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September 3, 2014  9:41 AM

Rollup Redux: MS Re-releases KB 2975719 on September 2

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Windows 8.1

In the wake of a series of botched Windows Updates that started on August 12 (our first "Update Tuesday" if you like the new nomenclature, or our most recent "Patch Tuesday" if you prefer the old), MS re-released another update yesterday. This one's an optional update rollup that applies to Windows...

August 29, 2014  9:53 AM

MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

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Windows 8.1

On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At...


August 27, 2014  9:50 AM

Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

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Adware, Windows 8.1

One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and enthusiastic user of Piriform's 2 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


August 22, 2014  9:26 AM

Chronic OneDrive/SkyDrive Problems Widespread

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Windows 8.1

OK, I confess: I don't always look at the Windows Reliability Monitor as often as I should. But when I did recently, I discovered an issue on my primary production Windows 8.1 desktop that further research showed me is pretty widespread. If you try a Google search on " 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


August 20, 2014  12:09 PM

MS Recommends Uninstalling Any of 4 Recent Updates

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Windows 8.1

When MS pushed the August updates just over a week ago, they clearly did not expect the kinds of problems that have emerged in the wake of their release. 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


August 18, 2014  10:49 AM

MS Quietly Extends Hotfixes for All Current IE Versions After Recent Security Update

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Internet Explorer

I didn't actually experience any problems myself -- at least, not that I noticed -- after last week's Update Tuesday brought a round of security updates for all current versions of the Internet Explorer (7 through 11, that is) for Windows. But when my colleague and co-worker Kim came to work in my...


August 15, 2014  10:33 AM

Precision Touchpad Updates on Update Tuesday

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TouchPad, Windows 8.1

I read with interest in the previews of coming attractions for last Tuesday's Windows updates that "Precision touchpad improvements" were on their way into Windows 8.1 as part of the limited set of functionality enhancements included in their number (which varied from a low of 18 KB items on...


August 13, 2014  2:20 PM

Intel Wireless Driver Update Causes Win8.1 Repair Gyrations

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Image Backup, Windows 8.1

After installing yesterday's "Update Tuesday" security and functionality updates on my Fujitsu Q704, I ran the Intel Driver Update Utility on that machine to see what might be new on that front, and discovered a new driver for the N-7620 Dual Band Wireless interface on that machine. I promptly...


August 6, 2014  11:21 AM

MS Explains “August updates” for Windows 8.1 and more

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Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

Yesterday, MS Senior MarComm Manager Brandon LeBlanc posted some interesting info about the upcoming updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 scheduled for August 12 (next week) over on 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


July 30, 2014  11:48 AM

Rumor Roundup: Windows’ Future Lacks Clarity

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Windows 8.1, Windows Updates

With the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 Update 2 reportedly immanent, expected to fall on Patch Tuesday in August (8/12/2014), there's certainly been a lot of fuss and bother lately about what's coming (or not) for upcoming Windows releases including that particular one. With a variety of Russian...


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