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Microsoft Rep Says Won’t Fix IE11 Printing Problem Introduced in Security Release

UPDATE: This issue has now been resolved. See: The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update   We let you know recently about a printing bug introduced in a Microsoft security update this month: KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages At the time, the reports stated it was an issue with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7. But, new reports show that the issue also exhibits itself in Windows 10. However, a thread on Microsoft’s developer site (https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/platform/issues/12349663/) takes a strange turn after a report is posted. James M from the Microsoft Edge team says this… Hello, Thank you for providing your feedback on IE11. We are not accepting feedback on Internet Explorer through this portal ...

KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages

UPDATE: This has now been resolved. See: The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update   This new issue is starting to track with more customers reporting the problem. Essentially, after KB4022719 is installed (the monthly rollup for Windows 7 SP1), any content that is opened in a frame in Internet Explorer fails to print. Blank pages print out when users attempt to print the content contained in the frame. Uninstalling KB4022719 solves the problems, but that shouldn’t be the ultimate solution. We’re monitoring the situation. A Microsoft answers thread has been started on the issue: Cannot print single frames, iframes, popups after KB4022719 (July 2017 update)    Additionally: Microsoft Rep Says Won’t Fix IE11 Printing Problem Introduced in Secur...

Fix for AMD Carrizo DDR4 Processor in Latest Windows 7 Monthly Rollup and How to Apply It

As part of the June 2017 Patch Tuesday, the latest Windows 7 monthly rollup finally includes a fix where an unsupported hardware notification is shown and Windows Updates not scanning, for systems using the AMD Carrizo DDR4 processor. However, the fix requires additional steps: Download KB4022719 from Microsoft update catalog. Extract the CAB file from the downloaded .msu file from step 1. Note the path where you stored the CAB file for use in step 3. Run the DISM /Online /Add-Package command to install the update: DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath: CAB file path from step 2.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

.NET Framework Update Issue Suggested Workaround is to Allow Remote Code Execution

Among the patches Microsoft is delivering to supported Windows platforms this month, there’s one specific to the .NET Framework 3.5.1 for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. This particular update has a known issue: Some Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) applications may experience errors caused by using unsecured remote connections. Applications may return an error that has the following message: Get-WmiObject : The method or operation is not implemented. Microsoft’s workaround? …temporarily disable the secure mode from this update…Warning: Enabling this registry entry could allow security vulnerabilities including Remote Code Execution. Full details along with the registry modification here: Description of the Security and Qu...

Installing Four of April’s Updates on an AMD Carrizo DDR4 Processor Blocks Future Updates

Four of this month’s updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1  provide an interesting “known issue” that should be highlighted: If the PC uses an AMD Carrizo DDR4 processor, installing this update will block downloading and installing future Windows updates. – Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. The four affected updates are: 4015549 4015546 4015550 4015547   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Micosoft Separates Internet Explorer Security Updates from Windows Security Updates

As it has done with Windows 10, Microsoft continues to monkey around with Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 updates for efficiency. In the latest round of changes, Microsoft’s Configuration Manager team blog has revealed that this month (March) starts a new process where Internet Explorer updates have been separated from general security updates. IE updates will remain separate and will need to be deployed separately.  This is an effort to “simplify servicing” and reduce the size of the downloads. With this separation, the Security Only Quality Update package size will be significantly reduced, but you will need to deploy and install the Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer to remain secure for the latest supported version of the browser if you elect not to deploy...

Running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 on a Newer Machine? No Updates for You

According to an official Microsoft KB article (4012982) that outlines a problem where certain machines can’t update through Windows Update, the problem could be  because the PC is running on a newer processor – which Microsoft’s policy deems as unsupported. The error: Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows  and you won’t receive updates. Microsoft states there’s no resolution except to upgrade to Windows 10… We recommend that you upgrade Windows 8.1-based and Window 7-based computers to Windows 10 if those computers have a processor that is from any of the following generations: Intel seventh (7th)-generation “Intel Core” processor or a later generation AMD seventh (7th)-generation (“Bristol Ridge”) processor...

Windows 10 March CU KB4013429 Breaks Data Display for Dynamics CRM 2011

UPDATE March 23, 2017: A fix is now available: Microsoft Releases Fix for Form Display Issue for CRM 2011 on IE11 If you’re a Microsoft customer using the combination of Windows 10 and Dynamics CRM 2011, you’ll want to be aware of that this month’s cumulative update for Windows 10 causes display issues for forms and data display in Microsoft’s customer relationship server. A community support thread is located here: Win10 March cumulative update KB 4013429 breaks display of forms in MS Dynamics CRM 2011 The workaround currently is to uninstall the CU. Additionally, some users are also reporting that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs have the same issue. For Windows 7 uninstalling KB4012212 solves the issue, for Windows 8.1 its KB4012216. Microsoft has yet to acknowledge...

Windows 10 Usage Close to Surpassing Windows 7 in North America

According to StatCounter stats, Windows 10 is even-with, or has possibly even surpassed, Windows 17 usage.     Source: StatCounter Global Stats – OS Market Share Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Separates Internet Explorer Updates from Security Updates (Again)

According to an updated blog post on simplifying updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft has decided to remove Internet Explorer updates from the monthly Security Updates and update  its Patch Tuesday policies. This comes just a couple months after altering its policy on updating the pre-Windows 10 operating systems. The move essentially takes a small step back to accommodate customers complaints. Starting with February 2017, the Security Only update will not include updates for Internet Explorer, and the Internet Explorer update will again be available as a separate update for the operating systems listed above. (Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2; IE10 for Windows Server 2012) The blog post goes on to suggest that the reason is to reduc...

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Licenses No Longer Available to OEMs

October 31, 2016 marked the cut-off date for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). A packaged version of Windows 7 Professional became unavailable for retail sale on October 31, 2013 and Windows 8.1 followed suit in September of 2015. However, both have been available to obtain on new PCs until now. Essentially, companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and others that manufacture new PCs will now no longer be able to deliver them with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed. There may be existing retail PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed, but computer hardware delivered for stocking today will come with Windows 10. For those shopping for computers for the holidays, expect only Windows 10 PCs and laptops to be available for purchase. Mainstream and E...

Windows 10 Gains a Little in October, But So Does Windows 7

With Microsoft conceding that its lofty Windows 10 goals were just guidelines, the company is turning to Enterprises in hopes to fill gaps in Windows 10 adoption. Unfortunately, the last couple months have shown that companies are choosing Windows 7 instead. Between August and September, Windows 10 installations actually declined. Between September and October, according to NetMarketshare, Windows 10 has gained a bit, but only by a very small tick.             Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!