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  • Two new, important reasons to block Automatic Updates this month

    Posted on March 9th, 2020 at 07:55 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Those of you who have been following along here know that the day before Patch Tuesday draws a knee-jerk recommendation from me to check and make sure you have updates paused on your machine.

    This month’s worse than most. We don’t know if MS has even seen, much less fixed, the substantive bugs in last month’s “optional, non-security” Win10 patch. And with the folks at Microsoft working from home, by and large, we’re entering uncharted territory in the handling of any bugs that might crop up.

    Even under the best of circumstances, MS has historically done a lousy job of cleaning up after its Patch Tuesday messes. These are anything but the best of circumstances.

    I’m moving us to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.