Windows updates: The four basic patch personalities

Windows updates: The four basic patch personalities

You can be a bleeding-edge Windows user, the cautious type, or even reboot-hesitant. But there's no getting around updates. Here's how to figure out what works best for you.

Patch Tuesday: The rules of updating Windows (and Microsoft apps)

Patch Tuesday: The rules of updating Windows (and Microsoft apps)

It’s important to be proactive when it comes to Microsoft’s updates. Here are some of the rules of the patching road to keep in mind this week.

It’s not me, it’s you: How to keep up with Microsoft cloud services trouble

It’s not me, it’s you: How to keep up with Microsoft cloud services trouble

When cloud-based apps, services and software go down, or when Windows 10 flakes out, it's good to know where to get reliable information about what's happening.

An ‘underwhelming’ Windows 10 21H1 arrives

An ‘underwhelming’ Windows 10 21H1 arrives

Microsoft last week officially rolled out Windows 10 21H1 without much fanfare — and (so far) without any major issues. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re moving ahead with the install.

For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks

For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks

The ransomware attack that shut down a major pipeline in the US offers some lessons for Windows users looking to keep themselves safe.

Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

As May's Patch Tuesday rolls around, it's time to take things slow. Here's how to get Windows 10 do just that.

For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

Sometimes Windows updates just don’t work, and a Microsoft-recommended “sfc /scannow” or DISM command won’t help. So what’s a prudent Windows user to do?

April patch recap: Mostly quiet on the Microsoft front

April patch recap: Mostly quiet on the Microsoft front

April offered few patch surprises from Microsoft, and it’s been much quieter than March, when printing issues arose. Here’s a look at what we’ve seen — and some concerns about a new feature called ‘News and Interests.’

Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes

Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes

Too many users have encountered the dreaded “Windows needs more space” message when trying to update Windows 10. Here’s the bare minimum drive space business and IT professionals should shoot for.

Why 16 is the new 8 for Windows 10

Why 16 is the new 8 for Windows 10

Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform has become something of a memory hog, meaning Windows 10 users need at least 16GB of RAM to keep things running smoothly.

Windows Update for Business: details, details

Windows Update for Business: details, details

Though most Windows 10 users assume Windows update for Business is mainly for, well, business use, it offers plenty of options for controlling updates and working with Intune.

Patch Tuesday recap: This month, an ‘Ides of March’ update?

Patch Tuesday recap: This month, an ‘Ides of March’ update?

As the month winds down, some users may still be having issues with problematic printer drivers and updates. Here’s how to move beyond them.

Microsoft, we need to have a talk

Microsoft, we need to have a talk

This time it's not us, it's you, Microsoft. Your patching process and flawed updates are still creating problems.

Stuck on Windows 10 1909? Some workarounds on moving forward

Stuck on Windows 10 1909? Some workarounds on moving forward

The next feature release of Windows 10, 21H1, is due out in the next couple months. But what happens if you’re still on an older version and want to get unstuck? Here’s what to do.

Of February’s patches, Ignite, and the fate of Windows 10 feature releases

Of February’s patches, Ignite, and the fate of Windows 10 feature releases

February's over, so it's time to focus on this week's Microsoft Ignite event — and what the company has in mind for future features updates for Windows 10.

The .NET patch failure that wasn’t

The .NET patch failure that wasn’t

This month’s patch updates from Microsoft have caused few problems, and though there were some issues related to .NET, even those have been scattered.

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride

A few issues have already cropped up with this month's collection of patches from Microsoft. So, for now, pause updates if you can.

Ahead of Patch Tuesday, a cautionary tale

Ahead of Patch Tuesday, a cautionary tale

As always, the second Tuesday of the month is a big day for Microsoft updates and patches. But even for versions of Windows 10 the company says are business-ready, issues can crop up.

Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Though many Windows 10 users opt for third-party antivirus protection, those who use Microsoft Defender may not be getting all of the protection they could. Here’s how to check your settings and what to change.

For Microsoft’s January patches, no all-clear (yet)

For Microsoft’s January patches, no all-clear (yet)

In particular, KB4535680 could cause headaches for users running HyperV servers with hosted virtual machines.

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