It was yet one more patch curler coaster journey this month with the standard crop of one-off bugs, a Malwarebytes-associated assault on networking, a promised Flash killer that doesn’t — and that introduced Dynamics 365 Commerce patch, CVE-2020-16943, nonetheless isn’t out.
As finest I can inform, although, the mainstream Home windows cumulative updates and Workplace updates are behaving themselves.
Are you prepared for Home windows 10 model 2004?
For folk who’re cautious about patching, the massive query this month is whether or not Win10 2004 is prepared for prime time in your machine. It seems like about half of all Win10 customers are on 2004, so it is getting a very good exercise.
Patch Girl Susan Bradley has made the leap to 2004. Name me a Luddite, however I’m nonetheless sitting on a fence.
In a nutshell, model 2004 presents me precisely nothing that I need, in comparison with model 1909. Preston Gralla’s evaluation of the brand new options “Home windows 10 Could 2020 Replace delivers little tweaks that add as much as… properly, not loads” tells the entire story.
On the draw back, we’re nonetheless getting sporadic stories of issues — from set up bugs to networking issues — none of which appear to be replicated to an ideal extent. Lots of the issues seem like associated to the third-party driver scan ‘Home windows can’t confirm the writer of this driver software program’ blocks. As I talked about a few weeks in the past, that’s a function, not a bug (sincere!), however it could really feel such as you’ve been bit.
2004 or not? You get to determine.
Right here’s tips on how to get caught up.
Make a full backup
Make a full system picture backup prior to installing the newest patches.
There’s a non-zero likelihood that the patches — even the newest, biggest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Greatest to have a backup you can reinstall, even when your machine refuses besides. That is along with the standard want for System Restore factors.
There are many full-image backup merchandise, together with no less than two good free ones: Macrium Replicate Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.
Set up the newest Win10 October Cumulative Replace
These directions ought to work for Win10 model 1909 (nonetheless my private poison), model 2004 (which Susan Bradley recommends), or model 20H2 (which is nice for folk who wish to beta check — I salute you!).
To get the newest October Cumulative Replace put in, click on Begin > Settings > Replace & Safety. In the event you see a Resume updates field (screenshot), click on on it.
That’s all you might want to do. Home windows, in its infinite knowledge, will set up the October Cumulative Replace at its personal tempo. In the event you don’t see a Resume updates field, you have already got the September Cumulative replace and also you’re good to go.
In the event you see a suggestion to Obtain and set up the “Function replace to Home windows 10, model 20H2,” which you’ll see within the previous screenshot, ignore it. Let’s give model 20H2 no less than one other six months to stew.
In the event you see a link to View elective updates or Obtain and set up elective updates, ignore it, too. There are not any elective updates obtainable at this level that you just need to wrangle with.
In the event you’re nonetheless on Win10 model 1909 and need to transfer to model 2004, there are two straightforward methods to get to 2004 and keep away from 20H2. First, should you saved a clear copy of 2004 utilizing the directions I printed in September, comply with the directions on the Home windows Set up Instrument website to both improve your system in-place, or carry out a recent set up from scratch. In the event you didn’t squirrel away a duplicate, comply with Susan Bradley’s step-by-step directions — My new favourite Home windows replace setting — to get to 2004.
Win10 issues chances are you’ll hit, and tips on how to deal with them
When your machine comes again up for air, don’t panic in case your desktop doesn’t look proper, or you possibly can’t log in to your regular account. That is simply the “short-term profile” bug we’ve recognized about — and complained about — for months. Strive restarting your machine 4 or 5 occasions; it could go away. We have now three separate threads on AskWoody about fixing the issue [1, 2, 3] and should you want extra assist, you possibly can all the time publish a query. (Thx @PKCano.)
It’s possible you’ll get hit with a stealthy set up of KB 4023057, the “blast a method to the following model” patch. If that patch goes in (verify the Put in Updates listing), don’t trouble making an attempt to uninstall it — simply return and verify that all your “function replace” (i.e., model change) blocks are nonetheless in impact.
Whilst you’re mucking about with Home windows Replace, it wouldn’t damage to Pause updates, to take you out of the direct line of fireside the following time Microsoft releases a buggy bunch of patches. Click on Begin > Settings > Replace & Safety. Click on “Pause updates for 7 days.” Subsequent, click on on the newly revealed link, which says “Pause updates for 7 extra days,” 4 extra occasions. That pauses all updates for 35 days, till early December. With a bit luck that’ll be lengthy sufficient for Microsoft to repair any bugs it introduces in November, so you possibly can skip the angst.
Patch Win7, Win8.1, or related Servers
In the event you’ve paid for Win7 Prolonged Safety Updates and also you’re having bother getting them put in, Microsoft has an article referred to as Troubleshoot points in Prolonged Safety Updates that could be of assist. We’re additionally fielding questions on AskWoody.
In the event you’ve paid Microsoft for Prolonged Safety Updates and might’t get them to put in, be sure you comply with the entire steps on the backside of KB 4580345, the October Month-to-month Rollup Data Base article. Specifically, you might want to set up all excellent updates, then get the Servicing Stack Replace put in (count on a brand new Servicing Stack each month), earlier than the October patch will seem.
Home windows 8.1 continues to be probably the most secure model of Home windows round. To get this month’s Month-to-month Rollup put in, comply with AKB 2000004: Easy methods to apply the Win7 and eight.1 Month-to-month Rollups. It is best to have one Home windows patch, dated Oct. 13 (the Patch Tuesday patch).
After you’ve put in the newest Month-to-month Rollup, should you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run by means of the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and eight.1 snooping. If you wish to completely minimize out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed directions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Maintain Home windows 7 and eight.1 Month-to-month Rollup Mannequin.
Due to the handfuls of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, particularly @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and lots of others.
We’ve moved to MS-DEFCON three on the AskWoody Lounge.
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