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  • This month’s Win7 patches KB 4034664, KB 4034679 causing second-screen problems

    Posted on August 14th, 2017 at 12:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I pointed to Günter Born’s expose on Saturday. Now we have a full description of the bug — and proof of concept code! — thanks to Christian “NineBerry” Schwartz and his Wolfsbeeren blog.

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  • Patch Tuesday Win7 patches KB 4034664, 4034679 causing problems with multiple screens

    Posted on August 12th, 2017 at 06:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born has identified a persistent problem with this month’s Win7 patches, KB 4034664 (the Monthly Rollup) and KB 4034679 (the manual Security only patch). If you have a Win7 machine with two or more monitors, you need to look at his report on Born City.

    He reports bugs in the second-screen display of PDFs using PDF-Xchange Viewer. There are also reports of second-screen display problems with IrfanView, Adobe Reader.

    There are also reports of Excel losing the VBA editor icons on the second screen, and of Office 2013 garbling window titles, scrollbars, and other screen elements.

    Are you seeing any second-screen problems with this month’s Win7 patches?

    (Just a reminder: There’s a reason why we’re still at MS-DEFCON 2, and I don’t recommend you install the August patches at this point. It takes a while for problems to, uh, surface.)

  • A progress report on Win7 “Service Pack 2”

    Posted on August 9th, 2017 at 05:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A year ago, Microsoft promised that it would roll all of its Windows 7 post-SP1 updates together and release them along with the monthly Win7 cumulative rollups. It’s effectively a “Service Pack 2” released in stages.

    Microsoft’s ill-fated KB 3125574, released fourteen months ago, tried but failed to bring together all of the older patches.

    I had a chance to go through the catalog entries for the past few Win7 cumulative rollups, and it looks like Microsoft’s making some progress — although the pace has stalled.

    The catalog entry for this month’s Win7 cumulative rollup, KB 4034664, says it replaces 76 updates, some of which go back years. That’s far from a slam-dunk of all post-SP1 patches, but it’s a decent start — especially if the updates work without stomping all over each other.

    If you’re curious, here’s a copy of the two latest “replaces” lists, in a spreadsheet.