Newsletter Archives

  • January’s patching cyclone


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    We’re a bit soggy and wet at the AskWoody Tech LLC Global Headquarters here in central California.

    We’ve had nearly a week of rain, and more is coming. I shouldn’t complain — severe drought has brought our state’s water supply down to historically low levels, so the water is needed and much appreciated. But when Microsoft rains down upon us at the same time, the total deluge is a bit much.

    For January, Microsoft fixed 98 security vulnerabilities, said goodbye (for the final time) to the much-beloved Windows 7, also said goodbye to the less used (but popular among its buffs) Windows 8.1, and actually released updates to Microsoft’s on-premises mail server, Exchange.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.03.0, 2023-01-16).

  • Is this the end of the road for Windows 7?


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Vendors start to draw the line.

    Ahh, Windows 7. I remember when you first came out. I remember when people hated — truly hated — your User Account Control (UAC) system that required administrator approval any time they wanted to do something that had been perfectly normal in Windows XP. I remember that UAC was so annoying that Apple lampooned it (more like harpooned it) in several of its famous Mac-versus-PC TV ads.

    Susan's UAC Slider cartoon

    I went so far as having a cartoon made, urging people to “zip up” their UAC setting rather than disabling it, because I saw both users and administrators removing the UAC prompt entirely. But that represented a lowering of security for Windows 7. I thus urged people not to disable it, despite the annoyance. I told them to zip the slider all the way to the top. Remember the slider?

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.15.0, 2022-04-11).

  • Seven Semper Fi: Three months to go; here’s what to do.


    By Woody Leonhard

    Time’s running out! Microsoft’s still scheduled to deliver its last Windows 7 security patches on January 14, 2020.

    If you plan to continue using your Win7 machines, there’s a variety of tasks you should tackle now to minimize the chances of getting thrown under the bit bus.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.38.0 (2019-10-21).

  • Office 365 ProPlus to get support on Windows 7 after January 14, 2020

    Microsoft has decided to give Office 365 ProPlus users running Windows 7 some grace time after Windows 7 goes out of support on January 14, 2020. Office 365 ProPlus users will continue to get security updates for Office 365 ProPlus until January 2023. According to Microsoft this is to transition to a “support operating system”.

    See [url=]Windows 7 end of support and Office 365 ProPlus[/url] for details and more information.

  • Considerations migrating from Win7 to Win10


    By Susan Bradley

    With time winding down on Windows 7 support, more than a few users of that venerable OS are looking for some upgrade clarity.

    Top-of-mind for many Win7 users is how painful it’ll be moving to Windows 10. Are in-place upgrades still legal? Does Microsoft care? Can I migrate to Win10 and keep my current setup? Is it free?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.32.0 (2019-09-09).

  • Windows 7: Preparing for an uncertain future


    By Susan Bradley

    By now every Win7 user should know that official support for the venerable OS ends next year.

    The final updates should go out on January 14, 2020 (more MS info) — at least they’ll end for those of us who don’t have deep corporate pockets to pay for extra patches.

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

  • Microsoft releases out-of-band fixes for Win7 and Win8.1 on 6/20

    Microsoft has released out-of-band updates for Windows 7, and Windows 8.1, and IE11 to fix errors introduced by Patch Tuesday patches.

    Update for 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 KB 4508772

    This update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 includes the quality improvements from KB4503269 (released June 11, 2019), in addition to these key changes:

    • Addresses an issue that may display the error, “MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will unload it.” when you try to expand, view, or create Custom Views in Event Viewer. Additionally, the application may stop responding or close. You may also receive the same error when using Filter Current Log in the Action menu with built-in views or logs.

    Update for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 KB 4508773

    This update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 includes the quality improvements from KB4503290 (released June 11, 2019), in addition to these key changes:

    • Addresses an issue that may display the error, “MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will unload it.” when you try to expand, view, or create Custom Views in Event Viewer. Additionally, the application may stop responding or close. You may also receive the same error when using Filter Current Log in the Action menu with built-in views or logs

    Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 11 KB 4508646

    This update for Internet Explorer 11 includes the quality improvements from KB4503259, in addition to these key changes:

    • Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer 11 to stop working when it opens or interacts with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) markers, including Power BI line charts with markers.

    Important: The improvements in this update are not included in the Monthly Rollups released June 11, 2019

    Please note: Like the Security Only Updates and the separate IE11 Cumulative Updates, these Patches are MS Catalog only downloads. They are not available through Windows Update.

  • Patch Lady – vendors start to shut the doors on Windows 7

    CCH or Commerce Clearing House is one one of several major tax software vendors — they just sent me this email this morning …..

    CCH will discontinue support of Microsoft® Windows® 7 in our software products as of November 30, 2019. While we expect that many of our products will continue to function on the Windows® 7 operating system, CCH’s ability to sufficiently test products and diagnose software issues for customers using Windows® 7 will officially end November 30, 2019. For tax customers, this means that our first release of the 2019 tax software, scheduled for early December 2019, will not be officially supported on the Windows® 7 operating system, although it is likely to continue working for some period of time. In addition, customers using Windows® 7 who contact CCH Technical Support may be asked to upgrade their Microsoft® software if their issue cannot be reproduced with currently supported software, or if the problem is determined to be linked to the use of Windows® 7.

    Much like Windows® XP, the Windows® 7 operating system was very popular. However, Microsoft® has announced that they, too, will discontinue support for Windows® 7 as of January 14, 2020. Here is a link to their Windows 7 Lifecycle page. We are requesting that customers using Windows® 7 begin upgrading following the mid-April filing deadline so we can continue to provide the high level of support you expect from CCH. We are providing advanced notice in an effort to give our clients ample time to upgrade.

    Note: This notice regarding discontinued support for Windows® 7 will have no implications on the upcoming 2018 tax filing season. Additional reminders will be sent out post April 15, 2019.

    The countdown has started….

  • Thurrott: Microsoft posts downloadable disc images of Windows 7 and 8.1

    You need a valid 25-character product key to be able to download the ISO for Win7 or 8.1.

    Paul Thurrott on

    Another really dumb decision reversed.

  • Solution for the error 0x8000FFF in Windows 7

    Thanks to two reports from an anonymous poster and @Pradeep-Dixit here, there is a solution for the Error 0x8000FFF.

    It seems that an old Servicing Stack Update (or the lack of) is to blame for the error 0x8000FFF users have been experiencing with Windows 7 and the update this month. Servicing Stack KB 3177467 (September 2016) is a prerequisite for KB 4457144 2018-09 Security Quality Monthly Rollup for Win7. It must be installed prior to the September Rollup.

    This Servicing Stack Update KB 3177467 can be downloaded from the MS Update Catalog for 32-bit of 64-bit Windows 7.

    If you are not familiar with manual download/install from the Catalog, you can download the update by clicking on the 32-bit or 64-bit links above. Save the download to a known location. Close any open programs then double click on the downloaded file, agree to install, and reboot the computer when asked. After rebooting, you should be able to install the September Rollup. (Waiting for the DEFCON number to be 3 or above, of course.)

    This SSU also applies to Server 2008 R2

    Information  ComputerWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Rumors of a new, updated Coffee Lake chipset for Win7

    It isn’t like you’ll be able to install and update Win7 on a fancy new power-mad PC. But it’s looking more and more like Intel and Microsoft may come to a cease-fire long enough to slip in a new, more powerful version of the old Coffee Lake processor.

    Interesting, if it comes to pass – specifically for those who would like to run new-ish hardware with a stable operating system.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • This month’s Win7 patches KB 4034664, KB 4034679 causing second-screen problems

    I pointed to Günter Born’s expose on Saturday. Now we have a full description of the bug — and proof of concept code! — thanks to Christian “NineBerry” Schwartz and his Wolfsbeeren blog.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows