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  • New Win7 Extended Security Updates licensing package

    Posted on August 1st, 2020 at 08:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yesterday Microsoft released a new Licensing Prep package for those of you who are paying for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. Per KB 4575903

    This update provides an additional set of licensing changes to enable installation of the ESU add-on key. This is one of the steps to prepare for installation of Extended Security Updates. For the full set of steps, please see KB4522133.

    If you previously successfully installed and activated your ESU key on your Windows 7 SP1 device, you do not have to re-install or reactivate it after applying this update.

    It’s my understanding that you don’t need to install this particular update in order to get the August patches (which aren’t out yet), but that you will need it to install the September ESU patches.

    Thx Günter Born

  • Is it safe yet?

    Posted on May 4th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    Every month, Windows users have to ask the same question: “Is it safe to patch yet?”

    As is all too common, the issues and concerns I had at the beginning of this month are not the ones I have a few weeks later. Case in point: I thought for sure we’d have more screams of frustration when the recent Office updates started blocking Web information requested by Visual Basic apps.

    But no: I’m mostly tracking possible issues with the Windows 10 1909 update. It’s sort of similar to how we’re feeling these days about staying in or going out; I don’t think you’ll see any issues, but I also can’t guarantee you won’t. It’s confusing, I know.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.17.0 (2020-05-04).

  • Microsoft Office gets a drenching of updates

    Posted on April 20th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    COVID-19’s impact on patching doesn’t extend to Office releases.

    If April’s updates prove anything, it’s that Office is a prime target for malware attacks. This month, all supported versions of Microsoft’s productivity suite received a dozen or more security patches. And most of these fixes have a common purpose: breaking a specific risk to our networks — Office apps using Visual Basic scripts to pull information from the Internet. This change is good, for the most part, but it might cause line-of-business apps with sloppy coding to stop working.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.15.0 (2020-04-20).

  • More help with Windows 7 extended support

    Posted on February 24th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WIN7 EXTENDED SUPPORT

    By Susan Bradley

    Windows 7 extended-security updates are easier to buy than to deploy. The entire process seems to be a work in progress.

    It’s been over a week since the February Win7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) patches were released … and I’m still helping people get these updates in place. In many cases, folks ran into problems through no fault or misstep of their own. For sure, Microsoft has not made keeping Windows 7 patched an easy process. Here are some of the things we’ve found:

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.8.0 (2020-02-24).

  • The trials and tribulations of Windows 7

    Posted on February 17th, 2020 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    We’re starting the Windows 7 extended-support era … with more than our fair share of confusion.

    Before I shed some light on making Extended Security Updates (ESUs) work, here’s a bit of good news for all Win7 users.

    You might recall that the final free Win7 updates (January’s) included a bug that broke the “Stretch” wallpaper setting. Some systems ended up with black backgrounds. The easy fix was to use another “Choose a fit” option. But if “Stretch” is important to you — or you’d just like your Win7 copy to be as bug-free as possible — Microsoft released KB 4539601 to fix the flaw. Currently, however, you must manually download and install the patch.

    The February launch of extended-support updates got off to a shaky start.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).

  • How we automated the Win7 ESU-purchase process

    Posted on February 10th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    SMALL BUSINESS

    By Amy Babinchak

    At Harbor Computer Services, we specialize in providing IT services to small businesses with between one and 100 computer users.

    An important part of those services is helping customers modernize their business processes by effectively using applications and tools provided with their Microsoft 365 subscription. Often, this entails automating repetitive office tasks — an approach we also apply in our own business. Here’s an example.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.6.0 (2020-02-10).

  • Closing the book on Windows 7

    Posted on January 20th, 2020 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    WINDOWS 7

    By Susan Bradley

    We’ve finished the last chapter for the storied Windows 7 operating system — at least for almost all home users.

    With all the various notifications, can there be a Win7 user who doesn’t know that the last general patches were sent out this past Tuesday (January 14)? If so, it’s time to come out from under your rock.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.3.0 (2020-01-20).

  • 2020 patching starts with a bang!

    Posted on January 20th, 2020 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    Patch Tuesday arrived on January 14, and it was not an auspicious start to the new year.

    An NSA warning about a newly revealed Windows vulnerability isn’t the only newsworthy event for January. Let’s recap:

    As we’ve discussed thoroughly on askwoody.com, millions of Windows users are saying goodbye (sort of) to the beloved Windows 7. For consumers, January’s updates are the last they’ll receive — barring some extraordinary event. Businesses still relying on Win7 machines (and there are possibly millions) get a three-year reprieve — if they take advantage of Microsoft’s Win7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) offering.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.3.0 (2020-01-20).