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  • The patching year in review — for consumers

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    We’re closing another patching year for consumers and home users (aka the “unmanaged crowd”).

    Will and I have an ongoing, two-year struggle with a phrase I commonly use, “consumer and home users.” Will thinks it cumbersome and that there is no meaningful difference.

    I define consumers as anyone running Windows Home or Professional editions but not configured in a domain or not using patching tools favored by businesses. Consumers don’t have an IT department (assuming you don’t call the teenager next door an IT department) and don’t use a managed service provider. Consumers usually have a peer-to-peer network (because who doesn’t have multiple devices connected to their Internet service these days?) and may use it to connect to shared devices such as printers. Consumers tend to blur the lines of technology and will use Apple iPads or Android phones right alongside Windows machines.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.52.0, 2023-12-26).

  • How to do a Windows 11 repair install

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    ISSUE 20.49 • 2023-12-04

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Most of us install updates every month with no issues whatsoever. But then there are times when updates don’t install.

    Sometimes updates fail for obvious reasons. I’ve seen cases where one update will inadvertently trigger a reboot while a second update is in the works. This is an easy fix — just ignore the reboot message and wait for the machine to kick a reboot later on in the day or evening.

    Other errors may point to corruption in the operating system.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.49.0, 2023-12-04).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.