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.

SharePoint Workflows go belly-up when you install the September .Net Security Only patch

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10

From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Win10. Sometimes good things come in free packages.

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There’s a solution.

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There’s a solution.

Two very different installation oddities that have surfaced since Patch Tuesday have a similar source. Beware the insidious (and poorly understood) Servicing Stack Update. Remember: SSU before LCU except after C or if it sounds like...

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact

Patch Tuesday hits tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be benign, as it was in August. Maybe, as in July, the rolled out offal will break everything in sight. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches

Many of you skipped the July patches, and for good reason — they were a mess. Now, finally, it looks as if the combined July and August patches are relatively stable, as long as you avoid the Intel microcode fiasco. Here’s how to...

Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko

Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko

Overnight, Microsoft released 34 patches for all versions of Windows and .Net: Every version of Win10 gets a cumulative update; Win7 and 8.1 get Monthly Rollup Previews; all versions of .Net also get Previews. But beware the Ides of...

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mainstream August patches look remarkably good, but watch out for the bad boys

Microsoft Patch Alert: Mainstream August patches look remarkably good, but watch out for the bad boys

After a round of perilously poor patches in July, this month’s been relatively benign. If you’re worried about Meltdown and Spectre, the Microsoft way may be the worst option, as Intel warns you to keep quiet about performance hits.

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions

Surface Pro 4 firmware update blamed for touchscreen and pen malfunctions

Looks like the July 26 firmware/driver update for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 brought on even more bugs.

2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it wouldn’t push Win10 1803 upgrades onto 1709 machines if the machine has a .Net app (such as QuickBooks Desktop) that relies on TLS 1.2 security. Now it looks as if there’s a fix — but...

Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

In spite of an enormous number of erroneous “known issues” warnings, this month’s crop of Windows and Office patches seems to fix most of the bugs in last month’s patches.

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Another Patch Tuesday is approaching. To avoid the bug chaos that could happen -- like we saw last month -- make sure Automatic Update for Windows is turned off.

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Is Intel building a new version of its Coffee Lake chipset just for Win7?

Intel is in the process of releasing a souped-up Coffee Lake chipset that will actually work with Windows 7, according to Anandtech. The trick will be convincing Microsoft to allow updates to the new H310C.

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