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  • The three Win10 version 1809 builds, what they mean, and what they break

    Posted on October 10th, 2018 at 06:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you were brave/foolhardy enough to install Win10 1809, there’s some relief in yesterday’s Cumulative Update.

    There are three builds of Win10 1809 now, each with their own… let’s call them foibles…

    0.01% of seekers got their Documents folder zapped? Pshaw. I’ve heard that folks fed the 1809 upgrade through WSUS also saw their Documents and Photos folders cleaned out. Can you corroborate?

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Once more unto the breach: Win10 1809 starts rolling out again

    Posted on October 9th, 2018 at 17:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s official. Microsoft has started rolling out Win10 version 1809 today, but only to those in the Windows Insider program’s Slow and Release Preview rings. (Folks in the Insider Program’s Fast ring are already on RS6 — the next “19H1” version of Win10.) Here’s the official announcement:

    Last week we paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigated isolated reports of users missing files after updating. Given the serious nature of any data loss, we took the added precaution of pulling all 1809 media across all channels, including Windows Server 2019 and IoT equivalents. We intentionally start each feature update rollout slowly, closely monitoring feedback before offering the update more broadly. In this case the update was only available to those who manually clicked on “check for updates” in Windows settings. At just two days into the rollout when we paused, the number of customers taking the October 2018 Update was limited. While the reports of actual data loss are few (one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs), any data loss is serious.

    So I guess if you’re among the 1%, you’re among the 0.01%. Or something like that.

    As best I can tell, there are three builds of Win10 1809 floating around —

    • 17763.1 = the original release. Not available any more. Upgrading to this build can zap all of the files in the indicated folders.
    • 17763.17 = the version you get if you’re in the Slow or Release Preview rings.
    • 17763.55 = the version you hit if you install today’s Cumulative Update, KB 4464630

    Just as an admittedly snarky side note… read the description of the problem in the official post, and think to yourself, “If I didn’t have a doctorate in Computerstuff, could I understand this?”

  • Keizer: Lab rats, Windows 10 and the importance of being last

    Posted on October 9th, 2018 at 07:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer just nailed it again:

    The file-deletion flaw that plagued last week’s rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update shows how Microsoft uses consumers to test out the OS so its important customers – businesses – are protected.

    For Microsoft, a mistake and resulting upgrade retraction like this is a feature, not a bug, of its Windows 10 release strategy.

    Keizer explains how consumers are used as lab rats.  I tend to think of them (which is to say, us) as cannon fodder, but the simple fact is that Microsoft can and will push its bad updates on you, unless you’re connected to an update server, or you have Win10 Pro or Education set properly. Even if you have Win10 Pro set properly, Microsoft may still “forget” to honor its own settings.

    Right on. Check it out.

    (Yes, for those who ask, I do forgive Gregg for mis-spelling my name. Again. It’s the copyeditors I wonder about.)

  • Here’s how to keep Win10 version 1809 off your machine

    Posted on October 3rd, 2018 at 10:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At least, until Microsoft changes its mind. Again.

    Step-by-step details in Computerworld.

  • Word to the Win10 wise: Don’t click “Check for Updates”

    Posted on October 3rd, 2018 at 07:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s like deja vu all over again.

    Microsoft pulled the Seeker stunt — upgrading Win10 machines to the latest version on a “Check for updates” — when they rolled out Win10 1803. Now, we’re getting the same behavior, except this time it’s fully (and unabashedly) documented.

    How do they get away with this stuff?

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • And, yes, Microsoft has given itself permission to install Win10 version 1809 on any Win 10 PC that “Checks for updates”

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 18:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    By Universal Pictures [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Obvious conclusion: If you’re running Win10, don’t click “Check for Updates.”

    No, I don’t know how they get away with it.

  • As expected, Win10 version 1809 launched today – but don’t panic

    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 at 17:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Win10 1809 officially dropped a couple of hours ago, but you won’t get bit by it – won’t get tossed into the extended unpaid beta testing phase – unless you go looking.

    Microsoft has an official guide to the update rollout here:

    While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates. In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process. We are also streamlining the ability for users who seek to manually check for updates by limiting this to devices with no known key blocking issues, based on our ML model. If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates.”

    So breathe easy for now and don’t Check for updates.

    UPDATE: Preston Gralla has a thorough — not fawning — review in Computerworld.

  • Patch Lady – what’s not in 1809

    Posted on September 30th, 2018 at 00:46 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Lady here – Tonight I was poking around my older Surface that is running the insider version and the about section clearly now says 1809.  I went poking around the security section to find a new feature called “Block Suspicious Behaviors” that was touted in earlier blog posts about the upcoming release.  When I didn’t see it in the security center area I found that in the August 3rd blog post it was removed.

    Thank you everyone who has given us feedback on the “Block Suspicious Behaviors” feature that was recently added to Windows Security. For the time being we’re removing it from the build while we work on addressing some of the things you shared with us.

    So unless it magically comes back between now and when it officially gets released, you aren’t going crazy if you can’t find it.