Woody Leonhard

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Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including "Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies." Get the latest on and vent your spleen about Windows at AskWoody.com.

There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10

Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model

Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model

It’s official. In the mind-bending (and internally inconsistent) quagmire that has become Windows updating terminology, Win10 version 1809 is now in 'phased rollout' but not yet in 'Semi-Annual Channel (not Targeted).' If you don’t...

MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!

MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!

In the three years since Microsoft defined its Insider Rings, we’d seen it use them in the way they were intended only once. Now we’re up to twice. At last, more signs of intelligence in Redmond.

Patch Tuesday updates for Win7, KB 4480970 and KB 4480960 knock out networking

Patch Tuesday updates for Win7, KB 4480970 and KB 4480960 knock out networking

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...

Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.

Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.

The year is yet young, and Microsoft has already issued, then plucked, four bad patches. Do yourself a favor and let the cannon fodder test the patches before you put them on your machine.

Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear

Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear

There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about the way-out-of-band “emergency” Internet Explorer patch last week and its changing workaround instructions. Server 2016’s known bugs list runs more than a page. Still, now’s a reasonably...

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mystery patches for IE and Outlook 2013 leave many questions, few answers

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mystery patches for IE and Outlook 2013 leave many questions, few answers

With much of the Windows blogosphere in full Chicken Little mode over an undisclosed bug in Internet Explorer – and reports of problems with that patch – we’ve seen a reasonably tranquil patching month erupt in holiday-season glitter....

It’s official: Win10 ‘seekers’ will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

It’s official: Win10 ‘seekers’ will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

Yesterday Microsoft announced that, with a few notable exceptions, anyone running Windows 10 who clicks “Check for updates” may well end up with the new Win10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809.

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

A rather light Patch Tuesday this month brought security fixes for every version of Windows and every version of Office. Edge’s ChakraCore takes another one on the chin. Only one known zero-day, and it’s not directed at garden-variety...

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

If you enjoy drinking out of a toxic fire hydrant, by all means, keep Windows Update enabled. But if you’re a bit skeptical about Windows patches, here are the easy steps to set and verify that the wolves are barred from the door....

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

With the buggy Win10 version 1803 cumulative update officially yanked, two bad Office patches pulled, and the Win10 1809 forced upgrade momentarily defanged, the coast is clear to install November’s patches. Here’s what you need to...

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

The worst version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 10 SOND 2018 Update, just received its first cumulative update in more than three weeks. The fifth version of the “non-security” update, KB 4469342, was released late yesterday....

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