Woody Leonhard

Columnist

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.

Reverse engineering the Win10 1803-to-1903 forced upgrade — coming soon to a PC near you

New Windows 7 'security-only' update installs telemetry/snooping, uh, feature

New Windows 7 'security-only' update installs telemetry/snooping, uh, feature

Three years ago, Microsoft promised to keep Win7 and 8.1 updated with two tracks of patches - Monthly Rollups that include everything and “security-only” patches that are supposed to be limited to security fixes. Guess what just...

  With Patch Tuesday here, make sure you temporarily block Windows Update

With Patch Tuesday here, make sure you temporarily block Windows Update

Last month brought a bevy of “silver bullet” patches, which fixed bugs introduced in earlier patches. This month, save yourself the bother. In most cases it’s easy to tell Windows to back off for a few weeks. You have to patch...

It's time to install the June Windows and Office patches

It's time to install the June Windows and Office patches

June was a lazy, buggy month for Windows and Microsoft Office, with silver bullet patches galore. Things have calmed down now, and it’s time to get the lot installed.

Win10 1909 will be a Service Pack: Good news, but many unanswered questions

Win10 1909 will be a Service Pack: Good news, but many unanswered questions

Yesterday, Microsoft promised that its second version of Windows for 1909, code-named 19H2, but more consistently known as version 1909, will be a traditional Win10 1903 Service Pack 1. Hooray! What’s next?

Microsoft Patch Alert: The Windows patching heavens buzz with silver bullets

Microsoft Patch Alert: The Windows patching heavens buzz with silver bullets

June was one of the buggiest patching months in recent memory – and we still don’t have a straight answer on Win10 1903’s bizarre Update advanced options behavior.

Windows 10 version 1803 customers: Brace for impact

Windows 10 version 1803 customers: Brace for impact

Microsoft just officially announced that it’s revving up its algorithms, with an eye toward pushing Win10 version 1903 on machines running Win10 1803 or earlier. One little problem: It didn’t say how it's going to push. Possibilities...

The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches

The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches

You have to install Windows and Office patches sooner or later. But there’s little reason to install them as soon as they’re rolled out the automatic update chute — and all the reason in the world to wait a couple of weeks. Unless you...

Microsoft is better at documenting patch problems, but issues abound

Microsoft is better at documenting patch problems, but issues abound

For years we’ve been flailing around in the dark after bad patches wreaked havoc on Windows PCs. It often took days, or weeks, to identify bugs based on sporadic reports. The last two months have seen improvement, but there's still a...

Save yourself a headache: Make sure Windows automatic update is off

Save yourself a headache: Make sure Windows automatic update is off

If you’re running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and you haven’t yet installed the latest patches, drop everything and get patched now. For everybody else, it's Patch Tuesday week; you’d be well advised to remove the claws from...

It’s time to install the May Windows and Office patches

It’s time to install the May Windows and Office patches

If you haven’t yet installed the Windows XP/Vista/Win7 patches to guard against the “wormable” BlueKeep Remote Desktop hole, do so now.

How to block the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, from installing

How to block the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, from installing

With the May 2019 feature update to Windows 10 (version 1903) almost ready to hit the fan, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft.

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