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  • Win10 1709 programs come back from the dead on reboot

    Posted on January 22nd, 2018 at 07:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a new “feature” in Win10 Fall Creators Update that automatically restarts every program that was running when you reboot.

    Which is precisely what most people don’t want. None of the usual Autoruns-type tweaks can turn it off.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

  • Ongoing bugs in Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on January 1st, 2018 at 07:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m putting together an article for Computerworld, and I’d appreciate your input.

    Win10 FCU, version 1709, was released on October 17. Since that time, we’ve seen lots and lots (and lots and lots) of bugs. Some of them have been in 1709 since the get-go. Some were introduced by bad patches. Some of them have only become apparent in the past week or so.

    Microsoft’s dumped the “Current Branch for Business” designation, and I think that’s a mistake. I also think it’s lunacy to push two new versions of Win10 out every year. I’d like to use Win10 FCU as Exhibit A.

    I’ve been following most of the bugs in my Computerworld articles, listed here. Still others have appeared here on the AskWoody site, and I’ll be rummaging through those.

    Can you think of any that I’ve missed? I’m looking for real, hard bugs — something you can put a finger on, preferably something that’s been discussed online.

    Just the facts, please. Let’s see if the facts support the conclusions that many of us have drawn.

    Thanks – and Happy (Gregorian) New Year!

  • Problem reported with folder permissions on Win10 1709, Office 2016

    Posted on November 10th, 2017 at 05:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I bumped into an odd problem, reported by Sulpher212 on Reddit:

    Office Standard 2016 64 bit – MAK – Volume Licensing

    Users are having issue if they try to save Word or Excel documents they get errors regarding to permissions, or “Document could not save”, this is only on 1709, if the user is rolled back to 1703 documents save fine.

    Poster that_computer_guy123 confirms:

    We recently installed 1709 update for Windows 10 Enterprise N and Office 2016 Pro Plus. Two days ago we started having an issue where users couldn’t save from within any Office apps to their redirected folders or share drives, only to the local C:\ drive.

    As you can see from the Reddit thread, this appears to be a hard bug and may be related to this month’s non-security Office updates – but it’s only showing up on Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709.

    Has anybody out there seen this?

  • Bloomberg Terminal conflicts with Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 20:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bloomberg is advising that customers running Bloomberg Terminal need to refrain from upgrading to Win10 FCU, version 1709. Per their professional support page:

    Known issue with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    In October 2017, Microsoft released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (OS build: 16299.19 and 16299.15). The update introduced issues that are known to interfere with the Bloomberg Terminal. We are working with Microsoft to resolve these issues. In the meantime, please refrain from updating your PCs to affected versions.

    As I’ve advised many times, 1709 isn’t yet ready for prime time.

  • More Surface woes. This time it’s the Surface Pen and Win10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on November 6th, 2017 at 06:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If your Surface Pen suddenly stops working, there’s another possible cause. Before you change your battery or go out and buy another Pen, make sure you read this.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    If you haven’t yet seen the Flickergate site, and you own a Surface, now might be a good time to drop by.

  • Throttling CPUs in Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709?

    Posted on November 4th, 2017 at 06:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this note from reader J:

    So been working with couple users who think their laptop is slower since 1709.

    I have found that Microsoft has changed power profiles and in fact some laptop users like myself have actually lost a couple profiles with only balanced profile listed in Control Panel.

    But I have also noticed that the CPU’s may be throttling back more aggressively on laptops.

    Apparently Fall Creator tries to throttle apps in background, but it appears the entire PC might be suffering from this throttling. Even active apps and programs. Wonder if you heard anything about this.

    Most of us who manage to switch to a performance profile gain back the performance. If Microsoft claims better battery life, and their just throttling the CPU more. Isn’t this just smoke and mirrors trying to say Win 10 is more efficient?

  • How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 11:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Don’t blame me – that’s the title of the official Windows Blog entry.

    Due to start rolling out to those of you who haven’t blocked it, beginning at high noon Central time today.

    If you want to join the roughly-four-month-long unpaid beta testing program, now’s your chance!

    UPDATE: Where to find the Win10 1709 Language Packs, from Michael Niehaus.

  • Ready, set, block 1709!

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 at 07:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Unless you want to be part of the unpaid beta testing crew, now’s the time to block Win10 Fall Creators Update. There are plenty of guides to block it on the web – but this one has full details.

    Computerworld feature.