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The second round of October patches arrives — with a few twists and a new nag

As usual for a third Tuesday, yesterday Microsoft released a round of “optional, non-security” cumulative updates for most Win10 versions. We also saw Monthly Rollup Previews for Win7 and 8.1, with an undocumented “compatibility...

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Windows 10: It's complicated

Think fast: How many versions of Windows 10 are there now, how often do they get updated and how long will Microsoft support them? You almost need a spreadsheet to keep track — and that's a problem.

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Microsoft preps service pack-esque Windows 10 1909 for release

The newly renamed 'Windows 10 November 2019 Update' is nearing release. But given the company's past naming conventions, it might not show up until November.

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Patch Tuesday problems persist: Start stops, Edge crumbles, Outlook and VMware shake

It looks as if we’ve escaped the major inherited bug in Microsoft’s rapid-fire series of Windows patches — the printing problems have subsided. Now we’re seeing reports of a second wave of bugs: Start menu has critical errors, Edge...

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Is xCloud – the Xbox game streaming service – a glimpse at the future of the desktop?

The advancements Microsoft will have to make to enable their xCloud gaming effort will benefit the virtual desktop effort as well. Why that’s a good thing…

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Microsoft prods customers with Windows 10 retirement dates

The last update for Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 and Windows 10 Education 1703 arrived on Tuesday.

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A troubled update to critical browser patches for October Patch Tuesday

This October Patch Tuesday is an important but troubled patch release from Microsoft. Our advice is to wait, test and stage your patch deployments.

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With Windows Virtual Desktop, the bad old days are coming back

The PC — and yes, Microsoft — set us free. Now Microsoft is taking control.

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Patch Tuesday preliminary report: Looks like the fourth time’s a charm

It’s still much too early to give yesterday’s Windows patches a clean bill of health, but initial reports are most encouraging. In particular, the printer spooling problems introduced by the emergency manual IE zero-day patches on...

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4517389 (OS Build 18362.418), released Oct. 8, 2019.

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Windows 10: Answering your most important questions | TECH(talk)

Computerworld Windows expert Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis are back to answer your questions about Windows 10.

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9 critical questions about Microsoft's first Android phone

Microsoft's Surface Duo deserves your attention, but some of the things we don't yet know about the device may prove to be the most pivotal.

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As Patch Tuesday approaches, turn off Automatic Update temporarily and — especially — disengage IE

Tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday and, given all the havoc we’ve seen with the latest Windows patches, you need to get Automatic Update turned off for now. Based on a security report hidden behind a $690 Microsoft paywall, I also recommend...

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Microsoft's plan to ignore Windows 10 1809 worked

Remember the problematic rollout of last year's fall update to Windows 10? Microsoft would just as soon forget it happened, and hopes users do, too.

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Microsoft crowdsourced QA, and look what we got

The Windows Insiders program has signed up lots of people willing to check out pre-release versions of Windows for free. It’s pretty clear it’s not working.

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Microsoft releases even more patches for the CVE-2019-1367 IE zero-day, and the bugs are having a field day

Ten days ago, Microsoft released a half-fast set of manual patches aimed at fending off a newly described and “Exploited” Internet Explorer zero-day. Bugs crawled out of the woodwork. Yesterday, Microsoft finally released a true...

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Microsoft Surface: Saving the future of PCs

Microsoft’s new Surface products will force the industry to rethink how PCs are designed and built. This design process change effectively takes the market back to where it always should have been – where those closest to the customer...

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 continues to cannibalize Windows 7

Windows 10's share of all PCs rose 1.4 percentage points in September as users continued to shift away from Windows 7 ahead of a January end-of-support deadline.

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