Posted on March 16th, 2017 at 13:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
There’s a storm brewing in the Windows blogosphere, with echo chamber wails growing, teeth gnashing over something Microsoft said.
What I want to know… have you been prevented from installing Win 7 or 8.1 updates on Kaby Lake or Ryzen systems?
See InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on March 15th, 2017 at 14:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
For a complete overview, see my just-published InfoWorld post.
DON’T INSTALL ANYTHING. It’s much, much too early to tell if there are any problems.
Link list from PKCano:
Win7 Quality x86
Win7 Quality x64
Win7 Security Only x64
Win7 Security Only x86
Win8.1 Quality x86
Win8.1 Quality x64
Win8.1 Security Only x86
Win8.1 Security Only x64
Win8.1 IE/Edge/Flash x86
Win8.1 IE/Edge/Flash x64
Direct links for the IE 11 cumulative security patches:
Again, I DON’T recommend that you install them. Give ’em a couple of weeks to see if there are any stinkers…
UPDATE: And, sure enough, there were stinkers. For those of you who didn’t follow my advice and installed the original patches, here are the hotfixes, thanks once again to PKCano:Win7 x86
com/c/msdownload/update/ software/updt/2017/03/ie11- windows6.1-kb4016446-x86_ ebbcc1e81f44525eaa22fcaf1ab600 41477b5634.msuOffice Patches/Security, Windows Patches/Security KB 4013418, KB 4013429, KB 4013886, KB 4014329, March 2017 Black Tuesday
Posted on March 15th, 2017 at 14:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Interesting question from CA:
I decided to try out the “Security Update Guide” and attempt to locate this month’s IE 11 update for us Group B hold-outs. What I discovered is that the Guide is pretty much useless, if not outright wrong/deceptive.
Going down the list for IE11, there is no mention of KB4012204 for “Windows 7 x64-based Systems”. If fact, the only place I could find KB4012204 applied to IE9 and Vista/Server 2008.
Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 update history
If one searches for KB4012204 in the catalog, the correct updates for IE11 and Win 7 are, of course, listed:
By the way, this KB is a totally confusing mess:
MS17-006: Security update for Internet Explorer: March 14, 2017
So my question is this. If KBs are going away next month and the current guide is any indication, what will be the best methodology to locate the separate IE updates for Group B? Since IE updates are included in the Rollup for Group A, it’s not an issue for them because this appears in WU.
UPDATE: I am aware of this:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-006 – Critical
This bulletin does list KB4012204, but seems like a round-about way to discover the stand-alone IE11 patch. My understanding is that the Security Guide is supposed to be sufficient.
Posted on March 15th, 2017 at 12:28 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
I just saw a note at the SANS Internet Storm Center that it isn’t available in WSUS.
I don’t see it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Any idea if MS17-006 was pulled? If so, what was the problem – and is there a solution?
UPDATE: No, it wasn’t pulled. @ch100 has the facts.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 16:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
A bit of advertising* in the latest Win10 Anniversary Update’s Windows Update pane.
Click on the link and you get whisked away to KB 4014001 which tells you:
We’re finalizing the update and will be ready to share it with you soon. When the update is ready for your device, you’ll receive a notification asking you to review your privacy settings before downloading the update.
You can be sure that we’ll be covering the Creators Update, too, with glasses that aren’t quite so rosy.
*Your interpretation may vary. If you look at it from a different point of view, this is just advanced notice. Fair enough.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 12:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Take a look at the five worst traits of Windows 10 Anniversary Update – forced updating, snooping, advertising, stability, and hijacked settings – and how they’ll change in the Creators Update. Some very good news. Some not so good.
Details in InfoWorld
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 11:23 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
Today marks general availability of Microsoft Teams, the Slack-like communication product that’s now part of the paid Office 365 E3 and E5 packages.
Galen Gruman has an unbiased take at InfoWorld:
Teams is underwhelming in its formal debut and definitely not a match for the hype Microsoft has been providing since October 2016. For a product so late to market, Microsoft should have delivered much more…
Slack is great, and no one needs Teams to replace it.
If you’re getting caught up in the Teams advertising push, take a minute to read the rest of the story.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 07:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
For Basic/Free users, your current public folder will become a normal secure folder. This means any current links to items in your public folder before the change over this week will no longer work. New shared links will need to be created, to enable sharing to continue.
Details in AKB 3000004