foley: This is how Microsoft’s Azure organization makes Windows

    Posted on December 12th, 2019 at 12:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Fascinating story from Mary Jo in ZDNet. She had an opportunity to interview Jason Zander, the EVP of Azure — in other words, the head honcho of the team that now makes the insides of Win10.

    “Security, reliability and performance are prioritized all across,” Zander said. “Then certain features are prioritized depending on new launches — like a new console launch.”

    Feature priorities are decided sometimes in a six-month or a year-long boundary, he said. The biggest take-away: “It’s not a tyranny of organizations anymore” when it comes to deciding on timing and feature sets.

    Given how high priority and all-encompassing Azure is for Microsoft these days, do Zander and his team still care much about Windows?

    “I get updates every other day with self-host builds,” Zander said. “We love Windows and will continue to love Windows.”

    If you wonder about the way Microsoft’s going to keep developing Windows, this is a must-read.

  • Reported problem with Drive Mappings after installing this month’s Win10 1909 cumulative update, KB 4530684

    Posted on December 12th, 2019 at 05:09 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The bugs keep rolling in.

    shaun calton reports:

    Just had an interesting blip on my Windows 10 -1909 device with the 12-2019 Cumulative Update (KB4530684).

    After the update was installed and the PC was restarted, I noted that my Drive Mappings were no longer available and my AD management tools could not find the domain to PC is bound to.  The associated message was that Naming was not available due to the RPC server not being available.

    Rolling the update back has corrected the issues but I wanted to put this out there for anyone listening.

    Can you confirm?

  • Installing November’s Win7 Servicing Stack Update KB 4523206 may lock up your PC

    Posted on December 12th, 2019 at 05:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Report in from Seff :

    Since installing the monthly rollup and service stack update on my main Win7 x64 on Friday, the machine booted and ran normally yesterday but today has black screened on reaching the desktop. It booted normally in safe mode, and on happening again in normal mode I was able to ctl-alt-del and open task manager when I experimented with ending and restarting explorer.exe which resulted in the desktop appearing. I’ve since rebooted to see if that fixed it, and it waited for several minutes on the “Welcome” screen before the desktop appeared normally.

    and from hms:

    … on 2 laptops (one is Pro; other is Home) that have not been problematic heretofore. They get hung on “Welcome” after selecting user. This started after restarting them the day after installation of svc stack.

    After the suggestion, ran scannow; nothing found.

    Tried to uninstall SSU KB4523206; cannot be uninstalled.

    Then did system restore just prior to SSU install. This seems to work; I have restarted it a couple of times and it logs into the user right away.

    Looks like a complete rollback is the best bet at this point. Any better ideas?

  • Windows Server 2012 (not R2) goes into reboot loop after installing .NET patch KB 4533096

    Posted on December 12th, 2019 at 04:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing many reports of reboot loops after folks install KB 4533096 – the “Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows Server 2012 ”

    From Pradeep Soni on the Patchmanagement list:

    Post installation server stuck in reboot loop with onscreen repetitive notifications, “Notifying services that Windows is shutting down -> Stopping services -> Restarting”.

    Later, pressed F8 to bring out the Advanced Boot Options and selected “Start Windows Normally” and server booted without any issues. Again restarted the server and it came up normally and no further issues detected.

    Apparently you can also boot into Safe Mode. That boot won’t work, either, but your next normal boot will.

    UPDATE: It’s possible that this month’s MSRT is at fault, instead of the .NET patch. Note this thread on the Technet forum that describes the same problem with the November MSRT update.

    This Spiceworks thread talks about this month’s problem, but (so far) the culprit hasn’t been identified.