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Daily Archives: February 8, 2020

  • New security patch for Chredge

    Posted on February 8th, 2020 at 07:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday, Microsoft updated its ongoing Security Advisory for the Chromium based version of Edge, Security Advisory ADV2000002.

    That’s Microsoft’s new way of telling you that it issued a security patch for Chredge that incorporates security patches contributed to the open source Chromium project. Since Chredge is based on Chromium, security patches to Chromium need to be rolled into Chredge.

    No, it isn’t Patch Tuesday or Patch Tuesday related. It’s just kind of random at this point. Yes, that means we have another security cycle to worry about.

    Chredge version 80.0.361.48 contains dozens of security patches. Günter Born has details.

  • Microsoft’s “optional, non-security” Win10 1903/1909 patch KB 4532695 having a host of problems

    Posted on February 8th, 2020 at 06:03 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a reason why you should never install an “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patch for any Windows 10 version. Last month’s is worse than most.

    Mayank Parmar at Windows Latest presents an impressive list: Installation problems (par for the course), Blue Screens (decidedly above par), boot failure, performance slowdowns, Bluetooth problems, WiFi problems, audio problems… the list goes on and on.

    Folks who install the “optional, non-security” patches need to know that they’re beta testing the fixes — even more than you normally beta test Microsoft’s patches.

    There’s almost never any reason to click on Download and install now. In January, I had hopes that the Optional cumulative update would solve the File Explorer Search bug in Win10 1909. It didn’t.

    The longer I work on warning people about bad Windows patches (16 years on AskWoody, before that in my books), the more I wonder what compels people to install the latest, untested patches.

    Human nature, I guess. The eternal hope that something better waits just around the corner…

    As Parmar notes, there’s no indication of problems on the official Windows Release Information Status page. In fact, I don’t see any updates there since November. Perhaps the effort has been abandoned?