The lack of patches in February means that March’s updates are numerous. Not helping the situation: While Windows 10 updates are cumulative, Office updates may not be depending on your install. Thus we are getting an extra set. It’s a lot to sort through. Microsoft finally got back to a bit of normal with this month’s release. Windows 10, 8 and 7 all received their normal large cumulative updates, most with a security bent. For Windows 10, the cumulative update also included many fixes for other issues on that platform. And in a bit of trivia only patch-a-holics like me love to keep track of, we have now jumped to Knowledge Base articles that begin with 4. For example, the Windows 10 1607 update is KB4013198. In addition we received double the amount of Office updates, but remember, if you are running any of the Office 365 versions that support click-to-run, you won’t see the masses of Office updates, you’ll merely get the click to run update dribbled to you over time. March also meant changes to Microsoft’s communication regarding security bulletins, with the all new Security Portal as the new location for security guidance and information. However, they are still … Read More
March’s updating appears to still be in limbo. No previews of February updates means a smaller expected update for Windows 7. The Patch Day That Still Wasn’t Microsoft still seems to be recovering from whatever caused them to skip releasing Office and Windows security updates on the second Tuesday of the month. Normally on the third week of the month they will release a preview of the following month’s non security updates. This time they only released the overdue Flash update that Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 machines need to be protected as Flash is embedded in that platform. Remember that Flash for Windows 7 is an independent update that comes directly from Adobe. For Windows 8.1 and 10, Flash has to come from Microsoft’s updating mechanism for those platforms. March will also mean changes to Microsoft’s communication regarding security bulletins, with all new Security Portal will be the new location for security guidance and information. What to do: Look for more changes to updating to come. Sha-1 Changes This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
All other Microsoft updates are still on hold at this time, but we may see some non security preview updates for next month. While Microsoft isn’t saying anything public at this time, several reputable sources have informed me that Microsoft will release the overdue Adobe flash update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. I will recommend that you go ahead and install this as soon as possible due to the potential for web based attacks from Flash. While Chrome is deemphasizing Chrome in recent browser releases as noted in the Chrome blog, Windows 10 and 8.1 still have flash as part of the operating system. In the creators release expected this spring, Flash will become of less importance in the operating system. Until then we need to update our browsers with any Flash update as soon as we can. It’s unclear if we’ll see any other non security preview updates for the Windows operating system on Tuesday. If you do I’ll recommend you do not install these updates at this time. Microsoft is still not releasing any security updates that we expected in February and will wait until March to do so. Keep in mind … Read More
In a very unusual move for Microsoft, they held off on releasing updates on Tuesday, February 14th. As noted in their MSRC blog, something happened to cause them to hold off on releasing updates on Patch Tuesday. There was no word if the underlying problem was due to something in the updates or something in the delivery service. Not only were there no Operating system updates released, there were no Office security updates released as well. As a result of this very unusual move, this will be a very abbreviated Patch Watch column for this week. If the updates come out between now and when this newsletter gets sent to you, I’ll be recommending that you hold off on updating just until we get more information as to what the root problem was. For those still suffering from the Windows 10 1607 bug that causes the workstation to hesitate when making new folders on file servers, as noted in this blog post, the good news the fix is in a hotfix available via the Microsoft catalog site. The bad news is the fix was supposed to be in Tuesday’s releases which got delayed. If you go to the catalog site, … Read More
Microsoft has announced that the original release of Windows 10 will fall out of support on March 26, 2017 Meanwhile, those that deferred 1607 should be seeing that update being offered up and trying to install if you have not installed it already. January’s lack of non-security updates means that February won’t have any non-security releases. NEW: Critical Update KB3211320 for Windows 10 Version 1607 On Tuesday night (January 24, 2017), Microsoft released an out-of-band patch for PCs running Windows 10 v. 1607. The Windows 10 build number will remain the same after installation. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
As Microsoft releases a new Windows 10 beta, we get a patching break. Windows 8.1 in fact only has a Flash update to install. Meanwhile, Redmond has been busy with changes to the upcoming Creator’s release. Upcoming Windows 10 changes Dona Sarkar announced a beta release that makes quite a few changes to Windows update. As she noted on the blog site, the following changes are expected in the next large feature release expected around April of 2017: A feature in the GUI to pause updates for 35 days. We’ve added an option that will enable you to pause updates on your computer for up to 35 days. While this feature already exists for Windows pro and above now, it’s only available via group policy or the registry. This capability will unfortunately only be available on Professional, Education, and Enterprise editions of Windows. A feature to allow you to decide whether or not to include driver updates when you update Windows. Once again, this capability will be available on Professional, Education, and Enterprise editions of Windows. A new icon to the Windows Update Settings page to make easier to see your update status at a glance. Improvements to the logic … Read More
By any measure, 2016 was strange and jarring — and that includes Windows patching, which was problematic for both Windows 7 and Windows 10. But a new year brings renewed hope. Among my new-year wishes is one that 2017 is much better for Win10.
Windows 10 1607 users take note: The odd wireless-connection issue that required a system reset might be fixed. Beyond that event, December is a typical month for Office and Windows updating. Rollups and cumulative updates are the order of the day for everyone but Vista users, who still receive separate patches.
I’ll be busy over the Thanksgiving holiday roasting a turkey, starting my Christmas decorating — and installing the November patches I previously recommended holding off on.
Tuesday was the end of a most unusual election year in the U.S., but it was a typical patch week for Windows users, with all-to-common fixes for browsers, the kernel, and other Windows components. On the other hand, November is shaping up as a difficult month for smartphone users.