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Daily Archives: July 1, 2020

  • June 2020 patch overview: Three different ways MS is fixing its bugs this month

    Posted on July 1st, 2020 at 14:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    June was a very strange month for Windows patching:

    • A traditionally botched patch with a manual-download-only Out of Band fix
    • A botched Windows patch that knocked out Outlook Click-to-Run, fixed by a fix for Outlook
    • A couple of patches distributed via the Windows Store

    But at least Microsoft figures Win10 version 2004 is ready for Surface computers.

    Many details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: The KB article was updated last night with answers to several of the questions posed in the article. Highlights:

    • Only customers who have installed the optional HEVC or “HEVC from Device Manufacturer” media codecs from Microsoft Store may be vulnerable.
    • These updates are for optional apps/components that are offered to customers as a download via the Microsoft Store. Updates for optional store apps/components are provided via the Microsoft Store.
    • You can check the version of the installed package. For example, click on Settings, Apps & Features and slect HEVC, Advanced Options. You will see the version there. The secure versions are 1.0.31822.0, 1.0.31823.0 and later.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: @abbodi86 has a correction to the KB FAQ:

    • The optional HEVC codec exists by default in Windows Client editions since version 1809, except N and LTSC editions.

    That’s quite a discrepancy – especially because it basically invalidates MS’s approach to distributing the fix via the Microsoft Store.

  • Microsoft removes Windows 10 2004 block for Surface devices

    Posted on July 1st, 2020 at 10:37 joep517 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per the erstwhile Mary jo Foley, Microsoft has removed the compatibility block for Windows 10 2004. If you have one of these devices you may see the upgrade offered to you in the next several days. If you don’t wish to upgrade take precautions now.

    See Microsoft removes the Windows 10 2004 block on Surface devices for more details on the block and what fixed it.