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.
Some left-over issues for Windows and Office
As 2016 comes to a close, I’m still tracking a few Win10 1607 bugs that are causing problems with my Office network. I can only hope that they’ll be corrected in early 2017.
Microsoft Support article KB 3198614 describes one of the issues: access to shared files. My small-business network had indexing turned on so we could quickly and easily find shared documents.
However, after updating office workstations to Win10 1607, I had to disable indexing. A flaw in the update causes File Explorer to freeze when a shared folder is created or renamed; then an error message pops up and we can’t access the folder for about 20 to 30 seconds.
Oddly, the problem doesn’t appear on systems upgraded to the Windows Insider edition. But using a beta OS isn’t an option for the majority of us — especially in business applications. Nor is rolling back to Version 1511 an easy solution. According to a MS TechNet post, the fix will show up in a cumulative update, sometime next year.
The upcoming Windows Creators version of Win10 will reportedly bring two needed changes. First, Microsoft promises to retain our preferred Start menu and user-preferences settings when we install feature (nonsecurity) updates.