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  • Windows as a Service in a nutshell, explained

    Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 05:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft just posted a succinct, accurate description of the new “Semi-Annual Channel” terminology, but there are a few important loose ends

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: @teroalhonen, on Twitter, just published the group policy settings for the Windows Update policy in the Fall Creators Update version 1709/1710.

  • Microsoft says it’s time to install Win10 Creators Update

    Posted on July 27th, 2017 at 16:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At the same time, they changed the terminology — which was last changed in May. Tell me again, is it Semi-annual Clearance Sale (Broad)?

    What we used to know as “Service Pack 1” and then “Current Branch for Business” and then “Semi-Annual Channel (Broad)” has now been re-christened “Semi-Annual Channel” with a discrete “Microsoft recommends” bullet on the versions chart.

    Bottom line: Microsoft says the Creators Update has just passed its unpaid beta testing phase, and is now ready for businesses.

    Personally, I’m going to hold off until next Patch Tuesday. I’ve heard rumors there are many bug fixes waiting in the wings. Besides, the #1 new feature in Creators Update is the ability for Pro users to relatively easily delay patches – a skill you’ve no doubt learned by now.

    UPDATE: Gregg Keizer just posted his analysis on Computerworld.

  • Win10 machines with 1607 upgrade hidden are getting upgraded

    Posted on January 20th, 2017 at 07:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve seen several reports now. Will keep you posted.

    Microsoft officially released the v 1607 “CBB” bits yesterday. According to @teroalhonnen, the build being distributed is 14393.447, which is the Nov. 8 2016 version of v 1607, including KB 3200970.

    I can understand why having the 14393.447 build available could trigger hidden 1607 upgrades to become unhidden. After all, that’s what happens with earlier versions of Windows – when a new version of a patch rolls out, it’s usually automatically taken off the hidden list.

    But this is the first time I’ve seen it for Win10, and it seems disconcerting that folks who have intentionally hidden the 1607 upgrade are now getting it installed silently – on both Win10 Home and Win10 Pro machines.

    If you see or hear anything, please post here!

    UPDATE: Many of you are reporting that you have to run wushowhide again to re-hide the 1607 upgrade.

    The upgrade cycle is a very complex topic and, as you can see, it caught me flat-footed. I’ll try to make some sense out of it and publish my findings.

  • Win10Tip: Wait for a stable version

    Posted on December 8th, 2016 at 15:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you don’t want to be one of Microsoft’s unpaid beta testers, it’s easy to wait until new versions are ready for prime time.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows