It was one more patch curler coaster journey this month with the same old 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 large query this month is whether or not Win10 2004 is prepared for prime time in your machine. It appears to be like like about half of all Win10 customers are on 2004, so it is getting a great exercise.
Patch Woman 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 gives 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… nicely, not so much” tells the entire story.
On the draw back, we’re nonetheless getting sporadic reviews of issues — from set up bugs to networking issues — none of which appear to be replicated to an incredible extent. Lots of the issues look 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 learn how to get caught up.
Make a full backup
Make a full system picture backup prior to installing the most recent patches.
There’s a non-zero likelihood that the patches — even the most recent, best patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Finest to have a backup you could reinstall, even when your machine refuses as well. That is along with the same old want for System Restore factors.
There are many full-image backup merchandise, together with a minimum of two good free ones: Macrium Mirror Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.
Set up the most recent 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 take a look at — I salute you!).
To get the most recent October Cumulative Replace put in, click on Begin > Settings > Replace & Safety. Should you see a Resume updates field (screenshot), click on on it.
That’s all you could do. Home windows, in its infinite knowledge, will set up the October Cumulative Replace at its personal tempo. Should you don’t see a Resume updates field, you have already got the September Cumulative replace and also you’re good to go.
Should you see a proposal to Obtain and set up the “Characteristic replace to Home windows 10, model 20H2,” which you’ll see within the previous screenshot, ignore it. Let’s give model 20H2 a minimum of one other six months to stew.
Should you see a link to View non-compulsory updates or Obtain and set up non-compulsory updates, ignore it, too. There aren’t any non-compulsory updates accessible at this level that you simply need to wrangle with.
Should 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, in case you saved a clear copy of 2004 utilizing the directions I revealed in September, comply with the directions on the Home windows Set up Software web site to both improve your system in-place, or carry out a recent set up from scratch. Should you didn’t squirrel away a replica, 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 learn 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’ll be able to’t log in to your typical account. That is simply the “non permanent profile” bug we’ve recognized about — and complained about — for months. Attempt restarting your machine 4 or 5 instances; it could go away. We’ve three separate threads on AskWoody about fixing the issue [1, 2, 3] and in case you want extra assist, you’ll be able to at all times publish a query. (Thx @PKCano.)
You might get hit with a stealthy set up of KB 4023057, the “blast a method to the subsequent model” patch. If that patch goes in (verify the Put in Updates record), don’t hassle making an attempt to uninstall it — simply return and verify that your entire “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 subsequent 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 instances. That pauses all updates for 35 days, till early December. With just a little luck that’ll be lengthy sufficient for Microsoft to repair any bugs it introduces in November, so you’ll be able to skip the angst.
Patch Win7, Win8.1, or related Servers
Should you’ve paid for Win7 Prolonged Safety Updates and also you’re having bother getting them put in, Microsoft has an article known as Troubleshoot points in Prolonged Safety Updates which may be of assist. We’re additionally fielding questions on AskWoody.
Should you’ve paid Microsoft for Prolonged Safety Updates and may’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 could set up all excellent updates, then get the Servicing Stack Replace put in (anticipate a brand new Servicing Stack each month), earlier than the October patch will seem.
Home windows 8.1 continues to be essentially the most secure model of Home windows round. To get this month’s Month-to-month Rollup put in, comply with AKB 2000004: The way 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 most recent Month-to-month Rollup, in case 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 reduce 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.
Because of the handfuls of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, particularly @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and plenty of others.
We’ve moved to MS-DEFCON three on the AskWoody Lounge.
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