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  • Are you being pushed from Win10 1803 to 1903? Tell me about it.

    Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 03:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft officially started pushing Win10 1803 machines onto version 1903 two days ago. Apparently the push doesn’t respect your Pro settings to “defer feature updates.” At least, that’s what’s been promised.

    I have a honeypot machine that hasn’t been pushed as yet.

    If you get the nudge, I’d be very interested in hearing how it arrived — in particular, are you given a link to “Download and install now” or do you just reboot and BAM! 1903 comes along?

    I think it’s rude of Microsoft to push 1903 on machines that don’t hit end of life until November 12, but that’s just me.

    P.S. For those of you who have asked, no, I don’t think 1903 is ready for prime time. Microsoft hasn’t given the go-ahead for broad deployment of version 1903 among paying customers — and it isn’t clear how that go-ahead will be communicated. There are many acknowledged problems, and a background noise level that’s still disconcerting to me. That said, many people are using 1903 with no problems, but the Nervous Nelly in me still thinks you’re better off with 1803 or 1809.

    Overview now available in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Putting June’s updates behind us

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Spring has given way to summer in the northern hemisphere. For those of us enjoying the change in season, let’s not forget some important maintenance on our Windows systems. It’s time to deal with June updates.

    Along with the usual patches, Microsoft posted standalone updates for Win7 and Win8.1 to fix Viewer Console crashes when you open custom views (more info). The patches are available only through Microsoft Update Catalog and, in any case, the chances are good most of us won’t be impacted. My home and office systems successfully swallowed the June updates with no ill effects.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.24.0 (2019-07-01).

  • Still no second-monthly cumulative update for Win10 1903

    Posted on June 25th, 2019 at 21:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s taking a long time. Sure hope that it’s worth the wait.

    If MS doesn’t fix the “vanishing Updates settings” magic trick, it’ll speak volumes about 1903 bugs.

    Günter Born has caught another bug in 1903 – this time with Sandy Bridge CPUs and Nvidia graphics cards throwing an error 43 in Device Manager.

    Microsoft hasn’t fessed up to that one, either.

  • Are we ready for the new Windows 10 1903?

    Posted on June 17th, 2019 at 02:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A Microsoft tweet announced that the company is now offering Win10 Version 1903 — but only to those who specifically seek it.

    Opening Windows Update and selecting Check for updates should trigger the Version 1903 download. If you clicked the button but did not receive the update, you probably have some sort of blocking condition. You’ll just have to wait — and you should.

    Out today in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.22.0.

  • How to work and play in Win10’s new Sandbox

    Posted on June 10th, 2019 at 02:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    First offered with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (aka Version 1903), the new Sandbox feature provides users a safe, protected area to install and run untested programs.

    Trying out new software is great, but installing and running unknown, untested, or possibly unsafe applications could present a significant risk to your Windows environment.

    One of the better safeguards is sandboxing, which isolates apps from the rest of your system.

    See the full story in the June 10, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.21.0)

  • A dozen reasons why you don’t want Win10 1903 — yet

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:22 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On May 21, Microsoft officially released the latest version of the last version of Windows.

    The Windows 10 May 2019 Update — formerly known as the Windows 10 April 2019 Update or Version 19H1, and more reliably and consistently referred to as Version 1903 — isn’t getting pushed out in droves just yet. Instead, the “RTM” version is available primarily to beta testers and to people who manually install it in various ways.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • New Windows 10 Windows Update explained

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 14:28 joep517 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ed Bott of ZDNet has published an article explaining the ins and outs of the new/revised Windows Update debuting with the Windows 10 May update (aka 19H1, version 1903) – Windows 10 version 1903: When will you get the next big feature update?. Don’t pay attention to the title there is an in-depth explanation of the Windows Update changes.

    As usual, Windows 10 Home users come out on the short end. They can not automatically defer any updates. All updates may be paused for a week at a time up to 35 days. On versions that have not yet reached their end-of-service date, feature updates are offered but are not installed automatically.

    Windows 10 Pro users can set deferral policies for both quality and feature updates. You can set these Windows Update for Business policies using the Windows 10 Settings app or by applying Group Policy.

    Enterprise and Education users have the same deferral policies as Pro users. Additionally, there is a 36-month servicing period for some versions.

    The biggest change though is that if you are running Home or Pro when a version nears its end-of-service date Microsoft will automatically upgrade the machine to the current release. In other words, end-of-service trumps deferral. Also, note that effective June 2019 there is only one servicing channel for Windows 10. That is the semi-annual channel.

    There is much more detail in the article. It behooves every Windows 10 user to read it.

  • Is it time to install Win10 1903?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2019 at 08:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I can hear you scoffing. But nevermind. I just got this bit of mail:

    Dear Mr. Leonhard,

    In your article, you tell us *how* to prevent Windows 10 from updating to version 1903, (and a lot of time complaining about Microsoft in general), but you entirely neglect to tell your readers *why* we may wish to do so.  The closest you come is a link to a different article listing new features in the update (which is behind a paywall, so I can’t read that anyway).

    Those of you who have been reading my stuff for the past decade (or two) will know the answer immediately. But this reader has a very good point – if you’re coming at this cold, or at least coming at this from the “rah rah” tech press sycophancy, why should you avoid Win10 1903? After all, Microsoft was nice enough to release 1903 yesterday — only for “seekers” who click “Check for updates” at this point — and declare Win10 1809 ready for business/broad deployment, at the same time.

    The simple, and I think overwhelming, answer is that Microsoft has never, ever delivered a stable new version of Windows. Ever. Going back for as long as I’ve been writing about Windows – Pterodactyl Edition or thereabouts.

    The last two versions –Win10 1803 and 1809 — were particularly heinous.

    Combine the inherent risk with the dearth of worthwhile features — it really says something when the #1 new feature is the ability to delay updates, yes? — and you have the perfect combination: Minimal gain at significant risk.

    Let’s be clear, though. If you want to install the latest and greatest, by all means do so! We’ll even help you here on AskWoody. Tell us what you find — and we’ll keep you posted on the howls of pain in the populace at large.

    It’s kinda like wearing a red shirt on a Star Trek away team.