Posts Tagged ‘update’

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.


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.


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.


Microsoft wants to make Windows 7 and 8.1 Updating Easier

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

While these changes may or may not make updating easier, the separation of security and non-security patches will probably make the process slightly more confusing.

Microsoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company’s Windows operating system today. The company created what it calls rollup packages for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which are designed to bring the operating system to the newest patched version without having to install all updates released for it one by one.


Beware, KB3135173 for Windows 10 May Reset Default Apps (Again)

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Apparently, many users have reported problems with one of the recent patches for Windows 10.

Reports are coming in that the recent patch for Windows 10 with the identifier KB3135173 may reset default applications on systems it is installed on. We have talked about Windows 10 resetting default applications before, the first time happening shortly after release of the operating system.


Firefox 44 – Find Out What’s New

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Firefox is due for yet another update this week, so here’s a quick summary of features provided by Firefox 44.

The official release data of Firefox 44 is January 26, 2016. This overview provides you with detailed information about the new release including new features and changes in the desktop version of Firefox and the Firefox version for Android. Mozilla updates all channels of the browser that it makes available at the same time. This means that Beta, Developer Edition, Nightly and Firefox Extended Support Release channels will be updated as well.


Windows 10 Update KB3081424 Causing Issues for some Users

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

If your PC has been acting strange since the last Windows 10 update, this will probably help to explain why …

Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 update KB3081424 last week. It is a cumulative update for Windows 10 that contains fixes released previously and new fixes. The Microsoft Knowledge Base article does not reveal the features that got patched, only the files that change when the update is installed on Windows 10 machines. While the update did install fine on most machines, a small number of users ran into reboot issue during installation.


KB3074681 Highlights Why Mandatory Updates on Windows 10 are not a Good Idea

Monday, July 27th, 2015

This happens far too often; one would think that Microsoft would do a better job of troubleshooting software updates before they’re released.

If you run the latest insider build 10240 of Windows 10 you may have already received update KB3074681 which is a cumulative security update for Windows 10 that Microsoft released on July 25. The update installs fine on machines running the operating system but seems to introduce several Explorer related bugs at the same time which users may notice when executing different actions on the system.


Confirmed – Windows 10 Home Users to Receive Forced Updates

Friday, July 17th, 2015

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, security-related updates should probably be mandatory, but on the other, what if you’re happy with the way your operating system works and you don’t want to be forced to make unnecessary changes?

About two months ago rumors came up that updates could become mandatory for machines running editions of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Details were scarce at the time but it was clear that Microsoft intended to use different update channels based on Windows 10 editions. It appears that forced updates have been confirmed now through two different sources. If you have installed the RTM build of Windows 10 10240 you have accepted the EULA displayed to you on first start of the system.


Fixing Java Update Did Not Complete Error Code: 1603

Friday, June 26th, 2015

I haven’t run into this myself (yet,) but maybe you have.

I have received the error message “Java update did not complete. Error Code: 1603” for months whenever I tried to update the Java installation on a PC running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The error would come up at the end of the installation after Java files were downloaded and the software was seemingly installed on the operating system.