For years we’ve been flailing around in the dark after bad patches wreaked havoc on Windows PCs. There's still a lot of unexplained grunge.
Stories by Woody Leonhard
Reports are popping up all over that yesterday’s Win7 Monthly Rollup and Security-only patches are causing big problems with networks using SMBv2 shares. The known solution is to uninstall the patch. There’s also a registry fix that may or may not work.
November Patch Tuesday largely looks like other Patch Tuesdays, but there are troubling reports of server problems, WSUS stumbles, new SSUs lurking in the manual-install background, and (even more!) bugs in the toxic Win10 version 1809.
Once more we have a monthly Windows/Office patch scorecard that needs a guidebook. Or two.
With the imminent release of Win10 version 1803, the answer to that question leads to actions you need to take right away.
On Wednesday, Microsoft posted a Security Alert that describes a nasty remote code execution bug in the Malware Protection Engine, mpengine.dll.
With Windows 10 FCU — version 1709, build 16299, Redstone 3 — just around the corner, here are the best ways to ensure you install the update when you’re ready, not when Microsoft says so.
Get the latest up-to-date information about problematic Windows and Office patches, and what you need to do (or avoid!) to keep everything running smoothly.
If you’ve installed Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, take a few minutes to make sure you’re getting the most out what Microsoft offers.
Patch Tuesday brings a large dose of fixes, including updates for XP, Server 2003, Vista and Win8, covering the NSA-linked CVE-2017-8543 "wormable" vulnerability
In fact, wait as long as Microsoft will let you, since this is mostly a minor upgrade
ISOs for build 15063 may be available, but users would be wise not to install them until they're ready for prime time
Microsoft's forthcoming Creators Update offers a mixed bag of fixes for Win10's biggest knocks
A hands-on look at whether Microsoft’s Win10 Creators Update will win back your trust
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