March madness: Microsoft's terrible month of Windows and Office patches

March madness: Microsoft's terrible month of Windows and Office patches

Microsoft faces a metric mess of Windows and Office bugs after last month's respite

03/22/17

Windows 7 patch block takes out AMD processor

Windows 7 patch block takes out AMD processor

A report has surfaced about the new Win7/8.1 patch ban disabling Windows Update on an older AMD A6-8570 processor

03/22/17

Search begins for workarounds to Microsoft's Win7/8.1 on Kaby Lake/Ryzen patch ban

Search begins for workarounds to Microsoft's Win7/8.1 on Kaby Lake/Ryzen patch ban

As threatened, Microsoft is actively blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on newer hardware, but users report some success in getting around the ban

03/22/17

Microsoft issues KB 4015438 emergency fix for Windows 10

Microsoft issues KB 4015438 emergency fix for Windows 10

After two months with no patches, Tuesday's release introduced several severe bugs, two of which warranted an emergency fix today

03/20/17

Mystery update KB 3150513 makes yet another reappearance

Mystery update KB 3150513 makes yet another reappearance

You probably don’t want this update—long implicated in advanced Microsoft snooping—on your Windows system

03/20/17

Botched Windows patch KB 3178690 freezes, crashes Excel 2010

Botched Windows patch KB 3178690 freezes, crashes Excel 2010

Microsoft admitted the problem and has stopped forcing the bad patch through automatic update, but hasn’t pulled the update

03/20/17

There's a possible fix for Windows update bug that breaks Dynamics CRM

There's a possible fix for Windows update bug that breaks Dynamics CRM

An anonymous poster has come up with a one-line solution to the CRM formatting bug that appears to work -- in most cases

03/17/17

Is Microsoft blocking Win7/8.1 updates on Kaby Lake and Ryzen chips?

Is Microsoft blocking Win7/8.1 updates on Kaby Lake and Ryzen chips?

KB 4012982 says that Microsoft will prevent updates on the newer hardware, but has actually seen one of the error messages?

03/16/17

Confirmed: Windows 10 update KB 4013429 breaks Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Confirmed: Windows 10 update KB 4013429 breaks Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

An Internet Explorer update in the latest cumulative rollup for Win10 Anniversary Update causes major display rendering problems

03/16/17

In a big crop of Windows fixes, Patch Tuesday includes a few surprises

In a big crop of Windows fixes, Patch Tuesday includes a few surprises

Microsoft showers users with patches for Office and Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 after a skipped month

03/15/17

Microsoft pulls botched WPD driver

Microsoft pulls botched WPD driver

After pushing a bad driver onto PCs through Automatic Update, Microsoft posts the complex series of steps necessary to remove it

03/10/17

OneDrive’s missing smart files found in Google Drive

OneDrive’s missing smart files found in Google Drive

OneDrive's long-lost 'smart files' still haven't returned to Windows 10, but Google will soon have the equivalent feature in Drive

03/10/17

Details emerge about mysterious Windows WPD driver

Details emerge about mysterious Windows WPD driver

By foisting an outdated WPD driver on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 systems, Microsoft has wreaked havoc on some USB connections

03/09/17

Mysterious WPD driver is installing on Windows PCs, triggering errors

Mysterious WPD driver is installing on Windows PCs, triggering errors

Nobody seems to know what the new driver does, so it's best to avoid the update for now

03/08/17

How to disable advertising in Windows 10 File Explorer

How to disable advertising in Windows 10 File Explorer

Microsoft has introduced yet another bit of unwelcome advertising in Windows 10, but it's easy to shut off if you know the trick

03/08/17

Windows snooping patches KB 2952664, KB 2976978 are back (again)

Windows snooping patches KB 2952664, KB 2976978 are back (again)

Microsoft's nonsecurity patch day introduces 18 new updates for Office 2013 and 2016 in total

03/07/17

Microsoft endorses convoluted technique for installing Windows 7 from scratch

Microsoft endorses convoluted technique for installing Windows 7 from scratch

Users will have a tough row to hoe if they follow the advice posted on TechNet

03/07/17

How to block automatic updates in the next version of Windows 10

How to block automatic updates in the next version of Windows 10

Pro and Enterprise versions of Windows 10 Creators Update will finally get built-in tools to stall forced updates

03/03/17

Now's the time to get caught up on Windows and Office patches

Now's the time to get caught up on Windows and Office patches

Microsoft released a minimal set of patches in February, so those of you who have been waiting should now get fully caught up

03/02/17

Windows 10 update KB 3213986 triggers System Restore error 0x80070091

Windows 10 update KB 3213986 triggers System Restore error 0x80070091

Installing the January cumulative update for the Win10 Anniversary Update leaves System Restore useless on many systems

03/02/17

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