Developer David Xanatos has done a terrific job of improving and extending the capabilities found in the Windows Update MiniTool in his Windows Update Manager (WuMgr) program. It should be part of an Windows admin’s or power user’s toolkit.
As Microsoft brings a Windows 10 Feature Upgrade to completion, there’s a period immediately leading up to the latest release (1809 in the most recent case) where the Skipahead and Fast Ring releases merge. This continues past the official release of that feature upgrade for a while. In the past, at some point the two
In the wake of an occasionally botched or buggy 1809 release, let’s step back and look at what’s up and what it all means. Please: be careful out there!
Late last night, Microsoft temporarily stopped delivering Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, both released earlier this week. At this moment, the official download site for Windows 10 has reverted back to version 1803, and Azure Marketplace only offers Windows Server 2016 and older. Quoting Microsoft: We have paused the rollout of the
On Friday, I went upstairs to work on my wife’s PC. An end-of-month Cumulative Update, KB4346783, had been installed automatically, and I needed to restart the machine while she was out of the house to complete that process. Much to my surprise and consternation, the following notification appeared on that machine right after I logged
HP Inc’s Q3 earnings show strong growth for its Personal Systems division. CEO Dion Weisler credits the “Windows 7 sunset” for spurring a hardware refresh in the business sector as a “positive stimulus.”
DISM offers tools to report on the size of the Windows Component Store that also recommend when cleanup is needed. Cleanups can recover multiple gigs of disk space, especially after a cumulative or multiple new Windows Updates.
I’ve been following the work of Susan Bradley, often known as “The Patch Lady,” for more than 10 years. I’ve been a subscriber to the Windows Secrets Newsletter for at least that long. And I believe she was already working with Brian Livingston back in the day when he still ran that particular show. Recently,
When Martin Brinkman of ghacks.net explains a recent Windows Update that forces three consecutive reboots, I share his pain and his dismay at that experience. Please fix this, MS! Not good.
Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.