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  • Patch Watch: Microsoft starts the Win7 countdown and all the latest about this month’s patches

    Posted on March 18th, 2019 at 05:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Susan Bradley steps through Microsoft’s latest death knells for Win7, what we know – and what we don’t.

    There’s also a lot of patching toil and trouble:

    • SHA-2 support for Win7 in a Servicing Stack update (too early to install)
    • Win10 cumulative updates (ditto)
    • Win7 and 8.1 monthly rollups (ditto, unless you’re using Internet Explorer)

    Our Patch Lady continues with a cautionary tale of too-cheap-to-be-true Office 2019, puzzlement over this month’s dearth of Office fixes, and a roundup of Japanese kalendar Keystone Kops reruns.

    Details in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.10.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Patch Lady – Access gets beat up again

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 at 23:16 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I was updating the master patch list tonight and spotted that there’s a new known issue listed on all of the Windows patches in regard to Access:

    Last time it was Access 97 format, this time it’s Access 95 format.  Apparently we keep old databases around for a long time.

    It’s expected to be fixed in late February.

     

    Applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 95 file format may randomly stop working. Option 1: Convert the database to a newer .mdb file format. This doesn’t require a change to the Connection string.

    1. Use Microsoft Access to open a database that has an older file format.
    2. You will be asked if you would like to convert. Click Yes and save the database with the .accdb file extension.
    3. Open the .accdb.
    4. From the File menu, click Save as and select Access 2002-2003 Database.

     

    Option 2: Convert the database to the .accdb file format. To use the .accdb file format, you must change the Connection string after conversion.

    The easiest way to convert is to use Microsoft Access 2010 or earlier.

    1. Use Microsoft Access to open a database that has an older file format.
    2. You will be asked if you would like to convert. Click Yes and save the database with the .accdb extension.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available late February.

  • January Patch Podcast

    Posted on January 23rd, 2019 at 17:36 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Podcast

    By Susan Bradley

    January is a busy and confusing month for Windows patching. Win10 Version 1809 is being rolled out — again. And we also enter the last year of support for the venerable Windows 7.

    Windows 10 users should check out Susan Bradley’s January Patching Podcast. And if you’re one of the many still on Windows 7, you can download Susan’s Master Patch spreadsheet.

  • Patch Watch Podcast: The latest update problems

    Posted on January 11th, 2019 at 11:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In our first Patch Watch podcast for 2019, Susan Bradley describes some networking issues caused by two recent Windows 7 updates.

    Patch Watch Podcast