What we know so far about the unusual Windows 10 1909

Microsoft has acknowledged that this fall’s “feature upgrade” for Windows 10 will be virtually identical to the already-available version 1903 released in May. “19H1 and 19H2 share the same servicing content. That means they share the same Cumulative Update package,” Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc, the spokespeople for Microsoft’s Windows …

The old switcheroo

Pilot fish recalls the days before ATX power supplies connected to the motherboard. Back then, all PC technicians eventually had to replace a power switch when replacing a power supply, and almost all managed to pop a circuit breaker at some point by connecting the switch leads incorrectly. It happened …

Heads up: A free, working exploit for BlueKeep just hit

There’s been a lot of discussion about BlueKeep, its ramifications and various strategies for blocking it. In a nutshell, it’s a security hole in the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol that allows a malicious program to enter your machine – if you have Remote Dekstop turned on, it’s accessible directly from …

The wrong way

It’s the ’90s and IT consultant pilot fish is called by a worried client. He recalls that when the company’s network was set up, the tech had explained that there was a right way and a wrong way to shut down a Windows 95 PC. But he doesn’t quite remember …

Patching behavior in Win10 1903 changes dramatically – for the better

For years, my main objection to Windows 10 has been its cavalier attitude toward patching: You got the monthly cumulative update (“quality updates”) whenever Microsoft pushed it; you got new versions (“feature updates”) when Microsoft’s vaunted AI (now called ML) decided your machine could take them; and heaven help you …

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 user share surges as loafers heed impending deadline

Windows 10 for the second straight month surged in user share as the drive toward the deadline for its Windows 7 predecessor entered its final five months. According to analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10’s share of all personal computers jumped 2.1 percentage points – the second consecutive month of …

A tiny sop to Win10 1903 users bitten by the KB 4512941 Cortana/SearchUI.exe redlining bug

On Friday, Microsoft released KB 4512941, the long-anticipated second August cumulative update for Win10 version 1903 – which is to say, the latest patch for the latest version of Windows. Within a few hours, people were complaining on various online forums that installing the update immediately triggered excessive CPU use. …

Microsoft Patch Alert: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

What happens when Microsoft releases eight – count ‘em, eight – concurrent beta test versions of Win10 version 1909 without fixing bugs introduced into 1903 on Patch Tuesday? Pan. De. Moaaan. Ium. The VB/VBA/VBScript debacle No doubt, you recall the first wave of pain inflicted by the August 2019 patching …

Microsoft: Enterprises have upgraded Windows 10 just once a year from the start

When Microsoft extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education – making it much easier for organizations to upgrade the OS just once a year – it simply bowed to a reality that had been in place since the operating system’s debut in 2015, according to a company document. In …

Microsoft offers free post-2020 Windows 7 support for Win 10 Enterprise subscribers

Microsoft is giving away one year of post-retirement support for Windows 7 to customers with active Windows 10 subscriptions. “Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EA and EAS) customers with active subscription licenses to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security will get Windows 7 …