Woody Leonhard

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Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including "Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies." Get the latest on and vent your spleen about Windows at AskWoody.com.

It's Patch Tuesday time. Make sure to have auto updates paused.

Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

Despite an unexpected monkey wrench, now is the time to install the July Windows and Office patches

If it weren’t for the schizophrenic behavior of Microsoft’s preview patches, July updating would be a slam dunk. As things stand, you’d be well advised to go ahead and patch – but be aware of the odd behavior.

Microsoft Patch Alert: July 2020

Microsoft Patch Alert: July 2020

Now that Microsoft has fixed an Outlook-killing bug on Microsoft’s own servers by updating Office 365, and re-issued the .NET patch so paying Windows 7 Extended Update customers can get it installed, the remaining problems are largely...

The Windows 10 'End-of-Service' myth

The Windows 10 'End-of-Service' myth

Microsoft publishes an “End of Service” date for each version of Windows 10. While you might think you can hold onto your version of Win10 until that date, Microsoft starts pushing you onto the next version four months early. That...

Windows Update is a bifurcated mess

Windows Update is a bifurcated mess

Windows 10 now has two different Windows Update subsystems, running simultaneously, with different rules, conflicting goals and little documentation. Can’t see this week's Previews? You aren’t alone.

Microsoft releases some 'optional, non-security, C/D Week' Win10 patches. Avoid them.

Microsoft releases some 'optional, non-security, C/D Week' Win10 patches. Avoid them.

In a return to its boorish behavior, Microsoft released several Windows 10 patches, presumably to preview non-security fixes as well as another .NET preview. Microsoft had stopped releasing these confusing middle-of-the-month patches...

Outlook went down for four hours Wednesday. What happened?

Outlook went down for four hours Wednesday. What happened?

The version of Outlook that runs on Windows PCs suddenly stopped working worldwide on Wednesday. The outage wasn’t caused by a bad patch. It wasn’t restored by an update. Microsoft isn’t saying much, but there’s a plausible...

It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Every month we see the same pattern: Microsoft releases a ton of patches, some of them go kablooey, the Chicken Littles cry that you need patch everything right now -- and there are no immediate security problems. Break the habit....

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

June was a cruel patching month, with loads of bugs, lots of initial confusion and a few belated fixes. We now have a pretty good handle on what’s going bump in the night. Here’s how to get your patching caught up.

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

Microsoft nixes update deferral settings, but gives us a TargetReleaseVersionInfo

The company intentionally removed the “update deferral” options from the Win10 version 2004 Update Advanced options pane, ostensibly “to prevent confusion.” Riiiiight. But there’s good news: a newly documented Pro, Education and...

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Debilitating 'Outlook needs to close' bug linked to a bad Windows cumulative update

Microsoft has acknowledged that a combination of the June 2-or-later version of Microsoft 365 (nee Office 365) and the June Win10 cumulative updates cause Outlook to disavow its PST files. The source of the problem seems to be a bug...

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

Windows 10 version 2004 slams into a Storage Spaces brick wall

According to official sources, the latest Windows upgrade contains a bug in the Storage Spaces feature. Information, as usual, is sketchy. We have no idea what triggers the bug, or whether rolling back to 1909 will fix it, but … why...

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