Patch Tuesday

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Patch Again Tuesday Brings New GPO Setting

Microsoft today has rolled out new updates for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607. Among the slew of fixes included in the updates, Microsoft has also developed a new Group Policy setting that should help customers with PCs that have difficulty with network connections. New setting… Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”. This determines how Windows will disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to the network. If enabled, Windows will soft-disconnect (disconnection is not immediate or abrupt) a computer from a network. If disabled, Windows disconnects a computer from a network immediately. If not configured, the default behavior is soft-disconnect. ...

Microsoft Clarifies the Delivery Date for Its Upcoming Auto-uninstall Feature for Bad Updates

Microsoft’s bad updates abound and apparently, the company is giving up trying to fix the updates itself. There’s just too many variables and PC variances to ensure that a single update will be successful for every configuration. So, to give the company time to resolve issues introduced by supposedly “bad” updates, a new strategy is being introduced. Announced through a KB article recently, updates will have the ability to uninstall (or rollback) themselves when problems are found. At the time of the KB article release, though, there’s was no further information about when this feature would be available. Now there is. According to a recent edit on the KB article… This new feature is only available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Insider Preview,...

SHA-2 Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2 Released, Required by July

Microsoft today has released its SHA-2 support update for Windows Server Update Services. This update is available now and is required to be installed by July 2019. To align with industry standards, Microsoft is moving away from using SHA-1 signatures for future updates and moving to SHA-2 signatures (see KB4472027 for more details). Without applying this SHA-2 update, beginning July 2019, WSUS 3.0 SP2 (also called WSUS 3.2) will not be able to perform the necessary WSUS update tasks. Starting with WSUS 4.0 on Windows Server 2012, WSUS already supports SHA-2-signed updates, and no customer action is needed for these versions. This update is necessary for those customers still using WSUS 3.0 SP2. Details: SHA-2 Support for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2

Microsoft Office Security Updates for March 2019

Microsoft Office received its fair share of updates the first Tuesday of the month during the regularly scheduled non-security Office update event. But, that wasn’t enough to push off much-needed security updates for Microsoft’s Office servers. Here is what’s available today…   Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 Product Knowledge Base article title and number SharePoint Server 2019 Description of the security update for SharePoint Server 2019: March 12, 2019 (KB4462199) Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Product Knowledge Base article title and number SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016 Description of the security update for SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016: March 12, 2019 (KB4462211) Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Product Knowledge Base article title and number P...

KB4489899 Seeks to Resolve Reported Windows 10 Performance Issues

A problem with a recent Windows 10 cumulative update forced Microsoft to agree with customers that the update caused Windows to underperform. For a lot of customers, Windows 10 gaming would slow to a crawl. Microsoft even suggested that customers should uninstall the update. In the stack of updates for March 2019’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is including a fix for the performance issues. March 12, 2019—KB4489899 (OS Build 17763.379) – Addresses an issue that may degrade graphics and mouse performance with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2, after installing KB4482887. Of course, affected users may want to install this right away, considering it describes a fix. However, as has been the case many times with Microsoft’s promised fixes, it pays to wai...

Known Issues (so far) for March 2019 Patch Tuesday Updates

Each month Microsoft prepares customers for the problems it knows about when delivering the bevy of updates designed to make its software more secure.  These are things that the company identified during testing and will likely fix later. However, the first 24 hours are crucial, as customers tend to locate and report on the stack of unknown issues that couldn’t be detected during testing. Here’s what Microsoft has communicated already… 4489878 Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (Monthly Rollup) – After installing this update, Internet Explorer 10 may have authentication issues. This occurs when two or more people use the same user account for multiple, concurrent login sessions on the same Windows Server machine, including Remote Desktop...

Microsoft Bringing New Auto-uninstall Feature for Misbehaving Windows Updates

In preparation for March 2019 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has just rolled out a new KB article that describes an unannounced new feature. The feature will cause Windows Updates to uninstall if the OS encounters trouble booting after an update has been installed. The KB article: Why were recently installed updates removed? Additionally, when problems are found and updates are uninstalled, the Windows Update service will block problematic updates from reinstalling for 30 days – which should allow Microsoft necessary time to develop a permanent fix. This is an awesome idea if it works. Except for the KB article, Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement about this feature. However, the timing of the article is interesting, considering Patch Tuesday is upon us.

It’s Not You, It’s Us – Most Versions of Windows 10 Plagued by MSI Error 1309

This issue affects mainly Enterprises that deploy software where the installation files and instructions are compiled into MSI files. Microsoft has admitted that there’s a blanket error across many version of Windows 10, including 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607. The error is “Error 1309” when installing software using MSI or MSP format files. Normally, the Error 1309 is considered to be because the installation doesn’t have the proper elevated rights to install… It is possible that you have not run the setup program as an administrator; that is why it is showing error 1309. To fix error 1309, run the setup program as an administrator. First exit it, and right click the SETUP.EXE or INSTALL.EXE file, and select Run as Administrator option. But, in the case of...

Microsoft Agrees with Customers – KB4482887 Causes Severe PC Performance Problems and Should be Uninstalled

Microsoft delivered a surprise cumulative update for Windows 10 1809 on March 1st. The update delivered a slew of supposed fixes, but customers discovered almost immediately that the update caused severe graphics and mouse performance problems when playing specific games. Microsoft has now updated Windows 10 1809’s history page to reflect the admission that, yes, there are performance problems. After installing KB4482887, users may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games (eg: Destiny 2). The company may not provide a quick update but may wait until the next scheduled cumulative update release. However, a short term resolution provided by the company, says to uninstall the update if the problem becomes an annoyance. As a short-t...

Microsoft Flights It’s March 2019 Non-security Office Updates

As has become usual fare, Microsoft has kicked off its March patching cadence with non-security updates for Office. Here’s what’s available right now: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Access 2010 (KB4018363) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461626) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589339) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4462229)   Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4462201) Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4092455) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4462206) Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB4461484)   Office 2016 Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4462192) Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4462212) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461439) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462214) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462195) Up...

Microsoft Rolls Out Fresh Fixes for Certain Windows 10 Versions

As is the case each month, Microsoft will generally deliver its first round of updates during the second Tuesday of the month to supply security fixes, and then use the rest of the month to deliver more updates to solve additional problems – some of those happen to be caused by the first round. Without nary an apology, Microsoft calls this next round “quality updates.” Microsoft has now made available another round of cumulative updates for the following Windows 10 editions (click each to see the list of fixes): Windows 10, version 1803 Windows 10, version 1709 Windows 10, version 1703 Windows 10, version 1607Windows Server 2016 So far, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 version, 1809, has been left out of the mix. This doesn’t mean that it still won’t see an...

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Will be Retired in Windows 10 1903

In the next feature update for Windows 10 (1903), the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) option will no longer be available in the Settings panel of Windows Update. And, not just that, this option is no longer a piece of the Windows Update for Business system. According to John Wilcox with Microsoft: Beginning with Windows 10, version 1903 (the next feature update for Windows 10), the Windows 10 release information page will no longer list SAC-T information for version 1903 and future feature updates. Instead, you will find a single entry for each new SAC release. In addition, if you are using Windows Update for Business, you will see new UI and behavior to reflect that there is only one release date for each SAC release. If you use System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Server Update Se...