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  • Update to AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10

    Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 12:23 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you that have upgraded to (or been pushed into without forewarning or your permission) Win10 v2004, there will not be much difference dealing with Windows Update if you are running the Home Edition. “Pause” and “Metered connections” remain the best built-in controls. And, of course, there is always wushowhide.diagcab and third-party software.

    But those running the Pro Edition have lost one of the major means of Windows Update control. The pulldown settings for deferral of Quality and Feature updates have gone missing from the GUI at Windows Update\Advanced options.

    AKB2000016 Guide for Windows Update Settings for Windows 10 has been revised to reflect the changes between v1909 and v2004. Previous setting suggestions have been differentiated as applying to v1909 and earlier. And possible suggestions have been made for dealing with Windows Update in v2004 and later(?).

    So, those of you with v2004 (voluntary, or otherwise) who want to try one of the methods (you don’t need both), please let us know how well they work.

  • Report: Windows 2004 update is not updating Office 2016 Pro Plus (MSI) installation

    Posted on June 22nd, 2020 at 17:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This one has me scratching my head.

    @ScotchNSoda reports:

    I recently had to rebuild my Windows 10 machine due to a failed SSD.  I installed Windows 10 version 2004 as well as Office 2016 Pro Plus (installed MSI version).  When checking for updates via Windows Update, only Windows updates are downloaded and installed; no Office updates are downloaded or installed.

    I already confirmed the Windows Update setting ‘Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows’ is enabled.  I know there are Office 2016 updates that should be installed.  Office 2016 is updating correctly on my other Windows 10 machine running version 1909.

    Can anybody confirm?

  • Re-thinking the Windows development cycle

    Posted on June 19th, 2020 at 06:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ed Bott has a(nother) great piece out on ZDNet: Microsoft, stop feeding bugs to a billion Windows 10 users. Here’s how. He wraps a cogent argument around what we’ve all been bellyachin’ about for… six?… years now.

    I’d like to go one tiny step further, and suggest that Microsoft revamp the outward face of its development cycle. It’s simple, really. Here are the buckets we should have to get Windows from the dream stage to hard, cold reality:

    Canary (or Developer) Channel – the primordial stew, not necessarily associated with a specific version

    Beta Channel – for testing a new version before it’s released, just as you would expect

    Preview Channel – combines the new “Release Preview Channel,” the current “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)” half-baked status, and the new “Preview Cumulative Update” releases.

    Stable Channel – when the product’s ready.

    I don’t see much distinction between “Release Preview Channel,” “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)” and “Preview Cumulative Update” levels. There’s a lot of tongue-wagging going on, but in the real world it’s a simple choice – do you want the new stuff early, or are you willing to wait until it actually, you know, works?

    A lot of people inside Microsoft spend a lot of time (and a lot of money!) splitting hairs on all of the distinctions. What Microsoft’s customers care about is much more straightforward.

  • Patch Lady – printing issues with PCL 5 drivers

    Posted on June 11th, 2020 at 17:53 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a heads up – saw this a bit last month and now seeing it reported quite a bit.  KB4560960 is causing printing issues with PCL 5 drivers and PCL 6 type 3.

    Given that I can see telemetry in my event logs, I know that Microsoft is seeing this issue.

    2020-06 Rollup (kb4560960) and Printing from msp


    As a workaround you can update to PCL 6 type 4 drivers (yes I know that’s a pain to do).  But bottom line heads up there are issues with Windows 10 June printing.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Patch Lady – late to the microcode party

    Posted on June 5th, 2020 at 22:53 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This occurred the other day on my Lenovo Laptop that I was seeing why I wasn’t getting 2004.  So I kicked a “seeking”… you know where you make it check for updates.  And it offered up to me

    with the slightly confusing title of 2020-01 Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for X64 based Systems (KB4497165).  So it appears to me that this only gets on machines that “seek”. If you never seek it never gets pushed.  Does that sound about right to everyone who has already seen this for months?

    I received the same experience tonight on another computer.  Once again I was seeking to see if I’d get 2004 and sure enough this January patch is offered up and installed.

    As someone joked … apparently it’s like the USA tax refunds – they are VERY much delayed by the lack of IRS employees able to work from home.

  • Patch Lady – making sure you control your Microsoft account

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 11:34 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So I was helping a co-worker the other day with his home PC.  It prompted him to set up Windows Hello.  Well we didn’t want to set up Windows hello.  Turns out that was triggered by a pending reboot but in the process of turning off windows hello we realized that his Microsoft account at some point in time has been hacked.  We went to reset the password for his old Microsoft account that was still on the box (he logs in with a local account not Microsoft) and was told that we’d need to get a security code from a secondary email account that …. uh… it’s not ours.

    I cannot stress enough these days that should you use an email address for a log in to anything these days that you ensure you turn on two factor authentication.

    I’m now having to wait 24 hours to try again to recover access to this Microsoft account.  Wish me luck.

  • Cheap Windows 10 product keys — Are they legit?

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 10

    By Richard Hay

    No. Nope. Not even on Fridays.

    That could be the end of the discussion, but I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging. So let’s dive into this weird phenomenon of cheap Windows 10 product keys — and shine some light on the issue.

    In addition, I’ll share with you a legit and legal avenue for upgrading to Windows 10.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).

  • Setting up a new PC: The first steps

    Posted on May 25th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Many Windows 7 users are upgrading to Win10 by simply purchasing a new PC.

    And that makes good sense. Not only are you moving to a more secure OS, you’re matching it with the latest PC hardware technology.

    So now that you have your shiny new system, what’s next? Here are the steps I typically take to get a new PC fully up and running, ready for work.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.20.0 (2020-05-25).