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  • Bloomberg Terminal conflicts with Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 20:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bloomberg is advising that customers running Bloomberg Terminal need to refrain from upgrading to Win10 FCU, version 1709. Per their professional support page:

    Known issue with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    In October 2017, Microsoft released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (OS build: 16299.19 and 16299.15). The update introduced issues that are known to interfere with the Bloomberg Terminal. We are working with Microsoft to resolve these issues. In the meantime, please refrain from updating your PCs to affected versions.

    As I’ve advised many times, 1709 isn’t yet ready for prime time.

  • More Surface woes. This time it’s the Surface Pen and Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on November 6th, 2017 at 06:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If your Surface Pen suddenly stops working, there’s another possible cause. Before you change your battery or go out and buy another Pen, make sure you read this.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    If you haven’t yet seen the Flickergate site, and you own a Surface, now might be a good time to drop by.

  • In Win10 1709, Windows Defender continues to pull down definition updates even if Windows Update is stopped

    Posted on October 23rd, 2017 at 13:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This from Noel Carboni:

    I’ve just verified that Windows Defender in Win 10 v1709 build still goes to the web on its own to retrieve definitions et. al. with the Windows Update service Stopped and Disabled.  The Sphinx firewall software I use spotted it working just now (see the attached screen grab).

    I don’t know what implications stopping the Windows Update service might have for other things, e.g., cloud-integrated App operations, because I don’t use them but at least the embedded antivirus solution is still not compromised by taking control of Windows Update.

    I still haven’t gotten the rest of the system quieted down fully yet.  While I’ve stopped a lot of the unsolicited communications attempts, the firewall is still catching a number of attempted comms with various Microsoft servers.  It would not be surprising to learn that they have increased the level of cloud integration with this release.

  • Did EVERYBODY with Win10 update enabled get Fall Creators Update today?

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 18:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting question. I’m hearing from a lot of people who were upgraded automatically. Today.

    Scary, if it’s more than a handful.

    I may need to put together an article on “What to do if you were unexpectedly pushed into 1709″….

  • Win10 Fall Creators Update from A to Zzzzzzzz

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 at 06:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Preston Gralla hits it out of the ballpark again. His review of the next version of Windows, known as the Fall-in-North-America Creators Update, version 1709, just arrived at Computerworld, and it’s absolutely right-on.

    Like the first Windows 10 Creators Update, the Fall Creators Update doesn’t dramatically change the way Windows 10 works or looks. Microsoft is continuing its stay-the-course approach to its twice-a-year updates. The Windows 10 you’ll see before the update is largely the Windows 10 you’ll see after the update.

    Still, there are some useful changes, notably OneDrive Files On-Demand, some nice Cortana improvements and better security. Edge, however, hasn’t been much improved, and the new feature linking Android and iOS phones to Windows 10 is largely a bust.

    Win10 FINACU. Nice ring to it.

  • Report: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has hit RTM

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 at 07:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yeah, it’s full of bugs. But according to a report from Zac Bowden at Windows Central (who has an uncanny reputation for getting this stuff right), the build of Win10 version 1709 that Microsoft released yesterday – 16299.15 – is “the” build that manufacturers will put on new PCs.

    In traditional parlance, it hit RTM.

    The version that’ll be released on October 17 – the official release date – will be quite different from 16299.15. As we’ve seen in the past, MS will issue one or two or three more cumulative updates for 16299.15 before the official release date. Thus, the version folks outside the beta program will see will be 16299.something, where something > 15.

    In the next few weeks, those of you beta testing (in the Windows Insider program) will given instructions for either jumping out of the beta cycle with version 1709, or continuing to the “Skip Ahead” (gawd, what a lousy name) beta builds of Redstone 4, version 1803.

    At least, it’ll be known as 1803, assuming Microsoft continues both its release pace and its naming scheme.

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – version 1709 – will arrive on October 17

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 08:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Or at least, that’s what Terry Myerson just said on the IFA keynote.

    I wish they’d show me something that I actually want to have in the next version of Windows. Mixed reality? Meh. 3D paint? Gimme a break.

    The AR/VR/xR stuff is very exciting, don’t get me wrong, but it has to be more mobile, more portable. Apple and Google are way, way ahead in the game.