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February Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative update causing desktops to disappear

Reports are starting to pour in about a bug — or maybe a conflict — with the February cumulative update for Win10 1903 and 1909, KB 4532693. Installing the patch may leave your machine with a swapped-out main profile, removing all of...

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A large – but manageable – February Patch Tuesday brings critical browser updates

The 99 reported vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft for this February's Patch Tuesday are manageable – even with critical browser patches to deal with.

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How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you shouldn’t

Just because Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox or another your primary browser in Windows 10. (But are you sure you want to?)

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 19564 for the Fast ring, released on Feb. 12, 2020.

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Patch Tuesday: 99 holes, 'exploited' IE fix, Win7 mayhem and UEFI ghost

Microsoft’s February 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes are out, and the result is a huge, jumbled mess. With 164 patches plugging 99 separately identified security holes, klaxon calls to fix an “exploited” IE JScript hole, an unidentified UEFI...

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Thought you already paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates? Think again.

Even if you bought and paid for Win7 extended security patches, and even if you’ve followed all of the instructions to install the ESU key, and even if Microsoft’s test program said your installation was complete — it wasn’t. And...

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Microsoft syncs Edge's release to Chrome's cadence

It looks like Microsoft plans to update its Chromium-based Edge browser at about the same pace Google updates its Chrome browser.

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Microsoft retreats from scheme to change Chrome's search engine

The browser search change was unveiled in January to howls of outrage from users.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4532693, released Feb. 11, 2020.

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Reports say the manual-install-only 'Stretch' bug fix for Win7 and 2008R2 deletes boot file

If you’re trying to install last week’s free fix for Win7 and 2008 R2, KB 4539602 — surprise! Microsoft changed the files yesterday. No indication of what happened or why, but plenty of admins are reporting widespread damage.

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For Patch Tuesday, verify you have 'Pause Updates' enabled

If you like to install Microsoft’s patches as soon as they roll out the chute, hey, have at it. But if you’re even a little bit skeptical, here’s how to make sure your machine isn’t in the first cohort of cannon fodder.

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Anticipating IBM’s coming virtual desktop pivot

With its recent cloud success and a new CEO, IBM is likely to put forth a powerful competitor to the coming Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop. This Virtual Desktop move will undoubtedly change the PC landscape, with IBM holding the...

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Win10 Search blackout due to 'fiber provider' glitch? Pull the other one, Microsoft.

Microsoft blamed the widespread Win10 Search blackout we experienced yesterday on a 'third-party networking fiber provider that experienced a network interruption.' Hogwash. Somebody at Microsoft is beta-testing buggy software on our...

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Microsoft advisory shows whether Edge keeps up with Chrome's patching

The advisory will be updated when Microsoft releases a new version of Edge that includes publicly disclosed security updates from the Chromium project.

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Has your Win10 Search box gone black? Does Search even work?

The Windows 10 Search debacle continues, with many people reporting this morning that their Search box has turned black and that Search itself doesn’t work. The cause seems to be related to Microsoft moving Search from old-fashioned...

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It’s not too late to get an Extended Security Update license for Windows 7

Every business — even a business of one — qualifies to put Extended Security Update patches on a “genuine” Win7 Pro or Ultimate machine. It costs less than $70 and, thanks to a benevolent official Microsoft CSP, it’s not incredibly...

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about.

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The 'optional, non-security' update for Win10 version 1909, KB 4532695, runs zero for two

We had two high hopes for the next patch to Win10 — that Microsoft would finally fix the Win10 version 1909 File Explorer Search bugs, and that the IE JScript Security Advisory ADV200001/CVE-2020-0674 hole would get plugged. Nope and...

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