Posts Tagged ‘update’

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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KB3189866 Stuck at 45% or 95%? Install it Manually Instead

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Microsoft will most likely address this problem eventually, but in the meantime, a manual update will take care of it.

Reports are coming in that the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, KB3189866 won’t install properly when Windows Update is being used. Users who experience the issue notice that the update stalls at 45% or 95% most of the time, and that it won’t continue with the installation after that point. The usual options to resolve update issues are not helping in this case. Restarting the computer, running Microsoft’s Windows Troubleshooter, clearing the update cache, or resetting Windows update settings don’t help as the update remains stuck whenever Windows begins to download it.

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Windows 10 Annoyance: Apps get Re-Installed After Updates

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Getting used to a new operating system is seldom a fun experience … and problems like this definitely don’t help.

Windows 10 ships with a truckload of system applications that are installed by default. Most of those are created and maintained by Microsoft. Some replace functionality of legacy programs of previous versions of Windows, others are unique to Windows 10. If you go through the listing of installed system apps, you may notice one or the other that you don’t use. 3D Builder is probably a prime example of this. Not only is the app only of use if you work with 3D models and 3D printing, it is also one of the first apps listed in the new Windows 10 start menu.

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Would You Pay a Subscription Fee for Windows?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Although Microsoft hasn’t taken this step yet, it does seem to be the way of the future. Software companies have discovered that subscription fees generate additional revenue, so it’s pretty obvious that they’ll eventually go that route.

Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10’s free for the first year upgrade offer, rumors circulated around the Internet that the company would introduce subscriptions after that time period that all users who had upgraded to Windows 10 for free would have to pay. While those rumors are not true as far as I can tell, it is clear that software companies have been moving towards subscription-based services in the past couple of years.

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