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  • Bumps on the road to the Win10 version 2004 upgrade

    Posted on June 5th, 2020 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I see the same pattern, every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows. This time’s even more bizarre than usual:

    • Microsoft won’t install version 2004 on any of Microsoft’s latest hardware
    • The “Update is on its way” message doesn’t make any sense
    • Intel-based machines with Optane memory are getting crushed

    And there are loads and loads (and loads!) of problem reports

    Do yourself a favor. If Windows Update gives you the opportunity to “Download and install” Win10 version 2004, say a prayer for the cannon fodder (we appreciate their problem reports!) and resist the urge to click. There’s nothing in 2004 that you need right now.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Patch Lady – issues with syncing Outlook calendar with icloud calendar after 2004

    Posted on June 4th, 2020 at 11:27 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From a fellow geek… “BTW the only thing that didn’t work properly after the Windows 10 2004 update was syncing my Outlook calendar on my PC with my iCloud calendar. The “official” solution was to uninstall iCloud app from PC and then reinstall the iCloud app. Instead of uninstall/reinstall, I told Windows to repair the app. That worked.”

    Seeing several reports of this issue.  If you are impacted try that work around.  It appears to be most impacting Office 365 and iCloud app interaction.

  • Are Win10 version 1909 users being pushed onto version 2004?

    Posted on June 3rd, 2020 at 14:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born just published an article Windows 10 Version 2004: Forced upgrade without user consent

    I’ve seen reports (some noted in Born’s article) where people claim to be upgraded to version 2004 without clicking “Download and install” — which is supposed to be the ultimate gatekeeper. I talk about it in this Computerworld article.

    Color me skeptical. But I’m certainly open to being convinced that Microsoft is jumping the gun on the version 2004 rollout.

    Microsoft has a lot riding on this 2004 upgrade — and circumventing its own “Download and install” block doesn’t make sense. That said, you never know what glitches may be in store.

    Have you seen anything?

    Thx, @EP

  • Open questions about the Win10 version 2004 upgrade

    Posted on May 31st, 2020 at 07:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Susan has spotted the new Feature Update notification at the bottom of the Windows Update pane on her main machine:

    I still haven’t seen it on any of my machines.

    Can anyone tell me, definitively, which combination of circumstances lead to the appearance of that notice? Looks like having Feature Update deferrals set to non-zero may be part of the equation, but I don’t see the whole picture yet.

    What concerns me the most are the very infrequent mentions of 2004 being installed without a click on the “Download and install” link.

    I’m willing to bet that the people who get upgraded to version 2004 somehow, accidentally perhaps, clicked on that link.

    Do you have any observations to the contrary?

    Of course, I DON’T recommend that you install 2004. Let’s see what the pioneers discover….

  • Patch Lady – I’m not worthy for 2004

    Posted on May 29th, 2020 at 23:02 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lenovo ThinkPad laptop.  Thought I’d check to see if 2004 is being offered up.   I’m not worthy.


  • Win10 version 2004 is here but… surprise!

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 13:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Win10 version 2004 has been officially released.

    Microsoft’s been testing it since December. We’ve been getting official notices about 2004’s status for months. The last official notice, on May 12, didn’t list any known bugs. Today’s notice, though, comes packed with all sorts of known, officially acknowledged, problems:

    • Difficulty connecting to more than one Bluetooth device
      Windows 10 devices with certain Realtek drivers might be unable to connect to more than one Bluetooth device.
    • Errors or issues during or after updating devices with Conexant ISST audio drivers
      Devices with affected Conexant ISST audio drivers might receive an error or have issues with Windows 10, version 2004.
    • Errors or issues during or after updating devices with certain Conexant audio drivers
      Devices with affected Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers might receive a stop error with a blue screen.
    • Issues using ImeMode property to control IME mode for individual text entry fields
      Some IMEs for certain langauges might have issues using the ImeMode property with certain apps.
    • Variable refresh rate not working as expected on devices with Intel iGPU
      Enabling VRR on affected devices will not enable the VRR for most games, especially games using Direct X 9.
    • Stop error when plugging or unplugging a Thunderbolt dock
      Devices using Thunderbolt docks may receive a stop error when plugging in or unplugging the dock
    • Errors or unexpected restarts for some devices using Always On, Always Connected
      Devices with more than one Always On, Always Connected capable network adapter might have issues.
    • No mouse input with apps and games using GameInput Redistributable
      Affected apps and games using both GameInput Redistributable and Windows 10, version 2004 might lose mouse input.
    • Issues updating or starting up devices when aksfridge.sys or aksdf.sys is present
      Devices with apps or drivers using certain versions of aksfridge.sys or aksdf.sys might have issues updating or starting
    • Issue with older drivers for Nvidia display adapters (GPU)
      You might have issues if you are using an Nvidia display adapter (GPU) and drivers with a version below 358.00.

    The announcement also says:

    Windows 10, version 2004 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 who manually seek to “Check for updates” via Windows Update.

    The wording of that is a bit strange… but it looks like this version works like the last two versions: If you go into Windows Update in Win10 1903 or 1909, click Check for Updates, and Microsoft determines that your machine is ready for 2004, you get the notification that the 2004 update it available. I think. (My production machines aren’t showing anything at this point.)

    You have to click on Download and install before it’s installed on your machine. That’s what I published in Computerworld earlier this week: How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing. It’s also what Microsoft promises in its just-published guide How to get the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

    As best I can tell, clicking on Check for Updates in Win10 1903 or 1909 does NOT immediately upgrade you to 2004.

    What are you seeing?

  • Patch Lady – here comes 2004

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 12:41 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s official 2004 is out.  I’m hearing that the media creation tool doesn’t quite work yet.  Again, I always see this as a sign I should have moved to the one right before this, not that I should jump on this release — especially for production machines.

    Holler if you see issues in your testing.

  • How to avoid installing the upgrade to Win10 version 2004

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 10:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It took Microsoft more than four years to give us the tools to fend off unwanted upgrades. But we have them now, and they’re working. Just curtail your clicking finger and you can stay on Win10 version 1903 or 1909 for many more months.

    For those of you chomping at the bit to install Win10 version 2004 (due out this week) — I have to ask. Why?

    I understand the allure of a bright and shiny new version of the old cash cow. But Win10 version 2004 seems to be completely bereft of compelling new features. Is it worth intentionally putting yourself in the second wave of beta testers, when the benefits are so minuscule?

    Full details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.