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  • Patch Lady – looking for info on extended patches for Windows 7?

    Posted on December 2nd, 2019 at 11:50 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Hang loose, it just went on the price list on 12/1.  I’m in the process now of having Amy Babinchak (fellow author on and cloud service provider) to go through the process to purchase so we can see how this process works.

    More to come…..

  • Win10 and Win7 market share hold steady in November

    Posted on December 1st, 2019 at 06:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The numbers for November are out, and that mass exodus of Win7 users abandoning ship hasn’t yet occurred.

    According to Netmarketshare, Win10 usage share stayed stead around 54% in both October and November and Win7 hovered around 27% both months.

    Of course, the usual caveats apply: Sampling methods are all over the place, you can’t rely on specific absolute numbers, large changes are significant but small changes aren’t. Still…

  • November 2019 Office non-Security updates are available

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 13:49 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The November 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, November 5, 2019. They are not included in any DEFCON-4 approval for the October 2019 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and  recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4475539)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484138)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484137)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475588)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475552)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484145)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4484139)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4484134)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4484135)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support), Office 2010, or Office 2013.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Installing the Win10 1903 second Sept cumulative update, KB 4522016, prevents installation of .NET 3.5

    Posted on September 26th, 2019 at 09:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like our Keystone Kops patches are turning into bumper cars.

    You may recall that MS has released “optional non-security” third monthly cumulative updates for all versions of Win10 except 1903. Presumably, 1903 will be blessed with its third cumulative update today.

    I’m seeing reports on that installing the second cumulative update — you know, the one that’ll protect you from the big, scary, exploited, emergency-patched IE security hole CVE-2019-1367 — makes it impossible to install .NET 3.5.

    Uninstalling KB 4522016, installing .NET 3.5, then re-installing KB 4522016 seems to do the trick.

  • Why are patches so bad?

    Posted on September 22nd, 2019 at 11:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t think this is the whole problem. But it’s certainly part of the problem.

  • Microsoft confirms: Visio online stops working with Win10 1903

    Posted on September 8th, 2019 at 06:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s one I missed…

    Sergiu Gatlan at BleepingComputer points to an official Office online document that says:

    Visio stops working when using the keyboard

    You may have experienced the Visio app becoming slow or stalling when using the keyboard. This issue occurs on Windows version 1903. If you don’t know which version of Windows you have, see Which version of Windows OS am I running?

    This is a known issue and we are actively working on a fix.

    There’s a workaround — turn off Show text suggestions as I type — but no details about the 1903 build number.

    The Microsoft 365 Service Status page lists the bug, saying:

    Current status: We’ve completed development of the fix and we’ll begin performing exhaustive internal validation before deploying to the affected environments. We expect this validation phase to take an extended period of time while we ensure the effectiveness of our fix. Once the validation is complete, we will deploy it in the next Windows update.

    Scope of impact: This issue may affect any of your Microsoft Visio users that are on Windows Build 1903 and have the “Show text suggestions as I type” feature enabled.

    Start time: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 12:00 AM UTC

    Root cause: A code issue within Microsoft Windows is causing the Microsoft Visio service to experience stalls or delays.

    Next update by: Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 7:00 AM UTC

    MS has known about this since May 21. I’m really late to the party….

  • Bill Nye, Chromebooks, and common sense

    Posted on August 15th, 2019 at 10:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Whaddaya want to bet Bill Nye uses a Chromebook?

    I’ve been saying it for more than four years: Unless you have a specific need to run a Windows-only program (and the prospect of Google snooping even more doesn’t bother you), the Chromebook is an excellent choice.

  • Windows Insiders watch out: Build 18947 may be worth skipping

    Posted on July 24th, 2019 at 06:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Warning from Zac Bowden:

    I assume Zac means both the Fast and Slow rings. Release Preview is still locked in to 19H2.

    Looks like it’s also being pushed to 64-bit machines.

    If you’re in the Fast or Slow rings, might want to sit this one out. Pause updates.

    UPDATE: Brad Sams has details on

    Users on the Insider rings know the risks of running pre-release updates, an accidental release of a build to all rings is a serious issue for Microsoft, but installing this build comes with even more risk than typical for the program. The company does try to hold back releases that will corrupt machines in the preview program but this release has slipped through without the proper telemetry to know if there are any major issues.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: According to Ed Bott on ZDNet, the bad build has been pulled.