It was one more patch curler coaster trip 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 Windows cumulative updates and Office updates are behaving themselves.
Are you prepared for Windows 10 model 2004?
For people 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 seems like about half of all Win10 customers are on 2004, so it is getting a great exercise.
Patch Lady Susan Bradley has made the leap to 2004. Call me a Luddite, however I’m nonetheless sitting on a fence.
In a nutshell, model 2004 provides me precisely nothing that I would like, in comparison with model 1909. Preston Gralla’s evaluation of the brand new options “Windows 10 May 2020 Update delivers little tweaks that add as much as… effectively, not lots” 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 important extent. Many of the issues seem like – to the third-party driver scan ‘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 (trustworthy!), however it might really feel such as you’ve been bit.
2004 or not? You get to determine.
Here’s how one can get caught up.
Make a full backup
Make a full system photo backup prior to installing the most recent patches.
There’s a non-zero probability that the patches — even the most recent, best patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Best to have a backup you can reinstall, even when your machine refuses as well. This is along with the same old want for System Restore factors.
There are loads of full-image backup merchandise, together with a minimum of two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.
Install the most recent Win10 October Cumulative Update
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 people who prefer to beta check — I salute you!).
To get the most recent October Cumulative Update installed, click on Start > Settings > Update & Security. If you see a Resume updates field (screenshot), click on on it.
That’s all you must do. Windows, in its infinite knowledge, will set up the October Cumulative Update at its personal tempo. If you don’t see a Resume updates field, you have already got the September Cumulative replace and you’re good to go.
If you see a proposal to Download and set up the “Feature replace to 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.
If you see a hyperlink to View elective updates or Download and set up elective updates, ignore it, too. There are not any elective updates out there at this level that you just need to wrangle with.
If 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, for those who saved a clear copy of 2004 utilizing the directions I printed in September, comply with the directions on the Windows Installation Tool website to both improve your system in-place, or carry out a contemporary set up from scratch. If you didn’t squirrel away a replica, comply with Susan Bradley’s step-by-step directions — My new favourite Windows replace setting — to get to 2004.
Win10 issues you could hit, and how one can 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 regular account. That’s simply the “momentary profile” bug we’ve identified about — and complained about — for months. Try restarting your machine 4 or 5 instances; it might go away. We have three separate threads on AskWoody about fixing the issue [1, 2, 3] and for those who want extra assist, you’ll be able to all the time put up a query. (Thx @PKCano.)
You might get hit with a stealthy set up of KB 4023057, the “blast a approach to the following model” patch. If that patch goes in (test the Installed Updates record), don’t hassle making an attempt to uninstall it — simply return and test that all your “function replace” (i.e., model change) blocks are nonetheless in impact.
While you’re mucking about with Windows Update, 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 Start > Settings > Update & Security. Click “Pause updates for 7 days.” Next, click on on the newly revealed hyperlink, which says “Pause updates for 7 extra days,” 4 extra instances. That pauses all updates for 35 days, till early December. With slightly 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 linked Servers
If you’ve paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates and you’re having hassle getting them installed, Microsoft has an article known as Troubleshoot points in Extended Security Updates that could be of assist. We’re additionally fielding questions on AskWoody.
If you’ve paid Microsoft for Extended Security Updates and can’t get them to put in, ensure you comply with all the steps on the backside of KB 4580345, the October Monthly Rollup Knowledge Base article. In explicit, you must set up all excellent updates, then get the Servicing Stack Update installed (count on a brand new Servicing Stack each month), earlier than the October patch will seem.
Windows 8.1 continues to be essentially the most secure model of Windows round. To get this month’s Monthly Rollup installed, comply with AKB 2000004: How to use the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. You ought to have one Windows patch, dated Oct. 13 (the Patch Tuesday patch).
After you’ve installed the most recent Monthly Rollup, for those who’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run by means of the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. If you need to totally minimize out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed directions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Sustain Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollup Model.
Thanks to the handfuls of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, particularly @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and many others.
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