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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!

Lookout ConfigMgr Admins, Windows Monthly Updates are Gonna Get Huge

Written for Adaptiva by Cliff Hobbs, Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility and Founder and CEO of One of the biggest pain points in maintaining any IT infrastructure is keeping it up to date. A vendor software update may be fixing a bug, addressing reliability issue, plugging a security vulnerability, or sometimes adding minor features/enhancements between major releases. Prior to Windows 10 we have been able to selectively decide which updates we want to install rather than a blanket “install all” approach. This selective approach though has given us problems. Probably the biggest issue is that you can potentially end up with different machines having different patch combinations installed across your estate. This does not help in large environments where you are trying to keep...

Windows activation fails and may generate error code 0x8004FE33

These issues may occur when you connect to the Internet through a proxy server on which Basic authentication is enabled.

Tips for App-V 5.0 Sequencer Configuration

When it comes to setting up a good configuration for an App-V 5.0 SP2 (or later) sequencer, the items below are typically what I like to establish.  This list may not be fully complete and could be added to over time.  Optionally, if you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment below! […]

ConfigMgr: Windows 7 32-bit and Software Updates

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrKB'sSCCMWindows 7Pretty nasty bug out there right now with 32-bit Windows 7 and Software Updates.  If you are struggling with getting your clients to download/install updates.  Check your WindowsUpdate.log, if you see the following error: WARNING: ISusInternal::GetUpdateMetadata2 failed, hr=8007000E Then I’d strongly encourage you to apply the following KB/Hotfix (KB3050265).  Here is also a great article […]