Posts Tagged ‘update’

Smaller Windows Updates Thanks to Differential Packages

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

This probably explains why recent Windows updates seem to download and install a lot faster than they did a year or two ago.

Microsoft began to roll out its new Unified Update Platform last year, first on mobile and then for Windows 10 Insider Builds as well. One of the advantages of the platform was the use of differential update packages. This meant, all in all, that update packages would be a lot smaller going forward. While updates are released regularly for retail versions of Windows 10, the advantages of differential update packages become visible the most when feature updates are released.

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Windows 10 Creators Update – No Automatic Restarts After Updates Anymore

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

This is certainly good news. No more setting up one’s system to perform some task overnight, only to wake up in the morning and find out that an update has derailed that task.

Microsoft just announced a major change in regards to how updates are delivered once the Windows 10 Creators Update is installed on a machine. The update to Windows Update prompts users, giving them options to schedule the update for a specific date and time, or to postpone the update for three days straight.

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How to Force Flash Updates in Chrome

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Even though Flash is quickly falling out of favor with many users, there are still plenty of folks who rely on Flash. Since Chrome is sometimes a bit slow about pushing Flash updates, security conscious Flash users might want to be a bit more proactive about updates.

The following guide walks you through the steps of checking the installed Flash version in Google Chrome, and forcing it to update if an outdated version is used by the browser. All versions of the Google Chrome web browser ship with Adobe Flash installed natively in the browser. While Chrome does not support classic NPAPI plugins anymore, Chrome is still supporting PPAPI plugins of which Flash is one.

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Windows 10 Creators Update – New Options to Defer Updates

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to wait a day or two after a new update is released, just to see what kind of bugs other users are reporting before going ahead with the update.

Microsoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates. The option to defer updates in current versions of Windows 10 is limited in several regards. First, it is only available if the Windows 10 edition is Pro, Enterprise or Education.

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Windows 10 Version 1607 Update KB3211320

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

This latest update is definitely a big one, but so far, there isn’t much information available to describe exactly what it does.

Microsoft has released KB3211320 for Windows 10 Version 1607 today through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog service today. The Knowledgebase page of the update is not live yet, which makes it difficult to find out what it is all about.

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How to Update Intel Hardware Drivers

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Although there’s a lot to be said for the old, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” philosophy, it’s still nice to know how this is done … just in case.

Intel Driver Update Utility is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to search for, download, and install Intel driver updates. It is usually a good idea to keep drivers up to date, especially if newer drivers improve the old or add new features that you may be interested in. While there is certainly something to “never change a running system” as well, driver updates may improve a component’s performance, stability or other parameters such as temperature.

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Netgear Releases First Final Firmware Updates for Router Security Issue

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

If you’ve got a Netgear router in your office or home, it’s probably a good idea to be aware of this fix for a recent security glitch.

Netgear has released the first batch of production firmware fixes for company routers affected by a serious security vulnerability. Cert issued a warning on December 9, 2016 that several Netgear routers are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. Cert listed only two router models but has since then added other models to the list.

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Fix Windows Update errors with new Windows 10 repair tool

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Given the number of problems with several recent updates, this service seems like a vital tool for all Windows 10 users.

Fix Windows Update errors is a troubleshooting page on Microsoft’s Support website that aims to help Windows users resolve update related errors. The support page covers Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only. First thing you do is select one of the listed operating systems on the page. What happens afterwards depends on that selection.

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Microsoft Resurrects Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

So you’re a loyal Windows 7 or 8 user, and you thought those annoying “Get Windows 10” notices would no longer be a problem after the free upgrade period ended? Think again.

The past year has not been easy for system owners or administrators on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 who don’t want their systems to be upgraded to Windows 10. The main reason for this was that Microsoft pushed a myriad of patches to devices running previous versions of Windows with the sole aim to get those Windows versions upgraded to Windows 10.

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Cumulative Windows 10 Update KB3194496 Installation Issues

Friday, September 30th, 2016

If you’re having troubles with the latest Windows 10 update, you’re not alone. There’s no fix yet, but hopefully, at least it’s good to know that you’re not alone.

Microsoft pushed out the new cumulative update¬†KB3194496 for Windows 10 that — again — mixes lots of updates into a single massive 753 Megabyte patch (420 Megabytes for the x86 version) for the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10. The update log released here highlights some of the key changes in the cumulative patch. The page lists major updates or changes, with others not even mentioned there.

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