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  • Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 16:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just got a note from @Microfix that pointed me to an interesting discussion from Ionut Ilascu at BleepingComputer:

    After Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, 0Patch platform will continue to ship vulnerability fixes to its agents.

    “Each Patch Tuesday we’ll review Microsoft’s security advisories to determine which of the vulnerabilities they have fixed for supported Windows versions might apply to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and present a high-enough risk to warrant micropatching”

    Micropatches will normally be available to paying customers (Pro – $25/agent/year – and Enterprise license holders). However, Kolsek says that there will be exceptions for high-risk issues that could help slow down a global-level spread, which will be available to non-paying customers, too.

    Many of you know that 0Patch has been issuing quick fixes for bad bugs in recent patches. In all cases, I’ve refrained from recommending them, simply because I’m concerned about applying third party patches directly to Windows binaries. That said, to date, they’ve had a very good track record. Whether they can continue that record with patches-on-patches-on-patches remains to be seen, of course.

    I fully expect Microsoft to release patches for newly discovered major security flaws, even after January 14. Whether those will step on the 0Patch patches is anybody’s guess.

    Definitely something worth considering….

  • Woody’s Windows Watch: What to tell friends who use Windows 7

    Posted on April 1st, 2019 at 04:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, the earth isn’t about to tear asunder and demons aren’t poised to pounce. But there are some very simple, common-sense admonitions that every Windows 7 customer should know. Even your sainted Aunt Mabel.

    With 40%-of-so of all Windows machines running Win7, there’s a lot of FUD, plenty of marketing, and little clear, unbiased thinking.

    We’re taking this trip to Win7 End of Life together. Here’s how to get started.

    Out this morning to Plus members in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.12.0.

  • Microsoft issues KB4493132 Windows 7 SP1 support notification

    Posted on March 20th, 2019 at 04:54 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you wondering how you will get the nag for Windows 7 EOL, Microsoft has released KB4493132 on March 19, 2019.

    @Cybertooth asks

    Windows Update is offering my Windows 7 box a patch released yesterday, KB4493132:
    Does anybody know anything about this update? A search here at Woody’s showed no results. Even a Web search via DuckDuckGo turned up nothing.

    KB4493132 is available through Windows Update if you want notifications during the next year that Windows 7 will reach end of support on January 14, 2020.

    After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7 SP1. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support. More information about Windows 7 end of support can be found here.

    This update is available through Windows Update. If automatic updates are enabled, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see Windows Update: FAQ.

    Hiding this patch is suggested for those of you who don’t want multiple reminders during the next year.

    Details (which are few) in Computerworld. Seven Semper Fi!

  • Yes, Microsoft says Win10 has hit 800 million devices

    Posted on March 8th, 2019 at 15:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has a solid – and suitably skeptical – summary in Computerworld:

    Microsoft on Thursday said that 800 million devices are now running Windows 10, a 100 million increase in less than six months.

    Microsoft has regularly touted numbers for Windows 10, most of the time, although not always, by citing the active monthly devices, or those personal computers, tablets and other systems used within the last month.

    The 800 million number is sufficiently fuzzy that it’s hard to say if that’s monthly active devices, or just installs and/or activations, or some other metric. Microsoft’s number page says, simply, “There are more than 800 million devices running Windows 10,” dodging the definition quagmire. Says Keizer:

    Using the 12-month average change in user share, Computerworld recently forecast that nearly 41% of all Windows PCs will be running Windows 7 at the moment it falls off Microsoft’s support list.

    That’s an astonishing number.

  • Woody’s Windows Watch: Preparing for the Windows 7 winter

    Posted on January 21st, 2019 at 19:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yes, Ned Stark, Win7 winter is coming about a year from now, but there are steps you can take now to prepare.

    Even if you’re the kind of Win7 user who figures they’ll have to pull it from your cold, curled claws.

    See Woody’s nostrums, warnings — and sound recommendations — in issue 16.2.0 of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter