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Antivirus Vendors Still Struggling to Support Microsoft’s Latest Windows Update

Some headway has been made to support Microsoft’s latest Windows update with Arcabt and Avast releasing emergency fixes – but for many other antivirus firms, the latest round of Windows updates is still causing many PCs to become unstable and fail to boot. Microsoft is still blocking the update from installing on those PCs that are detected to run the troublesome antivirus packages. Those still without final resolutions remain: Sophos Avira McAfee While Microsoft continues to work with the antivirus vendors, guidance for temporarily resolving problems has been released from some of them: Sophos support article Arcabit support article Avast support KB article McAfee Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (Host IPS) 8.0 Note that these issues only ...

Microsoft Blocks April 2019 Windows Updates Causing Boot Problems

Microsoft has now blocked a few updates from being downloaded and installed due to a problem that exists between Sophos Antivirus and the updates. The updates affected are: KB4493467 KB4493446 KB4493448 KB4493472 KB4493450 KB4493451 Per the Known Issue note: Microsoft and Sophos have identified an issue on devices with Sophos Endpoint Protection installed and managed by either Sophos Central or Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC) that may cause the system to freeze or hang upon restart after installing this update. Microsoft has temporarily blocked devices from receiving this update if the Sophos Endpoint is installed until a solution is available. For more information see the Sophos support article.

KB4493467 from April 9, 2019 Causing Windows PXE Boot Issues

Customers have reported and Microsoft has now identified issues with KB4493467 that those deploying this update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 should be aware of. Issue:  After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension. Workarounds:  To mitigate the issue, disable the Variable Window Extension on WDS server using one of the following options: Option 1: Open an Administrator Command prompt and type the following: Wdsutil /Set-Transpo...

Microsoft Wants to Hear About Your Windows Update Experiences

Dona Sarkar with the Windows Insider team at Microsoft is asking for help getting information from customers about their Windows Update experiences. This questions in this survey seem to indicate the company is looking to make changes in how it develops and distributes information about Windows Updates, so it’s a good thing to participate. There’s even a spot for additional comments – so go wild!   #WindowsInsiders: I know we may be kind of biased, but the Windows Update team would love your input on your Windows update experience. We’d really appreciate if you took 2 mins to let us know! — D:\ona\Sarkar (@donasarkar) March 27, 2019

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. ...

Tip: Roll Your Own Windows 10 Toast Notifications for Upgrades and Reboots

Martin Bengtsson has put together a cool script that you can use to develop your own toast notifications to warn users about available upgrades or PC reboots. The Windows 10 Toast Notification Script enables you to create nice and nifty toast notifications for the logged on user in Windows 10. This can be done with Configuration Manager or with Group Policy Preferences and Scheduled Tasks (and probably other means too). Download: Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Configuration and usage information: Windows 10 Toast Notification Script

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,...

Tip: Using PowerShell to Perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image

OSDBuilder is a PowerShell module capable of performing offline servicing for Windows images. OSDBuilder is the product of David Segura, a self-described Windows Offline Servicing and Customization Expert.  Details including documentation and guidance are available from the same website as the download: OSBuilder Home OSBuilder is a PowerShell module to help you perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image. By using an Offline method of configuring an Operating System, it can then be imported in MDT or SCCM and used like any other OS Deployment. This includes being able to use in an Upgrade Task Sequence, which you cannot do with a Captured Image. The main difference between OSBuilder and other scripted methods for Servicing a Windows Image Offline is that OSBuilder create...

With a Serious Exploit Being Actively Targeted Against Windows 7, Google Pushes Windows 10 Upgrades

Google recently patched a zero-day flaw in its Chrome web browser, but a second one that affects Windows 7 is still being actively exploited. Google relayed the information about the vulnerability to Microsoft, and the Windows company has responded directly to Google that a fix is in the works. Of course, there’s no timeline given, so Windows 7 users are vulnerable. Based on the vulnerability that only affects Windows 7, Google is providing this guidance: As mitigation advice for this vulnerability users should consider upgrading to Windows 10 if they are still running an older version of Windows and to apply Windows patches from Microsoft when they become available. We will update this post when they are available. Details: Disclosing vulnerabilities to protect users across platform...

Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 Computers

Microsoft has provided an installation tool for non-Windows 10 computers to enjoy self-service registration on the corporate domain. The tool is distributed through an .MSI file and is available for download: Microsoft Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 computers The tool allows you to register non-Windows 10 computers for Workplace Join and supports the following non-Windows 10 systems: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

February Cumulative Update for Windows 7 Makes it Difficult to Troubleshoot NIC Problems

With the rollout of Microsoft’s monthly updates for Windows 7, a new bug has been introduced that could make troubleshooting network problems more difficult. After installing this update, the Event Viewer may not show some event descriptions for network interface cards (NIC). Microsoft doesn’t go any further in describing exactly what event descriptions are forfeit but does promise a resolution to the issue sometime in March 2019.

Mid-February Slated for Microsoft to Fix Virtual Machines for Windows 7

As has often been the case, Microsoft has introduced a new gotcha this month in the cumulative update for Windows 7. After installing this update, virtual machines (VM) may fail to restore successfully if the VM has been saved and restored once before. The error message is, “Failed to restore the virtual machine state: Cannot restore this virtual machine because the saved state data cannot be read. Delete the saved state data and then try to start the virtual machine. (0xC0370027).” This affects AMD Bulldozer Family 15h, AMD Jaguar Family 16h, and AMD Puma Family 16h (second generation) microarchitectures. Microsoft is aware of the issue and has set mid-February as a tentative time to see a fix. Stay close, we’ll keep a watchful eye out and let you know when the fix is available.

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