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    PATCH WATCH Changing Patch Watch and giving you more information By Susan Bradley A big change to Patch Watch Install updates at this time Security up
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2339312

      “A big change to Patch Watch. One of the big takeaways of the survey we did a few weeks ago was learning that the vast majority of you do NOT read the patching spreadsheets…”

      I certainly read a multitude of them, but the new format looks fine.  The only issue I can see would be during travel (2-3 months) w/o fast Internet (Sat or Phone Hotspot only).

      Thanks!  The Patch Watch is great.

    • #2339355

      Our part on the other end is:

      • inform what update installed or failed to install by KB number
      • inform what TargetReleaseVersion, if any
      • inform what operating system and version
      On permanent hiatus {with backup and coffee}
      offline▸ Win10Pro 2004.19041.572 x64 i3-3220 RAM8GB HDD Firefox83.0b3 WindowsDefender
      offline▸ Acer TravelMate P215-52 RAM8GB Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1265 x64 i5-10210U SSD Firefox106.0 MicrosoftDefender
      online▸ Win11Pro 22H2.22621.1992 x64 i5-9400 RAM16GB HDD Firefox116.0b3 MicrosoftDefender
    • #2339400

      I LOVE the spreadsheets!

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    • #2339489

      I’m a 1-computer Win10 2004 Home user. I appreciate the DEFCON report. I will certainly appreciate risk assessment for small, not-too technical users, and would especially appreciate advice if the combination of Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Malwarebytes Premium will protect against the “latest and worst ” of the malware going around (and if not, what to do).

    • #2339500

      Several people here use both and claim to have not problems and no malware.

      Ultimately, if you do get malware you need a good backup to recover.
      You should backup regularly to an external disk that is not left connected to the computer.

      cheers, Paul

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    • #2339550

      I really appreciate the new format, after having waded through the charts for hours in years past so see what was applicable.  As a home user of WindowsPro x64, I appreciate guidance and LOVE the videos, which I’ve found help demystify processes such as setting the TargetFeatureRelease version.  An outline of steps for accompanying videos would be helpful as well to avoid needing to start and stop the video at each step, then initiating steps on the machine.

    • #2339584

      As a prerequisite to using 2020’s installed and activated Windows 7 ESU license, it was necessary to download and install the “ExtendedSecurity Updates (ESU) Licensing Preparation Package,” KB4538483, from the Microsoft Update Catalog.  Is there any similar step required for the 2021 ESU?

       

    • #2339589

      Susan, Thanks for all the work on the spreadsheets in the past. Actionable “executive summaries” does seem like a very good idea going forward, though.

      Couple questions about wushowhide.diagcab and its use:

      The video link in the newsletter showing how to use wushowhide doesn’t include unchecking the “Advanced” box. For a long time, the recommendation here has been to uncheck this. I never knew exactly why… Do you no longer recommend doing so? I’d like to understand the impact of check vs unchecked.

      Also, is the fact Microsoft has removed the tool from their website another sign of them removing control from the user? Seems like MS has been slowly turning the screw bit by bit over the Win 10 years. Do you expect MS will eventually make wushowhide inoperative?

      Win10 Pro x64 22H2, Win10 Home 22H2, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

      • #2339601

        They’d better not made it inoperative.  Trying to figure out now if this is just a temp thing as they move things around on servers up there or intentional.  Hang loose.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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        • #2339603

          Any clarification on the “Advanced” check/uncheck choice? I always uncheck it but am just wondering what happens if I have a senior moment and forget to do so… 😉

          Win10 Pro x64 22H2, Win10 Home 22H2, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

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        • #2340166

          I also use wumgr for hiding or unhiding updates. It appear to work much faster than wushowhide.  However, I am pussled by the “download” button in wumgr: it downloads updates into a wumgr folder. Then what?

    • #2339612

      If we are on Jan updates why

      PATCH
      NUMBER
      RELEASE
      DATE
      STATUS SPECIAL NOTES DESCRIPTION INSTALL NOTES CHANGES
      4598479 1/12/2021 Defer Servicing-stack update For WU/WSUS now included in the CU
      4598229 1/12/2021 Defer Cumulative update
      4586878 1/12/2021 Skip Preview .Net Framework cumulative update Does not include new security updates
      4535680 1/12/2021 Defer Security update for Secure Boot DBX

      And why are some spread sheets displayed in ~half size font. This has been a continuing annoyance!!!

      🍻

      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #2339622

        You are looking at the wrong link.  Look for the ones under January 31 date.  And I will only be doing one spreadsheet, not the multitude of them.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2339630

      You are looking at the wrong link.  Look for the ones under January 31 date.  And I will only be doing one spreadsheet, not the multitude of them.

      OOps and the font issue is thus banished too.
      Thanks for your efforts!

      🍻

      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #2339646

      The Master Patch List is my lifeline. I hope you don’t retire the PDFs, it’s why I subscribe and pay for my membership. It’s the single most important resource this site gives for me.

      I get it because you do list whether to patch or defer and whether there are known issues, I very much doubt Microsoft gives such advice.

       

      No matter where you go, there you are.

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    • #2339722

      Thanks SO much for all the work you do (and have done!) for us.  I -DO- like, and heavily rely on, the spreadsheets, and I’ve always wondered how you were able to put them together every month.  Now that I watch the video (great, btw!) I realize the mammoth task you’ve been undertaking.  So, even though I have to create the spreadsheet myself, still a giant THANK YOU for all your guidance and efforts.

      I still don’t install any patches until you give the official okey-doke.  🙂

    • #2340171

      RE: Conexant drivers. In this newsletter you give a link to “linus tech tips” for uninstalling them.  In earlier conversations with Paul T and others, they just suggest uninstalling from device manager: see #2338328 and many previous posts.

      Now I am totally confused!

      My Lenovo E570 Win10Pro 1909 laptop has three Conexant drivers, but only one of them is within the range mentioned in post # 2308178. If I follow Linus tech notes and uninstall and then delete the Conexant folder, would all three Conexant drivers be deleted?

      Which advice do I follow?

       

      • #2340190

        Those instructions also use Device Manager to replace the Conexant audio driver with the Microsoft default for the duration of the feature update, so the end result is the same. If you only replace the one driver suggested then the others should be unaffected.

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        Ken
        • #2341111

          2004 has not been offered yet. I have TRV enabled and set to 2004. Do I need to uninstall the Conexant driver first so that 2004 is offered, or keep waiting for it to be offered and only then uninstall the driver?

          • #2341112

            My reading of Susan’s newsletter advice and link which you mentioned is, “Do it now, in order to unblock 2004”:

            If you are in this boat, I’d recommend proactively removing the Conexant audio driver and attempting the upgrade once the driver is removed. To do this, follow the instructions here.

            Something to notice is that the May 2020 update won’t unlock automatically and you might have to wait even a few days for Windows to realize you no longer have a problematic setup (if you want to wait less, you can also use the Windows 10 Update Assistant). Once the update appears, you can update without any problems (in my side I’ve got zero errors or blue screens, as opposed to what has been told with the Conexant driver).
            How to completely uninstall the Conexant audio driver from Windows 10 (and unlock the May 2020 Update)

    • #2340147

      regarding the silent removal of the wushowhide.diagcab

      I had some issues on a PC with KB592440 ( W10-1809 EN_US with dutch language packs) not properly following the dutch settings needed for  an application. Rolling back helped

      I wanted to suppress the patch from our internal WSUS repo using wushowhide.diagcab but was suprised it vanished from the official Microsoft Download site.

      Is there some reason given by Microsoft why it has been removed?

       

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