Woody Leonhard

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Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including "Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies." Get the latest on and vent your spleen about Windows at AskWoody.com.

You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Multiple, angry reports say the newly fixed Win7 Monthly Rollup for April installs successfully, then installs again, and again — on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Win7. The only known solution is to hide the update.

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Just one week after a round of cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions, we get two additional, big patches for Win10 1703 and 1607. There’s also a confusing re-issue of KB 4099950, the largely misunderstood and poorly documented...

Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

Does moving your pen drag the canvas? Welcome to yet another bug in Win10 1709 patches

The company hasn’t officially acknowledged the bug just yet, but a brave Microsoft engineer has presented a detailed explanation of it, complete with a manual Registry fix. It seems that beta testers liked the new behavior so much,...

Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Surprise! There’s a new version of this month’s buggy Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118

Microsoft says it fixed the problem in April's Win7 Monthly Rollup that required installing the security-only patch KB 4093108 in advance, and it re-released KB 4093118.

Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Patch Tuesday brings some surprises, some early crashes, and a surreal solution

Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 continue to get beaten into the ground, and the Win10 1709 patch prompts complaints, as the Windows security patching business gets even more complex.

What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

What happened to the new spring update, Windows 10 version 1803?

Most of the Windows testing world anxiously anticipated that Microsoft would drop Win10 version 1803 yesterday, but we got bupkis — and a tiny patch that may hold the clue for the delay.

Watch out for continuing bugs: Turn off Windows Update, temporarily

Watch out for continuing bugs: Turn off Windows Update, temporarily

Patch Tuesday is just around the corner, and it’s likely Microsoft will finally pull some of the buggy March patches out of the fire. With ten 'critical' patches rumored to be in the pipeline, don’t leave your machine exposed to...

How to block the Windows 10 spring update, version 1803, from installing

How to block the Windows 10 spring update, version 1803, from installing

With the spring feature update to Windows 10 (version 1803, build 17133, Redstone 4) just around the corner, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft....

Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

With Patch Tuesday right around the corner, it’s time to salvage the fixed parts of March’s patches and get them applied. Win7/Server 2008 R2 customers have to choose between a gaping security hole and even more bugs. Here's what you...

Microsoft jiggles — but doesn’t fix — buggy Win7 patches KB 4088875, KB 4088878

Microsoft jiggles — but doesn’t fix — buggy Win7 patches KB 4088875, KB 4088878

A big shakeup last night rearranged the way the buggy March Win7 patches install and clean up after themselves, but added to the lengthy list of known bugs. The key looming bug — “Total Meltdown” — remains a patching enigma.

ScottGu we need you: Please unscrew Windows

ScottGu we need you: Please unscrew Windows

With news about Terry Myerson’s imminent departure from Microsoft, and with the Windows team scattered to the far corners, we may have a chance to get Windows back into usable shape. Scott Guthrie is just the person to pull it off.

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