Daily Archives: November 4, 2021

  • If you are on the Windows 11 “beta” version

    Alex pointed this out earlier, but I wanted to bubble this up to the blog site:


    Starting on November 1, 2021, some users might be unable to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of some built-in apps. This is caused by an issue with a Microsoft digital certificate, which expired October 31, 2021.
    The following might be affected:
    • Snipping Tool
    • Accounts page and landing page in the Settings app (S mode only)
    • Start menu (S mode only)
    • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, and Emoji Panel
    • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
    • Getting started and Tips
    Workaround: To mitigate the issue with Snipping Tool, use the Print Screen key on your keyboard and paste the screenshot into your document. You can also paste it into Paint to select and copy the section you want.
    Partial Resolution: Microsoft will automatically update affected devices with KB5006746 released October 21, 2021 to resolve the following issues:
    • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing and Emoji Panel
    • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
    • Getting started and Tips
    Next steps: We are working on a near term resolution for the Snipping tool and the S mode issues and will provide an update when available.
    Note that if you are in a domain beware that you can’t change the date on the system, it will cause you to be unable to log into the domain.
    As I’ve said before, Windows 11 should be considered as a testing version only at this time, and not installed on production machines.
    Matt Graeber on twitter gives the details:  “The MinCryptVerifyCertificateWithPolicy2 function in ci.dll returns STATUS_IMAGE_CERT_EXPIRED when a file is preview build signed _and_ the cert is expired. ScreenClippingHost.exe is both. “
    Edit 11/5/2021
    Microsoft has released an out of band fix for this:
    Microsoft is releasing an Out-of-band (OOB) update (KB5008295) today to completely resolve a set of issues affecting the Snipping Tool, Touch Keyboard, some built-in apps and S Mode on Windows 11.
    If you are impacted look for this update to be pushed to your Windows 11’s
  • MS-DEFCON 2: Here comes 21H2

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    ISSUE 18.42.1 • 2021-11-04


    By Susan Bradley

    Microsoft is beginning to push 21H2, Microsoft’s least interesting feature release in the Windows 10 era.

    With new features that are interesting only to businesses, this feature release will serve only one purpose — that of providing you with lifecycle support for several years.

    So what’s in 21H2?

    • Addition of WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security
    • In Windows Hello for Business, introduction of cloud trust, a new deployment method to support simplified, passwordless deployments and achieve a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes
    • GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments, for machine learning and other compute-intensive workflows

    In other words, not much that will excite most of us. I don’t recommend installing feature releases until several weeks (at least) after their release.

    I strongly recommend that you use either group policy or the registry key methods to keep yourself on 21H1 at this time. You can review your options to defer feature releases.

    Consumer and home users

    For consumer and home users, I recommend that you push off updates until right before Thanksgiving, no sooner than November 23. Click on Start, Settings, Update and Security, and click the Pause for 7 days button. if you want to pause for more than seven days, click the button more than once.

    Do remember my mantra. I always want to install updates — it’s just a matter of timing.

    Business users

    By now (hopefully), you have found a resolution to any printing problems that have been driving you insane over the last several months. If not, we can hope that the November updates will include more printing fixes. We already know that the preview updates released at the end of October helped to fix issues for some. Those patches will be included in the November update releases, because Windows 10 patches are always cumulative.


    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Alert 18.42.1 (2021-11-04).