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3..., 2..., 1? How complaints tamed Microsoft's aggressive feature upgrade strategy

Microsoft has constantly shifted its release and support timeline for Windows 10, responding to concerns and complaints from users. Here's how the OS strategy has changed, and what may be coming next.

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It looks as if Microsoft has stopped pushing this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923

There’s no official announcement that I can find, much less an explanation, but it looks as if you can no longer get KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup, through Windows Update. Microsoft apparently yanked it from WU last...

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A second bad driver — this one for audio — gets pushed out by Windows Update. Protect yourself!

Last week, Microsoft pushed two buggy drivers onto Win10 machines. A bad keyboard driver triggered blue screens on HP computers. A buggy audio driver turned off Intel Audio sound. They were fixed over the weekend with KB 4468304 and...

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Microsoft’s massive and important pivot to transparency

Microsoft's new focus on prevention and disclosure is paying off.

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Microsoft cautiously restarts Windows 10 1809 upgrade distribution

The rollout was halted after a bug wiped out some users' files; Microsoft ackowledged that the lost data may not be recoverable.

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Windows 10 quick tips: 11 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause

Fingers point to the Patch Tuesday Win10 cumulative updates, a Windows-pushed HP keyboard driver, or a combination of both. A Microsoft agent says that it’s not just on HP machines and that the cumulative updates have been pulled, but...

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An easy October Patch Tuesday

After a bit of a hiatus, Greg Lambert is back with all the info you need on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update cycle.

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Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.

Yes, it's another Microsoft screwup. Even though it reissued the Win7 Servicing Stack Update and marked it as 'security,' many people won't see it. The problem: Ancient installer update logic. Don't hold your breath waiting for a...

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Win10 version 1809, take two: A guide to the builds and what they break

Yesterday Microsoft explained in full detail all four conditions that led to catastrophic data loss when installing the first release of Win10 version 1809. Here’s what you can expect from the second wave of releases, builds 17763.17...

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What the heck is it with Windows updates?

Lately, it’s been difficult to update Windows systems without running into some showstopping bugs. WTH is going on?

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4464330 (OS Build 17763.55), released Oct. 9, 2018.

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Microsoft ships the final security updates for Windows 10 Home, Pro 1703

Users running one of those editions of Windows 10 will need to upgrade to a newer version if they want to continue getting security and non-security bug fixes.

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Lab rats, Windows 10 and the importance of being last

The file-deletion flaw that plagued last week's rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update shows how Microsoft uses consumers to test out the OS so its important customers – businesses – are protected.

That user's name wasn't Barney NEWTON, was it?

It's almost Y2K, and this small recruiting firm is converting its key systems to client/server and switching from Macs to PCs -- and there's just a bit of culture shock.

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Duck and cover: Turn off Windows Automatic Update and block the Win10 1809 upgrade

Given the likelihood Microsoft will push machines to the next version of Win10 Tuesday -- and the mess the 1809 upgrade created last week – you should lock everything down.

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Microsoft yanks buggy Win10 1809 upgrade, leaving zapped files in its wake

It took four days of complaints about deleted Documents, Photos and other files and late Friday, Microsoft finally pulled the Win10 1809 upgrade. Microsoft has known about the bug for months.

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Microsoft's DaaS plans stick with Surface – for now

Microsoft's device-as-a-service service currently offers a choice of just three Surface configurations, but the company has plans to expand it.

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